Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Milton Oliver
  • Patent number: 7355146
    Abstract: A heating unit for a vehicle features a radial fan (100) having a housing (110), which housing has an air inlet (116) and an air exit opening (118). The heating unit has an air-directing device (140) that guides an air flow in a pressure chamber (115) of the housing (110) to the exit opening (118). Arranged in the housing (110) is a radial fan wheel (130) that serves to generate a flow from the air inlet (116) via the pressure chamber (115) to the air exit opening (118). Also provided is an electrical heating element, e.g. a PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) heating element (125), that serves to transfer heat to the air flow generated by the fan. Air-directing elements (632, 634, 636, 638) are provided between the exit opening (118) and the heating element (125), in order to generate an air flow having a more uniform (680) velocity distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: ebm-papst St. Georgen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Walter Georg Angelis, Wolfgang Arno Winkler
  • Patent number: 7319300
    Abstract: In this method, the value of a temperature-dependent motor parameter (ke) of an electronically commutated motor (124) is determined during motor operation without a temperature sensor. The motor has a stator (201) having stator phases (202, 204, 206), and a permanent-magnet rotor (208) coacting with that stator, which rotor induces voltages (UIND) in the stator phases during operation, a power stage (122) being associated with the stator phases in order to control their energization. In this method, energization of the stator phases is interrupted while the rotor (208) is rotating. A value (UIND) characterizing an induced voltage, and a value (?) characterizing a rotation speed of the motor, are ascertained. On the basis of those values, the value of the temperature-dependent motor parameter (ke) is derived. The invention also concerns a motor for carrying out such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: ebm-Papst St. Georgen GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Alexander Hahn
  • Patent number: 7075446
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for generating an alarm signal in a motor which comprises a rotor (50) whose actual rotation speed during operation lies in a normal zone (nSoll, TSoll), can deviate from that normal zone in the event of a fault, and is to be monitored against a malfunction or fault state, comprising the following steps: At least one alarm switch-on rotation speed (nAOn, TAOn) and at least one alarm switch-off rotation speed (nAOff, TAOff) are defined, of which the latter is located closer to the normal zone than the former, an associated pair of alarm switch-on rotation speed and alarm switch-off rotation speed defining between them a hysteresis zone. When the rotation speed to be monitored arrives, coming from the hysteresis zone, at the alarm switch-on rotation speed, an alarm switch-on criterion (Flag DIR=0) is generated. The duration of this alarm switch-on criterion is monitored. When this duration reaches a predetermined value (tdOn), an alarm signal (ALARM) is activated (FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: ebm-papst St. Georgen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hans-Dieter Schondelmaier, Arnold Kuner, Frank Jeske
  • Patent number: 6970093
    Abstract: If a motor becomes defective, e.g. stops running, runs too slowly, or becomes too hot, many customers demand the generation of an alarm signal, i.e. ask for an alarm device provided on the motor. The following method is used for configuring this alarm signal: At least one parameter for configuring the alarm device of the motor is inputted via a input interface (80, 82); the at least one parameter is stored in a parameter memory (74; 109); the execution of at least one routine of the alarm device provided in the microprocessor (23) is influenced by said stored parameter or by a parameter derived therefrom. The invention furthermore concerns a motor for carrying out such a method. In a motor of this kind, the alarm device can easily be configured in accordance with a customer's present needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: ebm-papst St. Georgen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jöerg Hornberger, Frank Jeske, Hermann Rappenecker, Hansjörg Kaltenbrunner, Arno Karwath
  • Patent number: 6956340
    Abstract: The invention relates to a computer-controlled electronically commutated motor (ECM) and to an improved method for processing data therein. The computer's program executes the steps of: a) defining, in recurrent steps, the rotor position region in which a current pulse is to flow through the at least one winding phase, and the duration (TCurr) of that current pulse; b) sensing, in recurrent steps, the rotation-speed-dependent time period (TPP) required by the rotor to pass through a predetermined rotation angle range; c) monitoring the ratio between that rotation-speed-dependent time period (TPP) and the duration (Tcurr) of the current pulses; and d) as a function of the magnitude of that ratio, choosing a time to perform, in the computer, at least one predetermined calculation, either during (Flag_Fct_Within=1) the duration (TCurr) of a current pulse or in a time span outside (Flag_Fct_Within=0) a current pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: ebm-papst St. Georgen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hans-Dieter Schondelmaier, Arnold Kuner
  • Patent number: 6906486
    Abstract: An electronically commutated motor has a rotor (108), a stator having a stator winding arrangement (102), and a full bridge circuit (137) for controlling the current (i1, i2) in the stator winding arrangement (102); in the full bridge circuit (137), first semiconductor switches (114, 130) are connected to a first DC supply lead (116) and second semiconductor switches (132, 136) to the other DC supply lead (122), said second switches being bidirectionally conductive of current in the switched-on state. The motor has an arrangement (172, 198, 188) for opening the first semiconductor switches (114, 130) and for closing the second semiconductor switches (132, 136) during a predetermined operating state. An arrangement (202) is provided for monitoring the direction of the current (i1, i2) which flows in the second semiconductor switches (132, 136) when the latter are conductive during the predetermined operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: ebm-papst St. Georgen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hansjörg Berroth, Alexander Hahn, Frank Heller, Frank Jeske, Arno Karwath, Arnold Kuner, Hans-Dieter Schondelmaier, Hermann Rappenecker, Günther Strasser
