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US5674212: Extensible absorbent articles

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Inventor(s) Osborn, III; Thomas W. · Kazuko Sugahara · Letha M. Hines ·
Assignee(s) The Procter & Gamble Company ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Jeffrey V. Bamber ·
Primary Examiner Clarke; Robert A. H. ·
Application Number US8503895
Filing date 07/18/1995
Issue date 10/07/1997
Predicted expiration date 10/12/2010
U.S. Classifications 604/385.1  · 604/387  ·
International Classifications A61F 1315  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 604358;373;383;384;385.1;385.3;387 ·
Related U.S. Application DataCROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
This is a continuation of application Ser. No 07/915,284, filed on Jul. 23, 1992 now abandon which is a continuation of application Ser. No. 08/315,315, filed on Sep. 29, 1994, which a continuation-in-part of the following U.S. patent applications: Ser. No. 07/539,779 abandoned filed Sep. 12, 1990; Ser. No. 07/605,583 abandoned filed Oct. 29, 1990; Ser. No. 07/630,451 abandoned filed Dec. 19, 1990; Ser. Nos. 07/637,090 abandoned and 07/637,571 abandoned filed Jan. 3, 1991; Ser. Nos. 07/769,891 abandoned and 07/769,607 abandoned filed Oct. 1, 1991; Ser. Nos. 07/734,392, abandoned 07/734,404 abandoned, and 07/734,405 now U.S. Pat. No. 5,334,176 filed Jul. 23, 1991; Ser. No. 07/794,745 filed Nov. 19, 1991 now abandoned; Ser. No. 07/810,774 filed Dec. 17, 1991; abandoned Ser. No. 07/823,797 filed Jan. 22, 1992 now abandoned; Ser. No. 07/827,555 filed Jan. 28, 1992 ; now abandoned Ser. No. 07/832,246 filed Feb. 7, 1992; Ser. No. 07/874,872 filed Apr. 28, 1992 now abandoned ; Ser. No. 07/882,738 filed May 14,1992 now abandoned ; and, Ser. No. 07/892,398 filed May 28, 1992 abandoned.
27 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

The present invention relates to absorbent articles such as sanitary napkins worn by women. More particularly, the present invention relates to absorbent articles, such as thin sanitary napkins, that are extensible, especially in the longitudinal direction.

Independent Claims | See all claims (27)

