Patents by Inventor Klaus Rink

Klaus Rink 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: 8698488
    Abstract: Disclosed is an arrangement for detecting rotational speed of a wheel or any other rotating body by a sensor (1, 6), which is coupled via a magnetic field to an encoder (23) that rotates with the rotating body. If a slot between sensor element (S1, S2) and encoder (23) becomes too small in the prior art arrangements, flipping and, hence, doubling of the measured rotational speed of the wheel can occur. This caused problems in safety devices of a vehicle, which require a correct indication of the wheel rotational speed for proper operation. To improve the tolerance with respect to the mounting position of the known arrangements, two separated signal paths (S1, f1; S2, f2) are provided with sensor elements (S1, S2) of differing sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. OHG
    Inventors: Peter Lohberg, Wolfgang Fritz, Klaus Rink
  • Publication number: 20140015533
    Abstract: A current sensor including at least one first current detection element, which detects a load current (Iload) through an electric conductor and provides an electric measurement signal in dependence on this load current, wherein the current detection element is connected to a signal processing unit, which includes a resistance element, which is configured such that, at least within a defined measurement region of the current sensor, the electrical resistance of the resistance element decreases if the load current detected by the current detection element increases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL TEVES AG & CO. OHG
    Inventors: Klaus Rink, Wolfgang Jöckel
  • Patent number: 8607650
    Abstract: Sensor arrangement including a torque sensor for measuring the torque acting on a first shaft, the sensor arrangement having a rotational angle index unit which is designed in such a manner that it can detect and/or identify the angular position of the first shaft with respect to a defined rotational angle and/or defined rotational angle range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Henrik Antoni, Klaus Rink, Wolfgang Fritz
  • Publication number: 20130214804
    Abstract: The invention relates to a current sensor including at least one resistance element on which voltage (UGS) for measuring the current (iMEAS) flowing through the resistance element is detected. The resistance element is designed so that at least, within a defined measurement range of the current sensor, the electric resistance of the resistance element reduces when the current (iMEAS) flowing through the resistance element increases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL TEVES AG & CO. OHG
    Inventors: Timo Dietz, Wolfgang Jöckel, Klaus Rink, Thomas Gaertner, Helge Grasshoff
  • Patent number: 8326490
    Abstract: A steering angle sensor system for measuring a steering angle in a motor vehicle. The steering angle sensor system includes a magnetic encoder which is coupled to at least one magnetic field sensor that senses a variation in the steering angle even when the ignition is switched off, and an electronic memory for storing the steering angle variation. The steering angle sensor system also includes at least one magnetic-field-sensitive element which is coupled to the magnetic encoder for detecting the occurrence of steering movements at an early time in order to at least partially activate the steering angle sensor system and/or another system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Christian Burgdorf, Klaus Rink, Frank Hickl, Patrick Schäfer, Alexander Kolbe
  • Publication number: 20120133357
    Abstract: A position-sensor and/or speed-sensor arrangement comprising a sensor with at least a first sensitive main plane and an encoder with at least one encoder track face. The sensor senses a magnetic field generated and/or modulated by the encoder, and the sensor has at least a first magnetic field sensor element and a second magnetic field sensor element. The first magnetic field sensor element has at least a first main sensing direction and the second magnetic field sensor element has an at least second main sensing direction different from the first main sensing direction. The first magnetic field sensor element and the second magnetic field sensor element are arranged such that at least an element output signal of the first magnetic field sensor element has a phase shift absolute value between 75° and 105° with respect to at least one element output signal of the second magnetic field sensor element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Fritz, Klaus Rink
  • Publication number: 20120092000
    Abstract: Disclosed is an arrangement for detecting rotational speed of a wheel or any other rotating body by a sensor (1, 6), which is coupled via a magnetic field to an encoder (23) that rotates with the rotating body. If a slot between sensor element (S1, S2) and encoder (23) becomes too small in the prior art arrangements, flipping and, hence, doubling of the measured rotational speed of the wheel can occur. This caused problems in safety devices of a vehicle, which require a correct indication of the wheel rotational speed for proper operation. To improve the tolerance with respect to the mounting position of the known arrangements, two separated signal paths (S1, f1; S2, f2) are provided with sensor elements (S1, S2) of differing sensitivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL TEVES AC & CO, OHG
