Folding Patents (Class 156/204)
  • Patent number: 6790304
    Abstract: An automated process of making a medical test implement, such as a LEAP Testing Implement, includes the steps of providing a handle element, providing a deformable test element, and mechanically mating the deformable test element to the handle element so that at least a portion of the deformable test element extends from the handle element. The deformable test element deforms when a predetermined load is applied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventors: Robert Fox, Thomas J. Hardiman
  • Patent number: 6780265
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for producing individual folded labels from a ribbon of labels designed to satisfy the aforementioned needs. The label is formed by first providing a ribbon of labels with at least one folded over portion and then subjecting the folded ribbon to heat and pressure to set the fold. The folded pressed ribbon is then subdividing into individual labels. In an alternative embodiment, the folded and pressed ribbon can be rerolled and shipped to an end user for use in an auto-sewing device. The present invention further includes an apparatus for carrying out this method and a finished label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventors: Frederick Bleckmann, Gilbert A. Bleckmann
  • Publication number: 20040159395
    Abstract: For producing folded printing carriers—folding coupons (10)—use is made of an apparatus which is designed as a unit and in the case of which a continuous material web (11) is provided with regions of hot-melt glue. Blanks (25) are cut off from the material web (11) prepared in this way and are fed to a folding subassembly (26) in order to be folded transversely a number of times. Following the folding subassembly (26), the folding coupons (10) are subjected to the action of heat and pressure by a handling arrangement (34).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Thomas Hafker, Jens Schmidt, Jurgen Focke, Doris Focke
  • Publication number: 20040138635
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for assembly of extensible composite webs and web sausages, and personal care articles manufactured from such webs. The invention comprises fabricating a resiliently extensible web by bringing together and securing to each other as discrete elements, intervening web substrate elements between resiliently stretchable elastic elements. Securement between elastic elements and web substrate elements is defined by alternating zones of securement and non-securement along a length of the web substrate. The invention comprises deactivating elastic elements in the non-securement zones thereby to retract elastic strands in the non-securement zones without retracting the corresponding web or webs in such non-securement zones, and correspondingly, to distinguish the securement zones as relatively more resiliently stretchable and the non-securement zones as relatively less resiliently stretchable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Paul Sorenson, Donald Joesph Sanders, Paul William Christoffel, Suzanne Marie Schmoker
  • Patent number: 6761782
    Abstract: A fabric for use in an architectural covering device includes a plurality of elongated vanes preferably of tubular configuration having a pair of flaps extending longitudinally along the entire length of the vane. A continuous face sheet material has elongated folds at spaced intervals that are secured along the flaps of the vanes so as to pivotally connect the vanes to the face sheet material at predetermined spaced intervals. The fabric is adapted to be supported with an operational system in an architectural opening so that if the vanes are suspended vertically they are slidably movable laterally of the window opening and pivotally movable about vertical longitudinal axes to extend and retract as well as open and close the covering. An apparatus and method for forming the fabric is also disclosed as well as systems for finishing the endmost vanes in the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Swiszcz, Wendell B. Colson
  • Patent number: 6755926
    Abstract: A body waste disposable article adapted to receive feces and/or urine discharged thereon, the article having a body fluids absorbent means above which an opening is formed by a surrounding wall partially covering the body fluids absorbent means and surrounding the opening. The article is longitudinally composed of a front end, a rear end and an intermediate region extending between these two ends. The article is configured so as to have the largest width in its intermediate region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tanji, Toshifumi Otsubo, Yoshitaka Mishima
  • Publication number: 20040118505
    Abstract: An elastically stretchable disposable wearing article has a front waist region, a rear waist region and a crotch region. This wearing article is formed with a first elastic zone, a second elastic zone and third elastic zones respectively exhibiting stretch stress adjusted to be decreased in this order. An elastically stretchable web is continuously fed in a machine direction, formed with pairs of slits in desired patterns so that two slits constituting each of the pairs may be symmetrically laid about a transversely middle zone of the web and then folded in a cross direction orthogonal to the machine direction so that the web may be alternately overlapped on itself about the transversely middle zone to form the wearing article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventors: Taiji Shimakawa, Yoshitaka Mishima, Tomoko Sugito, Kaiyo Nakajima
  • Publication number: 20040108046
    Abstract: A fiber optic faceplate fabricated using a series of stacked ribbon structures. Each ribbon structure comprises optical fiber segments that run from an input edge to an output edge with fixed input and output fiber-to-fiber spacing. Input and output edge spacers may be used to provide spacing between stacked ribbon structures. Ribbon structures may be provided individually or as one or more sheets of ribbon structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Roger S. Kerr, Ronald S. Cok, David Kessler
