Patents Assigned to Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co. KG
  • Patent number: 11408789
    Abstract: A pressure sensor module, comprising: a pressure measuring cell; and a mounting ring. The pressure measuring cell includes a platform and a measuring membrane, whose front face extends parallel to the rear face of the platform. The mounting ring has a mounting passageway with an inner mounting surface, which defines an inner axial stop plane for mounting the pressure measuring cell, wherein the mounting ring has an outer mounting surface, and the pressure measuring cell is inserted with the rear face preceding into the mounting passageway. The rear face of the platform is adhered with the inner mounting surface, wherein the inner mounting surface has a shoulder, which extends from an inner lateral surface of the mounting ring radially inwards. The mounting surface has between the axial stop surface and the inner lateral surface an annularly surrounding recess, in order to accommodate excess adhesive in the case of the adhering of the axial stop surface with the rear face of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: ENDRESS+HAUSER GMBH+CO.KG
    Inventors: Volkmar Rech, Sergej Lopatin, Claudia Nowak
  • Patent number: 10942498
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a method and a system for remote-controlled servicing of a field device of process automation, including establishing a communication connection between a service unit and the field device via a first network, sending via a second network an access request from a computer unit to an application program executed on the service unit, wherein the application program serves for servicing the field device, approving the access request via the application program, and establishing access of the computer unit to the application program via the second network upon approval of the access request, wherein, after established access, the servicing of the field device occurs from the computer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Florian Palatini, Tanja Haag
  • Patent number: 10725443
    Abstract: A radio module RM for field devices of automation technology is connectable with a field device, e.g. F1, via a field device interface. The radio module RM includes a microcontroller ?C for function control, a radio unit RF for data communication with a superordinated unit, and an energy supply unit ESU. With the help of the radio module RM, conventional field devices can be adapted simply to become radio-capable field devices, in order that they can then also be used in radio networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Reinhard Griech, Christian Seiler, Thorsten Springmann
  • Patent number: 10209346
    Abstract: A radar measurement apparatus works according to the FMCW principle and includes a radar transmission unit, and a radar receiving unit, which is designed to receive a radar received signal reflected on a surface of the medium or other target in a pipe or tube, to convert the received signal into an intermediate frequency signal by mixing with the transmission signal, or a signal derived therefrom, and based on an intermediate signal to determine distance to the surface of the medium or other target. The radar receiving unit applies a phase correction to the intermediate signal produces a phase corrected, intermediate frequency signal, wherein the phase correction lessens or removes a dispersion dependent phase fraction in the phase of the intermediate signal and adds a non-dispersion effects dependent phase fraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Alexey Malinovskiy, Stefan Pfluger, Winfried Mayer
  • Patent number: 10078005
    Abstract: A method for calibration or adjustment of any oscillatable unit with a mathematical model describing the oscillatable unit, wherein the oscillatable unit interacts with a medium located in a container, comprising the steps as follows: exciting the oscillatable unit via a real input signal to execute oscillations; the real output signal of the oscillatable unit is ascertained; the real output signal is digitized and a real output sequence is produced; the real input signal is digitized and a digital input sequence is produced; the digital input sequence is fed to a function block, which provides the mathematical model of the oscillatable unit in interaction with the medium. The mathematical model is defined by at least two sensor-specific variables; a virtual output sequence is produced via the mathematical model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Tobias Brengartner, Gerd Bechtel, Sascha D'Angelico
  • Patent number: 10067081
    Abstract: Apparatus for determining and/or monitoring at least one limit value of a process variable of a medium in a container, comprising at least one sensor unit for registering a measured value dependent on the process variable and at least one electronics unit for producing a measurement signal dependent on the process variable. The invention is distinguished by features including that the apparatus is embodied to draw energy via a voltage output and a digital input of a recorder apparatus or a process control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Christoph Schleith, Michael Dotsch
  • Patent number: 10067024
