US Patent No: 4,609,518

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Multi-phase process for debossing and perforating a polymeric web to coincide with the image of one or more three-dimensional forming structures

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A continuous, multi-phase process for debossing and perforating a substantially continuous web of substantially planar polymeric film to coincide with the image of one or more forming structures, each having a patterned forming surface with a multiplicity of holes and an opposed surface. Each forming structure is open from the holes in the forming surface to its opposed surface. The web of film has an indefinite length, a first surface, a second surface and a thickness. The thickness comprises the distance between the first surface and the second surface. The process comprises at least two sequential forming phases, one of which involves three-dimensional conformance of the web to the macroscopic profile of the forming structure and another of which involves aperturing of the web to coincide with fine-scale apertures in either the same or a separate forming structure. The order in which the phases are carried out will depend upon the properties desired in the resultant macroscopically expanded, three-dimensional, apertured polymeric web. Because the process is carried out in sequential phases, previously incompatible characteristics which could not be provided by prior art single-phase forming processes can now be achieved.

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THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANYCINCINNATI, OH11151

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Baird, James C Uccle, BE 11 807
Curro, John J Cincinnati, OH 35 2584
Gerth, Donald L Cincinnati, OH 4 556
Linman, E Kelly Cincinnati, OH 7 779
Vernon, George M Cincinnati, OH 3 433

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (10)
4,321,924 Bordered disposable absorbent article 98 1980
4,323,069 Disposable absorbent article having an intermediate layer interposed between the topsheet and the absorbent core 114 1980
4,342,314 Resilient plastic web exhibiting fiber-like properties 415 1980
4,341,217 Barrierless disposable absorbent article having an absorbent core encased in a homogeneous outer wrap 49 1980
4,327,730 Textured thermoplastic film and product manufactured therefrom 45 1981
4,395,215 Film forming structure for uniformly debossing and selectively aperturing a resilient plastic web and method for its construction 50 1981
4,341,216 Breathable backsheet for disposable diapers 94 1981
4,463,045 Macroscopically expanded three-dimensional plastic web exhibiting non-glossy visible surface and cloth-like tactile impression 310 1982
4,509,908 Apparatus for uniformly debossing and aperturing a resilient plastic web 56 1983
4,508,256 Method of constructing a three dimensional tubular member 72 1983
 
TREDEGAR INDUSTRIES, INC. (3)
4,343,848 Embossed thermoplastic material 48 1980
4,351,784 Corona treatment of perforated film 44 1980
4,518,643 Plastic film 61 1983
 
AMERICAN NATIONAL CAN COMPANY (1)
4,477,502 Plastic sheet having high gloss and low coefficient of friction and method for producing the same 12 1983
 
BHL PATENT HOLDINGS LLC (1)
2002/0143,320 Tracking medical products with integrated circuits 11 2002
 
HERCULES INCORPORATED (1)
4,226,828 Process for producing a reticulated web net 16 1978
 
Lever Brothers Company (1)
4,248,822 Process and apparatus for producing a moisture-permeable film 34 1979
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
D278468 Plastic sheet material or the like 10 1982

