System and Method for Attaching Absorbent Articles
Patent #: 6,843,785
Inventor(s): Yvette Hammonds and Shelly Rasmussen
Company: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
Patented is a method for securing a personal care article to a fabric undergarment. The article must comprise a top surface defining a topsheet side, a bottom surface defining a backsheet side, a garment attachment adhesive applied to the bottom surface,a peel strip covering the garment attachment adhesive, a first wing extending from a first longitudinal edge of the personal care article and a second wing extending from a second longitudinal edge of the personal care article. Each wing has a fixed end, a free end, a top surface and a bottom surface and selectively releasable, interengaging fasteners. These fasteners include a first fastener component forming a portion of one of the surfaces of the first wing and a portion of one of the surfaces of the second wing generally adjacent to the free end of each wing and a cooperating fastener component forming at least a portion of the other surface of the first wing and at least a portion of the other surface of the second wing generally adjacent to the free end of each wing. Both the one surface of the first wing and the one surface of the second wing are either the top surface or the bottom surface; such that the wings are adapted to be temporarily mechanically engaged on the topsheet side of the article and then reconfigured to hold the article to the undergarment. The second fastener overlaps and temporarily interengages the first fastener component of one wing and the cooperating fastener of the other wing on the top surface of the personal care article. The method involves removing the peel strip protecting the garment adhesive; positioning the article in the undergarment and securing the article to the undergarment utilizing the garment adhesive and disengaging the temporarily overlapped wings on the top surface and re-engaging the first fastener component of the one wing and the cooperating fastener of the other wing after the wings are wrapped around the undergarment to further secure the article to the undergarment for use.
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