Patents by Inventor Florian Ries

Florian Ries 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: 20210009107
    Abstract: A method for operating a driver assistance system of a vehicle involves, for determining a position of the vehicle in a digital environment map, detecting environment data for the vehicle using an on-board sensor system and matched with map data stored in the environment map. A position of the vehicle in a real environment is determined using position data of the vehicle from an on-board satellite receiver. Accuracy of the determined position of the vehicle is determined based on the position data and environment data matched with the environment data. Accuracy is predicted with which the position of the vehicle in the environment map can be determined for a predetermined section of road ahead of the vehicle. Fully automated operation of the vehicle is enabled when the determined accuracy and the predicted accuracy for the predetermined section of road ahead of the vehicle are greater than at least one accuracy threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: DAIMLER AG
    Inventors: Florian RIES, Frank SCHUSTER, Martin HAUEIS, Mohammad GHANAAT, Florian GEIß, Jochen ROTH
  • Publication number: 20200299842
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a flexible substrate is provided including a vacuum chamber having a first chamber portion, second chamber portion and third chamber portion. The apparatus further includes an unwinding shaft supporting the flexible substrate to be processed and a winding shaft supporting the flexible substrate after processing, wherein the unwinding shaft and the winding shaft are disposed in the first chamber portion, a first wall separating the first chamber portion from the second chamber portion, wherein the first wall is inclined with respect to a vertical and horizontal orientation, a coating drum having a first portion disposed in the second chamber portion and a second portion disposed in the third chamber portion, and a plurality of processing stations disposed at least partially in the third chamber portion, wherein a majority of the plurality of the processing stations are disposed below a rotational axis of the coating drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Jose Manuel DIEGUEZ-CAMPO, Heike LANDGRAF, Tobias STOLLEY, Stefan HEIN, Florian RIES, Neil MORRISON
  • Patent number: 10689760
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a flexible substrate is provided including a vacuum chamber having a first chamber portion, second chamber portion and third chamber portion. The apparatus further includes an unwinding shaft supporting the flexible substrate to be processed and a winding shaft supporting the flexible substrate after processing, wherein the unwinding shaft and the winding shaft are disposed in the first chamber portion, a first wall separating the first chamber portion from the second chamber portion, wherein the first wall is inclined with respect to a vertical and horizontal orientation, a coating drum having a first portion disposed in the second chamber portion and a second portion disposed in the third chamber portion, and a plurality of processing stations disposed at least partially in the third chamber portion, wherein a majority of the plurality of the processing stations are disposed below a rotational axis of the coating drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Manuel Dieguez-Campo, Heike Landgraf, Tobias Stolley, Stefan Hein, Florian Ries, Morrison Neil
  • Publication number: 20200165721
    Abstract: A vacuum processing system for a flexible substrate is provided. The vacuum processing system includes a first chamber adapted for housing a supply roll for providing the flexible substrate; a second chamber adapted for housing a take-up roll for storing the flexible substrate after processing; a substrate transport arrangement including one or more guide rollers for guiding the flexible substrate from the first chamber to the second chamber; a maintenance zone between the first chamber and the second chamber wherein the maintenance zone allows for maintenance access to or of at least one of the first chamber and the second chamber; and a first process chamber for processing the flexible substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Neil MORRISON, Jürgen HENRICH, Florian RIES, Tobias STOLLEY, Andreas SAUER, Wolfgang BUSCHBECK
  • Patent number: 10648072
    Abstract: A vacuum processing system for a flexible substrate is provided. The processing system includes a first chamber adapted for housing one of a supply roll for providing the flexible substrate and a take-up roll for storing the flexible substrate; a second chamber adapted for housing one of a supply roll for providing the flexible substrate and a take-up roll for storing the flexible substrate; a maintenance zone between the first chamber and the second chamber; and a first process chamber for depositing material on the flexible substrate, wherein the second chamber is provided between the maintenance zone and the first process chamber. The maintenance zone allows for maintenance access to at least one of the first chamber and the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Florian Ries, Stefan Hein, Jürgen Henrich, Andreas Sauer
  • Publication number: 20190112706
    Abstract: An apparatus for coating a thin film on a flexible substrate is described. The apparatus includes a coating drum having an outer surface for guiding the flexible substrate through a first vacuum processing region and at least one second vacuum processing region, a gas separation unit for separating the first vacuum processing region and at least one second vacuum processing region and adapted to form a slit through which the flexible substrate can pass between the outer surface of the coating drum and the gas separation unit, wherein the gas separation unit is adapted to control fluid communication between the first processing region and the second processing region by adjusting the position of the gas separation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg LOTZ, Neil MORRISON, Jose Manuel DIEGUEZ-CAMPO, Heike LANDGRAF, Tobias STOLLEY, Stefan HEIN, Florian RIES, Wolfgang BUSCHBECK
