Apparatus and Method For Manufacturing a Multi-Layer Web Product

  • US 20080280520A1
  • Filed: 07/19/2008
  • Published: 11/13/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/18/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus for manufacturing a multi-layer web product comprising:

  • a carding cylinder adapted to rotate and transport long fiber, the carding cylinder including a plurality of combs disposed thereabout, the combs being adapted to comb long fiber from the carding cylinder;

    a first combing cylinder disposed adjacent the carding cylinder and adapted to comb a first web of long fiber from the carding cylinder;

    a first conveyor disposed adjacent the first combing cylinder and adapted to receive and transport the first web to a layering point, wherein the first combing cylinder and the first conveyor are adapted to maintain a ratio between a machine-direction strength and a cross-direction strength of the first web that is 3;

    1 or less and to maintain a basis weight of the first web that is approximately consistent throughout the first web;

    a second combing cylinder disposed adjacent the carding cylinder and adapted to comb a second web of long fiber from the carding cylinder;

    a second conveyor disposed adjacent the second combing cylinder and adapted to receive and transport the second web to the layering point, wherein the second combing cylinder and the second conveyor are adapted to maintain a ratio between a machine-direction strength and a cross-direction strength of the second web that is 3;

    1 or less and to maintain a basis weight of the second web that is approximately consistent throughout the second web;

    a short fiber deposition unit disposed adjacent the second conveyor and adapted to deposit short fibers onto the second web, wherein at the layering point the first conveyor is adapted to deposit the first web onto the second web, the short fibers being sandwiched therebetween, to form a layered web;

    a third conveyor adapted to receive the layered web; and

    a hydro-entanglement unit disposed adjacent the third conveyor and adapted to direct high pressure water at the layered web.

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