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US7198621: Attachment assembly for absorbent article

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Inventor(s) Julie A. Moser · Alan F. Schleinz ·
Assignee(s) Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Pauley Peterson & Erickson ·
Primary Examiner Tatyana Zalukaeva ·
Assistant Examiner Ginger Chapman ·
Application Number US10326776
Filing date 12/19/2002
Issue date 04/03/2007
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 06/08/2024
Patent term adjustment 537
U.S. Classifications 604/385.22  · 604/391  ·
International Classifications A61F1320  ·
Kind CodeB2
19 Claims, 8 Drawings


Abstract

A disposable diaper having an attachment assembly including a subassembly bonded or attached to an exterior surface of a front waist region of the diaper and extending laterally from opposing side edges of the front waist region to form laterally opposing front ears. A reduced-size attachment panel is properly positioned and bonded to the subassembly to improve the functionality of a fastening system of the diaper without interfering with or limiting the extensibility of the diaper chassis, while minimizing the use of relatively expensive attachment panel material.

Independent Claims | See all claims (19)

  1. 1. An absorbent article comprising: a chassis having a front waist region, a back waist region and a crotch region intermediate the front waist region and the back waist region; a subassembly including at least a first material layer permanently bonded to the front waist region, the first material layer extending laterally beyond opposing side edges of the front waist region to form a layer of a first front ear and a layer of a laterally opposing second front ear; an attachment panel permanently bonded to the subassembly such that the subassembly is between the chassis and the attachment panel; and at least one fastener releasably engageable with the attachment panel; and wherein the first material layer comprises a first spunbond layer and the subassembly further comprises: a first material strip attached to the first material layer and positioned longitudinally at a first end portion of the first material layer; a second material strip attached to the first material layer and positioned longitudinally at a second end portion of the first material layer; and a second spunbond layer covering at least a portion of the first material strip and at least a portion of the second material strip.
  2. 8. An attachment assembly for an absorbent article comprising a chassis having a front waist region, a back waist region and a crotch region intermediate the front waist region and the back waist region, the attachment assembly comprising: a subassembly including a first material layer permanently bonded to the front waist region, the first material layer extending laterally beyond a first side edge of the front waist region to form a layer of a first front ear and extending laterally beyond a second side edge of the front waist region to form a laterally opposing second front ear; and an attachment panel permanently bonded to the subassembly and releasably engageable with at least one fastener connected with respect to the back waist region, wherein the subassembly is between the chassis and attachment panel; and wherein the subassembly further comprises a material strip positioned at an end portion of the first front ear and a material strip positioned at an end portion of the second front ear.
  3. 16. A disposable diaper comprising: an extensible outer cover; a bodyside liner; an absorbent core positioned between the extensible outer cover and the bodyside liner; a chassis defined by the extensible outer cover, the absorbent core and the bodyside liner, the chassis defining a front waist region, a back waist region and a crotch region intermediate the front waist region and the back waist region; and a multiple component attachment assembly comprising a subassembly permanently bonded to an exterior surface of the front waist region and forming laterally opposing front ears, and an attachment panel permanently bonded to the subassembly such that the subassembly is between the chassis and the attachment panel; wherein the subassembly includes at least a first material layer extending laterally beyond a first side edge and a second side edge of the front waist region to form a layer of each laterally opposing front ear; and wherein the subassembly further comprises a second material layer superposed on the first material layer and a material strip positioned between the first material layer and the second material layer at each of laterally opposing end portions of the subassembly, each material strip extending longitudinally along the corresponding end portion.

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