Patents by Inventor Eckhard Bauer

Eckhard Bauer 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: 20200330235
    Abstract: Implantable drug-eluting device (1) comprising a microporous structure (2) having regularly arranged pores (4, 5) in at least two different uniform sizes, and manufacturing method. The pores are configured for receiving a drug (9) and are being connected by interconnections (6, 7). Interconnections (6) originating from pores (4) of a first size have a first elution area and interconnections (7) originating from pores (5) of a second size have a second elution area. The interconnections convey the drug (9) to a surface of the device for elution to surrounding tissue. The ratio between the first and the second elution areas is predefined and selectable. The differently sized elution areas provide for different outflow rates. This allows for simple but reliable dispensing of drugs at positively controlled and well determined rates. Particularly, this enables a single implantable device to dispense drugs over preselectable durations of time, like short-term or long-term.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: Waldemar Link GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Eckhard Bauer, Helmut D. Link
  • Publication number: 20190070008
    Abstract: An augment device includes a hollow sleeve surrounding a channel extending through the hollow sleeve from a top to a bottom of the hollow sleeve, the hollow sleeve comprising a wall having an inner face and an outer face. The hollow sleeve includes at least one bending joint, the bending joint being configured for compressing the channel. Thereby the hollow sleeve may be compressed under an external force, leading to a decreased circumference and width of the hollow sleeve. This leads to a gap between the perimeter of the augment device and surrounding bone material, breaking any connections. By virtue of this, a much facilitated removal of the augment device can be achieved. Further, an extraction tool includes grippers for engaging and compressing the augment device, and further instruments, particularly a jig, for achieving an effective removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Applicant: WALDEMAR LINK GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Eckhard BAUER, Helmut D. LINK
  • Publication number: 20180200061
    Abstract: An augment device for a joint endoprosthesis, the device including a sleeve surrounding a channel extending through the sleeve. The sleeve is formed of porous material for ingrowth of bony material, the sleeve comprising an inner face and an outer face. The sleeve further comprises a wall surrounding the channel, the wall being made of solid material and forming a sandwich structure with the porous material, wherein the wall forms a bulkhead between the inner face and the outer face. Thereby, the bulkhead wall will stop inflow of any cement across the sleeve from its inner to its outer face. The porous material on the outer face will be kept free from cement and its capability to promote bone ingrowth is reliably preserved. The augment devices are preferably provided as a set having different sizes and straight or stepped bottoms for improved versatility and maximum preservation of natural bone matter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: WALDEMAR LINK GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Eckhard BAUER, Helmut D. LINK
  • Publication number: 20180193152
    Abstract: A bone implant includes a body having a porous structure and having a size and shape configured for fitting to a bone, preferably in a bone defect. The porous structure is comprised of regularly arranged elementary cells whose interior spaces form interconnected pores, the elementary cells are formed by basic elements arranged in layers, wherein the basic elements are shaped like tetrapods, the tetrapods in each layer being arranged in parallel orientation and being positioned in-layer rotated with respect to tetrapods of an adjacent layer. The layers with rotated and non-rotated tetrapods are alternatingly arranged. Thereby a porous structure can be achieved which features improved mechanical characteristics, leading to improved biocompatibility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: WALDEMAR LINK GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Eckhard BAUER
  • Patent number: 8634728
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling the transport of sheets through a printing apparatus, in particular a digital printing apparatus. In the method for controlling the transport of sheets through a printing apparatus, a print queue is set by assigning images to respective sheets, prior to feeding the respective sheets into the transport arrangement. The sheets are then fed into the transport arrangement, and it is detecting whether a double sheet feeding has occurred. Superposed double sheets are deflected to a double sheet box, which is arranged upstream of the at least one print module, and at least those sheets following the superposed double sheet in the transport arrangement, for which an image has already been assigned and which are not in a duplex path, are guided to a waste box, which is arranged downstream of the at least one print module. Finally, the print queue is automatically reset and printing is continued without stopping the printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Eberhard Voss, Stefan Schluenss, Eckhard Bauer
  • Patent number: 8544842
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sheet transport device (1) comprising a first and a second opposing transport units (3, 5), each comprising at least one circulating conveyor belt (15) and one vacuum suction device (9, 11) that is in relation with the conveyor belt, said vacuum suction devices being individually actuatable so as to attract a sheet (19), located between the transport units, to the one or the other conveyor belt. Such a sheet transport device is used, for example, in a printing machine. The invention also relates to a method for transporting a sheet to this sheet transport device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Detlef Schulze-Hagenest, Soenke Dehn, Eckhard Bauer
  • Patent number: 8465148
    Abstract: A printing machine for printing on a web includes a plurality of guide rollers for guiding the web through a simplex and a duplex path in the printing machine. The duplex path is adjacent and laterally shifted with respect to the simplex path. An apparatus for turning or laterally shifting the web and transfer the web from the simplex path to the duplex path includes four rollers. 90° twists are present between rollers 1 and 2 and between rollers 3 and 4. Rollers 1 and 4 are substantially parallel, and rollers 2 and 3 are substantially parallel. Rollers 1 and 4 are substantially at right angles to rollers 2 and 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Eckhard Bauer, Domingo Rohde, Thomas Koester, Randy Eugene Armbruster, Christopher M. Muir, Bradley Charles DeCook, Nathan J Turner, William F. Dassero
  • Publication number: 20120328316
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the printing of substrates, wherein the substrates are printed at a printing speed and the thusly produced printed image is subsequently fused at a speed that is lower than the printing speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Eckhard Bauer, Karlheinz Peter, Douglas Joseph Kostyk
  • Publication number: 20120153563
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sheet transport device (1) comprising a first and a second opposing transport units (3, 5), each comprising at least one circulating conveyor belt (15) and one vacuum suction device (9, 11) that is in relation with the conveyor belt, said vacuum suction devices being individually actuatable so as to attract a sheet (19), located between the transport units, to the one or the other conveyor belt. Such a sheet transport device is used, for example, in a printing machine. The invention also relates to a method for transporting a sheet to this sheet transport device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Detlef Schulze-Hagenest, Soenke Dehn, Eckhard Bauer
  • Patent number: 8177223
    Abstract: A lifting unit and a process for lifting a stack of sheets having at least a first support (20, 120, 220) and at least a second support (22, 122, 222) are described. The first support defines a first con-toured or flat support surface, and the second support defines a second support surface which has a substantially horizontal, flat main surface. In the lifting unit at least one unit is provided for lifting the first and second supports. During operation the supports are lifted such that at least a highest point of the first support is kept elevationally above the second support, the second support is lifted more quickly than the first support, and the substantially horizontal, flat main surface of the second support is kept in its horizontal alignment. The lifting unit is described, in combination with a sheet feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Eckhard Bauer, Soenke C. Bluethgen, Dimitrios Kostudis, Jorg Leyser, Ingo Neuber, Stefan Schluenss
  • Patent number: 8147490
    Abstract: A device to establish a connection of portions of a broken bone includes a base body adapted to receive a bone nail. A clamping holder has a receptacle to receive a fixation rod. A bearing element mounts the clamping holder on the base body for spherically displacement. A tensioning rod connection has a tensioning rod on which the base body, the clamping holder and the bearing element are arrangeable in a row for tensioning relative to each other. In a first connection state the tensioning rod connection is released so that the fixation rod and base body are adjustable relative to each other. In a second connection state there is sufficient closing tension in the tensioning rod connection to form a stable non-positive locking connection between the fixation rod and the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Tantum AG
    Inventor: Eckhard Bauer
  • Publication number: 20120067239
    Abstract: A method for turning or laterally shifting a web in a printing machine includes guiding the web successively around four rollers. Roller 2 is rotated with respect to roller 1 by about 90°, so that a strand of the web extending between the first and second rollers performs a first twist by about 90°. Rollers 1 and 3 are substantially parallel so that the strand of the web extending between the second and third rollers is straight. Roller 4 is rotated with respect to roller 3 by about 90°, so that a strand of the web extending between rollers 3 and 4 performs a second twist by about 90°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Eckhard Bauer, Domingo Rohde, Thomas Koester, Randy Eugene Armbruster, Christopher M. Muir, Bradley Charles DeCook, Nathan J. Turner, William F. Dassero
  • Publication number: 20120062673
    Abstract: A printing machine for printing on a web includes a plurality of guide rollers for guiding the web through a simplex and a duplex path in the printing machine. The duplex path is adjacent and laterally shifted with respect to the simplex path. An apparatus for turning or laterally shifting the web and transfer the web from the simplex path to the duplex path includes four rollers. 90° twists are present between rollers 1 and 2 and between rollers 3 and 4. Rollers 1 and 4 are substantially parallel, and rollers 2 and 3 are substantially parallel. Rollers 1 and 4 are substantially at right angles to rollers 2 and 3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Eckhard Bauer, Domingo Rohde, Thomas Koester, Randy Eugene Armbruster, Christopher M. Muir, Bradley Charles DeCook, Nathan J. Turner, William F. Dassero
  • Publication number: 20110101603
    Abstract: A lifting unit and a process for lifting a stack of sheets having at least a first support (20, 120, 220) and at least a second support (22, 122, 222) are described. The first support defines a first con-toured or flat support surface, and the second support defines a second support surface which has a substantially horizontal, flat main surface. In the lifting unit at least one unit is provided for lifting the first and second supports. During operation the supports are lifted such that at least a highest point of the first support is kept elevationally above the second support, the second support is lifted more quickly than the first support, and the substantially horizontal, flat main surface of the second support is kept in its horizontal alignment. The lifting unit is described, in combination with a sheet feeder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: Eckhard Bauer, Soenke C. Bluethgen, Dimitrios Kostudis, Jorg Leyser, Ingo Neuber, Stefan Schluenss
  • Publication number: 20100271648
    Abstract: The invention relates to a printing apparatus and a method for controlling the transport of sheets through a printing apparatus, in particular a digital printing apparatus. The printing apparatus has at least one print module and a transport arrangement defining a direction of transport, arranged for transporting sheets past said at least one print module for printing thereon. In the method for controlling the transport of sheets through the printing apparatus, a print queue is set by assigning images to respective sheets, prior to feeding the respective sheets into the transport arrangement. The sheets are then fed into the transport arrangement, an it is detecting whether a double sheet feeding has occurred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Eberhard Voss, Stefan Schlünss, Eckhard Bauer
  • Publication number: 20090299368
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fixation device for stably interlinking at least two bone fragments of a broken bone. Said fixation device comprises at least one base for receiving at least one fracture pin and at least one fixation rod. The base and the fixation rod, in a first interlinked state, are released to adjust their relative position, and in a second interlinked state, are figidly interlinked to fixate the adjusted position. A clamping holder received by the base by means of bearings in such a manner that its angle can be adjusted receives a fixation rod. The base, the clamping holder and the bearing are arranged in series in a prestressing bar connection. The clamping holder is configured by a holder which, in an area for adjusting and maintaining the adjusted position, is guided on the base in all directions in space. The clamping holder and at least one bearing element of the bearing through which a prestressing bar extends are positively locked, thereby providing spatial guidance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: Tantum AG
    Inventor: Eckhard Bauer
  • Publication number: 20080252002
    Abstract: The invention relates to a turning device (1) for transporting and turning over sheets (2) of printing material in a printing machine, preferably an electrophotographic printing machine, said device comprising at least two belts (7, 8), which, in particular, consist essentially of a plastic material, each of said belts being deflected as closed loops over respectively at least two deflecting elements (22, 23) and being crossed in order to turn over the respective sheet by approximately 180 degrees about its axis pointing in transport direction, in which process said sheet is held by clamping and frictional engagement between abutting segments (7?, 8?) of the tensioned belt, whereby at least one of the belts (7, 8), preferably each belt, is configured in a non-elastic manner, specifically reinforced, and that, in order to tension this belt, a tensioning device is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Applicant: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventor: Eckhard Bauer
  • Publication number: 20070274750
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of feeding sheets of printing material in a printing machine, preferably a digital printing machine, on a continuous loop transport means, in particular, a transport belt, which has at least one dead space section, specifically a seam, and which is preferably included in a transport path which permits the alternate selection between simplex printing and duplex printing, in which case it has been taken into account that a region, preferably the leading edge of a respective sheet on the transport means, is detected for the control of a printing process by means of a detecting device. The present invention is to solve the problem of making optimal use of space for sheets on the transport means, while avoiding detecting device errors caused by the dead space section. This problem has been solved by the present invention in that, when a sheet is fed, said sheet's region to be detected is prevented from entering into the dead space section of the transport means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Applicant: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: Eckhard Bauer, Stephan Pareigis, Uwe Weinlich, Dieter Dobberstein, Matthias Prinz, Ralph Schoon
  • Patent number: 7212780
    Abstract: Preparing substrates for one-sided or two-sided printing in an electrophotograpically operated digital printing apparatus, in which process substrates are fed out of a supply unit or several supply units onto a conveyor operation sequence and are transferred, preferably in the course of the conveyor operation sequence, onto a conveyor belt that runs through a printing unit, with the least possible space between successive substrates. An acceleration time related to the type of substrate stock, of which the substrate is composed, is selected for feeding a substrate from a supply unit or from the supply unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Uwe Weinlich, Eckhard Bauer, Jörg Leyser
  • Publication number: 20040047661
    Abstract: Preparing substrates for one-sided or two-sided printing in an electrophotograpically operated digital printing apparatus, in which process substrates are fed out of a supply unit or several supply units onto a conveyor operation sequence and are transferred, preferably in the course of the conveyor operation sequence, onto a conveyor belt that runs through a printing unit, with the least possible space between successive substrates. An acceleration time related to the type of substrate stock, of which the substrate is composed, is selected for feeding a substrate from a supply unit or from the supply unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventors: Uwe Weinlich, Eckhard Bauer, Jorg Leyser