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (177)
4,695,422 Production of formed material by solid-state formation with a high-pressure liquid stream 109 1984
4,839,216 Formed material produced by solid-state formation with a high-pressure liquid stream 91 1987
4,778,644 Method and apparatus for making substantially fluid-impervious microbubbled polymeric web using high pressure liquid stream 71 1987
4,772,444 Method and apparatus for making microbubbled and/or microapertured polymeric webs using hydraulic pressure 32 1987
4,839,076 Pouched through the washer and dryer laundry additive product having at least one wall comprised of finely apertured polymeric film 36 1988
5,158,819 Polymeric web exhibiting a soft, silky, cloth-like tactile impression and including a contrasting visually discernible pattern having an embossed appearance on at least one surface thereof 75 1990
H001377 Absorbent article with multi-functional topsheet 1 1993
5,368,909 Fluid-pervious plastic web having improved fluid drainage 41 1993
5,368,910 Macroscopically expanded plastic web having improved fluid drainage 51 1993
5,441,691 Process for microaperaturing and microembossing a polymeric web 15 1993
5,665,452 Three-dimensional, macroscopically expanded, apertured laminate webs 6 1994
5,514,105 Resilient plastic web exhibiting reduced skin contact area and enhanced fluid transfer properties 47 1995
5,549,777 Three-dimensional, macroscopically expanded, apertured laminate webs and method for making 15 1995
5,660,788 Process for forming a apertured, three-dimensional, macroscopically expanded, plastic web for absorbent articles having a textured wearer-contacting surface 1 1995
5,520,875 Process for producing a surfactant treated, formed, polymeric web 25 1995
5,693,169 Method for making a capillary laminate material 0 1995
5,670,110 Method for making three-dimensional macroscopically-expanded webs having improved functional surfaces 46 1995
5,628,856 Method for forming a composite elastic material 31 1996
5,650,214 Web materials exhibiting elastic-like behavior and soft, cloth-like texture 84 1996
5,947,948 Absorbent article with multiple zone structural elastic-like film web extensible leg flap panels 27 1996
5,645,672 Method for forming a composite elastic material 32 1996
5,691,035 Web materials exhibiting elastic-like behavior 75 1996
5,723,087 Web materials exhibiting elastic-like behavior 85 1996
5,792,412 Apertured films having durable wettability and processes for marking them 4 1996
5,749,866 Absorbent article with multiple zone structural elastic-like film web extensible waist feature 93 1996
5,876,391 Absorbent article with structural elastic-like film web waist belt 41 1996
5,928,210 Apertured, three-dimensional, macroscopically-expanded, plastic web for absorbent articles having a textured wearer-contacting surface 14 1996
5,904,673 Absorbent article with structural elastic-like film web waist belt 60 1996
6,180,052 Fluid transport webs exhibiting surface energy gradients 19 1997
6,025,049 Fluid transport webs exhibiting surface energy gradients 19 1997
5,989,478 Method of manufacturing fluid transport webs exhibiting surface energy gradients 52 1997
5,941,862 Absorbent structure having zones surrounded by a continuous region of hydrogel forming absorbent polymer 40 1997
5,993,432 Web materials having elastic-like and expansive zones 42 1997
5,891,544 Web materials exhibiting elastic-like behavior 69 1997
6,645,604 Structures useful as cleaning sheets 10 1998
6,561,354 Package of novel three dimensional structures useful as cleaning sheets 16 1998
5,834,092 Apertured films having durable wettability and processes for making them 1 1998
5,879,782 Absorbent articles comprising apertured films having durable wettability 2 1998
5,998,696 Sanitary articles with multi aperture size film topsheets 26 1998
6,703,537 Absorbent article having improved fecal storage structure 10 1998
6,325,787 Absorbent article with multiple zone structural elastic-like film web extensible waist feature 48 1999
6,884,494 Laminate web 77 1999
6,599,612 Process of forming a perforated web 9 2000
6,911,023 Absorbent article with improved fastening system 7 2000
6,500,377 Method and apparatus for activating a moving web 10 2000
7,037,569 Laminate web comprising an apertured layer and method for manufacturing thereof 66 2000
6,790,794 Cleaning sheets comprising additive and perfume 4 2001
6,416,501 Absorbent interlabial device 11 2001
6,797,357 Three dimensional structures useful as cleaning sheets 17 2001
6,878,433 Applications for laminate web 34 2001
6,863,960 User-activatible substance delivery system 44 2001
6,830,800 Elastic laminate web 41 2001
6,808,791 Applications for laminate web 56 2001
7,166,292 Top-biased beneficial components on substrates 9 2001
6,710,099 Disposable absorbent articles with improved adhesive for attachment to the skin to facilitate water adhesion stability with low pain level removal 33 2001
