Patents by Inventor Jorg Mayer

Jorg Mayer 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: 10722369
    Abstract: The fusion device for fusing a synovial joint of a human or animal patient, in particular a human facet joint, finger joint or toe joint, includes two pin-shaped anchorage portions and arranged therebetween a stabilization portion. The anchorage portions include a thermoplastic material which is liquefiable by mechanical vibration. The stabilization portion preferably has a surface which is equipped for enhancing osseointegration. The anchorage portions have a greater thickness and a greater depth than the stabilization portion. Then the fusion device is pushed between the articular surfaces and mechanical vibration, in particular ultrasonic vibration, is applied to the proximal face of the fusion device. Thereby the liquefiable material is liquefied where in contact with the bone tissue and penetrates into the bone tissue, where after re-solidification it constitutes a positive fit connection between the fusion device and the bone tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: WW TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Mehl, Elmar Mock, Andrea Müller, Milica Berra, Urs Weber
  • Publication number: 20200222089
    Abstract: An implant system that is designed to be fastened to a posterior side of a spinal column. The implant system includes an implant body, for example a plate, and a plurality of fasteners. The implant body has a fastening structure for each fastener. Each fastener extends between a proximal end and a distal end and includes a thermoplastic material in a solid state, the thermoplastic material being liquefiable by energy impinging on the fastener, in an anchoring process, in which the fastener is pressed against bone tissue by a pressing force acting from a proximal side, and in which energy is coupled into the fastener to at least partially liquefy the thermoplastic material, wherein a flow portion of the thermoplastic material is pressed into bone tissue and, after re-solidification, anchors the fastener in the bone tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Johan Van Havermaet
  • Patent number: 10709487
    Abstract: A graft or prosthetic element suitable e.g. for replacing a tendon or ligament is fastened in a bone tunnel or blind opening with the aid of a fastener. In a first step, the graft or prosthetic element is press-fitted in the tunnel or opening by forcing the fastener into the opening or by positioning the fastener in the opening and then expanding it, wherein the fastener is in contact with the graft or prosthetic element and with the bone wall of the tunnel or blind opening. In a second step, the fastener is anchored in the bone wall of the tunnel or blind opening with the aid of a liquefiable material which is liquefied in the vicinity of the bone wall where it is in contact with the fastener and by making the liquefied material penetrate into the bone wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SPORTWELDING GMBH
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Milica Berra, Andrea Mueller, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl, Andreas Wenger, Elmar Mock
  • Patent number: 10668668
    Abstract: A method of bonding a second object to a first object includes: providing the first object having a thermoplastic liquefiable material in a solid state; providing the second object having a surface portion that has a coupling structure with an undercut, so that the second object is capable of making a positive-fit connection with the first object; pressing the second object against the first object with a tool that is in physical contact with a coupling-in structure of the second object while mechanical vibrations are coupled into the tool; continuing to press and couple vibrations into the tool until a flow portion of the thermoplastic material of the first object is liquefied and flows into the coupling structures of the second object; and letting the thermoplastic material re-solidify to yield a positive-fit connection between the first and second objects by the re-solidified flow portion interpenetrating the coupling structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Mario Lehmann, Joakim Kvist, Patricia Poschner
  • Patent number: 10661466
    Abstract: A slicer having at least one cutting blade, in particular a scythe-like blade, rotating about an axis of rotation and having an imbalance. Also included is a rotary drive for the cutting blade. Further included is a counterweight having at least one balance mass for compensating the imbalance of the cutting blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Textor Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Josef Mayer, Jorg Schmeiser
  • Patent number: 10662992
    Abstract: A method of bonding a connector to a first object includes providing the connector, the connector being separate from the first object and including a thermoplastic material; arranging the first object and the connector relative to one another so that the connector reaches from a proximal side of the object through a first opening in the object; generating and applying vibrations and mechanical pressure to the connector until a flow portion of the thermoplastic material is liquefied and caused to flow sideways radially into an open space; and removing the source of the vibrations and causing the liquefied thermoplastic material to re-solidify, resulting in the connector with a foot portion, a head portion, and a shaft portion between the foot portion and the head portion. The shaft portion extends along an axis through the first opening, and secures the connector to the first object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jonas Germann, Jörg Mayer, Joakim Kvist, Patricia Poschner
  • Patent number: 10658748
    Abstract: What is provided is a shield housing for shielding interconnect structures and/or components disposed on a circuit board, wherein at least two antenna radiators can be disposed on the shield housing, and wherein the shield housing is configured in such a manner that it can cover the interconnect structures and/or components disposed on the circuit board, at least in part, can be connected with a ground surface of the circuit board, and has a region between the antenna radiators, which region is configured in such a manner that it provides electrical decoupling of the feed of the antenna radiators from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: KATHREIN SE
    Inventors: Jörg Langenberg, Torsten Richter, Josef Mayer
  • Publication number: 20200146734
