Patents by Inventor Friedrich Bauer

Friedrich Bauer 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: 11293614
    Abstract: Disclosed is a projection apparatus (2) for a lighting module (1) of a motor vehicle headlamp, the projection apparatus (2) being formed by a plurality of micro-optical systems (3) that are arranged like a matrix; each micro-optical system (3) includes a micro-input optical element (30), a micro-output optical element (31) associated with the micro-input optical element (30), and a micro-diaphragm (32), all micro-input optical elements (31) forming an input optical unit (4), all micro-output optical elements (31) forming an output optical unit (5), and the micro-diaphragms (32) forming a diaphragm device (6); the diaphragm device (6) is disposed in a plane extending substantially perpendicularly to the main direction of emission (Z) of the projection apparatus (2), while the input optical unit (4), the output optical unit (5) and the diaphragm device (6) are disposed in planes extending substantially parallel to one another; all of the micro-optical systems (3) are subdivided into at least two micro-optical s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Moser, Bernhard Mandl, Friedrich Bauer
  • Patent number: 11280463
    Abstract: Disclosed is a projection apparatus (2) for a lighting module (1) of a motor vehicle headlamp, the projection apparatus (2) being formed by a plurality of micro-optical systems (3) that are arranged like a matrix; each micro-optical system (3) includes a micro-input optical element (30), a micro-output optical element (31) associated with the micro-input optical element (30), and a micro-diaphragm (32), all micro-input optical elements (31) forming an input optical unit (4), all micro-output optical elements (31) forming an output optical unit (5), and all micro-diaphragms (32) forming a diaphragm device (6); the diaphragm device (6) is disposed in a plane extending substantially perpendicularly to the main direction of emission (Z) of the projection apparatus (2), while the input optical unit (4), the output optical unit (5) and the diaphragm device (6) are disposed in planes extending substantially parallel to one another; the micro-diaphragm (32) of each micro-optical system (3) has an optically effective
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Moser, Bernhard Mandl, Friedrich Bauer
  • Patent number: 11193643
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light module for a motor vehicle headlamp, comprising: at least one light source (1) and at least one projection device (2), the projection device (2) having an entry optical unit (21) and an exit optical unit (22), the entry optical unit (21) being designed to form an intermediate image from light emitted by the at least one light source (1) in an intermediate image plane, which lies between the entry optical unit (21) and the exit optical unit (22) and is substantially perpendicular to an optical axis of the projection device (2), and the exit optical unit (22) being designed to image the intermediate image into a region in front of the light module in the form of a light distribution of a first predefined type, at least one additional light source (3a, 3b, 3c, 3d) being provided, which at least one additional light source (3a, 3b, 3c, 3d) is designed to emit light between the entry optical unit (21) and the exit optical unit (22); the exit optical unit (22) being designed to imag
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: ZKW Group GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Kemetmüller, Bernhard Mandl, Andreas Moser, Friedrich Bauer
  • Publication number: 20210341122
    Abstract: Disclosed is a projection apparatus (2) for a lighting module (1) of a motor vehicle headlamp, the projection apparatus (2) being formed by a plurality of micro-optical systems (3) that are arranged like a matrix; each micro-optical system (3) includes a micro-input optical element (30), a micro-output optical element (31) associated with the micro-input optical element (30), and a micro-diaphragm (32), all micro-input optical elements (31) forming an input optical unit (4), all micro-output optical elements (31) forming an output optical unit (5), and all micro-diaphragms (32) forming a diaphragm device (6); the diaphragm device (6) is disposed in a plane extending substantially perpendicularly to the main direction of emission (Z) of the projection apparatus (2), while the input optical unit (4), the output optical unit (5) and the diaphragm device (6) are disposed in planes extending substantially parallel to one another; the micro-diaphragm (32) of each micro-optical system (3) has an optically effective
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: Andreas Moser, Bernhard Mandl, Friedrich Bauer
  • Publication number: 20210325016
    Abstract: Disclosed is a projection apparatus (2) for a lighting module (1) of a motor vehicle headlamp, the projection apparatus (2) being formed by a plurality of micro-optical systems (3) that are arranged like a matrix; each micro-optical system (3) includes a micro-input optical element (30), a micro-output optical element (31) associated with the micro-input optical element (30), and a micro-diaphragm (32), all micro-input optical elements (31) forming an input optical unit (4), all micro-output optical elements (31) forming an output optical unit (5), and the micro-diaphragms (32) forming a diaphragm device (6); the diaphragm device (6) is disposed in a plane extending substantially perpendicularly to the main direction of emission (Z) of the projection apparatus (2), while the input optical unit (4), the output optical unit (5) and the diaphragm device (6) are disposed in planes extending substantially parallel to one another; all of the micro-optical systems (3) are subdivided into at least two micro-optical s
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventors: Andreas Moser, Bernhard Mandl, Friedrich Bauer
  • Patent number: 10995927
