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Spiral Wrap Tube for Sanitary Napkins or Pantiliners

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132507D
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

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Kim Resheski: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Discretion is growing in importance with regard to all types of personal care products. Evidence of this change is the fact that these products are becoming smaller and less bulky compared to products of years past while maintaining the protection provided by the previous larger products. In addition to making the product itself smaller, another way to improve the discretionary benefit of the product is to enclose the product in small, discreet packaging which generates minimal noise when the package is opened. One such example of discreet packaging would be to enclose a sanitary napkin or pantiliner in a tube similar to the core of a roll of paper towels or bath tissue.

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Spiral Wrap Tube for Sanitary Napkins or Pantiliners

Kim Resheski, Kathleen McEwan, Paul Schmidt, and Lori Roocks Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Neenah, Wisconsin

Background

Discretion is growing in importance with regard to all types of personal care products. Evidence of this change is the fact that these products are becoming smaller and less bulky compared to products of years past while maintaining the protection provided by the previous larger products. In addition to making the product itself smaller, another way to improve the discretionary benefit of the product is to enclose the product in small, discreet packaging which generates minimal noise when the package is opened. One such example of discreet packaging would be to enclose a sanitary napkin or pantiliner in a tube similar to the core of a roll of paper towels or bath tissue.

The tube itself could be made on existing equipment used to make paper towel or bath tissue cores, however, some modifications would be necessary to make the tube an appropriate container for a sanitary napkin or pantiliner. The first necessary modification would be to crimp the ends of the tube to seal the product inside. The tube itself could have perforations that would be broken to remove the product. The benefit of this invention is improved discretion and is achieved in two ways. First, the size of the container would be smaller than the currently available pouches and able to fit more discreetly in a pocket or purse. The tube would also be a rigid structure rather than a flexible wrapper eliminating the potential for packaging noise when the package is opened.

Currently, all pads are either not wrapped or folded within a pouch. The novelty of this invention is the rolling of the product and placement within the tube prior to use.

Detailed Description

The process to create the container uses paper or polymer film formed by spiral wrapping around a core. An example is shown in Figure 1 below. The overlap of the spiral wrapping on a...