Ann L. McCormack
Lifetime Technical Achievement Award
1978 Bachelor Science University of Wisconsin Microbiology
1983 Master of Science Institute of Paper Science & Tech Eng Chem
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
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.
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|
|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|
|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|