And Waist Opening Patents (Class 604/385.29)
  • Patent number: 10987255
    Abstract: A stretchable/contractible sheet having an up-down direction and a left-right direction intersecting each other includes a first sheet; a second sheet; welded portions; and elastic members. Elastic members are arranged between the first sheet and the second sheet by welded portions and with a space in the up-down direction. The welded portions include a first welded portion; and a third welded portion. The welded portions further include a second welded portion; and a fourth welded portion. The first welded portion and the third welded portion have portions that overlap in the up-down direction. A length of a portion where the first welded portion and the third welded portion overlap in the up-down direction is larger than a length in the up-down direction between a lowermost end of the first welded portion and a lowermost end of the third welded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: UNICHARM Corporation
    Inventor: Toshifumi Ohtsubo
  • Patent number: 10980678
    Abstract: A stretchable/contractible sheet having an up-down direction and a left-right direction intersecting each other is provided. The stretchable and contractible sheet includes: a first welded-portion row including a plurality of welded portions arranged side-by-side in the up-down direction; and a second welded-portion row including the plurality of welded portions located adjacent to the first welded-portion row on a one side in the left-right direction. The first welded-portion row includes: a first convex portion protruding toward the one side; and a second convex portion. The second welded-portion row includes a third convex portion protruding toward another side opposite to the one side in the left-right direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshifumi Ohtsubo
  • Patent number: 10973704
    Abstract: Articles of the present disclosure may have a tensile stress of the front proximal tummy zone higher than the tensile stress of any of the front waist zone, the front distal tummy zone, or the front leg zone, and a tensile stress of the back distal tummy zone higher than any of the tensile stress of the back waist zone, the back proximal tummy zone, or the back leg zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Koichi Morimoto, Chunmin Cheng, Ling Tong
  • Patent number: 10966874
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to absorbent article's chassis that may comprise one or more pluralities of tightly spaced (less than 4 mm, less than 3 mm, less than 2 mm, and less than 1 mm) and/or low decitex (less than 300, less than 200, less than 100 dtex) and/or low strain (less than 300%, less than 200%, less than 100%) elastics to deliver low pressure less than 1 psi (according to the conditions defined by the Pressure-Under-Strand Test in the Method below) under the elastics. The elastics in the chassis may be oriented parallel or transverse to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVON, Uwe Schneider, Bret Darren Seitz, Sarah Marie Wade, Joseph Allen Eckstein
  • Patent number: 10932957
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a front waist region, a back waist region, and a crotch region extending between and interconnecting the front and back waist regions. The article comprises an outer cover, a body-side liner, an absorbent assembly between the outer cover and the body-side liner, and leg and flap elastic composites including a containment flap portion and a gasket portion. Each of the composites are attached to the liner such that one of the composites is disposed adjacent one side edge of the liner and the other composite is disposed adjacent the other side edge of the liner, each of the composites extend longitudinally from the front waist region to the back waist region, and each of the composites have a deadened portion in the front waist region or the back waist region. The article further includes a waist elastic member extending longitudinally between the deadened portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Luis Alberto Tenorio, Jeffrey Alan DeBroux, David Kyle Stankewicz, Darin Allen Engelhart, James Richard Schermerhorn, Michael Donald Sperl, Daniel Mark Duhm, Michael Lee Lohoff, Anita Marie-Nanette Gilgenbach, Kenneth James Quella
  • Patent number: 10918536
    Abstract: A diaper has vertical and lateral directions, and a skin facing surface and a non-skin facing surface on an opposite side thereof, includes a front waist region, a rear waist region, a crotch region positioned between the front and rear waist regions, and includes a pair of leg openings, and a waist opening defined by side edges of the front and rear waist regions. At least one of the front and rear waist regions includes a pair of tape fasteners fixed to the non-skin facing surface of the side edges. At least one of the front and rear waist regions includes a pocket openable toward the crotch region, on the skin facing surface. An upper end of a fixing part of the tape fastener is positioned at a lower side of a closing edge (folding part) positioned on the waist opening side of the pocket in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuya Inoue, Shunsuke Takino, Hideaki Maki
  • Patent number: 10905605
    Abstract: A pull-on wearable article includes a main portion including an outer cover, the main portion defining a front waist region, a rear waist region, and a crotch region extending between and connecting the front and rear waist regions. First and second extendable side regions extend between and connect the main portion front waist region and the main portion rear waist region to form the article in a closed waist configuration, at least a portion of each side regions being extendable between a relaxed state and an extended state. An informational image is disposed in at least the first side region. The article may further include a texture feature formed in an outer surface of the article and positioned proximate to the informational image to form a composite image. Alternatively or additionally, the image includes a cognitively functional graphic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Melanie D Allen, Kathleen Quinlan Ames-Ooten, Mark John Ciesko, Barry Robert Feist, Eiro Fukkuda, George Bartol Glackin
