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Colored Translucent Wings for Added Discretion

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033877D
Publication Date: 2005-Jan-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Teresa M. Zander: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Current winged absorbent products on the market are either opaque, transparent or translucent. A transparent/translucent wing hides the wing but not the stain and an opaque wing hides the stain but not the wing. Neither execution completely solves the consumer desire to be discrete or unnoticed when dealing with feminine care pads during menstruation. Coloring the translucent or transparent wing is a solution to obtain increased stain masking while still being able to disguise wings. A translucent colored wing will blend into various colored or white panties for wing discretion with the additional feature of masking stains.

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Colored Translucent Wings for Added Discretion

  Teresa M. Zander and Garry R. Woltman Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Neenah, Wisconsin

Consumer Problem:

Current winged absorbent products on the market are either opaque, transparent or translucent. Related art on opaque, transparent and translucent wings includes US2001/0006867, EP1138293, and US2003/0065299 but we are not aware of previous publications on the addition of color for increased stain masking while still being able to mask wing itself. Consumers are at a disadvantage when trying to hide stains and the wing with the current executions. A transparent/translucent wing hides the wing but not the stain and an opaque wing hides the stain but not the wing. Neither execution completely solves the consumer desire to be discrete or unnoticed when dealing with feminine care pads during menstruation. Consumer discretion is a known deficiency and is an expressed desire of consumers.

Solution:

Coloring the translucent or transparent wing is a solution to obtain increased stain masking while still being able to disguise wings. A translucent colored wing will blend into various colored or white panties for wing discretion with the additional feature of masking stains.

Examples of methods to obtain a colored translucent wing are by changing the material composition (e.g., adding pigments or dyes to the polymeric material of a transparent or translucent wing), reducing basis weight or changed fiber denier/length within the materi...