By Fabric Strip Fastener Element (e.g., Hook And Loop Type Fastener) Patents (Class 604/391)
  • Patent number: 10478351
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide for improved adjustability and engaging placement of absorbent incontinence articles. An absorbent article designed to fit various body contours and sizes and facilitate placements of the scrotum or genitals for comfort. An absorbent article may include a structure materials to absorb fluid, for instance a paper or napkin-like article made using virgin fiber or recycled fibers in order to achieve certain softness and strength attributes. The article, for instance a sheath, liner, or barrier, is adapted to provide at least one split or cleft, and thus absorbent flaps, at the bottom of the barrier to engage a crotch of the underwear and restrict movement of the article and facilitate comfortable placement of genitals as preferred and to achieve an engaged geometry of article with underwear. The absorbent article also includes graduated placement indicia to facilitate retention of proper fit based on body size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Lawrence M. Alligood
  • Patent number: 10363176
    Abstract: A refastenable disposable garment defines a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction, and comprises a first waist region contiguous with a first waist edge. The first waist region defines first and second side edges transversely spaced apart and defines first and second surfaces. The first waist region is elastomeric proximal both the first and second side edges. The garment can include a second waist region and a crotch region that interconnects the first and second waist regions. The garment comprises non-extensible, relatively rigid first and second fastening components attached to the first surface of the first waist region adjacent the first and second side edges, respectively. The first waist region defines first and second flange portions transversely outward of the first and second fastening components, respectively. Each flange portion is transversely curled toward the second surface. A process for making such an article is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian K. Rhodes, Suzanne M. Schmoker, Kimberly L. Ellefson, Julie A. Paveletzke, Kimberly M. Downs, Brent C. Otis
  • Patent number: 10342652
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a prosthetic knit based on at least a first yarn of biocompatible polymer material defining first and second opposite and openwork faces, and on at least a second biocompatible and heat-fusible monofilament yarn, forming barbs that protrude outwards from at least said first face and are obtained by melting loops generated by said second yarn, the chart followed for the knitting of said first and second yarns on a warp knitting machine having three guide bars B1, B2, B3 being the following, according to the ISO 11676 standard:—Bar B1: 1.0/0.1//—Bar B2: 1.0/7.7/6.6/7.7//—Bar B3: 2.1/5.5/3.4/0.0// said second yarn following the chart of bar B3. The present invention also relates to a process for manufacturing such a knit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Sofradim Production
    Inventors: Julie Lecuivre, Xavier Bourges, Pierre Bailly
  • Patent number: 10231887
    Abstract: The application relates to an absorbent disposable incontinence diaper (2, 2a) of the open type having an at least three-part diaper cover (3) with an inner side (30) and an outer side (31), the diaper cover comprising a main part (4) and at least two separate rear side parts (16). The main part (4) has a front region (6), a rear region (8) and a crotch region (12), which lies therebetween in the longitudinal direction (21) and comes to lie between the legs of a user. The rear side parts (16) are arranged on both sides of the rear region (8) of the main part (4) in such a manner that said rear side parts (16) are fixed in first overlap regions (40) with the outer side thereof on the inner side of the main part (4) along rear, lateral longitudinal edges (20). The rear side parts (16) extend in the transverse direction (22) over the rear lateral longitudinal edges (20) of the main part (4) and have closure means (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Paul Hartman AG
    Inventor: Theresia Knecht
  • Patent number: 9788614
    Abstract: A female loop portion for a hook and loop self-adhesive, comprising a film (1) made of at least one thermoplastic and a plurality of filaments (2) which are separate from one another and attached to one of the surfaces of the film, each filament comprising a series of fastening sections (15) and a series of loop sections (4) alternating with the fastening sections, the filaments being attached to the film along the fastening sections while the loop sections are at a distance from the film so as to form loops, and characterized in that a cross-sectional area of one loop section of a filament is less than a cross-sectional area of one fastening section of said one filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: APLIX
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Ducauchuis, Anthony Mahe
  • Patent number: 9603419