  1. 1. An extensible absorbent article for wearing in the crotch region of an undergarment and extending with the crotch region of said undergarment, said absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, a transverse centerline, a liquid pervious side, a liquid impervious side, and an absorbent component positioned between said liquid pervious side and said liquid impervious side, wherein a 1.0 inch wide strip having an initial length cut from said absorbent article along a longitudinal section of said absorbent article that is centered about said longitudinal centerline contains a strip of said absorbent component which has a pair of end edges, and when said 1.0 inch wide strip is clamped 0.5 inches inward from the end edges of said absorbent component, said strip is capable of extension of greater than or equal to about 110% of its initial length when subjected to a force of less than or equal to about 500 grams.
  2. 2. An extensible absorbent article for wearing in the crotch region of an undergarment and extending with the crotch region of said undergarment, said absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, a transverse centerline, a liquid pervious side, a liquid impervious side, and an absorbent component positioned between said liquid pervious side and said liquid impervious side, wherein a 1.0 inch wide strip having an initial length cut from said absorbent article parallel to said transverse centerline contains a strip of said absorbent component which has a pair of end edges, and when said 1.0 inch wide strip is clamped 0.5 inches inward from the end edges of said absorbent component, said strip is capable of extension of greater than or equal to about 110% of its initial length when subjected to a force of less than or equal to about 500 grams.
  3. 3. An extensible absorbent article for attaching to and wearing in an undergarment and extending with the crotch region of said undergarment, said absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, a transverse centerline, a liquid pervious side, a liquid impervious side, and an absorbent component positioned between said liquid pervious side and said liquid impervious side, wherein a 1.0 inch wide strip having an initial length cut from said absorbent article along a longitudinal section of said absorbent article that is centered about said longitudinal centerline contains a strip of said absorbent component which has a pair of end edges, and when said 1.0 inch wide strip is clamped 0.5 inches inward from the end edges of said absorbent component, said strip is capable of extension of greater than or equal to about 110% of its initial length when subjected to a force of less than or equal to about 500 grams.
  4. 14. An extensible absorbent article for attaching to and wearing in an undergarment and extending with the crotch region of said undergarment, said absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, a transverse centerline, a liquid pervious side, a liquid impervious side, and an absorbent component positioned between said liquid pervious side and said liquid impervious side, wherein a 1.0 inch wide strip having an initial length cut from said absorbent article along a longitudinal section of said absorbent article that is centered about said longitudinal centerline contains a strip of said absorbent component which has a pair of end edges, and when said 1.0 inch wide strip is clamped 0.5 inches inward from the end edges of said absorbent component, said strip is capable of extension of greater than or equal to about 110% of its initial length when subjected to a force of less than or equal to about 300 grams.
  5. 19. An extensible absorbent article for wearing in the crotch region of an undergarment and extending with the crotch region of said undergarment, said absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, a transverse centerline, a liquid pervious side, a liquid impervious side, and an absorbent component positioned between said liquid pervious side and said liquid impervious side, wherein a 1.0 inch wide strip having an initial length is cut from a longitudinal section of said absorbent article that is centered about said longitudinal centerline contains a strip of said absorbent component which has a pair of end edges, and when said 1.0 inch wide strip is clamped 0.5 inches inward from the end edges of said absorbent component, said strip is capable of extension that is:(i) greater than or equal to about 105% of its initial length when subjected to a force of less than or equal to about 150 grams, and(ii) greater than or equal to about 120% of its initial length when subjected to a force less than or equal to about 400 grams.
  6. 20. An extensible absorbent article for attaching to and wearing in an undergarment and extending with the crotch region of said undergarment, said absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, a transverse centerline, a liquid pervious side, a liquid impervious side, and an absorbent component positioned between said liquid pervious side and said liquid impervious side, wherein a 1.0 inch wide strip having an initial length and an extended length cut from said absorbent article along a transverse section of said absorbent article that runs parallel to the transverse centerline of said absorbent article contains a strip of said absorbent component which has a pair of end edges, and when said 1.0 inch wide strip is clamped 0.5 inches inward from the end edges of said absorbent component, said strip is capable of extension to an extended length of between about 110% to about 170% of its initial length when subjected to a force of less than or equal to about 500 grams.
  7. 21. An extensible absorbent article for attaching to and wearing in an undergarment and extending with the crotch region of said undergarment, said absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, a transverse centerline, a liquid pervious side, a liquid impervious side, and an absorbent component positioned between said liquid pervious side and said liquid impervious side, wherein a 1.0 inch wide strip having an initial length and an extended length cut from said absorbent article along a transverse section of said absorbent article that runs parallel to the transverse centerline of said absorbent article contains a strip of said absorbent component which has a pair of end edges, and when said 1.0 inch wide strip is clamped 0.5 inches inward from the end edges of said absorbent component, said strip is capable of extension to an extended length of between about 110% to about 140% of its initial length when subjected to a force of less than or equal to about 300 grams.
