With Endless Waist Encircling Band (e.g., Panty Type) Patents (Class 604/396)
  • Patent number: 11752045
    Abstract: Absorbent articles with front and rear opening features are disclosed. An article may comprise an absorbent insert comprising an outer cover, a liner, and a core between the outer cover and liner, a first waist panel coupled to the insert and having a first waist panel bottom edge, a first waist panel top edge, a first waist panel outer surface, and a first waist panel inner surface, and a second waist panel coupled to the insert. The first waist panel may be coupled to the second waist panel along side edges of the article, and the first waist panel may further comprise a weakened region comprising weakened portions extending at least partially between the first waist panel bottom edge and the first waist panel top edge. The weakened region may have a weakened region percentage of between about 45% and about 90%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Beth Johnson, Sarah Kleuskens, James R Niedt, Kyle M Barriger, Thomas A. Ray
  • Patent number: 11642253
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to wearable articles having an elastic belt having arrays of elastic bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Koichi Morimoto, Ling Tong, Chunmin Cheng
  • Patent number: 11478386
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an absorbent product for attachment to an article of clothing. The absorbent product comprises a wearer-facing surface and a garment-facing surface opposite the wearer-facing surface. The absorbent product comprises a main body, wherein the main body comprises: a central absorbent core; an external envelope placed around the central core and having a front extremity and a rear extremity; a first attachment line located at the front extremity of the external envelope; and a second attachment line located at the rear extremity of the external envelope; wherein the first attachment line and the second attachment line are for attachment of the absorbent product to the article of clothing; and wherein the absorbent product is free of means for adhesively attaching the garment-facing surface to the article of clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: BOUTIQUE LA VIE EN ROSE INC.
    Inventors: Steve Leduc, Fanny-Maude Theberge
  • Patent number: 11471338
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a front panel, a rear panel, an intermediate panel joining the front and the rear panels and optionally one or more fitting components is provided. At least one of the panels and/or the fitting components is elastically contractible and made of an elastic nonwoven material that is pre-stretched and has both non-elastic and elastic polymeric material components in the form of fibers. The nonwoven material is bonded by individual bonding points arranged in a pattern. The pattern has rows of individual bonding points extending in a machine-direction and a cross-direction of the nonwoven material, and each has a centre point. The centre point of each bonding point in a row of bonding points extending in the cross-direction and/or machine-direction is offset from a centre point of each bonding point in a neighbouring row of bonding points extending in the cross-direction and/or in the machine-direction, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Elisabeth Lakso, Thor Egill Gardarsson
  • Patent number: 11432974
    Abstract: An absorbent article may have a Product Length-to-Side Silhouette from 0.5 to about 1.5. An array of absorbent articles may have an Array Average Product Length-to-Side Silhouette from 0.5 to about 1.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Bret Darren Seitz, Sarah M. Wade, Masaharu Nishikawa, Franz-Josef Hermes
  • Patent number: 11432971
    Abstract: An absorbent article may have a Product Hip-to-Side Silhouette from about 2.3 to about 6, and a Product Waist-to-Side Silhouette from about 2.3 to about 6. An array of absorbent articles may have an Array Average Product Hip-to-Side Silhouette from about 2.3 to about 6, and an Array Average Product Waist-to-Side Silhouette from about 2.3 to about 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Bret Darren Seitz, Franz-Josef Hermes
  • Patent number: 11351068
    Abstract: An absorbent article may have a Product Length-to-Hip Silhouette from about 0.5 to about 0.85 and a Product Length-to-Waist Silhouette from about 0.5 to about 0.9. An array of absorbent articles may have an Array Average Product Length-to-Waist Silhouette from about 0.5 to about 0.9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Bret Darren Seitz, Masaharu Nishikawa, Sarah M. Wade, Franz-Josef Hermes
  • Patent number: 11324644
    Abstract: An absorbent article, where on a skin side of a laminated part of a side sheet 7 and a liquid permeable front-surface sheet 3, a side emboss that sinks in toward a non-skin side and is made by fusing the side sheet 7 and the liquid permeable front-surface sheet 3 is formed. The side emboss 10 is comprised of a plurality of large embosses 11, where 11 is formed to have a relatively larger area that are arranged to align linearly along the longitudinal direction of a sanitary napkin 1 with equal intervals, and between the adjacent large embosses 11, 11, a plurality of small embosses 12, 12 . . . are formed to have a relatively small area that are arranged in a wave-like shape along the longitudinal direction of the sanitary napkin 1 with intervals, separated from the large embosses 11. A side sheet and a front-surface sheet are strongly joined to prevent detachment, and to improve the feel against the skin by fitting flexibly to a body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: DAIO PAPER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryoko Kurihara
