Patents by Inventor Frank Herre

Frank Herre 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: 10668491
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a coating agent valve (1) for controlling a flow of fluid of a coating agent mixture consisting of two coating agent components (H, SL), in particular a two-component paint consisting of a master batch (SL) and a hardener (H). The coating agent valve according to the disclosure (1) comprises a valve seat, a displaceable valve head (12), a valve drive (15) for displacing the valve head (12) and a displaceable valve needle (14, 20) which connects the valve drive (15) to the valve head (12) and moves the valve head (12) in correspondence with the valve drive (15). The disclosure provides for an automatic reduction in pressure in order to avoid excess-pressure damage upstream from the coating agent valve (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: DÜRR SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Manfred Michelfelder, Michael Baumann, Sascha Hermann, Bernhard Seiz, Thomas Buck
  • Publication number: 20200122180
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an operating method for a coating system, in particular for a painting system, for coating components (2), in particular motor vehicle body components (2), having the following steps: conveying, by means of a conveying device (3), the components (2) to be coated in a conveying direction through a coating booth (1), coating the components (2) in the coating booth (1) with a coating product by means of an application device (17-19) which applies a spray jet of the coating product, a portion of the applied coating product being deposited on the components (2) to be coated while another portion of the applied coating product floats into the interior of the coating booth (1) as an excess coating product mist (21), and reducing the excess coating product mist (21) from the interior of the booth by means in addition to or other than the downwardly directed air flow generated by a filter ceiling. In addition, the disclosure includes a correspondingly designed coating system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Harry Krumma, Benjamin Wöhr, Frank Herre, Detlev Hannig, Alexander Meissner, Andreas Federmann, Pascal Spathelf, Michael Lauer, Robert Baumeister, Martin Weidle
  • Patent number: 10605292
    Abstract: Various exemplary illustrations of a coating agent device are disclosed. In one example, a coating agent device may be a coating agent valve, e.g., for influencing the discharge of a coating agent. The coating agent device may include a plug-in or pluggable fastening base configured to facilitate a plug-in or pluggable mounting of the coating agent device. In some examples, the coating agent device may prevent relative rotation of the device relative to a mating component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: DÜRR SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Joachim Hering, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck, Michael Baumann, Bernhard Seiz, Manfred Michelfelder
  • Patent number: 10605291
    Abstract: Various exemplary illustrations of a coating agent device are disclosed. In one example, a coating agent device may be a coating agent valve, e.g., for influencing the discharge of a coating agent. The coating agent device may include a plug-in or pluggable fastening base configured to facilitate a plug-in or pluggable mounting of the coating agent device. In some examples, the coating agent device may prevent relative rotation of the device relative to a mating component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: DÜRR SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Joachim Hering, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck, Michael Baumann, Bernhard Seiz, Manfred Michelfelder
  • Publication number: 20200094282
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a coating method and a corresponding coating device for coating components with a nozzle applicator with several nozzles, in particular for painting motor vehicle body components. The disclosure provides that the nozzle applicator is flexibly controlled during the coating method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20200078813
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a coating device for coating components with a coating agent, in particular for painting motor vehicle body components, with a printhead, a multi-axis coating robot and with a robot control which controls the coating robot. The disclosure additionally provides for a separate printhead control which controls the printhead valve of the printhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20200078814
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a painting installation for painting components with a paint, in particular for painting motor vehicle body components, with a paint booth and an application device, in particular a print head, arranged in the paint booth, for applying the paint to the component located inside the paint booth, the application device operating essentially without overspray, so that the paint applied by the application device essentially completely on the component to be coated without overspray deposits. The disclosure provides that no paint separation is arranged below the first paint booth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Patent number: 10478847
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an operating method for a coating system, in particular for a painting system, for coating components (2), in particular motor vehicle body components (2), having the following steps: conveying, by means of a conveying device (3), the components (2) to be coated in a conveying direction through a coating booth (1), coating the components (2) in the coating booth (1) with a coating product by means of an application device (17-19) which applies a spray jet of the coating product, a portion of the applied coating product being deposited on the components (2) to be coated while another portion of the applied coating product floats into the interior of the coating booth (1) as an excess coating product mist (21), and reducing the excess coating product mist (21) from the interior of the booth by means in addition to or other than the downwardly directed air flow generated by a filter ceiling. In addition, the disclosure includes a correspondingly designed coating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: DÜRR SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Harry Krumma, Benjamin Wöhr, Frank Herre, Detlev Hannig, Alexander Meissner, Andreas Federmann, Pascal Spathelf, Michael Lauer, Robert Baumeister, Martin Weidle
  • Publication number: 20190336990
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a print head for applying a coating agent to a component, in particular for applying a paint to a motor vehicle body component, having a nozzle plate, a nozzle in the nozzle plate for dispensing the coating agent, and a valve element movable relative to the nozzle plate for controlling the release of coating agent through the nozzle, the movable valve element closing the nozzle in a closed position, whereas the movable valve element releases the nozzle in an opened position, and having a seal for sealing the nozzle with respect to the movable valve element in the closed position of the valve element. The disclosure provides that the seal is not designed as an elastomer insert on the valve element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190337001
