Disposable absorbent article with combination mechanical and adhesive tape fastener system

  • US 5,019,065 A
  • Filed: 02/12/1990
  • Issued: 05/28/1991
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/17/1987
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A disposable absorbent article comprising:

  • a body portion having an inside surface, an outside surface opposite of said inside surface, longitudinal edges, a first end region, and a second end region opposite of said first end region, and comprising a liquid pervious topsheet, a liquid impervious backsheet joined to said topsheet, and an absorbent core disposed between said topsheet and said backsheet; and

    a tape fastener system positioned on said body portion and comprising(a) a tape tab disposed adjacent each longitudinal edge in said first end region, each of said tape tabs comprising(i) a fixed portion attached to said body portion,(ii) a connective portion joined to said fixed portion adjacent said longitudinal edge, said connective portion having a fastening surface, a backing surface opposite of said fastening surface, and a distal edge spaced from said longitudinal edge of said body portion,(iii) a first mechanical fastening means for mechanically engaging complementary elements to form a closure for the absorbent article, said first mechanical fastening means comprising a first fastening element joined to and disposed on a first area of said fastening surface, said first fastening element having elements capable of mechanically engaging complementary elements, and(iv) adhesive securement means associated with and disposed on at least a second area of said fastening surface of said connective portion of said tape tab for adhesively securing at least said second area of said tape tab to another portion of the absorbent article to at least form a closure for the absorbent article so that each of said tape tabs has a combination mechanical and adhesive closure mechanism; and

    (b) at least one landing member disposed on said outside surface in said second end region, said landing member comprising a second mechanical fastening means for mechanically engaging complementary elements to form a closure with said first mechanical fastening means for the absorbent article, said second mechanical fastening means comprising a second fastening element having elements mechanically engageable with said elements of said first fastening element.

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