Patents by Inventor Edward A. Zumbiel

Edward A. Zumbiel has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10619307
    Abstract: A support system for holding a sheet of material being cut by a laser has a base and a number of needles extending upwardly from the base. A vacuum generator or suction mechanism is in communication with a lumen in each needle to hold the sheet atop the bed of needles and spaced from the base so as to avoid scorching the sheet by the laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Edward A. Zumbiel
  • Patent number: 10315376
    Abstract: A method and system for digitally scoring a substrate prior to completing a carton blank is disclosed. After digitally printing a substrate, it is processed through a series of scoring wheels, male on top, female wheel on bottom. The scoring wheels (and transfer belts which help move the substrate through the wheels) are controlled from the same computer file used to create the graphic image. Subsequent to the first scoring sequence, the substrate is turned 90 degrees and a second scoring sequence takes place. After the scoring sequences have been performed, the substrate continues to the laser die cutter where the same computer or digital file determines where to physically cut the sheet into a carton blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Edward A. Zumbiel
  • Publication number: 20180154602
    Abstract: A cutting and/or creasing rule is produced on a 3D printing machine which may be mounted on a board for use is a die for cutting and/or creasing a sheet of paperboard or other material into a blank for a carton. With the advent of additive manufacturing, i.e. 3D printing, it is now possible to eliminate traditional slotted die boards with generally rectangular steel cutting and creasing rules and replace same with surface printed boards with three-dimensional creasing and cutting rules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventors: Steven J. Block, Edward A. Zumbiel
  • Publication number: 20170231344
    Abstract: The invention relates to paperboard smartphone cases and paperboard containers, and more particularly, to do-it yourself paperboard smartphone cases and paperboard containers manufactured to enable households and small businesses to produce custom smartphone cases and product containers using inexpensive, readily available inkjet printing equipment and associated methods/systems for doing so.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventor: Edward A. Zumbiel
  • Publication number: 20160361781
    Abstract: A support system for holding a sheet of material being cut by a laser has a base and a number of needles extending upwardly from the base. A vacuum generator or suction mechanism is in communication with a lumen in each needle to hold the sheet atop the bed of needles and spaced from the base so as to avoid scorching the sheet by the laser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Applicant: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Edward A. Zumbiel
  • Patent number: 9403615
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventors: Steven J. Block, Edward A. Zumbiel
  • Publication number: 20140128238
    Abstract: A method and system for digitally scoring a substrate prior to completing a carton blank is disclosed. After digitally printing a substrate, it is processed through a series of scoring wheels, male on top, female wheel on bottom. The scoring wheels (and transfer belts which help move the substrate through the wheels) are controlled from the same computer file used to create the graphic image. Subsequent to the first scoring sequence, the substrate is turned 90 degrees and a second scoring sequence takes place. After the scoring sequences have been performed, the substrate continues to the laser die cutter where the same computer or digital file determines where to physically cut the sheet into a carton blank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: THE C.W. ZUMBIEL COMPANY
    Inventor: Edward A. Zumbiel
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 6632163
    Abstract: A carton blank is etched with a laser to remove at least a portion of a coating material on a glue panel area of the carton blank. The laser-etching process allows the use of cold-resin or other standard glue in manufacturing a carton from the carton blank, instead of a more expensive specialized glue which would be otherwise required to provide an adequate bond for the carton. The laser-etching process is controlled as a function of the coating material required to be removed from the glue panel of the carton blank, the speed of the carton blank as it is processed through the system, and the dispersion characteristics of the laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Co.
    Inventor: Edward A. Zumbiel
  • Publication number: 20020142904
    Abstract: A carton blank is etched with a laser to remove at least a portion of a coating material on a glue panel area of the carton blank. The laser-etching process allows the use of cold-resin or other standard glue in manufacturing a carton from the carton blank, instead of a more expensive specialized glue which would be otherwise required to provide an adequate bond for the carton. The laser-etching process is controlled as a function of the coating material required to be removed from the glue panel of the carton blank, the speed of the carton blank as it is processed through the system, and the dispersion characteristics of the laser beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Applicant: The C.W. Zumbiel Co.
    Inventor: Edward A. Zumbiel