6,544,642 Disposable absorbent articles with improved adhesive for attachment to the skin to facilitate adhesion in oily conditions 13 2001
7,423,003 Fold-resistant cleaning sheet 4 2001
6,706,028 Absorbent article with multiple zone structural elastic-like film web extensible waist feature 19 2001
7,047,608 Method of producing a shaped tampon 9 2002
6,761,710 Container for the collection of menstrual flow 13 2002
7,655,176 Method of making a polymeric web exhibiting a soft and silky tactile impression 1 2002
7,402,723 Polymeric web exhibiting a soft and silky tactile impression 10 2002
8,287,800 Method for making a polymeric web exhibiting a soft and silky tactile impression 0 2003
8,057,729 Method for making a forming structure 1 2003
6,852,475 Method for making a forming structure 6 2003
7,303,861 Apparatus and method for making a forming structure 5 2003
8,461,412 Multilayered unitary absorbent core 0 2003
6,780,372 Process of forming a perforated web 4 2003
7,572,248 Unitary disposable pant-type garment with non-elasticized gap between stretch side panels and absorbent assembly 3 2003
7,736,349 Absorbent article comprising an absorbent element comprising a liquid absorbent thermoplastic composition 1 2003
7,794,440 Disposable absorbent articles with masking topsheet having one or more openings providing a passageway to a void space 3 2003
7,597,689 Disposable absorbent article with improved topsheet 1 2003
7,736,456 Process for printing actives onto articles 3 2003
7,163,740 Process for printing adhesives, adhesive articles and printing equipment 8 2003
7,549,982 Tampon with recessed portions having multiple widths 4 2003
7,338,483 Tampon 6 2003
7,311,699 Tampon with raised portions 3 2003
7,214,218 Tampon with raised portions having multiple widths 2 2003
7,097,638 Tampon having recessed portions 4 2003
7,087,045 Tampon having recessed portions 10 2003
7,070,585 Tampon having recessed portions 10 2003
7,935,859 Article having improved fecal storage structure 0 2004
7,223,261 Articles with elasticated topsheets 14 2004
7,527,615 Structural elastic-like nonwoven web 1 2004
7,220,332 Electrical cable 2 2004
7,201,853 Method for making a metal forming structure 0 2004
7,029,264 Forming structure for embossing and debossing polymeric webs 1 2004
7,794,441 Dual cuff for a unitary disposable absorbent article being spaced away from backsheet 0 2004
6,939,340 Tampon with adjacent wide and narrow raised portions 11 2004
7,314,967 Moisture responsive sealing members in disposable absorbent articles 7 2004
6,936,330 Three dimensional structures useful as cleaning sheets 19 2004
7,905,871 Elasticated materials having bonding patterns used with low load force elastics and stiff carrier materials 7 2004
7,785,308 Tampon absorbency indicators on package 0 2005
7,175,616 Absorbency protuberance identifier disposed on each tampon in the article array 1 2005
7,462,755 Absorbent article comprising edge barriers comprising a liquid absorbent thermoplastic composition 1 2005
7,521,588 Polymeric web exhibiting a soft and silky tactile impression 7 2005
8,419,701 Absorbent articles with stretch zones comprising slow recovery elastic materials 1 2005
7,905,872 Absorbent articles comprising a slow recovery stretch laminate 4 2005
7,717,893 Absorbent articles comprising a slow recovery elastomer 2 2005
7,829,177 Web materials having offset emboss patterns disposed thereon 6 2005
7,753,898 Tampon having indicator enclosed in a tampon applicator 0 2005
7,654,991 Product array having indicators 0 2005
7,014,637 Tampon applicator having indicators 8 2005
8,211,079 Anti-pop open macrofasteners 0 2005
7,799,006 Fastening system having multiple engagement orientations 5 2005
7,682,350 Disposable absorbent articles 11 2005
7,166,101 Tampon outer surface having increasing number of written identifiers to indicate absorbency 3 2005
7,833,211 Stretch laminate, method of making, and absorbent article 9 2006
7,851,668 Absorbent article and method for maintaining or improving skin health 0 2006
8,193,407 Disposable absorbent article containing an adhesively bonded elastic member 0 2006
8,187,243 Disposable absorbent article containing an unapertured skinless elastomeric layer 0 2006
8,598,406 Disposable absorbent article comprising a durable hydrophilic acquisition layer 0 2006
8,455,711 Disposable absorbent article comprising a durable hydrophilic topsheet 0 2006
7,923,597 Disposable absorbent article comprising a durable hydrophilic core wrap 0 2006
7,708,728 Absorbent articles with comfortable elasticated laminates 1 2006
8,382,736 Relative stiffness fasteners 0 2006
7,870,652 Fasteners having improved comfort 1 2006
7,872,169 Reduced noise level fastening system 3 2006
8,632,793 Top-biased beneficial components on substrates 0 2007
7,895,718 Fastening system 0 2007
7,789,870 Nonwoven fabric for a female component of a fastening system 0 2007
8,395,012 Disposable absorbent articles containing odor controlling films 0 2007