  • Patent number: 6831431
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for regulating the rotation speed, of a motor with which a digital rotation speed controller is associated and which, during operation, furnishes an actual-value signal for the rotation speed in the form of a rotation speed frequency signal, toward a target rotation speed setpoint defined in the form of a setpoint frequency signal, having the following steps: in a first time segment, a first numerical frequency value that characterizes the rotation speed of the motor is ascertained from the rotation speed frequency signal; in a second time segment that is substantially simultaneous with the first time segment, a second numerical frequency value that characterizes the frequency of the setpoint frequency signal is ascertained from the setpoint frequency signal; by means of the first and second numerical frequency values, the rotation speed of the motor is regulated in the digital rotation speed controller to a rotation speed that is associated with the setpoint frequency signal a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Papst-Motoren GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Roland Dieterle, Alexander Hahn, Hermann Rappenecker
  • Patent number: 6825625
    Abstract: An arrangement having an electric motor (10) has a microcontroller (12) for influencing at least one motor function and a nonvolatile storage element (14) for storing at least one variable as a definition for that motor function. The arrangement also has an interface (13a) for a data line (13) for transferring the at least one variable, in particular a current limiting value (Iref) from or to a storage element (14) by way of the microcontroller (12), and optionally by way of an internal data bus (15). The invention also relates to use of the device in the context of batteries of fans, and program-controlled current limitation for startup of an electric motor (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: ebm-papst St. Georgen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Arno Karwath, Jörg Hornberger, Frank Jeske, Hermann Rappenecker, Hansjörg Kaltenbrunner
  • Patent number: 6825627
    Abstract: In a method for commutating an electronically commutated motor, a predictive calculation is made of a first time span that the rotor will need in order to pass through a specified rotation angle that lies between a first rotational position (∂0) and a later second rotational position (∂1) at which a switching operation is to be effected in the motor. Upon actual passage through the first rotational position, a reference time is identified and stored. The time difference between the present time and the stored reference time is then monitored repeatedly and compared to the first time span; and when a specified relationship exists between the time difference and the first time span, the switching operation is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: ebm-papst St. Georgen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hansjörg Berroth, Frank Jeske, Arnold Kuner, Hans-Dieter Schondelmaier
  • Patent number: 6825632
    Abstract: An electronically commutated direct current machine comprising a rotor and a stator has a stator winding arrangement that can be supplied, via a full bridge circuit (78), with current from a direct current source (73, 74). A commutation arrangement (49, 50, 52, 54) is provided for commutating the semiconductor switches (1) (80 through 85) and is embodied in order, as a function of at least the position of the rotor (110), in a first bridge arm to switch on only one semiconductor switch in each case, and in a second bridge arm, controlled by a switching signal (PWM2), alternatingly to switch on and off a semiconductor switch associated with the switched-on semiconductor switch of the first bridge arm. Also provided is an arrangement for generating a switching definition signal (PWM1) which, by way of its magnitude, controls the pulse duty factor for the alternating switching on and off of the semiconductor switch associated with the first bridge arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: EBM-PAPST St. Georgen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Alexander Hahn, Hermann Rappenecker
  • Patent number: 6819069
    Abstract: The rotation speed of an electric motor (9) is controlled by a controller (6) which receives its setpoint from a characteristic function (23). The characteristic function (23) calculates a setpoint for the controller (6) on the basis of an originally analog variable A (2) that is converted to digital by an A/D converter AD (10), with the aid of support values of a “MEM+DATA” characteristic that are stored in a memory (4); those values not predefined by the support values are calculated by interpolation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: EBM-PAPST St. Georgen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jörg Hornberger, Frank Jeske, Hansjorg Kaltenbrunner, Arno Karwath, Hermann Rappenecker, Thomas Dufner
  • Patent number: 6810292
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for nonvolatile storage of at least one operating data value of an electric motor (32). The latter comprises a microprocessor or microcontroller (23) that controls its commutation, and it comprises a nonvolatile memory (74). In this method, when the motor (32) is switched on, an old operating data value is transferred from the nonvolatile memory (74) into a volatile memory (97) associated with the microprocessor (23) and saved there as a variable. The variable is updated by the microprocessor in the time intervals between the commutation operations (FIG. 13). At intervals of time, the operating data value saved in the nonvolatile memory (74) is replaced by the updated operating data value corresponding to the present value of the variable. A motor for carrying out this method is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: ebm-papst St. Georgen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hermann Rappenecker, Frank Jeske, Jörg Hornberger, Arno Karwath
