Patents

Method for Manufacturing Absorbent Articles including a Discreet Barrier Member:

March 27, 2017

U.S. Patent No. 9,572,721

Ronald Herbert Helton, Cincinnati, OH; and Darrell Ian Brown, Mason, OH.
Assigned to The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH.

Filed: 5/28/15
Issued: 2/21/17

A method for manufacturing an absorbent article, wherein the absorbent article comprises a topsheet, a backsheet, a core, a discrete barrier member, a first cuff, and a second cuff, the method comprising the steps of: advancing a first cuff substrate and a second cuff substrate in a machine direction, wherein the first cuff substrate comprises a first inner cuff edge and a first outer cuff edge and the second cuff substrate comprises a second inner cuff edge and a second outer cuff edge, and wherein the first inner cuff edge is separated from the second inner cuff edge in a cross direction by a first distance; advancing a discrete barrier member in the machine direction, wherein the barrier member comprises a leading edge portion, a trailing edge portion opposite the leading edge portion, and a central portion between the leading edge portion and the trailing edge portion; folding the discrete barrier member between the leading edge portion and the trailing edge portion; connecting the trailing edge portion of the discrete barrier member with the first cuff substrate and the second cuff substrate; extending the trailing edge portion of the discrete barrier member in the cross direction by separating the first cuff substrate and the second cuff substrate such that the first inner cuff edge is separated from the second inner cuff edge in the cross direction by a second distance, wherein the second distance is greater than the first distance; advancing a topsheet substrate having a first topsheet edge and a second topsheet edge opposite from the first topsheet edge in the cross direction.