Patents by Inventor Bernhard Schulze-Wartenhorst

Bernhard Schulze-Wartenhorst 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: 10694717
    Abstract: The invention relates to a milking parlor arrangement (1), in particular a milking carousel, comprising at least one milking parlor (3) for milking milk-producing animals (T) and comprising an inner robot device with at least one robot arm (9). The at least one milking parlor (3) comprises two longitudinal sides and two narrow sides, namely a head narrow side and a hindquarters narrow side, one narrow side being paired with the head side of a milk-producing animal (T) to be milked as the head narrow side. The milking parlor also comprises an arm device (6) with a milking machine (5), said arm device being adjustable between a parked position and a working position and back. The at least one robot arm (9) is arranged on the head narrow side paired with the head side of the animal (T) to be milked of the at least one milking parlor (3) of the milking parlor arrangement (1) in order to adjust the arm device (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Olaf Suhr, Bernhard Schulze-Wartenhorst, Erich Schneider, Thomas Mader
  • Patent number: 9326481
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for milking animals wherein a negative pressure is periodically built up in a teat cup gap in an evacuation phase (a), maintained over a predetermined suction phase (b), and relieved in a ventilation phase (c), and a ventilation is maintained over a predetermined rest phase (d). The ratio between the suction phase (b) and the rest phase (d) changes at least once during the milking operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Bernhard Schulze Wartenhorst
  • Publication number: 20150020739
    Abstract: The invention relates to a milking parlor arrangement (1), in particular a milking carousel, comprising at least one milking parlor (3) for milking milk-producing animals (T) and comprising an inner robot device with at least one robot arm (9). The at least one milking parlor (3) comprises two longitudinal sides and two narrow sides, namely a head narrow side and a hindquarters narrow side, one narrow side being paired with the head side of a milk-producing animal (T) to be milked as the head narrow side. The milking parlor also comprises an arm device (6) with a milking machine (5), said arm device being adjustable between a parked position and a working position and back. The at least one robot arm (9) is arranged on the head narrow side paired with the head side of the animal (T) to be milked of the at least one milking parlor (3) of the milking parlor arrangement (1) in order to adjust the arm device (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Olaf Suhr, Bernhard Schulze-Wartenhorst, Erich Schneider, Thomas Mader
  • Publication number: 20140209029
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for milking animals wherein a negative pressure is periodically built up in a teat cup gap in an evacuation phase (a), maintained over a predetermined suction phase (b), and relieved in a ventilation phase (c), and a ventilation is maintained over a predetermined rest phase (d). The ratio between the suction phase (b) and the rest phase (d) changes at least once during the milking operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: GEA Fram Technologies GMBH
    Inventor: Bernhard Schulze Wartenhorst
  • Patent number: 8683945
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for milking animals wherein a negative pressure is periodically built up and relieved in a teat cup gap at a predetermined rate. The negative pressure is maintained over a predetermined suction phase (b) and relieved over a predetermined rest phase (d). The ratio between the suction phase (b) and the rest phase (d) changes at least once during the milking operation. In a preferred embodiment the first duration does not exceed a predetermined, first limit value and the second duration does not fall beneath a predetermined, second limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Bernhard Schulze Wartenhorst
  • Patent number: 8567345
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for machine-milking an animal using a pulsed vacuum with sequential evacuation and ventilation phases in a teat cup pulse chamber by creating an improved pressure curve during the evacuation phase, the ventilation phase, or both pressure changing phases by controlling a pressure change phase using at least two pressure changing speed rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Kaever, Bernhard Schulze Wartenhorst, Otto Krone, Reinhard Frenser
  • Patent number: 8567343
    Abstract: For the milking of animals, in particular cows, in a milking installation comprising a plurality of milking places, a method and a device are proposed wherein the milk yields extracted during a milking session at some milking places or the characteristics corresponding to the milk yields are determined and evaluated and in particular compared with prognoses as to milk yield or characteristics. These measures allow on the one hand that sufficiently accurate data are provided for herd management while on the other hand the investment cost for a milking installation are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz Francke, Bernhard Schulze Wartenhorst, Andreas Forster, Peter Maguire
  • Patent number: 8464656
    Abstract: A milking cup for milking animals, the milking cup having a liner arranged inside a housing to define a pulsation chamber therebetween. The pulsation chamber is divided into multiple compartments so that vacuum pulsation applied to the pulsation chamber compartments causes controlled collapse of the liner on an animal teat inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Schulze Wartenhorst, Reinhard Frenser
  • Publication number: 20090151641
    Abstract: An apparatus for milking animals having a housing and a suction element arranged inside the housing wherein a pulsation chamber and a teat chamber are formed in said housing at the suction element and wherein at least one opening assigned to the pulsation chamber is provided to apply a gas to the pulsation chamber. Said pulsation chamber is subdivided into multiple pulsation compartments substantially separate from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventors: Bernhard Schulze Wartenhorst, Reinhard Frenser
