Ontex Group has filed a patent for a process line to manufacture absorbent articles. The line includes assembly modules connected by channels to a main pump, with a booster pump in between. This design aims to improve the efficiency of the manufacturing process. GlobalData’s report on Ontex Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Ontex Group, Incontinence monitoring sensors was a key innovation area identified from patents. Ontex Group's grant share as of January 2024 was 44%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Absorbent article manufacturing process line with booster pump

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Ontex Group NV

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240016666A1) describes a process line for manufacturing absorbent articles, consisting of multiple assembly modules connected by channels to a main pump. The system includes booster pumps between the assembly modules and the main pump, with the main pump having a significantly higher volume flow rate than the booster pumps. Additionally, a filtering apparatus is positioned upstream of the main pump to ensure efficient airflow.

Furthermore, the process line incorporates multiple channels with interconnections, a basic pump, and communication means between the booster pumps and main pump. The filtering apparatus features a housing with inlet, filtering media on a cylindrical drum, and a motor device for rotation. A recycling pump is included to manage airflow, along with nozzles and ducts for air circulation. Overall, the system is designed to optimize the manufacturing process of absorbent articles by controlling airflow and pump efficiency while ensuring proper filtration and recycling mechanisms are in place.

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