Patents by Inventor Bernd Haehnel

Bernd Haehnel 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: 11167871
    Abstract: Several blister packs are picked simultaneously from pick positions, where they are arranged next to each other in a first row, moved, and placed simultaneously in several place positions. In the place positions, the blister packs are also arranged next to each other in a second row, which is parallel to the first row of the blister packs in the pick positions. The blister packs are placed in the place positions with a rotation of 180° around their centers in comparison to their orientation in the pick positions. The second row of blister packs in the place positions is laterally offset in the direction of the second row relative to the first row of blister packs in the pick positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Haehnel, Sebastian Binder
  • Patent number: 10926964
    Abstract: In the device and the method for transferring blister packs, two blister packs are first transferred from a stamping station to an intermediate place element and then from the intermediate place element to a single-file conveying means. The two blister packs are placed on the intermediate place element next to each other in a row on either side of a longitudinal center plane of the device. During the transfer from the intermediate storage element to the conveying means, both blister packs are picked from above from their intermediate place positions and also placed from above in the common final place position. When in the final place position, each blister pack has the same side facing up as in the corresponding intermediate place position but now with a rotation of 180° around its center. In addition, the blister packs acquire a lateral offset from the longitudinal center plane during the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Haehnel, Andreas Armbruster, Norbert Damaschke, Tim Braeunig
  • Patent number: 10710818
    Abstract: In the method for transferring blister packs from a first and a second pick position to a common place position, the blister packs in the first and second pick positions are arranged next to each other in a row and are each outwardly offset from the longitudinal center plane of the transfer unit. Then the two blister packs are picked successively by two suction arms and placed from above in the place position, which is in the area of the longitudinal center plane. After the placing step, the blister packs in the place positions have a rotation of 180° around their centers in comparison to their orientation in the pick positions; and in addition the blister packs acquire a lateral offset during the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: UHLMANN PAC-SYSTEME GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Haehnel, Sebastian Binder
  • Patent number: 10640305
    Abstract: Several blister packs are first transferred from a stamping station to an intermediate place element, where the blister packs are placed next to each other in a row in several intermediate place positions. Then the several blister packs in the several intermediate place positions are picked simultaneously from above, moved, and placed from above in several final place positions on a conveyor means. The blister packs in the final place positions are arranged next to each other in a row parallel to the row of blister packs in the intermediate place positions. After the blister packs have been placed in the final place positions, they have the same side facing up as in the intermediate place positions but now with a rotation of 180° around their centers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: UHLMANN PAC-SYSTEME GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Haehnel, Sebastian Binder
  • Publication number: 20190322400
    Abstract: Several blister packs are picked simultaneously from pick positions, where they are arranged next to each other in a first row, moved, and placed simultaneously in several place positions. In the place positions, the blister packs are also arranged next to each other in a second row, which is parallel to the first row of the blister packs in the pick positions. The blister packs are placed in the place positions with a rotation of 180° around their centers in comparison to their orientation in the pick positions. The second row of blister packs in the place positions is laterally offset in the direction of the second row relative to the first row of blister packs in the pick positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Bernd HAEHNEL, Sebastian BINDER
  • Publication number: 20190322399
    Abstract: Blister packs in a first and a second pick position are arranged one behind the other in a longitudinal row, which is parallel to a longitudinal center plane of the transfer unit and which extends in an area of the longitudinal center plane. The first blister pack in the first pick position is picked, moved, and placed in the first place position from above. The second blister pack in the second pick position is also picked, moved, and placed in the second place position from above. The blister packs in the first and second place positions are arranged with a lateral offset relative to the longitudinal center plane, and the blister packs in the first and second place positions are rotated 180° around their centers in comparison to their orientation in the first and second pick positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas HALLER, Bernd HAEHNEL
  • Publication number: 20190322470
    Abstract: Several blister packs are first transferred from a stamping station to an intermediate place element, where the blister packs are placed next to each other in a row in several intermediate place positions. Then the several blister packs in the several intermediate place positions are picked simultaneously from above, moved, and placed from above in several final place positions on conveying means. The blister packs in the final place positions are arranged next to each other in a row parallel to the row of blister packs in the intermediate place positions. After the blister packs have been placed in the final place positions, they have the same side facing up as in the intermediate place positions but now with a rotation of 180° around their centers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Bernd HAEHNEL, Sebastian BINDER