    Abstract: A differential pressure sensor comprises a measuring diaphragm made of an electrically conductive material, two electrically insulating mating bodies, and at least one capacitive transducer. The measuring diaphragm is connected to the mating bodies in a pressure-tight manner with the formation of a measuring chamber in each case along a circumferential edge. The mating bodies each have a diaphragm bed which is concave in the center, wherein the mating bodies each have a pressure channel which extends through the mating body into the measuring chamber. The capacitive transducer has at least one mating body electrode which is formed by a metallic coating of the surface of the mating body in the region of the diaphragm bed and with which contact can be made by a metallic coating of the wall of the pressure channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Bernhard Jochem, Timo Kober, Benjamin Lemke, Darina Riemer Woyczehowski, Rafael Teipen, Anh Tuan Tham, Roland Werthschutzky
  • Patent number: 10061344
    Abstract: A signal generator for producing periodic signals for a measuring apparatus of automation technology. The signals have sequential, discrete signal frequencies, which lie within a predetermined frequency range. A control- and/or computing unit, a clock signal producer are provided, wherein the clock signal producer provides a constant sampling frequency, which is greater than the maximum discrete signal frequency in the predetermined frequency range. A memory unit is provided, in which for each of the discrete signal frequencies the amplitude values of the corresponding periodic signals are stored or storable as a function of the sampling frequency. The control- and/or computing unit reads out the stored or storable amplitude values of the discrete frequencies successively with the sampling frequency of the clock from the memory unit and produces the periodic signals, or forwards for producing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Stefan Rummele-Werner, Dietmar Fruhauf, Armin Wernet, Kaj Uppenkamp, Gerd Bechtel
  • Patent number: 10054925
    Abstract: A field device to determine or monitor a process variable in automation technology The field device meets a safety standard that is required in a given safety-critical application, with a sensor working according to a defined measuring principle, and a control/evaluation unit that processes and evaluates the measuring data delivered by the sensor in uninterrupted sensor measuring mode along at least three redundantly and/or diversely designed measuring channels. The control/evaluation unit has at least two redundant reconfiguration controls assigned to it, and with one of the two redundant reconfiguration controls dynamically or partially dynamically reconfiguring the faulty measuring channel in case of a malfunction in one of the measuring channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Romuald Girardey
  • Patent number: 10048231
    Abstract: Apparatus (1) for determining and/or monitoring at least one process variable, comprising: a primary side (I) and a secondary side (II), which are galvanically isolated from one another, wherein the secondary side (II) has a sensor element sensitive for the process variable (2) and an electronics unit (9) of the secondary side and provides a measurement signal representing the process variable, and wherein the primary side (I) has an electronics unit (8) of the primary side for evaluating the measurement signal and for producing an output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Franco Ferraro, Philipp Walser
  • Patent number: 10048149
    Abstract: A relative pressure sensor (1) includes a pressure measuring cell (10) having a measuring diaphragm (12), a main body (14) which is connected to said measuring diaphragm, and a the measuring chamber between the measuring diaphragm and main body, a reference pressure being applied to the measuring chamber by a reference pressure channel (18) which runs from a rear face (16) of the main body (14) through the main body (14); a clamping ring (38); and a housing (40) which has at least one housing body (42) with a measuring cell chamber (46), wherein the pressure measuring cell (10) is clamped in the measuring cell chamber (46) by the clamping ring (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Armin Rupp, Raphael Schonhardt, Michael Hugel
  • Patent number: 10030775
    Abstract: A ring arrangement with a synthetic material sealing ring between an outer radial guiding ring and an inner radial guiding ring, wherein the outer guiding ring has a greater coefficient of thermal expansion than the inner guiding ring, so that an effective volume expansion coefficient of an annular gap between the guiding rings is greater than the volume expansion coefficient of the synthetic material of the synthetic material sealing ring. Through a large effective coefficient of thermal expansion for the annular gap volume, as achieved via different coefficients of expansion of the outer and inner guiding rings, fluctuation of the axial clamping forces of the synthetic material sealing ring can be limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Alexander Gugenberger
  • Patent number: 10018495
    Abstract: A radar-based fill-level measuring device comprising at least one synthesizer circuit having a plurality of circuit components for producing phase controlled microwave signals for a travel-time measurement and at least three electrical potentials for supplying the synthesizer circuit, wherein the synthesizer circuit has at least three circuit groups. Each circuit component is associated with at least one circuit group, wherein each of the at least three circuit groups is fed by means of at least one potential difference between two of the at least three different potentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Winfried Mayer, Roland Grozinger, Qi Chen
  • Patent number: 10015893
