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1. WO2000035776 - EMBALLAGE D'ARTICLES SOUPLES

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We Claim:

1 . A package containing an array of flexible articles, said articles comprising a front face, a back face, a top face, a bottom face, side faces, an upper section and a lower section, said sections having mutually different caliper, wherein at least a portion of said articles are placed with said front faces in a contacting relationship and at least a portion of said back faces in a contacting relationship, said package comprising a flexible outer casing, said array having a first region and a second region and said upper and lower sections of said articles being distributed over said first and second regions of said array, wherein said distribution of upper and lower sections, is such that the difference in the size of said first and second regions is at least about 10% smaller than when all of said upper sections of said articles are located in the same region of said array.

2. A package according to Claim 1 , wherein said upper and lower sections of said articles are distributed in such a way that the sizes of said first and second regions of said array are substantially equal.

3. A package according to Claim 2, wherein at least a portion of said articles are placed with said bottom faces in a contacting relationship with said top faces of adjacent articles.

4. A package according to Claim 1 , 2, or 3, wherein the orientation of said articles is periodically alternated.

5. A package according to any preceding Claim, wherein the dimensions of said first region of said array is substantially equal to the dimensions of said second region of said array.

6. A package according to any preceding Claim, wherein said articles comprise different caliper in said upper and lower sections.

7. A package according to any preceding Claim, wherein said package does not comprise a inner means, particularly not a paper wrapping to maintain said array of said absorbent articles.

8. A method of forming a package according to Claim 1 , comprising the following steps:

a. transporting said articles in a consecutive manner to a folding unit;

b. folding said articles;

c. changing the orientation of said articles at regularly spaced intervals;

d. aligning a predetermined number of said articles with said front faces or back faces in a contacting relationship to form an uncompressed array,
wherein a predetermined number of said articles have their said upper
sections located in a first region of said array and a second predetermined number of said articles have their said upper sections located in a second region of said array; and,

e. placing said array in a flexible outer casing.

9. A package containing an array of compressed, flexible articles, said articles comprising a front face, a back face, a top face, a bottom face, side faces, an upper section and a lower section, said sections having mutually different compressibilities and caliper, wherein at least a portion of said articles are placed with said front faces in a contacting relationship and at least a portion of said back faces in a contacting relationship, said package comprising a flexible outer casing, said array having a first region and a second region and said upper and lower sections of said articles being distributed over said first and second regions of said array, wherein said distribution of said upper and lower sections, is such that the difference in the compression force for compression of said first and second regions to between 0% and 90% of their uncompressed volume, is at least 10% smaller than the difference in the compression force for compression of said first and second regions, when all of said upper sections of said articles are located in the same region of said array; and said flexible outer casing maintains said array of said compressed articles.

10. A package according to Claim 9, wherein said upper and lower sections of said articles are distributed in such a way that the compression forces for said first and second regions of said array are substantially equal.

1 1 . A package according to Claim 9, wherein at least a portion of said articles are placed with said bottom faces in a contacting relationship with said top faces of adjacent articles.

12. A package according to Claim 9, 10, or 11 , wherein the orientation of said articles is periodically alternated.

13. A package according to Claim 9, 10, 11 , or 12, wherein, after compression, the dimension along the direction of compression of said first region of said array is substantially equal to the dimension along the direction of compression of said second region of said array.

14. A package according to Claim 9, 10, 11 , 12, or 13, wherein after compression the expansion force of said first region is substantially equal to the expansion force of said second region.

15. A package according to Claim 9, 10, 11 , 12, 13, or 14, wherein said articles comprise different caliper in said upper and lower sections.

16. A package according to Claim 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, or 15, wherein said package does not comprise a inner means, particularly not a paper wrapping to maintain said array of said compressed articles.

17. A method of forming a package according to Claim 9, comprising the following steps:

a. transporting said articles in a consecutive manner to a folding unit;

b. folding said articles;

c. changing the orientation of said articles at regularly spaced intervals;

d. aligning a predetermined number of said articles with said front faces or back faces in a contacting relationship to form an uncompressed array, wherein a predetermined number of said articles have their said upper
sections located in a first region of said array;

e. compressing said array; and,

f. placing said compressed array in a flexible outer casing.

18. A method of forming a package according to Claim 9, wherein a second predetermined number of said articles have their said upper sections located in a second region of said array.

19. A method of forming a package according to Claim 9, comprising the following steps:

a. transporting said articles in a consecutive manner to a folding unit;

b. folding said articles;

c. changing the orientation of said articles at regularly spaced intervals;

d. aligning a predetermined number of said articles with said front faces or back faces in a contacting relationship to form an uncompressed array, wherein a predetermined number of said articles have their said upper sections located in a first region of said array and a second predetermined number of said articles have their said upper sections located in a second region of said array;

e. compressing said array; and,

f. placing said compressed array in a flexible outer casing.

20. A method according to Claim 17 or 19, wherein the compression force is substantially uniform across said first and second regions.