8,664,467 Absorbent articles with feedback signal upon urination 0 2007
8,491,558 Absorbent article with impregnated sensation material for toilet training 0 2007
8,057,450 Absorbent article with sensation member 2 2007
7,771,406 Articles with elasticated topsheets 8 2007
8,177,766 Stretch laminate, method of making, and absorbent article 0 2007
8,293,967 Disposable absorbent articles having a windowed sensor 0 2007
8,278,497 Disposable absorbent articles having a pocketed temperature sensor 0 2007
8,273,939 Disposable absorbent articles having a windowed removable sensor 1 2007
7,713,683 Apparatus and method for making a forming structure 1 2007
8,790,325 Disposable wearable absorbent articles with anchoring subsystems 0 2007
8,668,679 Disposable wearable absorbent articles with anchoring subsystems 0 2007
8,597,268 Disposable wearable absorbent articles with anchoring subsystems 0 2007
8,028,385 Patterned tampon and method of making 0 2007
7,938,635 Apparatus for producing a web substrate having indicia disposed thereon and elastic-like behavior imparted thereto 3 2007
7,896,858 Absorbent articles comprising graphics 9 2007
8,217,217 Absorbent article having a dehydration indicator 0 2008
8,558,051 Disposable absorbent article having odor control system 0 2008
8,377,024 Outer cover for a disposable absorbent article 0 2008
7,896,641 Apparatus for activating a web 4 2008
7,824,594 Process for activating a web 2 2008
8,323,257 Absorbent articles comprising a slow recovery stretch laminate and method for making the same 1 2008
8,333,748 Outer cover for a disposable absorbent article 0 2009
8,172,819 Unitary disposable pant-type garment 0 2009
8,105,526 Method for making a forming structure 1 2009
8,808,263 Article of commerce including two-piece wearable absorbent article 0 2010
8,784,395 Two-piece wearable absorbent article 0 2010
8,669,409 Reusable outer cover for an absorbent article 0 2010
8,338,660 Absorbent article comprising an absorbent element comprising a liquid absorbent thermoplastic composition 0 2010
8,267,036 Apparatus for printing actives onto articles 0 2010
8,348,919 Absorbent article providing a better fit and more comfort to a wearer 0 2010
8,652,114 Insert with advantageous fastener configurations and end stiffness characteristics for two-piece wearable absorbent article 0 2010
8,652,115 Insert with advantageous fastener configurations and end stiffness characteristics for two-piece wearable absorbent article 0 2010
8,585,667 Insert with advantageous fastener configurations and end stiffness characteristics for two-piece wearable absorbent article 0 2010
8,821,470 Two-piece wearable absorbent article with advantageous fastener performance configurations 0 2010
8,414,553 Disposable absorbent article with masking topsheet having one or more openings providing a passageway to a void space 0 2010
8,375,533 Fastening system having multiple engagement orientations 0 2010
8,062,572 Process for activating a web 1 2010
8,460,263 Stretch laminate, method of making, and absorbent article 0 2010
8,138,388 Absorbent article and method for maintaining or improving skin health 0 2010
8,388,596 Fastening system 0 2011
8,303,294 Apparatus for activating a web 0 2011
8,454,572 Absorbent article with improved garment-like character 0 2011
8,569,568 Article having improved fecal storage structure 0 2011
8,697,937 Disposable absorbent article having side panels with structurally, functionally and visually different regions 0 2011
8,657,596 Method and apparatus for deforming a web 0 2011
8,536,074 Three dimensional structures useful as cleaning sheets 0 2011
8,623,256 Process for activating a web 0 2011
8,420,883 Absorbent article and method for maintaining or improving skin health 0 2011
8,603,059 Stretch laminate, method of making, and absorbent article 0 2012
8,697,938 Disposable absorbent article having side panels with structurally, functionally and visually different regions 0 2012
8,558,053 Disposable absorbent article having side panels with structurally, functionally and visually different regions 0 2012
8,679,391 Method and apparatus for making an apertured web 0 2012
8,721,610 Absorbent article providing a better fit and more comfort to a wearer 0 2012
8,590,119 Fastening system 0 2013
8,841,506 Disposable absorbent article with unitary topsheet and unitary absorbent article 0 2013
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC. (7)
5,443,886 Hydrosonically embedded soft thin film materials 2 1991
5,314,737 Area thinned thin sheet materials 4 1991
5,269,981 Process for hydrosonically microaperturing 42 1991
5,370,830 Hydrosonic process for forming electret filter media 17 1992
5,336,452 Process for hydrosonically area embossing thin thermoplastic film materials 6 1992
5,514,308 Method for hydrosonically embedding a material in a soft thin film material 6 1995
8,847,002 Absorbent article containing apertures arranged in registration with an embossed wave pattern 0 2011
 
