Absorbent article with non-irritating refastenable seams

  • US 6,645,190 B1
  • Filed: 11/22/1999
  • Issued: 11/11/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/22/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An absorbent article defining a longitudinal axis, an overall length dimension measured parallel to the longitudinal axis, a transverse axis, first and second longitudinally spaced waist regions, a crotch region which extends between and interconnects the first and second waist regions, an inner surface and an opposite outer surface, the absorbent article adapted to provide a pant configuration having a waist opening and a pair of leg openings, the absorbent article comprising:

  • an absorbent chassis comprising an absorbent assembly;

    attachment panels extending transversely outward from the absorbent assembly in the first waist region, the attachment panels having a length dimension that is about 20 percent or greater of the overall length dimension, each attachment panel comprising a nonwoven substrate that extends from the waist opening to one of the leg openings and defines an inner attachment surface; and

    at least one fastening component disposed in the second waist region on the outer surface, the at least one fastening component comprising a mechanical fastening element adapted to refastenably engage the inner attachment surfaces;

    wherein the refastenable engagement of the mechanical fastening element and the inner attachment surfaces maintains the absorbent article in the pant configuration;

    wherein the sole means for refastenably connecting the first and second waist regions in the pant configuration consists of the inner attachment surfaces in the first waist region and the mechanical fastening elements in the second waist region.

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