Patents

Refastenable absorbent article and a method of applying thereof

March 26, 2014

US Patent No.: 8,617,131 B2
Inventor(s): Mark James Kline, Okeana, OH, US; and Miguel Alvaro Robles, Wyoming, OH, US
Company: The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH, US
Filed: 11/23/11
Issued: 12/31/13

A pull-on pant-like disposable absorbent article having a first waist region, a second waist region, and a crotch region disposed therebetween, a pair of leg openings and a waist opening, the pull-on pant-like disposable absorbent article comprising: a containment assembly comprising a topsheet, a backsheet, and a core between the topsheet and the backsheet, wherein said backsheet comprises first and second waist edges and first and second side edges; a first elastically extensible flap having a proximal portion with a proximal edge and a distal portion with a distal edge having a longitudinal length, wherein the proximal portion of said first elastically extensible flap is joined to the containment assembly in the first waist region; a first engaging component joined to said distal portion of said first elastically extensible flap, said first engaging component comprising a base and a plurality of engaging elements projecting from said base wherein said base has proximal and distal edges having a longitudinal length; a second elastically extensible flap having a proximal portion with a proximal edge and a distal portion with a distal edge having a longitudinal length, wherein the proximal portion of said second elastically extensible flap is joined to the containment assembly in the second waist region; a second engaging component joined to said distal portion of said second elastically extensible flap, said second engaging component comprising a base and a plurality of engaging elements projecting from said base wherein said base has proximal and distal edges having a longitudinal length; a third flap having a proximal portion and a distal portion, wherein the proximal portion of said third elastically extensible flap is joined to the containment assembly in the second waist region; and a fourth flap having a proximal portion and a distal portion, wherein the proximal portion of said fourth elastically extensible flap is joined to the containment assembly in the second waist region; wherein the third flap comprises a first plurality of fiber elements releasably engaged with the first engaging component of said first elastically extensible flap, and wherein the fourth flap comprises a second plurality of fiber elements releasably engaged with the second engaging component of said second elastically extensible flap, wherein the longitudinal length of said distal edge of said first elastically extensible flap is substantially the same as the longitudinal length of the distal edge of the base of said first engaging component and wherein the longitudinal length of said distal edge of said second elastically extensible flap is substantially the same as the longitudinal length of the distal edge of the base of said second engaging component.
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