Needled Or Punched Layer Patents (Class 604/383)
  • Patent number: 10729601
    Abstract: An absorbent product includes a liquid permeable topsheet, a liquid impermeable backsheet, and an absorbent core enclosed between the topsheet and the backsheet. The absorbent core includes an absorbent fibrous layer and a liquid inlet foam layer and the absorbent core includes a transversally central liquid inlet region extending in the longitudinal direction of the absorbent core. Within the liquid inlet region, the liquid inlet foam layer is covered by a plurality of inlet openings and has a transversal width, which is equal to, or up to 9 mm smaller than, the minimum transversal width of the absorbent fibrous layer. The liquid inlet foam layer also has side edge regions arranged in front and rear portions of the absorbent core transversally outside of the liquid inlet region, and within which the liquid inlet foam layer is free from liquid inlet openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Peter Rönnberg, Philip Blomström
  • Patent number: 10675189
    Abstract: An absorbent product includes a liquid permeable topsheet, a liquid impermeable backsheet, and an absorbent core enclosed between the topsheet and the backsheet. The absorbent core includes an absorbent fibrous layer, a liquid inlet foam layer, and a carrier layer, in which a transversally central region is arranged in the liquid inlet foam layer. The transversally central region extends along the entire longitudinal length of the absorbent core and includes a plurality of slits arranged in a pattern, wherein the slits are dilated slit openings in a part of the central region within an intermediate portion of the absorbent core, and the slits are non-dilated slits in parts of said central region within one or both of front and rear portions of the absorbent core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Peter Rönnberg, Philip Blomström
  • Patent number: 10646381
    Abstract: Nonwoven webs/nonwoven laminates for use in absorbent articles are disclosed. The nonwoven laminate includes a first nonwoven web with continuous spunbond crimped fibers and a second web joined to the first nonwoven web. A plurality of apertures extend through at least one of the first nonwoven web or the second web. The nonwoven web includes a plurality of continuous spunbond crimped fibers wherein a plurality of apertures extend through the nonwoven web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kelyn Anne Arora, Stephanie Niezgoda Moss, Shirdish Poondru, Timothy Ian Mullane, Nathan Ray Whitely, John Lee Hammons
  • Patent number: 10531989
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for fabricating absorbent article having multiple layers, and deformed zones of targeted performance, and colored regions, the method comprising the steps of forming discrete features on at least one layer, printing colored regions on at least one layer, integrating multiple layers to form an absorbent assembly, and cutting the absorbent assembly into individual absorbent articles, wherein the steps are carried out continuously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Richard George Coe, Kevin Gerard Muhs, Robert Karl Isburgh, Pietro Cecchetto, John Lee Hammons
  • Patent number: 10022275
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for fabricating absorbent article having multiple layers, and deformed zones of targeted performance, and colored regions, the method comprising the steps of forming discrete features on at least one layer, printing colored regions on at least one layer, integrating multiple layers to form an absorbent assembly, and cutting the absorbent assembly into individual absorbent articles, wherein the steps are carried out continuously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Richard George Coe, Kevin Gerard Muhs, Robert Karl Isburgh, Pietro Cecchetto, John Lee Hammons
  • Patent number: 9554950
    Abstract: A film particularly suited for use as a transfer layer in an absorbent article has a plurality of capillaries and a plurality of drains, said capillaries comprising side walls depending from a female side of the film and terminating in an aperture on a male side of the film; said drains comprising side walls that depending from the female side of the film and terminating in an aperture on the male side of the film, wherein the drains are disposed at an obtuse angle relative to a base plane of the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Tredegar Film Products Corporation
    Inventors: Rickey J. Seyler, Gregory M. Rieker
  • Patent number: 9549857
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for fabricating absorbent article having multiple layers, and deformed zones of targeted performance, and colored regions, the method comprising the steps of forming discrete features on at least one layer, printing colored regions on at least one layer, integrating multiple layers to form an absorbent assembly, and cutting the absorbent assembly into individual absorbent articles, wherein the steps are carried out continuously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Richard George Coe, Kevin Gerard Muhs, Robert Karl Isburgh, Pietro Cecchetto, John Lee Hammons
  • Patent number: 9468563
