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: 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: 10369583
    Abstract: A coating system for coating components, e.g., for paining motor vehicle body components, is provided. The system includes a coating booth, a conveying system, an application system, a process technology system, a safety system, and a robot system. The robot system includes at least one multi-axis coating robot for guiding the application device and a control unit. The control unit also controls the conveying system, the application system, the safety system and/or the process technology system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: DÜRR SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Alexander Meissner, Frank Herre, Andreas Federmann, Martin Weidle, Heiko Friese, Pascal Spathelf, Michael Lauer
  • Publication number: 20190193421
    Abstract: Exemplary coating devices and exemplary coating methods for coating components with a coating agent, e.g., for painting motor vehicle body components with a paint, are disclosed. An exemplary coating device comprises an application device that applies the coating agent. The application device may include a paint head that discharges the coating agent out of at least one coating agent nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Hans-Georg Fritz, Steffen Wesselky
  • Patent number: 10302215
    Abstract: Exemplary illustrations of a fluid valve, e.g., a return valve for returning residual paint, rinsing agent, and compressed air from a paint line when changing color in a painting system, are disclosed. An exemplary fluid valve may be adjusted between an open position, in which the fluid valve is at least partially open, e.g., for rinsing a paint line with a rinsing agent and for pressurizing the paint line with a new color for the color change, and a closed position, in which the fluid valve is closed, e.g., for applying the new color after the color change. An exemplary fluid valve may switch to the closed position, upon actuation by the medium thereof, e.g., medium flowing through or present in the valve. In another example, a fluid valve may close depending on the fluid present at the input side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Dürr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Melcher, Frank Herre, Michael Baumann, Thomas Buck
  • Patent number: 10279453
    Abstract: A painting-installation cleaning system is provided for cleaning at least one component of a painting installation, in particular at least one component of a painting robot or of a handling robot, characterized by at least one dry-ice nozzle for producing a dry-ice jet which cleans the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Marcus Frey, Michael Baumann, Georg M. Sommer, Thomas Buck
  • Patent number: 10150304
    Abstract: Exemplary coating devices and exemplary coating methods for coating components with a coating agent, e.g., for painting motor vehicle body components with a paint, are disclosed. An exemplary coating device comprises an application device that applies the coating agent. The application device may include a paint head that discharges the coating agent out of at least one coating agent nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Duerr Systems, GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Hans-Georg Fritz, Steffen Wesselky
  • Publication number: 20180250955
    Abstract: Exemplary coating devices and exemplary coating methods for coating components with a coating agent, e.g., for painting motor vehicle body components with a paint, are disclosed. An exemplary coating device comprises an application device that applies the coating agent. The application device may include a paint head that discharges the coating agent out of at least one coating agent nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Hans-Georg Fritz, Steffen Wesselky
  • Patent number: 10052644
    Abstract: Exemplary coating methods and coating systems, e.g., for coating the component surface of a component with a coating agent by means of an atomizer in a coating system, for example to paint a body part of a motor vehicle with paint, are disclosed. An exemplary method comprises moving the atomizer over the component surface of the component to be coated, or moving the component in the spray jet, thereby applying the coating agent to the component surface by means of the atomizer. The atomizer may be operated with at least one electrical and/or kinematic operating variable comprising a certain voltage for the electrostatic charging of the coating agent and/or a certain rotational speed of a rotating spray element of the atomizer. In one example, the electrical and/or kinematic operating variable of the atomizer may be dynamically varied during the movement of the atomizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Duerr Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Herre
  • Patent number: 10047781
    Abstract: A coating system applicator component, e.g. a valve or bell cup, which may be used to be wetted and/or flown through at least in some sections by a coating agent, is provided. The applicator component includes a cylindrical holding part configured to releasably couple a mount of the coating system, as well as an applicator thread on the holding part. The applicator thread includes first and second applicator flank surfaces each obliquely oriented to a radial direction of the holding part, the first and second applicator flank surfaces being asymmetric about the radial direction of the holding part. The first and second applicator flank surfaces are configured to be parallel to and interface with first and second mount flank surfaces of a thread of the mount, respectively, upon a coaxial, threaded engagement between the holding part and the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Dürr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Joachim Hering, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck, Michael Baumann, Bernhard Seiz, Manfred Michelfelder