    Inventors: Peter Lohberg, Wolfgang Fritz, Klaus Rink
  • Publication number: 20110167920
    Abstract: Sensor arrangement including a torque sensor for measuring the torque acting on a first shaft, the sensor arrangement having a rotational angle index unit which is designed in such a manner that it can detect and/or identify the angular position of the first shaft with respect to a defined rotational angle and/or defined rotational angle range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL TEVES AG & CO. OHG
    Inventors: Klaus Rink, Henrik Antoni, Wolfgang Fritz
  • Patent number: 7830278
    Abstract: A sensor arrangement and a method for the precise detection of relative movements between an encoder and a sensor, including an encoder, which has an incremental scale having a plurality of scale subdivisions (?), and a sensor which is magnetically coupled to the encoder via an air gap and includes at least two magnetic field sensor elements (SE1, SE2) which are arranged offset with respect to one another by a defined distance (?x) in the direction of the relative movement, the magnetic field sensor element output signals (V1, V2) having been shifted relative to one another by a relative-speed-dependent time difference with regard to the detection of a scale subdivision (?) or a defined part of a scale subdivision (N,S), the sensor having a signal processing circuit which comprises an interface module which generates a sensor output signal (IS3,IS4) including at least one speed signal based upon the time difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Peter Lohberg, Klaus Rink
  • Publication number: 20100057299
    Abstract: A steering angle sensor system for measuring a steering angle in a motor vehicle. The steering angle sensor system includes a magnetic encoder which is coupled to at least one magnetic field sensor that senses a variation in the steering angle even when the ignition is switched off, and an electronic memory for storing the steering angle variation. The steering angle sensor system also includes at least one magnetic-field-sensitive element which is coupled to the magnetic encoder for detecting the occurrence of steering movements at an early time in order to at least partially activate the steering angle sensor system and/or another system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Christian Burgdorf, Klaus Rink, Frank Hickl, Patrick Scháfer, Alexander Kolbe
  • Publication number: 20100005909
    Abstract: A sensor arrangement with relatively low disturbance susceptibility for measurement of a torque acting on a shaft, wherein the shaft has a first shaft section and a second shaft section and these two shaft sections can rotate with respect to one another, having at least one magnetic encoder which is arranged on the first shaft section, and having a stator which is arranged on the second shaft section, wherein the stator has two stator elements which each have projecting fingers, wherein at least one additional, second stator, likewise having two stator elements which each have projecting fingers, is arranged on the second shaft section, and these stators are associated with the magnetic encoder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Henrik Antoni, Klaus Rink
  • Publication number: 20090284252
    Abstract: The objective is to provide a measuring device, which makes it possible to determine the absolute position (s) of a movable member comprising a permanent magnetic encoder (2) with a number of magnetic segments (4), the polarity of which alternates in the direction of measurement (r). To this end, a measuring device (1) includes two magnetic-field sensitive sensor elements (6) being spaced apart from each other, the length of the segments (4) of the encoder (2) being selected differently in the direction of measurement (r).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Christian Burgdorf, Klaus Rink, Henrik Antoni, Veith Albrecht, Frank Hickl
  • Publication number: 20090278711
    Abstract: A sensor arrangement and a method for the precise detection of relative movements between an encoder and a sensor, including an encoder, which has an incremental scale having a plurality of scale subdivisions (?), and a sensor which is magnetically coupled to the encoder via an air gap and includes at least two magnetic field sensor elements (SE1, SE2) which are arranged offset with respect to one another by a defined distance (?x) in the direction of the relative movement, the magnetic field sensor element output signals (V1, V2) having been shifted relative to one another by a relative-speed-dependent time difference with regard to the detection of a scale subdivision (?) or a defined part of a scale subdivision (N,S), the sensor having a signal processing circuit which comprises an interface module which generates a sensor output signal (IS3,IS4) including at least one speed signal based upon the time difference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Peter Lohberg, Klaus Rink