  • Patent number: 6743321
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a refastenable absorbent garment includes moving a continuous body panel web in a machine direction and successively fixedly securing a plurality of discrete fastener pieces, spaced along the machine direction, to the body panel web. Each of the fastener pieces comprises a first and second end also spaced along the machine direction. The method further includes successively cutting said body panel web and each of the fastener pieces along a cross direction between the first and second ends of each of the fastener pieces and thereby forming a plurality of discrete body panels each comprising opposite side edges and a plurality of pairs of fastener members fixedly secured to one of the plurality of body panels and a next successive body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Guralski, Donald J. Sanders, David H. Swanton, Paul T. Van Gompel
  • Patent number: 6740142
    Abstract: The filter structures commonly known as a bag house or a filter bag or an air filter with a bag construction can be made by preparing the bag assembly, either in a tubular or a bi-fold construction by placing a layer of fine fiber on the upstream surface of the filter media structure. The filter assembly includes a filter cabinet with an interior component. The filter component is suspended within the filter cabinet interior. The filter component includes a frame or support for the filter media. The frame or support holds the filter bags such that the filter bags are suspended from the frame in the cabinet interior. The intake air enters the cabinet, passes through the filter assembly and exits the cabinet. The air must pass first into the fine fiber layer, the filter media and then the exterior of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Buettner, James A. Leblanc, Mark A. Gogins, Thomas M. Weik
  • Patent number: 6736915
    Abstract: A method of forming a lap mat for use in a subsequent molding operation to form a headliner includes forming a first continuous particulate layer having a non-uniform composition; folding the first continuous particulate layer to form a plurality of first layers; and binding the first layers together wherein the first layers cooperate to define a first region having a first material composition, and a second region having a second material composition different than the first material composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Girma Gebreselassie, Harold G. Wolf, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6737156
    Abstract: A gypsum wallboard may have a paper-covered first face with shaped regions formed along side portions near the wallboard edges, and a fibrous mat-covered second face. The fibrous mat material covering the second face extends around the wallboard edges and is overlapped by portions of the paper on the first face. The wallboard can be manufactured by depositing a gypsum slurry onto a moving web of the fibrous mat material, applying a web of the paper to the deposited gypsum slurry, and forming shaped regions in the side portions of the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: GP Gypsum Corp.
    Inventors: Francis J. Koval, David J. Neal, Richard Silversides, Joseph Riccio, Jr., Charles J. Raymond, Felmer F. Cummins
  • Patent number: 6730188
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a refastenable absorbent garment comprises moving a continuous absorbent garment subassembly in a machine direction, wherein the continuous absorbent garment subassembly comprises a continuous front body panel web, a continuous rear body panel web and a plurality of discrete crotch portions spaced along the machine direction and connecting the continuous front and rear body panel webs. The crotch portions are folded in a cross direction with one of the continuous front and rear body panel webs folded over the other of the continuous front and rear body panel webs in the cross direction. The method further comprises successively cutting the continuous front and rear body panels of the continuous absorbent garment subassembly in the cross direction and thereby forming a plurality of discrete absorbent garment subassemblies, each of which comprises a front body panel and a rear body panel, wherein the front and rear body panels are connected with the crotch portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald J. Sanders
  • Publication number: 20040022999
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing reinforced tags using a press is disclosed which includes providing a continuously moving web of tag material. A web of reinforcing material is also provided and die cut into reinforcing patches. The reinforcing material has a pressure sensitive adhesive thereon. A first portion of the patches is adhered to a first major surface of the continuously moving web of tag material so it extends beyond said first major surface. A second portion of the patches is contacted with a stationary curved surface which folds the patches as they move along the folder so that the second portion is folded around an edge of the tag material and adheres to a second major surface of the web of tag material. A hole is then cut in each tag unit at a location such that it extends through the patch at a point where it is adhered to two major surfaces of each tag unit. The web of tag material is then cut into the individual tag units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: F. Paul Valenti, John Garber
  • Publication number: 20030234073
