Patents by Inventor Helmut Grutzeck

Helmut Grutzeck 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: 11066295
    Abstract: A micromechanical component having a mount, an adjustable element, which is connected via at least one spring to the mount, and an actuator device, a first oscillatory motion of the adjustable element about a first axis of rotation and simultaneously a second oscillatory motion of the adjustable element, which is set into the first oscillatory motion, being excitable about a second axis of rotation in response to the actuator device; and the adjustable element being configured by the at least one spring to be adjustable on the mount in such a way that the adjustable element is adjustable by a resulting angular momentum about a rotational axis, which is oriented orthogonally to the first axis of rotation and orthogonally to second axis of rotation. Also, a method for manufacturing a micromechanical component. Moreover, a method for exciting a motion of an adjustable element about a rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Philip Kaupmann, Stefan Pinter, Helmut Grutzeck, Jochen Franz, Joerg Muchow
  • Patent number: 11060937
    Abstract: A micromechanical pressure sensor, having—a pressure sensor core including a sensor diaphragm and a cavity developed above the sensor diaphragm; and—a pressure sensor frame; and—a spring element for the mechanical connection of the pressure sensor core to the pressure sensor frame being developed in such a way that a mechanical robustness is maximized and a coupling of stress from the pressure sensor frame into the sensor pressure core is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ferenc Lukacs, Arne Dannenberg, Friedjof Heuck, Helmut Grutzeck, Mike Schwarz, Robert Maul, Tamas Dögei, Thomas Friedrich, Volkmar Senz
  • Patent number: 10989913
    Abstract: A micromechanical component having a mounting support, at least one coil winding held by at least one coil brace and comprising conductor tracks made from at least one electrically conductive material, at least one first subsection of the at least one coil winding being anchored on the associated coil brace, and an adjustable part, the at least one coil brace and the adjustable part being connected to each other and via at least one spring element to the mounting support in such a way that the adjustable part is adjustable about at least one axis of rotation in relation to the mounting support, and, while the at least one first subsection of the at least one coil winding is anchored on the associated coil brace, at least one second subsection of the same coil winding spans at least one gap formed in the associated coil brace as a cantilever subsection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Finn, Frederic Njikam Njimonzie, Helmut Grutzeck, Joerg Muchow, Rainer Straub
  • Patent number: 10871646
    Abstract: A micromirror device, including a substrate and an outer frame element, which is connected to the substrate along a first oscillating axis with the aid of a first suspension device, and is deflectable about the first oscillating axis. In addition, the micromirror device includes an inner frame element, which is connected to the outer frame element along the first oscillating axis with the aid of a second suspension device; as well as an oscillating plate, which includes a micromirror and is connected to the inner frame element along a second oscillating axis, with the aid of a third suspension device; the first oscillating axis being perpendicular to the second oscillating axis. The inner frame element includes displaceable deflection elements, the oscillating plate being deflectable by displacing the deflection elements relative to the outer frame element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Schatz, Helmut Grutzeck, Joerg Muchow
  • Patent number: 10866407
    Abstract: A micromechanical component includes a micromirror connected to a mounting support via at least one spring such that the micromirror is adjustable about at least one axis of rotation relative to the mounting support, where the micromirror includes a reflective surface developed at least partially on a first diaphragm surface of a mounted diaphragm of the micromirror, the diaphragm including a second diaphragm surface that faces away from the first diaphragm surface and that is mounted in air or vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Maier, Joerg Muchow, Corinna Koepernik, Helmut Grutzeck, Rainer Straub, Stefan Mark, Thorsten Balslink
  • Patent number: 10795149
    Abstract: A micromirror device having a cap, a function layer, and a window layer, which are disposed on top of one another and parallel to a main extension plane, the function layer being situated between the cap and the window layer, and a micromirror is patterned out of the function layer. The micromirror device has a stop, which is designed to restrict a deflection of the micromirror in a direction perpendicular to the main extension plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Grutzeck, Peter Sudy, Andreas Finn, Daniel Maier
  • Patent number: 10737930
    Abstract: A micromechanical device and a corresponding manufacturing method. The micromechanical device includes: a spring element which is moveably coupleable or is moveably coupled to a frame unit at at least one connecting point of the spring element, the spring element including at least one web, which extends outward from the at least one connecting point; and the at least one web being structured in such a way that it includes at least one first section as well as at least one widening section for reducing a non-linearity of the spring element, which is widened compared to the first section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Grutzeck, Frederic Njikam Njimonzie, Hendrik Specht, Joerg Muchow, Massimiliano Putignano, Odd-Axel Pruetz
  • Publication number: 20200249467