  • Publication number: 20180372650
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, an optical inspection system for inspecting a flexible substrate is provided. The system includes a substrate support with an at least partially convex substrate support surface configured to guide the substrate along a substrate transportation path, the substrate support being arranged on a first side of the substrate transportation path; a light source arranged on a second side of the substrate transportation path and configured to direct a light beam through a portion of the substrate which is supported on and in contact with the convex substrate support surface; and a light detector for conducting a transmission measurement of the substrate. According to a further aspect of the present disclosure, methods of inspecting a flexible substrate are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Fabio PIERALISI, Florian RIES
  • Publication number: 20180100236
    Abstract: An apparatus for depositing a thin film on a substrate is described. The apparatus includes a substrate support having an outer surface for guiding the substrate along a surface of the substrate support through a first vacuum processing region and at least one second vacuum processing region, a first deposition sources corresponding to the first processing region and at least one second deposition source corresponding to the at least one second vacuum processing region. The apparatus further includes one or more vacuum flanges providing at least a further gas outlet between the first deposition source and the at least one second deposition source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: Neil Morrison, Jose Manuel DIEGUEZ-CAMPO, Heike LANDGRAF, Tobias STOLLEY, Stefan HEIN, Florian RIES, Wolfgang BUSCHBECK
  • Patent number: 9873945
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a substrate support having an outer surface for guiding the substrate through a first vacuum processing region and at least one second vacuum processing region. First and second deposition sources correspond to the first processing region and at least one second deposition source corresponds to the at least one second vacuum processing region, wherein at least the first deposition source includes an electrode having a surface that opposes the substrate support. A processing gas inlet and a processing gas outlet are arranged at opposing sides of the surface of the electrode. At least one separation gas inlet how one or more openings, wherein the one or more openings are at least provided at one of opposing sides of the electrode surface such that the processing gas inlet and/or the processing gas outlet are provided between the one or more openings and the surface of the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Neil Morrison, Jose Manuel Dieguez-Campo, Heike Landgraf, Tobias Stolley, Stefan Hein, Florian Ries, Wolfgang Buschbeck
  • Publication number: 20170152593
    Abstract: A vacuum processing system for a flexible substrate is provided. The processing system includes a first chamber adapted for housing one of a supply roll for providing the flexible substrate and a take-up roll for storing the flexible substrate; a second chamber adapted for housing one of a supply roll for providing the flexible substrate and a take-up roll for storing the flexible substrate; a maintenance zone between the first chamber and the second chamber; and a first process chamber for depositing material on the flexible substrate, wherein the second chamber is provided between the maintenance zone and the first process chamber. The maintenance zone allows for maintenance access to at least one of the first chamber and the second chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Inventors: Florian RIES, Stefan HEIN, Jürgen HENRICH, Andreas SAUER
  • Publication number: 20170058404
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a flexible substrate is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Jose Manuel DIEGUEZ-CAMPO, Heike LANDGRAF, Tobias STOLLEY, Stefan HEIN, Florian RIES, Morrison NEIL
  • Patent number: 9534294
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a method for cleaning the processing chamber of a flexible substrate processing apparatus without breaking the vacuum in the processing chamber is provided. The method for cleaning the processing chamber includes guiding a sacrificial foil into the processing chamber; initiating a first pump process in the processing chamber; plasma cleaning the processing chamber while the sacrificial foil is provided in the processing chamber; initiating a second pump process in the processing chamber; and guiding a flexible substrate into the processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Florian Ries, Stefan Hein, Stefan Lorenz, Neil Morrison, Tobias Stolley
  • Publication number: 20160340776
    Abstract: A processing apparatus for processing a flexible substrate in a vacuum chamber is described. The processing apparatus includes a processing drum for processing the flexible substrate while being guided on the processing drum, a roller arrangement having one or more rollers configured to contact the flexible substrate along a portion of one or more circumferences of the one or more rollers before the flexible substrate is guided on the processing drum, wherein the combined length of contact along one or more portions of the one or more circumferences of the one or more rollers is 270 mm or above, and wherein an individual length of contact along each of the one or more portions of the one or more circumferences of the one or more rollers is 500 mm or below, and a temperature adjustment element adjusting the temperature of the one or more rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Andreas SAUER, Florian RIES, Thomas DEPPISCH
  • Patent number: 9333525
