Patents by Inventor Jürgen Wafzig

Jürgen Wafzig 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: 20220221052
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical actuator for generating an axial actuation force is provided. The electro-mechanical actuator includes an electric machine having a stator (1) and a rotor (2). The electro-mechanical actuator also includes a spindle drive with a rotary element (6) and with an element that is movable in a translatory manner. A rotation of the rotary element (6) may result in a translatory motion of the element that is movable in a translatory manner. The rotor (2) and the rotary element (6) of the spindle drive are coupled to each other in a circumferential direction (U) such that a rotation of the rotor (2) results in a rotation of the rotary element (6) of the spindle drive (5). A rotational play (8) is formed between the rotor (2) and the rotary element (6) of the spindle drive in the circumferential direction (U).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Inventors: Matthias Reisch, Andreas Füßl, Jürgen Wafzig, Andreas Wendzel, Lorenz Fischer, Holger Gohmert, Uwe Fehr, Michael Arnegger
  • Patent number: 11300202
    Abstract: A device (5) for selective displacement of a shift element (4) towards a first shift position and/or a second shift position includes an actuator (6) and a spring module (7). The spring module (7) includes an actuator-side force-introduction element, a shift element-side force-introduction element, and a spring arrangement. The spring arrangement includes a first spring end and a second spring end. The actuator-side force-introduction element and the shift element-side force-introduction element each include a first support section and a second support section for supporting the spring ends. The first spring end is associated with the first support section of the shift element-side force-introduction element and with the second support section of the actuator-side force-introduction element. The second spring end is associated with the first support section of the actuator-side force-introduction element and with the second support section of the shift element-side force-introduction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Matthias Reisch, Ralf Dreibholz, Jürgen Wafzig
  • Patent number: 11221060
    Abstract: A transmission (1) for a motor vehicle includes at least one input shaft (2) which can be connected to an internal combustion engine (VM) in a rotationally fixed manner and with at least one input shaft power transmission element, a first shaft (3) including at least one power transmission element, a second shaft (4) including at least one other power transmission element, and a transmission output shaft (5) which is engaged with the first shaft (3) and the second shaft (4). The transmission (1) includes at least one gear plane (RE), in which the at least one input shaft power transmission element is engaged with the at least one power transmission element and with the at least one other power transmission element. The transmission (1) includes precisely two gear planes, and the power transmission element and the other power transmission element are each an idler gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Wafzig, Michael Wechs, Timo Wehlen, Johannes Kaltenbach
  • Patent number: 11204093
    Abstract: An electronic module (1) includes a first electronic submodule (2) and at least one further electronic submodule (3, 4). The first electronic submodule (2) and the at least one further electronic submodule (3, 4) are electrically conductively connected to each other with an electrical conductor (5, 6), which is reversibly deformable, at least in sections. The first electronic submodule (2), the at least one further electronic submodule (3, 4), and the electrical conductor (5, 6) are encased in a fluid-tight manner with a casing (15), which is reversibly deformable, at least in sections. An actuator device includes at least one mechanical module and the electronic module (1). A method for manufacturing such an actuator device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Matthias Reisch, Michael Arnegger, Jürgen Wafzig
  • Publication number: 20210356039
    Abstract: A device (5) for selective displacement of a shift element (4) towards a first shift position and/or a second shift position includes an actuator (6) and a spring module (7). The spring module (7) includes an actuator-side force-introduction element, a shift element-side force-introduction element, and a spring arrangement. The spring arrangement includes a first spring end and a second spring end. The actuator-side force-introduction element and the shift element-side force-introduction element each include a first support section and a second support section for supporting the spring ends. The first spring end is associated with the first support section of the shift element-side force-introduction element and with the second support section of the actuator-side force-introduction element. The second spring end is associated with the first support section of the actuator-side force-introduction element and with the second support section of the shift element-side force-introduction element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: November 18, 2021
