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: 8840050
    Abstract: For grounding or electrically charging the shaft of an electrostatic rotary atomizer working with external or direct charging, there are opposing, annular or spiral-shaped sharp edges in the outer surface of a part of the shaft and in the inner surface of a stationary bearing part at the desired potential, which have different, preferably opposite, thread directions, so that the edges intersect each other at points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Durr Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Baumann, Frank Herre, Hans J. Nolte, Harry Krumma, Stefano Giuliano, Björn Lind
  • Patent number: 8807077
    Abstract: Exemplary coating devices and methods are disclosed. An exemplary coating device may include an atomizer for applying a spray jet of a coating means or material to a component, at least one directing air nozzle for outputting shaping or directing air in order to shape the spray jet, and a temperature-control device for controlling the temperature of the directing air. The coating device may further include a control unit which activates the temperature-control device as a function of at least one operating variable of the atomizer in order to set a predetermined directing air temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Meissner, Frank Herre, Marcus Frey, Torsten Block, Michael Baumann
  • Patent number: 8807073
    Abstract: A robot arrangement, for example for a painting booth, and exemplary methods associated with the same, are disclosed. An exemplary robot arrangement may comprise a displacement rail, a plurality of robots, such as painting robots or handling robots, which can be displaced along the displacement rail, and a plurality of energy supply chains. The energy supply chains may supply one of the robots each, and may be associated with said robot, and each of the energy supply chains may run along the displacement rail in a particular track. The energy supply chains which are associated with the robots on the same displacement rail may run in discrete tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Haas, Michael Baumann, Stefan Esslinger, Marcus Frey, Frank Herre, Thomas Hezel, Alexander Meissner, Hans Schumacher, Salvador Vergara, Detlev Hannig, Einar Endregaard, Richard Ostin, Andreas Schaal
  • Patent number: 8794174
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coating installation, in particular for painting motor vehicle bodies, comprising a transport path (2, 12), along which a plurality of coating objects (1) are transported one after the other through the coating installation, and a plurality of treatment stations (13-17, 18-22, 23-27), in which the coating objects (1) are treated. It is proposed that the transport path (2, 12) branches into a plurality of parallel branches (5-9), in each of which at least one of the treatment stations (13-17, 18-22, 23-27) is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Uwe Siewert, Guenther Weihermueller
  • Patent number: 8794541
    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: August 5, 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: 8726830
    Abstract: Exemplary robots and corresponding exemplary operating methods for a painting system are disclosed. In one example, the robot is a handling robot for opening and closing doors or bonnets of motor vehicle bodies. A robot element of a handling robot that is susceptible to dirt retention, e.g., a handling tool, may be arranged away from the spray jet of a paint during the painting operation and is applied to the component that is to be painted. The robot may include a cleaning device for cleaning or for keeping the robot element of the handling robot that is susceptible to dirt retention clean from paint that is applied with spray jet in the painting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Dürr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Rainer Melcher, Manfred Michelfelder, Thomas Hezel, Jüergen Haas, Bernd Leiensetter, Alexander Meiβner, Marcus Frey
  • Publication number: 20140109830
    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: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: DÜRR SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Jurgen Haas, Thomas Hezel, Bernd Leiensetter
  • Publication number: 20140075695
    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: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: DURR SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Marcus Kleiner, Michael Baumann, Thomas Buck, Ralf Schäfer, Georg M. Sommer, Martin Wurst, Frank Herre
  • Patent number: 8658240
    Abstract: In a paint plant which comprises at least one spray-painting device incorporating at least one application unit for painting workpieces and in particular motor vehicle bodies with a fluid paint, in order to enable the fluid paint overspray i.e. the paint particles which are not adhering to the workpieces that are to be painted and which are picked up and carried along in an air flow passing through the application area of the paint shop, to be re-separated from this air flow and also to enable the cleansed air flow to be returned to the application area in an air re-circulating system or else expelled into the environment of the plant, the paint shop comprises a device for separating fluid paint overspray from a stream of crude gas that contains overspray particles wherein this device comprises at least one filter element for separating the overspray from the stream of crude gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Jens Holzheimer, Dietmar Wieland, Frank Herre, Jürgen Weschke
  • Publication number: 20140052294
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for controlling a robot or a first robot (LR1) and at least one further second robot (LR2), wherein the robot or the first robot (LR1) and the at least one further second robot (LR2) is provided to run through a plurality of positioning ranges (SB11, SB22) during operation. Preferably, a dynamic behavior and/or a load characteristic value of the robot in at least one first positioning range is 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 (LR1) in at least one first positioning range (SB11) is adapted to a dynamic behavior and/or a load characteristic value of the second robot (LR2) in at least one second positioning range (SB22). The invention further concerns a corresponding control system, a corresponding computer program resp. computer-readable medium and a corresponding robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: DURR SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: Frank Herre