  • Patent number: 10905602
    Abstract: An array of gender-specific disposable absorbent articles is provided. The array has a first disposable absorbent article adapted to be worn by males and a second disposable article adapted to be worn by females. Both articles have in their longitudinal direction, a front portion, a back portion and a crotch portion between the front portion and the back portion. The first article has a first elastic component configured for providing fit and comfort to a male user. The second article has a second elastic component configured for providing fit and comfort to a female user. The first and the second elastic components each have a plurality of elastic elements extending at least partly along each respective article. The first and second elastic components differ from each other in at least the positioning or the elastic strength of the respective elastic elements. A method for manufacturing the array is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Anna Klinte Olsson, Lucas B├Ąck
  • Patent number: 10888468
    Abstract: The present invention provides a disposable wearing article which prevents a position shift of a front waist region without a part of a front waist region receding in a concave portion of the abdomen of the wearer. A plurality of linear front waist elastics contractible in a lateral direction is disposed in a front waist region of a disposable wearing article. The front waist elastics have (include) a first elastic positioned adjacent to an outer side of a front-end edge of a liquid absorbent core in a vertical direction, a second elastic positioned adjacent to an inner side of the front-end edge in the vertical direction, and a third elastic positioned adjacent to an inner side of the second elastic in the vertical direction. A contractile force of the first elastic and the second elastic is weaker than a contractile force of the third elastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideaki Maki, Shunsuke Takino, Takuya Inoue
  • Patent number: 10632026
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent garment includes front and rear panels with zones of elastification and non-elastication in the abdomen and rear regions of the garments. The zones of elastification comprise an elastified region, and a non-elastified region or a de-elastified region. The elastified non-elastified or de-elastified regions work in tandem to provide greater contour support and improved fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: ATTENDS HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Trenton T. Ottery, William W. Gaston, Richard E. Finlayson, Brenda Roberson-Brown
  • Patent number: 10617574
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes an absorbent main body, side flaps, leakage barriers, and an elastic member joined in between the side flaps in the absorbent main body, and stretchable and shrinkable in a width direction. Each leakage barrier includes a standing portion in which an outer side in the width direction is a fixed end, and an inner side in the width direction is a free end, and a supporting portion which is adjacent to one end portion in a longitudinal direction of the standing portion and overlaps with the elastic member in a thickness direction. The supporting portion is fixed to the absorbent main body by the heat welding portion. Each side flap is folded to the inner side in the width direction at a position of a folding line which passes through the supporting portion and extends along the longitudinal direction in a plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Sakaguchi, Maika Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10492958
    Abstract: The present invention provides an underpants-type disposable diaper that has pleats formed in an outer body, which vertically and straightly extend, is excellent in appearance and air permeability, and is excellent in drawing preventing performance of a resilient and elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: DAIO PAPER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomotsugu Matsui, Yosuke Mori, Shunji Seno, Kento Fujima
  • Patent number: 10406040
    Abstract: A disposable article includes a topsheet, a backsheet, and an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and backsheet; and an elasticized waist gasketing element. The elasticized waist gasketing element has a lateral outboard edge and a longitudinal array of elastic members. The longitudinal array includes a primary waist elastic member disposed inboard of the waist edge by a minimum longitudinal distance A, a secondary waist elastic member disposed inboard of the primary waist elastic member by a minimum longitudinal distance B. The waist gasketing element comprises a Force Ratio of at least about 1.1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kumardipti Chatterjee, Jeromy Thomas Raycheck
  • Patent number: 10327966
    Abstract: A modified diaper for allowing its top edge to be pulled back without placing one's finger inside the diaper. The modified diaper includes a diaper base that includes an edge tab. The diaper base defines a conventional disposable baby diaper. The edge tab defines an exterior flap which extends around the circumference of a top edge of the diaper base to form a finger slot that extends from around the entire exterior circumference of the diaper base. A user can insert their finger into this finger slot in order to pull the adjacent section of the top edge of the diaper base, and the portions of the diaper base adjacent to that top edge section, away from the waist of a wearer of the modified diaper without needing to stick their finger into the area between the wearer and the modified diaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Scottie Watson
