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July 31, 1962
Filed March 16, 1961
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Patented July 31, 1962
John R. Burns, Scotch Plains, N.ll., assignor to American
Can Company, Jersey City, N.J., a corporation of New
Filed Mar. 16, 1961, Ser. No. 96,138
4 Claims.
(Cl. 2il6—57)
Still another object of the present invention is to pro
vide a towel having improved characteristics but which
is manufactured by present equipment and can be em
ployed in conventional multi-ply towel dispensers. _
Further details, advantages and objects of the inven—
tion will be apparent from the following speci?cation
and appended drawings wherein:
FIGURE 1 is a plan view of an unfolded sheet having
~ the prospective fold lines indicated by broken lines,
terials, such as folded paper towels. More speci?cally 10
‘FIGURE 2 is a perspective view of the folded sheet
the invention relates to folded paper towels which are
shown in FIGURE 1,
This invention relates to individual folded sheet ma
adapted to be dispensed individually from a suitable dis
penser and simultaneously unfolded for immediate use.
In the standard paper towel dispensers the towels are
usually interleaved or interfolded so that the withdrawal
of one towel serves to partially withdraw the next suc
ceeding towel. This provides a continuous “popeout”
action so there is always a portion of the next succeeding
towel protruding from the dispenser for grasping. One
of the de?ciencies of such an arrangement is that in order 20
to insure the “pop-out,” the dispenser opening must be
relatively wide.
This width causes the towels to sag in
the center so that when an attempt is made to remove a
FIGURE 3 is a cross section on a transverse vertical
plane through the lower portion of a conventional multi
ply'towel dispenser with folded sheets according to the
present invention shown in one position,
FIGURE 4 is a cross section on a transverse vertical
plane through the lower portion of a conventional multi
ply towel dispenser with folded sheets according to the
present invention shown in another position, and
FIGURE 5 is a cross section on a transverse vertical
plane through the lower portion of a conventional multi
plytowel dispenser with a towel shown in extended posi
tion being removed.
Referring to FIGURE 1, a folded towel for example,
single towel several towels may be removed from the
dispenser. Not only is this uneconomical from the stand 25 is made of a single foldable sheet of material such as pa
point of wasted towels, but it also necessitates re?lling
per. The sheet is divided along indicated fold lines
the dispenser more often than would be otherwise neces
lit-14 to provide portions including end portions 29 and
sary. When ‘re?lling the dispenser, extra time is involved
25, main portions 21 and 24, and middle portions 22 and
since the top towel remaining in the dispenser must be
23. The folded towel is produced by folding the sheet
interleaved with the bottom towel of the recharging 30 shown in FIGURE 1 along the indicated fold lines so that
stack to insure proper dispensing action.
portions 2tl—25 will lie in a certain speci?c relationship.
Variations in the design of the towel have been em
The folding may be accomplished by proceeding in a
ployed to avoid the above noted problems. For instance,
variety of ways, but only one will be described in detail.
multi-ply non-interleaved towels have been employed
Initially, end portions 20 and 25 are folded inwardly
to prevent the sagging of the stack at the dispenser open 0-3 Ur along fold lines 10 and 14, respectively, to lie ?at on
ing and to decrease the depth of the dispenser. These
main portions 21 and 24. The partially folded sheet is
towels, when dispensed, have at least a double thick
then doubled by folding portions 23—25 outwardly about
ness which if properly employed decreases the demand
fold line 12 so that portions 21 and 24 lie in parallel con
for extra towels. Obviously if the folded towels are
tacting relationship. End portions 20 and 25 lie on the
completely unfolded, greater utilization of the absorbing 40 outside surfaces of main portions 21 and 24, respectively.
capacities of the towel material is realized since the sur
The folding is then completed by folding middle portions
face area exposed is at least double that of the unfolded
22 and 23, which are connected by fold line 12 either
towel. Ideally then, for economy as well as convenience,
inwardly or outwardly about fold lines 11 and 13, re
the towel should be automatically unfolded as it is re
spectively, to lie in parallel relationship with the main
moved from the dispenser. Further, in order to econ 45 portions 21 and 24. Obviously, since prior to the ?nal
omize when recharging the dispenser, the towels should
fold, the doubled sheet has the same con?guration on
be designed so that they may be dispensed regardless of
both sides, it is immaterial upon which main portion the
which side is presented to the dispensing opening.
