Patent Number: 6,170,426

Title: Apparatus and method for producing wet and dry pads

Abstract: Apparatus and methods for producing dry, wet or partially wet and partially dry segments of tissues. The tissue dispenser generally comprises a housing having a tissue egress passage, a tissue source of a predetermined quantity of dry tissue located in the housing, a fluid source of a predetermined volume of fluid located in the housing, and an actuatable application mechanism in fluid communication with the fluid source and operationally positioned proximate to the tissue egress passage. The application mechanism can be actuated to dispense fluid onto the tissue as the tissue passes through the tissue egress passage. A partially wet and partially dry tissue can be used to clean and dry an article. The tissue may generally comprise a cleansing pad having an impermeable membrane positioned between two tissue segments to form a wet tissue area and a dry tissue area. The impermeable membrane prevents fluid from bleeding into the dry tissue area. The tissue may also comprise a pad attached to a bubble of fluid. The bubble may be broken to release fluid onto the pad. The pad may consist of a bubble of fluid sandwiched between two layers of tissue. One surface of the bubble or bladder is weaker than the other, allowing fluid to be released onto only one layer of the tissue when the bubble is broken. The other side of the bubble may form a barrier to prevent the fluid from bleeding to the other tissue layer. The pad may be coated with a dry ingredient, which upon contact with the fluid from the broken bubble becomes an active solution.

Inventors: Thorsbakken; Arden L. (Eau Claire, WI)


International Classification: A47K 10/24 (20060101); A47K 10/32 (20060101); B65D 085/67 ()

Expiration Date: 01/09/2018