    Abstract: Unique designs, devices, systems, materials and fabrication methods are provided including adhesive closure devices that are easily released and are suitable for extended/repeated use in a variety of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: University of Massachusetts
    Inventors: Alfred J. Crosby, Michael D. Bartlett, Duncan J. Irschick, Daniel R. King
  • Patent number: 9597237
    Abstract: An absorbent article is provided. The absorbent article includes an absorbent assembly having a liquid permeable inner layer, an outer layer, and an absorbent body between the inner and outer layers. A pair of ears extend transversely outward from opposite sides of the absorbent assembly in a back waist region, each of the ears having a primary first fastening-component that is selectively engagable with a primary second fastening-component in a front waist region. There is a pair of spaced-apart secondary first fastening-components disposed on the outer layer in the front waist region, each of the secondary first fastening-components being selectively engageable with the secondary second fastening-components. Each secondary first fastening-component fits into a fastener region, wherein each fastener region is defined by an outline. Each outline has a waist edge and an opposite leg edge connected by an outer edge and an inner edge. The length of the outer edge is shorter than the length of the inner edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc
    Inventors: David John Enz, Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, Robert Lee Popp, David Fleger Bishop, Wendy Lynn Vandyke
  • Patent number: 9554952
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a belt placed around the waist of the wearer and an absorbent pad attached to the belt, wherein the pad includes a chassis having a topsheet, a backsheet and an absorbent core, wherein the absorbent pad is attached to a surface of the belt attaching arrangements provided on each corner of the front portion and the rear portion of the pad, wherein the waist elastic is provided at the waist portion of at least one of the front and rear portion and is movable between a contracted condition in which the topsheet and/or backsheet exhibit(s) pleats and a fully stretched condition in which the pleats of the topsheet and/or backsheet are fully stretched out, wherein the elastic force from said waist elastic is within the range of from 2 N to 7 N when the elastic is in the fully stretched condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Peter Rönnberg, Kenneth Strannemalm
  • Patent number: 9468569
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a pair of ears secured to and extending transversely outward from opposite sides of a back portion of the article. Each of the ears is stretchable in at least a transverse direction of the article from a relaxed position to an extended position. A waistband includes a waist elastic disposed in at least the back portion. The waist elastic has an in product load loss of less than 60 percent according to a four-hour hold stress relaxation test. A fastening system has a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system. In a wear configuration of the absorbent article, the secondary fastening system secures each of the ears of the pair of ears in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Catherine Hancock-Cooke, David Fleger Bishop, Robert Lee Popp, Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, Wendy Lynn VanDyke
  • Patent number: 9439818
    Abstract: A fastening tape 100 of a disposable diaper 10 has a base sheet 120 configured by a nonwoven fabric, and a hook sheet 110 in which a plurality of engagement hooks are provided. The KES flexural rigidity value of the entire fastening tape existent region SALL in which the fastening tape 100 is provided, in a longitudinal direction DL of the absorbent main body, is 11.755 gf.cm2 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Sakaguchi, Yasuhiro Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 9408758
    Abstract: A fastening member has an inboard end and an outboard end. The fastening member comprises a base substrate comprising a panel region disposed adjacent to the inboard end and an end region disposed adjacent to the outboard end. The end region comprises a fastening element zone having a first stiffness and an intermediate zone having a second stiffness. The intermediate zone is disposed between the fastening element zone and the panel region adjacent to an interface between the panel region and the end region. The fastening member comprises a fastening element disposed in the fastening element zone and joined to the base substrate and a bonding agent disposed intermediate the fastening element and the base substrate. The bonding agent comprises a molten polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Mark James Kline, Anna Elizabeth Macura, Michael Gary Nease
  • Patent number: 9327446
    Abstract: A joint including a substrate, optionally a metal substrate, and a body of material joined to the substrate, the body of material typically having a composite portion. An outer surface of the substrate is provided with a fastening projection for fastening the substrate to body of material, where the fastening projection has a stem and a plurality of branches having dendritic geometry projecting into the material of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Daniel Clark, Ian Colin Deuchar Care, Jeffrey Allen
