Patents Assigned to The C.W. Zumbiel Company
  • Patent number: 8573472
    Abstract: A paperboard carton blank is formed into a carton from an integral sheet of foldable material, such as paperboard. The carton includes a number of sides serially connected to one another each having a top end spaced from a bottom end. A number of top and bottom flaps are each foldably connected to the top and bottom end, respectively, of one of the sides and the associated flaps combine to form top and bottom ends of the carton. One or more struts extend beyond the distal ends of at least some of the top or bottom flaps and are folded into face to face juxtaposition and secured onto an inside face of the side associated with the flap to which it is connected to thereby reinforce the associated side and inhibit deformation of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Steven J. Block
  • Publication number: 20120321754
    Abstract: Handle design for a beverage carton allows the handle feature to lie directly next to the underlying reinforced handle feature and provides tear resistance in that there is no single layer of board being carried by either the person stocking the product, or the consumer as they handle the package. This avoids any such tearing due to the placement of the reinforcing strip relative to the handle openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: THE C.W. ZUMBIEL COMPANY
    Inventor: Steven J. Block
  • Publication number: 20120145775
    Abstract: A package includes an article group formed of cylindrical articles disposed on their sides in a side-by-side parallel fashion, and a carton disposed around the group. The carton includes a top wall, opposed side walls, end walls and an article dispenser. The side walls are disposed alongside the ends of the articles while one end wall is disposed adjacent to the side wall of an endmost article. The dispenser is formed from the end and top walls and includes at least one retaining panel to hold all the articles in the carton until removed by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: THE C.W. ZUMBIEL COMPANY
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Patent number: 8127925
    Abstract: A package for a number of beverage or non-beverage containers includes an overlay member covering the top or bottom ends of the containers. The overlay member has a central, generally planar panel positioned on the ends of the containers and may include a number of perimeter panels each joined to and positioned on a perimeter of the central panel. Each perimeter panel is oriented generally perpendicularly relative to the central panel. A dispenser opening is in the central panel of the overlay member through which the containers may be removed from the package. An overwrap member such as a thermoplastic shrink wrap film envelops the array of containers and the overlay member to provide a robust, unitary package for transport and storage. A line of weakness in the overwrap member is aligned with the dispenser to allow a user to puncture the overwrap member in the vicinity of the line of weakness and gain access to the containers via the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Steven J. Block
  • Publication number: 20110233091
    Abstract: A carton blank is assembled into a carton for beverage containers, the blank having a number of panels including a top panel, a bottom panel and a pair of side panels each joined by a fold line to an adjacent one of the panels. A number of end flaps are each joined by an end flap fold line to one of the panels and the end flaps are adapted to be folded upon selected other end flaps to form composite end panels of the carton. A carrying handle is formed in a selected one of the panels and adapted to be grasped by a user to carry the erected carton filled with the beverage containers. The blank includes a primary reinforcing panel joined to one of the panels such that the primary reinforcing panel may be folded into face to face juxtaposition with the selected one of the panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: THE C.W. ZUMBIEL COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven J. Block, Edward A. Zumbiel
  • Publication number: 20110215016
    Abstract: A package for a number of beverage or non-beverage containers includes an overlay member covering the top or bottom ends of the containers. The overlay member has a central, generally planar panel positioned on the ends of the containers and may include a number of perimeter panels each joined to and positioned on a perimeter of the central panel. Each perimeter panel is oriented generally perpendicularly relative to the central panel. A dispenser opening is in the central panel of the overlay member through which the containers may be removed from the package. An overwrap member such as a thermoplastic shrink wrap film envelops the array of containers and the overlay member to provide a robust, unitary package for transport and storage. A line of weakness in the overwrap member is aligned with the dispenser to allow a user to puncture the overwrap member in the vicinity of the line of weakness and gain access to the containers via the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: THE C.W. ZUMBIEL COMPANY
    Inventor: Steven J. Block
  • Publication number: 20100200646
    Abstract: A package includes an article group formed of cylindrical articles disposed on their sides in a side-by-side parallel fashion, and a carton disposed around the group. The carton includes a top wall, opposed side walls, end walls and an article dispenser. The side walls are disposed alongside the ends of the articles while one end wall is disposed adjacent to the side wall of an endmost article. The dispenser is formed from the end and top walls and includes at least one retaining panel to hold all the articles in the carton until removed by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: C.W. ZUMBIEL COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Patent number: 7735650
    Abstract: A unitary pharmaceutical package according to this invention includes two primary components: a tubular sleeve-like carton or housing, and a medication card typically in the form of a blister pack in which multiple pre-formed pockets each enclose a pill. The medication card or sleeve has at least one upturned lip or flange along a longitudinal end of the card. The end walls of the carton are composite end walls formed by flaps which extend from the top, bottom, front and back panels. The unitary package of this invention easily and conveniently secures the medication card to the surrounding carton. After the carton sleeve is erected but prior to closing at least one of the composite end walls, the medication card is inserted longitudinally through one of the open ends of the carton. Some of the end flaps are folded inwardly so that they are tucked inside the carton on the interior of the upturned flange on the medication card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Michael W. Zumbiel
  • Publication number: 20100096441
    Abstract: A package for a number of beverage containers includes an overlay member covering the top ends of the beverage containers. The overlay member has a central, generally planar panel positioned atop the top ends of the beverage containers and a number of perimeter panels each joined to and positioned on a perimeter of the central panel. Each perimeter panel is oriented generally perpendicularly relative to the central panel. A dispenser opening is in the central panel of the overlay member through the beverage containers may be removed from the package. A dispenser flap is adjacent the dispenser opening and a perimeter edge of the overlay member. The dispenser flap may be pulled outwardly from the overlay member by a user to provide access through which the beverage containers may be removed from the package. An overwrap member such as a thermoplastic shrink wrap film envelops the array of beverage containers and the overlay member to provide a robust, unitary package for transport and storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: THE C.W. ZUMBIEL COMPANY