middle portions are folded. A fold in either direction
The present invention provides a folded towel that is
about fold lines 11 and 13 will produce the con?guration
not interleaved or interfolded and hence can be inserted
of the ?nished towel shown, in perspective in FIGURE 2.
in a dispenser without engaging the bottom towel in the
The folded towel is composed of a series of connected
recharging stack with the top towel remaining in the
rectangular portions having two thicknesses in the cen
dispenser. Furthermore, a relatively small dispensing
tral section and four thicknesses in the edge sections.
opening can be employed, eliminating the sagging of the
FIGURES 3 and 4 show the towel according to this
stack in the center portion and thus preventing more than 55 invention inserted in two different positions in a conven
one towel at a time from protruding below the dispenser
tional rnulti-ply towel dispenser. As is apparent from
opening. The towels when stacked do not tilt but remain
the drawings an end portion is always presented, Le. 20
in horizontal position since both edges of the towel con
or 25, for grasping regardless of whether the towel is
tain the same number of plies. The towels automatically
loaded in the dispenser with the middle portions 22 and
unfold to full length when dispensed, regardless of which
23 face up or face down. This versatility of folds facili
face is presented to the dispensing opening insuring a
tates recharging the dispenser since the towels may be
greater surface area for drying action. The general shape
inserted with either side up. However, in recharging the
and characteristics of the new towel of this invention
dispenser it is necessary to load the towels so as to posi
are such as to render it usable in conventional multi-ply
tion the end portions 20 and 25 at the rear of the dis
towel dispensers.
65 penser in order to insure automatic unfolding of the in
A primary object of the present invention is to provide
dividual towels as they are withdrawn from the dispenser.
a towel especially designed to unfold automatically when
The towel is dispensed by grasping an end portion .20
dispensed regardless of which side is presented to the dis
pensing opening.
or 25, the particular portion depending upon whether
the towel is in the position shown in FIGURE 3 or the
Another object of the present invention is to provide 70 position in FIGURE 4, and pulling. As the towel is
a towel which maintains its shape and does not prema
withdrawn the end, main and central portions unfold so
turely sag below the dispenser opening.
that the portions of the dispensed towel lie essentially
inra common plane. This’ simultaneous unfolding and
dispensing action occurs withv each individual folded
The towel made in accordance with, the present inven
tion may be used with a variety of conventional towel
dispensers although particularly well adapted to be used
with conventional multi-ply dispensers. It is to be under
of said edge portions folded back to lie superposed on
'the outside surface ‘of the main portion to which’rit‘ is
2. The towel of claim 1 wherein said fold lines are
parallel and transverse to the side edges.
3. A sheet material folded back upon itself along a
medial fold line to form a two-ply sheet, portions of said.
plies adjacent said fold line being folded together to lie
stood that the dimensions and the‘material from which
superposed on one of said plies; a portion of each of said
the‘folded sheetis made may be suitably varied and se
lected without departing from the spirit of the invention. 10 plies adjacent the edge opposite said fold line being folded
I claim:
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1. A towel formed of a sheet of paper comprising a
back to lie superposed on the ply to which it is attached. '
4. The sheet material of claim 3 wherein said plies and
said portions are rectangular in con?guration.
pair of superposed main portions; a pair of superposed
middle portions hingedly connected to .each by a fold
line along one edge and along their opposite edges to 15
References Cited in the tile of this patent
said main portions; said middle portions being folded to
gether to lie superposed on one of said main portions;
a pair of edge portions hingedly connected by fold lines
to the opposite edges of said main portions with each
Wheeler __________ _;__ July 16, 1872
Hansen _____________ __ Aug. 21, ,1928
Patent No. 3,047,141
July 31, 1962
John R, Burns
It is hereby certified that error appears in the above numbered pat
ent requiring correction and that the said Letters Patent should read as
corrected below.
Column 3,
line 14, after "each" insert ~- other -—.
Signed and sealed this 24th day of September 1963.
Atlesting Officer
Commissioner of Patents
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