Patents by Inventor Axel Schmitz

Axel Schmitz 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).

  • Publication number: 20200057156
    Abstract: This invention provides a device for measuring precipitation by means of radar, comprising an antenna adapted to transmit and receive radar waves and a dielectric lens, the antenna being oriented to the dielectric lens such that radar waves radiated from the antenna pass through the dielectric lens. Furthermore, it is provided a method of determining a velocity of raindrops by radar, comprising the steps of: radiating a radar signal by means of an antenna, receiving a reflected radar signal by said antenna and determining the velocity of the raindrops based on the received reflected radar signal wherein a dielectric lens is disposed in front of the antenna such that the radiated radar signal passes through the dielectric lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Axel Schmitz-Hübsch, Matthias Tonnier
  • Patent number: 10270373
    Abstract: A method for pulse-modulated current control of an inductive load current. A first operating mode is implemented when a change in current setpoint value is effected. An initial duty cycle of the pulse modulation is determined and used to operate the inductive load in a second operating mode. In the first operating mode, a switching state of at least one switching element is set depending on whether a current setpoint value of the load current is higher or lower than a current setpoint value of a directly preceding cycle. The switching state is retained until a current limit value is reached and then switched over. The switching state of the switching element is switched over multiple times to generate a prescribed number of periods, and the duty cycle of the pulse modulation is determined based on at least a portion of the prescribed number of periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Dirk Morschel, Jürgen Müller, Axel Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20180342963
    Abstract: The invention describes a method for pulse-width modulated (PWM) current control of a load current (IL) of an inductive load (L) by means of at least one switch element (T1) for switching the load current (IL), wherein a first operating mode (I) is executed for operating the inductive load (L) if a change in the current setpoint value (ISOLL) occurs, wherein an initial duty-cycle (DC) of the pulse-width modulation (PWM) is determined in the first operating mode (I), which is used for operating the inductive load (L) in a second operating mode (II), and a switching state of the switch element (T1) is established in the first operating mode (I) depending on whether a current setpoint value (ISOLL) of the load current (IL) is higher or lower than a current setpoint value (ISOLL,t?1) of a directly preceding cycle, wherein the switching state is maintained until achieving a current limit value (ISOLL,o,I, ISOLL,u,I) and is switched over upon achieving the current limit value (ISOLL,o,I, ISOLL,u,I), wherein multipl
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Dirk Morschel, Jürgen Müller, Axel Schmitz
  • Patent number: 9833117
    Abstract: A pad includes a leading edge, a trailing edge having a thickness different from a thickness of the leading edge, a first portion oriented to engage a surface, and a second portion oriented to engage the surface. The second portion is more fluid absorbent than the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan E. Ludtke, Glenn Weaver, Axel Schmitz, Shwn-Meei Linden
  • Publication number: 20170072834
    Abstract: A vehicle headlight comprising: a lighting unit, a reflector and a headlight glass; a device for determining road conditions, said device being provided in the interior of the vehicle headlight behind the headlight glass and comprising: an infrared transmitter configured for emitting light at predetermined wavelengths through the headlight glass onto a road surface; a detection unit configured for detecting the light emitted by the infrared transmitter and reflected by the road surface through the headlight glass; a processing unit configured for determining surface parameters of the road surface on the basis of the light detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: G. LUFFT MESS- UND REGELTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Axel Schmitz-Hübsch
  • Publication number: 20150074927
    Abstract: A floor maintenance too! including a handle and a tool coupled to the handle. The tool head includes a frame that supports a first engagement panel and a second engagement panel, with each panel disposed on an underside of the frame. The tool also includes a cable that extends between the tool head and the handle and that is coupled to the first engagement panel and the second engagement panel. An actuator mechanism is coupled to the cable and is manipulatable to move at least one of the first engagement panel and the second engagement panel via the cable relative to the frame to selectively engage and disengage a mop pad relative to the tool head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Alfred A. Widmer, Mehmet Avci, Axel Schmitz, Andrew M. Bober, Michael Bachmann, Andreas Staub, Markus Zbinden
  • Patent number: 8959699
