Patents by Inventor Thomas M. Ales

Thomas M. Ales 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: 9265856
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multiple-component material including a substrate and a printed layer on the substrate. The printed layer includes a color-changing composition to indicate a change in condition, such as a change in pH. The color-changing composition includes a matrix-forming component, a colorant, a surfactant and a pH adjuster. The pH adjuster includes a low molecular weight organic acid and a high molecular weight organic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc.
    Inventors: Xuedong Song, Thomas M. Ales, III
  • Patent number: 8698641
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to absorbent articles and signaling devices for use therewith. The signaling device can be configured to detect the presence of an insult in the absorbent article and/or in an undergarment. The signaling device can be further configured to determine whether the insult is a urine insult or a feces insult. The signaling device can provide a notification to a user that an insult has occurred and can inform the user whether the insult is a urine insult or a feces insult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose K Abraham, Davis-Dang Nhan, Thomas M. Ales, III, Sridhar Ranganathan
  • Patent number: 8697933
    Abstract: Presented is a method for effectively toilet training a subject, the method including providing a disposable absorbent article to a caregiver, wherein the absorbent article includes a wetness sensor having a signaling device, and wherein the signaling device provides to the caregiver a feedback mode of an insult contemporaneous with the insult; and teaching the caregiver an appropriate response to the feedback mode as a training opportunity. Also presented is a method for toilet training a subject, the method including providing a wetness sensing system to a caregiver, the wetness sensing system including an insult indicator; indicating to the caregiver the occurrence of the insult contemporaneous with the insult; and instructing the caregiver to immediately intervene to teach the subject about the physical sensations experienced by the subject prior to and during the insult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Ales, III, Shirlee A. Weber, Andrew M. Long, Christopher P. Olson, Ansley Allen, Jason C. Cohen
  • Patent number: 8628506
    Abstract: Monitoring the status of an absorbent article can be desirable to various users in various situations. A monitoring device for use with an absorbent article is provided. The monitoring device includes a sensing device and a signaling device. The sensing device is configured to sense a physiological indication related to the absorbent article wearer. The functionality of the monitoring device may be updateable, for instance, by utilizing firmware updates, hardware or user interface changes, software installations, etc. Thus, the monitoring device of the present invention may be utilized over an entire lifespan from infants to elderly without the need for costly replacement or installation of an entirely new monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Ales, III, Andrew M. Long
  • Patent number: 8604268
    Abstract: Presented is a toilet training system including a disposable absorbent article including a first wetness sensor; a first signaling device adapted to communicate with the first wetness sensor and providing a first feedback mode of a wetness state of the disposable absorbent article; and a second signaling device adapted to communicate with the first wetness sensor and providing a second feedback mode of the wetness state of the disposable absorbent article, wherein the second feedback mode is different from the first feedback mode. Also presented is a toilet training system including a disposable absorbent article including a wetness sensor; and a signaling device adapted to communicate with the wetness sensor, wherein the signaling device includes a dynamic feedback mode system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason C. Cohen, Thomas M. Ales, III, Shirlee A. Weber, Andrew M. Long, Christopher P. Olson, Ansley Allen
  • Patent number: 8440877
    Abstract: Presented is a sensing absorbent article system including an absorbent article having a liner and an outer cover, the absorbent article including a sensing means, an article design scheme, and an attachment zone having an attachment zone design scheme, wherein the attachment zone design scheme is visually differentiable from the article design scheme. Also presented is a sensing absorbent article system including an absorbent article having a liner and an outer cover, the absorbent article including a sensing means, an article design scheme, and an attachment zone adapted to indicate the proper position for a signaling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Meghan E. Collins, Thomas M. Ales, III, Shirlee A. Weber, Andrew M. Long
  • Patent number: 8378167