  • Publication number: 20190322471
    Abstract: In the device and the method for transferring blister packs, two blister packs are first transferred from a stamping station to an intermediate place element and then from the intermediate place element to a single-file conveying means. The two blister packs are placed on the intermediate place element next to each other in a row on either side of a longitudinal center plane of the device. During the transfer from the intermediate storage element to the conveying means, both blister packs are picked from above from their intermediate place positions and also placed from above in the common final place position. When in the final place position, each blister pack has the same side facing up as in the corresponding intermediate place position but now with a rotation of 180° around its center. In addition, the blister packs acquire a lateral offset from the longitudinal center plane during the transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Bernd HAEHNEL, Andreas ARMBRUSTER, Norbert DAMASCHKE, Tim BRAEUNIG
  • Publication number: 20190322469
    Abstract: In the method for transferring blister packs from a first and a second pick position to a common place position, the blister packs in the first and second pick positions are arranged next to each other in a row and are each outwardly offset from the longitudinal center plane of the transfer unit. Then the two blister packs are picked successively by two suction arms and placed from above in the place position, which is in the area of the longitudinal center plane. After the placing step, the blister packs in the place positions have a rotation of 180° around their centers in comparison to their orientation in the pick positions; and in addition the blister packs acquire a lateral offset during the transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Bernd HAEHNEL, Sebastian BINDER
  • Patent number: 9346631
    Abstract: Two suction arms for picking up blister packs at a stamping station in a pick position and for placing the blister packs on a conveyor in a place position, wherein the suction arms are pivotable in opposite directions. Each suction arm has three segments supported pivotably around three different axes. The transfer movement of the blister packs from the pick position to the place position and back is a combination movement, which is composed at least of the pivoting movement of the three segments around the three axes. The second, middle segments are pivoted inward toward the center plane both when in the pick position and in the place position. During the pivoting movements between the pick position and the place position, the second segments are pivoted away from each other so that the suction arms can pass by each other without colliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Haehnel, Roberto Linke
  • Patent number: 9145269
    Abstract: A device for transferring items to a transport system or to a storage unit has a feed unit for conveying a plurality of items in at least one feeding line. Further, it has a transfer station for receiving the items from the feed unit and for transferring the items to the transport system or to the storage device. The transfer station includes two temporary storage lines arranged in parallel. The items are provided by the feed unit in a manner that the items in the first temporary storage line are arranged offset from the items in the second temporary storage line. The temporary storage surfaces in the first temporary storage line have at least one flap to be opened. A pusher in the transfer station is adapted to push the items from the second temporary storage line to the first temporary storage line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventors: Bernd Haehnel, Rudi Arb, Joachim Huchler
  • Publication number: 20150056046
    Abstract: The device comprises two suction arms for picking up blister packs at a stamping station in a pick position and for placing the blister packs on conveying means in a place position, wherein the suction arms are pivotable in opposite directions. Each suction arm has three segments supported pivotably around three different axes. The transfer movement of the blister packs from the pick position to the place position and back is a combination movement, which is composed at least of the pivoting movement of the three segments around the three axes. The second, middle segments are pivoted inward toward the center plane both when in the pick position and in the place position. During the pivoting movements between the pick position and the place position, the second segments are pivoted away from each other so that the suction arms can pass by each other without colliding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Bernd Haehnel, Roberto Linke
  • Publication number: 20140017057
    Abstract: The device for forming and passing on stacks of blister packs comprises three drive units and three endless transfer units. Each transfer unit can be actuated by one of the drive units independently of the others. Each transfer unit comprises at least one conveyor belt on which two carrier elements are mounted rotatably and with an offset to each other. Each carrier element is positively guided in such a way that it is oriented horizontally at least when in a transfer area between a blister pack receiving position and a blister pack discharge position located underneath the blister pack receiving position. The drive units are actuated in such a way that two carrier elements of two different transfer units in each case move at a predetermined distance apart from the blister pack receiving position to the blister pack discharge position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Bernd HAEHNEL, Joachim HUCHLER