  • Patent number: 9308136
    Abstract: An outer covering sheet (4) of a pants-type disposable diaper (1) has a front part and a back part (403) to be positioned on a front side and a back side of a wearer, and a middle part lying between the front and back parts. An absorbent body (20) is attached on the outer covering sheet (4) to absorb excrement from the wearer. Both end portions of the absorbent body, positioned in the front part and the back part (403), are folded toward the inner surface (40) of the outer covering sheet (4) and bonded on the inner surface (40). It is therefore possible to prevent skin of the wearer from being irritated by edges (241) of the end portions of the absorbent body (20) when the disposable diaper (1) is worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: LIVEDO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Nakaoka, Yuki Takahashi, Emi Amano
  • Patent number: 9265674
    Abstract: An absorbent article is provided. The absorbent article includes a bodyside liner, an outer cover, and an absorbent core between the liner and the outer cover. The absorbent article further includes a pair of ears extending outward from the opposite sides of the absorbent article, and a fastening system having a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system. The primary fastening system includes a primary first fastening component disposed on each of the pair of ears and a primary second fastening component disposed on the outer surface of the article. The secondary fastening system includes a secondary second fastening component on each of the pair of ears and a corresponding secondary first fastening component on the outer surface of the article. Each of the secondary first fastening components has a stiffness in the longitudinal direction of the article of less than 185 milligrams according to a Gurley Stiffness Test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Catherine Hancock-Cooke, David F. Bishop, Jeffrey DeBroux, David J. Enz, Alanna Haessler, Robert Lee Popp, Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, Wendy Lynn VanDyke
  • Patent number: 9119751
    Abstract: An absorbent article including a chassis, and first and second fastener ears coupled to the chassis, each fastener ear having a wave crest portion having an upper edge and a lower edge. A portion of the upper edge of the first fastener ear corresponds to a portion of the lower edge of the second fastener ear, and a portion of the upper edge of the first fastener ear does not correspond to a portion of the lower edge of the second fastener ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: FIRST QUALITY RETAIL SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Waksmundzki, Mike Bond
  • Patent number: 9114045
    Abstract: In a hook-and-loop fastener, the female member includes a plurality of lines of fiber dense portions in which the fibrous material has a high basis weight, a plurality of lines of fiber sparse portions provided between the plurality of lines of fiber dense portions, the fibrous material in the fiber sparse portions having a basis weight lower than that in the fiber dense portions, and pressed portions intersecting the plurality of lines of fiber dense portions and the plurality of lines of fiber sparse portions. Further, since the rib portions are pressed by the pressed portions obtained by the embossing process, the rib portions change shape from lines where the rib portions intersect the pressed portions, and curve toward the peeling direction shown by arrow a to be a convex shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Sakaguchi, Tomomi Oku, Hideki Matsushima
  • Patent number: 9113612
    Abstract: An absorbent article for pets includes a top surface layer, a back surface layer, and an absorbent body, and is formed in a rectangular shape having opposing first and second end portions, and a pair of opposing side portions that are perpendicular to the first and second end portions, The top surface layer side of the first end portion is arranged on the body of the pet, and the top surface layer side of the second end portion is detachably attached to the back surface layer side of the first end portion when worn. The absorbent article includes a rectangular engaging member arranged on the back surface layer side of the first end portion; and a pair of folding line portions formed on the first end portion and constituting a point where the pair of opposing side portions begin to curve towards the front surface layer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Komatsubara, Takeshi Ikegami
  • Patent number: 9107388
    Abstract: A canine ventral chest and lower abdomen protection garment is disclosed for protection of a canine from impact with an obstacle. The garment mounts to the canine via a collar, a thoracic strap and a lumbar strap for a secure placement. A caudal portion of the garment rear of the lumbar strap protects the lower abdomen and urogenital regions. This caudal portion is allowed to gravitationally fold distal from the skin of the canine allowing for unobstructed urination. The same caudal portion of the garment, when impacted by an obstacle, returns proximal to the skin of the canine and acts to protect the lower abdomen and urogenital regions of the canine. The caudal portion of the garment is stitched in multiple lines allowing for permanently sizing the garment for a specific canine while retaining the integrity of the overall garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: BYMOMS4PETS, LLC
