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: 9782786
    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 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Melcher, Frank Herre, Michael Baumann, Thomas Buck
  • Patent number: 9744560
    Abstract: A method for painting a component such as a motor vehicle body component includes applying to the component a base coat layer, a pattern such as a decorative strip or a graphic element, and applying a clear lacquer coat. The pattern (7) is applied to the base coat layer without interposing a clear lacquer coat. A corresponding painting facility is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Dürr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wohr, Marcus Kleiner, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre
  • Patent number: 9703283
    Abstract: A first robot and at least one further second robot are provided to run through a plurality of positioning ranges during operation. A dynamic behavior and/or a load characteristic value of the robot in at least one first positioning range can be adapted to a dynamic behavior and/or a load characteristic value in at least one second positioning range of the robot and/or a dynamic behavior and/or a load characteristic value of the first robot in at least one first positioning range is adapted to a dynamic behavior and/or a load characteristic value of the second robot in at least one second positioning range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Herre
  • Patent number: 9662672
    Abstract: A color changer system for a painting robot comprises a color changer. A plurality of color feed lines are included on an inlet side of the color changer. A common color line is included on an outlet side of the color changer, and is configured to forward paint selected by the color changer to an atomizer. A color bar comprises a plurality of docking points supplied by the color feed lines. A color extractor is configured to selectively dock onto one of the docking points of the color bar and, while docked to the color bar, extract paint from an associated color feed line and supply the extracted paint to the common color line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Duerr Systems, GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Manfred Michelfelder, Markus Erhardt, Michael Baumann, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck
  • Publication number: 20170128975
    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 15, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Joachim Hering, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck, Michael Baumann, Bernhard Seiz, Manfred Michelfelder
  • Patent number: 9630199
    Abstract: Exemplary painting devices for painting components, e.g., motor vehicle bodies or parts thereof may include a multi-axis painting robot positioning an atomizer, a robot controller for controlling the painting robot, and a controls enclosure comprising the robot controller. An exemplary controls enclosure may be a load-bearing column that mechanically supports the painting robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Jurgen Haas, Thomas Hezel, Bernd Leiensetter
  • Patent number: 9604232
    Abstract: A turbine rotor, e.g., for a drive turbine of a rotary atomizer, is disclosed having a rotatably supported turbine shaft with the potential for mounting an atomizer wheel, and having at least one drive turbine wheel having a plurality of turbine blades. The turbine blades of the drive turbine wheel may be impinged on during operation by a drive fluid in order to drive the turbine rotor. The drive turbine wheel may be designed for the drive fluid to axially impinge on the turbine blades. A complete drive turbine having such a turbine rotor is also disclosed, as well as a complete rotary atomizer and individual exemplary components of the drive turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Duerr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Baumann, Frank Herre, Marcus Frey, Bernhard Seiz, Harry Krumma, Timo Beyl, Jürg Schiffmann, Stephan Scholl
  • Patent number: 9604244
    Abstract: A coating device, e.g., for painting motor vehicle bodies, comprises a sprayer for applying a coating material by means of an application element and an internal color-changer valve assembly, said assembly having several color inlets for selecting coating materials of different colors. The internal color-changer valve assembly is integrated into the sprayer and is connected by its outlet to the application element, in order to feed the selected coating material to the application element. Further, an external color-changer valve assembly has several color inlets for selecting coating materials of different colors, said external color-changer assembly having a separate structure from the sprayer and being connected by its outlet to the application element, in order to feed the selected coating material to the application element. An operating method corresponds to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Herre
  • Publication number: 20170072421
    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: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Baumann, sonja Brauchle, Thomas Buck, Frank Herre, Georg M. Sommer, Sandra Streckert, Andreas Fischer, Peter Marquardt
  • Publication number: 20170072419
    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: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Alexander Meissner, Frank Herre, Andreas Federmann, Martin Weidle, Heiko Friese, Pascal Spathelf, Michael Lauer
  • Patent number: 9582942
    Abstract: An error logging method for a coating plant is disclosed. The error logging method generally includes capturing an error during running of process data records for the coating plant, wherein the individual process data records are ordered according to the given time of operation of the coating plant and each of which contain various process data of the coating plant. The method may further include storage of the captured process data records, detection of a possible error condition of the coating plant, and/or production of an error code when detection of an error condition of the coating plant occurs. The various examples may also relate to storage of the error code in chronological order with the stored process data records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Dietmar Wildermuth, Roland Wolf
  • Publication number: 20170016470
    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: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Joachim Hering, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck, Michael Baumann, Bernhard Seiz, Manfred Michelfelder
  • Patent number: 9539594
    Abstract: An atomizer comprises a static mixer configured to mix components of a coating agent with one another. The mixer has a plurality of fixed mixing elements and is constructionally integrated into the atomizer, and the mixer is a lattice mixer having mixing elements that are arranged intertwined in a lattice-like manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Duerr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Seiz, Frank Herre, Michael Baumann
  • Patent number: 9528539
    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: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Duerr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Joachim Hering, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck, Michael Baumann, Bernhard Seiz, Manfred Michelfelder
  • Publication number: 20160332183
    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: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventors: Jürgen Haas, Gerhard Alonso, Detlev Hannig, Frank Herre, Roland Krieger, Joachim Donner
  • Patent number: 9492837
    Abstract: A coating system component which may be used to be wetted and/or flown through at least in some sections by a coating agent. The component may include a fastening base and at least one holding part which is arranged on the fastening base for being fastened to or in a coating system device. The holding part may be an external thread having a special configuration in order to meet the special requirements of painting facilities, according to various exemplary illustrations. Furthermore, a corresponding coating system device may be provided, to which the coating system component can be fastened in a detachable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Duerr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Joachim Hering, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck, Michael Baumann, Bernhard Seiz, Manfred Michelfelder
  • Patent number: 9452451
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cleaning device (1) for an atomizer (2) having a specified outer contour, in particular for cleaning a rotary atomizer (2), comprising at least one cleaning brush (5) for cleaning the atomizer (2), wherein the cleaning brush (5) has a specified brush contour. According to the invention, the brush contour of the cleaning brush (5) is adapted to the outer contour of the atomizer (2) so that the cleaning brush (5) nestles up against the atomizer (2). The invention further relates to a corresponding cleaning brush (5) and to a suitable cleaning method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Marcus Kleiner, Michael Baumann, Thomas Buck, Ralf Schäfer, Georg M. Sommer, Martin Wurst, Frank Herre
  • Patent number: 9409192
    Abstract: Devices for preserving components with a preservative agent, e.g., for cavity preservation of motor vehicle body components, are disclosed. An exemplary device, in addition to a preservative agent, may apply a hardener configured to react with the preservative agent, which causes the preservative agent to harden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Duerr Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Herre
  • Patent number: 9370792
    Abstract: Exemplary production methods for producing a paint plant component, e.g., for producing a component of a color changer, a color valve, or a spray device, are disclosed. According to the exemplary illustrations, the paint plant component may be produced in a rapid prototyping method. The exemplary illustrations also include a paint plant component that is produced accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Duerr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Steffen Wesselky, Hans-Georg Fritz, Frank Herre, Timo Beyl
  • Patent number: D770695
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Dürr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Baumann, Sonja Brauchle, Thomas Buck, Frank Herre, Georg M. Sommer, Sandra Streckert, Andreas Fischer, Peter Marquardt