05556504 is referenced by 110 patents and cites 24 patents.

This invention pertains to processing continuous webs such as paper, film, composites, and the like, in dynamic continuous processing operations. More particularly, it relates to transferring discrete parts to a continuous web, whether paper, film, composite, or the like. Specifically, the invention relates to methods and apparatus for taking discrete parts from a source in a taking zone, optionally taking the discrete parts as components of a continuous web, onto a transport head on a transfer assembly, severing the discrete parts from the continuous web if received as part of a continuous web, rotating the transfer assembly about a first axis and correspondingly rotating the transport head about a second axis radial to the first axis, to thereby present the discrete parts to a receiver in a transfer zone, and transferring the discrete parts to the receiver in the transfer zone. The invention includes using a roughened taking section on the transport head, interacting with textured surface on the discrete parts, to hold the discrete parts to the transport head, with optional use of suction through the transport head to assist in holding the discrete parts to the transport head. Novel apparatus is included for delivering suction to and through rotating slip rings.

Title
Apparatus for placing discrete parts transversely onto a moving web
Application Number
186352
Publication Number
5556504
Application Date
June 2, 1995
Publication Date
September 17, 1996
Inventor
Daniel J Oshefsky
Neenah
WI, US
Paul M Niemi
Neenah
WI, US
Gregory J Rajala
Neenah
WI, US
Agent
Mark L Davis
Donald L Traut
Assignee
Kimberly Clark Corporation
WI, US
IPC
B32B 31/00
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