Patents by Inventor Ludwig Clüsserath

Ludwig Clüsserath 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: 11407628
    Abstract: A filling element includes a radar for measuring fill level in a container during filling thereof and an antenna connected to the radar. The antenna is disposed along a flow path formed in a gas pipe that forms a flow path for fluid while the container is being filled. The antenna provides the radar with a signal indicative of a measurement of a level of the filing material in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Jochen Ohrem
  • Publication number: 20220219962
    Abstract: A filling machine includes filling elements, each having a seal that seals a container's mouth, a filling valve, a gas valve, a liquid channel that, when the filling valve is opened, is in fluid communication with the container's interior, and a gas channel that, when the gas valve is open, is in fluid communication with the container's interior. The filling machine introduces an inert gas into the container's interior via the gas channel to create a preload pressure in the container such that the inert gas in the container dissolves in the liquid when the liquid is later introduced into the container. The filling machine is further configured to introduce a volume of liquid into the container's interior through the liquid channel at a filling pressure that exceeds the preload pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 11365106
    Abstract: A gaiter seal for shielding a functional element of a container-processing machine extends between parts of a working head of the container-processing machine includes axially-adjacent gaiter modules that extend along an axis and support-and-sliding elements at interfaces between adjacent gaiter modules. The support-and-sliding elements radially support and guide the first and second gaiter-modules along the functional element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Bernd Bruch, Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch
  • Patent number: 11358850
    Abstract: An actuator for controlling a fluid path includes an actuator having a seat part, either a fluid-valve membrane or a movable part, and a magnetorheological elastomer that changes form when a magnetic field changes. This causes the path to open or close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen Ohrem, Jonathan Lorenz, Bernd Bruch, Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 11345073
    Abstract: An apparatus for transforming a preform into a container filled with liquid filling material includes a mold that forms a mold head, a sterilization system, a chamber that is common to a group of mold heads, an evacuation system that is connected to the chamber, and conduit lines, each of which connects a mold head to the chamber. The sterilization system sterilizes the interior of the preform while it is in sealing engagement with the mold head. The evacuation system creates a vacuum in the preform. Liquid filling material enters the preform under pressure and causes it to transform into a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Publication number: 20220127124
    Abstract: A filling method includes sealing a container against a filling element of a filling system, after the container has been sealed against the filling element and before beginning a filling phase, connecting the container to an annular vacuum duct, while the container is connected to the vacuum duct, carrying out an evacuation-and-flushing step in which the container is evacuated and flushed with flushing gas that comprises steam from an annular steam duct that carries pressurized steam, connecting the container to an annular pre-tensioning duct, pre-loading the container with inert gas from the pre-tensioning duct, filling the container with the liquid, and relieving pressure into the vacuum duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Publication number: 20220041424
    Abstract: A container filling arrangement for filling bottles and similar containers with a beverage and a method of operating the container filling arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: Ludwig CLÜSSERATH, Achim KUNZ
  • Publication number: 20220024747
    Abstract: A bottle filling arrangement for filling bottles and similar containers, such as glass bottles, with a beverage, and a method of operating a bottle filling arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2021
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Inventor: Ludwig CLÜSSERATH
  • Publication number: 20210403302
    Abstract: An arrangement for disinfecting can lids (32) and for closing cans includes a feed device (12) which feeds a can closing unit (24). Receiving portions (30) for individual can lids (32) are arranged in the feed device (12). The feed device (12) is situated in the feed region of the can closing unit (24). At least one sterilization device (18, 20), for can lids (32) received individually in the feed device (12), is arranged in a conveying region of the feed device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Inventors: CHRISTOPHE RIEDEL, LUDWIG CLUESSERATH
  • Publication number: 20210387841
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling containers with a product includes a filling element, a supply line that supplies the product, a switching valve, a control valve, a vessel that is disposed between the switching valve and the control valve, and a volumeter that is disposed between the switching valve and the control valve. The vessel supplies a pre-metered quantity of the product for discharge via the switching valve to the filling element, the quantity having been pre-metered by the volumeter. The supply line provides the product to the vessel at a first flow rate. Discharge of the product through the switching valve and into the filling element occurs at a second flow rate that exceeds the first flow rate, the first and second flow rates being volumetric flow rates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch
  • Publication number: 20210387840
    Abstract: A filling method includes executing a pre-stressing phase, during which, at plural time intervals, gas is drawn from a gas space that lies above the filling material in a tank. The gas pre-stresses a container up to a second pressure that is below the pressure in the gas space. During a filling phase, a liquid valve opens to allow the filling material in the tank to enter into the container. This valve is above the level of the filling material, thus preventing gravity from driving the flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Jonathan Lorenz, Jochen Ohrem