    Abstract: A graft or prosthetic element suitable, e.g., for replacing a tendon or ligament is fastened in a bone tunnel or blind opening with the aid of a fastener. In a first step, the graft or prosthetic element is press-fitted in the tunnel or opening by forcing the fastener into the opening or by positioning the fastener in the opening and then expanding it, wherein the fastener is in contact with the graft or prosthetic element and with the bone wall of the tunnel or blind opening. In a second step, the fastener is anchored in the bone wall of the tunnel or blind opening with the aid of a liquefiable material which is liquefied in the vicinity of the bone wall where it is in contact with the fastener and by making the liquefied material penetrate into the bone wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Milica Berra, Andrea Müller, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl, Andreas Wenger, Elmar Mock
  • Publication number: 20200147898
    Abstract: A method of anchoring a connector in a heterogeneous first object that includes a first building layer and, distally of the first building layer, an interlining layer. The method includes providing the first object and the connector, which includes thermoplastic material in a solid state; contacting the connector with the first building layer; applying a first mechanical pressing force to the connector until the first building layer is pierced by the connector and a distal portion of the connector reaches into the interlining layer; applying a second mechanical pressing force and mechanical vibration to the connector until a flow portion of the thermoplastic material is flowable and penetrates structures of the first object, and a distally facing abutment face of the head portion abuts against the metal profile in a region next to the opening; and letting the thermoplastic material resolidify to yield a positive-fit connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Joakim Kvist, Mario Lehmann, Patricia Poschner
  • Publication number: 20200147896
    Abstract: A method of mechanically securing a first object including a thermoplastic material in a solid state to a second object with a generally flat sheet portion, with a perforation of the sheet portion, and with the sheet portion having an edge along the perforation is provided, wherein the first object is positioned relative to the second object so that the edge is in contact with the thermoplastic material and wherein mechanical vibration energy is coupled into the assembly including the first and second objects until a flow portion of the thermoplastic material due to friction heat generated between the edge and the thermoplastic material becomes flowable and flows around the edge to at least partially embed the edge in the thermoplastic material. After the mechanical vibration stops, the thermoplastic material is caused to re-solidify, whereby the re-solidified thermoplastic material at least partially embedding the edge anchors the first object in the second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Joakim Kvist, Philipp Bernhard, Laurent Torriani, Mario Weiss, Antonino Lanci, Martin Sigrist, Hannes Merz, Samuel Malzach
  • Publication number: 20200146670
    Abstract: A suture anchor retaining a suture is fixated in hard tissue, in particular in bone tissue, using any per se known method and is then secured using a securing element including a material having thermoplastic properties, which is liquefied in situ and made to penetrate the hard tissue in which the suture anchor is fixated. The securing element is e.g. a thermoplastic plug or thermoplastic sleeve which is anchored above the suture anchor in a mouth area of the same hard tissue opening. Alternatively the securing element is a thermoplastic pin which is introduced into an inner cavity of the suture anchor, wherein the material having thermoplastic properties is liquefied in this cavity and, in a liquid state is pressed through passages connecting the cavity with outer surfaces of the anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Elmar Mock, Andrea Muller, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl
  • Publication number: 20200138495
    Abstract: A spinal implant system with a spinal anchor implant, for example a pedicle screw, that has a head portion forming the proximal end. Further, the system includes a support plate, which is shaped to be placed against the posterior or lateral side of the vertebra and having an anchor receiving structure. The anchor implant extends through the anchor receiving structure into the bone tissue when the anchor implant is anchored in the bone tissue with the support plate between the head portion and the bone tissue. The system also has a thermoplastic material in a solid state, which is shaped and equipped to be placed relative to the anchored anchor implant and the support plate and to be made flowable by the impact of impinging energy so as to bridge and at least partially fill a gap between the anchor implant and the support plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Jörg MAYER, Johan VAN HAVERMAET
  • Publication number: 20200086836
    Abstract: A method for improving the adhesion of a rail vehicle by conditioning selected axle(s), detects whether a higher total brake force can be achieved by changing the manipulated variable of the wheel slip at at least one unit from a current starting wheel slip to a forced wheel slip, and, if so, changes the wheel slip at at least one unit from the current starting wheel slip to the forced wheel slip by regulating the manipulated variable of the brake application force at the unit, whereby the friction ratios between the wheel and the rail changes at the subsequent units, and regulates the manipulated variable of the brake application force at the subsequent units to regulate the wheel slip, which is likewise changed by the changed friction ratios, at the units back to the unchanged manipulated variable of the starting wheel slip, optimized brake forces being produced at the units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas RASEL, Ulf FRIESEN, Marc-Oliver HERDEN, Jörg-Johannes WACH, Reinhold MAYER
  • Patent number: 10582921
    Abstract: A suture anchor retaining a suture is fixated in hard tissue, in particular in bone tissue, using any per se known method and is then secured using a securing element including a material having thermoplastic properties, which is liquefied in situ and made to penetrate the hard tissue in which the suture anchor is fixated. The securing element is e.g. a thermoplastic plug or thermoplastic sleeve which is anchored above the suture anchor in a mouth area of the same hard tissue opening. Alternatively the securing element is a thermoplastic pin which is introduced into an inner cavity of the suture anchor, wherein the material having thermoplastic properties is liquefied in this cavity and, in a liquid state is pressed through passages connecting the cavity with outer surfaces of the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SPORTWELDING GMBH