  • Patent number: 10292874
    Abstract: A dual-mode high-waist disposable absorbent pant with foldover waist features is disclosed. The pant may include a laterally extending folding region disposed longitudinally between the waist opening edge and the front and/or rear ends of an absorbent core structure; the folding region may include a first web structure. The pant may also include a waistband region disposed longitudinally between the waist opening edge and the folding region; the waistband region may include a second web structure and one or a plurality of laterally extending, pre-strained elastic member(s) disposed between a first pair of layers. The second web structure may differ in configuration from the first web structure. The longitudinal dimension between the waist opening edge of the pant and the leg opening edges may be at least 30 percent of the overall length of the pant when in an open, fully extended and flattened condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Sarah Marie Wade, Masaharu Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 10105269
    Abstract: A diaper having an elastic chest band on an extended front portion of a diaper coupled to an elastic upper back band on an extended back portion that prevents bodily waste leaking onto to a wearer's upper torso. The diaper has a pair of wrap around sides. In one example embodiment, the diaper has a pair of absorbent wings coupled to a center panel of the diaper that wrap around a wearer's torso, keeping the diaper snuggly fitting and preventing bodily waste leakage. The diaper has a pair of leg portions that extend down a wearer's thighs, each having a bottom elastic band to prevent leakage down the legs. The diaper has a belt in one example embodiment and an indicator strip in another example embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Chandrawatti Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10085894
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, a front region, a crotch region, and a back region. The absorbent article has a main portion, a side portion, and a waist portion. The waist portion has a belt portion that has a front belt portion having elastomeric material and a back belt portion having elastomeric material. The front belt portion has a first elastic section and a second elastic section, each section having force zones. The back belt portion has a third elastic section and a fourth elastic section, each section having force zones. The force zones in the portions alternate between a high force zone and a low force zone in at least one belt portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Masaharu Nishikawa, Jacob Alan Barnhorst
  • Patent number: 10034801
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an array of packages may comprise two or more different sizes of disposable absorbent articles. The Array Average Length Difference of at least the first and second absorbent articles in the array is less than about 65 mm and greater than about negative 10 mm. In another embodiment, a disposable absorbent article may have a Product Length is within about +/?40 mm of the Target Rise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Bret Darren Seitz, Gary Dean LaVon
  • Patent number: 9867412
    Abstract: An article includes a chassis and a belt to be placed around the waist of a wearer and separable from the chassis. A front and/or rear portion of the chassis includes a pair of first fasteners detachably attachable to the outer surface of the belt and separated by a first distance. The chassis includes a pair of first stretch markings related to the first distance. The belt includes a pair of second stretch markings marking a second distance when in a relaxed state and a predetermined third distance when in a stretched state. In a relaxed state, the first stretch markings are positioned in conjunction with or within the second stretch markings allowing the chassis to be attached to the belt in the relaxed state via the first fasteners and allowing the belt to be stretched into the third distance without jeopardizing the fastening of the first fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Roy Hansson, Niklas Svensson
  • Patent number: 9814633
    Abstract: A pull-on diaper for younger baby has a transverse direction and a longitudinal direction, front and waist regions, a crotch region, and rear waist regions and leg cuffs extending along respective laterals of the crotch region. Each of front and rear waist panels is sectionalized into a first elastically contractible region and a second elastically contractible region wherein a dimensional ratio in the longitudinal direction between the first elastically contractible region and the second elastically contractible region is in a range of 1:1.6 to 1:2.2 and an elongation ratio of waist elastics attached to the first elastically contractible region is lower than an elongation ratio of the waist elastics attached to the second elastically contractible region and the elongation ratio of the waist elastics attached to the second elastically contractible region is lower than an elongation ratio of leg cuff elastics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masumi Fukuzawa, Shunsuke Masaki
  • Patent number: 9789010