    Abstract: The invention relates to a projection device (1) for a motor vehicle headlight, wherein the projection device (1) is designed to project light of at least one light source (2) associated with the projection device (1) into a zone in front of the motor vehicle in at least one light distribution pattern, namely a low-beam light distribution pattern, a total number of the low-beam microlenses comprising at least two groups of low-beam microlenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ZKW Group GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Mandl, Andreas Moser, Friedrich Bauer, Peter Schadenhofer
  • Publication number: 20210108773
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light module for a motor vehicle headlamp, comprising: at least one light source (1) and at least one projection device (2), the projection device (2) having an entry optical unit (21) and an exit optical unit (22), the entry optical unit (21) being designed to form an intermediate image from light emitted by the at least one light source (1) in an intermediate image plane, which lies between the entry optical unit (21) and the exit optical unit (22) and is substantially perpendicular to an optical axis of the projection device (2), and the exit optical unit (22) being designed to image the intermediate image into a region in front of the light module in the form of a light distribution of a first predefined type, at least one additional light source (3a, 3b, 3c, 3d) being provided, which at least one additional light source (3a, 3b, 3c, 3d) is designed to emit light between the entry optical unit (21) and the exit optical unit (22); the exit optical unit (22) being designed to imag
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Matthias KEMETMÜLLER, Bernhard MANDL, Andreas MOSER, Friedrich BAUER
  • Publication number: 20200370726
    Abstract: The invention relates to a projection device (1) for a motor vehicle headlight, wherein the projection device (1) is designed to project light of at least one light source (2) associated with the projection device (1) into a zone in front of the motor vehicle in at least one light distribution pattern, a total number of the low-beam microlenses comprising at least two groups of low-beam microlenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Bernhard MANDL, Andreas MOSER, Friedrich BAUER, Peter SCHADENHOFER
  • Publication number: 20200300435
    Abstract: The invention relates to a projection device (1) for a motor vehicle headlight, wherein the projection device (1) is designed to project light of at least one light source (2) associated with the projection device (1) into a zone in front of the motor vehicle in at least one light distribution pattern, namely a low-beam light distribution pattern, a total number of the low-beam microlenses comprising at least two groups of low-beam microlenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Bernhard MANDL, Andreas MOSER, Friedrich BAUER, Peter SCHADENHOFER
  • Patent number: 9958125
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light guiding element (1) for a laser vehicle headlight (2), wherein the laser vehicle headlight (2) comprises at least one laser light source (3) and at least one luminous element (4) which can be irradiated by the laser light source (3) and can thus be excited to emit visible light, and the light guiding element (1) can substantially be arranged between the laser light source (3) and the luminous element (4), wherein the light guiding element (1) has a light entrance surface (5) and a light exit surface (6), wherein the entrance cross-sectional area of the light entrance surface (5) is greater than the exit cross-sectional area of the light exit surface (6), and the light radiated in through the light entrance surface (5) can be concentrated in the direction of the light exit surface (6) via the inner surface (7) connecting the light entrance surface (5) and the light exit surface (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Friedrich Bauer, Andreas Moser, Johann Altmann, Erich Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 9951919
    Abstract: The invention relates to a microprojection light module (1) for a motor vehicle headlight, comprising at least one light source (2) and at least one projection arrangement (3), which images the light exiting from the at least one light source (2) into a region in front of the motor vehicle in the form of at least one light distribution, wherein the projection arrangement (3) comprises: an entry optics (30), which consists of an array of micro entry optics (31); an exit optics (40), which consists of an array of micro exit optics (41), wherein each micro entry optics (31) is paired with exactly one micro exit optics (41), wherein the micro entry optics (31) are formed in such a way and/or the micro entry optics (31) and the micro exit optics (41) are arranged relative to one another in such a way that the light exiting from a micro entry optics (31) enters precisely only into the paired micro exit optics (41), and wherein the light pre-shaped by the micro entry optics (31) is imaged by the micro exit optics (4
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Friedrich Bauer, Gerald Boehm
  • Patent number: 9927082
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a lighting unit of a vehicle headlight, comprising the following steps: provision of a printed circuit board (1) comprising a plurality of groups (A, B, C) of contact pads (2) for contacting LEDs (3), population of contact pads (2) in the groups (A, B, C) with LEDs (3), wherein the contact pads (2) to be populated are selected according to a desired light function of the respective group (A, B, C), and provision of securing means (A?, B?, C?) for reflectors (A?, B?, C?) on the printed circuit board (1), wherein each securing means (A?, B?, C?) is specifically designed for a reflector (A?, B?, C?) that is adapted to the light function of the respective group (A, B, C).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Friedrich Bauer, Martin Biesenberger
  • Patent number: 9845932
