Klaus Steinbach 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).
Abstract: An object, e.g. a piston or a fluid medicament, is inserted into a tubular syringe body centered on a syringe axis and having a pair of ends by an apparatus having a support movable axially forward toward and axially rearward away from the body and a tube extending along a sleeve axis generally parallel to the syringe axis, having a rear end fixed in the support and a front end fittable inside the syringe. A centering sleeve is formed centered on the sleeve axis with a generally frustoconical centering surface engageable with the rear body end surrounding the tube. This sleeve is displaceable axially on the support between a front position with the centering surface projecting axially forward past the tube front end and a rear position with the tube front end projecting axially forward past the centering surface. The support is displaced axially forward toward the body and thereby engages the centering surface coaxially with the body rear end.
Abstract: A conveyor system has a carousel rotatable about an axis in steps and having an outer periphery along which loading, unloading, and treatment stations are spaced and a drive for rotating the carousel about the axis in steps. A plurality of fixed segments spaced along the periphery each have a straight outer edge and a plurality of movable segments spaced along the periphery are interleaved with the fixed segments and each have a straight outer edge and a pair of ends. Respective pivots secured between one of the ends of each of the movable segments and the carousel allow movement of each of the movable segments between an inner position with its outer edge nonparallel to the outer edges of adjacent fixed segments and an outer position with its outer edge parallel to the outer edge of a one of the adjacent fixed segments.