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article includes a bodyside liner, an outer cover, an absorbent body disposed between the liner and the outer cover, a front waist region, a back waist region, a crotch region extending between and interconnecting the front and back waist regions, and a tear away section configured to be torn from the absorbent article when at least a threshold force is applied to the tear away section. The front and back waist regions are attached to each other by side panels at least partially defining leg openings and a waist opening of the absorbent article. The tear away section extends from the waist opening to a respective leg opening and is defined by at least one line of weakness. The tear away section has a tear strength greater than the threshold force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Long, Julie Paveletzke
  • Patent number: 9592163
    Abstract: Disposable pull-on diapers of the present disclosure may have optimized waist circumferential length and leg opening length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Koichi Morimoto, Takashi Umeo, Hiroyuki Ueno, Katsuhiro Yonemura
  • Patent number: 9561138
    Abstract: In the disclosed absorbent article, in a first region, a first elastic member extends linearly in the widthwise direction, in a second region, a second elastic member extends linearly in the widthwise direction, the elongational stress of the first elastic member is greater than the elongational stress of the second elastic member, and the length in the widthwise direction of the joining region that is of both the main body of an absorbent body and a chassis in the first region is configured in a manner so as to be shorter than the length in the widthwise direction of the joining region that is of both the main body of the absorbent body and the chassis in the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirotomo Mukai, Yoshihisa Watabe
  • Patent number: 9498388
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a chassis having a substantially rectangular shape a first portion, a second portion and a crotch portion extending between the first and second portion, a portion of the chassis being configured to absorb fluids. The absorbent article includes a first securement portion operatively coupled to the first portion of the chassis. The absorbent article includes a second securement portion operatively coupled to the second portion of the chassis and configured to releasably attach to the first securement portion. The chassis is configured to include one of a first chassis length or a second chassis length. When the chassis includes the first length, the chassis includes a first width and the first securement portion includes a second width, and when the chassis includes the second length, the chassis includes the first width and the first securement portion includes a third width, greater than the second width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Love, Amin Setoodeh, Bridget Donovan
  • Patent number: 9393162
    Abstract: Absorbent articles that include elastics in multiple layers are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Sarah Marie Wade, Tina Marie Glahn, Gary Dean Lavon, Diana Woehnl Juratovac, Kaoru Ishihara, Masaharu Nishikawa, Ronald Joseph Zink, Anna Elizabeth Macura
  • Patent number: 9339425
    Abstract: An absorbent article has a pair of leg cuffs adapted to fit about the legs of a wearer and a pair of containment flaps adapted to provide a barrier to the lateral flow of body exudates. Each containment flaps includes a seam bonding the respective containment flap to the article and at least one elastic member spaced from the seam. A fastening system includes a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system. The secondary fastening system comprises a pair of secondary first fastening components and a pair of secondary second fastening components. Each of the secondary first fastening components is laterally located relative to one of the containment flaps such that an outboard-most longitudinal edge of the secondary first fastening component is spaced laterally inward from the seam and an inboard-most longitudinal edge of the secondary first fastening component is spaced laterally outward from the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, David Fleger Bishop, Robert Lee Popp, Wendy Lynn VanDyke
  • Patent number: 9333121
    Abstract: In a disposable diaper, ends at a front waistline region side of the disposable diaper within a stretchable range in leg stretch units are configured so as to be closer to an end at the front waistline region side as compared to an end at the front waistline region side within a stretchable range in the crotch stretch unit. Ends at a rear waistline region side within the stretchable range in the leg stretch units are configured so as to be closer to an end at the rear waistline region side as compared to an end at the rear waistline region side within the stretchable range in the crotch stretch unit. A tensile modulus of the crotch stretch unit is configured so as to be greater than a tensile modulus of the leg stretch units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Sakaguchi, Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Tetsuo Okubo
  • Patent number: 9333122
    Abstract: A disposable wearing article including a buttocks-covering section having tensile force sufficient to prevent this section from lifting and/or quirking during use of the wearing article and being free from anxiety that the buttocks-covering section might irritate the wearer's skin even if this section comes in contact with the wearer's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke Takino, Hiroki Mori
  • Patent number: 9320658
    Abstract: A disposable wearing article includes an absorber having a crotch region that is in contact with a crotch portion of the wearer, and a back region arranged posterior to the crotch region and in contact with the hip portion of the wearer, and in the crotch region, a pair of curving means are provided along the crosswise direction so as to enable the absorber to curve in a convex shape in an inner direction, and outside the widthwise direction of the curving means, a pair of lifting units are provided along the crosswise direction so as to enable the absorber to be lifted up in an inner direction in the back region, and the back ends of the curving means are positioned anterior to the back ends of the lifting units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takaya Arayama, Hirotomo Mukai