TREDEGAR FILM PRODUCTS CORPORATION (7)
5,762,643 Vacuum assisted application of thin vapor permeable, liquid impermeable coatings on apertured substrates and articles produced therefrom 18 1994
6,610,904 Acquisition distribution layer having void volumes for an absorbent article 26 2000
6,700,036 Acquisition distribution layer having void volumes for an absorbent article 4 2001
7,378,568 Acquisition distribution layer having void volumes for an absorbent article 1 2003
7,364,687 Soft film 3 2004
7,518,032 Three-dimensional apertured film for transmitting dynamically-deposited and statically-retained fluids 1 2006
8,415,524 Three-dimensional apertured film for transmitting dynamically-deposited and statically retained fluids 0 2009
 
MCNEIL-PPC, INC. (6)
5,980,814 Method for making an apertured film coated with a surface-active agent 4 1995
5,770,144 Method of forming improved apertured films by using fluid perforation 19 1995
5,824,352 Apparatus for producing an apertured plastic film having a tricot texture 20 1996
6,022,607 Apertured films and absorbent products incorporating aperture films 32 1997
6,240,817 Method of forming improved apertured films by using fluid perforation 13 1998
7,589,249 Multiple zone apertured web 4 2002
 
CORIUM INTERNATIONAL, INC. (5)
7,572,405 Method for manufacturing microstructures having hollow microelements using fluidic jets during a molding operation 7 2004
8,216,190 Microstructures for delivering a composition cutaneously to skin 1 2006
8,821,446 Applicators for microneedles 0 2008
7,914,480 Transdermal delivery device 3 2009
8,702,726 Method of exfoliation of skin using closely-packed microstructures 0 2010
 
S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC. (5)
7,891,898 Cleaning pad for wet, damp or dry cleaning 4 2005
7,740,412 Method of cleaning using a device with a liquid reservoir and replaceable non-woven pad 3 2005
7,566,671 Cleaning or dusting pad 8 2006
7,976,235 Cleaning kit including duster and spray 2 2006
8,657,515 Cleaning kit including duster and spray 0 2011
 
PGI POLYMER, INC. (4)
5,585,017 Defocused laser drilling process for forming a support member of a fabric forming device 20 1994
5,567,376 Method of forming textile-like apertured plastic films 54 1995
5,916,462 Laser drilling processes for forming an apertured film 34 1995
5,997,986 Textile-like apertured plastic films 21 1996
 
FIRST QUALITY RETAIL SERVICES, LLC (3)
6,455,753 Absorbent article with improved fluid acquisition system 9 1999
6,566,578 Absorbent article with improved fluid acquisition system and method of making the same 3 2000
6,509,513 Absorbent article with improved fluid acquisition system 5 2001
 
3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY (2)
7,731,878 Process of forming a microperforated polymeric film for sound absorption 2 2004
7,691,760 Wipe 7 2006
 
UNI-CHARM CORPORATION (2)
5,427,838 Flexible plastic sheet having a rib-structure 9 1993
5,399,411 Flexible, air-permeable plastic sheet 4 1993
 
ADAMS-RUSSELL ELECTRONICS CO., INC. (1)
4,846,821 Substantially fluid-impervious microbubbled polymeric web exhibiting low levels of noise when subjected to movement 31 1987
 
EVEREADY BATTERY COMPANY, INC. (1)
7,753,896 Drapeable absorbent article 0 2001
 
JOHNSON & JOHNSON WORLDWIDE ABSORBENT PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS RESEARCH (1)
5,681,301 Backing web in an absorbent article 32 1996
 
KAO CORPORATION (1)
6,936,333 Bulky sheet and process for producing the same 12 2001
 
OJI PAPER CO., LTD. (1)
8,439,885 Disposable diaper having a stool passing opening 0 2006
 
SANOSIL AG (1)
8,858,523 Disposable wearable absorbent articles with anchoring subsystems 0 2008
 
STORK PRINTS B.V. (1)
7,449,248 Screen material manufacturing method and applications thereof 0 2003
 
TEXOL S.R.L. (1)
8,168,102 Machine utilized for producing and manufacturing a resilient film soft at touch, suitable to draining use 1 2007
 
W. E. Hall Company (1)
5,554,145 Absorbent article with multiple zone structural elastic-like film web extensible waist feature 286 1994
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (8)
H1377 Absorbent article with multi-functional topsheet 8 1993
6,306,237 Lamination of surfaces using pressurized liquid 2 1995
6,027,483 Web materials exhibiting elastic-like behavior 43 1997
H1827 Fibrous and apertured, three-dimensional macroscopically expanded plastic web 1 1997
H001827 Fibrous and apertured, three-dimensional macroscopically expanded plastic web 0 1997
5,916,663 Web materials exhibiting elastic-like behavior 29 1997
7,744,575 Sanitary napkin with attachment straps 1 2005
8,870,732 Methods and apparatuses for tucking side panels of absorbent articles 0 2011