Patents by Inventor Kathrin Quiter

Kathrin Quiter 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: 10780445
    Abstract: A separator for centrifugally processing a flowable product includes a rotatable drum bounding a centrifuging chamber. The drum has a feeding and removal system having at least one feeding device and one or more removal devices composed of plastic or a plastic composite. An inner drum, composed of plastic or a plastic composite, is arranged in an outer supporting device of the drum. The feeding device and the one or more removal devices extend into the inner drum, do not rotate with the inner drum during operation, and are glued and/or welded to each other in such a way that the feeding device and the one or more removal devices are sealingly connected. The feeding and removal system has one or more grippers as the removal device, each of which one or two or more grippers has a disk segment and a shaft segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: GEA MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT GmbH
    Inventors: Wilfried Mackel, Thomas Bathelt, Kathrin Quiter, Frank Taetz
  • Patent number: 10639650
    Abstract: A method for monitoring, controlling, and/or regulating the operation of a centrifuge, in particular a separator, during the centrifugal processing of a product, in particular when clarifying a product and/or when separating a product into different liquid phases. The centrifuge has a drum which can be rotated by a drive spindle, a drum mounting, and a drive motor. Force measurements are performed using one or more force sensors and analyzed, and an output is provided in the event of a deviation from a specified behavior and/or the analyses are used for or during the control and/or regulation of the operation of the centrifuge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GEA MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT GmbH
    Inventors: Wilfried Mackel, Kathrin Quiter, Thomas Bathelt
  • Publication number: 20180290152
    Abstract: A separator for the centrifugal processing of a free-flowing product includes a rotatable drum with a vertical rotation axis. The rotatable drum has a centrifuging chamber and a maximum radial diameter. An annular cover is placed onto an upper end of the drum and is configured as a part that does not rotate with the drum during operation. At least one sealing arrangement with two sealing rings is arranged between the drum and the annular cover. A leakage chamber having an outlet is formed between the two sealing rings of the at least one sealing arrangement. A splash ring, which is fastened to the drum for rotation therewith, is arranged in the leakage chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Wilfried MACKEL, Thomas BATHELT, Kathrin QUITER, Frank TAETZ, Kai HELMRICH
  • Patent number: 10029921
    Abstract: A method for lowering the pressure inside the hood interior of a separator arrangement with a separator with a rotatable drum includes rotating the rotatable drum about a vertical rotation axis. Before processing a product that is to be processed, a liquid is first directed through the drum and the pressure inside the hood interior is lowered, by a device, as a result of rotations of the drum in the manner of a jet pump. After the pressure inside the hood interior has been lowered sufficiently, then the actual processing of the product that is to be processed is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Kathrin Quiter, Wilfried Mackel
  • Publication number: 20180147581
    Abstract: A separator for centrifugally processing a flowable product includes a rotating system with at least one rotatable drum delimiting a centrifugal chamber and at least one drive spindle for rotating or driving the drum. At least one non-rotating housing surrounds the drum. A mounting device for mounting the drive spindle in a mounting receiving housing is arranged or formed on the housing. A support arrangement is configured between the outer circumference of the bearing device and the inner circumference of the bearing receiving housing. The support arrangement is designed to provide on the whole an elastic radial support of the bearing device on the bearing receiving housing, and thus on the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: GEA MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT GMBH
    Inventors: Kathrin QUITER, Wilfried MACKEL, Thomas BATHELT, Frank TAETZ
  • Publication number: 20180001330
    Abstract: A separator for the centrifugal processing of a flowable product includes a rotatable drum with a vertical rotational axis. The drum delimits a centrifuge chamber and has an arrangement for clarifying the product to be processed in the centrifugal field. The drum consists preferably entirely or partly of plastic or a plastic composite material. A supply system and a discharge system for the drum are formed on or in the drum. A housing in which the drum is arranged and which has a base part, includes a housing casing connected to the base part, and preferably a cover. The housing has at least one first opening configured as a supply opening and/or a discharge opening for a liquid such that the interior of the housing can be easily cleaned and/or disinfected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Wilfried MACKEL, Thomas BATHELT, Kathrin QUITER, Frank TAETZ
  • Publication number: 20170333915