  • Publication number: 20180185860
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an applicator (RZ), in particular a rotary atomizer, for the application of a coating agent, in particular a two-component paint, comprising a first coating agent connection (SL) for feeding a first coating agent, in particular a basic resin of a two-component paint, a first coating agent strand (L1-L4), which extends in the applicator (RZ) from the first coating agent connection (SL) and carries the first coating agent, and a first valve (SLV1), which is arranged in the first coating agent strand (L1-L4) and controls the flow of the first coating agent, wherein the first valve (SLV1) can be controlled by a first control signal. It is proposed that a first pressure-relief valve (SLV1), which is actuated by its own medium, is arranged in the first coating agent strand (L1-L4) and, to avoid a problem being caused by excessive pressure, opens automatically when the pressure upstream of the first pressure-relief valve (SLV1) exceeds a certain maximum pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Manfred Michelfelder, Michael Baumann, Sascha Herrmann, Bernhard Seiz, Thomas Buck
  • Publication number: 20180185861
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a needle valve for controlling a fluid flow of a coating agent (H, SL) in a painting system, particularly for controlling a fluid flow of a two-component mixture consisting of two coating agent components (H, SL), particularly a two-component paint made from a master batch (SL) and a curing agent (H), comprising a valve seat (7) and a displaceable valve needle (7) with a needle stem and a valve head (5), wherein the valve head (5) closes the valve seat (7) in a closed position of the valve needle (7), while the valve head (5) opens the valve seat (7) in an opened position of the valve needle (7). The disclosure provides a flexible membrane (18) which surrounds the valve needle (7) annularly and in a sealing manner upstream before the needle head (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Manfred Michelfelder, Michael Baumann, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck
  • Publication number: 20180169673
    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: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Manfred Michelfelder, Michael Baumann, Sascha Herrmann, Bernhard Seiz, Thomas Buck
  • Patent number: 9987640
    Abstract: A coating device is provided for application of a coating agent, in particular a paint, sealant, separating agent, function layer or adhesive, to a component such as a motor vehicle body and/or attachment therefor. The coating device comprises an applicator that has at least one outlet opening and is configured to emit at least one coating agent jet. The coating device includes a deflector that is configured for deflecting the coating agent jet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Dürr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wohr, Timo Beyl, Marcus Kleiner
  • Publication number: 20180147591
    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: May 20, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Harry Krumma, Benjamin Wöhr, Frank Herre, Detlev Hannig, Alexander Meissner, Andreas Federmann, Pascal Spathelf, Michael Lauer, Robert Baumeister, Martin Weidle
  • Publication number: 20180071770
    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: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Joachim Hering, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck, Michael Baumann, Bernhard Seiz, Manfred Michelfelder
  • Publication number: 20180065138
    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: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Joachim Hering, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck, Michael Baumann, Bernhard Seiz, Manfred Michelfelder
  • Publication number: 20180029062
    Abstract: Exemplary illustrations of a fluid valve, e.g., a return valve for returning residual paint, rinsing agent, and compressed air from a paint line when changing color in a painting system, are disclosed. An exemplary fluid valve may be adjusted between an open position, in which the fluid valve is at least partially open, e.g., for rinsing a paint line with a rinsing agent and for pressurizing the paint line with a new color for the color change, and a closed position, in which the fluid valve is closed, e.g., for applying the new color after the color change. An exemplary fluid valve may switch to the closed position, upon actuation by the medium thereof, e.g., medium flowing through or present in the valve. In another example, a fluid valve may close depending on the fluid present at the input side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Rainer Melcher, Frank Herre, Michael Baumann, Thomas Buck
  • Patent number: 9844793
    Abstract: An atomizer for coating, for example automobile bodies, add-on parts and/or truck cabs is provided. The atomizer may be configured to apply one multi-component coating agent and one single-component coating agent from one application element, or to apply two different multi-component coating agents from one application element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Michelfelder, Bernhard Seiz, Frank Herre
  • Patent number: 9839933
    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 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dürr Systems AG
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Joachim Hering, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck, Michael Baumann, Bernhard Seiz, Manfred Michelfelder