  • Publication number: 20080170227
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and a method for determining anisotropies affecting the polarization properties of light in microscopically small objects using optical microscopy. In particular, the invention relates to an apparatus comprising an optical path extending between a light source and an optical sensor, wherein the object, or specimen, is placed in this optical path. The optical path also includes an element for polarization analysis and at least one element adjustable by a controller, the at least one adjustable element causing a rotation of the polarization properties of light passing through said element, wherein the rotation is controllable with respect to its angle. A controller module of the apparatus applies at least three different rotation angles and acquires an image of the object for each of the at least three different rotation angles using the optical sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas Schimming, Klaus Rink
  • Patent number: 7123002
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for reliably transmitting the position of a control element to an electronic processing unit by way of electric signal lines, wherein the position signal is transmitted by way of several signal channels, and use thereof in a motor vehicle brake system. The present invention further describes a position transmitter for transmitting position signals with a magnetic encoder which is displaceable by a control element in relation to a magnetic transformer, wherein the magnetic transformer(s) along with an integrated electronic signal-conditioning circuit are arranged in an electronic sensor subassembly, as well as a receiving device for receiving a position signal comprising several processing channels for processing the position signals of the position transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. ohG
    Inventors: Peter Lohberg, Wolfgang Fey, Mario Engelmann, Klaus Rink, Tobias Beckmann
  • Publication number: 20050162159
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for reliably transmitting the position of a control element to an electronic processing unit by way of electric signal lines, wherein the position signal is transmitted by way of several signal channels, and use thereof in a motor vehicle brake system. The present invention further describes a position transmitter for transmitting position signals with a magnetic encoder which is displaceable by a control element in relation to a magnetic transformer, wherein the magnetic transformer(s) along with an integrated electronic signal-conditioning circuit are arranged in an electronic sensor subassembly, as well as a receiving device for receiving a position signal comprising several processing channels for processing the position signals of the position transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Publication date: July 28, 2005
    Inventors: Peter Lohberg, Wolfgang Fey, Mario Engelmann, Klaus Rink, Tobias Beckmann
  • Patent number: 6897648
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for reliably transmitting the position of a control element to an electronic processing unit by way of electric signal lines, wherein the position signal is transmitted by way of several signal channels, and use thereof in a motor vehicle brake system. The present invention further describes a position transmitter for transmitting position signals with a magnetic encoder which is displaceable by a control element in relation to a magnetic transformer, wherein the magnetic transformer(s) along with an integrated electronic signal-conditioning circuit are arranged in an electronic sensor subassembly, as well as a receiving device for receiving a position signal comprising several processing channels for processing the position signals of the position transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Peter Lohberg, Wolfgang Fey, Mario Engelmann, Klaus Rink, Tobias Beckmann
  • Publication number: 20030183024
    Abstract: System, Position Transmitter and a Receiving Device for Reliably Transmitting the Position of a Control Element, and the Use Thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventors: Peter Lohberg, Wolfgang Fey, Mario Engelmann, Klaus Rink, Tobias Beckmann
  • Patent number: 6400044
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for the protection of electronic functional units and/or functional groups from disturbance quantities. The invention is characterized in that a division of the functional units and/or groups into partial units and/or groups with different sensitivity to the disturbance quantities is provided, in that a different screening from the disturbance quantities is assigned to the partial units and/or groups with different sensitivity to the disturbance quantities, and in that at least two of the screenings complete each other to a screening with a greater efficiency degree or factor, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co., OHG
    Inventors: Peter Lohberg, Roland Burghardt, Klaus Rink