Method and Apparatus for Changing the Orientation of an Absorbent Article:

March 27, 2017

U.S. Patent No. 9,572,723

Uwe Schneider, Cincinnati, OH; Todd Douglas Lenser, Liberty Township, OH; and Clifford Theodore Papsdorf, Loveland, OH.
Assigned to The Procter & Gamble Plaza, Cincinnati, OH.

Filed: 8/27/15
Issued: 2/21/17

A method for changing the orientation of an absorbent article, the absorbent article defining a longitudinal centerline that intersects a lateral centerline at a center of the absorbent article, the method comprising the steps of: advancing the absorbent article in a first direction, wherein the absorbent article is oriented such that the longitudinal centerline extends in a second direction that is different from the first direction; positioning the absorbent article on a transfer member configured to rotate about a transfer axis of rotation, wherein the transfer member comprises a rotation member and a receiving surface attached to a portion of the rotation member, and wherein a center of the rotation member is aligned with the transfer axis of rotation, and wherein a center of the receiving surface and the center of the absorbent article is offset from the center of the rotation member; rotating the absorbent article about the transfer axis of rotation such that the longitudinal centerline extends in the first direction.