  • Patent number: 6759820
    Abstract: The invention concerns an arrangement for powering a load (12) that has non-continuous power consumption from a DC power supply (UB). The arrangement has a DC link circuit (14, 22) to which said load (12) can be connected and with which is associated a capacitor (21) that is suitable for briefly supplying energy to the load. A current regulator (24, 30) is provided for connecting the DC link circuit (14, 22) to the DC power supply (UB) in order to deliver a substantially constant current (i) to said capacitor (21) and to a load (12) connected to the link circuit. The target value of said current regulator (30) is adjusted adaptively, by means of a second regulator (34), to the instantaneous power demand of the load (12). An arrangement of this kind can also be referred to as an active filter that is particularly suitable for electronically commutated motors and for motors with a PWM current controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Papst-Motoren GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Arno Karwath
  • Patent number: 6736256
    Abstract: The method and apparatus are for controlling a longitudinal shifting of an elongated piece along a predetermined length SL as said piece moves transversely within a plane at a given speed PS. The apparatus comprises a longitudinal arm having a given length PL pivotable within the plane to shift the piece; a flexible link operatively mounted around the arm to contact the piece as the arm is pivoted to shift the piece; a controllable pivoting means for pivoting the arm according to an angle &thgr; determined in relation to the predetermined length SL and the given length PL; and a controllable driving means for driving the flexible link around the arm according to a speed SS determined in relation to the speed PS of the piece and the angle &thgr; so that the longitudinal shifting is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Gemofor Inc.
    Inventor: Gino Jobin
  • Patent number: 6680745
    Abstract: A videoconferencing method automatically detects, within an image generated by a camera, locations and relative sizes of faces. Based upon the detection, a control system tracks each face and keeps a camera pointed at and focused on each face, regardless of movement about a room or other space. Preferably, multiple cameras are used, and an automatic algorithm selects a best face image and resizes the face image to substantially fill a transmitted frame. Preferably, an image encoding algorithm adjusts encoding parameters to match a currently amount of bandwidth available from a transmission network. Brightness, contrast, and color balance are automatically adjusted. As a result of these automatic adjustments, participants in a video conference have freedom to move around, yet remain visible and audible to other participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Perceptive Network Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Julian L. Center, Jr., Christopher R. Wren
  • Patent number: 6663593
    Abstract: A disposable syringe has a plunger rupture device and a washer-guide sealing barrel nozzle which make it safe against re-use, since the plunger breaks up and the piston is stuck at the bottom of the barrel, thereby making impossible reloading of the syringe. The syringe is assembled by fitting the pressure washer onto the plunger, fitting the rubber to the piston base, fitting the plunger to the piston, inserting the support bolt to the fitting of the set plunger/piston, fitting the assembled set plunger/piston into the barrel, and, finally, seating the screening washer inside the top of the barrel, thereby sealing the syringe entirely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventor: Roberto Yassuo Ito
  • Patent number: 6641560
    Abstract: An injection device has a housing (12) in which a container (14) for receiving an injectable fluid (18) is longitudinally movable. To its proximal end, an injection needle (26) can be releasably coupled. The injection device has a spring (50) associated with a releasable detent (52) for latching this spring (50) in a cocked configuration (FIG. 2). Further, there is a cocking member (40) insertable into the proximal end of the housing (12) for moving the longitudinally movable container (14) in the distal direction and for thereby bringing the spring (50) into the cocked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: B. D. Medico S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Herbert Bechtold, Jochen Gabriel
  • Patent number: 6580798
    Abstract: The suppression of interfering noise in an input signal (7) takes place in a main signal path (5), which contains neither a transformation in the frequency range nor a splitting-up into partial band signals, but only a suppression filter (4). The transmission function of the suppression filter (4) is periodically newly determined on the basis of attenuation factors, which are determined in a signal analysis path (6), which lies parallel to the main signal path (5). The attenuation factors are utilized for the attenuation of signal components in frequency bands with a significant proportion of interfering noise. The suppression filter (4) is implemented as transversal filter, the impulse response of which is periodically newly calculated as a weighted sum of the impulse responses of transversal band-pass filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Bernafon AG
    Inventor: Arthur Schaub
  • Patent number: 6545980
    Abstract: A synchronous transmission system is disclosed in which the transmission paths (leased lines) extend over several individual transmission systems (Sx). Monitoring devices (NIM) with access to at least one byte of the control data area are provided in synchronous transmission systems to write data into or read data out of the control data area. The monitoring devices (NIM) may thus be controlled and monitored by a signal source (S1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Alcatel
    Inventors: Geoffrey Dive, Werner Beisel
  • Patent number: D612429
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Herma GmbH
    Inventor: Elenore Hochmuth