21 . A package containing an array of flexible absorbent articles, said
absorbent articles comprising a front face, a back face, a top face, a bottom face, side faces, an upper section and a lower section, said sections having mutually different caliper, wherein at least a portion of said absorbent articles are placed with said front faces in a contacting relationship and at least a portion of said back faces in a contacting relationship, said package comprising a flexible outer casing, said array having a first region and a second region and said upper and lower sections of said absorbent articles being distributed over said first and second regions of said array, wherein said distribution of upper and lower sections, is such that the difference in the size of said first and second regions is at least about 10% smaller than when all of said upper sections of said absorbent articles are located in the same region of said array.

22. A package according to Claim 21 , wherein said upper and lower sections of said absorbent articles are distributed in such a way that the sizes of said first and second regions of said array are substantially equal.

23. A package according to Claim 22, wherein at least a portion of said absorbent articles are placed with said bottom faces in a contacting relationship with said top faces of adjacent absorbent articles.

24. A package according to Claim 21 , 22, or 23, wherein the orientation of said absorbent articles is periodically alternated.

25. A package according to any preceding Claim, wherein the dimensions of said first region of said array is substantially equal to the dimensions of said second region of said array.

26. A package according to any preceding Claim, wherein said absorbent articles comprise different caliper in said upper and lower sections.

27. A package according to any preceding Claim, wherein said package does not comprise a inner means, particularly not a paper wrapping to maintain said array of said absorbent articles.

28. A method of forming a package according to Claim 21 , comprising the following steps:

a. transporting said absorbent articles in a consecutive manner to a folding
unit;

b. folding said absorbent articles;

c. changing the orientation of said absorbent articles at regularly spaced
intervals;

d. aligning a predetermined number of said absorbent articles with said front faces or back faces in a contacting relationship to form an uncompressed array, wherein a predetermined number of said absorbent articles have
their said upper sections located in a first region of said array and a second predetermined number of said absorbent articles have their said upper
sections located in a second region of said array; and,

e. placing said array in a flexible outer casing.

29. A package containing an array of compressed, flexible absorbent articles, said absorbent articles comprising a front face, a back face, a top face, a bottom face, side faces, an upper section and a lower section, said sections having mutually different compressibilities and caliper, wherein at least a portion of said absorbent articles are placed with said front faces in a contacting relationship and at least a portion of said back faces in a contacting relationship, said package comprising a flexible outer casing, said array having a first region and a second region and said upper and lower sections of said absorbent articles being distributed over said first and second regions of said array, wherein said distribution of said upper and lower sections, is such that the difference in the compression force for compression of said first and second regions to between 0% and 90% of their uncompressed volume, is at least 10% smaller than the difference in the compression force for compression of said first and second regions, when all of said upper sections of said absorbent articles are located in the same region of said array; and said flexible outer casing maintains said array of said compressed absorbent articles.

30. A package according to Claim 29, wherein said upper and lower sections of said absorbent articles are distributed in such a way that the compression forces for said first and second regions of said array are substantially equal.

31 . A package according to Claim 29, wherein at least a portion of said absorbent articles are placed with said bottom faces in a contacting relationship with said top faces of adjacent absorbent articles.

32. A package according to Claim 29, 30, or 31 , wherein the orientation of said absorbent articles is periodically alternated.

33. A package according to Claim 29, 30, 31 , or 32, wherein, after compression, the dimension along the direction of compression of said first region of said array is substantially equal to the dimension along the direction of compression of said second region of said array.

34. A package according to Claim 29, 30, 31, 32, or 33, wherein after compression the expansion force of said first region is substantially equal to the expansion force of said second region.

35. A package according to Claim 29, 30, 31 , 32, 33, or 34, wherein said absorbent articles comprise different caliper in said upper and lower sections.

36. A package according to Claim 29, 30, 31 , 32, 33, 34, or 35, wherein said package does not comprise a inner means, particularly not a paper wrapping to maintain said array of said compressed absorbent articles.

37. A method of forming a package according to Claim 29, comprising the following steps:

a. transporting said absorbent articles in a consecutive manner to a folding
unit;

b. folding said absorbent articles;

c. changing the orientation of said absorbent articles at regularly spaced
intervals;

d. aligning a predetermined number of said absorbent articles with said front faces or back faces in a contacting relationship to form an uncompressed array, wherein a predetermined number of said absorbent articles have
their said upper sections located in a first region of said array;

e. compressing said array; and,

f. placing said compressed array in a flexible outer casing.

38. A method of forming a package according to Claim 29, wherein a second predetermined number of said absorbent articles have their said upper sections located in a second region of said array.

39. A method of forming a package according to Claim 29, comprising the following steps:

a. transporting said absorbent articles in a consecutive manner to a folding
unit;

b. folding said absorbent articles;

c. changing the orientation of said absorbent articles at regularly spaced
intervals;

d. aligning a predetermined number of said absorbent articles with said front faces or back faces in a contacting relationship to form an uncompressed array, wherein a predetermined number of said absorbent articles have
their said upper sections located in a first region of said array and a second predetermined number of said absorbent articles have their said upper
sections located in a second region of said array;

e. compressing said array; and,

f. placing said compressed array in a flexible outer casing.

40. A method according to Claim 37 or 39, wherein the compression force is substantially uniform across said first and second regions.