Skin-Friendly Hook Fastening Component

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A skin-friendly hook component of a hook and loop fastener that reduces or eliminates the occurrence of red-marking and/or irritation if brought into contact with a wearer's skin. In one embodiment, the hook component can have a relatively large top surface area among the hooks with respect to a surface area of the hook backing. In another embodiment, the hook backing is highly flexible, attributable to a flexible resin and/or modified topography. In yet another embodiment, a highly flexible polymer, or polymers, can be used to make individual hooks such that the hooks bend in response to a minimum amount of pressure. Various illustrated hook tapes have features along their edges to enhance skin-friendliness. A skin-friendly hook component results any combination of the disclosed embodiments. The hook component is particularly beneficial when used in absorbent articles.

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Buzzell, Keith G North Waterboro, ME 12 206
Filion, Scott M Newmarket, NH 21 411
Gallant, Christopher M Nottingham, NH 65 437
Martin, Timothy R Alpharetta, GA 7 53
Neeb, Alexander J Alpharetta, GA 17 271
Parshley, Joseph K Salem, MA 4 61
Schmidt, Richard J Roswell, GA 26 578
Tremblay, Heidi Windham, NH 3 23
Vanbenschoten, Brian Rochester, NH 5 38

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