    Abstract: A roll-to-roll method of creating extended text labels includes introducing first and second web materials to a continuous, in-line, single pass, roll-to-roll press in a machine direction. In the machine direction of the press, selected graphics are printed on the first and second web materials. The first web material is selectively cut to create a foldable portion therein, with the foldable portion being in a substantially transversely folded relationship relative to the machine direction. The foldable portion of the first web material is then folded, and the first web material including the foldable portion and the second web material are joined to form a married web. The married web is then selectively cut such that at least one extended text label is created therewithin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Inventor: Joseph D. Franko,
  • Publication number: 20030224146
    Abstract: Absorbent article comprising a liquid-impermeable cover sheet, a liquid-permeable cover sheet, and an absorbent body between the liquid-impermeable cover sheet and the liquid-permeable cover sheet. Any one or all of the liquid-impermeable cover sheet, the liquid-permeable cover sheet, or the absorbent body can be made of a corrugated web which is corrugated from a sheet material which, in the process of being corrugated, is drawn in, and optionally elongated in a direction transverse to the corrugations, alternatively drawn-in along a direction transverse to a length of the web. The corrugated web can comprise corrugations of differing heights (H1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2003
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Applicant: HAKLE-KIMBERLY DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Maria Raidel, Jan Ullman, Franz Aschenbrenner
  • Patent number: 6656171
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a fastener device. The fastener device includes a first tape section having a free end portion and a first connection portion opposing the free end portion; a second tape section having a second connection portion and a first anchor portion opposing the second connection portion The second connection portion is joined to the first connection portion of the first tape section. The fastener device further includes a third tape section having a third connection portion and a second anchor portion next to the third connection portion. The third connection portion is joined to the second connection portion of the second tape section. The third connection portion is joined to a branch connection portion between the second connection portion and the first anchor portion of the second tape section. The present invention is also directed to a disposable product which employs the fastener device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Matsuda, Limin Song
  • Patent number: 6655434
    Abstract: A method/apparatus closes and finishes an open end of a product that can be fused together with heat. The apparatus includes a bending stage, a fusing stage, and a pressing/cooling stage, which all can be integrally formed, with the bending stage positioned upstream of the fusing stage, and the pressing/cooling stage positioned downstream of the fusing stage. The apparatus can further include a trimming stage positioned upstream of the bending stage for preparing the ends of a panel. The product has a pair of spaced layers with edges that form an open end. Either one or both of the layers can be heated and rolled toward the other layer while being heated so that they contact and fuse together. The layers can overlap and fuse at their contact surfaces, or the edges can abut to form a butt joint, or the edges can overlap slightly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventor: Peter Danko
  • Publication number: 20030217803
    Abstract: A method for production of absorbent articles having the shape of pants including providing individual absorption cores, securing the absorption cores to an elastic material web which is advanced continuously in a direction of travel, assembling the individual articles to form a pants shape, cutting out individual articles each comprising an absorption core and a piece of the elastic material web, the cutting-out stage and assembling stage giving each article two leg openings and a waist opening. The elastic material web has an elastic extensibility in the direction of travel of at least 80%, and preferably at least 100%, and the elastic material web during production is stretched a maximum of 5% in the direction of travel of the material web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Inventors: Kent Hermansson, Niclas Norrby, Catarina Linner
  • Patent number: 6652696
    Abstract: A prefastened absorbent garment is manufactured with its longitudinal axis in the cross machine direction. A web of garment chassis material extending in the machine direction is overlaid within the garment chassis borders. The side panel webs are attached to the chassis web and have hook and loop fasteners thereon. The garment can be individuated from the combined chassis and side panel webs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: David Arthur Kuen, Robert Lee Popp, Joseph Daniel Coenen, Shawn A. Quereshi, Jack L. Couillard, Christopher Peter Olson
  • Publication number: 20030201061
    Abstract: A panel of a material is transported in operative proximity to an air knife having a nozzle and a curved Coanda surface, such that the panel is folded over the curved Coanda surface as the material is transported in a machine direction. The panel can be folded to a variety of angles and can comprise a refastenable fastening component. Air knives are employed in various methods for folding garment side panels and forming prefastened garments, such as refastenable pants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventors: Jason Gene Csida, Lloyd Carl Hietpas, Michael Lee Lohoff, Charles Robert Tomsovic, Brian Robert Vogt
  • Patent number: 6635136
    Abstract: A method for producing a material having z-direction ridges or folds in which a layer of continuous fibers is conveyed on a first moving surface into a nip formed by the first moving surface and a second moving surface which is traveling at a slower speed than the first moving surface, resulting in formation of a plurality of z-direction loops in the fibers giving loft to the material and a wave pattern producing ridges on both major surfaces of the resultant nonwoven web. The method permits easy real time adjustment of manufacturing parameters to produce a variety of materials. The method further produces lofty nonwovens at a commercially viable rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Jason White, Kurtis Lee Brown, John Herbert Conrad, Robert James Gerndt, Jose Enrique Maldonado