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for fabricating absorbent article having multiple layers, and deformed zones of targeted performance, and colored regions, the method comprising the steps of forming discrete features on at least one layer, printing colored regions on at least one layer, integrating multiple layers to form an absorbent assembly, and cutting the absorbent assembly into individual absorbent articles, wherein the steps are carried out continuously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Richard George Coe, Robert Karl Isburgh, Kevin Gerard Muhs, John Lee Hammons
  • Patent number: 9144524
    Abstract: The present invention relates to disposable absorbent articles such as sanitary napkins, panty liners, baby diapers, adult incontinence articles and sweat pads. According to the present invention the absorbent article in the region designated for liquid deposition on its wearer facing surface has a single layer topsheet onto which liquid to be absorbed is provided during use of the article. The absorbent article includes a backsheet forming the liquid barrier surface and a unitary absorbent core between the topsheet and the backsheet. Importantly the unitary core provides improved liquid handling to the absorbent article and increases the masking, i.e. ability to hide stains due to absorbed liquid, of the article. This is particularly beneficial in the context of articles for absorption of liquids with high color intensity, such as menstrual liquid or urine of older adults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Pietro Febo, Luigi Marinelli
  • Patent number: 9138360
    Abstract: The present invention relates to disposable absorbent articles such as sanitary napkins, panty liners, baby diapers, adult incontinence articles and sweat pads. According to the present invention the absorbent article in the region designated for liquid deposition on its wearer facing surface has a single layer topsheet onto which liquid to be absorbed is provided during use of the article. The absorbent article includes a backsheet forming the liquid barrier surface and a unitary absorbent core between the topsheet and the backsheet. Importantly the unitary core provides improved liquid handling to the absorbent article and increases the masking, i.e. ability to hide stains due to absorbed liquid, of the article. This is particularly beneficial in the context of articles for absorption of liquids with high color intensity, such as menstrual liquid or urine of older adults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Pietro Febo, Luigi Marinelli
  • Patent number: 9132045
    Abstract: An absorbent article in which a plurality of first compressing units are provided spaced apart on both-side edges of a region corresponding to an excretion unit in an absorber, and a plurality of second compressing units are provided spaced apart over the entire region in the absorber 10 excluding the region 11 in which the first compressing units 12 are provided. The dimensions along the longitudinal direction of the absorbent article in the plan view shape of the first compressing units are configured so as to be longer than the dimensions along the width direction of the absorbent article, and the dimensions along the width direction of the absorbent article in the plan view shape of the second compressing units are configured so as to be longer than the dimensions along the longitudinal direction of the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Hashino, Yuki Noda, Shinpei Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9073125
    Abstract: Chitosan films and laminates made from the films are provided. The films and laminates can be used to make a variety of finished articles that can be used to provide protection from hazardous chemical and biological agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Edward George Howard, Jr., Ralph Birchard Lloyd, Ronald James McKinney, Bryan Benedict Sauer, Mark Gary Weinberg
  • Patent number: 9035125
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a disposable wearing article improved so that front and rear waist regions may assure desired fitness without adversely affecting an absorption capacity of a bodily fluid-absorbent core assembly. At least one of front and rear waist regions includes an inner sheet lying on a skin-facing side and having stretch properties and an outer sheet lying on a non-skin-facing side and having a low elastic contractile force. In a section of this one waist region occupied by a liquid-absorbent core assembly including a bodily fluid-absorbent core, the inner sheet is partially cut to define a perforated region. Adhesive used to bond the liquid-absorbent core assembly to the inner sheet and adhesive used to bond the inner sheet to the outer sheet are put in contact with and joined to each other through openings developed by partially cutting the inner sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshifumi Otsubo, Tatsuya Hashimoto, Mariko Takeuchi
  • Publication number: 20150038934
