Patents by Inventor Dietmar Elsner

Dietmar Elsner 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: 10947048
    Abstract: The present disclosure may be embodied as a belt module for a radius or spiral conveyor. The belt module includes first link ends extending in a direction of belt travel. Each first link end has a transverse opening. Second link ends extend in a direction opposite the first link ends and are configured to interdigitate with the first link ends of an adjacent belt module, and each second link end has a transverse opening defined therein. The transverse openings of the first and/or the second link ends are elongated. The belt modules further include a collapsible tab for contacting a frame member. The collapsible tab is located at a first transverse end of the belt module. In some embodiments, the collapsible tab is configured to engage a drive bar. The belt module may further include a guide tooth on a bottom side of the module for engaging a guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventors: Dietmar Elsner, Martin Moritz, Arnaud Thuet
  • Patent number: 10934095
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a modular belt having two or more longitudinal belt sections. Each belt section includes a traction element having a cord and a plurality of drive elements attached to the cord. The drive elements are spaced apart along a length of the cord. The belt section further includes a plurality of belt plates. Each belt plate is removably attached to a corresponding drive element of the traction element. The belt section may comprise at least one additional traction element to which each belt plate is attached. In this way, each belt plate may be attached to two or more traction elements. The modular belt includes two or more connectors, wherein each connector is configured to longitudinally couple two belt sections in order to form the modular belt as an endless belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventors: Dietmar Elsner, Stefan Simmendinger, Markus Vetter
  • Patent number: 10752446
    Abstract: A hybrid module has a bridge section with a first transverse end and a second transverse end. Each end module has a body with an inner end and an outer end. The inner ends of each module are configured to be attached to a corresponding end of the bridge section. The inner ends may be removably attached to the corresponding ends of the bridge section using a coupler on the inner end and, in some cases, a mating coupler on the corresponding end of the bridge section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventors: Marco Lucchi, Stefan Simmendinger, Dietmar Elsner, Enrico Visconti
  • Publication number: 20190241367
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a modular belt having two or more longitudinal belt sections. Each belt section includes a traction element having a cord and a plurality of drive elements attached to the cord. The drive elements are spaced apart along a length of the cord. The belt section further includes a plurality of belt plates. Each belt plate is removably attached to a corresponding drive element of the traction element. The belt section may comprise at least one additional traction element to which each belt plate is attached. In this way, each belt plate may be attached to two or more traction elements. The modular belt includes two or more connectors, wherein each connector is configured to longitudinally couple two belt sections in order to form the modular belt as an endless belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Dietmar Elsner, Stefan Simmendinger, Markus Vetter
  • Publication number: 20190016535
    Abstract: The present disclosure may be embodied as a belt module for a radius or spiral conveyor. The belt module includes first link ends extending in a direction of belt travel. Each first link end has a transverse opening. Second link ends extend in a direction opposite the first link ends and are configured to interdigitate with the first link ends of an adjacent belt module, and each second link end has a transverse opening defined therein. The transverse openings of the first and/or the second link ends are elongated. The belt modules further include a collapsible tab for contacting a frame member. The collapsible tab is located at a first transverse end of the belt module. In some embodiments, the collapsible tab is configured to engage a drive bar. The belt module may further include a guide tooth on a bottom side of the module for engaging a guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Dietmar ELSNER, Martin Moritz, Arnaud Thuet
  • Publication number: 20180194565
    Abstract: An edge-drive system for a conveyor is provided. The system comprises a drive motor and a first drive belt operably connected to the drive motor. The first drive belt includes a plurality of mating portions configured to interdigitate with corresponding mating portions of a first edge of a conveyor belt. In this way, advancing the drive belt using the drive motor will propel the conveyor belt by way of engagement of the mating portions at the edge of the conveyor belt. The mating portions of the first drive belt may be, for example, teeth affixed to the first drive belt. The system may include a second drive belt to engage the conveyor belt from a second edge, which is opposite the first edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Dietmar ELSNER, Thomas Dingnis
  • Publication number: 20170088356
    Abstract: A hybrid module for a modular belt is disclosed herein. The hybrid module has a bridge section with a first transverse end and a second transverse end. Each end module has a body with an inner end and an outer end. The inner ends of each module are configured to be attached to a corresponding end of the bridge section. The inner ends may be removably attached to the corresponding ends of the bridge section using a coupler on the inner end and, in some cases, a mating coupler on the corresponding end of the bridge section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Marco Lucchi, Stefan Simmendinger, Dietmar Elsner
  • Patent number: 8047356
    Abstract: A belt module having an intermediate section including a cross rib having a corrugated portion. The intermediate section also has a web extending along the length of the intermediate section and disposed adjacent to the cross rib. The module has a first and a second plurality of link ends extending outward from the intermediate section and having a transverse opening defined therein. The link ends are formed by a pair of spaced apart link members that are connected by a end portion. The link ends have a slot or opening defined therein from the top to the bottom of the module. The slot is bordered by the inside walls of the link members. The corrugated portion of the cross rib has a reach bar portion extending between first and second link ends and has a border portion disposed adjacent to the slot formed in the link ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventor: Dietmar Elsner
  • Patent number: 7971707