  • Patent number: 6635135
    Abstract: A prefastened absorbent garment is manufactured with its longitudinal axis in the machine direction. A web of garment chassis material extending in the machine direction is overlaid with a side panel web. The side panel web is attached at opposite width borders of the chassis web and has one or more complementary fasteners opposing each other in the longitudinal axis direction of the garment chassis web. The garment can be folded to place the complementary fasteners in releasable engagement and individuated from the combined chassis and side panel webs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: David Arthur Kuen, Robert Lee Popp, Joseph D. Coenen, Shawn A. Quereshi, Jack L. Couillard, Christopher Peter Olson
  • Publication number: 20030178128
    Abstract: A machine for continuously manufacturing tape strips having at least at one end a portion folded through an aperture of a workpiece is provided. A tape supply section supplies tape to a tape feed unit which is adapted intermittently supply a first predetermined length of tape through an aperture of a workpiece and a second predetermined length of tape not through an aperture. Work pieces are supplied to and received by a workpiece receiving device adapted to hold the workpiece and position the aperture of the workpiece in the tape traveling path. Tape folders operate to fold a tape towards a fusing member positioned above the workpiece. Tape gripping arms further fold a tape into a fusing member. A tape cutter cuts the tape after a second predetermined length of tape is fed from a tape supply section. Tape gripping arms then operate to eject the finished strap from the machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventors: kiichiro Ishikawa, Chester P. Dudek
  • Publication number: 20030180501
    Abstract: Structural stiffening 14, a stiffened structure 10 and apparatus 37 and method for forming the structural stiffening 14. The structural stiffening 14 is formed using first and second forming means adapted to respectively receive first and second sheets of material 39 and form an upstanding portion 30 in each of said sheets, feed means adapted to feed a filler material 24 between said upstanding portions 30, and fixing means 50 adapted to fix said upstanding portions 30 to said filler material 24. The structural stiffening may be attached to a structure to be stiffened 12 to form a stiffened structure 10.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventor: Allan Kaye
  • Patent number: 6623586
    Abstract: A product, apparatus and process for lamination of a sheet of polymer film onto a sheet of light weight web material. An incoming sheet of material is slit into narrow webs, which may be folded by a folding guide, and separated by use of turning bars and guides. The narrow webs then enter an embossing or laminating station. The lamination process joins the two sheets which are of different widths to allow the process to produce stock for different final products. The laminate of folded webs and polymer may be slit and/or unfolded prior to being stored on a take-up reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Clopay Plastic Products Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Mortellite, Thomas Mushaben, Kevin Preston
  • Patent number: 6605173
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process of making a child's disposable absorbent training pant having a unitary waist elastic system that provides a substantially uniform low tension over a wide size range, a more comfortable fit, and improved ease of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Steven Glaug, Margaret Ann Kato
  • Patent number: 6602369
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing a laminated sheet comprising an alumina fiber precursor, which process comprises spinning out an alumina fiber precursor from a solution mainly comprising an aluminum compound, falling and stacking said alumina fiber precursor on the surface of an accumulator to form a thin lamina sheet of alumina fiber precursor, continuously pulling out said lamina sheet from the accumulator, transferring the resultant lamina sheet to a folding device, and folding the sheet by a predetermined width while stacking the folded sheet and continuously moving the stacking sheet in the direction orthogonal to the folding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Mamoru Shoji, Norio Ikeda, Toshiaki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 6599382
    Abstract: A machine for continuously manufacturing tape strips having at least at one end a portion folded through an aperture of a workpiece is provided. A tape supply section supplies tape to a tape feed unit which is adapted intermittently supply a first predetermined length of tape through an aperture of a workpiece and a second predetermined length of tape not through an aperture. Work pieces are supplied to and received by a workpiece receiving device adapted to hold the workpiece and position the aperture of the workpiece in the tape traveling path. Tape folders operate to fold a tape towards a fusing member positioned above the workpiece. Tape gripping arms further fold a tape into a fusing member. A tape cutter cuts the tape after a second predetermined length of tape is fed from a tape supply section. Tape gripping arms then operate to eject the finished strap from the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: YKK Corporation of America
    Inventors: Kiichiro Ishikawa, Chester P. Dudek
  • Patent number: 6596107