    Abstract: An automation field device having a housing and a modular field device electronics unit located inside the housing. The electronics unit has a first circuit board having at least one first and one second plug-in connector element, wherein the first plug-in connector element is used to electrically connect a peripheral unit, wherein both the first and the second plug-in connector elements can be contacted essentially from the same preferred plug-in direction, and a second circuit board having at least one third plug-in connector element, wherein the circuit boards are arranged such that the second plug-in connector element is connected to the third plug-in connector element in a detachable manner to electrically connect the peripheral unit to the second circuit board, and the second circuit board has at least one opening, via which the first plug-in connector element of the first circuit board is accessible for connecting the peripheral unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Roland Grozinger, Andreas Kaiser, Dietmar Spanke
  • Patent number: 10006790
    Abstract: A flow-rate measurement assembly for measuring a flow rate of a medium through a measurement pipe, comprising at least one differential-pressure producer, and comprising a differential-pressure measurement transducer for providing a differential-pressure measurement signal, which depends upon the difference between the high-pressure-side media pressure and the low-pressure-side media pressure. The difference is a measure of the flow rate of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Max Jehle, Davide Parrotto
  • Patent number: 10001398
    Abstract: A fill-level measuring device for determining the fill level of a process medium in a container by means of a travel-time method. The fill-level measuring device is distinguished by features including that the fill-level measuring device has structure for determining the dielectric constant of a second medium, which is located between the measuring device and the process medium. The structure for determining the dielectric constant comprises at least one waveguide for a high-frequency measuring signal, wherein such waveguide is filled at least sectionally with a dielectric and embodied and arrangeable in such a manner that the dielectric forms with the second medium an interface, at which a significant fraction of the measuring signal supplied to the second medium via the waveguide is reflected. Furthermore, an apparatus for determining the dielectric constant and a system of such an apparatus and a fill-level measuring device are proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Blodt, Peter Klofer
  • Patent number: 9995617
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining and/or monitoring at least one process variable of a medium in a container, comprising: a mechanically oscillatable unit; an electrodynamic transducer unit for exciting the oscillatable unit by means of an exciter signal to execute mechanical oscillations and for receiving the mechanical oscillations of the oscillatable unit and transducing them into an electrical, received signal; and an electronics unit, which at least determines and/or monitors the process variable based on the received signal. The invention is distinguished by features including that the electrodynamic transducer unit has exactly one coil, which serves both as a drive element as well as also a receiving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Alexander Muller, Sergej Lopatin, Tobias Brengartner
  • Patent number: 9989398
    Abstract: A device for determining a predetermined fill level of a liquid in a container, with a sensor unit, comprising a unit capable of oscillating mechanically, a transmitter unit, and a receiver unit, which is electrically and mechanically coupled to the transmitter unit, and which transduces the oscillation of the unit capable of oscillating into an electrical receiving signal. An electronic unit, comprising a regulating unit, which regulates a phase difference that exists between the electrical transmission signal and electrical receiving signal to a determined value at which the unit capable of oscillating conducts oscillations at a resonant frequency, and which forms an oscillation circuit with the transmitter unit, receiving unit and the unit capable of oscillating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Sascha D'Angelico, Sergej Lopatin, Franco Ferraro
  • Patent number: 9989431
    Abstract: A pressure sensor comprises a deformable measuring diaphragm, and a mating body connected in a pressure-tight manner and forms a measuring chamber in which a reference pressure is present. A pressure can be applied to an outside of the measuring diaphragm. The pressure sensor has a capacitive transducer having at least one mating body electrode and at least one diaphragm electrode. Above a pressure limit value for the pressure, at least one central surface section of the measuring diaphragm rests against the mating body with a contact surface area, the size of which is dependent on the pressure. The pressure sensor also has a resistive transducer for converting a pressure-dependent deformation of the measuring diaphragm, when pressed in a range of values above the pressure limit value, into an electrical signal using an electrical resistance which is dependent on the contact surface area of the measuring diaphragm on the mating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Rossberg, Olaf Textor, Elmar Wosnitza
  • Patent number: 9989401
    Abstract: A measuring device featuring ascertaining and monitoring optimized orientation of the measuring device. Thus, the invention provides a measuring device for determining and/or monitoring limit level or fill level of a medium in a container, comprising at least one sensor unit and a measurement transmitter unit, wherein at least one inclination sensor is integrated in the measuring device for ascertaining orientation of the measuring device and/or the sensor unit on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Franco Ferraro, Harald Faber, Steffen Markoni