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a mop include a user-manipulatable control operable by a user to generate attachment of a mop pad to a mop head and/or release of the mop pad from the mop head. The user-manipulatable control can be located on a handle of the mop in some embodiments, and on the mop head in other embodiments. Also, an actuator coupled to the user-manipulatable control can be used to move one or more grips, magnet-carrying elements, slides, wings, or clamping members to releasably secure the mop pad to the mop head, or to selectively magnetize one or more magnets for release and/or attachment of the mop pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Bober, Eric R. Evenson, Daniel S. Pica, Joseph C. Fields, Axel Schmitz, Alfred Widmer, Alexandra M. Berger, Nick Angel, Daniel Meier
  • Publication number: 20140331431
    Abstract: A pad includes a leading edge, a trailing edge having a thickness different from a thickness of the leading edge, a first portion oriented to engage a surface, and a second portion oriented to engage the surface. The second portion is more fluid absorbent than the first portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Nathan E. Ludtke, Glenn Weaver, Axel Schmitz, Shwn-Meei Linden
  • Patent number: 8838407
    Abstract: A method and device for determining the freezing temperature of an ice-water mixture on a road surface. Reference measurements of ice-to-water ratios in dependence on road temperatures for different salt contents of reference ice-water mixtures are provided to the device. The thickness of a water layer on the road surface is detected and the thickness of an ice layer of the road surface is detected by the device and method. From the detected thickness of the water layer and the detected thickness of the ice layer, an ice-to-water ratio of the ice-water mixture is determined. The temperature of the road surface is also detected. The freezing temperature of the ice-water mixture is determined by the device and method from the determined ice-to-water ratio and the detected temperature by means of the provided reference measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: G. Lufft Meβ-Und Regeltechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Axel Schmitz-Hübsch
  • Patent number: 8782843
    Abstract: A floor finish application apparatus and method for applying floor finishes to a floor. The floor finish application apparatus can include an applicator pad, which in some embodiments comprises filter material. In some embodiments, the filter material is air filter material, and has certain wet and/or dry friction characteristics, density, thickness, compressive resistance, liquid absorptive capacity, porosity, spreading capability, and/or leveling capability. In some embodiments, the pad has a stepped or otherwise uneven height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan E. Ludtke, Glenn Weaver, Axel Schmitz, Shwn-Meei Linden
  • Patent number: 8704508
    Abstract: Method in which the current is measured inside an integrated PWM control circuit using at least one A/D converter which is likewise integrated in the circuit is described. The PWM controller is provided for the purpose of driving inductive loads and is arranged, in particular, in an electronic circuit of an electronic controller for a motor vehicle braking system. Before determining the actual current of the PWM controller, which is determined using the at least one A/D converter, the current is smoothed using a low-pass filter. A circuit arrangement for carrying out the above method and its use in electronic motor vehicle control systems is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Fey, Micha Heinz, Wolfgang Joeckel, Peter Oehler, Axel Schmitz, Frank Michel
  • Patent number: 8662778
    Abstract: A floor finish application tool and method for applying floor finishes to a floor. Some embodiments are provided with disposable or quickly replaceable features, such as feed lines or reservoirs to eliminate the need for time consuming clean-up operations. Some embodiments are provided with a two portion hinged head having a spreading or distributing portion and a leveling portion to provide substantially uniform floor finish thickness across a floor. Some embodiments also feature an applicator pad composed of at least two different types of material. The first material is a floor finish distributing material that serves a function of substantially uniformly spreading bulk floor finish across a floor. The second material is a floor finish finishing material that is suitable for leveling the already spread floor finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Crawford, Andrew M. Bober, Shwn-meei Y. Linden, Christopher F. Lang, Axel Schmitz, Alfred Adolf Widmer
  • Patent number: 8664936
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electronic motor vehicle control system having at least one valve actuating circuit which controls a load current by means of pulse width modulation. The actuating circuit has at least one electronic current measuring circuit which has at least one measurement path with at least one analog/digital converter. The analog/digital converts an analog measurement signal of the load current into a digital measurement signal of the load current and is actuated or designed in such a way as to carry out a plurality of current measurements per PWM period. The at least one measurement path of the current measurement circuit has a signal conservation circuit which provides the analog measurement signal of the load current substantially unchanged, and independent of the actual load current, for at least a defined hold time (toff->on, ton->off).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Peter Oehler, Frank Michel, Micha Heinz, Axel Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20130340187