    Abstract: The present invention provides a distinctive process and apparatus (20) for forming an article. The technique of the invention includes a providing of a first panel layer (22), and a positioning of a second panel layer (28) onto the first panel layer (22). An inboard portion (24) of the first panel layer (22) is attached to an inboard portion (30) of the second panel layer (28), and a side region (36) of a tab web (34) is attached to the inboard portion (24, 30) of at least one of the first and second panel layers (22, 28) to provide a first assembly web (48). A fastening mechanism (40) is attached to the tab web (34), and an outboard portion (26, 32) of at least one of the first and second panel layers (22, 28) is folded to provide a folded layer (44) and a protruding layer (46). A protruding layer portion (56) of a panel assembly (50) is attached to a first waistband portion (62) of an article segment (60), and the article segment (60) is transversely folded to provide a folded article segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: James Bennington Stopher
  • Patent number: 6596113
    Abstract: A panel of a material is transported in operative proximity to an air knife having a nozzle and a curved Coanda surface, such that the panel is folded over the curved Coanda surface as the material is transported in a machine direction. The panel can be folded to a variety of angles and can comprise a refastenable fastening component. Air knives are employed in various methods for folding garment side panels and forming prefastened garments, such as refastenable pants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Gene Csida, Lloyd Carl Hietpas, Michael Lee Lohoff, Charles Robert Tomsovic, Brian Robert Vogt
  • Patent number: 6592705
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for treating foam board to permit it to be accordion folded involves moving an elongate foam board along a longitudinal pathway into a slitting machine, stopping the travel of the board and clamping it in stationary position, and then laterally simultaneously moving pairs of longitudinally spaced upper and lower slitters, which produce alternate slits less than through the thickness of the board to leave a foldable thickness, across the board. The board is then released to be accordion folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Energy Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott A. Rosebrock
  • Patent number: 6569274
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for producing a laminate suited for use in producing disposable absorbent products comprising a nonwoven web formed from randomly dispersed fibers bonded with a crosslinked vinyl acetate/ethylene adhesive and a particulate polymeric absorbent entrapped within the laminate in fixed location by means of adhesively bonding the nonwoven web to itself or to another substrate, the improvement which comprises utilizing a nonwoven web incorporating an acrylic or vinyl acetate/ethylene adhesive having the following characteristics, and further, said nonwoven web adhesively bonded to itself or to another substrate through the crosslinked acrylic or crosslinked vinyl acetate/ethylene adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Kambiz Bayat Makoui, Joel Erwin Goldstein
  • Patent number: 6565691
    Abstract: New processes and apparatus for forming lap seams and making prefastened disposable absorbent articles are disclosed. The apparatus can include an interior folding mechanism adapted to position a first panel in an interior position and an exterior folding mechanism adapted to position a second panel in an exterior position relative to the interior position. The interior folding mechanism can include a mandrel defining a curved peripheral surface and an interior forming shoulder in proximity to the mandrel. A fluid pressure device can establish an air flow between the mandrel and the interior forming shoulder. The forming shoulder can modify the direction of the air flow as the first panel travels in a machine direction to increasingly fold the panel over the curved peripheral surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Robert Tomsovic, Joseph Daniel Coenen, David Albert Maxton
  • Patent number: 6562171
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the manufacture of a two-sided image product is disclosed, comprising the steps of: providing a web of media having an image bearing side and a non-image bearing side; printing a plurality of undetermined images on the image bearing side; applying an adhesive to the non image bearing side; moving the web of media in a direction longitudinal to the web; forming a crease line on the web of media, the crease line running in the longitudinal direction along the web; and folding the web of media along the crease line so that the non-image bearing side contacts itself so as to adhere the non-image bearing side to itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: William C. Archie, Jr., Frank Pincelli, Dale F. McIntyre, Joseph A. Manico
  • Publication number: 20030084984
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process of making a child's disposable absorbent training pant having a unitary waist elastic system that provides a substantially uniform low tension over a wide size range, a more comfortable fit, and improved ease of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Steven Glaug, Margaret Ann Kato
  • Publication number: 20030079824
    Abstract: An energy efficient method and apparatus for manufacturing a biodegradable, compostable, liquid-impermeable lined paper bag for containing wet (i.e. food) wastes by which all adhesives used in the process are cold glues applied without using heat and are applied through an extrusion and/or metering application means. Cellulose film is advantageously used for the paper liner and a dot matrix configuration of adhesive is applied between the cellulose and paper layers to laminate them together. The matrix-defined size of spacings between the points of application of adhesive on the cellulose film is such that both loss of the permeability of the cellulose film to water vapour and oxygen and creation of stress points on the cellulose film are minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Applicant: Prescott Paper Products (USA), Inc.