  • Patent number: 11311426
    Abstract: An absorbent article which can have a reduction in the incidence of side leakage of body exudates from the absorbent article. The absorbent article can have a topsheet layer, a backsheet layer, an absorbent core positioned between the topsheet layer and the backsheet layer, and a barrier composition positioned between the topsheet layer and the backsheet layer and bonding the topsheet layer to the backsheet layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishal Y Joshi, Jose A Peredo, Natalia Hoyos
  • Patent number: 11207225
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to an absorbent pad for use in a garment. The absorbent pad includes: a liquid impermeable barrier layer; a functional layer attached to the barrier layer, the functional layer comprising a liquid absorbent component; a liquid impermeable peripheral sealing element bonded to peripheries of the functional layer and barrier layer; and a peripheral attaching element having a first portion and a second portion, the first portion bonded to the peripheral sealing element. The second portion of the peripheral attaching element is detached from the peripheral sealing element and is arranged to be attached to a fabric body of the garment, thereby attaching the absorbent pad to the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: MAS INNOVATION (PRIVATE) LIMITED
    Inventors: Arulseelan Kajanthan, Lanka Buddhika Senanayake, Jalanthiran Selvarajah, Sumedha Kuruppu Arachchige, Mapitiyage Don Janith Dushyantha, Kanishka Fernando
  • Patent number: 11179280
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a topsheet, a backsheet arranged on the garment-facing side, an absorbent core enclosed between the topsheet and the backsheet and a pair of standing gathers. The topsheet and the standing gathers comprise sheet materials with specified stiffness, softness and smoothness properties. The absorbent article may be a diaper or incontinence guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Elisabeth Lakso, Carina Hedlund, Petter Andreassen, Morgan Swedberg
  • Patent number: 10828208
    Abstract: A low bulk, high capacity disposable absorbent pant is disclosed. The pant may have a variety of combinations of features that contribute to imparting the pant with a more close-fitting, discreet appearance, particularly under outer clothing, more resembling that of an ordinary undergarment. The features may include an arrangement of relatively closely-spaced elastomeric strands in a belt structure; elastomeric strands in the belt structure having active portions that traverse forward and rearward portions of an absorbent pad assembly; an arrangement of elastomeric strands in the belt structure below the side seams; an arrangement of longitudinal elastic strands in the absorbent pad assembly that are closer to the longitudinal axis of the pant than to the side seams; and/or an absorbent core structure having portions that are tapered and/or channeled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Procte & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ryo Minoguchi, Fred Naval Desai, Alexander Fedotov
  • Patent number: 10660805
    Abstract: Disclosed is material saving clothing including a repeatedly usable general-purpose holding and looping member for replacement with a full-pad type or a partial-pad type absorbent article and an absorbent article. The holding and looping member has a rear waist portion that is provided with a rear opening and a rear clamp section and a front portion that is provided with a front opening and a front clamping section. The front portion is provided, on a lower portion of each of left and right sides thereof, with a side clamp section and anti-skidding glue. The absorbent article is provided, above a rear end thereof, with left and right rear pulling sections positionable into a rear opening and clamped (from opposite sides) by a rear clamp section and a front clamping section provided above a front end to be pulled through a front opening for clamping by a front clamping section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Chien-Chung Chen
  • Patent number: 10624797
    Abstract: An article with the entirety of the length of the belt side edge of the front belt seamed with a certain length of the belt side edge of the back belt to define a seam length LS. The front and back belts may each be divided into 4 zones extending in the transverse direction and defined by its location from the distal edge to the proximal edge relative to the percentage of the seam length LS where: 0-25% is the waist zone, 25-50% is the distal tummy zone, 50-85% is the proximal tummy zone, and 85-100% is the leg zone. The tensile stress of the front leg zone may be no more than 50% of the tensile stress of the front proximal tummy zone, and the tensile stress of the back leg zone may be no more than 100% of the tensile stress of the back proximal tummy zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Koichi Morimoto, Ling Tong, Chunmin Cheng, Masaharu Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 10327963
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a chassis and an absorbent assembly. The absorbent assembly is formed separately from the chassis, and attached to the chassis by an attachment area. The attachment area includes a front attachment zone, a rear attachment zone, and a central attachment zone extending between the front and rear attachment zones. The front and rear attachment zones have a first width and a second width, respectively, and the central attachment zone has a third width less than the first and second widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Marcille Faye Ruman, Kathleen Irene Bennett, Michael D. Sperl, Joseph J. Sina, Frédérique Vignali, Brandon Benjamin Kussow