    Inventor: Dawn Marie Howell
  • Patent number: 9084700
    Abstract: The embodiments provide an absorbent garment that has an absorbent core that provides for both good leakage and dryness performance. Absorbent garments having a pulpless synthetic core have comparable functionality when compared to more costly absorbent garments having an absorbent core comprising conventional amounts of fluff pulp. The absorbent garments of the embodiments incorporate features that provide good leakage performance and rewet values, while costing considerably less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: John D. Litvay
  • Patent number: 9039670
    Abstract: An absorbent article including a chassis having a front waist portion and a back waist portion, front side panels having an inside surface and an outside surface, back side panels having an inside surface and an outside surface, and seams adapted to attach the front side panels to the back side panels in an overlapped configuration offset toward the front waist portion, the seams made up of one or more fastening components attached to the outside surface of each of the back side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: FIRST QUALITY BABY PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: Susan O'Connell
  • Patent number: 9011406
    Abstract: A disposable diaper which can be used both as a tape-fastening type and an underpants type by joining the both side portions of the front body part and back body part respectively to thereby form joined portions on both sides along with a waist opening and a pair of right and left leg openings and in this diaper, perforated lines are formed on the both side portions of the front body part so as to extend from an edge of the waist opening to edges of the leg openings and at least one pair of fastening tapes having hook members on inner surfaces thereof and straddle the perforated lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Daio Paper Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Torigoshi, Kosuke Murai, Yosuke Mori
  • Patent number: 9005176
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide an absorbent pad that can be easily unstuck from a diaper or lower-body underwear [Means for Solving Problem] An absorbent pad 200 where a hook tape 32 is exposed on an outer surface of the absorbent pad 200 configured by forming an attachment panel 31, that can be divided, via a folding portion 31c, into an extended portion 31a provided with the hook tape 32 formed on the top surface side thereof and a base portion 31b fixed to an outer sheet 25; and by folding back the attachment panel 31 via the folding portion 31c such that the extended portion 31a is layered on the base portion 31b side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Daio Paper Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuhiro Saito
  • Patent number: 8998874
    Abstract: Hook part of a self-gripping hook and loop closure, in particular for a nappy, comprising a hook element comprising a sheet from which hooks protrude and a laminated element fixed to the hook element, the laminate extending in a transverse direction between two respective left and right lateral edges, comprising a layer fixed to at least one layer (2, 3) of non-woven fabric by a layer of adhesive, in particular interposed between two layers of non-woven fabric by being fixed by one respective layer of adhesive to each layer of non-woven fabric, the layer being in one piece or an integral layer and comprising a resilient zone (6; 16) in the form of film, in particular made of an elastomeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Aplix
    Inventors: Thierry Marche, Nathalie Moinard
  • Patent number: 8998873
    Abstract: An absorbent article is provided that comprises a front waist region, a back waist region, a crotch region disposed between the front waist region and the back waist region, a front waist end edge, a back waist end edge, a longitudinal axis extending from a mid-point of the front waist end edge to a mid-point of the back waist end edge, a first longitudinally extending side edge, a second longitudinally extending side edge, an exterior surface, an interior surface, a topsheet, a backsheet, and an absorbent core disposed between the backsheet and the topsheet. A portion of the front waist region and a portion of the back waist region are joined in a surface to surface relationship to form a pant comprising a first permanent side edge seam and a laterally opposed second permanent side edge seam. The first and second permanent side edge seams define an initial waist opening circumference and a pair of leg openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Theodora Beck, Thomas Henrich, Aaron Joseph Meirose, Kevin Michael Smith, Aaron Duane Seitz, Bret Darren Seitz, Bryan Keith Waye
  • Patent number: 8992500