    Abstract: A surge material for use in disposable absorbent personal care products includes a wearer-facing surface, a plurality of elongate grooves in the wearer-facing surface, and a plurality of apertures disposed in the grooves and extending through the surge material. The surge material can also have an average material plane and including a plurality of ridges extending in a z-direction from the average material plane, a plurality of grooves alternating with the plurality of ridges, wherein the grooves extend in the opposite z-direction from the average material plane, and a plurality of apertures through the surge material, wherein the apertures are disposed only in the grooves. The surge material can also include a hydrophobic treatment agent disposed on the ridges and a hydrophilic treatment agent disposed within the grooves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Virginia Lee Day, Frank Paul Abuto, Donald Eugene Waldroup
  • Publication number: 20140303585
    Abstract: A three-dimensional film for use as a transfer layer in an absorbent article has a continuous surface and a discontinuous surface disposed generally parallel to and spaced from said continuous surface; both the continuous surface and the discontinuous surface have large scale apertures defined by sidewalls originating on the surface and extending outwardly therefrom and sized to permit acquisition of fluids by gravity, and optionally each surface also includes small scale apertures sized to acquire fluids by capillary action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Tredegar Film Products Corporation
    Inventor: Rickey J. Seyler
  • Publication number: 20140296815
    Abstract: A topsheet layer material for use on an absorbent article includes a longitudinal direction, a transverse direction and a depth direction and comprises a planar sheet. The topsheet layer material includes visually and spatially coordinated embossed channels and apertures. The embossed channels are curvilinear indentations configured along either the longitudinal, the transverse direction, or a combination of longitudinal and transverse directions. The apertures are positioned along the topsheet layer material laterally adjacent to the channels such that at least a portion of the apertures have an overall shape configuration that is substantially similar or the same as at least a portion of the shape of the embossed channel. Such coordinated aperture configuration may also be generally concentric with or generally parallel to the embossed channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Wendy M. Takken, Hue Scott Snowden, Adrienne R. Loyd, Heidi B. Hopkins, Ramona Zenkich, Katie A. Boland
  • Patent number: 8847002
    Abstract: An absorbent article that contains a topsheet having embossed regions is provided. The embossed regions propagate in a longitudinal direction of the article in the form of a wave having one or more alternating crests (peaks) and troughs (valleys). Such a wave pattern helps slow down the flow of bodily fluid by directing it along a tortuous path defined by the densified edges rather than in a straight line. Among other things, this reduction in flow rate can help provide sufficient time for the absorbent core to absorb the fluid, which is particularly helpful when it is already partially filled with fluid. Nevertheless, bodily fluids can still sometimes pool near the crests and/or troughs and result in leakage. To help counteract this tendency, the present inventors have discovered that a plurality of apertures can be employed in the topsheet that are arranged in a column that generally extends in a longitudinal direction of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Priscilla Goh Eng Goh, YeinSze Ong, Meijia Ng, SangWook Lee, DooHong Kim, Franz Aschenbrenner
  • Patent number: 8785715
    Abstract: The invention relates to slit absorbent articles and the use of slits in absorbent materials to provide improved liquid intake rate, flexibility and softness compared to the unmodified material. The absorbent material, including superabsorbent materials, are particularly useful as absorbent cores in disposable absorbent articles such as diapers, incontinent products, sanitary napkins and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: DSG Technology Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew Wright, Patrick King Yu Tsang
  • Patent number: 8748692
    Abstract: Disclosed is an absorbent article having an absorbent member positioned between a liquid-permeable multilayer surface sheet and a backside sheet. A plastic film layer is laminated on the non-skin contact surface side of the multilayer surface sheet. The multilayer surface sheet has embossments in the form of a large number of elevated portions protruding outward, the elevated portions being formed by heating the sheet to a temperature higher than the melting point of the plastic film layer but lower than the melting point of the nonwoven fabric layer. The multilayer surface sheet is also provided with a large number of openings. The absorbent article has a highly spatial appearance, provides good cushioning effect with minimized skin contact, and retains uneven emboss, even upon absorption of a body fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Daio Paper Corporation
    Inventor: Rie Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8748693
