P&G issued US patent for 'indirect printing' of applying absorbent gelling material granules for use in an absorbent article such as a diaper or sanitary napkin

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , May 28, 2014 () – United States Patent no. 8,735,645, issued on May 27, was assigned to The Procter & Gamble Co. (Cincinnati).

"Indirect printing of AGM" was invented by Horst Blessing (Euskirchen, Germany), Hans Adolf Jackels (Mechernich, Germany), Siegfried Link (Schleiden, Germany), Volker Maier (Euskirchen, Germany), Thomas Ludwig Woschnik (Euskirchen, Germany) and Martin Scaife (Cologne, Germany).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "The present invention relates to a method of applying absorbent gelling material (AGM) granules by indirect printing onto an carrier layer for use in an absorbent article, particularly diaper for babies or adults, training pants, pull-up diapers (diaper pants), sanitary napkins, panty liners or the like. These articles typically comprise the carrier layer with the AGM particles together with further layers, making up the complete article."

The patent was filed on Oct. 6, 2010, under Application No. 12/899,114.

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