  • Publication number: 20090151642
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for milking animals wherein a negative pressure is periodically built up and relieved in a teat cup gap at a predetermined rate. The negative pressure is maintained over a predetermined suction phase (b) and relieved over a predetermined rest phase (d). The ratio between the suction phase (b) and the rest phase (d) changes at least once during the milking operation. In a preferred embodiment the first duration does not exceed a predetermined, first limit value and the second duration does not fall beneath a predetermined, second limit value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Bernhard Schulze Wartenhorst
  • Patent number: 7258074
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for machine milking an animal, particularly a cow, according to which a stimulation phase precedes a main milking phase, whereby during the entire stimulation phase, essentially no milk is withdrawn, and the duration of the stimulation phase is determined according to the amount of expected cisteral milk and/or alveolar milk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: WestfaliaSurge GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Ebeling, Bernhard Schulze-Wartenhorst, Olaf Suhr
  • Publication number: 20060236943
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a mechanical milking procedure for animals, especially cows. In particular, the present invention is a method for milking animals that includes the step of sequentially stimulating the teats of the animal before milking the stimulated teats. This method results in a quick and uninterrupted milking of the animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventor: Bernhard Schulze-Wartenhorst
  • Publication number: 20060191485
    Abstract: For the milking of animals, in particular cows, in a milking installation comprising a plurality of milking places, a method and a device are proposed wherein the milk yields extracted during a milking session at some milking places or the characteristics corresponding to the milk yields are determined and evaluated and in particular compared with prognoses as to milk yield or characteristics. These measures allow on the one hand that sufficiently accurate data are provided for herd management while on the other hand the investment cost for a milking installation are reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Publication date: August 31, 2006
    Inventors: Heinz Francke, Bernhard Schulze Wartenhorst, Andreas Forster, Peter Maguire
  • Patent number: 6866003
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and device for checking the teat rubber of a teat cup. The object of this invention is providing a simple and reliable method for checking the teat rubber and a device suitable for implementing the method. In this respect, this invention suggests that the behavior of the teat rubber is acquired with a pressure difference profile acting between the pulse cavity and the pressure cavity and this currently determined behavior is compared with a reference behavior. The device according to the invention comprises a device for the direct checking of the teat rubber behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: WestfaliaSurge GmbH
    Inventor: Bernhard Schulze-Wartenhorst
  • Publication number: 20040244700
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and device for checking the teat rubber of a teat cup. The object of this invention is providing a simple and reliable method for checking the teat rubber and a device suitable for implementing the method. In this respect, this invention suggests that the behavior of the teat rubber is acquired with a pressure difference profile acting between the pulse cavity and the pressure cavity and this currently determined behavior is compared with a reference behavior. The device according to the invention comprises a device for the direct checking of the teat rubber behavior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventor: Bernhard Schulze-Wartenhorst
  • Publication number: 20040050330
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for machine milking an animal, particularly a cow, according to which a stir phase precedes a main milking phase, whereby during the entire stimulation phase, essentially no milk is withdrawn, and the of the stimulation phase is determined according to the amount of expected cisternal milk and/or alveolar milk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventors: Michael Ebeling, Bernhard Schulze-Wartenhorst, Olaf Suhr
  • Publication number: 20030111017
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a mechanical milking procedure for animals, especially cows. In particular, the present invention is a method for milking animals that includes the step of sequentially stimulating the teats of the animal before milking the stimulated teats. This method results in a quick and uninterrupted milking of the animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventor: Bernhard Schulze Wartenhorst
  • Patent number: 5784993
    Abstract: A system for controlling and operating a cow-milking carousel which is rotatable at different speeds and has an entrance, an exit and a plurality of milking stations wherein teat cups are applied to an animal and are automatically removed when the animal has been milked. The system has at least two checkpoints along a direction of rotation for monitoring a position of the teat cups of milking stations passing thereby and for effecting an automatic adjustment of the speed of the carousel such that the number of teat cups which have not yet been removed at a first of the at least two checkpoint, but have been removed at a second of the at least tow checkpoints, is maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Westfalia Separator Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Uwe Osthues, Ralf Wohlbruck, Bernhard Schulze Wartenhorst