    Abstract: A micromechanical micromirror array including a frame including a cutout, a micromirror device suspended on the frame in the area of the cutout in a first plane, a first pivoting vane device suspended on the frame protruding into the area of the cutout, coupled to the micromirror device via a first spring device, a second pivoting vane device suspended on the frame protruding into the area of the cutout, coupled to the micromirror device via a second spring device, a first drive device for deflecting the first pivoting vane device along a first axis, perpendicular to the first plane, and a second drive device for the antiphase deflection of the second pivoting vane device along the first axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Helmut Grutzeck, Timo Schary, Joerg Muchow, Philip Kaupmann
  • Patent number: 10696542
    Abstract: A micromechanical component including a mounting support, a coil winding retained by a coil brace, and an adjustable part, the coil brace and the adjustable part being connected to each other and via at least one spring element with the mounting support in such a way that the adjustable part is adjustable relative to the mounting support about at least one axis of rotation, and a stop support being fixedly disposed or developed on the mounting support and being at least partially framed by the coil brace, which stop support has at least one first stop area protruding on a surface of the mounting support, which limits a relative movement at least of the coil brace in at least one direction relative to the mounting support by a contact of the at least one first stop area with the coil brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Grutzeck, Joerg Muchow, Johannes Baader
  • Patent number: 10647568
    Abstract: A micromechanical component including a mounting including a spanned diaphragm, which is warpable via a pressure difference between a first diaphragm side and a second diaphragm side against a diaphragm counter force according to a diaphragm spring constant of the diaphragm, and at least one actuator electrode, which is connected to the diaphragm and adjustable against a spring force according to at least one spring constant of at least one spring with the aid of a warping of the diaphragm, an overall system spring constant being definable as the sum of a diaphragm spring constant of the diaphragm and the spring constant of the single spring, or an overall spring constant of all springs, via which the at least one actuator electrode is connected to the mounting, and the spring constant of the single spring or of all springs being at least 5% of the overall system spring constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Helmut Grutzeck, Jochen Reinmuth
  • Publication number: 20200088598
    Abstract: A micromechanical sensor includes a substrate having a cavity; a flexible diaphragm that spans the cavity; and a lever element that spans the diaphragm and has a first and a second end section, the end sections lying on opposite sides of a center section. A first joint element is fitted between the first end section and the substrate and a second joint element is fitted between the center section and the diaphragm, so that the lever element is able to be pivoted due to a deflection of the diaphragm. In addition, two capacitive sensors are provided, each having two electrodes, one electrode of each sensor being mounted at one of the end sections of the lever element, and the other being mounted on the substrate. The electrodes of the sensors are disposed in such a way that distances between the electrodes of different sensors are influenced oppositely when the lever element is pivoted. Moreover, the sensor includes an actuator for applying an actuating force between the lever element and the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Stefan Zehringer, Andreas Duell, Arne Dannenberg, Helmut Grutzeck, Jochen Franz, Mike Schwarz, Soeren Zimmermann, Stephan Oppl
  • Patent number: 10589988
    Abstract: A mechanical component has: a mounting; a movable part which, with the aid of at least one first spring and one second spring, is connected to the mounting in such a way that the movable part is movable about a rotational axis extending through a first anchoring area of the first spring on the mounting and a second anchoring area of the second spring on the mounting; a first sensor device with at least one first resistor which is situated on and/or in the first spring; and a second sensor device with at least one second resistor situated on and/or in the second spring. The first sensor device includes a first Wheatstone half bridge and the second sensor device includes a second Wheatstone half bridge. The first and second Wheatstone half bridges are connected to form a Wheatstone full bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Heinzelmann, Mohamad Iyad Al Dibs, Rainer Straub, Stefan Pinter, Frederic Njikam Njimonzie, Joerg Muchow, Helmut Grutzeck, Simon Armbruster, Sebastian Reiss
  • Publication number: 20190376864
    Abstract: A micromechanical pressure sensor, having —a pressure sensor core including a sensor diaphragm and a cavity developed above the sensor diaphragm; and —a pressure sensor frame; and —a spring element for the mechanical connection of the pressure sensor core to the pressure sensor frame being developed in such a way that a mechanical robustness is maximized and a coupling of stress from the pressure sensor frame into the sensor pressure core is minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Ferenc Lukacs, Arne Dannenberg, Friedjof Heuck, Helmut Grutzeck, Mike Schwarz, Robert Maul, Tamas Dögei, Thomas Friedrich, Volkmar Senz
  • Publication number: 20190359478
    Abstract: A micromechanical component having a mount, an adjustable element, which is connected via at least one spring to the mount, and an actuator device, a first oscillatory motion of the adjustable element about a first axis of rotation and simultaneously a second oscillatory motion of the adjustable element, which is set into the first oscillatory motion, being excitable about a second axis of rotation in response to the actuator device; and the adjustable element being configured by the at least one spring to be adjustable on the mount in such a way that the adjustable element is adjustable by a resulting angular momentum about a rotational axis, which is oriented orthogonally to the first axis of rotation and orthogonally to second axis of rotation. Also, a method for manufacturing a micromechanical component. Moreover, a method for exciting a motion of an adjustable element about a rotational axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Philip Kaupmann, Stefan Pinter, Helmut Grutzeck, Jochen Franz, Joerg Muchow