    Inventor: George P. Colgan
  • Patent number: 6551430
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process of making a child's disposable absorbent training pant having a unitary waist elastic system that provides a substantially uniform low tension over a wide size range, a more comfortable fit, and improved ease of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Steven Glaug, Margaret Ann Kato
  • Publication number: 20030070746
    Abstract: Multilayer disposable pads for use as wipes or applicators in various applications, including the cosmetic and personal care fields and the medical field. The pads include an absorbent base pad and a flexible handle attached either to an intermediate barrier layer or to the base pad. To form the handle, handle forming material is mechanically folded, employing a pleating/folding machine, prior to being adhered to the barrier layer or to the base pad. In one embodiment, the handle includes a graspable portion made of two facing segments which may be joined along a distal folded edge, and two handle attached portions respectively joined to the facing segments along fold lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Applicant: M.J. Woods, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Woods, Marilyn S. Woods
  • Patent number: 6548147
    Abstract: Apparatus for continuously producing a web (1) which is corrugated from a thin sheet material which is elastic at least in a transverse direction of the web. The apparatus includes a guide bed (2) which has grooves extending parallel or inclined to each other in the direction of movement of the material. The apparatus also has holding-down devices (5) arranged opposite the grooves of the guide bed (2) so as to urge the web passing between the surface of the guide bed (2) and the holding-down devices (5) into the grooves of the guide bed (2) to obtain corrugations in the web. Finally, at the outlet end (4) of the guide bed (2) is an apparatus or substance which substantially prevents the formed corrugations from springing back to the original condition. A process for producing a strip and an absorbent article containing corrugated strips are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Raidel, Jan Ullmann, Franz Aschenbrenner
  • Publication number: 20030062113
    Abstract: A method of tucking a pair of refastenable side seams into a body portion of a pant-like garment in which the fold locations can be controlled and the likelihood of creases occurring in the fastening components is reduced or eliminated. The garment is positioned either on one vacuum conveyor or between an upper vacuum conveyor and a lower vacuum conveyor. Vacuum zones from the conveyors hold the garment in place. While the garment is held by the vacuum zones, the refastenable side seams are pushed between the front and back regions toward one another with the fastening components being placed in a flat configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Publication date: April 3, 2003
    Inventors: David James Van Eperen, Steven James Langolf, Steven L. Schnasse, Kent Allan Franklin, David Michael Lehner, Jesse Paul Sorenson, Rodney Steele Gardinier, David Michael Clemens
  • Patent number: 6534148
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of making cushioning dunnage comprising the steps of providing an elongated band of stock material having lateral edges and a longitudinal axis, the band of stock material being formed from at least two elongated paper webs adhered together along the lengths of the webs by glue applied to one of the webs in a gluing area having a length along a longitudinal axis of the one web and a width transverse to the one web longitudinal axis, the transverse location of glue applied to the gluing area varying as a function of the longitudinal location along the gluing area; driving the band longitudinally; folding the lateral edges of the band laterally inwardly; alternatingly crumpling the band longitudinally on first one side of the longitudinal axis of the band and then on the other side of the longitudinal axis of the band to form pleats in the band; and connecting the pleats in the band by compressing the band through the thickness of the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Naturembal S.A.