  • Patent number: 8522954
    Abstract: The device for transferring items to a transport system or to a storage unit has a feed unit for conveying a plurality of items in three parallel feeding lines. Further, is has a transfer station for receiving the items from the feed unit and for transferring the items to the transport system or to the storage device. The transfer station includes three temporary storage lines arranged in parallel. The items are provided by the feed unit in a manner that the items in each of the temporary storage lines are arranged offset from the items in the other temporary storage lines with respect to a first direction. A pusher in the transfer station pushes the items in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction to a single temporary storage line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Haehnel, Rudi Arb, Joachim Huchler
  • Patent number: 8485340
    Abstract: The device for transferring and nesting blister packs comprises a transfer device, which transfers blister packs from a first transport or storage device to a second transport or storage device arranged under the first transport or storage device. The transfer device has a receiving section, which can hold at least two blister packs and which can rotate at least 180°. A first blister pack can be received in the receiving section of the transfer device in a receiving position; the receiving section with the first blister pack can be rotated 180°; and finally a second blister pack can be received in the receiving section in the receiving position and placed onto the first, rotated blister pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Bernd Haehnel
  • Patent number: 8474675
    Abstract: A device for automatically controlling the edges of a web of sheeting has a first deflecting roller and a second deflecting roller, which are arranged parallel to each other, and also a drive for shifting the deflecting rollers in opposite axial directions. A sensor detects the position of the sheeting. The drive shifts the deflecting rollers in opposite axial directions and the ratio between the friction of the sheeting on the first deflecting roller and the friction of the sheeting on the second deflecting roller is changed on the basis of the position of the sheeting detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Haehnel, Werner Goetz, Roland Benz
  • Patent number: 8093517
    Abstract: An apparatus for triggering, changing or ending device functions by means of foot movements can include a resting surface for the sole of a foot and at least one switch, arranged in the region of the resting surface and at a fixed distance from the resting surface, for closing or opening an electrical or control circuit. An actuating element can be associated with the switch to initiate its switching functions. The apparatus can also include a means for transmitting foot movements to the actuating element. The switch can be a proximity switch and the actuating element can be mounted such that it can move in a direction following the respective foot movement, with the result that, owing to the foot movement, the actuating element can be brought closer to the proximity switch therefore triggering the switching function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
    Inventor: Bernd Haehnel
  • Publication number: 20110226586
    Abstract: The device for transferring and nesting blister packs comprises a transfer device, which transfers blister packs from a first transport or storage device to a second transport or storage device arranged under the first transport or storage device. The transfer device has a receiving section, which can hold at least two blister packs and which can rotate at least 180°. A first blister pack can be received in the receiving section of the transfer device in a receiving position; the receiving section with the first blister pack can be rotated 180°; and finally a second blister pack can be received in the receiving section in the receiving position and placed onto the first, rotated blister pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: UHLMANN PAC-SYSTEME GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: BERND HAEHNEL
  • Publication number: 20100249985
    Abstract: A device for automatically controlling the edges of a web of sheeting has a first deflecting roller and a second deflecting roller, which are arranged parallel to each other, and also a drive for shifting the deflecting rollers in opposite axial directions. A sensor detects the position of the sheeting. The drive shifts the deflecting rollers in opposite axial directions and the ratio between the friction of the sheeting on the first deflecting roller and the friction of the sheeting on the second deflecting roller is changed on the basis of the position of the sheeting detected by the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: UHLMANN PAC-SYSTEME GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: BERND HAEHNEL, Werner Goetz, Roland Benz
  • Patent number: 7690498
    Abstract: In a device for relocating a product, in particular a blister, in a packaging machine and with an associated method, the product is received at a supply location and deposited at a deposition location. The relocating device has a first pivotable relocating arm and a second pivotable relocating arm which each have a holding mechanism for the product. The relocating arms can be adjusted along different trajectories between a transfer position at the common supply location and a deposition position at the common deposition location, and pass each other during their adjustment motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: IWK Verpackungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Hähnel, Uwe Hieltscher, Martin Hornung