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: 9346070
    Abstract: An atomizer, painting machine, paint cabin, and method of operating an atomizer are disclosed. The atomizer includes a first paint inlet for a first paint system, and at least one additional second paint inlet for a second paint system. Each of the paint inlets are separated from each other, so that the atomizer may optionally apply one of the two different paint systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Herre
  • Publication number: 20160001322
    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: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Inventors: Hans-Georg FRITZ, Benjamin WÖHR, Marcus KLEINER, Timo BEYL, Frank HERRE
  • Publication number: 20150375258
    Abstract: Applying a coating medium may include: emission of a coating medium jet from an application device and positioning the application device relative to the component with a particular application distance between the application device and the component, so that the coating medium jet impacts on the component and coats the component. The application distance (d) can be smaller than the disintegration distance of the coating medium jet, so that the coating medium jet impacts with its continuous region on the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wohr, Marcus Kleiner, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre
  • Publication number: 20150375239
    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: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Applicant: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wohr, Timo Beyl, Marcus Kleiner
  • Publication number: 20150314315
    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: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Manfred Michelfelder, Markus Erhardt, Michael Baumann, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck
  • Patent number: 9140247
    Abstract: Exemplary illustrations directed to a rotary piston pump, e.g., for metering a coating agent in a coating installation, as well as exemplary methods of using the same, are disclosed. An exemplary piston pump may comprise a plurality of pump units, each having one cylinder and one rotary piston which carries out a wobbling or tumbling movement in the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Rainer Melcher, Manfred Michelfelder, Steffen Sotzny
  • Patent number: 9126211
    Abstract: A rotary atomizer is disclosed, comprising an atomizer bell and a shaft carrying the same. The rotary atomizer may further include a retainer between the atomizer bell and the shaft, said retainer preventing, e.g., by the action of a centrifugal force, the atomizer bell from detaching itself from the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Seiz, Frank Herre, Michael Baumann, Harry Krumma, Hans-Jurgen Nolte, Manfred Michelfelder, Rainer Melcher, Timo Beyl, Stephan Scholl
  • Patent number: 9089864
    Abstract: An exemplary painting robot and corresponding operating methods for the same are disclosed. The robot may be configured to paint motor vehicle bodies on an outer surface and an inner surface with an atomizer that is guided by the painting robot. According to the exemplary illustrations, the painting robot is suitable for painting the outer surfaces and for painting the inner surfaces of the motor vehicle bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Durr Systems, GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Manfred Michelfelder, Markus Erhardt, Michael Baumann, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck
  • Patent number: 9061309
    Abstract: A painting station, e.g., for serially painting components such as motor vehicles, is disclosed. A painting station may include at least one painting cell in which components are coated, e.g., with a paint, that has a certain layer thickness. At least one measuring cell is provided for measuring the layer thickness of the paint, e.g., with a radiation source, a radiation detector, and a conveying path along which the components to be coated are conveyed through the painting and measuring cells. The radiation source may emit light in the visible wavelength range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Haas, Frank Herre, Hans-Georg Fritz, Steffen Wesselky
  • Publication number: 20150158145
    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, characterised by at least one dry-ice nozzle for producing a dry-ice jet which cleans the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Marcus Frey, Michael Baumann, George M. Sommer, Thomas Buck
  • Publication number: 20150122915
    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: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: DUERR SYSTEMS, GMBH
    Inventors: Bernhard Seiz, Frank Herre, Michael Baumann
  • Patent number: 9016596
    Abstract: A rotary atomizer arrangement and methods for operating the same are disclosed. An exemplary atomizer may be used for the coating of work pieces, and may include a bell plate driven by an electric motor. The exemplary atomizer may further be configured for the detection of errors in the spraying process and/or the drive system of the bell plate, such as by analyzing corresponding parameters of typical values of the drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Baumann, Torsten Block, Juergen Haas, Frank Herre, Marcus Frey, Alexander Meissner, Hans-Jurgen Nolte, Bernhard Seiz
  • Patent number: 9004890
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gear wheel pump with two meshing gear wheels which are rotatably mounted within a pump housing by means of a driven driveshaft and a crankshaft journal and which form a pumping channel system between a pump inlet and a pump outlet. Several gaps are formed between the pump housing, the gear wheels, the driveshaft, and the crankshaft journal. One of the gaps between the driveshaft and one of the gear wheels contains means for the rotationally fixed connection of the driveshaft to the gear wheel. In order to prevent leakages penetrating to the connecting means, according to the invention the gap between the driveshaft and the gear wheel is sealed, with respect to the front faces of the gear wheel, by means of a sealant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG, Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Arkadiusz Tomzik, Ulrich Helbing, Dietrich Witzler, Michael Baumann, Frank Herre, Martin Stiegler, Herbert Martin, Thomas Appel
  • Publication number: 20150090347
    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 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Rainer Melcher, Frank Herre, Michael Baumann, Thomas Buck
  • Publication number: 20150013605
    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: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Frank Herre
  • Patent number: 8881757
    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: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Duerr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Melcher, Frank Herre, Michael Baumann, Thomas Buck
  • Patent number: 8875647
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coating device, in particular for painting motor vehicle bodies, comprising a sprayer (1) for applying a coating material by means of an application element and an internal color-changer valve assembly (3), said assembly having several color inlets (4-7) for selecting coating materials of different colors. The internal color-changer valve assembly (3) is integrated into the sprayer (1) and is connected by its outlet to the application element (2), in order to feed the selected coating material to the application element (2). The invention also comprises an external color-changer valve assembly (14) with several color inlets for selecting coating materials of different colors, said external color-changer assembly (14) having a separate structure from the sprayer (1) and being connected by its outlet to the application element (2), in order to feed the selected coating material to the application element (2). The invention also relates to a corresponding operating method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Herre
  • Patent number: 8864049
    Abstract: A rotary sprayer for a coating apparatus is disclosed. An exemplary rotary sprayer may include a spraying body configured to be mounted on a drive shaft of a drive motor for rotation with the drive shaft. The spraying body may further include a detachable mounting device for coaxial connection of the spraying body to the drive shaft. The detachable mounting device may include a spraying body thread that mates with a driveshaft thread defined by the drive shaft, and a plurality of elastic tabs configured to abut a corresponding cavity defined by the driveshaft, such that rotation of the spraying body increases an abutment force between the elastic tabs and the corresponding cavity of the driveshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Jurgen Nolte, Harry Krumma, Frank Herre, Michael Baumann, Marcus Frey, Rainer Melcher, Eberhard Streisel, Bernhard Seiz, Peter Marquardt
  • Patent number: 8846155
    Abstract: A coating device for coating parts, in particular body components for automobiles, has at least one piece of application equipment for applying a coating to the components and has a feed device for feeding the components into a suitable coating position relative to the coating equipment. It is proposed that the feed device has at least one handling robot which brings the components into the coating position. Furthermore, a corresponding method is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Rainer Laufer
  • Patent number: D750678
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Baumann, Sonja Brauchle, Thomas Buck, Frank Herre, Georg M. Sommer, Sandra Streckert, Andreas Fischer, Peter Marquardt