  • Patent number: 8627780
    Abstract: Exemplary painting devices for painting components, e.g., motor vehicle bodies or parts thereof, and associated exemplary methods are disclosed. An exemplary painting device 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: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Jürgen Haas, Thomas Hezel, Bernd Leiensetter
  • Patent number: 8567694
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a test method for functional testing of a painting device, comprising: connecting a test device to the painting device, capturing at least one process parameter of the painting device, and checking of a functionality of the painting device by the test device using the captured process variables of the painting device. The disclosure further relates to a corresponding test device for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Durr Sysems GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Herre
  • Patent number: 8544409
    Abstract: A coating zone comprises a conveyor for transporting an application object. At least one guide rail extends through the coating zone adjacent the conveyor, arranged above the conveyor at a height at least at the level of the top of the object. At least one robot may move along the conveyor on the guide rail, the robot having a first axis for joint rotation of at least one moving member of the robot in relation to a main body guided along the guide rail. A load-bearing structure supports the at least one guide rail, the load-bearing structure including at least one load-bearing pillar extending substantially vertically downwards from the level of the guide rail. The guide rail and the main body of the robot are arranged in such a way that the first axis of the robot is inclined relative to a vertical plane parallel to the conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Dürr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Juergen Haas, Michael Baumann, Marcus Frey, Hans Vetters, Jan Grigoleit
  • Patent number: 8485125
    Abstract: A transformer arrangement is disclosed for an electrostatic sprayer or in an adjacent moving element of a coating machine. A transformer provides a galvanic isolation between the line arrangement provided for supplying power to the sprayer arrangement, and consumers at high voltage in the sprayer or possibly in the robot arm. This isolation may be provided with an isolating transformer which has a sufficient isolation distance or other isolation device between the primary and secondary circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Dürr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Baumann, Frank Herre, Juergen Haas, Harry Krumma, Hans-Jurgen Nolte, Marcus Frey, Bernhard Seiz, Herbert Martin, Erwin Bieber, Torsten Block
  • Publication number: 20130108796
    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: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Manfred Michelfelder, Bernhard Seiz, Frank Herre
  • Patent number: 8430340
    Abstract: A rotary atomizer component, such as for a steering air ring or bell cup for a rotary atomizer with at least one steering air jet for delivering steering air (or controlled air) and a rotary bearing shaft where, in axial direction between the bell cup and the steering air jet, a circumferential annular gap is located. A shaft cover in form of a bushing covers the bearing shaft, when mounted, at least partially in the annular gap area between the bell cup and the steering air jet. In addition, the annular gap space between the front surface of the bearing unit and the internal surface facing it axially or any other front element of the atomizer is sealed in a radial way internally against the externally accessible area of the shaft. The sealing element provided for this purpose is located along the internal circumference of the air-steering rings or front element and able to be attached to the front surface of the bearing unit in a way that it is elastically deformable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Dürr Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Peter Marquardt, Hans-Jurgen Nolte, Michael Baumann, Bernhard Seiz
  • Patent number: 8431180
    Abstract: In a paint plant which comprises at least one spray-painting device incorporating at least one application unit for painting workpieces and in particular motor vehicle bodies with a fluid paint, in order to enable the fluid paint overspray i.e. the paint particles which are not adhering to the workpieces that are to be painted and which are picked up and carried along in an air flow passing through the application area of the paint shop, to be re-separated from this air flow and also to enable the cleansed air flow to be returned to the application area in an air re-circulating system or else expelled into the environment of the plant, the paint shop comprises a device for separating fluid paint overspray from a stream of crude gas that contains overspray particles wherein this device comprises at least one filter element for separating the overspray from the stream of crude gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Dürr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Jens Holzheimer, Dietmar Wieland, Frank Herre, Jürgen Weschke
  • Patent number: 8397662
    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: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Dürr Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Rainer Laufer
  • Patent number: D688743
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Dürr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Manfred Michelfelder, Markus Erhardt, Michael Baumann, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck
  • Patent number: D699283
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Manfred Michelfelder, Markus Erhardt, Michael Baumann, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck