Ann L. McCormack

Lifetime Technical Achievement Award

2006

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Education:

1978 Bachelor Science University of Wisconsin Microbiology

1983 Master of Science Institute of Paper Science & Tech Eng Chem

Professional Experience:

1979-81 Sr. Research Technician Nonwoven Research

1983-86 Research Scientist New Business

1986-91 Sr. Research Scientist Personal Care Matl Dev

1991-98 Associate Research Fellow Nonwoven Research

1999-04 Research Fellow Nonwoven Research

2004- Technical Leader III Global Nonwoven Research

Key Accomplishments:

Summary

Ms. McCormack is a top rated Senior Technical Leader in Kimberly-Clark with a stellar history of Personal Care Business impacting nonwoven inventions. In her twenty five (25) year career she has held research positions encompassing new raw materials, spunbond, meltblown, co-form, and carded web technologies. She is, however, most notably known for bringing a “new” nonwovens into Kimberly-Clark’s nonwoven mills, namely ‘film’. Her work since the late 80’s has pioneered Kimberly-Clark’s low cost film and microporous film technology leading to the invention of two layer film/spunbond and three layer SMS/film/SB breathable laminates using both thermal and adhesive bonding. Key applications include low cost laminates for Personal Care backsheet (Huggies® Diapers and Depends® Undergarments) and high barrier laminates for Health Care applications (Microcool®). Many of her patents mark commercial product packages. Twenty two (22) US patents have been associated with her film and nonwoven innovations. Her work led Kimberly-Clark leadership via high speed in-line, wide width commercial base machines to produce first-to-the-world diaper backsheet, health care laminates and recreational laminates. Multiple inventions range from formulations, structure/ performance and process innovations.

Recent developments and inventions have combined breathability with stretch (uniaxial and biaxial) with three filed applications (1 published) and new process developments leading to blown-based lamination technology for low cost, highlynfunctionalized laminates.

Developed dispersible film laminates for flush disposal convenience. Two patents were granted.

Conceived multi-functional low cost nonwoven / film laminate fabrics which can be engaged with mechanical “hook” type fasteners. Bond pattern and three laminate patents were granted as a result of this work.

Developed novel thermal bonding patterns supported new material attributes. A “Rib Knit” style bonding pattern was designed for thermal lamination which provides knit-like texture in commercial nonwoven fabrics. Two patents were granted covering these designs. An “S-Weave” nonwoven bond pattern was developed for unique strength and softness attributes. Two patents were also granted for this work.

Invented advantaged hydroentangled absorbent composites containing superabsorbent with intake, storage and distribution behavior in Personal Care products. Three patents were obtained in this area. Additionally a novel high performance hydroentangled distribution material was invented, and several patents generated and granted.

Conceived of a drier diaper absorbent system involving several non woven layers (spunbonded liner/carded web liner/transfer layer). This concept was later commercialized on Huggies® Diapers. A patent was obtained covering this material.

Polyethylene textured meltblown and co-form laminates were developed which led to an early baby wipe project utilizing this approach for a two-sided baby wipe product. A patent was obtained on this concept.

Championed an olefin polymer in-situ meltspray technology for fluff pad integrity for adult incontinence products. A patent was obtained and this process was commercialized.

Apertured and /or three dimensional nonwovens for multiple new product applications were developed. A patent application was granted in 1988. Commercial use of this material and process is still under evaluation for wipes and washcloths.

Initiated the first commercial superabsorbent application in a commercial nonwoven process in Kimberly-Clark. Coordinated OSHA safe handling of airborne SAM in the mill environment.

Conducted early rheological screening of 80+polyolefin polymers which led to the first polyethylene meltblown produced in KC.

Awards:

Kimberly-Clark Distinguished Performance Award.

Patents and Trade Secrets

  • US Patents Issued: 41
  • US Applications/Pending: 13
  • Disclosures submitted: 113
US5192606A Absorbent article having a liner which exhibits improved softness and dryness
EP0532005B2 Absorbent article
US6369292B1 Absorbent articles having reduced outer cover dampness
EP0957873B1 ABSORBENT ARTICLES HAVING REDUCED OUTER COVER DAMPNESS
US6583331B1 Absorbent product with breathable dampness inhibitor
EP1191914A1 ABSORBENT PRODUCT WITH BREATHABLE DAMPNESS INHIBITOR
US6177607B1 Absorbent product with nonwoven dampness inhibitor
EP1191913A1 ABSORBENT PRODUCT WITH NONWOVEN DAMPNESSINHIBITOR
US6589892B1 Bicomponent nonwoven webs containing adhesive and a third component
US5997981A Breathable barrier composite useful as an ideal loop fastener component
EP1023171A1 BREATHABLE BARRIER COMPOSITE
US6600086B1 Breathable diaper outer cover with foam dampness inhibitor
US6663611B2 Breathable diaper with low to moderately breathable inner laminate and more breathable outer cover
EP1231880A1 BREATHABLE DIAPER WITH LOW TO MODERATELY BREATHABLE INNER LAMINATE ANDMORE BREATHABLE OUTER COVER
US6045900A Breathable filled film laminate
EP1023172A1 BREATHABLE FILLED FILM LAMINATE
US20040122388A1 Breathable multilayer films for use in absorbent articles
US6682803B2 Breathable multilayer films with breakable skin layers
EP1218181A1 BREATHABLE MULTILAYER FILMS WITH BREAKABLE SKIN LAYERS
US5855999A Breathable, cloth-like film/nonwoven composite
US5695868A Breathable, cloth-like film/nonwoven composite
EP0734321B1 BREATHABLE, CLOTH-LIKE FILM/NONWOVEN COMPOSITE
US6037281A Cloth-like, liquid-impervious, breathable composite barrier fabric
US5707707A Compressively resilient loop structure for hook and loop fastener systems
EP0735830B1 COMPRESSIVELY RESILIENT LOOP STRUCTURE FOR HOOK AND LOOP FASTENER SYSTEMS
EP1531980A1 DEVICE AND PROCESS FOR TREATING FLEXIBLE WEB BY STRETCHING BETWEENINTERMESHING FORMING SURFACES
US6096668A Elastic film laminates
EP1015241B1 ELASTIC FILM LAMINATES
US6111163A Elastomeric film and method for making the same
US5843057A Film-nonwoven laminate containing an adhesively-reinforced stretch- thinned film
EP0912788B1 FILM-NONWOVEN LAMINATE CONTAINING AN ADHESIVELY-REINFORCED STRECTCH-THINNED FILM
US6783826B2 Flushable commode liner
EP1458269A1 FLUSHABLE COMMODE LINER
US5137600A Hydraulically needled nonwoven pulp fiber web
EP0483816B1 Hydraulically needled non woven pulp fiber web, method of making same and use of same
EP1117533A1 LAMINATE HAVING BARRIER PROPERTIES
US6238767B1 Laminate having improved barrier properties
EP1023173A1 LAMINATE USEFUL AS A LOOP FASTENER COMPONENT
US6713140B2 Latently dispersible barrier composite material
US20030118850A1 Latently dispersible barrier composite material
US5801107A Liquid transport material
EP0701637B1 LIQUID TRANSPORT MATERIAL
US6653523B1 Low gauge films and film/nonwoven laminates
EP0799128B1 LOW GAUGE FILMS AND FILM/NONWOVEN LAMINATES
US6309736B1 Low gauge films and film/nonwoven laminates
US6075179A Low gauge films and film/nonwoven laminates
US5837352A Mechanically compatibilized film/nonwoven laminate
EP0799131B1 MECHANICALLY COMPATIBILIZED FILM/NONWOVEN LAMINATES
US20050043460A1 Microporous breathable elastic films, methods of making same, and limited use ordisposable product applications
US6015764A Microporous elastomeric film/nonwoven breathable laminate and method for making the same
US5955187A Microporous film with liquid triggered barrier feature
US6277479B1 Microporous films having zoned breathability
EP1042114B1 MICROPOROUS FILMS HAVING ZONED BREATHABILITY
US5964742A Nonwoven bonding patterns producing fabrics with improved strength and abrasion resistance
EP1023477A1 NONWOVEN BONDING PATTERNS PRODUCING FABRICS WITH IMPROVED STRENGTH ANDABRASION RESISTANCE
USD375844S Nonwoven fabric
US5336552A Nonwoven fabric made with multicomponent polymeric strands including a blend ofpolyolefin and ethylene alkyl acrylate copolymer
EP0586936B1 Nonwoven fabric made with multicomponent polymeric strands including a blend ofpolyolefin and ethylene alkyl acrylate copolymer
US6719742B1 Pattern embossed multilayer microporous films
US5328759A Process for making a hydraulically needled superabsorbent composite material and article thereof
EP0540041B1 Process for making a hydraulically needled superabsorbent composite material
US5620779A Ribbed clothlike nonwoven fabric
EP0736114B1 RIBBED CLOTHLIKE NONWOVEN FABRIC AND PROCESS FOR MAKING SAME
US6096014A Stable and breathable films of improved toughness and method of making the same
EP0948558B1 STABLE AND BREATHABLE FILMS OF IMPROVED TOUGHNESS AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME
US6589638B1 Stretch-pillowed bulked laminate useful as an ideal loop fastener component
US5882769A Stretch-pillowed, bulked laminate
EP0604731B1 Stretch-pillowed, bulked laminate
US5906879A Ultra resilient three-dimensional nonwoven fiber material and process for producing the same
EP0977914B1 ULTRA RESILIENT THREE-DIMENSIONAL NONWOVEN FIBER MATERIAL
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