Apparatus and method for product and signaling device matching

May 12, 2014

US Patent No.: 8,642,832 B2
Inventor(s): Thomas Michael Ales, Neenah, WI, US; Sudhanshu Gakhar, Neenah, WI, US; Andrew Mark Long, Appleton, WI, US; and Davis-Dang H Nhan, Appleton, WI, US.
Company: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., Neenah, WI, US.
Filed: 11/10/10
Issued: 2/4/14

An absorbent article, comprising: a chassis comprising an outer cover having an interior surface and an exterior surface and an absorbent structure positioned adjacent the interior surface of the outer cover; a non-invasive signaling device configured to detect the presence of a substance and at least one of a predefined color, a UV pattern, or an infrared light reflectance; and at least one attachment zone on the outer cover, the attachment zone configured to receive the non-invasive signaling device, the attachment zone comprising a design scheme printed on the outer cover configured for assisting alignment of the non-invasive signaling device; wherein the design scheme comprises at least one identifiable characteristic, the identifiable characteristic comprising a detectable pattern on the attachment zone, the detectable pattern comprising one of a predefined color, a UV pattern, or an infrared light reflectance, wherein the presence of the predefined color, UV pattern, or infrared light reflectance activates the non-invasive signaling device so as to detect the presence of a substance.

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