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1. WO1996041752 - FLEXIBLE PAPER COVERED PACKAGE AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SAME

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Claims
1. A package (10) comprising an array (11) of at least two substantially parallelepipedal packs (12), said packs (12) comprising compressed flexible articles

(14) encased in a flexible bag (13), said compressed flexible articles (14) having been compressed to between 20 percent and 70 percent of their uncompressed volume in a direction of compression C, said array (11) comprising a top panel (15), a bottom panel (16) and four side panels (17, 18, 19, 20),
characterised in that
a flexible paper covering (21) is disposed adjacent whole of said bottom panel (16) and a substantial part of said side panels (17, 18, 19, 20) corresponding to at least 30 percent of height H of said array, said paper covering (21) being held under tension around said array (11) so as to create a strong and protective outer casing for said array (11).

2. A package (10) according to claim 1 wherein said bottom panel (16) comprises four diagonal fold lines and an attachment means to maintain said diagonal lines in a fixed configuration.

3. A package (10) according to claim 2 wherein one of said side panels (17, 18, 19, 20) comprises a seam (22) and an attachment means to maintain said seam (22) in a fixed configuration.

4. A package (10) according to claim 1 wherein said bottom panel (16) comprises a completely uninterrupted panel.

5. A package (10) according to claim 4 wherein each of said side panels (17, 18) perpendicular to the direction of compression C comprises two fold lines and an attachment means to maintain said fold lines in a fixed configuration.

6. A package (10) according to any of the previous claims wherein said paper covering (21) comprises paper of a basis weight of less than 200 grams per square metre.

7. A package according to any of the previous claims, wherein said paper covering (21) comprises at least one unobstructed opening feature (42) in said side panels (17, 18, 19, 20) in a substantially spaced relation to each other

8. A package according to any of the previous claims, wherein said compressed flexible articles (14) are disposable absorbent diapers, sanitary articles, incontinent pads or briefs, bandages and the like.

9. A package according to any of the previous claims, wherein said package (10) is stacked with other packages (10) to form a unit in such a manner that said top panel (15) of said flexible bags (13) of said arrays (11) of said packs (12) are placed in contact with said paper covering (21) of said bottom panel (16) of said arrays (11) of said packs (12) by means of an adhesive or an adhesive sheet.

10. A process for producing a package (10) according to claims 1 to 9 comprising the following steps:
a) said array (11) of said packs (14) to be packed is supplied on a feed conveyor (50) to a packaging station (51);
b) said paper covering (21) is pulled off a supply roll (52);
c) said paper covering (21) is fed to said packaging station (51);
d) said array (11) is moved along said packaging station (51) transverse to said paper covering (21) and onto a discharge conveyor (53) in such a manner that said bottom panel (16) and said side panels (17, 18, 19, 20) of said array (11) are surrounded with said paper covering (21);
e) said attachment means (33) is applied.

11. A process according to claims 10, 1, 2 and 3 wherein at least three edges of said array (11) are deformed before said attachment means (33) are applied.

12. A process according to claim 11 wherein circumference of said array (11) is reduced by at least 3 percent.