  • Patent number: 10488650
    Abstract: A micromechanical component includes an adjustable part, a mounting, at least one bending actuator, and a permanent magnet. The part is positioned on the mounting so as to be adjustable relative to the mounting about a first rotation axis and about a second rotation axis inclined relative to the first axis. The actuator includes at least one movable subregion. Movement of the subregion results in a restoring force that moves the part about the first axis. The part is connected indirectly to the magnet to be adjustable about the second axis of rotation via a magnetic field built up by the magnet together with a yoke device of the component or an external yoke. A micromirror device includes the micromechanical component. A method for adjusting the part includes adjusting the part simultaneously about the first and the second axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Grutzeck, Joerg Muchow, Mirko Hattass, Stefan Mark, Thorsten Balslink, Frank Schatz
  • Publication number: 20190219814
    Abstract: A micromechanical component having a mounting support, at least one coil winding held by at least one coil brace and comprising conductor tracks made from at least one electrically conductive material, at least one first subsection of the at least one coil winding being anchored on the associated coil brace, and an adjustable part, the at least one coil brace and the adjustable part being connected to each other and via at least one spring element to the mounting support in such a way that the adjustable part is adjustable about at least one axis of rotation in relation to the mounting support, and, while the at least one first subsection of the at least one coil winding is anchored on the associated coil brace, at least one second subsection of the same coil winding spans at least one gap formed in the associated coil brace as a cantilever subsection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Andreas Finn, Frederic Njikam Njimonzie, Helmut Grutzeck, Joerg Muchow, Rainer Straub
  • Publication number: 20190194015
    Abstract: A micromechanical component including a mounting including a spanned diaphragm, which is warpable via a pressure difference between a first diaphragm side and a second diaphragm side against a diaphragm counter force according to a diaphragm spring constant of the diaphragm, and at least one actuator electrode, which is connected to the diaphragm and adjustable against a spring force according to at least one spring constant of at least one spring with the aid of a warping of the diaphragm, an overall system spring constant being definable as the sum of a diaphragm spring constant of the diaphragm and the spring constant of the single spring, or an overall spring constant of all springs, via which the at least one actuator electrode is connected to the mounting, and the spring constant of the single spring or of all springs being at least 5% of the overall system spring constant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Helmut Grutzeck, Jochen Reinmuth
  • Publication number: 20190179137
    Abstract: A micromirror device, including a substrate and an outer frame element, which is connected to the substrate along a first oscillating axis with the aid of a first suspension device, and is deflectable about the first oscillating axis. In addition, the micromirror device includes an inner frame element, which is connected to the outer frame element along the first oscillating axis with the aid of a second suspension device; as well as an oscillating plate, which includes a micromirror and is connected to the inner frame element along a second oscillating axis, with the aid of a third suspension device; the first oscillating axis being perpendicular to the second oscillating axis. The inner frame element includes displaceable deflection elements, the oscillating plate being deflectable by displacing the deflection elements relative to the outer frame element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Schatz, Helmut Grutzeck, Joerg Muchow
  • Publication number: 20190146210
    Abstract: A micromechanical component includes a micromirror connected to a mounting support via at least one spring such that the micromirror is adjustable about at least one axis of rotation relative to the mounting support, where the micrimirror includes a reflective surface developed at least partially on a first diaphragm surface of a mounted diaphragm of the micromirror, the diaphragm including a second diaphragm surface that faces away from the first diaphragm surface and that is mounted in air or vacuum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Maier, Joerg Muchow, Corinna Koepernik, Helmut Grutzeck, Rainer Straub, Stefan Mark, Thorsten Balslink
  • Patent number: 10246318
    Abstract: A micromechanical component having a substrate, a membrane that covers an opening structured into the substrate from a first side of the substrate and that can be warped by a pressure difference between the first side of the substrate and a second side, oriented away from the first side, of the substrate, and having at least one actuator electrode that is connected at least to the membrane in such a way that the at least one actuator electrode can be displaced relative to the substrate by a warping of the membrane, the at least one actuator electrode being capable of being displaced relative to the substrate by the warping of the membrane, in each case along a displacement axis oriented parallel to the second side of the substrate. A production method for a micromechanical component is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Helmut Grutzeck, Jochen Reinmuth