    Abstract: Described herein is a meltspun laminate comprising two or more layers of meltspun fabrics, wherein layers that are adjacent to one another are in situ entangled with one another to define an interfacial region of mixed fibers between the layers. Also described herein is a method of making a meltspun in situ laminate comprising simultaneously meltspinning two or more polymer melts adjacent to one another to form adjacent fabrics, wherein layers that are adjacent to one another are in situ entangled with one another to form an interfacial region of mixed fibers between the layers. Also described herein is a meltspinning apparatus comprising one or more dies, each die comprising two or more meltspinning zones, wherein each zone comprises a plurality of nozzles that are fluidly connected to the corresponding zone, and wherein each zone is fluidly connected to a melt extruder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventor: Alistair Duncan Westwood
  • Publication number: 20140128828
    Abstract: An absorbent article including a fluid permeable topsheet, a fluid impermeable backsheet and an absorbent core enclosed between the topsheet and the backsheet. The absorbent core includes a first absorbent layer having an opening extending therethrough. A fluid flow control structure is arranged between the first absorbent layer and the backsheet. The fluid flow control structure is a layered structure including a non-perforated fibrous polymeric layer and a first perforated polymeric layer having a basis weight of from 50 g/m2 to 100 g/m2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Patrik Andersson, Malin Lundman, Per Bergstrom
  • Patent number: 8715261
    Abstract: A feminine care absorbent article has a longitudinal axis, a transverse axis, and an absorbent structure configured for disposition adjacent a female wearer's vaginal region to absorb bodily fluids discharged by the wearer. The absorbent structure has end portions and a middle portion located between the end portions. The absorbent structure has at least one line of weakness disposed in one of the end portions and configured to facilitate folding of the absorbent structure in a longitudinal direction in response to a lateral compressive force. The absorbent structure has a relief for inhibiting the longitudinal folding of the absorbent structure facilitated by the at least one line of weakness from extending beyond the middle portion of the absorbent structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Carmen Lira, Adrienne Rae Loyd
  • Publication number: 20140121623
    Abstract: An absorbent article having improved handling of body exudates. The absorbent article can minimize the amount of body exudates in contact with a wearer's skin and can minimize the incidence of leakage of body exudates from the absorbent article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott S.C. Kirby, David Glen Biggs, Andrew Thomas Hammond, Eric Donald Johnson, Candace Dyan Krautkramer, Robert Lee Popp, Leila Joy Roberson, Daniel Robert Schlinz, Kendell Jean Williams, Niall Finn, Andy R. Butler
  • Publication number: 20140121625
    Abstract: An absorbent article having improved handling of body exudates. The absorbent article can minimize the amount of body exudates in contact with a wearer's skin and can minimize the incidence of leakage of body exudates from the absorbent article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott S.C. Kirby, Candace Dyan Krautkramer, Leila Joy Roberson, David Glen Biggs, Andrew Thomas Hammond, Kendell Jean Williams, Niall Finn, Andy R. Butler
  • Publication number: 20140121624
    Abstract: An absorbent article having improved handling of body exudates. The absorbent article can minimize the amount of body exudates in contact with a wearer's skin and can minimize the incidence of leakage of body exudates from the absorbent article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott S.C. Kirby, David Glen Biggs, Andrew Thomas Hammond, Erick Donald Johnson, Robert Lee Popp, Daniel Robert Schlinz, Kendell Jean Williams, Niall Finn, Andy R. Butler
  • Publication number: 20140121621
    Abstract: An absorbent article having improved handling of body exudates. The absorbent article can minimize the amount of body exudates in contact with a wearer's skin and can minimize the incidence of leakage of body exudates from the absorbent article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott S.C. Kirby, David Glen Biggs, Andrew Thomas Hammond, Eric Donald Johnson, Robert Lee Popp, Daniel Robert Schlinz, Kendell Jean Williams, Niall Finn, Andy R. Butler
  • Patent number: 8697937
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article worn about the lower torso of a wearer includes at least one pair of side panels connecting a first waist region to a second waist region forming a waist opening and a pair of leg openings. Each side panel includes a waist region, a hip region and a leg region wherein the waist region, the hip region and the leg region differs structurally, functionally and visually to provide an improved initial fit and sustained fit while exhibiting a garment-like appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Barry Robert Feist, Krista Beth Comstock, Lisa Jane Goodlander
  • Patent number: 8674171
    Abstract: A three-dimensional film for use as a transfer layer in an absorbent article has a continuous surface and a discontinuous surface disposed generally parallel to and spaced from said continuous surface; both the continuous surface and the discontinuous surface have large scale apertures defined by sidewalls originating on the surface and extending outwardly therefrom and sized to permit acquisition of fluids by gravity, and optionally each surface also includes small scale apertures sized to acquire fluids by capillary action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Tredegar Film Products Corporation