    Inventors: Matthias Reisch, Ralf Dreibholz, Jürgen Wafzig
  • Patent number: 10995825
    Abstract: An automatic transmission (3) of a vehicle having a central synchronization device (8) with at least one shift element (33; 9, 10) assigned to a transmission input shaft (32; 6, 7) and being a friction locking brake, an actuating device (14) driven by supplying energy, and at least one transmission region (34; 12, 13) disposed between the brake and a transmission output shaft (30), an operative connection between the transmission input shaft and the transmission output shaft and different transmission ratios are producible over the at least one transmission region. The brake is transferable with the operative connection and the actuating device (14) into an operating state in which a transmission input shaft (6) interacting with the brake (33; 9, 10), is held in a rotationally fixed manner by the brake (33; 9, 10), wherein the brake (33; 9, 10) is held by the actuating (14) without any energy infeed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Wafzig, Matthias Reisch
  • Patent number: 10816061
    Abstract: The invention proposes a dual-clutch transmission with two clutches (K1, K2), the input sides of which are connected with an input shaft (w_an) and the output sides of which are respectively connected with one of two coaxially disposed transmission input shafts (w_K1, w_K2). Further provided are at least two countershafts (w_v1, w_v2) on which idlers (i2, i3, i4, i5, iR) are rotatably mounted. The dual-clutch transmission comprises fixed gears (F1, F2, F3), which are disposed on the two transmission input shafts (w_K1, w_K2) in a rotationally fixed manner and in engagement with the idlers, and output gears (iab1, iab2) respectively provided on the two countershafts (w_v1, w_v2), each of which is coupled to a gearing of an output shaft (w_ab), wherein the output shaft (w_ab) is not coaxially disposed to the input shaft (w_an).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventor: Jürgen Wafzig
  • Publication number: 20200158231
    Abstract: An electronic module (1) includes a first electronic submodule (2) and at least one further electronic submodule (3, 4). The first electronic submodule (2) and the at least one further electronic submodule (3, 4) are electrically conductively connected to each other with an electrical conductor (5, 6), which is reversibly deformable, at least in sections. The first electronic submodule (2), the at least one further electronic submodule (3, 4), and the electrical conductor (5, 6) are encased in a fluid-tight manner with a casing (15), which is reversibly deformable, at least in sections. An actuator device includes at least one mechanical module and the electronic module (1). A method for manufacturing such an actuator device is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Matthias Reisch, Michael Arnegger, Jürgen Wafzig
  • Patent number: 10328784
    Abstract: A planetary transmission includes a plurality of planetary gear sets. Each of the plurality of planetary gear sets has a plurality of planetary gear set shafts. At least one additional rotatably mounted shaft is connectable to at least one of the plurality of planetary gear set shafts by at least one shift element in order to realize at least one ratio. The at least one additional rotatably mounted shaft is also connectable into power flow between an input shaft and an output shaft by the at least one shift element. The at least one additional rotatably mounted shaft is operatively connected directly to a component fixed to a housing, by which operative connection actuation energy for the at least one shift element is transferable from the component fixed to the housing into the at least one additional rotatably mounted shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Stefan Beck, Marc Seeberger, Michael Wechs, Jürgen Wafzig
  • Publication number: 20180363730
    Abstract: A transmission (1) for a motor vehicle includes at least one input shaft (2) which can be connected to an internal combustion engine (VM) in a rotationally fixed manner and with at least one input shaft power transmission element, a first shaft (3) including at least one power transmission element, a second shaft (4) including at least one other power transmission element, and a transmission output shaft (5) which is engaged with the first shaft (3) and the second shaft (4). The transmission (1) includes at least one gear plane (RE), in which the at least one input shaft power transmission element is engaged with the at least one power transmission element and with the at least one other power transmission element. The transmission (1) includes precisely two gear planes, and the power transmission element and the other power transmission element are each an idler gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Jürgen Wafzig, Michael Wechs, Timo Wehlen, Johannes Kaltenbach