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a mop include a user-manipulatable control operable by a user to generate attachment of a mop pad to a mop head and/or release of the mop pad from the mop head. The user-manipulatable control can be located on a handle of the mop in some embodiments, and on the mop head in other embodiments. Also, an actuator coupled to the user-manipulatable control can be used to move one or more grips, magnet-carrying elements, slides, wings, or clamping members to releasably secure the mop pad to the mop head, or to selectively magnetize one or more magnets for release and/or attachment of the mop pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Andrew M. Bober, Eric R. Evenson, Daniel S. Pica, Joseph C. Fields, Axel Schmitz, Alfred Widmer, Alexandra M. Berger, Nick Angel, Daniel Meier
  • Patent number: 8464391
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a mop include a user-manipulatable control operable by a user to generate attachment of a mop pad to a mop head and/or release of the mop pad from the mop head. The user-manipulatable control can be located on a handle of the mop in some embodiments, and on the mop head in other embodiments. Also, an actuator coupled to the user-manipulatable control can be used to move one or more grips, magnet-carrying elements, slides, wings, or clamping members to releasably secure the mop pad to the mop head, or to selectively magnetize one or more magnets for release and/or attachment of the mop pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Bober, Eric R. Evenson, Daniel S. Pica, Joseph C. Fields, Axel Schmitz, Alfred D. Widmer, Alexandra M. Berger, Nick Angel, Daniel Meier
  • Publication number: 20120269567
    Abstract: A floor finish application tool and method for applying floor finishes to a floor. Some embodiments are provided with disposable or quickly replaceable features, such as feed lines or reservoirs to eliminate the need for time consuming clean-up operations. Some embodiments are provided with a two portion hinged head having a spreading or distributing portion and a leveling portion to provide substantially uniform floor finish thickness across a floor. Some embodiments also feature an applicator pad composed of at least two different types of material. The first material is a floor finish distributing material that serves a function of substantially uniformly spreading bulk floor finish across a floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: DIVERSEY, INC.
    Inventors: Charles A. Crawford, Andrew M. Bober, Shwn-meei Y. Linden, Christopher F. Lang, Axel Schmitz, Alfred Adolf Widmer
  • Patent number: 8131439
    Abstract: An electronic controller for motor vehicle control systems having at least one valve actuation circuit is described herein. The electronic controller uses pulse width modulation to control the load current (iL) flowing through an essentially inductive load (L), and has at least one electronic current measuring circuit which has at least one analog/digital converter which converts an analog measurement signal for the load current (iL) into a digital measurement signal for the load current (iL). The at least one analog/digital converter is a sigma-delta modulator. A method for measuring current using sigma-delta modulation and to the use of the electronic controller in a motor vehicle brake system is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. OHG
    Inventors: Peter Oehler, Axel Schmitz, Micha Heinz, Frank Michel
  • Patent number: 8079770
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system for a cleaning tool. In one embodiment, the fluid delivery system includes a reservoir, a first conduit and a second conduit coupled to the reservoir and adapted to selectively dispense fluid from the reservoir, wherein an end of the second conduit is moveable relative to the first conduit to dispense fluid in a plurality of directions. In another embodiment, the fluid delivery system includes a reservoir adapted to contain at least one fluid, a first conduit coupled to the reservoir adapted to selectively dispense fluid from the reservoir, and a second conduit coupled to the reservoir adapted to selectively dispense fluid from the reservoir independent of the first conduit. In another embodiment, the fluid delivery system has a reservoir with a first and second outlet wherein the second outlet selectively dispenses fluid from the reservoir independent of the first outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Fredi D. Widmer, Axel Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20110057644
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electronic motor vehicle control system having at least one valve actuating circuit which controls a load current by means of pulse width modulation. The actuating circuit has at least one electronic current measuring circuit which has at least one measurement path with at least one analog/digital converter. The analog/digital converts an analog measurement signal of the load current into a digital measurement signal of the load current and is actuated or designed in such a way as to carry out a plurality of current measurements per PWM period. The at least one measurement path of the current measurement circuit has a signal conservation circuit which provides the analog measurement signal of the load current substantially unchanged, and independent of the actual load current, for at least a defined hold time (toff->on, ton->off).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Peter Oehler, Frank Michel, Micha Heinz, Axel Schmitz
  • Patent number: D719712
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred Widmer, Mehmet Avci, Axel Schmitz, Andrew M. Bober, Michael Bachmann, Andreas Staub, Markus Zbinden