Patents by Inventor Klaus Kuppers

Klaus Kuppers 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: 20100207305
    Abstract: A system for cooling a hot rail of rail steel to a fine perlitic or ferritic or perlitic/ferritic structure has a plurality of separate cooling modules with independently adjustable cooling parameters. The rail is guided downstream through the modules of the cooling stretch and through intermediate zones between the modules so as to cool the surface of the rail in each of the modules and to subject the rail to destressing or stress relief between the modules. Sensors in each of the intermediate zones detect the actual surface temperature of the rail in the respective zones, and a controller connected to the modules and to the sensors varies the cooling parameters of the cooling modules in dependence on the detected temperatures in the respective upstream zones to ensure a defined temperature in the rail that lies above a critical temperature at which bainitic structure components are formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventors: Klaus Kuppers, Meinert Meyer, Thomas Nerzak, Uwe Plociennik
  • Patent number: 7749136
    Abstract: A method for the adjustment of a gearbox actuation system of an automated gearbox of a vehicle. The gearbox includes a shift finger; a plurality of gearshift rails, each rail in the plurality of gearshift rails in a respective position; a neutral gap with a first portion formed by respective jaws for said each rail and with a second portion formed separate from the respective jaws and open to the first portion; and, a gearshift motor. The method includes the step of performing at least one reference travel with a gear in the automated gearbox engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau Beteiligungs KG
    Inventors: Klaus Kupper, Klaus Henneberger, Jorg Metzger, Reinhard Berger, Frank Stengel
  • Patent number: 7510506
    Abstract: In a parallel manual transmission, an upshifting under power is executed based upon preset operating conditions, for example with a fully depressed accelerator pedal, without an electronically controlled, load-reducing ignition retard. When shifting to a higher gear, the engine output is used for increasing the speed of the engine and for the propulsion of the vehicle, based upon the operating condition of the drive train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Luk Lamellen und Kupplungabau Beteiligungs KG
    Inventors: Klaus Kupper, Georg Schneider
  • Publication number: 20080295628
    Abstract: A method for adjusting the gearbox actuation system of an automatic gearbox of a vehicle, whereby at least one reference travel is made with the gear engaged. The invention further relates to a gearbox actuation system for selecting and engaging gears in an automatic gearbox of a vehicle, especially for carrying out the inventive method, whereby at least one reference travel is made for the purpose of adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Applicant: LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau Beteiligungs KG
    Inventors: Klaus Kupper, Klaus Henneberger, Jorg Metzger, Reinhard Berger, Frank Stengel
  • Patent number: 7438666
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for adjusting the gearbox actuation system of an automatic gearbox of a vehicle, whereby at least one reference travel is made with the gear engaged. The invention further relates to a gearbox actuation system for selecting and engaging gears in an automatic gearbox of a vehicle, especially for carrying out the inventive method, whereby at least one reference travel is made for the purpose of adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau Beteiligungs KG
    Inventors: Klaus Kupper, Klaus Henneberger, Jorg Metzger, Reinhard Berger, Frank Stengel
  • Patent number: 7416622
    Abstract: In order to obtain a fine-lamellar perlite structure in the edge region of the heads of rails (1), especially hot-rolled rails for carriageways or railways, by specific thermal treatment during cooling from the rolling heat without the formation of bainite, precooling (12) occurs in order to achieve a core temperature of approximately 750-850° C., and the temperature of the more intensively cooled edge region is raised by intermediate heating (13) to at least said core temperature and finally cooled (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: SMS Meer GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Küppers, Meinert Meyer, Thomas Nerzak
  • Patent number: 7416514
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for securely and comfortably operating a drive train of a motor vehicle, especially for operating a drive train with several clutches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau Beteiligungs KG
    Inventors: Heiko Dell, Klaus Küpper, Alexander Schweizer, Dietmar Lang, Jürgen Benz, Reinhard Berger
  • Patent number: 7328092