  • Patent number: 9139939
    Abstract: Methods of treating laminates, treated laminates, and articles with treated laminates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Robert Haines Turner, Jonathan Aaron Lu, Antonius Lambertus De Beer, Lisa Marie Reynolds, Randall Allen Myers, Walter Douglas Daniels, David D. Newkirk
  • Patent number: 9107778
    Abstract: A disposable wearing includes a crotch chassis having a liquid-impervious sheet. The crotch chassis has a main region and opposite lateral portions lying outboard of the main region in the transverse direction and provided with leg elastic elements extending in the longitudinal direction. The opposite lateral portions respectively have fold lines extending in the longitudinal direction, outer side zones lying outboard of the respective fold lines in the transverse direction and inner side zones lying inboard of the respective fold lines in the transverse direction. The outer side zones of the respective lateral portions are folded inward and fixed to the associated inner side zones via associated bond zones extending in the longitudinal direction to form a pair of elastic lateral portions having folded back regions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichi Sasayama, Makoto Ichikawa, Kunihiko Katsuragawa
  • Patent number: 9089458
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a liquid permeable bodyside liner for facing the wearer, an outer cover for facing away from the wearer, and an absorbent body disposed between the liner and the outer cover. A primary fastening system is provided for securing the article in a wear configuration having a waist opening and a pair of leg openings spaced from the waist opening. A secondary fastening system comprises a pair of tabs having a fastener region selectively attachable to the article and an attachment region defining a portion of the primary fastening system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Faulks, Robert Lee Popp, Michael D. Sperl, Nancy Meetz, Sandra M. Rogers
  • Patent number: 9072632
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, a front region, a crotch region, and a back region. The absorbent article has a main portion, a side portion, and a waist portion. The waist portion has a belt portion that has a front belt portion having elastomeric material and a back belt portion having elastomeric material. The front belt portion has a first elastic section and a second elastic section, each section having force zones. The back belt portion has a third elastic section and a fourth elastic section, each section having force zones. The force zones in the portions alternate between a high force zone and a low force zone in at least one belt portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Masaharu Nishikawa, Jacob Alan Barnhorst
  • Patent number: 9044357
    Abstract: A diaper includes front and rear waist members and a crotch member. The front and rear waist members are respectively formed with first narrowly-spaced elastic zones, widely-spaced elastic zones and second narrowly-spaced elastic zones adjacent one to another. Front and rear ends of the crotch member are bonded to respective sides of the front and rear waist members so that the crotch member's front and rear ends may positionally correspond to the second narrowly-spaced elastic zones. Cover sheets are attached to the side of the crotch member to cover the crotch member's front and rear ends respectively. A length dimension of the cover sheet in the longitudinal direction is set to be smaller than those of the front and rear waist members and a length dimension of the cover sheet in the transverse direction is substantially equal to those of the front and rear waist members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Ichikawa, Kenichi Sasayama, Kunihiko Katsuragawa
  • Patent number: 9039669
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, a front region, a crotch region, and a back region. The absorbent article has a main portion, a side portion, and a waist portion. The waist portion has a belt portion that has a front belt portion having elastomeric material and a back belt portion having elastomeric material. The front belt portion has a first elastic section and a second elastic section, each section having force zones. The back belt portion has a third elastic section and a fourth elastic section, each section having force zones. The force zones in the portions alternate between a high force zone and a low force zone in at least one belt portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Masaharu Nishikawa, Jacob Alan Barnhorst
  • Publication number: 20150126956
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article is disclosed that includes a first waist region, a second waist region, a crotch region disposed between the first waist region and second waist region, a waist edge in the first waist region, at least one waistband in the first waist region, at least one fastener in the second waist region, and at least one discrete landing zone in the first waist region, the discrete landing zone comprising an lateral inboard edge, wherein the discrete landing zone and the waistband overlap to form an overlap region in the first waist region, and wherein the waistband does not overlap the lateral inboard edge of the discrete landing zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Jeromy Thomas Raycheck, Andrew James Sauer, Mark James Kline, Kathleen Marie` Lawson, Zachary Aaron Freije
  • Publication number: 20150126954
