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Improved Baby Wipes Dispensing Format

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130135D
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-12
Document File: 3 page(s) / 27K

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Chris Decker: AUTHOR

Abstract

There are two common dispensing formats on the market for baby wet wipes. There are pop-up baby wipes, where each time you dispense a wipe, another wipe pops-up, ready to dispense. The second dispensing format is a reach-in style. To dispense a reach-in wipe the consumer has to open the dispensing container and pull out a wipe. There are problems associated with each of these dispensing formats. An alternative format of dispensing that addresses these problems is discussed.

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Improved Baby Wipes Dispensing Format

           Chris Decker Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Neenah, Wisconsin

There are two common dispensing formats on the market for baby wet wipes. There are pop-up baby wipes, where each time a wipe is removed, another wipe pops-up, ready to be dispensed. The second dispensing format is a reach-in style. To dispense a reach-in wipe, the consumer has to open the dispensing container and pull out a wipe. There are problems associated with each of these dispensing formats. An alternative format of dispensing that addresses these problems is discussed.

    Pop-Up Dispensing Problems: Pop-up dispensing is very convenient, except when the pop-up technology fails. A typical pop-up dispenser has two openings, a main- lid which is used for refilling the dispenser with wipes, and a mini-lid (dispensing lid) that is used for everyday dispensing of wipes. The opening under the mini-lid is typically only large enough for wipes to go through (or a few fingers), but not large enough for a hand to reach through to the bottom of the tub. Both interfolded and perforated wipes have failures in pop-up dispensing. The most significant failure problem associated with pop-up dispensing is a fallback.

    A fallback occurs when the perforation/adhesive between wipes is too weak to bring the following wipe into dispensing position. Fallbacks can also occur when the interfold between successive wipes does not bring the following wipe into dispensing position. These fallbacks are a problem to the consumer because it causes them to have to open the main lid of the container to get a wipe, while they are trying to hold their baby.

    Reach-In Dispensing Problems: With reach-in dispensing the typical format includes a dispenser with a single main lid that covers the whole opening on the tub base. The problem with reach-in dispensing is that the baby wipes in the stack are often compressed together enough during converting of the product that the leading edge of the top wipe is adhered to the sheets below it through sheet-to-sheet adhesion. In addition to this, the leading edge is difficult to see on the top wipe. This causes the consumer to have to scratch the top of the stack to try to find the leading edge of the top wipe for dispensing. This is also difficult to do when a consumer is focused on holding their baby still.

Improved Dispensing Format

This product improvement is a format of dispensing that addresses the problems associated with both pop-up and reach-in dispensing. The concept is to use a very weak connection between successive baby wipes. This connection can be a perforation, adhesive, or other means of mechanical or chemical connection. The baby wipes dispenser is then also a hybrid of the standard reach-in and standard pop-up dispenser. The dispenser has a main-lid (or main opening if refilling is done on the bottom or side) for refilling the tub with wipes, and a mini-lid (dispensing lid) for everyday use. The opening under the m...