  • Publication number: 20180180139
    Abstract: An automatic transmission (3) of a vehicle having a central synchronization device (8) with at least one shift element (33; 9, 10) assigned to a transmission input shaft (32; 6, 7) and being a friction locking brake, an actuating device (14) driven by supplying energy, and at least one transmission region (34; 12, 13) disposed between the brake and a transmission output shaft (30), an operative connection between the transmission input shaft and the transmission output shaft and different transmission ratios are producible over the at least one transmission region. The brake is transferable with the operative connection and the actuating device (14) into an operating state in which a transmission input shaft (6) interacting with the brake (33; 9, 10), is held in a rotationally fixed manner by the brake (33; 9, 10), wherein the brake (33; 9, 10) is held by the actuating (14) without any energy infeed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Jürgen Wafzig, Matthias Reisch
  • Publication number: 20180093557
    Abstract: A planetary transmission includes a plurality of planetary gear sets. Each of the plurality of planetary gear sets has a plurality of planetary gear set shafts. At least one additional rotatably mounted shaft is connectable to at least one of the plurality of planetary gear set shafts by at least one shift element in order to realize at least one ratio. The at least one additional rotatably mounted shaft is also connectable into power flow between an input shaft and an output shaft by the at least one shift element. The at least one additional rotatably mounted shaft is operatively connected directly to a component fixed to a housing, by which operative connection actuation energy for the at least one shift element is transferable from the component fixed to the housing into the at least one additional rotatably mounted shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Stefan Beck, Marc Seeberger, Michael Wechs, Jürgen Wafzig
  • Publication number: 20180058548
    Abstract: The invention proposes a dual-clutch transmission with two clutches (K1, K2), the input sides of which are connected with an input shaft (w_an) and the output sides of which are respectively connected with one of two coaxially disposed transmission input shafts (w_K1, w_K2). Further provided are at least two countershafts (w_v1, w_v2) on which idlers (i2, i3, i4, i5, iR) are rotatably mounted. The dual-clutch transmission comprises fixed gears (F1, F2, F3), which are disposed on the two transmission input shafts (w_K1, w_K2) in a rotationally fixed manner and in engagement with the idlers, and output gears (iab1, iab2) respectively provided on the two countershafts (w_v1, w_v2), each of which is coupled to a gearing of an output shaft (w_ab), wherein the output shaft (w_ab) is not coaxially disposed to the input shaft (w_an).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventor: Jürgen Wafzig
  • Patent number: 9273757
    Abstract: A countershaft-type dual clutch transmission for a vehicle has two clutches having input sides connected to a driveshaft (AN) and output sides connected respectively to one of two transmission input shafts arranged coaxial to a mainshaft axis. A sub-transmission is associated in each instance with the transmission input shafts, at least two countershafts, a plurality of gear planes to which are assigned gear ratio steps, and at least one output shaft which can be connected to the sub-transmissions via an output gear plane. Only six gear planes with at least nine assigned gear ratio steps can be realized via only four double shift elements and at least one single shift element. Each countershaft can be coupled with four gear ratio steps via double shift elements, and one of the transmission input shafts can be coupled with a gear ratio step via a single shift element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Christian Michel, Jürgen Wafzig, Michael Wechs, Markus Renninger, Thomas Rosemeier, Johannes Kaltenbach
  • Patent number: 9032823
    Abstract: A dual clutch transmission designed as a reduction gearing which has concentric central and hollow transmission shafts, exactly one layshaft, and two power shift elements. A hollow shaft is provided coaxially on the layshaft, which can be rotatably fixed to the layshaft, via one shift device, and to which at least two gears of the gear stages are rotatably fixed. A further hollow shaft is provided coaxially on either the central or the hollow transmission shaft, which can be connected, via one of the shift devices, with the central or the hollow transmission shaft and to which at least two further gears of the gear stages are rotatably fixed. At least three transmission ratios are obtainable as a result of engaging the shift element into the power flow in three of the gear stages, by which one transmission ratio results from engaging only one shift element into the power flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Ralf Dreibholz, Juergen Wafzig, Michael Wechs, Markus Renninger, Thomas Rosemeier, Johannes Kaltenbach, Rudolf Kauffeldt