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article is disclosed that includes a first waist region, a second waist region, a crotch region disposed between the first waist region and second waist region, a waist edge in the first waist region, at least one waistband in the first waist region adjacent the waist edge, and at least one fastener in the second waist region, wherein the first waist region has a resiliency of greater than about 5 mJ and a stiffness of less than about 10 N.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew James Sauer, Jeromy Thomas Raycheck, Mark James Kline, Kathleen Marie Lawson
  • Publication number: 20150126955
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article is disclosed that includes a first waist region, a second waist region, a crotch region disposed between the first waist region and second waist region, a waist edge in the first waist region, at least one waistband in the first waist region adjacent the waist edge, at least one fastener in the second waist region, and a waist assembly in the first waist region, wherein the waist assembly has a Corrugation Regularity greater than about 75%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew James Sauer, Jeromy Thomas Raycheck, Mark James Kline, Kathleen Marie Lawson
  • Patent number: 9023006
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a wearing article adapted to prevent unintentional displacement of a crotch region relative to front and rear waist regions by elastics attached to the crotch region. A diaper includes front and rear waist members, a crotch member by the intermediary of which the front and rear waist members are connected with each other. The rear waist member is formed with a waist fit section and an appendix section. Of the crotch member, front and rear ends including front and rear end flaps are bonded to the front and rear waist members, respectively, to form front and rear bonded regions. Both side flaps are provided on respective inner surfaces thereof with gasket elastics attached thereto. Each of the gasket elastic overlaps at one end with a part of the front waist elastic and overlaps at the other end with a part of the appendix section elastic. Furthermore, the one end overlaps with the front bonded region and the other end overlaps with the rear bonded regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke Takino, Shunsuke Masaki
  • Patent number: 9011404
    Abstract: A pull-on absorbent article including a front outer cover to be worn around a wearer's front side, a rear outer cover to be worn around the wearer's rear side, and an absorbent assembly fixed to the front and the rear outer cover so as to bridge them and having a pair of side seals. The length of each of the front and the outer cover in the longitudinal direction of the article is uniform in the lateral direction and larger than that of the side seals so that the front and the outer cover have extension portions that extend downward from the side seals. The extension portions of the front and/or the rear outer cover have an elasticized region extensible in the lateral direction in a region located laterally outward of each side edge of the absorbent assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Kobayashi, Ryoichi Yamamoto, Kenji Ando, Takuo Yanashima, Akio Morita
  • Patent number: 8998872
    Abstract: In a crotch region in the disclosed absorbent article, a waist elastic member provided in a front waist region, and waist elastic members provided in a rear waist region are arranged so as to not come into contact with each other, and a linear identification part is provided in either the front waist region or the rear waist region, in a manner such that in a first region wherein an absorbent main body is provided the identification part is only visible from the side of the absorbent article which is not in contact with the skin, and in a second region wherein the absorbent main body is not provided the identification part is visible from both the side of the absorbent article which is in contact with the skin and that which is not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotomo Mukai, Yoshihisa Watabe
  • Patent number: 8986276
    Abstract: In a disposable wearing article, front and rear waist elastics are attached between respective outer and inner sheets. An absorbent structure and leg-cuffs are attached to an inner side of the inner sheet. Lateral proximal portions of the respective leg cuffs are bonded between the absorbent structure and the inner sheet and lateral distal portions of the respective leg cuffs extend outwardly in a transverse direction beyond the absorbent structure and are not bonded to the inner sheet. These lateral distal portions are provided with a plurality of cuff elastics. Front and rear waist regions respectively include first through third sub-regions which are adjacent one to another in this order and the respective sub-regions are provided with first through third waist elastics. A tensile stress in the first and third sub-regions is higher than that in the second sub-region and the cuff elastics extend to at least the second sub-region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Kawakami, Shoshi Kosaka
  • Patent number: 8979816
    Abstract: A disposable wearing article includes front and rear outer sheets, an inner sheet, and front and rear waist-opening sheets. Each of first sheet segments of the waist-opening sheets is longer than the corresponding second sheet segments. End portions are bonded to outer surfaces of the outer sheets. In areas where the end portions are spaced apart from the front and rear outer sheets, the first sheet segments and the inner sheet are overlapped to form low stiffness sub-regions. In respective sides inboard of the low stiffness sub-regions, the inner sheet, the front and rear outer sheets and the first sheet segments are respectively overlapped to form inner high stiffness sub-regions, and in respective sides outboard of the low stiffness sub-regions, the inner sheet, the second sheet segments and the first sheet segments are overlapped to form outer high stiffness sub-regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke Kawakami