    Abstract: A separator for centrifugally processing a flowable product includes a rotatable drum bounding a centrifuging chamber. The drum has a feeding and removal system having at least one feeding device and one or more removal devices composed of plastic or a plastic composite. An inner drum, composed of plastic or a plastic composite, is arranged in an outer supporting device of the drum. The feeding device and the one or more removal devices extend into the inner drum, do not rotate with the inner drum during operation, and are glued and/or welded to each other in such a way that the feeding device and the one or more removal devices are sealingly connected. The feeding and removal system has one or more grippers as the removal device, each of which one or two or more grippers has a disk segment and a shaft segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Wilfried MACKEL, Thomas BATHELT, Kathrin QUITER, Frank TAETZ
  • Publication number: 20170312763
    Abstract: A method for monitoring, controlling, and/or regulating the operation of a centrifuge, in particular a separator, during the centrifugal processing of a product, in particular when clarifying a product and/or when separating a product into different liquid phases. The centrifuge has a drum which can be rotated by a drive spindle, a drum mounting, and a drive motor. Force measurements are performed using one or more force sensors and analyzed, and an output is provided in the event of a deviation from a specified behavior and/or the analyses are used for or during the control and/or regulation of the operation of the centrifuge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Wilfried MACKEL, Kathrin QUITER, Thomas BATHELT
  • Publication number: 20170203306
    Abstract: A separator for the centrifugal processing of a flowable product includes a rotatable drum with a vertical rotation axis. The rotatable drum borders a centrifuge chamber and includes a clarifying arrangement in the drum for clarifying the product to be processed in the centrifugal field. The drum has a separating plane between a drum top part and a drum bottom part. A supply system and the drain system are designed on the drum. The separator also includes a housing in which the drum is arranged, the housing having floor part and a housing shell part connectable to the floor part. A separating plane is likewise designed between the floor part and the housing shell part of the housing. The two separating planes are aligned with each other or there is an offset of less than 250 mm between the two separating planes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: Andreas PENKL, Kathrin QUITER, Thomas KLEIMANN, Marie-Theres SEDLER
  • Publication number: 20170189915
    Abstract: A separator for the treatment of a flowable product by centrifugation has a rotatable drum delimiting a centrifuging space. The separator also includes, arranged in the drum, an agent for clarification of a product to be treated in the centrifugal field. The drum includes an outer support and an inner drum arranged in the outer support, and in the agent for the clarification of the product to be processed in the centrifugal field is arranged in the inner drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Wilfried MACKEL, Andreas PENKL, Thomas BATHELT, Kathrin QUITER, Marie-Theres SEDLER
  • Patent number: 9687858
    Abstract: A separator disk package for a rotatable drum of a centrifuge for processing of a fluid product in continuous operation is disclosed. The separator disk package includes axially stacked conical separator disks, where, between adjacent separator disks, disk gaps are respectively formed. On one or more of the axially adjacent separator disks are one or more labyrinth-like flow channels, in which, during operation, a direction of flow of a through-flowing product, which is to be clarified of solids, changes on two or more occasions through respectively at least 120°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Kathrin Quiter, Julian Koenig, Thomas Bathelt
  • Patent number: 9522349
    Abstract: A method for processing a product is disclosed. The method includes providing a separator having a rotatable centrifugal drum and a plate assembly arranged in the drum. The product is supplied into the drum. One or more of a solids phase and at least two liquid phases are separated from the product. One or more of the at least two liquid phases and the solids phase is discharged out of the drum. The supplying of the product occurs in one of a continuous and a discontinuous cyclic volume stream performed at a constant cyclic frequency where the constant cyclic frequency has a period duration which is dependent on one or more of the parameters of an inner and outer radius of a plate, an inflow stream in an intermediate space between the plate and an adjacent plate, a plate angle, and a distance of the plate to the adjacent plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Julian Konig, Bernd Terwey, Wilfried Mackel, Andreas Penkl, Thomas Bathelt, Kathrin Quiter
  • Publication number: 20160184836
    Abstract: A separator for the centrifugal separation of a flowable product into various phases or for the centrifugal clarification of a product includes a rotatable drum having a drum lower section and a drum upper section, a product clarifying arrangement arranged in the drum for clarifying a product to be treated in the centrifugal field. One or more, of all of the following elements are made from plastic or a plastic composite, the drum lower section, the drum upper section, the clarifying arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Wilfried MACKEL, Thomas BATHELT, Kathrin QUITER, Angelika VOLTMANN, Thomas HOMANN, Ulrich MEIER
