Patents by Inventor Steven Craig Gehling

Steven Craig Gehling has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10667959
    Abstract: In the manufacture of a tampon, an absorbent structure composed of an absorbent material can be formed into a tampon blank. In various embodiments, a withdrawal element can be attached to the absorbent structure either before or after the absorbent structure is formed into a tampon blank. The tampon blank can then undergo a compression step which can result in the pledget of the tampon. The pledget, and resultant tampon, can have at least one linear channel and at least one non-linear channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Craig Gehling, Lars Nilsen Nordang, Charles Robert Tomsovic, David Kevin Oldroyd
  • Publication number: 20190269561
    Abstract: In the manufacture of a tampon, an absorbent structure composed of an absorbent material can be formed into a tampon blank. In various embodiments, a withdrawal element can be attached to the absorbent structure either before or after the absorbent structure is formed into a tampon blank. The tampon blank can then undergo a compression step which can result in the pledget of the tampon. The pledget, and resultant tampon, can have at least one linear channel and at least one non-linear channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Bliss Elizabeth Cohen, Steven Craig Gehling, David Kevin Oldroyd
  • Publication number: 20190216655
    Abstract: In the manufacture of a tampon, an absorbent structure composed of an absorbent material can be formed into a tampon blank. In various embodiments, a withdrawal element can be attached to the absorbent structure either before or after the absorbent structure is formed into a tampon blank. The tampon blank can then undergo a compression step which can result in the pledget of the tampon. The pledget, and resultant tampon, can have at least one linear channel and at least one non-linear channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Steven Craig Gehling, Lars Nilsen Nordang, Charles Robert Tomsovic, David Kevin Oldroyd
  • Patent number: 9849041
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a tampon includes the steps of at least partially overlaying a web of base material with a web of absorbent material. The web of absorbent material is secured to the web of base material with a first securement. At least one of the web of base material and the web of absorbent material is folded after the first securement. The web of absorbent material is further secured to the web of base material with a second securement that is a stronger securement than the first securement. The web of absorbent material and the web of base material together define a web of cover material. The web of cover material is applied to an absorbent structure. The web of cover material and the absorbent structure is manipulated such that the web of cover material extends about a circumference of the absorbent structure to form a tampon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Scott Wolter, Charles Robert Tomsovic, Wayne D. Beyer, Ronald A. Hilt, Joshua Fiedorowicz, Brian Alberts, Martin Gottvald, Steven Craig Gehling
  • Publication number: 20170231832
    Abstract: An apparatus for compressing a material such as a tampon or a pessary device, and a method of compressing a material such as a tampon or a pessary device are described. The apparatus can have a first press unit support structure and a second press unit support structure, and each of the first press unit support structure and the second press unit support structure is rotatable about an axis. A first press unit has a compression surface area which decreases with the movement of compression associated with the first press unit support structure. A second press unit is associated with the second press unit support structure, wherein the second press unit is one of an axial direction press unit, a non-linear direction press unit, or a press unit having a compression surface area which decreases with the movement of compression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Ronald Alex HILT, Steven Craig GEHLING
  • Publication number: 20170231833
    Abstract: An apparatus for compressing a material such as a tampon or a pessary device, and a method of compressing a material such as a tampon or a pessary device are described. The apparatus can have a first press unit support structure and a second press unit support structure, and each of the first press unit support structure and the second press unit support structure is rotatable about an axis. A first press unit has a compression surface area which decreases with the movement of compression associated with the first press unit support structure. A second press unit is associated with the second press unit support structure, wherein the second press unit is one of an axial direction press unit, a non-linear direction press unit, or a press unit having a compression surface area which decreases with the movement of compression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Ronald Alex HILT, Steven Craig GEHLING
  • Publication number: 20170231831
    Abstract: An apparatus for compressing a material such as a tampon or a pessary device, and a method of compressing a material such as a tampon or a pessary device are described. The apparatus can have a press unit support structure rotatable about a fixed axis. An axial direction press unit is associated with the press unit support structure. Second press unit is associated with the press unit support structure wherein the second press unit is one of a non-linear direction press unit or a press unit having a compression surface area which decreases with the movement of compression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Ronald Alex HILT, Jon Philip ROOYAKKERS, Steven Craig GEHLING
  • Publication number: 20170216102
    Abstract: An apparatus for compressing a material such as a tampon or a pessary device, and a method of compressing a material such as a tampon or a pessary device are described. The apparatus can have a press unit support structure rotatable about a fixed axis. An axial direction press unit is associated with the press unit support structure. Second press unit is associated with the press unit support structure wherein the second press unit is one of a non-linear direction press unit or a press unit having a compression surface area which decreases with the movement of compression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Ronald Alex HILT, Jon Philip ROOYAKKERS, Steven Craig GEHLING
  • Patent number: 9522087
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a tampon includes transporting a web of material in a machine direction. The web of material has a base web and an absorbent web. The absorbent web has a free end and a bonded end wherein the bonded end is bonded to the base web. The free end of the absorbent web is moved in spaced relationship with the base web. The base web is bonded to a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Robert Tomsovic, Nicholas Scott Wolter, Wayne Beyer, Ronald A. Hilt, Joshua Fiedorowicz, Brian Alberts, Martin Gottvald, Steven Craig Gehling
  • Patent number: 9393160
    Abstract: A pledget for a tampon having improved leakage prevention of bodily fluid after the tampon is inserted in the vagina. The pledget can have an absorbent structure having two layers. At least one of the layers of the absorbent structure can have one contact element at least partially separated from a second contact element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Lou McDaniel, John David Amundson, Steven Craig Gehling