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for monitoring brake signals in a vehicle with a gearbox control unit and engine control unit. An error recognition or a plausibility control of said brake signals is carried out. Brake light signals can be received by a gearbox control unit or an engine control unit. Brake light switch signals can be guided by a CAN bus. A cable break or defective contacts or a short-circuit can be considered as errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau Beteiligungs KG
    Inventors: Thomas Eggert, Johannes Moosheimer, Klaus Henneberger, Klaus Kupper
  • Publication number: 20080018027
    Abstract: A system for cooling a hot rail of rail steel to a fine perlitic or ferritic or perlitic/ferritic structure has a plurality of separate cooling modules with independently adjustable cooling parameters. The rail is guided downstream through the modules of the cooling stretch and through intermediate zones between the modules so as to cool the surface of the rail in each of the modules and to subject the rail to destressing or stress relief between the modules. Sensors in each of the intermediate zones detect the actual surface temperature of the rail in the respective zones, and a controller connected to the modules and to the sensors varies the cooling parameters of the cooling modules in dependence on the detected temperatures in the respective upstream zones to ensure a defined temperature in the rail that lies above a critical temperature at which bainitic structure components are formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventors: Klaus Kuppers, Meinert Meyer, Thomas Nerzak, Uwe Plociennik
  • Publication number: 20070138334
    Abstract: A water box for a wire-rolling mill has a lower support and a lower plate carried on the lower support, extending horizontally below a path of a wire moving in a travel direction, and formed with an upwardly open groove extending parallel to and open toward the path. An upper support carries an upper plate formed with a straight groove. Respective upper and lower guide bars seated in the grooves of the upper and lower plates are formed with respective straight channels open away from the respective plates. A hinge connected between the supports permits movement of the upper plate between a closed position closely juxtaposed with the lower plate and with the channels confronting each other and forming a passage surrounding the path and an open position spaced upward away from the lower plate. In the closed position the wire is transversely enclosed by the channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventors: Klaus Kuppers, Uwe Plociennik
  • Publication number: 20070135261
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and devices for actuating a parking brake in a gearbox which is actuated in an automated manner, whereby gear changes are carried out by means of at least one electrically driven actuator, gear positions can be selected by means of a selector device, and the parking brake can be activated by means of the selector device when the vehicle is stationary or moving slowly. The invention also relates to a vehicle provided with an additional gearbox. The ignition key can only be removed, according to the inventive methods and devices, when the gearbox is in the P state and the additional gearbox is not in the N state. The invention further relates to a method and device, whereby the additional gearbox can only be shifted in the N state when the gearbox is not in the P state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Publication date: June 14, 2007
    Applicant: LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau Beteiligungs KG
    Inventors: Reinhard Berger, Alexander Schweizer, Dietmar Lang, Klaus Kupper, Burkhard Pollak, Jurgen Benz
  • Patent number: 7204785
    Abstract: The methods and devices for actuating a parking brake in a gearbox which is actuated in an automated manner, whereby gear changes are carried out by means of at least one electrically driven actuator, gear positions can be selected by means of a selector device, and the parking brake can be activated by means of the selector device when the vehicle is stationary or moving slowly. The invention also relates to a vehicle provided with an additional gearbox. The ignition key can only be removed, when the gearbox is in the P state and the additional gearbox is not in the N state. The further method and device, whereby the additional gearbox can only be shifted in the N state when the gearbox is not in the P state. The methods and a device for carrying out the same, by automated manual gearboxes, especially parallel gearboxes, are controlled in such a way that the vehicle can be safely parked and can set off in a reliable and comfortable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Luk Lamellen und Kupplungsbau Beteiligungs KG
    Inventors: Reinhard Berger, Alexander Schweizer, Dietmar Lang, Klaus Küpper, Burkhard Pollak, Jürgen Benz
  • Patent number: 7160225
    Abstract: A method, a device, and use thereof for operating a motor vehicle having a drive motor and a transmission in the drive train are proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Luk Lamellen und Kupplungsbau Beteiligungs
    Inventors: Reinhard Berger, Klaus Kupper, Georg Schneider
