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1. (WO2018031839) METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ASSEMBLING ABSORBENT ARTICLES

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/031839    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/046395
Publication Date: Fri Feb 16 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Aug 12 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: A61F 13/15
B29C 65/08
B32B 5/02
B29C 65/00
B32B 37/14
Applicants: THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
Inventors: LENSER, Todd, Douglas
DALAL, Urmish, Popatlal
Title: METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ASSEMBLING ABSORBENT ARTICLES
Abstract:
The present disclosure relates to apparatuses and methods for assembling elastic laminates that may be used to make absorbent article components. Particular aspects of the present disclosure involve an anvil and a spreader mechanism adjacent the anvil. During the assembly process, a first substrate may be advanced in a machine direction onto the rotating anvil. The spreader mechanism operates to activate an elastic material by stretching the elastic material in the cross direction to a first elongation. The elastic material is then consolidated to a second elongation in the cross direction, wherein the second the elongation is less than the first elongation. The consolidated elastic material is then bonded between a first substrate and a second substrate on the anvil. In some configurations, the first and second substrates may be nonwovens, and the elastic material may be an elastic film and/or an elastic laminate.