Patents by Inventor Marcel Aeschlimann

Marcel Aeschlimann 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: 20210178575
    Abstract: A method for supporting designing and operation of a robotic system includes operating a computer-based Inventory configured to operate in a robotic system having Hardware Modules to perform a task, the Inventory including Hardware Module Descriptions including a unique identifier, a description of physical characteristics, a current status and historical data the Hardware Module. The method including the steps of collecting status data of the Hardware Module; collecting operating data representing usage of the Hardware Module and updating the historical data accordingly; and at least one of the steps of scheduling maintenance actions to be performed on the Hardware Module (3); deriving or modifying, based on the operating data, historical data that is associated with a type of the Hardware Module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: Alfons Riek, Curt-Michael Stoll, Hans Klingel, Marcel Aeschlimann, Samuel Malzach, Christian Schmid, Christoph Berger, Carole Chapelat, Judith Wimmer, Ivo Aschwanden, Martin Helmer, Markus Andreas Muller, Peter Barmettler
  • Publication number: 20210146635
    Abstract: A method of anchoring a connector in a first object is provided, wherein the connector includes thermoplastic material in a solid state. The method includes bringing the connector into physical contact with the first object, rotating the connector relative to the first object around a proximodistal rotation axis and exerting a relative force by the connector onto the first object, until a flow portion of the thermoplastic material of the connector becomes flowable and flows relative to the first object, and stopping rotation of the connector, whereby the flow portion anchors the connector relative to the first object, wherein a distal end of the connector is equipped for cutting/punching into the first object and/or for removing material therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Marcel Aeschlimann, Laurent Torriani, Slobodan Glavaski, Joakim Kvist
  • Patent number: 10807313
    Abstract: A profile body of a not liquefiable material is used as a connecting element between a first object and a second object. The profile body may especially be metallic and/or may be bendable. The profile body, in contrast to a conventional wire, however, has a shape defining a first and a second undercut. The method includes embedding the profile body in the second object so that the second undercut is within material of the second object, and embedding the profile body within material of the first object so that the first undercut is within the first object, and wherein at least embedding of the profile body in the first object is caused by mechanical energy impinging on the first object and/or on the second object while the first object and the second object are pressed against each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Mario Lehmann, Joakim Kvist, Patricia Poschner, Marcel Aeschlimann
  • Publication number: 20200306978
    Abstract: A robotic system includes at least two Hardware Modules, each having at least one sensor for measuring an internal property, a communication unit, a data storage unit and an embedded controller. The embedded controller is configured to collect collected data including status data representing the current status of the Hardware Module; and operating data representing usage of the Hardware Module. At least part of the collected data is determined from sensor data, and the embedded controller is configured to store or transmit the collected data. The robotic system including a central computation and command unit configured to receive the collected data; and to control operation of the robotic system by controlling operation of at least one actuator of the at least two Hardware Modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Alfons Riek, Kurt Stoll, Hans Klingel, Marcel Aeschlimann, Samuel Malzach, Martin Sigrist, Christian Schmid, Christoph Berger, Carole Chapelat, Kilian Iannucci, Alexandra Krause
  • Patent number: 10758372
    Abstract: A method of implanting a contact implant includes providing the contact implant, providing a plurality of anchoring implants having a plurality of through openings, placing the contact implant at an implantation location, and introducing a first one of the anchoring implants through a first of the plurality of through openings. Mechanical oscillations are applied, along a first axis, to the first one of the anchoring implants, thereby causing thermoplastic material of the implant to liquefy and interpenetrate portions of the tissue. A second one of the anchoring implants is introduced through a second one of the through openings to bring it in contact with the live tissue. Mechanical oscillations are applied, along a second axis, to the second one of the anchoring implants to cause thermoplastic material to be liquefied. The first and first and second axes are at a nonzero angle to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Marcel Aeschlimann, Laurent Torriani, Christoph Rusch, Stéphane Gillieron
  • Publication number: 20200269417
    Abstract: A Hardware Module for a robotic system includes at least one sensor for measuring an internal property of the Hardware Module, a communication unit for communicating with other Hardware Modules, a data storage unit and an embedded controller. The embedded controller is configured to collect collected data, the collected data including: status data representing the current status of the Hardware Module; and operating data representing usage of the Hardware Module wherein at least part of the collected data is determined from sensor data from the at least one sensor, and the embedded controller is configured to perform at least one of: storing the collected data on the data storage unit; and transmitting the collected data via the communication unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Alfons Riek, Kurt Stoll, Hans Klingel, Marcel Aeschlimann, Samuel Malzach, Martin Sigrist, Christian Schmid, Christoph Berger, Leif Pudewills, Kilian Iannucci
  • Publication number: 20200030115