  8. 22. An extensible absorbent article for attaching to and wearing in an undergarment and extending with the crotch region of said undergarment, said absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, a transverse centerline, a liquid pervious side, a liquid impervious side, and an absorbent component positioned between said liquid pervious side and said liquid impervious side, wherein a 1.0 inch wide strip having an initial length and an extended length cut from said absorbent article along a transverse section of said absorbent article that runs parallel to the transverse centerline of said absorbent article contains a strip of said absorbent component which has a pair of end edges, and when said 1.0 inch wide strip is clamped 0.5 inches inward from the end edges of said absorbent component, said strip is capable of extension to an extended length of between about 110% to about 150% of its initial length when subjected to a force of less than or equal to about 500 grams.
  9. 23. An extensible absorbent article for attaching to and wearing in an undergarment and extending with the crotch region of said undergarment, said absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, a transverse centerline, a liquid pervious side, a liquid impervious side, and an absorbent component positioned between said liquid pervious side and said liquid impervious side, wherein a 1.0 inch wide strip having an initial length and an extended length cut from said absorbent article along a transverse section of said absorbent article that runs parallel to the transverse centerline of said absorbent article contains a strip of said absorbent component which has a pair of end edges, and when said 1.0 inch wide strip is clamped 0.5 inches inward from the end edges of said absorbent component, said strip is capable of extension to an extended length of between about 110% to about 150% of its initial length when subjected to a force of less than or equal to about 300 grams.
  10. 24. An extensible absorbent article for attaching to and wearing in an undergarment and extending with the crotch region of said undergarment, said absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, two transverse end edges, a liquid pervious side, a liquid impervious side, an absorbent component positioned between said liquid pervious side and said liquid impervious side, said absorbent component having two transverse end edges, one adjacent each transverse end edge of the absorbent article, and a fastener for attaching said absorbent article to an undergarment, said fastener having two transverse ends, wherein when one of said transverse end edges of said absorbent article is clamped with a stationary clamp 0.5 inch inward from the adjacent transverse end edge of said absorbent component, and said fastener has one end adjacent said stationary clamp and one end opposite said stationary clamp, and one end of a strip of cotton fabric is attached to a 1.0 inch section of said fastener at the end of the fastener opposite said stationary clamp, and the other end of the cotton strip is pulled in the direction of the longitudinal centerline of the absorbent article that is 180 degrees opposite the orientation of the end of the absorbent article clamped in the stationary clamp, and said absorbent article has an initial length measured when the absorbent article is subjected to a force of 50 grams, the portion of said absorbent article containing said absorbent component will extend at least about 130% of its initial length before the absorbent article shears from the cotton fabric.
  11. 25. An extensible absorbent article for attaching to and wearing in an undergarment and extending with the crotch region of said undergarment, said absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, two transverse end edges, a liquid pervious side, a liquid impervious side, an absorbent component positioned between said liquid pervious side and said liquid impervious side, said absorbent component having two transverse end edges, one adjacent each transverse end edge of the absorbent article, and a fastener for attaching said absorbent article to an undergarment, said fastener having two transverse ends, wherein when one of said transverse end edges of said absorbent article is clamped with a stationary clamp 0.5 inch inward from the adjacent transverse end edge of said absorbent component, and said fastener has one end adjacent said stationary clamp and one end opposite said stationary clamp, and one end of a strip of cotton fabric is attached to a 1.0 inch section of said fastener at the end of the fastener opposite said stationary clamp, and the other end of the cotton strip is pulled in the direction of the longitudinal centerline of the absorbent article that is 180 degrees opposite the orientation of the end of the absorbent article clamped in the stationary clamp, and said absorbent article has an initial length measured when the absorbent article is subjected to a force of 50 grams, the portion of said absorbent article containing said absorbent component will extend at least about 125% of its initial length upon the application of additional stretching forces before: (a) said absorbent article is subjected to a force of 800 additional grams, or (b) the absorbent article is subjected to a force that causes its fastener to separate from the cotton fabric.
  12. 26. An extensible absorbent article for attaching to and wearing in an undergarment and extending with the crotch region of said undergarment, said absorbent article having a longitudinal centerline, two transverse end edges, a liquid pervious side, a liquid impervious side, an absorbent component positioned between said liquid pervious side and said liquid impervious side, said absorbent component having two transverse end edges, one adjacent each transverse end edge of the absorbent article, and a fastener for attaching said absorbent article to an undergarment, said fastener having two transverse ends, wherein when one of said transverse end edges of said absorbent article is clamped with a stationary clamp 0.5 inch inward from the adjacent transverse end edge of said absorbent component, and said fastener has one end adjacent said stationary clamp and one end opposite said stationary clamp, and one end of a strip of cotton fabric is attached to a 1.0 inch section of said fastener at the end of the fastener opposite said stationary clamp, and the other end of the cotton strip is pulled in the direction of the longitudinal centerline of the absorbent article that is 180 degrees opposite the orientation of the end of the absorbent article clamped in the stationary clamp, and said absorbent article has an initial length measured when the absorbent article is subjected to a force of 20 grams, the portion of said absorbent article containing said absorbent component will extend at least about 115% of its initial length upon the application of additional stretching forces before: (a) said absorbent article is subjected to a force of 1,000 additional grams, or (b) the absorbent article is subjected to a force that causes its fastener to separate from the cotton fabric.

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