Patents by Inventor Frank Hoffman

Frank Hoffman 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).

  • Publication number: 20170242450
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus embodiments are described herein for designing, implementing, and maintaining energy systems, such as microgrids for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventors: Martin BECKER, Frank HOFFMAN, Yevgeniy KOCHEROV
  • Publication number: 20160368195
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a suction channel (10) for a suction device (100) for conveying of cut waste strips (210) of a film web (200) transverse to the conveyance direction (F) of the film web (200) comprising a first channel portion (20) and a second channel portion (30) separated from the first channel portion (20) by at least one common separating plate (40), wherein the first channel portion (20) and the second channel portion (30) comprise at least one channel portion outlet (24, 34) and at least one channel portion inlet (22, 32), respectively, and wherein the channel portion inlet (22, 32) of both channel portions (20, 30) are assembled spaced apart transversely to the conveyance direction F of the film web (200).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Inventors: Fabian Sundermann, Frank Hoffman, Thomas Sehlleier
  • Publication number: 20160362271
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device (1) for automatically cutting a material web (2) with a longitudinal cutting device (60) using a material web (2) in a longitudinal direction (L) separable in at least a partial web (3) and/or at least a remaining web (4), a discharging device (10) for automatically discharging the produced remaining web (4), a transverse cutting device (70) downstream of a longitudinal cutting device (60) for cutting the remaining web (4) transversely to the longitudinal direction (L).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Fabian SUNDERMANN, Frank HOFFMAN, Werner BECKONERT, Rolf KAMMANN, Thomas SEHLLEIER
  • Publication number: 20160355367
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Suction nozzle (110) for a suction device (100) for conveyance of cut waste strips (210) of a film web (200) comprising a nozzle duct (10) with a nozzle inlet (12) for suctioning the waste strips (210) and with a nozzle outlet (14) for introducing the waste strips (210) into the suction duct (130), wherein the nozzle duct (10) comprises an inlet portion (12a) adjacent to the nozzle inlet (12) and an outlet portion (14a) adjacent to the nozzle outlet (14) and between the outlet portion (14a) and the inlet portion (12a) an at least one rotation portion (16a) is assembled, whose flow cross section (20) is at least partially twisted over the run of the rotation portion (16a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Fabian Sundermann, Frank Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20150122934
    Abstract: Winder for an endless lane of a plastic web (2), with a revolving unit (6, 6?, 55, 90), which is constructed so as to be rotatable about its axis (16) and has at least two winding shafts (10 to 12, 10? to 12?) running parallel to its axis, onto which winding cores (17) can be loaded, then wound with the web (2) to a roll (18), finally unloaded therefrom again as finished rolls (18), wherein on both sides of the revolving unit (6, 6?, 50, 90) support arrangements are arranged, in which the winding shafts (10 to 12, 10? to 12?) are supported at their corresponding ends therein, and wherein the support for one end of the winding shafts (10 to 12, 10? to 12?) is constructed so as to be detachable, such that the respective winding shaft (10 to 12, 10? to 12?), with released support, can be loaded and unloaded from this end, characterized in that the detachably constructed support arrangements each have a gripper arrangement (36 to 38) with a two-armed scissor unit (39 to 41), the scissor arms (42, 43) of which sur
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicants: Windmöller & Hölscher KG, Swiss Winding Inventing AG
    Inventors: Richard David Pryle, Carlos Martinez, Rolf Kammann, Frank Hoffman
  • Patent number: 8921974
    Abstract: Embodiments related to semiconductor manufacturing and semiconductor devices with semiconductor structure are described and depicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Thoralf Kautzsch, Boris Binder, Uwe Rudolph, Frank Hoffman
  • Patent number: 8272244
    Abstract: The invention describes an apparatus for stamping can lids or the like, having a bridge (10) supported on a frame and carrying stamping tools (1) actuated vertically in a continuously repeating manner, having a longitudinal conveying device (30) gradually transporting metal sheets (11, 12) under said tools (1) in each case with the latter opened, and having a transverse conveying device (20, 40) laterally displacing to a limited extent the metal sheet (11, 12) moving or moved longitudinally in each case, wherein a separately controllable transverse conveying device (20, 40) is arranged in a stationary position in each case on the feed and discharge side approximately symmetrically to the tools (1) close in front of and behind the latter, said transverse conveying device (20, 40) in each case carrying a driving roller pair (31, 32; 51, 52) as the longitudinal conveying device (30, 50), which delivers the metal sheet (11, 12) in a controlled clamping manner or releases it in a controlled manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Frank Hoffman
  • Patent number: 7567664
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing accessibility features for a telephone is described. In one example, a telephone system includes a memory, a counter, and a microcontroller. The memory is configured to store user preference data, including duration of a timeout period. The microcontroller is configured to initialize the counter in response to an off-hook condition and, if a value of the counter equals the duration of the timeout period before detection of an on-hook condition, transition to the on-hook condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: General Instrument Corporation
    Inventor: Frank Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20090165524
    Abstract: The invention describes an apparatus for stamping can lids or the like, having a bridge (10) supported on a frame and carrying stamping tools (1) actuated vertically in a continuously repeating manner, having a longitudinal conveying device (30) gradually transporting metal sheets (11, 12) under said tools (1) in each case with the latter opened, and having a transverse conveying device (20, 40) laterally displacing to a limited extent the metal sheet (11, 12) moving or moved longitudinally in each case, wherein a separately controllable transverse conveying device (20, 40) is arranged in a stationary position in each case on the feed and discharge side approximately symmetrically to the tools (1) close in front of and behind the latter, said transverse conveying device (20, 40) in each case carrying a driving roller pair (31, 32; 51, 52) as the longitudinal conveying device (30, 50), which delivers the metal sheet (11, 12) in a controlled clamping manner or releases it in a controlled manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventor: Frank Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20070127673