    Abstract: A fastening tape comprising a tab portion formed at one end of a tape substrate made of a nonwoven fabric, and a fixing portion formed at the other end of the tape substrate so as to be attached to a disposable diaper, wherein: a male component of a hook-and-loop fastener is fixed to a surface of the tape substrate at the tab portion; the opposite surface of the surface with the male component of the tape substrate is embossed; the tab portion is folded back at the boundary between the tab portion and the fixing portion so that the male component is on the folded inner side; and the male component on the tab portion is joined to the fixing portion of the tape substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Livedo Corporation
    Inventor: Masaru Fujioka
  • Publication number: 20150073377
    Abstract: A method of modifying a male fastener of a fastening system includes feeding a web having a base substrate and a male fastening material to a modifying member having an outer surface. The male fastening material has a plurality of male fasteners with a first, unmodified profile. The profile of at least some of the plurality of male fasteners of the male fastening material are modified by engagement of the plurality of male fastener with the outer surface of the modifying member and by causing the plurality of male fasteners to slip along the outer surface of the modifying member. A modified male fastening material includes a plurality of male fasteners modified from a first profile to a second, different profile by passing the male fastening material over the outer surface of the modifying member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Douglas Beuther, David John Enz, Devin Charles McElrath
  • Patent number: 8974431
    Abstract: A fastening member having a reinforced region is disclosed. The fastening member may have a first layer formed of a nonwoven and a second layer at its reinforced region formed of either a polymeric film or another nonwoven, bonded to the first layer by a plurality of bond sites arranged in a pattern. The polymer(s) forming the fibers of the first layer and the polymer(s) forming the film or fibers of the second layer may be of like chemistry to enhance thermal bonding between the layers at the bond sites. The fastening member may be imparted with enhanced appearance and tear resistance attributes and may be suitable for use as a fastening member of a wearable article such as a disposable diaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Michael Irwin Lawson, Todd Leon Mansfield, Karen Elizabeth Lomison, Marcus Schönbeck
  • Patent number: 8945080
    Abstract: Each of first fastening tapes and second fastening tapes provided on both left and right sides of a disposable diaper has a first fastening part and a second fastening part which are away from each other. When putting the disposable diaper on a slender wearer, the second fastening tape is fastened on an attachment part of main body part so as to be laid over the first fastening tape. In the second fastening tape, since an intermediate area is provided between the first fastening part and the second fastening part, a total area of fastening parts can be reduced. Since a distance between an outer edge of the first fastening part and an inner edge of the second fastening part is made larger than a width of a tape base at the intermediate area in the first fastening tape, the second fastening tape can be easily fastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Livedo Corporation
    Inventors: Motoko Nishida, Yuki Hasebe
  • Publication number: 20150032076
    Abstract: A folded absorbent article is provided. The folded absorbent article includes an absorbent assembly having a liquid permeable inner layer, an outer layer, and an absorbent body between the inner and outer layers. The folded absorbent article further includes a pair of ears extending outward from absorbent assembly in the back waist region, with each ear including a loop fastening component, and a pair of spaced-apart hook fastening components on the outer layer in the front waist region. A pair of longitudinally extending foldlines are also provided in the front waist region. An outboard-most longitudinal edge of each of the hook fastening components is spaced apart from a respective side of the absorbent assembly, and an inboard-most longitudinal edge is spaced apart from a respective longitudinally extending foldline at least a distance equal to a predetermined process range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, David F. Bishop, David J. Enz, Alanna Haessler, Catherine Hancock-Cooke, Robert Lee Popp, Thomas H. Roessler, Wendy Lynn VanDyke
  • Publication number: 20150032079
    Abstract: An absorbent article can include a fastening system configured to attach the rear waist region to the front waist region to define a wear configuration of the absorbent article. The fastening system can include a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system. The primary fastening system can include at least one primary first fastening component and a primary second fastening component. The secondary fastening system can include at least one secondary first fastening component and at least one secondary second fastening component. The absorbent article can further include a strip coupled to the outer cover. The strip can include the primary secondary fastening component. The at least one secondary first fastening component can be coupled to a first carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worlwide, Inc.