    Abstract: A processing apparatus for processing a flexible substrate, particularly a vacuum processing apparatus for processing a flexible substrate, is described. The processing apparatus includes a vacuum chamber; a processing drum within the vacuum chamber, wherein the processing drum is configured to rotate around an axis extending in a first direction; and a heating device adjacent to the processing drum, wherein the heating device is configured for spreading the substrate in the first direction or for maintaining a spread of the substrate in the first direction, and wherein the heating device has a dimension in a direction parallel to a substrate transport direction of at least 20 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Florian Ries, Andreas Sauer, Stefan Hein
  • Publication number: 20150158048
    Abstract: A processing apparatus for processing a flexible substrate, particularly a vacuum processing apparatus for processing a flexible substrate, is described. The processing apparatus includes a vacuum chamber; a processing drum within the vacuum chamber, wherein the processing drum is configured to rotate around an axis extending in a first direction; and a heating device adjacent to the processing drum, wherein the heating device is configured for spreading the substrate in the first direction or for maintaining a spread of the substrate in the first direction, and wherein the heating device has a dimension in a direction parallel to a substrate transport direction of at least 20 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventors: Florian RIES, Andreas SAUER, Stefan HEIN
  • Publication number: 20150020847
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a method for cleaning the processing chamber of a flexible substrate processing apparatus without breaking the vacuum in the processing chamber is provided. The method for cleaning the processing chamber includes guiding a sacrificial foil into the processing chamber; initiating a first pump process in the processing chamber; plasma cleaning the processing chamber while the sacrificial foil is provided in the processing chamber; initiating a second pump process in the processing chamber; and guiding a flexible substrate into the processing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Florian RIES, Stefan HEIN, Stefan LORENZ, Neil MORRISON, Tobias STOLLEY
  • Publication number: 20140290861
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a flexible substrate is described. The apparatus includes a vacuum chamber having a first chamber portion, a second chamber portion and a third chamber portion, an unwinding shaft, a coating drum having a rotation axis and a curved outer surface for guiding the substrate along the curved outer surface through a first vacuum processing region and at least one second vacuum processing region, wherein a first portion of the coating drum is provided in the second chamber portion and the remaining portion of the coating drum is provided in the third chamber portion, a first processing station corresponding to the first processing region and at least one second processing station corresponding to the at least one second vacuum processing region, wherein the first processing station and the second processing station each includes a flange portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Jose Manuel DIEGUEZ-CAMPO, Heike LANDGRAF, Tobias STOLLEY, Stefan HEIN, Florian RIES, Morrison NEIL
  • Publication number: 20140208565
    Abstract: An apparatus for coating a thin film on a flexible substrate is described. The apparatus includes a coating drum having an outer surface for guiding the flexible substrate through a first vacuum processing region and at least one second vacuum processing region, a gas separation unit for separating the first vacuum processing region and at least one second vacuum processing region and adapted to form a slit through which the flexible substrate can pass between the outer surface of the coating drum and the gas separation unit, wherein the gas separation unit is adapted to control fluid communication between the first processing region and the second processing region by adjusting the position of the gas separation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Hans-Georg LOTZ, Neil MORRISON, Jose Manuel DIEGUEZ-CAMPO, Heike LANDGRAF, Tobias STOLLEY, Stefan HEIN, Florian RIES, Wolfgang BUSCHBECK
  • Publication number: 20140212599
    Abstract: An apparatus for depositing a thin film on a substrate is described. The apparatus includes a substrate support having an outer surface for guiding the substrate through a vacuum processing region, a plasma deposition source for depositing the thin film on the substrate in the vacuum processing region, wherein the plasma deposition source comprises an electrode, and an actuator configured for adjusting the distance between the electrode and the outer surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Wolfgang BUSCHBECK, Florian RIES, Tobias STOLLEY
  • Publication number: 20140212600
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a substrate support having an outer surface for guiding the substrate through a first vacuum processing region and at least one second vacuum processing region. First and second deposition sources correspond to the first processing region and at least one second deposition source corresponds to the at least one second vacuum processing region, wherein at least the first deposition source includes an electrode having a surface that opposes the substrate support. A processing gas inlet and a processing gas outlet are arranged at opposing sides of the surface of the electrode. At least one separation gas inlet how one or more openings, wherein the one or more openings are at least provided at one of opposing sides of the electrode surface such that the processing gas inlet and/or the processing gas outlet are provided between the one or more openings and the surface of the electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Morrison NEIL, Jose Manuel DIEGUEZ-CAMPO, Heike LANDGRAF, Tobias STOLLEY, Stefan HEIN, Florian RIES, Wolfgang BUSCHBECK