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing accessibility features for a telephone is described. In one example, a telephone system includes a memory, a counter, and a microcontroller. The memory is configured to store user preference data, including duration of a timeout period. The microcontroller is configured to initialize the counter in response to an off-hook condition and, if a value of the counter equals the duration of the timeout period before detection of an on-hook condition, transition to the on-hook condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Publication date: June 7, 2007
    Inventor: Frank Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20070051417
    Abstract: A flexible collapsible corrugated drain pipe has a corrugation structure that permits a tight bending radius and relatively facile collapsing and expansion of corrugations, thereby permitting convenient manipulation and installation of drain pipe and packaging, display, storage and transportation of the collapsed pipe sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Publication date: March 8, 2007
    Inventors: E. Boettner, Billy Hall, Frank Hoffman
  • Patent number: 7105027
    Abstract: A prosthesis for repairing a knee is made with an insert sandwiched between a femoral component and a tibial tray. The parts are shaped so that both the femoral component and the tibial tray will slidingly interface with the insert during motion of the knee. At regions where the femoral component interfaces with the insert during extension and during an initial range of flexion of the knee, the femoral component's radius of curvature (R1) for flexion rotation is larger than its radius of curvature (R3) for varus/valgus rotation. In a preferred embodiment, the surface of the tibial tray is convex and spherically curved, and the insert is free to move in both the posterior-anterior direction and the medial-lateral direction with respect to the tibial tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Mathys Medical Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Lipman, Russell F. Warren, Thomas L. Wickiewicz, Timothy M. Wright, Donald L. Bartel, Frank Hoffman, Christoph Fankhauser, Daniel Delfosse, Walter Supper
  • Publication number: 20050061833
    Abstract: A manual pump is provided having a corrugated section defining a spring walled short chamber and enabling the pump to be manufactured with only three integrally formed pieces utilizing blow or vacuum molding processes, and optionally one or two check valve balls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Publication date: March 24, 2005
    Inventors: Eric Boettner, Frank Hoffman
  • Patent number: 6281888
    Abstract: A pen input device includes an array of receiver electrodes and a transmitter juxtaposed with the array for coupling electric signals from the transmitter to a person's hand. A person can use an ordinary writing instrument to write on a paper or other substrate that rests on the array, and the signal from the transmitter is coupled through the person's hand and writing instrument back to the array. The received signal strength is sent to a microprocessor for determining the position of the tip of the writing instrument, and the position can then be sent to a handwriting recognition algorithm to correlate pen strokes across the substrate to alpha-numeric characters. The transmitter can be separate from the receiver electrode array, or the receiver electrodes can be multiplexed such that one of the electrodes is selected to function as the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Hoffman, Thomas Guthrie Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 6244312
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a processing means for barking machines of the type having a plurality of swinging arms, each being at an inner end pivotally mounted on a rotatable, annular rotator, while at an opposite outer free end, they carry such a processing means and are actuated by a spring load which strives to pivot the outer end inwards to the axis of rotation of the rotator. The processing means comprises a front, a rear, an upper and a lower surface, which are designed in such manner that an edge serving as a processing edge is defined between the front and the upper surface. The, lower surface is formed with an engaging means which is adapted to engage a matching formation in a seat in the outer end of the swinging arm. The rear surface acts as a supporting surface which serves to abut against a corresponding swinging arm supporting surface which is directed forwards or obliquely forwards against the direction of feed of the logs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: Iggesund Tools AB
    Inventor: Frank Hoffman
  • Patent number: 5297026
    Abstract: A system and data processing arrangement for promoting purchases and account activity in a credit card account or other consumer transaction involving sales of goods or services rewards a customer for purchases by providing a high rate of return for funds invested by the customer. A financial institution, general purpose credit card agency, department store, automobile manufacturer, or various other marketers of goods or services agrees to grant the customer a high rate of interest on funds invested with the firm by the customer, provided the customer makes purchases. For purchases made by the customer in a given period (such as one month or six months), the firm gives the customer the right to invest a certain percentage (such as 10%) of the amount of purchases made by the customer in that period. Using automated data processing, the firm calculates the sum of the total purchases made by the customer during the preselected period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Inventor: Frank Hoffman
  • Patent number: 4927126
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding small articles comprises an elongated post, a rail member selectively slidably mounted at one end of the post at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the post, and a workpiece holding assembly mounted on the upper surface of the rail member. The workpiece holding assembly has a workpiece engaging device fixedly mounted at one end of the rail member and a selectively slidable jaw mounted on the upper surface of the rail member to allow holding workpieces of varying sizes and shapes between the slidable jaw and the workpiece engaging assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Inventor: Frank Hoffman