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a coating device for coating components with a coating agent, in particular for painting motor vehicle body components with a paint, with a printhead for applying the coating agent to the component, and with a coating agent supply for supplying the printhead with the coating agent to be applied, wherein the coating agent flows from the coating agent supply to the printhead at a specific coating agent pressure and a specific flow rate. The disclosure provides that the coating supply will control the coating agent pressure and/or the flow rate of the coating agent. Furthermore, the disclosure includes an associated operating method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190337311
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an application device for the application of an application medium onto a component, preferably for application of a paint onto a motor vehicle body component, comprising: at least one print head for application of the application medium preferably in series and for mounting on an application robot, and at least two nozzle rows which can be moved by the application robot, wherein the at least two nozzle rows comprise a first nozzle row with several nozzles for the output of application medium jets and at least one further nozzle row with several nozzles for the output of application medium jets. The application device is characterised in particular in that at least one nozzle row of the at least two nozzle rows is movable for the purpose of position adjustment of the nozzles of the first nozzle row and the nozzles of the at least one further nozzle row.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190337005
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a printhead for applying a coating agent to a component, in particular for applying a paint to a motor vehicle body component, having at least one outlet opening for dispensing the coating agent, a coating agent supply for supplying the coating agent to the outlet opening, a movable valve element, the valve element in the closed position closes the outlet opening, whereas the valve element in the open position opens the outlet opening, and with a valve actuator for moving the valve element between the opening position and the closed position. The disclosure additionally provides for a flexible membrane which separates the valve actuator from the coating agent supply, the actuator side of the membrane facing the valve actuator and the coating agent side of the membrane being exposed to the coating agent in the coating agent supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190337006
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a coating device and a corresponding coating process for coating components, in particular motor vehicle body components, with a coating agent (e.g. paint), with a coating robot with a first printhead which is mounted on the coating robot. The disclosure provides that the first printhead is exchangeably mounted on the coating robot and can be exchanged for a second printhead during a color change. Another variant of the disclosure, on the other hand, provides for a second printhead to be mounted on the coating robot in addition to the first printhead, the two printheads each applying a specific coating agent in order to enable a color change without changing the printhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190314847
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an application device for applying an application medium onto a component, preferably for application of a coating onto a motor vehicle body component. The application device includes a print head for preferably serial and/or permanent application of the application medium, wherein the print head has: a nozzle plate, at least one nozzle in the nozzle plate in order to discharge the application medium, at least one valve element, which is movable relative to the nozzle plate, for control of the application medium discharge through the at least one nozzle, wherein the at least one movable valve element closes the at least one nozzle in a closing position and releases it in an opening position, and at least one drive for moving the at least one valve element. The application device is characterised in particular in that it includes at least one temperature control apparatus for reducing heating of the at least one drive during application of the application medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190308211
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a coating installation for coating components with a coating agent, in particular for painting motor vehicle body components, with a nozzle applicator, in particular a print head, with at least one nozzle for delivering a coating agent jet of the coating agent onto the component to be coated. The disclosure provides a device for preventing and/or detecting clogging of the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190308212
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a printhead for the application of a coating agent to a component, in particular for painting a vehicle body component with a paint. The disclosure provides that the printhead is designed in such a way that it enables a color change during coating operation and can be rinsed with a rinsing agent during a color change in order to rinse out coating agent residues from the printhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190299231
    Abstract: An application device for the application in series of a paint or other coating compositions to motor vehicle bodies or add-on parts thereof has a nozzle print head which contains a plurality of nozzles arranged, for example, in one or more rows, which apply the coating composition to the surface to be coated as continuous jets or individual drops. The nozzle print head is arranged on a multi-axis coating robot. In contrast to application devices of this type known hitherto, the coating composition consists of at least two components which are to be mixed together, such as, for example, 2K paint, which are fed to the nozzle print head via separate supply lines for jointly supplying the nozzles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Patent number: 10426253
    Abstract: A cleaning device for cleaning an atomizer, in particular a rotary atomizer, is provided. The cleaning device includes a wet cleaning station having at least one cleaning nozzle for the wet cleaning of the atomizer with a cleaning fluid. The atomizer is introduced into the wet cleaning station in an introduction direction. The cleaning nozzle has a rotatable cleaning trunk for dispensing the cleaning fluid. The cleaning device, in some embodiments, also includes a dry cleaning station. A corresponding operating method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: DÜRR SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Michael Baumann, Sonja Brauchle, Thomas Buck, Frank Herre, Georg M. Sommer, Sandra Schlichenmaier, Andreas Fischer, Peter Marquardt
  • Patent number: 10413929
    Abstract: A protective shield device for a travel rail is provided, the travel rail including at least one robot with an application element coupled thereon. The protective shield device comprises at least one protective shield component for protecting the travel rail from the application medium, e.g. paint, dispensed by the application element of the at least one robot. The protective shield device is configured to extend over a portion of the travel rail and to move relative to the travel rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: DÜRR SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Jürgen Haas, Gerhard Alonso, Detlev Hannig, Frank Herre, Roland Krieger, Joachim Donner
  • Patent number: D873874
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: DÜRR SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Michael Baumann, Frank Herre, Marcus Frey, Bernhard Seiz, Harry Krumma, Timo Beyl, Jürg Schiffmann, Stephan Scholl