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Kimberly-Clark Corporation is an American personal care corporation that produces mostly paper-based consumer products. Kimberly-Clark brand name products include Kleenex facial tissue, Kotex feminine hygiene products, Cottonelle, Scott and Andrex toilet paper, Wypall utility wipes, KimWipes scientific cleaning wipes, and Huggies disposable diapers. Based in Irving, Texas, it has approximately 56,000 employees. Kimberly-Clark UK holds a Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales in the United Kingdom. Kimberly Clark is also listed among the Fortune 500. Subsidiaries under Kimberly-Clark include Kimberly-Clark Health Care and Kimberly-Clark Professional. Wikipedia.


Nascimento J.,Kimberly-Clark Corporation | Powell W.B.,Princeton University
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control | Year: 2013

We prove convergence of an approximate dynamic programming algorithm for a class of high-dimensional stochastic control problems linked by a scalar storage device, given a technical condition. Our problem is motivated by the problem of optimizing energy flows for a power grid supported by grid-level storage. The problem is formulated as a stochastic, dynamic program, where we estimate the value of resources in storage using a piecewise linear value function approximation. Given the technical condition, we provide a rigorous convergence proof for an approximate dynamic programming algorithm, which can capture the presence of both the amount of energy held in storage as well as other exogenous variables. Our algorithm exploits the natural concavity of the problem to avoid any need for explicit exploration policies. © 1963-2013 IEEE. Source


Patent
Kimberly-Clark Corporation | Date: 2012-06-19

The invention comprises a method for introduction of materials into a patients body. The method generally comprises providing an elongate member for introducing the material. The elongate member defines a lumen and comprises a distal end defining an aperture and a proximal end. The method further comprises the steps of positioning the elongate member at a target site of a patients body; providing a motorized device at least partially disposed within the lumen; and introducing the material through the lumen into the target site using the motorized device.


Patent
Kimberly-Clark Corporation | Date: 2010-12-30

Methods of treating spinal tissue of a patients body are disclosed, some including providing a system including an energy source and first and second probe assemblies, wherein each of the probe assemblies includes an electrically conductive energy delivery device electrically coupled to the energy source; inserting the energy delivery devices of the first and second probe assemblies into spaced-apart treatment sites for the spinal tissue; and delivering energy from the energy source to the spinal tissue through the energy delivery devices. Various options and modifications are possible. For example, energy may be delivered in both a bipolar manner and a monopolar manner, and at least one of the fist ad second probe assemblies may be repositioned before again delivering energy.


Patent
Kimberly-Clark Corporation | Date: 2010-12-30

An apparatus is disclosed for removing tissue from a patients body. The apparatus comprises an elongate member defining a lumen and a tissue removal member disposed within the lumen. The tissue removal member comprises a flexible shaft formed from a plurality of strands, and a coil that is helically disposed around the shaft. The coil is substantially in contact with the shaft along a length of the shaft. The coil forms a plurality of outwardly extending projections and each pair of the plurality of outwardly extending projections defines a spacing therebetween. Upon rotation of the tissue removal member within the elongate member, material is conveyed through the lumen of the elongate member. A related method of manufacturing a tissue removal member is also disclosed.


Patent
Kimberly-Clark Corporation | Date: 2010-12-30

An apparatus is disclosed for removing tissue from a patients body. The apparatus comprises a first elongate member defining a lumen and having an open distal end. The open distal end defines an opening and comprises a tip, where the tip is structured to reduce damage to tissue within the patients body. The apparatus further comprises a tissue removal member disposed within the lumen of the elongate member. The tissue removal member comprises a distal end that is recessed from the tip of the elongate member. At least a portion of the tissue removal member protrudes beyond the opening to allow access to tissue distal to the opening. Related hollow members with blunt tips are also disclosed.

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