Patents

Absorbent Article With Waist Belt

January 3, 2005

An absorbent article with a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction has been patented. The article comprises a liquid-permeable cover sheet, a liquid-tight cover sheet and an absorption body enclosed between the cover sheets. The item also features two side edges extending in the longitudinal direction and two end edges extending in the transverse direction. A waist belt is formed by at least one material layer and is arranged parallel to one of the end edges of the article. The waist belt has two free ends, each comprising a first fastening member with a surface provided with fastening loops that are designed to cooperate with a fastening member comprising hook members. The fastening loops are arranged in a number of chain-like rows, each chain-like row is formed by a continuous thread that penetrates through at least the material layer included in the waist belt. The chain-like rows of loops are arranged principally in the longitudinal direction of the article, at right angles to a direction of extent of the waist belt, and a second fastening member arranged on the end edge of the article opposite the waist belt. The second fastening member has hook members that are arranged to cooperate with the first fastening members in order to fasten the article into a shape similar to underpants. The waist belt at least partially comprises a nonwoven material with a stiffness of 0.10-0.70 N measured according to a modified version of ASTM D 4032-82, circular bend procedure.

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