  • Publication number: 20210354969
    Abstract: A filling element includes a radar for measuring fill level in a container during filling thereof and an antenna connected to the radar. The antenna is disposed along a flow path formed in a gas pipe that forms a flow path for fluid while the container is being filled. The antenna provides the radar with a signal indicative of a measurement of a level of the filing material in the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Publication date: November 18, 2021
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Jochen Ohrem
  • Publication number: 20210339997
    Abstract: A filling element has a gas valve that controls flow of gas through a gas channel that extends into or faces the container during filling thereof. The gas valve transitions between discrete states, which includes a fully-open state, a closed state, and one or more partially-open states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch, Andreas Lohner, Bernd Bruch
  • Patent number: 11142443
    Abstract: Using a filling point to fill a container with liquid filling-material fed by a supply line through which filling material at a supply-line pressure is made available for filling the containers includes using a control circuit to regulate flow velocity at which filling material flows into the container by opening a liquid valve, opening a regulating valve upstream of the liquid valve, sensing flow velocity of the filling material, comparing the flow velocity with a target flow velocity, and using the regulating valve to regulate the flow velocity such that the flow velocity is independent of a pressure difference between the supply-line pressure and a filling pressure set in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Publication number: 20210229971
    Abstract: A container-treatment machine includes a foaming unit that introduces foaming medium into a container that is filled with a foamable liquid. This causes a foam to form in the container. A sensor downstream obtains an image of the foam and provides it to a controller. The controller decides whether or not to eject the container based on the extent of a foam nose that forms on the container's outer surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicants: KHS GmbH, KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Achim Kunz
  • Patent number: 11046565
    Abstract: A filling machine for pressure-filling containers includes a container receptacle arranged beneath the filling element, a first lift that vertically adjusts the filling element to accommodate different container sizes, a shield that adjusts relative to the filling element and comprises a single-piece partition and that, in a protection position, at least partially surrounds the container during filling thereof. An adjuster adjusts the shield and the receptacle relative to one another between a protection position and a release position by changing the receptacle's position relative to the shield in a region of a feeding-and-discharge device. The adjuster comprises at least one of a second lift and a rotation mechanism that rotates a container about a container axis thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch, Ludwig Clüsserath, Bernd Bruch
  • Patent number: 11022230
    Abstract: An actuator that controls flow through a fluid path during filling of beverages includes an actuator element that exerts an actuating force. In response to control signals, the actuator element transitions between an elongated state and a resting state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen Ohrem, Jonathan Lorenz, Bernd Bruch, Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 10913646
    Abstract: A filling method includes adjusting a start of a filling phase on a filling machine so that the container completes filling within a detection region at which an optical sensor is able to inspect the container to determine the actual fill-level and to send a signal to a controller to cause the container to be topped off if need be.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Publication number: 20200346913
    Abstract: A filling machine for pressure-filling containers includes a container receptacle arranged beneath the filling element, a first lift that vertically adjusts the filling element to accommodate different container sizes, a shield that adjusts relative to the filling element and comprises a single-piece partition and that, in a protection position, at least partially surrounds the container during filling thereof. An adjuster adjusts the shield and the receptacle relative to one another between a protection position and a release position by changing the receptacle's position relative to the shield in a region of a feeding-and-discharge device. The adjuster comprises at least one of a second lift and a rotation mechanism that rotates a container about a container axis thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch, Ludwig Clüsserath, Bernd Bruch
  • Patent number: 10788032
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a piston assembly for pumping a liquid, in particular in a bottle filling system. The object of the invention is to propose a piston assembly for pumping a liquid, which can be cleaned and/or disinfected without dismantling of the piston or performing any other external interventions into the assembly. The object is achieved by a piston assembly for pumping a liquid, which comprises a piston 1 that travels within a cylinder 2 and has a working path A between a first inversion point U1 and a second inversion point U2, with the piston 1 forming a tight seal with respect to the cylinder 2 in the region of the working path. The assembly is characterized in that beyond one of the two inversion points U1, U2, outside of the working path A, the diameter of the cylinder 2 is enlarged in one section 8 such that the sealing closure is eliminated there, and the piston 1 can be moved into this area for a cleaning and/or disinfection process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: KHS Corpoplast GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf Baumgarte, Ludwig Clüsserath, Werner Lesinski, Michael Linke, Michael Litzenberg, Niels Meyer