    Inventors: David John Enz, Robert Lee Popp, David Fleger Bishop, Wendy Lynn VanDyke, Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, Catherine Marguerite Hancock-Cooke
  • Publication number: 20150032075
    Abstract: A folded absorbent article is provided. The folded absorbent article includes an absorbent assembly including a liquid permeable inner layer, an outer layer, and an absorbent body. Each of a pair of ears extend outward from the back waist region and include a loop fastening component. A pair of spaced-apart hook fastening components are located on the outer layer in the front waist region, each being selectively engageable with a respective one of the loop fastening components in a wear configuration of the article. The absorbent article is folded such that the hook fastening components engage the back waist region, and such that a peak force required to disengage each of the hook fastening components from the back waist region is less than 120 grams-force when measured using a Diaper Opening Force Test.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Lee Popp, David F. Bishop, Alanna Haessler, Catherine Hancock-Cooke, Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt
  • Publication number: 20150032078
    Abstract: An absorbent article has a chassis, a pair of ears extending transversely outward from opposite sides of the chassis, and a fastening system comprising a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system. The secondary fastening system includes a secondary second fastening component located on each of the ears and a corresponding secondary first fastening component located on the outer surface of the article at a first waist portion. A ?E value calculated using the Color Contrast Test between the secondary first fastening components uncovered by the ears and the secondary first fastening components covered by the ears is greater than 15.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Janet E. Collins, David Biggs, Eric D. Johnson, Alanna Haessler
  • Publication number: 20150032077
    Abstract: An absorbent article is provided. The absorbent article includes a bodyside liner, an outer cover, and an absorbent core between the liner and the outer cover. The absorbent article further includes a pair of ears extending outward from the opposite sides of the absorbent article, and a fastening system having a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system. The primary fastening system includes a primary first fastening component disposed on each of the pair of ears and a primary second fastening component disposed on the outer surface of the article. The secondary fastening system includes a secondary second fastening component on each of the pair of ears and a corresponding secondary first fastening component on the outer surface of the article. Each of the secondary first fastening components has a stiffness in the longitudinal direction of the article of less than 185 milligrams according to a Gurley Stiffness Test.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Catherine Hancock-Cooke, David F. Bishop, Jeffrey DeBroux, David J. Enz, Alanna Haessler, Robert Lee Popp, Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, Wendy Lynn VanDyke
  • Publication number: 20150025492
    Abstract: A pants type disposable undergarment is provided which is equipped with a pre-fastened pull-on pant with a side lap seam formed by the methods of the present invention, and methods for producing such disposable undergarments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventor: JOHN A. MCCABE
  • Publication number: 20150011961
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an absorbent article to be worn about a wearer has a front portion and a back portion. The absorbent article includes an outer layer, an inner layer that is substantially co-extensive with the outer layer, an absorbent layer and one or more fasteners, which are located on the back portion of the absorbent article. The absorbent layer is interposed between the outer layer and the inner layer to form the absorbent article. The outer layer has a central portion between two side portions. The central portion of the outer layer is treated with a chemical to substantially inhibit attachment of the one or more fasteners to the central portion of the outer layer. The one or more fasteners secure the back portion to the outer layer of the front portion. Specifically, the one or more fasteners are configured to secure the back portion to a region of the outer layer which is not treated with the chemical.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Min Yao, Daniel B. Love
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8911417
    Abstract: A diaper having a front portion with at least one line of weakness adapted to be torn and at least one umbilical cover defined in part by the at least one line of weakness. The at least one umbilical cover is moveable from a starting position to an anchored position upon tearing the at least one line of weakness. The diaper has at least one umbilical cover anchor adapted to maintain the at least one umbilical cover in the anchored position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Chantel Spring Mundschau, Kusum Gosain, Shannon Kathleen Melius, John Timothy Hahn, Vipula Jitendra Tailor, Earl David Brock
  • Patent number: 8898868