    Inventor: Rickey J. Seyler
  • Patent number: 8669412
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a laminated structure for use in an absorbent article such as a diaper, a sanitary napkin, a panty liner, an incontinence pad or similar and being defined by a plurality of material layers comprising at least a first layer which is liquid-permeable, a second layer constituting an absorbent core and a third layer, each of the layers being formed of a material having a certain pore radius. The method includes bonding together the material layers by means of at least two ultrasonic welding steps; and providing an ultrasonic welding pattern for each of the welding steps, each of the welding patterns being defined by a plurality of bonding sites. The method includes providing the welding steps for forming generally the entire absorbent article; and selecting the welding patterns in a manner so that at least the entire laminated structure has a multiple pore radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Maria Fernkvist, Maryam Tondkar
  • Patent number: 8669411
    Abstract: A sanitary napkin including a body-facing cover layer and an absorbent system adjacent the cover layer for receiving liquid therefrom, the napkin having enhanced fluid handing and masking properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventor: William G. F. Kelly
  • Patent number: 8664469
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article has front and back panels, each having an elastic film layer and each having first and second zones. The first zone of each panel is extensible and retractable and the second zone of each panel is non-extensible and non-retractable. Each of the front and back panels has first and second side edges. An absorbent assembly is secured to the front and back panels. The absorbent assembly has a first end secured to the second zone of the front panel and a second end secured to the second zone of the back panel. A pair of seams join the front and back panels together at the first and second side edges to form a disposable absorbent article having a waist opening and a pair of leg openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome Steven Veith, Paul VanGompel
  • Patent number: 8653323
    Abstract: Absorbent article, wherein a liquid acquisition/distribution region comprises an evaporation barrier, such as an apertured film and thus exhibits reduced evaporation away from the article in the direction towards the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Mattias Schmidt, Cornelia Sprengard-Eichel, Bruno Johannes Ehrnsperger
  • Patent number: 8642833
    Abstract: A reusable absorbent article includes a hydrophilic top layer, a soaking layer adjacent to and beneath the top layer, a substantially liquid impermeable layer adjacent to and beneath the soaking layer, and a backing layer adjacent to and beneath the substantially liquid impermeable layer. All of the layers are secured together to form a unitary structure. The soaking layer is a non-woven fabric having a plurality of hydrophobic fibers of a generally circular cross-sectional shape and a plurality of hydrophilic fibers of a non-circular cross-sectional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Harbor Linen LLC
    Inventors: David M. Waxman, Shih-Kuang Lien
  • Publication number: 20140031779
    Abstract: An absorbent article comprising a topsheet, a backsheet, and an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and the backsheet. The absorbent article comprises a first fluid handling zone having a first Transverse Fluid Travel Distance and a second fluid handling zone having a second Transverse Fluid Travel Distance. The first Transverse Fluid Travel Distance is at least about 50% greater than said second Transverse Fluid Travel Distance, which results in an absorbent article that is better able to handle bodily fluids and reduce the risk of accidental leakage of bodily fluids onto a consumer's undergarments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Lee Hammons, Ronald Bosman Visscher, Shreedhar Rajpanth Murthy, Jeffrey Tupper Roesgen
  • Patent number: 8633347
    Abstract: An absorbent element for the absorption of body fluids in sanitary articles comprises a first layer of sheet material presenting an array of hollowed formations (16) with respective mouth parts, as well as masses (18) of superabsorbent material that is able to expand as a result of the absorption of body fluid, which are set in the aforesaid hollowed formations (16). A second layer of sheet material (12) is applied on the first layer of sheet material (10) so as to cover the mouth parts of the hollowed formations (16). At least one of the layers of sheet material (10, 12) is permeable to body fluids to enable the body fluids themselves to penetrate into the hollowed formations and be absorbed by the masses of superabsorbent material (18) that expand in the hollowed formations (16), creating a first level of absorption of body fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Fameccanica.Data S.p.A.