    Abstract: A wetness sensing system includes a first wetness sensing article; a first signaling device producing a first signal upon sensing wetness in the first wetness sensing article, wherein the first signaling device is compatible with the first wetness sensing article; and a second signaling device producing a second signal upon sensing wetness in the first wetness sensing article, wherein the second signaling device is compatible with the first wetness sensing article. Also, a method for enhancing a wetness sensing system includes producing a wetness sensing absorbent article compatible with at least one component of the wetness sensing system, wherein the wetness sensing system includes as components a wetness sensing article and a first signaling device compatible with the wetness sensing article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Ansley C. Allen, Andrew M. Long, Shirlee A. Weber, Thomas M. Ales, III
  • Publication number: 20120109087
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to absorbent articles and signaling devices for use therewith. The signaling device can be configured to detect the presence of an insult in the absorbent article and/or in an undergarment. The signaling device can be further configured to determine whether the insult is a urine insult or a feces insult. The signaling device can provide a notification to a user that an insult has occurred and can inform the user whether the insult is a urine insult or a feces insult.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Jose K. Abraham, Davis-Dang Nhan, Thomas M. Ales, III, Sridhar Ranganathan
  • Publication number: 20110015599
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multiple-component material including a substrate and a printed layer on the substrate. The printed layer includes a color-changing composition to indicate a change in condition, such as a change in pH. The color-changing composition includes a matrix-forming component, a colorant, a surfactant and a pH adjuster. The pH adjuster includes a low molecular weight organic acid and a high molecular weight organic acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventors: Xuedong Song, Thomas M. Ales, III
  • Patent number: 7834235
    Abstract: A system for interactively training a child and a caregiver to assist the child to overcome bedwetting. The system includes an absorbent article, a urine insult detector, a urine insult event communicator and a urine insult event alarm. The urine insult event alarm includes a local alarm proximate the child and a remote alarm proximate the caregiver. The urine insult event alarm can inform both the child and the caregiver upon occurrence of a urine insult event and thereby provide a first interactive training opportunity to assist the child to overcome bedwetting. The local alarm includes a sensor which senses a condition of the child's environment in conjunction with the occurrence of the urine insult event and wherein the remote alarm can be selectively deactivated based on the condition and thereby provide a second interactive training opportunity to assist the child to overcome bedwetting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventors: Andrew M. Long, Thomas M. Ales, III, Meghan E. Collins
  • Patent number: 7774894
    Abstract: A floor-cleaning apparatus includes a cleaning head having a cleaning device, a control handle connected to the cleaning head for controlling the cleaning head and a micro power source in communication with the cleaning device. The micro power source is lightweight, compact, and rechargeable or replaceable for generating energy to power the cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl G. Rippl, Jeffrey D. Lindsay, Eric F. Wagner, Fung-Jou Chen, Frank G. Druecke, David J. Tyrrell, Kim Ellefson, Mary Jo Meyer, Timothy M. McFarland, Thomas M. Ales, III
  • Patent number: 7667608
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to absorbent articles and signaling devices for use therewith. An absorbent article may be provided with selected electrical components used as wetness or other type sensors and may also incorporate one or more electrical components, characteristics of which may be determined by a coupled signaling device. An attached signaling device may automatically determine a product identification based on characteristics of the electrical components detected and adjust operating characteristics or parameters for the sensing device. Determinations could be made based on gender, age and approximate weight of the user of the absorbent device. In addition automatic checks can be made to determine mutual operability of the signaling device with an associated absorbent article or visa-versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Ales, Darold D. Tippey
  • Patent number: 7649125
    Abstract: A method of detecting the presence of an insult in an absorbent article. An electrical property of the article is measured and either a proportional difference or a rate of change of the electrical property is determined. The proportional difference or the rate of change is compared to a difference indicator value and a rate indicator value, respectively, to determine the presence of an insult in the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Ales, III, Andrew Long, Meghan E. Collins, Shawn J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 7642396
    Abstract: A method of detecting the presence of an insult in an absorbent article. An electrical property of the article is measured and digitized. To detect an insult, the digital values are used by a microprocessor to determine at least one of the following: (a) a slope in the electrical property compared to a threshold value; (b) a comparison of the electrical property over a period of time to a threshold value; and/or (c) a comparison of the electrical property to a determined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Ales, III, Cullen Patrick Rotroff