  • Patent number: 9021906
    Abstract: A double clutch transmission of countershaft design having a central shaft and a concentric hollow transmission shaft, one countershaft, and two power-shift elements. Two hollow shafts are disposed on the countershaft coaxially to the countershaft, each of which can be fixed, via one shift device, to the countershaft, and to which at least two gearwheels are fixed. A further hollow shaft is coaxially provided on either the central or hollow transmission shafts and can be connected, via a shift device, to the central or hollow transmission shaft, and to which at least two further gearwheels of the gear stages are fixed. At least three transmission ratios are possible by engaging three of the gear stages on the shift-element side into the power flow, thereby enabling one transmission ratio to be at least partially implemented by a respective sole engagement on the shift-element side into the power flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Ralf Dreibholz, Juergen Wafzig, Michael Wechs, Markus Renninger, Thomas Rosemeier, Johannes Kaltenbach, Rudolf Kauffeldt
  • Publication number: 20140338497
    Abstract: A countershaft-type dual clutch transmission for a vehicle has two clutches having input sides connected to a driveshaft (AN) and output sides connected respectively to one of two transmission input shafts arranged coaxial to a mainshaft axis. A sub-transmission is associated in each instance with the transmission input shafts, at least two countershafts, a plurality of gear planes to which are assigned gear ratio steps, and at least one output shaft which can be connected to the sub-transmissions via an output gear plane. Only six gear planes with at least nine assigned gear ratio steps can be realized via only four double shift elements and at least one single shift element. Each countershaft can be coupled with four gear ratio steps via double shift elements, and one of the transmission input shafts can be coupled with a gear ratio step via a single shift element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Christian Michel, Jürgen Wafzig, Michael Wechs, Markus Renninger, Thomas Rosemeier, Johannes Kaltenbach
  • Patent number: 8733195
    Abstract: An actuating assembly for actuating synchronizing elements of a centrally synchronized dual-clutch transmission having at least a first part-transmission (6) and a second part-transmission (7) such that at least one synchronizing element is associated with each of the first and the second part-transmission (6, 7). A common actuator (1) is provided for actuating at least the synchronizing elements of the two part-transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Ralf Dreibholz, Eckhardt Luebke, Matthias Reisch, Juergen Wafzig
  • Patent number: 8727929
    Abstract: A multi-step transmission having a housing accommodating eight shafts and four planetary gearsets (4, 5, 6, 7), and at least six shift elements comprising brakes and clutches which implement different transmission ratios between a drive shaft and output shaft. A carrier of gearset (4) is connected to shaft (14) which can be fixed, via brake (8), to the housing and further is connectable, via a first clutch, to shaft (15) which is coupled to a carrier of gearset (5) and is connectable, via a second clutch, to the drive shaft. A ring gear of gearset (6) is coupled to shaft (16) which can be fixed, via brake (9), to the housing. The drive shaft is additionally coupled to a sun gear of gearset (5). A ring gear of gearset (5) is connected to shaft (17). The gearset (5) is a plus planetary gearset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Stefan Beck, Gerhard Gumpoltsberger, Christian Sibla, Michael Wechs, Juergen Wafzig
  • Patent number: 8663053
    Abstract: A multi-step transmission having a housing which accommodates eight shafts and four planetary gear sets, and at least six shift elements including brakes and clutches which are engaged to implement different ratios between a drive shaft and output shaft. The carrier of gearset (4) is connected to shaft (14) which is connectable, via brake (8), to the housing and, via clutch (11), to shaft (15) which is coupled to the ring gear of gearset (6). The shaft (16) connects the ring gear of gearset (5) to the sun gear of gearset (6) and is couplable, via a clutch (12), to the output shaft. The shaft (17) is connected to the ring gear of gearset (4) and the drive shaft is connectable, via clutch (13), to shaft (14) and is coupled to the carrier of gearset (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Stefan Beck, Gerhard Gumpoltsberger, Christian Sibla, Michael Wechs, Juergen Wafzig