Patent Number: 6,170,393

Title: Compliant embosser assembly

Abstract: An apparatus for embossing a pattern into absorbent articles such as sanitary napkins, panty liners, diapers, and adult incontinence pads is disclosed. The apparatus for forming a pattern of embossments in an absorbent article comprises an embosser assembly having a patterned die roll and an anvil roll. In one embodiment, the anvil roll comprises a multi-layered structure, that comprises a metal hub, encircled by a compressible layer and enclosed by a sleeve which reduces machine dynamics, such as vibration, associated with the embossing apparatus and significantly improves the embossing line process and quality. The embosser assembly also has a mechanism for applying compressive pressure on the components of an absorbent article when the components are placed between the die roll and the anvil roll.

Inventors: Hook; Jeremy Frederic (Greenville, NC), DeHaan; Dennis Allen (Cincinnati, OH), Kollner; Wilfried Maria (Cincinnati, OH)

Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company

International Classification: A61F 13/15 (20060101); B31F 001/10 ()

Expiration Date: 01/09/2018