  • Patent number: 9907707
    Abstract: A sensor system for detecting a property of or within an absorbent article may comprise an absorbent article and an auxiliary article. The absorbent article may comprise a garment facing layer and an absorbent assembly. The auxiliary article may comprise a sensor. The sensor may be oriented externally adjacent the garment facing layer when the auxiliary article is fitted over the absorbent article. The sensor may not be physically attached to the absorbent article. The sensor may be configured to sense a change in condition within the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Uwe Schober, Lutz Lisseck, Stefan Hubert Hollinger
  • Patent number: 9820894
    Abstract: An absorbent article comprising a first and second plurality of elastics. The first plurality of elastics may be disposed in a front and a crotch region. The second plurality of elastics may be disposed in a back region and the crotch region. The first and second plurality of elastics may be linear and parallel with a transverse axis of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Margaret Henderson Hasse, Luke Robinson Magee
  • Patent number: 9475264
    Abstract: A pant-type underwear article 10, having a front 12, back 14, crotch 16 and waist 18 regions, the article 10 having a longitudinal (y) and a transverse direction (x). At least part of the article 10 has an elastic laminate 20 composed of first 22 and second 24 layers of fibrous material and an elastic film layer 26 located between the first and second fibrous layers 22, 24, the elastic laminate 20 having a puncture resistance of at least 15N.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventor: Magnus Melander
  • Patent number: 9333127
    Abstract: A bodily garment assembly includes a sleeve that may be worn around a user's waist so the sleeve covers the user's crotch. An absorbing member is removably coupled to the sleeve so the absorbing member abuts the user's crotch. The absorbing member may absorb urine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Debra A. Horsley
  • Patent number: 9289330
    Abstract: A feminine hygiene article having a body-facing surface, a first end region and a second end region. The feminine hygiene article is for placement in an undergarment having a crotch portion bounded on opposite sides by portions of curved leg openings, the feminine hygiene article comprising at least one functional enhancement indicator visible from said body-facing surface. The feminine hygiene article can be a sanitary napkin, a pantiliner, or an incontinence pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Peter Charles Mason, Jr., Ronald Bosman Visscher, Jeanne Marie Hughes, Folke Schlueter, Emma Somma, Giovanni Carlucci, Paul Thomas Weisman
  • Patent number: 9050213
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses for assembling diaper pants, each including a chassis connected with front and back elastic belts. Opposing end regions of the chassis may be connected with regions of the elastic belts where the elasticity of the elastic belts has been removed or deactivated. An elastic laminate may be formed by intermittently bonding elastic strands with a first continuous substrate, defining bonded regions and non-bonded regions intermittently spaced along the machine direction. A second continuous substrate may be cut into discrete lengths or patches intermittently spaced along the machine direction. The discrete lengths of the second substrate may then be bonded with the first continuous substrate and elastic strands in the bonded regions. The elastic strands are then intermittently deactivated by severing the strands in the non-bonded regions. And plurality of chassis may then be bonded with non-bonded regions of the elastic laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Uwe Schneider
  • Patent number: 9039671
    Abstract: An absorbent pad and an absorbent article configured that engagement members are arranged at both corners of a ventral-side portion and a back-side portion on an outer sheet of the absorbent pad; a waist band including a belt-shaped body with hook materials and engagement portions attached to both end portions thereof, first and second ventral-side engagement portions across which the engagement members at the ventral-side portion of the absorbent pad are engaged, and first and second back-side engagement portions across which the engagement members at the back-side portion of the absorbent pad are engaged; and hook materials capable of engaging with the engagement members of the absorbent pad are attached to internal surfaces of the first and second ventral-side engagement portions and the first and second back-side engagement portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: DAIO PAPER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroto Sukegawa
  • 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: 9028462
    Abstract: A garment comprises a laminate. The laminate comprises a first layer colored a first color, and a second layer colored a second color different than the first color. The laminate includes a folded flap in the waist region, thereby defining an integral, outwardly visible waistband having a waistband lower edge. The first layer and the second layer are coterminous at the waistband lower edge and the folded flap is an outwardly folded flap. The first layer is an inner layer and the second layer is an outer layer, and the outwardly visible waistband is colored the first color. The distinction between the first color and second color in conjunction with the fold creates a visible waistband effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Lacey L. Poole, Marleen R. Dins, Marie E. Boll, Julie Ann Paveletzke
