Compact-Folded Article With Wrap Layer
Patent #: 7,708,727
Inventor(s): Garry Roland Woltman, Carrie Nicole Pateras, Angela Rae Heck, Karyn Schroeder, Teresa Zander and Marcille Ruman
Company: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
Patented recently is a personal care article having a lengthwise longitudinal-direction; a relatively shorter, lateral cross-direction; a first end-section; a second end-section; and an intermediate-section which is interposed between the first end-section and the second end-section; the article comprising: a liquid permeable topsheet layer; and a backsheet layer operatively connected to the topsheet layer; wherein the article has been operatively connected in facing relation with a wrap member; the article has been folded about a first, laterally extending supplemental-fold-region; the first supplemental-fold-region has been operatively arranged to provide a folded-over first end-section of the article, at least a portion of which is in facing relation with the intermediate-section of the article; the article and a corresponding section of the wrap member have been folded about a second, laterally extending supplemental-fold-region; the second supplemental-fold-region has been operatively arranged to provide a folded-over second end-section of the article, at least a portion of which is in facing relation with the intermediate-section of the article, and is positioned at least proximally adjacent the article intermediate-section; a preliminary-folded article and a corresponding, pre_liminary-folded wrap member have been provided after the article has been folded about both the first supplemental-fold-region and the second supplemental-fold-region; the preliminary-folded article and wrap member have been folded along a laterally extending, composite-fold-region of both the preliminary-folded article and wrap member, thereby providing a composite-folded, wrapped article.
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