    Inventors: Carlo Bianco, Domenico Polidori, Tonino De Angelis
  • Patent number: 8629316
    Abstract: A reusable absorbent article includes a hydrophilic top layer, a soaking layer adjacent to and beneath the top layer, a substantially liquid impermeable layer adjacent to and beneath the soaking layer, and a backing layer adjacent to and beneath the substantially liquid impermeable layer. All of the layers are secured together to form a unitary structure. The soaking layer is a non-woven fabric having a plurality of hydrophobic fibers of a generally circular cross-sectional shape and a plurality of hydrophilic fibers of a non-circular cross-sectional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Harbor Linen LLC
    Inventors: David M. Waxman, Shih-Kuang Lien
  • Patent number: 8614365
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a topsheet having a first portion and a second portion. The topsheet has a longitudinal centerline and a transverse centerline. The topsheet has an area. The second portion can differ in structure from the first portion. The second portion can have a structurally modified zone. The structurally modified zone has a periphery, a length, and a long axis. The length is the maximum straight-line dimension between two points on the periphery. The long axis extends between two points on the periphery separated by the length. The long axis of the structurally modified zone can be asymmetric to the longitudinal centerline. The structurally modified zone can make up more than about 5% of the area of the topsheet. The topsheet can have a lotion zone, the long axis of which is asymmetric to the longitudinal centerline and the transverse centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Lee Hammons, Sybille Fuchs, Jody Lynn Hoying, Timothy Ian Mullane, Casandre Maffett Walsh, Donna Marie Caudill, Naomi Ruth Nelson
  • Patent number: 8603053
    Abstract: The invention relates to a liquid-permeable primary dressing in the form of a supple thermoplastic section of material (1.4), comprising: a first smooth surface (4); a second surface (5) facing away from the smooth surface (4); and a plurality of three-dimensional perforations, whose walls extend from the first smooth surface (4) and end in an overhang with a free edge, thus making the second surface (5) rough to the touch. At least one of the free edges has an angled section that is approximately perpendicular to a perforation axis. In a preferred embodiment, the periphery (13) of the material section is smooth on both sides, i.e. on both the first and second surfaces (4; 5), the periphery (13) of the surface (5) that was at first rough being thermally smoothed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Birgit Riesinger
  • Patent number: 8598407
    Abstract: Absorbent articles having a liquid permeable topsheet, a liquid impermeable backsheet, and an absorbent core disposed between said topsheet and said backsheet are disclosed. The backsheet has a physical variation along at least one axis, wherein said physical variation defines a first backsheet zone and a second backsheet zone, and at least one elastomeric element having at least one primary direction of stretch, said elastomeric element at least partially overlapping and joined to first and/or second backsheet zone, wherein a relaxed pathlength of said elastomeric element in the primary direction of stretch is less than a total pathlength of said backsheet in the region of overlap. The physical variation is a measurable difference as measured by a physical property selected from the group consisting of basis weight, thickness and density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Pankaj Nigam, Mark James Kline, Jeromy Thomas Raycheck, Carl Louis Bergman
  • Patent number: 8581020
    Abstract: A film particularly suited for use as a transfer layer in an absorbent article has a plurality of capillaries and a plurality of drains, said capillaries comprising side walls depending from a female side of the film and terminating in an aperture on a male side of the film; said drains comprising side walls that depending from the female side of the film and terminating in an aperture on the male side of the film, wherein the drains are disposed at an obtuse angle relative to a base plane of the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Tredegar Film Products Corporation
    Inventors: Rickey J. Seyler, Gregory M. Rieker
  • Patent number: 8575418
    Abstract: An absorbent article, such as a diaper, sanitary napkin, incontinence guard or panty liner, including a fluid-permeable nonwoven topsheet located on the wearer-facing side thereof. The nonwoven topsheet includes a plurality of channels arranged side-by-side. The channels are located within the nonwoven topsheet, whereby gas is allowed to pass into, out of and along the channels, thus providing ventilation of the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Inge Gabrielii, Anna Nihlstrand
  • Patent number: 8569572
