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Method of Detecting the Presence of an Insult in an Absorbent Article: No. 7,498,478; Andrew Long and Meghan Collins, assignors to Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., Neenah, WI.

Method of Detecting the Presence of an Insult in an Absorbent Article: No. 7,498,478; Andrew Long and Meghan Collins, assignors to Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., Neenah, WI. Filed 8/31/05. Issued 3/3/09. A method of detecting the presence of an insult within an absorbent article has been patented. The method comprises monitoring an electrical property of the article as the article is being worn by a wearer. The electrical property changes in response to an insult. The electrical property is compared to a wet/dry threshold value to determine a wet characteristic of the article indicating that the article has been previously insulted or a dry characteristic of the article indicating that the article is dry and has yet to be insulted. If the comparing indicates a dry characteristic of the article, then a first test is applied to determine whether an insult has occurred and, if the first test indicates an insult, then a second test is applied to the electrical property to determine whether an insult has occurred. If the comparing determines a wet characteristic of the article, then the second test is applied to the electrical property to determine whether a subsequent insult has occurred.
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Title Annotation:Patent Review: A Look At Recently Issued Patents
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Date:May 1, 2009
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