    Inventor: Theodore Baumuller
  • Patent number: 6527895
    Abstract: A multiple cell window covering having a fold and a tab is constructed using a strip of fabric as the input, which is then folded, welded, prepared with adhesive, stacked, and cured in an oven. The apparatus used to construct double, triple, and multi-cell honeycomb products includes a folder, ultrasonic welder, adhesive applicator and drier, a fabric accumulator, a cutter, a stacker, and an oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Newell Window Furnishings, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger C. Palmer
  • Patent number: 6524359
    Abstract: A filter bag for a pocket air filter includes two side walls. Both lateral edges of the side walls, and the edge of the base are welded to each other. The side walls are made of an air-permeable filter material which can be ultrasonically welded, and at least part of the surface of said side walls is joined by means of interconnected welded spacer elements running substantially parallel to said side walls. The spacer elements are formed by an intermediate layer made from a strip of flexible material, which is alternately welded to the side walls in zig-zag fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Inventor: Klaus Kluge
  • Publication number: 20030012924
    Abstract: The header is heat sealed along the top of one side of the liner body with both ends extending beyond the edges of the liner body. The ends of the header are folded around the edges of the liner body to a position parallel to the other side of the liner and heat sealed. Grommets are mounted through the liner and header portions such that the hook receiving openings at the comers of the liner are re-enforced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventor: David Samelson
  • Publication number: 20030000625
    Abstract: A machine for continuously manufacturing tape strips having at least at one end a portion folded through an aperture of a workpiece is provided. A tape supply section supplies tape to a tape feed unit which is adapted intermittently supply a first predetermined length of tape through an aperture of a workpiece and a second predetermined length of tape not through an aperture. Work pieces are supplied to and received by a workpiece receiving device adapted to hold the workpiece and position the aperture of the workpiece in the tape traveling path. Tape folders operate to fold a tape towards a fusing member positioned above the workpiece. Tape gripping arms further fold a tape into a fusing member. A tape cutter cuts the tape after a second predetermined length of tape is fed from a tape supply section. Tape gripping arms then operate to eject the finished strap from the machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2001
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventors: Kiichiro Ishikawa, Chester P. Dudek
  • Patent number: 6491676
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a main body having a front waist portion, a rear waist portion, a waist hole, two leg holes and a pair of elastic leakage protective members is disclosed. The elastic leakage protective members cooperate with the respective leg holes. The elastic leakage protective members cover at least part of the respective openings of the leg holes. Each of the elastic leakage protective members may have edge portions that form a pocket for holding body exudates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Paragon Trade Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Migaku Suzuki, Hiroaki Fukui
  • Publication number: 20020174942
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing a flexible curtain as disclosed and claimed. Edges of a polymeric material are folded back on themselves. A portion of the edges are secured and a portion is left unsecured or free. The flexible curtain is used in a windlocking apparatus to prevent the unwanted intrusion of wind, water and debris into a building opening. The free, or unsecured flap of the folded edge absorbs shock associated with storm disturbances. Edge rollers are used to laminate the edges of the curtains selectively such that only a portion of the edge is secured leaving the flap unsecured. Stitching, ultrasonic welding and gluing are alternative ways and/or additional ways of providing for the securement of a portion of the edge to itself. Perforations are made in the secured portion of the folded edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Inventors: Willis Jay Mullet, Donald Bruce Kyle, Kelly Ray Green, Harry Edward Asbury
  • Patent number: 6482278
    Abstract: A pants-type diaper, is provided which is equipped with leg-hole elastics which effectively encircle the leg-holes without traversing the crotch region. Also provided are methods for producing such diapers. Typical products of this type are provided with an outer laminate, formed of an inner liner material and an outer backsheet material between which the leg-hole elastics are disposed. The invention provides for the removal of a strip of inner liner material carrying undesirable crotch-region elastic strands prior to lamination or combining of the remaining inner liner with a complementary outer layer backsheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. McCabe, Richard J. Nehrlich, Bradley M. Dahmer
  • Publication number: 20020153087
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing a flexible curtain as disclosed and claimed. Edges of a polymeric material are folded back on themselves. A portion of the edges are secured and a portion is left unsecured or free. The flexible curtain is used in a windlocking apparatus to prevent the unwanted intrusion of wind, water and debris into a building opening. The free, or unsecured flap of the folded edge absorbs shock associated with storm disturbances. Edge rollers are used to laminate the edges of the curtains selectively such that only a portion of the edge is secured leaving the flap unsecured. Stitching, ultrasonic welding and gluing are alternative ways and/or additional ways of providing for the securement of a portion of the edge to itself. Perforations are made in the secured portion of the folded edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventors: Willis Jay Mullet, Donald Bruce Kyle, Kelly Ray Green, Harry Edward Asbury