    Abstract: A mechanical fastening system having an engaging component and a receiving component. The receiving component has a first bond line, a second bond line, a bond zone, and a plurality of consecutive sweep regions. The second bond line is disposed adjacent to the first bond line such that a portion of the second bond line overlaps a portion of the first bond line. The bond zone circumscribes the first bond line and the second bond line. The plurality of consecutive sweep regions are disposed within the bond zone. At least one sweep region includes a portion of both the first bond line and the second bond line, and the remaining sweep regions include at least a portion of the first or the second bond lines. The receiving component has a bond ratio greater than or equal to about 1 and less than or equal to about 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Thomas Alexander Horn, Mark James Kline, Kazuhiko Masuda, Hisashi Morimoto
  • Publication number: 20140350507
    Abstract: A mechanical fastener is disclosed that includes a thermoplastic backing and multiple, upstanding fastening elements that have a post with a proximal end attached to the thermoplastic backing and a distal end comprising a cap larger in area than a cross-sectional area of the post. The basis weight of the mechanical fastener is in a range from 25 grams per square meter to 75 grams per square meter, and the height of the multiple, upstanding fastening elements is up to 300 micrometers. Fastening systems and disposable absorbent articles including the mechanical fastener are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy P. Pariseau, Michael R. Gorman, Shin Katoh, Tadato Oritani, Zhiqun Zhang, Neelakandan Chandrasekaran
  • Patent number: 8870843
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent product extends longitudinally along a longitudinal axis and laterally along a transverse axis, with the transverse axis conceptually dividing the product into first and second hemispheres. The product has a permeable topsheet, an impermeable backsheet overlaying the topsheet, and an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and the backsheet for storing fluid secreted by the wearer of the disposable absorbent product. Each of a pair of side regions extends laterally outboard of the absorbent core, with each side region having a first face configured to face the wearer during use and a second face opposite the first face. The product also has at least one skin-friendly adhesive element in the first hemisphere in at least one of the side regions for temporarily attaching the disposable absorbent product to the skin of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Eugene Patrick Dougherty, Jr., Raymond Martin Carter
  • Patent number: 8870840
    Abstract: A protective diapering system is provided for the prevention of migration and introduction of stool with a male's genital area. The protective diapering system including a diaper having an anterior flap, a posterior flap, and a fenestrated flap disposed between the anterior and posterior flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Protective Diaper, LLC
    Inventors: Clare E. Close, Maria Eres G. Navajas Sombito
  • Patent number: 8852161
    Abstract: Absorbent garment such as a diaper and an incontinence guard, said garment has a first body panel, a second body panel and a crotch portion there between. The garment is provided with opposed laterally extending belt members attached to the waist portion of the first body panel and are adapted to be wrapped around the waist of the wearer of the garment and fastened together by a first fastener. The second body panel at its waist portion is provided with second fasteners adapted to be fastened to the belt members, in such a way that the garment will assume a pant-like shape. The belt members are interconnected by a waist band extending in transverse direction along the waist portion of the first body panel. At least one of the belt members has an elastic region located at the proximal end of said belt member adjacent said waist band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Kent Hermansson
  • Publication number: 20140296821
    Abstract: An absorbent article which can be applied to a wearer in a standing position. The absorbent article can be adjusted following the placement of the absorbent article on the wearer. The absorbent article can have a back fastening system and a front fastening system. The front fastening system can have a bilobate ear portion wherein each lobe can be independently adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Susan Kay Bronk, Heidi Kay Wudi, Nancy Ellen Dawson
  • Patent number: 8845610
    Abstract: Wearable disposable absorbent articles such as disposable diapers, having elastically extensible fastening members (also sometimes known as fastening “ears”) with particular features, extending from a chassis or main portion of the articles, are disclosed. The fastening members may be highly extensible and have an overall geometry characterized by greater length nearer the chassis or main portion and lesser length nearer the distal end. Examples disclosed may have a fastener zone having a Stiffness of at least about 1,500 N/m, and shape and dimensional characteristics, that help avoid problems of buckling and/or flipping of edges of the fastening members, dishing of fastener components, and fastening member tearing, while the articles are applied and worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Mark James Kline, Michael Irwin Lawson, Anna Elizabeth Macura, Jeromy Thomas Raycheck, Oscar Antonio Ruiz
