Global Patent Index - EP 1030632 A1

EP 1030632 A1 2000-08-30 - INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED ABSORBENT ARTICLE AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ITS PRODUCTION

Title (en)

INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED ABSORBENT ARTICLE AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ITS PRODUCTION

Title (de)

EINZELN VERPACKTER ABSORBIERENDER EINWEGARTIKEL, UND VERFAHREN UND VORRICHTUNG ZU DESSEN HERSTELLUNG

Title (fr)

ARTICLE ABSORBANT EN CONDITIONNEMENT INDIVIDUEL, ET PROCEDE ET APPAREIL DE FABRICATION

Publication

EP 1030632 A1 (EN)

Application

EP 98956496 A

Priority

  • US 9823350 W
  • US 96844697 A
  • US 99549097 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO9923984A1] An individually wrapped absorbent article such as a sanitary napkin (20, 220) which is simple, compact, sanitary, and easy to unwrap for use and to dispose of after use. The absorbent article avoids the need for a separate peel strip and pouch because it is provided with a wrapper (22, 222) that can be folded into a pouch (26, 226). Substantially the entire backsheet (34, 234) of the absorbent article (20, 220) directly faces the wrapper (22, 222) and is secured to it to form an assembly (24, 224). In the case of a winged or tabbed type absorbent article (20), this configuration obviates the need for a separate peel strip to cover the garment adhesive located on the wings or tabs (30, 31). The assembly (24, 224) is wrapped by folding the lateral flaps (56, 58, 256, 258) thereof longitudinally over one another to enclose the article (20, 220) to prevent the garment adhesive (46, 48, 50, 246) from becoming contaminated. The package (25, 225) is then tri-folded laterally to form an e-shaped pouch (26, 226). Wrapping and folding are performed by an in-line process that uses simple equipment and that does not require reversal in the direction of article conveyance. Folding is performed by a tri-folding mechanism (308) that translates to convey wrapped packages (25, 225) through an in-line tri-folder assembly and that rotates to fold the packages into the e-shaped pouches (26, 226).

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

A61F 13/15

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

A61F 13/15 (2006.01); A61F 13/472 (2006.01); B65H 39/14 (2006.01); B65H 45/22 (2006.01); B65H 45/28 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

A61F 13/5514 (2013.01); A61F 13/15747 (2013.01); B65H 39/14 (2013.01); B65H 45/22 (2013.01); B65H 45/28 (2013.01); B65H 2701/1924 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 9923984A1

Designated contracting state (EPC)

DE FR GB

EPO simple patent family

WO 9923984 A1 19990520; AU 1300899 A 19990531; AU 750428 B2 20020718; BR 9815624 A 20011016; CN 1145464 C 20040414; CN 1368870 A 20020911; EP 1030632 A1 20000830; JP 2001522643 A 20011120; TW 407050 B 20001001

INPADOC legal status


2005-08-03 [18D] DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Ref Legal Event Code: 18D

- Effective date: 20050126

2002-09-18 [17Q] FIRST EXAMINATION REPORT

- Ref Legal Event Code: 17Q

- Effective date: 20020805

2000-08-30 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Ref Legal Event Code: 17P

- Effective date: 20000609

2000-08-30 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Ref Legal Event Code: AK

- Designated State(s): DE FR GB