  • Publication number: 20090326417
    Abstract: Monitoring the status of an absorbent article can be desirable to various users in various situations. A monitoring device for use with an absorbent article is provided. The monitoring device includes a sensing device and a signaling device. The sensing device is configured to sense a physiological indication related to the absorbent article wearer. The functionality of the monitoring device may be updateable, for instance, by utilizing firmware updates, hardware or user interface changes, software installations, etc. Thus, the monitoring device of the present invention may be utilized over an entire lifespan from infants to elderly without the need for costly replacement or installation of an entirely new monitoring system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas M. Ales, III, Andrew M. Long
  • Patent number: 7449614
    Abstract: Electrical monitoring devices may include alarm devices that are designed to assist parents or attendants in identifying a wet diaper condition shortly after the diaper has been soiled. The devices may produce a visual, an audible, or an electronic signal. These electrical monitoring devices have been powered by batteries, specifically small coin cell batteries. The power that is supplied by batteries dissipates over time requiring that the batteries be periodically replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Ales, III
  • Publication number: 20080269702
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to absorbent articles and signaling devices for use therewith. An absorbent article may be provided with selected electrical components used as wetness or other type sensors and may also incorporate one or more electrical components, characteristics of which may be determined by a coupled signaling device. An attached signaling device may automatically determine a product identification based on characteristics of the electrical components detected and adjust operating characteristics or parameters for the sensing device. Determinations could be made based on gender, age and approximate weight of the user of the absorbent device. In addition automatic checks can be made to determine mutual operability of the signaling device with an associated absorbent article or visa-versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas M. Ales, Darold D. Tippey
  • Patent number: 7355090
    Abstract: A method of determining the presence of an insult in an absorbent article is disclosed. The amount of time that elapses between the activation of an alarm and the determination of the presence of a subsequent insult is determined. This elapsed time is compared to a time threshold value and either an insult alarm or a saturation alarm is activated as a function of the comparison. After activation of the alarm for an alarm period, the electrical property of the article is determined at a second time occurring at least a preset period after the end of the alarm period to allow the electrical property to stabilize before determining the electrical property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Ales, III, Andrew Long, Meghan E. Collins
  • Publication number: 20080082063
    Abstract: Presented is a method for effectively toilet training a subject, the method including providing a disposable absorbent article to a caregiver, wherein the absorbent article includes a wetness sensor having a signaling device, and wherein the signaling device provides to the caregiver a feedback mode of an insult contemporaneous with the insult; and teaching the caregiver an appropriate response to the feedback mode as a training opportunity. Also presented is a method for toilet training a subject, the method including providing a wetness sensing system to a caregiver, the wetness sensing system including an insult indicator; indicating to the caregiver the occurrence of the insult contemporaneous with the insult; and instructing the caregiver to immediately intervene to teach the subject about the physical sensations experienced by the subject prior to and during the insult.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas M. Ales, Shirlee A. Weber, Andrew M. Long, Christopher P. Olson, Ansley Allen, Jason C. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20080082062
    Abstract: Presented is a toilet training system including a disposable absorbent article including a first wetness sensor; a first signaling device adapted to communicate with the first wetness sensor and providing a first feedback mode of a wetness state of the disposable absorbent article; and a second signaling device adapted to communicate with the first wetness sensor and providing a second feedback mode of the wetness state of the disposable absorbent article, wherein the second feedback mode is different from the first feedback mode. Also presented is a toilet training system including a disposable absorbent article including a wetness sensor; and a signaling device adapted to communicate with the wetness sensor, wherein the signaling device includes a dynamic feedback mode system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventors: Jason C. Cohen, Thomas M. Ales, Shirlee A. Weber, Andrew M. Long, Christopher P. Olson, Ansley Allen