Patents by Inventor Johann Meier

Johann Meier 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: 11108344
    Abstract: The invention relates to a soft starter (10) for connecting at least one main circuit (12, 14, 16), each of which includes a bypass circuit (20) having a semiconductor switch (22). Said soft starter (10) comprises a control unit (40) for actuating the bypass circuit (20), and the control unit (40) is equipped with a control signal input (44). According to the invention, the control unit (40) has a separate safety signal input (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Kyoung-Jin Lee-Hoff, Johann Seitz, Klaus Aufschneider, Dirk Hertz, Markus Meier, Stefan Zitzler
  • Publication number: 20210172215
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a motor vehicle having at least one vehicle side, on which a front door and a rear door are provided, and to a method for operating an electric motor in a respective rear door of the at least one vehicle side. The disclosure relates to a motor vehicle having at least one vehicle side, on which a front door and a rear door are provided, wherein an electric motor configured to provide a motorized door function is provided in the rear door and wherein a control device configured to operate the motor which is connected to the motor via electrical conductor elements for transferring a motor current is provided. According to the disclosure, the control device is arranged in the front door and is configured to also control at least one door function of the front door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Inventors: Andreas EGGER, Marc DESGEANS, Stefan EHRLICH, Johann MEIER
  • Patent number: 10406949
    Abstract: Vehicle seat comprising a vehicle seat upper part and a vehicle seat lower part, the vehicle seat upper part being movable relative to the vehicle seat lower part, and the vehicle seat upper part being able to be sprung and damped, relative to the vehicle seat lower part, by a suspension and damping element, the suspension and damping element comprising a reversibly deformable plastics element and an adjusting element, the plastics element and the adjusting element being in operative contact, and the spring characteristics of the suspension and damping element being able to be adjusted depending on the position of the adjusting element relative to the plastics element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventors: Florian Schanderl, Johann Meier
  • Patent number: 10005377
    Abstract: Armrest device, in particular for commercial vehicle seats, having a guide rail system for guiding a displacement movement of a first rail relative to a second rail which can be connected to the armrest device, in a displacement direction, wherein the displacement movement of the first rail can be arrested by the engagement of a locking element of a locking device in at least one recess in the first rail, wherein the locking device is rigidly connected to the armrest device by a first end and can be deflected in a height direction by a second end, the locking element engaging in the recess in a non-deflected position of the locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventors: Daniel Klieber, Thomas Haller, Johann Meier
  • Publication number: 20180162242
    Abstract: Vehicle seat comprising a vehicle seat upper part and a vehicle seat lower part, the vehicle seat upper part being movable relative to the vehicle seat lower part, and the vehicle seat upper part being able to be sprung and damped, relative to the vehicle seat lower part, by a suspension and damping element, the suspension and damping element comprising a reversibly deformable plastics element and an adjusting element, the plastics element and the adjusting element being in operative contact, and the spring characteristics of the suspension and damping element being able to be adjusted depending on the position of the adjusting element relative to the plastics element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Florian SCHANDERL, Johann MEIER
  • Publication number: 20170217343
    Abstract: Armrest device, in particular for commercial vehicle seats, having a guide rail system for guiding a displacement movement of a first rail relative to a second rail which can be connected to the armrest device, in a displacement direction, wherein the displacement movement of the first rail can be arrested by the engagement of a locking element of a locking device in at least one recess in the first rail, wherein the locking device is rigidly connected to the armrest device by a first end and can be deflected in a height direction by a second end, the locking element engaging in the recess in a non-deflected position of the locking device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel KLIEBER, Thomas HALLER, Johann MEIER
  • Patent number: 8950812
    Abstract: The invention relates to a foldable vehicle seat, in particular for utility vehicles, with a backrest and a seat part, wherein the backrest is made foldable and is connected at least to a first cam element and the seat part is made foldable and is connected at least to a second cam element, wherein the two cam elements are arranged at a distance from each other in the width-wise direction of the seat and are arranged so as to be rotatable about a common axle extending in the width-wise direction of the seat, so that the backrest and the seat part are rotatable by at least 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Grammer AG
    Inventors: Thomas Haller, Johann Meier, Rudolf Kastner, Franz Schneider
  • Patent number: 8534646
    Abstract: The invention relates to a seat suspension device for a vehicle seat, in particular a commercial vehicle seat, comprising at least one air spring, said air spring being disposed between an upper seat portion of the vehicle seat and a lower seat portion of the vehicle seat, and at least one hose-like member connected to the air spring via a first connection line for an extension volume of the air spring is provided, said hose-like member being arranged along at least one fold of a bellows-like facing extending between an upper seat portion and a lower seat portion of a vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Grammer AG
    Inventors: Rupert Bauer, Nikolaus Haller, Johann Meier, Hubert Wittmann
  • Publication number: 20120091771
    Abstract: The invention relates to a foldable vehicle seat, in particular for utility vehicles, with a backrest and a seat part, wherein the backrest is made foldable and is connected at least to a first cam element and the seat part is made foldable and is connected at least to a second cam element, wherein the two cam elements are arranged at a distance from each other in the width-wise direction of the seat and are arranged so as to be rotatable about a common axle extending in the width-wise direction of the seat, so that the backrest and the seat part are rotatable by at least 90°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas HALLER, Johann MEIER, Rudolf KASTNER, Franz SCHNEIDER
  • Publication number: 20120007293