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Elmar Mock, Andrea Müller, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl
  • Patent number: 10576691
    Abstract: A method of anchoring a connector in a first object is provided, the connector having a thermoplastic material in a solid state. The method includes providing the first object and the connector, bringing the connector into contact with the first object from a distal side thereof, causing mechanical vibration energy to impinge on the first object from a proximal end face thereof, the proximal end face being opposite the distal side, while the object and the connector are pressed against each other, until a proximally facing end of connector is at least partially flowable forming a flow portion of the thermoplastic material, and causing the flow portion to flow into structures of the first object, and letting the flow portion re-solidify to cause a positive-fit connection between the first object and the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Joakim Kvist
  • Patent number: 10562233
    Abstract: A method of mechanically securing a first object including a thermoplastic material in a solid state to a second object with a generally flat sheet portion, with a perforation of the sheet portion, and with the sheet portion having an edge along the perforation is provided, wherein the first object is positioned relative to the second object so that the edge is in contact with the thermoplastic material and wherein mechanical vibration energy is coupled into the assembly including the first and second objects until a flow portion of the thermoplastic material due to friction heat generated between the edge and the thermoplastic material becomes flowable and flows around the edge to at least partially embed the edge in the thermoplastic material. After the mechanical vibration stops, the thermoplastic material is caused to re-solidify, whereby the re-solidified thermoplastic material at least partially embedding the edge anchors the first object in the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Joakim Kvist, Philipp Bernhard, Laurent Torriani, Mario Weiss, Antonio Lanci, Martin Sigrist, Hannes Merz, Samuel Malzach
  • Patent number: 10562237
    Abstract: A method of anchoring a connector in a heterogeneous first object that includes a first building layer and, distally of the first building layer, an interlining layer. The method includes providing the first object and the connector, which includes thermoplastic material in a solid state; contacting the connector with the first building layer; applying a first mechanical pressing force to the connector until the first building layer is pierced by the connector and a distal portion of the connector reaches into the interlining layer; applying a second mechanical pressing force and mechanical vibration to the connector until a flow portion of the thermoplastic material is flowable and penetrates structures of the first object, and a distally facing abutment face of the head portion abuts against the metal profile in a region next to the opening; and letting the thermoplastic material resolidify to yield a positive-fit connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MULTIMATERIAL-WELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Joakim Kvist, Mario Lehmann, Patricia Poschner
  • Publication number: 20200030115
    Abstract: An implant or endoprosthesis suitable to be implanted in human or animal tissue includes two (or more than two) parts to be joined in situ. Each one of the parts includes a joining location, the two joining locations facing each other when the device parts are positioned for being joined together, wherein one of the joining locations includes a material which is liquefiable by mechanical vibration and the other one of the joining locations includes a material which is not liquefiable by mechanical vibration and a structure (e.g. undercut cavities or protrusions) suitable for forming a positive fit connection with the liquefiable material. The joining process is effected by pressing the two device parts against each other and by applying ultrasonic vibration to one of the device parts when the two parts are positioned relative to each other such that the two joining locations are in contact with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Marcel Aeschlimann, Laurent Torriani, Andrea Müller, Thomas Knecht, Philipp Seiler, Urs Weber, Christopher Rast, Jörg Mayer, Stephanie Mehl, Milica Berra
  • Patent number: 10538009
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for slicing food products, in particular a high-performance slicer, comprising a rotor shaft which rotates about a rotational axis during operation and which can be adjusted in an axial manner, in particular in order to carry out blank cuts and/or to adjust cutting gaps; a rotor which is driven by the rotor shaft; a cutting blade which is supported by the rotor, in particular a circular blade which rotates about the rotational axis in a planetary manner and additionally rotates relative to the rotor about a blade axis that runs parallel to the rotational axis in an offset manner; and a rotary drive for the rotor shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Textor Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Jorg Schmeiser, Josef Mayer
  • Publication number: 20200016843
    Abstract: A method of bonding a first object to a second object includes the steps of: providing the first object including thermoplastic material in a solid state, providing the second object including a proximal surface, applying a mechanical pressing force and a mechanical excitation capable to liquefy the thermoplastic material until a flow portion of the thermoplastic material is flowable and penetrates into structures of the second object, and stopping the mechanical excitation and letting the thermoplastic material resolidify to yield a positive-fit connection between the first and the second object. The second object has a region of low density, wherein the protrusion penetrates the region of low density at least partly before the thermoplastic material is made flowable, and wherein the first object includes a protruding portion after the step of letting the thermoplastic material resolidify, the protruding portion at least partly penetrates the region of low density.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Patrick Mooser, Gregor Eckhard