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optical element (1) for a laser vehicle headlight (2), wherein the laser vehicle headlight (2) comprises at least one laser light source (3) and at least one luminous element (4) which can be irradiated by the laser light source (3) and can thus be excited to emit visible light, wherein the optical element (1) has at least one receptacle for the luminous element (4) and at least one reflection layer (9) which reflects light in the direction of the laser light source (3) is assigned to the optical element (1) at least on a side of the luminous element (4) which faces away from the laser light source (3) in the mounted state. The invention additionally relates to a light source module (16) comprising at least one optical element (1) of this type, and a vehicle headlight (2) comprising at least one optical element (1) of this type or comprising at least one light source module (16) as mentioned initially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Friedrich Bauer, Andreas Moser, Johann Altmann, Erich Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 9841158
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light module (1) for a motor vehicle or for a motor vehicle headlamp, wherein the light module (1) has at least two or more light sources (10, 11), which are positioned in defined positions relative to one another, and wherein the light module (1) also has two or more reflectors (20, 21), wherein at least one reflector (20, 21) is associated with each light source (10, 11), wherein at least one of the reflectors (20, 21) is movably connected to at least one adjacent reflector (20, 21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Friedrich Bauer, Peter Mejta
  • Patent number: 9777901
    Abstract: A motor vehicle headlight with at least one modulable laser light source, whose laser beam is directed onto a means of light conversion through a means of beam deflection controlled by a beam deflection control, and with a projection system to project the light image produced by the means of light conversion onto the road, wherein a first group of at least two laser light sources is provided to produce a first group of at least two essentially horizontal light bands lying on top of one another on the means of light conversion and a second group of at least two laser light sources is provided to produce a second group of at least two essentially horizontal light bands lying on top of one another on the means of light conversion, wherein the light bands of the first group and the light bands of the second group overlap one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Reinprecht, Friedrich Bauer, Bettina Reisinger
  • Patent number: 9746150
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lamp unit (1) for a headlight, in particular a motor vehicle headlight, the lamp unit (1) comprising multiple light sources (2), a light guide unit (3), and a downstream projector lens (4), the light guide unit (3) having multiple light guides (30), each light guide (30) having one light decoupling surface (30a) and one light coupling surface (30b), and each light source (2) coupling light exactly into a light guide (30) assigned to it through a light coupling surface (30b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Friedrich Bauer, Erik Pirringer, Udo Maier
  • Patent number: 9677733
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light guiding element (1) for a laser vehicle headlight (2), wherein the laser vehicle headlight (2) comprises at least one laser light source (3) and at least one luminous element (4) which can be irradiated by the laser light source (3) and can thus be excited to emit visible light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventor: Friedrich Bauer
  • Patent number: 9664351
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light source module (1) for a vehicle headlight (2), wherein the light source module (1) has at least one laser light source (3) and at least one luminous element (4) which can be excited by illumination with laser light to emit visible light and which can be irradiated by the laser light source (3), wherein the laser light source (3) and the luminous element (4) are arranged spaced apart from one another on a carrier element (5) and light source module (1) has means (5?, 6?; 5?, 6?) which are arranged on the carrier element (5) in order to be detachably mounted in the vehicle headlight. The invention also relates to a vehicle headlight (2) with at least one such light source module (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Friedrich Bauer, Andreas Moser, Johann Altmann, Erich Kaufmann, Christian Jackl
  • Patent number: 9611997
    Abstract: An LED projection module (1) includes two or more LED light sources which each consist of one or more light-emitting diodes that couple light via a light coupling-in point associated therewith into an optical waveguide. Light exits from the optical waveguides via a light decoupling point. The exiting light is projected by a projection lens to form at least one light distribution. The optical waveguides for the individual LED light sources are arranged laterally side by side in a horizontal plane and border one another directly such that light can pass over between adjacent optical waveguides. The individual light outlet surfaces are arranged side by side and form a total-light light outlet surface. One or more indentations are provided in the total-light light outlet surface, between the individual light outlet surfaces, and in each case extend at least over part of the vertical extension of the total-light light outlet surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Friedrich Bauer, Andreas Moser
  • Patent number: 9611998
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light module (100) for a motor vehicle headlight, wherein the light module (100) is configured to generate a dimmed light distribution (LV) which has at least one horizontal LD line (HD) and an LD line (HD?) ascending diagonally with respect thereto, and wherein the light module (100) comprises at least two reflectors (1, 2, 3), and wherein each reflector (1, 2, 3) is associated with at least one LED light source (10, 20, 30). At least one of the reflectors (2) is of the LD front-field reflector type, and at least one further reflector (1) is of the asymmetric reflector type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Friedrich Bauer, Peter Illmayr