  • Patent number: 9333514
    Abstract: A solid-wall screw centrifuge includes a discharge for discharging a clarified liquid from a drum of the centrifuge. The drum includes a passage in a drum cover associated with a weir plate. The passage, drum cover, and weir plate form an overflow weir on a radial inner edge. A deflecting device is arranged on an outside on the drum cover, the deflecting device is arranged such that an exiting fluid flow from the centrifuge is one of deflected in the circumferential direction and subjected to a twist in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Terholsen, Jürgen Hermeler, Ludger Horstkötter, Kathrin Quiter, Jürgen Teigeler
  • Publication number: 20160001302
    Abstract: A separator disk package for a rotatable drum of a centrifuge for processing of a fluid product in continuous operation is disclosed. The separator disk package includes axially stacked conical separator disks, where, between adjacent separator disks, disk gaps are respectively formed. On one or more of the axially adjacent separator disks are one or more labyrinth-like flow channels, in which, during operation, a direction of flow of a through-flowing product, which is to be clarified of solids, changes on two or more occasions through respectively at least 120°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Applicant: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Kathrin QUITER, Julian KÖNIG, Thomas BATHELT
  • Publication number: 20150175439
    Abstract: A separator arrangement includes a separator with a rotatable drum, which has a vertical axis of rotation and a supply tube projecting into a distributor space of a distributor, and with a non-rotatable enclosure surrounding the drum. An enclosure interior, which is sealed in relation to the exterior region of the enclosure, is formed between the enclosure and the drum. The drum, in an inlet region, is non-hermetically sealed in relation to the enclosure interior. The separator itself has a device for reducing the pressure in the enclosure interior as a result of rotations of the drum in the manner of a jet pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Kathrin Quiter, Wilfried Mackel
  • Publication number: 20140083954
    Abstract: A method for processing a free-flowing product. The method steps include: providing at least one separator having a vertical axis of rotation, a rotatable centrifugal drum, and a plate assembly arranged in the drum; supplying the free-flowing product into the drum; separating one or more of a solid phase and at least two liquid phases from the free-flowing product; and discharging one or more of the liquid phases and the solid phase out of the drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: GEA Mechanical Equipment GMBH
    Inventors: Julian König, Bernd Terwey, Wilfried Mackel, Andreas Penkl, Thomas Dathelt, Kathrin Quiter
  • Publication number: 20140051565
    Abstract: A solid-wall screw centrifuge includes a discharge for discharging a clarified liquid from a drum of the centrifuge. The drum includes a passage in a drum cover associated with a weir plate. The passage, drum cover, and weir plate form an overflow weir on a radial inner edge. A deflecting device is arranged on an outside on the drum cover, the deflecting device is arranged such that an exiting fluid flow from the centrifuge is one of deflected in the circumferential direction and subjected to a twist in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: GEA MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Terholsen, Jürgen Hermeler, Ludger Horstkötter, Kathrin Quiter, Jürgen Teigeler
  • Patent number: 8585566
    Abstract: A rotatable separator drum includes a vertical rotating axis of rotation and at least one flow channel having an inlet opening and an outlet opening. Also included is at least one retaining dam arranged in the at least one flow channel in a region between the inlet opening and the outlet opening. The at least one retaining dam is configured to allow an overflow of liquid over the at least one dam and to provide for an accumulation of solids in front of the at least one dam. The at least one dam includes at least one rib arranged in a transitional region between opposing wall sections and a distributor base cover and the at least one rib includes portions having differing heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Wilfried Mackel, Thomas Bathelt, Ludger Thiemann, Kathrin Quiter, Andreas Penkl, Jürgen Linnemann, Thomas Kleimann, Jürgen Starke, Bärbel Helling, Stephan Helling, Tobias Helling
  • Patent number: 8419607
    Abstract: A centrifuge includes a centrifugal drum rotatable about a vertical axis of rotation. The centrifugal drum includes one or more solids discharge orifices located at an area of the largest inside diameter of the drum. The solids discharge orifices include bores having discharge openings. The bores are arranged at least partially on an exterior of the centrifugal drum in a vertical direction Z at selected vertical heights along the exterior of the centrifugal drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Westfalia Separator AG
    Inventors: Wilfried Mackel, Andreas Penkl, Thomas Bathelt, Kathrin Quiter, Klaus Baalmann