  • Publication number: 20160175162
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a tampon includes the steps of at least partially overlaying a web of base material with a web of absorbent material. The web of absorbent material is secured to the web of base material with a first securement. At least one of the web of base material and the web of absorbent material is folded after the first securement. The web of absorbent material is further secured to the web of base material with a second securement that is a stronger securement than the first securement. The web of absorbent material and the web of base material together define a web of cover material. The web of cover material is applied to an absorbent structure. The web of cover material and the absorbent structure is manipulated such that the web of cover material extends about a circumference of the absorbent structure to form a tampon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Nicholas Scott Wolter, Charles Robert Tomsovic, Wayne D. Beyer, Ronald A. Hilt, Joshua Fiedorowicz, Brian Alberts, Martin Gottvald, Steven Craig Gehling
  • Patent number: 9308134
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a tampon comprises the steps of at least partially overlaying a web of base material with a web of absorbent material. The web of absorbent material is secured to the web of base material with a first securement. At least one of the web of base material and the web of absorbent material is folded after the first securement. The web of absorbent material is further secured to the web of base material with a second securement that is a stronger securement than the first securement. The web of absorbent material and the web of base material together define a web of cover material. The web of cover material is applied to an absorbent structure. The web of cover material and the absorbent structure is manipulated such that the web of cover material extends about a circumference of the absorbent structure to form a tampon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Scott Wolter, Charles Robert Tomsovic, Wayne D. Beyer, Ronald A. Hilt, Joshua Fiedorowicz, Brian Alberts, Martin Gottvald, Steven Craig Gehling
  • Patent number: 9211216
    Abstract: A pledget for a tampon having improved leakage prevention of bodily fluid after the tampon is inserted in the vagina. The pledget can have an absorbent structure having two layers. At least one of the layers of the absorbent structure can have one contact element at least partially separated from a second contact element. A method of manufacturing the tampon can include a step of incorporating a contact element into at least one of the two layers of the absorbent structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Lou McDaniel, John David Amundson, Steven Craig Gehling
  • Patent number: 9211217
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a tampon generally comprises forming a softwind including a core and a cover overlying and at least in part covering the core. The cover carries an absorbent web having a free end and a bonded end wherein the free end is capable of moving relative to the cover. The softwind is passed through a transfer assist device to facilitate the transferring of the free end of the absorbent web without the absorbent web becoming misaligned relative to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Robert Tomsovic, Nicholas Scott Wolter, Wayne Beyer, Ronald A. Hilt, Joshua Fiedorowicz, Brian Alberts, Martin Gottvald, Steven Craig Gehling
  • Publication number: 20150305950
    Abstract: A wrapping material for a tampon which can reduce or prevent contamination of the tampon and/or can reduce or prevent loss of a treatment agent from the tampon. A tampon wrapped in a wrapping material can experience a reduction in the contamination of the tampon and/or a reduction in the loss of a treatment agent from the tampon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary D. Cousineau, Martin Gottvald, Gregg M. Brey, Randall William Foss, Charles Robert Tomsovic, Steven Craig Gehling
  • Patent number: 9078787
    Abstract: An apparatus for compressing a material includes a central longitudinal axis, a plurality of levers, and a plurality of jaws, wherein each jaw is attached to a lever, and wherein each jaw has a compression surface having an area. The apparatus also includes a compressing mechanism configured to move each lever in a non-linear motion such that the area of a compression surface exposed to the material decreases with the inward movement of that compression surface; and a shaping element associated with at least one compression surface. The apparatus can include a plurality of shaping elements projecting from at least one compression surface, wherein the plurality of shaping elements is configured to impart a pattern in the material. The apparatus can include a plurality of shaping elements each projecting from a compression surface, wherein the plurality of shaping elements is configured to impart a plurality of grooves in the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Craig Gehling, Charles Robert Tomsovic
  • Patent number: 9072628
    Abstract: An apparatus for compressing a material includes a plurality of levers and a plurality of jaws, wherein each jaw is attached to a lever, and wherein each jaw has a compression surface having an area. The apparatus also includes a compressing mechanism configured to move each lever in a non-linear motion such that the area of a compression surface exposed to the material decreases with the inward movement of that compression surface. Each jaw can be attached to a lever such that a gap is defined between adjacent jaws, the gap having a gap centerline. The compressing mechanism can be configured to move each jaw in a non-linear motion such that the gap centerline of the gap between adjacent jaws is predominantly tangential to an apparatus central longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Craig Gehling, Charles Robert Tomsovic
  • Patent number: 9072629
    Abstract: An apparatus for compressing a material includes a central longitudinal axis, a plurality of levers each having a tool carrier and defining a lever longitudinal axis, and a plurality of jaws each attached to a lever at a tool carrier to form a lever/jaw combination, wherein each jaw has a compression surface having an area. The apparatus also includes a compressing mechanism configured to move each lever in a non-linear motion such that the area of a compression surface exposed to the material decreases with the inward movement of that compression surface, wherein each lever/jaw combination includes a biasing mechanism configured such that adjacent jaws contact each other. The plane of each compression surface can be predominantly tangential to the apparatus central longitudinal axis. Each biasing mechanism can be configured to bias its jaw along the lever longitudinal axis toward an adjacent jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Craig Gehling, Charles Robert Tomsovic
  • Patent number: 8916015
    Abstract: A pledget for a tampon having improved leakage prevention of bodily fluid after the tampon is inserted in the vagina. A method of manufacturing the pledget can include a step of bringing a contact member into communication with a fibrous material. The method can include a step of compressing the fibrous material into a pledget for a tampon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Lou McDaniel, John David Amundson, Steven Craig Gehling
  • Patent number: D834189
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Bliss Elizabeth Cohen, Steven Craig Gehling, David Kevin Oldroyd