Absorbent Article Featuring Leakage Warning: U.S. Patent No. 8,044,258 B2; Lloyd Carl Hietpas, Kimberly, WI. Assignor to Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., Neenah, WI.
Filed 1/28/06; Issued: 11/1/11
An absorbent article for preventing leakage has been patented. The the article comprises: an absorbent assembly having an absorbent assembly perimeter; and a leakage warning element disposed adjacent to a portion of the perimeter, wherein the leakage warning element is adapted to provide a physical sensation indicating a fullness level of the absorbent assembly, and wherein the physical sensation includes an electrical current delivered to a wearer of the article.
Collection and testing of infant urine using an absorbent article: U.S. Patent No. 8,043,272 B2;Andrew Long, Appleton, WI and Shirlee Ann Weber, Neenah, WI. Assignors to Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., Neenah, WI.
Filed: 4/30/07; Issued: 11/1/11
Kimberly-Clark researchers have patented a diaper defining a crotch region for collecting and temporarily retaining urine from a baby. The diaper comprises a liquid permeable bodyside liner, wherein the bodyside liner defines a pocket in the crotch region; a liquid impermeable outer cover and an absorbent core positioned between the bodyside liner and the outer cover. A collection insert positioned within the pocket and comprising a collection core encased by a liquid impermeable sheet, wherein the collection insert is configured to collect and temporarily retain urine, and wherein the collection insert is removably attached to the diaper, the liquid impermeable sheet positioned between the collection core and the absorbent core to prevent passage of urine out of the collection core and into the absorbent core such that the collection core is fluidly isolated from the absorbent core, and wherein apertures are located on a top portion of the liquid impermeable sheet facing the bodyside liner to allow urine to enter the collection core upon wetting of the diaper.
Disposable undergarments with a stretchable absorber insert and method for use thereof: U.S. Patent No.8,043,273 B2;Paul T. Van Gompel, Hortonville, WI; Yung H. Huang, Appleton, WI; and Russell E. Thorson, Appleton, WI (US). Assignors to Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., Neenah, WI.
Filed: 12/19/02; Issued: 11/1/11
Patented is a disposable undergarment comprising a body panel comprising a body side surface and a garment side surface; and an absorbent insert comprising a back sheet connected to a top sheet and a retention portion disposed between said back sheet and said top sheet. The backsheet and topsheet are formed separately from said body panel and do not form any portion thereof, wherein at least one of said back sheet and said top sheet is stretchable and comprises an elastic material, and wherein at least one of said back sheet and said top sheet is connected to one of said body side surface and said garment side surface of said body panel, wherein said retention portion is minimally attached to at least one of said back sheet and said top sheet along a longitudinally extending centerline of said retention portion, with portions of said retention portion overlapping said at least one of said back sheet and said top sheet on either side of said longitudinally extending attachment along the centerline of said retention portion being free of any attachment to either of said back sheet or said top sheet.
Single sided stretch bonded laminates and methods of making the same: U.S. Patent No. 8,043,984; Bryan Stadelman, Alpharetta, GA; Braulio Polanco, Roswell, GA; Joerg Hendrix, Alpharetta, GA; Peter Kobylivker, Marietta, GA; Peiguang Zhou, Appleton, WI; Bryon Day, Canton, GA, Wing-Chak Ng, Suwanee, GA and Steven Stopper, Duluth, GA. Assignors to Kimberly-Clark, Neenah, WI.
Filed: 12/14/04; Approved: 11/1/11.
An elastic single-sided stretch laminate has been patented. The laminate comprises an elastic layer with an array of continuous filament strands with an elastic meltblown layer deposited on them. This elastic meltlbown layer comprises an elastic polyolefin-based meltblown polymer with a degree of crysallinity between 3-40%. The polyolefin-based meltblown polymer comprises at least one of the group consisting of ethylene methacrylate, polyisobutylene and butyl acrylate. The laminate also has a facing layer bonded to one side of the elastic layer. The laminate has an inter layer peel strength of less than 70 grams per three inches cross directional width at a strain rate of 300 mm/min and eliminates roll blocking.
Disposable undergarment with stretch areas for optimal fit: U.S. 8,043,274; Joseph Andrew Mlinar, Appleton, WI; Wendy Hamilton, Neenah, WI; Julie A. Paveletzke, Appleton, WI; and Mary Kutchenriter, Neenah, WI. Assignors to Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., Neenah, WI.
Filed: 12/5/07; Issued: 11/1/11
A disposable incontinent underwear product comprising a front panel with a top end, a bottom end and two respective sides hasa been patented. The front panel defines a front waist region of a disposable incontinent underwear product at the top end of the front panel while the back panel has a top end, a bottom end and two respective sides. The back panel defines a back waist region of the disposable incontinent underwear product at the top end of the back panel; and an absorbent insert positioned in a crotch region of the disposable incontinent underwear product, the crotch region comprising the bottom ends of the front panel and back panel, wherein the absorbent insert is secured to the front and back panels wherein the front and back panels, when joined at respective sides, define hip regions of the disposable incontinent underwear product.
A portion of the front panel between the crotch region and the front waist region is stretchable in a vertical direction and portions of the front panel defining the hip regions are stretchable in a horizontal directiondirection.