    Inventor: Steven J. Block
  • Patent number: 7614543
    Abstract: A package includes an article group formed of cylindrical articles disposed on their sides in a side-by-side parallel fashion, and a carton disposed around the group. The carton includes a top wall, opposed side walls, end walls and an article dispenser. The side walls are disposed alongside the ends of the articles while one end wall is disposed adjacent to the side wall of an endmost article. The dispenser is formed from the end and top walls and includes at least one retaining panel to hold all the articles in the carton until removed by the user. Removal of the articles is assisted by a gravity feed stand included in the carton which when implemented promotes the gravity feed of the articles toward the dispenser for convenient access and removal from the carton by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: The C. W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Publication number: 20080078690
    Abstract: A unitary pharmaceutical package according to this invention includes two primary components: a tubular sleeve-like carton or housing, and a medication card typically in the form of a blister pack in which multiple pre-formed pockets each enclose a pill. The medication card or sleeve has at least one upturned lip or flange along a longitudinal end of the card. The end walls of the carton are composite end walls formed by flaps which extend from the top, bottom, front and back panels. The unitary package of this invention easily and conveniently secures the medication card to the surrounding carton. After the carton sleeve is erected but prior to closing at least one of the composite end walls, the medication card is inserted longitudinally through one of the open ends of the carton. Some of the end flaps are folded inwardly so that they are tucked inside the carton on the interior of the upturned flange on the medication card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Applicant: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Michael W. Zumbiel
  • Patent number: 7000803
    Abstract: A contoured carton has arcuate corners and includes a dispenser for dispensing articles. The carton is formed by a top wall, bottom wall, two side walls, and two end walls and includes tear lines in at least one end wall for forming the dispenser. The tear lines preferably extend into the side walls and include a finger hole to facilitate opening of the dispenser. The dispenser opening is bound by a lower retaining tab comprised from an upper portion of the arcuate corner to retain the articles in the carton until a user removes an exposed article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Publication number: 20050215406
    Abstract: The invention relates to consumer product packages having impact promotional items printed directly on the package and methods for manufacturing such product packages. An image constituting the impact promotional item is printed using blended printing inks and sublimation dyes onto a paperboard blank, which is folded to form a product package. The printed image has a visual appearance substantially unchanged from a conventional printed image. The sublimation dyes present in the printed image supply a transferrable image component that, following transfer to a substrate such as a fabric article, accurately reproduces the printed image viewed by the consumer on the product package. Printing ink and sublimation dye blends for printing the image are also disclosed, as are methods for transferring the transferrable image component to an article, such as a fabric article or textile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2005
    Publication date: September 29, 2005
    Applicant: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Joseph Yock
  • Publication number: 20050178791
    Abstract: A contoured carton has arcuate corners and includes a dispenser for dispensing articles. The carton is formed by a top wall, bottom wall, two side walls, and two end walls and includes tear lines in at least one end wall for forming the dispenser. The tear lines preferably extend into the side walls and include a finger hole to facilitate opening of the dispenser. The dispenser opening is bound by a lower retaining tab comprised from an upper portion of the arcuate corner to retain the articles in the carton until a user removes an exposed article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Publication date: August 18, 2005
    Applicant: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Charles Miller
  • Publication number: 20050160700
    Abstract: A standard printed paperboard beverage carton is replaced with a generically printed or blank paperboard carton which is later over-wrapped with a printed film that may be applied in the customer's bottling plant after filled cans are inserted therein and the paperboard carton erected. The over wrap concept of this invention allows for a reduction in paperboard consumption for the production of the cartons and the requirements for each individual carton while still providing appropriate coverage and concealment of the containers within the carton. Once the carton has been over-wrapped with the film, the customer must still be able to penetrate the over wrap to utilize a handle formed in the die-cut paperboard carton. This is accomplished by perforating the over wrap film in registration and after it is applied to the filled carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Publication date: July 28, 2005
    Applicant: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventors: Edward Zumbiel, Kevin Hawk
  • Publication number: 20040089671
    Abstract: A package includes an article group formed of cylindrical articles disposed on their sides in a side-by-side parallel fashion, and a carton disposed around the group. The carton includes a top wall, opposed side walls, end walls and an article dispenser. The side walls are disposed alongside the ends of the articles while one end wall is disposed adjacent to the side wall of an endmost article. The dispenser is formed from the end and top walls and includes at least one retaining panel to hold all the articles in the carton until removed by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2003
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Applicant: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Patent number: 4346830
    Abstract: A dispenser carton for dispensing sheet material, e.g., household wrap type sheet material. A unique structure at one corner of the carton permits tearing off a length of the sheet material after that length has been withdrawn from a roll inside the carton. The carton corner is comprised of plural serrated cutting sections each of which is cut through at least one of the panels, and plural fold sections which cooperate to connect the carton's walls together at that corner, the serrated and fold sections alternating along the corner's length from one end to the other. The serrated sections are of a length and number to permit tearing of the sheet material to desired length on that carton corner, and the fold sections are of a length and number to provide structural rigidity to the carton at that corner during normal use of the tearing edge and carton so formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1982
    Assignee: The C. W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Donald P. Hauser
  • Patent number: D290584
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Assignee: The C. W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Donald H. Lotterer
  • Patent number: D620353
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventors: Steven J. Block, Brad Burlison, Charles A. Miller, Paul Richardson, Raymond L. Zacher
  • Patent number: D620354
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Steven J. Block