    Abstract: The invention relates to a seat suspension device for a vehicle seat, in particular a commercial vehicle seat, comprising at least one air spring, said air spring being disposed between an upper seat portion of the vehicle seat and a lower seat portion of the vehicle seat, and at least one hose-like member connected to the air spring via a first connection line for an extension volume of the air spring is provided, said hose-like member being arranged along at least one fold of a bellows-like facing extending between an upper seat portion and a lower seat portion of a vehicle seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: GRAMMER AG
    Inventors: Rupert BAUER, Nikolaus HALLER, Johann MEIER, Hubert WITTMANN
  • Patent number: 7575206
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seat comprising at least one gas spring (9) which damps vibration and adjusts the seat height, said gas spring being arranged between a seat frame (1) and a base frame (2), and comprising a valve arrangement (43, 44) for adjusting the pressure in the gas spring (9) and a compressor (45) assigned to the vehicle seat (17, 20, 23), said compressor having a drive motor for feeding compressed gas to the gas spring (9), wherein a belt roller device comprising a belt (11) rolled around an axle (12) is arranged between the seat frame (1) and the base frame (2), the first end (11a) of said belt being attached to a belt roller mechanism (10) arranged on the seat frame (1) and the second end (11b) of said belt being attached to the base frame (2), and a detector (16) which detects a belt rolling movement is attached to the seat frame (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Grammer AG
    Inventors: Johann Meier, Thomas Burger, Marco Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20050110243
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seat comprising at least one gas spring (9) which damps vibration and adjusts the seat height, said gas spring being arranged between a seat frame (1) and a base frame (2), and comprising a valve arrangement (43, 44) for adjusting the pressure in the gas spring (9) and a compressor (45) assigned to the vehicle seat (17, 20, 23), said compressor having a drive motor for feeding compressed gas to the gas spring (9), wherein a belt roller device comprising a belt (11) rolled around an axle (12) is arranged between the seat frame (1) and the base frame (2), the first end (11a) of said belt being attached to a belt roller mechanism (10) arranged on the seat frame (1) and the second end (11b) of said belt being attached to the base frame (2), and a detector (16) which detects a belt rolling movement is attached to the seat frame (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Inventors: Johann Meier, Thomas Burger, Marco Hofmann
  • Patent number: 6309906
    Abstract: The device (10) comprises a deposition chamber (12) containing two electrodes (13, 14), one of which comprises a support (16) for a substrate (17) and is earthed, the other being connected to an electric radio frequency generator (15). The device includes a mechanism (23) for extracting gas from the chamber (12) and a mechanism (18) for supplying gas. The device also comprises a mechanism for purification (31) of the gases introduced into the chamber, these a mechanism being arranged so as to reduce the number of oxygen atoms contained in the deposition gas, such gas being made up of silane, hydrogen and/or argon. The procedure consists of creating a vacuum in the deposition chamber (12), purifying the gases using purification a mechanism (31), introducing these purified gases into the chamber (12), then creating a plasma between the electrodes (13, 14). A film of intrinsic microcrystalline silicon in then deposited on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Universite de Neuchatel-Institut de Microtechnique
    Inventors: Johann Meier, Ulrich Kroll
  • Patent number: 6163505
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ultrasonic transducer with a pot-shaped oscillating element, which is mounted in a transducer housing and which bears a piezoelectric disc on its bottom. The invention simplifies the electric contact-making between the connecting leads and the oscillating element or the piezoelectric disc and makes this process more suitable for automated manufacturing. The invention consists of contact springs which are not soldered or caulked with the above-mentioned elements, but only tact them resiliently. Improvements are achieved through an essentially cylinder-shaped connecting element, to which the contact springs are fastened by casting and which can also serve as a damping element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Johann Meier, Karl-Heinz Zoller, Thomas Handschiegel
  • Patent number: 5755421
    Abstract: A guide rail arrangement for a vehicle seat has first and second rail members. The first and second rail members are of configurations which engage one into the other to hold the rail members slidably together and they have first and second contact portions, along which the rail members bear linearly against each other for mutual play-free guidance thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Grammer AG
    Inventors: Johann Meier, Paul Haril
  • Patent number: 5058852
    Abstract: A vehicle seat which is adjustable in height and which affords automatic adjustment to the seat occupant weight comprises a gas spring between a seat frame and a base frame, a valve arrangement actuable by an actuating element to adjust the pressure in the gas spring in dependence on the weight of the seat occupant, and a means for setting the desired seat height. Disposed between the seat and base frames is a belt reel device with a coupling means, which like the gas spring, can be subjected to the action of pressure gas from a pressure source. The pressure source comprises a compressor driven by a drive motor, which are disposed on the vehicle seat. The valve arrangement includes a 2/2-way valve which serves only for the release of pressure gas from the gas spring, and a 3/2-way valve between the pressure source and the coupling means of the belt reel device. The valve arrangement may be mechanical/pneumatic in operation or may be controlled by an electronic control arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Grammer AG
    Inventors: Johann Meier, Johann Grassl, Josef Dotzler
  • Patent number: 4679760
    Abstract: A springing arrangement comprises a coil spring and a spring-engaging member acting thereon between the two ends of the spring and in a direction which differs from the longitudinal direction of the spring, thereby to provide non-linear dependency of the spring force on the distance covered by the spring-engaging member. The spring-engaging member is made up of two elements on respective sides of the spring, each element bearing against the spring by way of a curved surface and extending over a plurality of turns of the coil spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Assignee: Grammer Sitzsysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Josef Dotzler, Johann Meier
  • Patent number: D428719
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Grammer AG
    Inventors: Werner Fick, Johann Meier