  • Publication number: 20150073374
    Abstract: In a disposable diaper, ends at a front waistline region side of the disposable diaper within a stretchable range in leg stretch units are configured so as to be closer to an end at the front waistline region side as compared to an end at the front waistline region side within a stretchable range in the crotch stretch unit. Ends at a rear waistline region side within the stretchable range in the leg stretch units are configured so as to be closer to an end at the rear waistline region side as compared to an end at the rear waistline region side within the stretchable range in the crotch stretch unit. A tensile modulus of the crotch stretch unit is configured so as to be greater than a tensile modulus of the leg stretch units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Sakaguchi, Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Tetsuo Okubo
  • Publication number: 20150073373
    Abstract: An absorbent article that has an exterior body. In the exterior body has an edge part which is forming a part of the leg opening unit. A rear end of the absorber is positioned in the crotch region so as not to overlap with a waistline elastic member. In an absorber disposition region in which the absorber is disposed, an end in a widthwise direction of the exterior body is positioned inside in the widthwise direction more significantly than an end in the widthwise direction of the absorber, and a part of a leg-holes elastic member is disposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Hirotomo Mukai, Takaya Arayama
  • Patent number: 8961488
    Abstract: A wearing article has a chassis and leg elastic members of a flat band shape that are attached to the chassis along leg side edges thereof. The chassis has regions each of which overlaps one of the leg elastic members and includes at least one series of depressions extending along the respective leg side edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Toshifumi Otsubo, Tatsuya Hashimoto, Mariko Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8961487
    Abstract: A method of making an elastic composite is described that entails conveying a first sheet of material on a conveyor, and wrapping a section of elastic about the first sheet and the conveyor, thereby applying elastics cross directionally across the first sheets. A second sheet of material is applied onto the first sheet having elastics applied thereon, thereby creating a subcomposite including the first sheet, the second sheet, and elastics sandwiched therebetween, wherein a plurality of elastics extend outward from the one side of the subcomposite, about the conveyor, and return into an opposite side of the subcomposite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: DSG Technology Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: Patrick King Yu Tsang, Anne Smid, Andrew C. Wright, Eugenio G. Varona
  • Patent number: 8939957
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article may include a topsheet, a backsheet, an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and the backsheet, and a leg gasketing system. The leg gasketing system may include an inner cuff and an outer cuff; the inner cuff may include an inner cuff folded edge and an inner cuff material edge and the outer cuff may include an outer cuff folded edge and an outer cuff material edge such that the web of material is folded laterally inward to form the outer cuff folded edge and folded laterally outward to form the inner cuff material edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jeromy Thomas Raycheck, Lisa Jane Goodlander, Lisa Maria Grinkemeyer, Jessica Lee Mosman, Jason Edward Naylor, LeAnne Nichole Phillips
  • Patent number: 8936586
    Abstract: A reusable outer cover is provided. The reusable outer cover is configured for use with a disposable absorbent insert to together form a wearable absorbent article. The reusable outer cover may be configured as a pull-on pant and may include a front waist region, a rear waist region, a crotch region disposed intermediate the front waist region and the rear waist region, and a wearer-facing surface. The wearer-facing surface of the front waist region or the rear waist region may include an insert fastener component. The reusable outer cover may further include a grasping aid configured to assist in the application of the article onto a wearer. The grasping aid may be force-coupled to the insert fastener component or to a reduced elongation zone in the reusable outer cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Donald Carroll Roe
  • Patent number: 8926579
    Abstract: A reusable outer cover configured to be engaged with a disposable absorbent insert is provided. The reusable outer cover comprises front and rear waist regions configured to be joined together by a fastening zone. The fastening zone comprises a first side on the front waist region and a second side on the rear waist region. The first side comprises a first portion and a second portion. The first portion comprises a first fastening component and the second portion comprises a second fastening component. The second side comprises a third portion and a fourth portion. The third portion comprises a third fastening component and the fourth portion comprises a fourth fastening component. The first and third fastening components have a first fastening property and the second and fourth fastening components have a second, different fastening property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Samantha Chen-Yee Wang, Donald Carroll Roe