  • 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: 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: 20150088088
    Abstract: A textured laminate structure and absorbent articles having a component formed of the textured laminate structure are disclosed. The textured laminate structure may have a first layer formed of a nonwoven web having a preexisting pattern of first apertures therethrough, a second layer, and one or more elastic members disposed between the first and second layers in a prestrained condition. The laminate structure may be discontinuously joined or bonded such that the first layer is joined or bonded to the structure in first portions and unjoined or unbonded to the structure in second portions. The structure provides a stretch laminate with tactilely and visually interesting features, and may be used to form components of a disposable absorbent article such as a side panel thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Sarah Marie Wade, Masaharu Nishikawa, Kaoru Ishihara, Tina Marie Glahn, Gary Dean Lavon
  • Patent number: 8986274
    Abstract: The present invention provides an absorbent article in which a joining strength between sheet-shaped members is improved. A joint portion which joins a front trunk-surrounding region and a rear trunk-surrounding region of the absorbent article to each other has a first joint region arranged continuously along an outer edge and the second joint portion arranged continuously in a region closer to the outer edge than the first joint region, substantially parallel to the first joint region. The sum of the areas of the plurality of first joint portions in the first joint region is less than the sum of the areas of the second joint portions in the second joint region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Sasayama, Hirotomo Mukai, Tomoko Tsuji, Tatsuya Hashimoto, Shinji Noma, Kei Wakasugi
  • Patent number: 8968266
    Abstract: A sanitary undergarment, comprising a fabric body, a crotch portion, a waist opening, and a thigh opening, each comprising one or more layers made of a breathable leak-proof material for blocking flow of the body fluid through the fabric body. The sanitary undergarment generally comprises a boxer brief construction. The fabric body constitutes a front portion and a rear portion and blocks flow of the body fluid of the wearer outside the sanitary undergarment and prevents staining of the outer garment. The front portion covers a front part of a pelvic region of the wearer. The rear portion covers a rear part of the pelvic region of the wearer. The crotch portion covers a crotch region of the wearer and comprises one or more of a first layer and a second layer. The second layer prevents chafing at the inner thigh regions of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Deepa A. Kumar
  • 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: 8956338
    Abstract: A wearing article has crotch-elastic elements extending in a longitudinal direction. Front and rear waist members and the crotch member are bonded one another by front and rear bonded regions. The front bonded region is contoured by first and second ends and both side edges obliquely extending in the longitudinal direction so as to intersect with the first and second ends and, outboard of the both side edges in a transverse direction, non-bonded regions in which the crotch member and the front waist member are not bonded to each other are defined. Front waist-elastic elements extend between both side edges of the front waist member. The crotch-elastic elements extend from a front end to a rear end of the crotch member in the longitudinal direction. In the front bonded region, the front waist-elastic elements and the crotch-elastic elements substantially intersect one another and interlock with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Ichikawa, Kenichi Sasayama
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8945081
    Abstract: A disposable wearing article having a rear waist region which includes a rear waist main section facing a front waist region and a buttocks-covering section lying adjacent to a crotch region. The rear waist main section is divided into an upper area lying adjacent to a waist-opening and a lower area lying adjacent to the crotch region wherein a tensile stress per unit width dimension in the buttocks-covering section is lower than a tensile stress per unit width dimension in the lower area of the rear waist main section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventor: Shunsuke Takino
  • Patent number: 8939876
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an absorbent article in a diaper manufacturing machine, the method includes providing a chassis, folding the chassis along one or more axes, providing two side panels, aligning the side panels with the chassis, and attaching the side panels to the chassis along four seams. The method may include forming the four seams substantially simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Uwe Schneider, Yoichiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8932274
    Abstract: An underpants-type absorbent article having an outer body provided with a mutually separate front piece, back piece and connecting sheet, and wherein the front piece and the back piece are mutually joined at side areas and are mutually connected by the connecting sheet extending in an front-to-rear direction at the crotch area, and an inner body containing an absorptive body and which is overlapped and anchored to the connecting sheet on the inside of the outer body. At least a portion of both edges in the transverse direction of the connecting sheet are positioned farther to the inside in the transverse direction than both edges in the transverse direction of the inner body in a spacing area between the front piece and the back piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotomo Mukai, Hidefumi Gouda, Takaya Arayama