    Abstract: An absorbent article comprising a topsheet, a backsheet, and an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and the backsheet. The absorbent article comprises a first fluid handling zone having a first Transverse Fluid Travel Distance and a second fluid handling zone having a second Transverse Fluid Travel Distance. The first Transverse Fluid Travel Distance is at least about 50% greater than said second Transverse Fluid Travel Distance, which results in an absorbent article that is better able to handle bodily fluids and reduce the risk of accidental leakage of bodily fluids onto a consumer's undergarments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Lee Hammons, Ronald Bosman Visscher, Shreedhar Rajpanth Murthy, Jeffrey Tupper Roesgen
  • Patent number: 8558053
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article worn about the lower torso of a wearer includes at least one pair of side panels connecting a first waist region to a second waist region forming a waist opening and a pair of leg openings. Each side panel includes a waist region, a hip region and a leg region wherein the waist region, the hip region and the leg region differs structurally, functionally, and visually to provide an improved initial fit and sustained fit while exhibiting a garment-like appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Barry Robert Feist, Krista Beth Comstock, Lisa Jane Goodlander
  • Patent number: 8546642
    Abstract: An absorbent article, such as a sanitary napkin, includes a top sheet and a back sheet with a resilient, composite absorbent core sandwiched therebetween. To decrease the stiffness, the absorbent core includes an outer line and an inner line on each side of a longitudinal centerline. The outer line includes a plurality of slits having spaces therebetween, and the outer line extends convexly when viewed from the longitudinal centerline. The plurality of slits in the absorbent core impart better bending ability of the absorbent article, particular for stiff airlaid absorbent cores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Jehann Biggs, Raquel Carbonari
  • Patent number: 8529942
    Abstract: A wound care dressing comprising one or more nonwoven blankets, where each nonwoven blanket comprises a plurality of fibers, where each of the plurality of fibers are formed from one or more saccharides in optional combination with one or more medicaments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: David M. Dixon
  • Patent number: 8519213
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a liquid pervious liner, a liquid impervious back sheet, and an absorbent composite located between the liner and the back sheet. The absorbent composite includes a first sheet, a second sheet, and a unitary absorbent core. The unitary absorbent core has a plurality of holes there through, wherein each hole has an area less than 200 mm2. The unitary absorbent core has a uniform density and is positioned between the first sheet and the second sheet. The first sheet is directly joined with the second sheet at a plurality of bond points. The bond points are located within the holes and are substantially devoid of absorbent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Barth Venturino, Daniel Robert Schlinz, John Timothy Hahn
  • Patent number: 8450556
    Abstract: A shaped sheet, comprising: a plurality of protrusions (3) on one surface side of the shaped sheet formed of fibers; and connecting portions (5) for being barriers and connecting the protrusions (3) to one another, wherein the connecting portion (5) has a fiber density higher than a fiber density of the protrusion (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Takanobu Miyamoto, Takeshi Miyamura, Taeko Kanai, Aya Yoshimoto, Soichi Fujita, Hiromichi Suzuki, Wataru Saka, Shinobu Takei
  • Patent number: 8426672
    Abstract: A method for forming a hook-engageable landing zone on a fibrous surface by selecting a region of the surface to form the landing zone, by raising fibers from the surface in the selected region to form fibrous loops extending from the surface, and by anchoring the fibrous loops in the selected region to secure the loops and resist pullout during hook engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Velcro Industries B.V.
    Inventors: Howard A. Kingsford, Mark A. Clarner, Scott M. Filion, Melissa Spezzafero
  • Patent number: 8415524
    Abstract: A three-dimensional film for use as an acquisition distribution layer in an absorbent article comprising a first surface with drains extending downward from the first surface, the drains being capable of transmitting fluid by gravity; and protrusions extending upward from the first surface to an upper surface with at least one capillary extending downward from the upper surface, the capillaries being capable of transmitting fluid in contact with the upper surface by capillary action. The drains rapidly transmit fluid through the film, particularly fluid that is dynamically-deposited. The capillaries transmit statically-retained fluid that is in contact with the upper surface of the protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Tredegar Film Products Corporation
    Inventor: Rickey J. Seyler
  • Publication number: 20130072891
    Abstract: An absorbent material including a fibrous material having a plurality of individual fibers forming a fiber matrix, a plurality of absorbent fibers, wherein the plurality of absorbent fibers are impregnated within the fiber matrix by means of a needlepunch process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Y. Fung