  • Publication number: 20060155435
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for securely and comfortably operating a drive train of a motor vehicle, especially for operating a drive train with several clutches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Publication date: July 13, 2006
    Inventors: Heiko Dell, Klaus Kupper, Alexander Schwerzer, Dietmar Lang, Jurgen Benz, Reinhard Berger
  • Publication number: 20060142118
    Abstract: In a parallel manual transmission, an upshifting under power is executed based upon preset operating conditions, for example with a fully depressed accelerator pedal, without an electronically controlled, load-reducing ignition retard. When shifting to a higher gear, the engine output is used for increasing the speed of the engine and for the propulsion of the vehicle, based upon the operating condition of the drive train.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Publication date: June 29, 2006
    Applicant: LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau Beteiligungs KG
    Inventors: Klaus Kupper, Georg Schneider
  • Patent number: 7056264
    Abstract: In a parallel manual transmission, an upshifting under power is executed based upon preset operating conditions, for example with a fully depressed accelerator pedal, without an electronically controlled, load-reducing ignition retard. When shifting to a higher gear, the engine output is used for increasing the speed of the engine and for the propulsion of the vehicle, based upon the operating condition of the drive train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau Beteiligungs KG
    Inventors: Klaus Kupper, Georg Schneider
  • Patent number: 6939265
    Abstract: A method of controlling a motor vehicle with an automated clutch is provided and includes the steps of: (a) detecting the vehicle speed, (b) detecting if the brake and/or the gas pedal is actuated, (c) detecting whether or not the engine is running, (d) disengaging the clutch if the engine is found to be running while the vehicle is found to be moving faster than a threshold speed, and if at the same time neither the brake nor the gas pedal is found to be actuated, and (e) subsequently re-engaging the clutch if the brake and/or gas pedal is found to be actuated. Prior to re-engaging the clutch, a transmission input rpm-rate is determined, and an engine rpm-rate is controlled in such a manner that that the respective rpm-rates of the engine and the transmission are brought towards a closer agreement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau Beteiligungs KG
    Inventors: Carsten Rustige, Klaus Küpper, Martin Zimmermann, Martin Vornehm
  • Publication number: 20050189816
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for monitoring brake signals in a vehicle with a gearbox control unit and engine control unit. An error recognition or a plausibility control of said brake signals is carried out. Brake light signals can be received by a gearbox control unit or an engine control unit. Brake light switch signals can be guided by a CAN bus. A cable break or defective contacts or a short-circuit can be considered as errors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Publication date: September 1, 2005
    Applicant: LUK LAMELLEN UND KUPPLUNGSBAU BETEILIGUNGS KG
    Inventors: Thomas Eggert, Johannes Moosheimer, Klaus Henneberger, Klaus Kupper
  • Publication number: 20050143220
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and devices for actuating a parking brake in a gearbox which is actuated in an automated manner, whereby gear changes are carried out by means of at least one electrically driven actuator, gear positions can be selected by means of a selector device, and the parking brake can be activated by means of the selector device when the vehicle is stationary or moving slowly. The invention also relates to a vehicle provided with an additional gearbox. The ignition key can only be removed, according to the inventive methods and devices, when the gearbox is in the P state and the additional gearbox is not in the N state. The invention further relates to a method and device, whereby the additional gearbox can only be shifted in the N state when the gearbox is not in the P state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2004
    Publication date: June 30, 2005
    Applicant: LUK LAMELLEN UND KUPPLUNGSBAU BETEILIGUNGS KG
    Inventors: Reinhard Berger, Alexander Schweizer, Dietmar Lang, Klaus Kupper, Bukhard Pollak, Jurgen Benz
  • Publication number: 20050090370
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of use thereof for operating a motor vehicle. The apparatus comprises a starter generator between two clutches on the crankshaft. The starter generator is activated in order to start the internal combustion engine at the moment when the transmission-side clutch passes into the slipping/sliding state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Publication date: April 28, 2005
    Applicant: LUK LAMELLEN UND KUPPLUNGSBAU BETEILIGUNGS KG
    Inventors: Reinhard Berger, Klaus Kupper, Georg Schneider