  • 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: 8926580
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes an absorbent pad and a belt to which the pad is detachably attached and which is intended to be attached to a separate belt that is placed around the waist of the wearer to hold the pad when the article is being worn, wherein the absorbent pad exhibits a chassis including a liquid-permeable top sheet and a liquid-impermeable back sheet oriented away from the wearer and an absorbent core between the top sheet and the back sheet. The difference in kinetic coefficients of friction measured with ASTM D 1894-08 standard between the back sheet of the pad and the outwardly oriented surface of the belt is at maximum 0.5. The attachment between the belt and the pad will then not cease due to the movement of the article relative to the surroundings when the belted-article is being used, thereby preventing contamination and leakage caused by detachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Joshua Carney, Kent Hermansson
  • Publication number: 20140378936
    Abstract: An undergarment including a pocket extending from an anterior crotch portion of the undergarment to a posterior crotch portion of the undergarment, the pocket closed along three sides and opening in a direction of the anterior crotch, a hood arranged on the anterior crotch portion concealing the opening of the pocket, and an absorbent pad removable from the pocket, wherein the hood is configured to be pulled aside to expose the opening of the pocket to remove and insert the absorbent pad from the pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Fredrica V. Coates
  • Patent number: 8915899
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a body side liner, a back sheet, an absorbent body positioned between the body side liner and the back sheet, and a body conforming structure positioned in direct facing relation with the body side liner. The body conforming structure length is at least 50% the absorbent body length and is aligned with a longitudinal centerline of the absorbent article. The median anterior portion width of the body conforming structure is greater than the median central portion width of the body conforming structure which is greater than the median posterior portion width of the body conforming structure. The anterior portion includes a well, the central portion includes a channel, and the posterior portion includes a taper. The well transitions into the channel via a first convex transition and a concave transition. The channel transitions into the taper via a second convex transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessica Annette Ives Dieringer, Cheri Lee Paul
  • Publication number: 20140350509
    Abstract: A pelvic-abdominal support garment including a waist encircling band having shorts secured to the lower edge thereof, the shorts having a receptacle for receiving an ice pack, and a strap member secured at one end thereof to the back of said waist encircling band and the other end thereof attachable to the front of the waist encircling band after passing under the crotch region of the shorts to apply pressure to the crotch area of the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: JILL K. BIGELOW
  • Patent number: 8864734
    Abstract: The present invention provides a disposable pants-type wearing article free from possibility that upper regions of the leg-openings' peripheral edges might be formed with frills even when the belt-like leg elastic members contract along the peripheral edges of the respective leg-openings. Belt-like leg elastic members in a disposable pants-type diaper each has inner and outer surfaces at least one of which is bonded to sheet-like members included in put flat and joined together regions and a crotch region of the diaper. The belt-like leg elastic members extend from the respective put flat and joined regions along leg-openings' peripheral edges. Over ranges in which the belt-like leg elastic members extend along the respective peripheral edges the sheet-like members also extend along the peripheral edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Toshifumi Otsubo, Tatsuya Hashimoto, Mariko Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8864733
    Abstract: The invention relates to an absorbent open-type incontinence article with attached ears, wherein the rear ears have closure elements in the peripheral region, and to the folding of the ears at high production speeds without the functionality of the closure elements being impaired and with the simultaneously use-friendly arrangement of the closure elements in the folded absorbent incontinence article. The invention also relates to a method of producing this absorbent incontinence article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Paul Hartmann AG
    Inventors: Michael Koenig, Hansgeorg Gunesch, Benjamin Wenzel, Ruediger Kesselmeier, Christian Koch
  • Publication number: 20140296814
