Patents

Absorbent Article With High Quality Ink Jet Image Produced At Line Speed

September 6, 2013

US Patent No.: 8,273,066 B2
Inventor(s): Kimberly D. Anderson, Neenah, WI, US; Michael J. Garvey, Appleton, WI, US; Melissa C. Putzer, Oshkosh, WI, US; Timothy J. Probst, Neenah, WI, US; and Eric D. Johnson, Larsen, WI, US.
Company: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., Neenah, WI, US.
Filed: 7/18/03
Issued: 9/25/12

A mass produced absorbent article comprising an absorbent member adapted to retain liquid therein, at least one other component operatively connected to the absorbent member in a unit, and an image including at least one ink having the color of one of cyan, magenta, yellow and black, and at least one other ink having a different color of one of cyan, magenta, yellow and black, the image being printed in a non-contact manner on at least a portion of said at least one other component by ink jets at a resolution of about 100 dpi with said at least one other component moving under the ink jets at a speed of at least about 30.5 mpm (100 fpm), wherein any area in the image having a cyan colored ink applied at maximum threshold thereto has a coverage area ratio of cyan colored ink of at least about 3%, any area in the image having a magenta colored ink applied at maximum threshold thereto has a coverage area ratio of magenta colored ink of at least about 5%, any area in the image having a yellow colored ink applied at maximum threshold thereto has a coverage area ratio of yellowed colored ink of at least about 6%, and any area in the image having a black colored ink applied at maximum threshold thereto has a coverage area ratio of black colored ink of at least about 6%, and wherein each respective coverage area ratio is the percentage of any area in the image which is covered by the corresponding cyan, yellow, magenta or black colored ink applied thereto.
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