  • Publication number: 20140276525
    Abstract: Absorbent articles of the disclosure may comprise first and second belt webs, a folded fastening tab member comprising first and second fastening elements, first and second landing zones, and laterally opposing permanent side seams directly or refastenably joining the first and second belt webs. The fastening tab member may be joined to the first and second fastening elements. And, the absorbent article may be packaged in refastenably closed form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Jacob Alan Barnhorst
  • Patent number: 8834442
    Abstract: A diaper cover having a front part, a back part and an intermediate part located between the front part and the back part in a front-back direction, a right waist part and a left waist part extending from the back part in a width direction, and a right flap part and a left flap part extending from the front part in the width direction. The right flap part and/or the left flap part is provided with a hook member having a plurality of hooks. The hook member has a first region in which the hooks are oriented in one direction and a second region in which the hooks are oriented in another direction; and the first region and the second region are arranged such that a hypothetical straight line extending in the front-back direction in the right flap part or the left flap part crosses both the first region and the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Livedo Corporation
    Inventors: Hirofumi Miyake, Akiko Tatsukawa, Saeko Okuto
  • Patent number: 8821470
    Abstract: A two-piece wearable absorbent article (such as a diaper) including an outer cover and an absorbent insert for use therewith, are disclosed. The outer cover may have a first hook-and-loop fastening system that provides for removable and refastenable and adjustable fastening of the outer cover about a wearer's lower torso. The absorbent insert and outer cover may have a second hook-and-loop fastening system that provides for removable and refastenable fastening of the insert within the outer cover. The first and second hook-and-loop fastening systems may have respective holding force and acoustic characteristics within advantageous performance ranges, individually and with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Elaine Mary Wiggins, Joshua James Norman
  • Patent number: 8814844
    Abstract: Disclosed is an absorbent product wherein a pair of folded portions that can be folded back is formed on both sides in the width direction of the absorbent product on portions of a flap. On the pair of folded portions, latch members that can fasten to prescribed areas of a front waistline member or a rear waistline member are respectively disposed. The flap is connected to the front waistline member or the rear waistline member at the two ends in the width direction of the absorbent product. Between the two ends and the folded portions, non-connected regions are provided where the flap is not connected to the front waistline member or the rear waistline member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventor: Satoru Sakaguchi
  • Publication number: 20140236116
    Abstract: A fastener for a disposable absorbent article, having a fixed portion attachable to the article, a connective portion joined to and contiguous with the fixed portion, and a folding line disposed between the fixed and connective portions, and the fastening member has a plurality of engaging elements outwardly extending from the fastening surface, which are offset from the folding line as defined herein. The fastener may be free of a release tape. The fastener may further comprise an adhesive disposed upon a surface of the fixed portion of the fastener being attached to the article, the adhesive being offset from each of the edges of the fixed portion including the edge formed by the folding line, the dimensions of the offsets being defined herein. The adhesive may be applied during the assembly of the absorbent article on a converting line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: James David LANDGREBE, Joerg MUELLER, Darren Lee GOAD, Markus ROSAR, Thomas TOMBUELT
  • Patent number: 8808267
    Abstract: Wearable disposable absorbent articles such as disposable diapers, having elastically extensible fastening members (also sometimes known as fastening “ears”) with particular features, extending from a chassis or main portion of the articles, are disclosed. The fastening members may be highly extensible and have an overall geometry characterized by greater length nearer the chassis or main portion and lesser length nearer the distal end. Examples disclosed may have a fastener zone having a Stiffness of at least about 1,500 N/m, and shape and dimensional characteristics, that help avoid problems of buckling and/or flipping of edges of the fastening members, dishing of fastener components, and fastening member tearing, while the articles are applied and worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Mark James Kline, Michael Irwin Lawson, Anna Elizabeth Macura, Jeromy Thomas Raycheck, Oscar Antonio Ruiz