Edgewell Personal Care has patented a compact tampon applicator with a unique telescoping plunger design. The applicator maintains a full-size barrel while being compact in size. The telescoping plunger allows for a shorter overall length compared to existing compact applicators. GlobalData’s report on Edgewell Personal Care gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Edgewell Personal Care, Expandable microsphere foams was a key innovation area identified from patents. Edgewell Personal Care's grant share as of February 2024 was 75%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Compact tampon applicator with telescoping plunger for full-size barrel

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Edgewell Personal Care Co

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11911245B2) discloses a unique tampon applicator design. The applicator includes a tampon, a barrel with a grip region, transition region, main body region, and petals, and a telescoping two-piece plunger with an outer sleeve and inner sleeve. The inner sleeve of the plunger has a stem portion equal in length to the tampon, allowing it to be fully accommodated within the barrel. The design ensures that the outer sleeve of the plunger remains inside the barrel in the non-deployed configuration, providing a compact and efficient applicator.

Furthermore, the patent details specific performance characteristics of the tampon applicator. The deployed configuration is achieved with a Click Force between 3 N and 7 N, ensuring ease of use. The two-piece plunger has a Retention Force between 0.01 N and 2 N, maintaining stability during application. Additionally, the deployed configuration produces a Click sound between 42 db/20 PA and 53 db/20 PA, indicating successful deployment. The connection mechanism of the plunger allows for the deployed configuration, enhancing user experience and functionality of the tampon applicator.

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