    Abstract: A wear guide assembly for use with a plastic modular conveying belt. The wear guide snap fits into position onto a support channel. The wear guide has a back wall, a first wall extending from the back wall, and a second wall extending from the back wall. The assembly also includes a support channel with a back wall, a first side wall, and a second side wall. The first and second side walls have distal portions bordering an opening. The first and second side walls have opposed projections extending from the distal portions that form first and second shoulders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventor: Dietmar Elsner
  • Publication number: 20100307892
    Abstract: A radius belt module suitable for large radius applications such as for spiral conveyors. The module has having an intermediate section including a cross rib having a corrugated portion extending along at least a portion of the length of the intermediate section. The intermediate section also has a web extending along the length of the intermediate section and disposed adjacent to the cross rib. The module has a first plurality of link ends extending outward from the intermediate section and having a transverse opening defined therein. The link ends are formed by a pair of spaced apart link members that are connected by a end portion. The link ends have a slot or opening defined therein from the top to the bottom of the module. The slot is bordered by the inside walls of the link members. The module also has a second plurality of link ends extending outward from the intermediate section in a direction opposite the first link ends. The second link ends have a transverse opening with an elongated shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: Habasit AG
    Inventor: Dietmar Elsner
  • Patent number: 7837028
    Abstract: A radius chain conveyor structure and method for traveling along curved paths in both left and right directions and having the capability to carry very small and delicate articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventor: Dietmar Elsner
  • Publication number: 20100282576
    Abstract: A wear guide assembly for use with a plastic modular conveying belt. The wear guide snap fits into position onto a support channel. The wear guide has a back wall, a first wall extending from the back wall, and a second wall extending from the back wall. The assembly also includes a support channel with a back wall, a first side wall, and a second side wall. The first and second side walls have distal portions bordering an opening. The first and second side walls have opposed projections extending from the distal portions that form first and second shoulders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Dietmar Elsner
  • Patent number: 7802676
    Abstract: A belt module having a grid geometry including cavities and ribs associated with an outer surface for attaching a high friction material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventors: Dieter Guldenfels, Dietmar Elsner
  • Patent number: 7686159
    Abstract: A belt module suitable for use in a modular belt and designed for holding attachments such as flights. The belt module has an attachment holder with a dovetail section on the upper surface that accommodates attachments and the like that are designed to be removably attached to the holder by means of attachments furnished with foot extensions that fit into the dovetail section by sliding the foot laterally into a locked position relative to the attachment holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventor: Dietmar Elsner
  • Publication number: 20090266682
    Abstract: A radius chain conveyor structure and method for traveling along curved paths in both left and right directions and having the capability to carry very small and delicate articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventor: Dietmar Elsner
  • Patent number: 7556145
    Abstract: A gapless side guard for use with a modular belt having modules connected to one another by pivot rods. The gapless side guard has a continuous strip of flexible material for retaining materials being transported on the modular belt. In one embodiment, the strip has strip openings and the strip is connected to the module with brackets. The brackets have anchors and the strip openings are positioned around the anchors such that the strip is thereafter joined to the anchors. The bracket has a stud side with studs extending from the stud side. The module has stud openings and the studs are snapped into the stud openings in the module and are thereafter joined to the module. The strip is flexible such that when the modular belt is driven over a sprocket it is capable of elongating as the distance between the brackets increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventor: Dietmar Elsner
  • Publication number: 20090127075
    Abstract: A belt module suitable for use in a modular belt and designed for holding attachments such as flights. The belt module has an attachment holder with a dovetail section on the upper surface that accommodates attachments and the like that are designed to be removably attached to the holder by means of attachments furnished with foot extensions that fit into the dovetail section by sliding the foot laterally into a locked position relative to the attachment holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventor: Dietmar Elsner
  • Publication number: 20080314720
    Abstract: A belt module having a grid geometry including cavities and ribs associated with an outer surface for attaching a high friction material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Dieter Guldenfels, Dietmar Elsner
  • Publication number: 20080135383
    Abstract: A gapless side guard for use with a modular belt having modules connected to one another by pivot rods. The gapless side guard has a continuous strip of flexible material for retaining materials being transported on the modular belt. In one embodiment, the strip has strip openings and the strip is connected to the module with brackets. The brackets have anchors and the strip openings are positioned around the anchors such that the strip is thereafter joined to the anchors. The bracket has a stud side with studs extending from the stud side. The module has stud openings and the studs are snapped into the stud openings in the module and are thereafter joined to the module. The strip is flexible such that when the modular belt is driven over a sprocket it is capable of elongating as the distance between the brackets increases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: Dietmar Elsner
  • Patent number: 7364037
    Abstract: A lane divider attachment with a flight portion that extends above the top surface of the belt module and provides a barrier to stop goods from shifting away from their position. The lane divider attachment includes a transverse pivot rod opening or recess disposed in alignment with the pivot rod openings in the module when the lane divider is installed. A hook portion that snaps over the crossbar (cross rib) portion of the module may be included to secure the lane divider attachment to the crossbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventor: Dietmar Elsner