    Abstract: A system including a menstrual pant and an absorbent article. The menstrual pant can have a front part; a back part; a crotch part provided so as to bridge between the front part and the back part, the crotch being utilized for fitting a sanitary napkin, a waist opening part provided in an upper edge of the front part and an upper edge of the back part, a pair of leg openings provided below both side edges of the front part and both side edges of the back part; and a lifting strip disposed along the longitudinal centerline in the rear portion. The menstrual pant can apply body-contacting pressures to the wearer's body longitudinally through the crotch of 25 g/cm2 to 100 g/cm2. The absorbent article can have a topsheet having a body facing surface, a backsheet joined to said topsheet; and an absorbent core disposed between said topsheet. The absorbent article can exhibit a 30-minute Vertical Wicking Height of at least about 12 cm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Brian Francis Gray, Brett Darren Seitz, Andres Ernesto Velarde, Bruce William Lavash
  • Patent number: 8821469
    Abstract: A disposable pants-type wearing article includes belt-shaped leg elastic members. Respective opposite side edges of front and rear waist regions of the article are fusion-bonded together to define joined regions. The belt-shaped leg elastic members respectively have front side upper ends lying in the front waist region and included by the put flat and joined together regions and rear side upper ends lying in the rear waist region and included by the put flat and joined together regions. In the joined regions, lower edges of the upper ends and lower edges of the rear side upper ends are displaced one from another in such a manner that the one pair of the lower edges lies below the other pair of the lower edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Toshifumi Otsubo, Tatsuya Hashimoto, Mariko Yamashita
  • 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: 8821468
    Abstract: The invention relates to a disposable absorbent incontinence diaper (2) of the open type, having a main part (4), comprising a front region (6) having front lateral longitudinal edges (42), a rear region (8) having rear lateral longitudinal edges (41) and a crotch region (10) that is located in between in the longitudinal direction (28) and comes to lie between the legs of a user, wherein the main part (4) comprises an absorbent pad (12), and having rear side portions (20) that are attached to the rear region (8) on both sides and front side portions (22) that are attached to the front region (6) on both sides, said rear and front side portions extending in the transverse direction (30) beyond the lateral front and rear longitudinal edges (42, 41) of the main part (4), and wherein the rear side portions (20) have first closure means (32) which are close to the leg opening and have closure aids and wherein the closure means (32) can be secured in a detachable manner at least on the outer side of the front side
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Paul Hartmann AG
    Inventors: Enno Gause, Ruediger Kesselmeier, Krzysztof D. Malowaniec, Maximilian Swerev
  • Publication number: 20140243778
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are undergarments having a seam in a crotch region thereof and methods of manufacturing such undergarments. A seam in the undergarments is formed by joining first and second sections of material each having an inner surface and an outer surface and a perimeter about the inner and outer surfaces thereof. A portion of an inner surface of a panty liner contacts a portion of the inner surfaces of the first and second sections of material and the seam. The location of the seam is such that when the undergarment is worn by a user, the seam cannot be seen by viewing the front side or back side of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald Boser
  • Patent number: 8790324
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes side panels for securing around the waist of the user. The absorbent article includes a first end, a second end, and an absorbent section therebetween. The first end has longitudinal side edges and a first waist line edge. A pair of side panels extend from longitudinal side edges of said first end of the absorbent article, and are shaped and dimensioned so as extend beyond the first waist line edge of the first end of the absorbent article a longitudinal extent so that the side panels may be secured above the hip joints of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Joshua Carney
  • Patent number: 8777913
    Abstract: An absorbent product comprises a backsheet having a first lateral end edge, a second lateral end edge, a first longitudinal side edge, and a second longitudinal side edge. The absorbent product further comprises a first longitudinal line of weakness laterally inboard of the first longitudinal side edge, a second longitudinal line of weakness laterally inboard of the second longitudinal side edge, a first lateral line of weakness longitudinally inboard of the first lateral end edge, and a second lateral line of weakness longitudinally inboard of the second lateral end edge. The absorbent product also comprises a topsheet connected with the backsheet, an absorbent article, the absorbent article having an outer perimeter defined by the first and second longitudinal lines of weakness and the first and second lateral lines of weakness, and a removable trim region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Uwe Schneider, Thomas Henrich
  • Patent number: 8747379
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article includes an absorbent chassis and a fastening system that together define a refastenable pant. The refastenable pant includes a pair of elastomeric front side panels extending from the waist opening to each leg opening, a pair of elastomeric back side panels extending from the waist opening to each leg opening, and a pair of refastenable seams extending from the waist opening to each leg opening and positioned between the elastomeric front and back side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Lynn Fletcher, Lisa Ann Dimitrijevs, Christopher Peter Olson, Kathleen Irene Ratliff, Shirlee Ann Weber, Susan Lee West