Absorbent Article Fastening Device
Patent #: 7,101,359
Inventor(s): Mark Kline, Tracey Beckman, Thomas Henrich, David Goulait, Miguel Robles and Constance Fisher
Company: The Procter & Gamble Company
An absorbent article was recently granted a patent. The article features a first waist region, a second waist region opposed to the first waist region, a crotch region located between the first and second waist regions, a pair of longitudinal edges and a pair of end edges. The absorbent article also has a topsheet, a backsheet joined with the topsheet and an absorbent core positioned between the topsheet and the backsheet. The absorbent core includes a pair of side edges and a pair of waist edges. A fastening system for joining at least a portion of the first waist region with at least a portion of the second waist region provides lateral tension. The fastening system includes a slot member disposed on the absorbent article that has an inboard portion, an outboard portion and a slot. The inboard portion is located laterally inboard of the outboard portion and the slot is located between the inboard portion and the outboard portion. Located on the absorbent article is a tab member with a proximal edge and a distal edge. The proximal edge is located laterally inward from the distal edge. The tab member distal edge and proximal edge are passed through the slot so that a portion of the proximal edge of the tab member overlaps the outboard portion of the slot member so as to fasten a portion of the first waist region with at least a portion of the second waist region.
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