    Abstract: An implant or endoprosthesis suitable to be implanted in human or animal tissue includes two (or more than two) parts to be joined in situ. Each one of the parts includes a joining location, the two joining locations facing each other when the device parts are positioned for being joined together, wherein one of the joining locations includes a material which is liquefiable by mechanical vibration and the other one of the joining locations includes a material which is not liquefiable by mechanical vibration and a structure (e.g. undercut cavities or protrusions) suitable for forming a positive fit connection with the liquefiable material. The joining process is effected by pressing the two device parts against each other and by applying ultrasonic vibration to one of the device parts when the two parts are positioned relative to each other such that the two joining locations are in contact with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Marcel Aeschlimann, Laurent Torriani, Andrea Müller, Thomas Knecht, Philipp Seiler, Urs Weber, Christopher Rast, Jörg Mayer, Stephanie Mehl, Milica Berra
  • Patent number: 10470893
    Abstract: An implant or endoprosthesis suitable to be implanted in human or animal tissue includes two (or more than two) parts to be joined in situ. Each one of the parts includes a joining location, the two joining locations facing each other when the device parts are positioned for being joined together, wherein one of the joining locations includes a material which is liquefiable by mechanical vibration and the other one of the joining locations includes a material which is not liquefiable by mechanical vibration and a structure (e.g. undercut cavities or protrusions) suitable for forming a positive fit connection with the liquefiable material. The joining process is effected by pressing the two device parts against each other and by applying ultrasonic vibration to one of the device parts when the two parts are positioned relative to each other such that the two joining locations are in contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Marcel Aeschlimann, Laurent Torriani, Andrea Müller, Thomas Knecht, Philipp Seiler, Urs Weber, Christopher Rast, Jörg Mayer, Stephanie Mehl, Milica Berra
  • Publication number: 20190330579
    Abstract: A cell culturing system includes a docking station, a handling unit, a culturing module and an actuation layer. The culturing module has a culturing well and a culturing membrane separating the culturing well in an apical culturing chamber and a basal culturing chamber. The handling unit removably accommodates the culturing module and the actuation layer. The docking station has a coupling structure for removably holding the handling unit in a predefined position and an actuation feeding channel, wherein, when the handling unit is held by the coupling structure in the predefined position, a first end of the actuation feeding channel is connected to the actuation bore and a second end of the actuation feeding channel is connected to a connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2017
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Olivier Thierry GUENAT, Janick Daniel STUCKI, Marcel AESCHLIMANN, Christophe LÉCHOT
  • Patent number: 10427359
    Abstract: A joining element has an anchoring portion for in-depth anchoring in the object and a head portion arranged proximally of the anchoring portion with respect to an insertion axis. The head portion has a lateral outer surface that has a structure that is well-defined, especially within tight tolerances. The joining element is positioned relative to an object of a non-liquefiable material such that the anchoring portion reaches into an opening of the object or is placed adjacent a mouth thereof. Then, the joining element is pressed towards a distal direction, to press the anchoring portion into the opening, while mechanical vibration energy is coupled into the joining element by a tool, in an amount and for a time sufficient for liquefaction of a portion of the thermoplastic material to cause interpenetration of the thermoplastic material into structures of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: WOODWELDING AG, INTER IKEA SYSTEMS B.V.
    Inventors: Nihat Dizdar, Håkan Käll, Pontus Håkansson, Muthumariappan Sankaran, Mario Lehmann, Jörg Mayer, Laurent Torriani, Marcel Aeschlimann
  • Publication number: 20190282276
    Abstract: A tool for implementing a correction plan in an external fixation frame having a plurality of adjustment elements or screws, for example, generally includes a driver, a motor, a controller, and a processor. The driver is adapted to engage and rotate each of the screws. The motor is coupled the driver and adapted to rotate the driver. The controller is connected to the motor and configured to control operation of the motor. The a processor adapted configured to: receive correction plan data; receive identification data including information for identifying at least one of the plurality of screws; determine movement of at least one of the plurality of the screws based on the correction plan data and the identification data; and send signals indicative of the determined movement to the controller in order to rotate at least one of the plurality of screws according to a predetermined correction plan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Vinzenz Andreas Burgherr, Adam John Edelhauser, Yves Stephane Crozet, Marcel Aeschlimann, Christoph Dworzak, Antonino Lanci, Markus Mast
  • Patent number: 10406757
    Abstract: A first object is anchored in a second object. The first object has a material with thermoplastic properties, and the second material has a material that is solid and is penetrable by the first material when in a liquefied state. The second object has an insertion face with an opening having a mouth in the insertion face, and the first object has an insert portion that for anchoring is placed in the opening or about the mouth thereof. For anchoring, energy suitable for liquefaction of the first material impinges in an amount and for a time sufficient for at least partial liquefaction of the first material and interpenetration of the first and second materials. The second object, around the opening, has an anisotropic strength with respect to forces perpendicular to the opening axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: WOODWELDING AG, INTER IKEA SYSTEMS B.V.
    Inventors: Mario Lehmann, Jörg Mayer, Marcel Aeschlimann, Laurent Torriani, Muthumariappan Sankaran, Håkan Käll
  • Patent number: 10390957
    Abstract: A human or animal joint is treated by introduction of a device between the suitably prepared articulating surfaces of the joint, and the device is anchored in both these articular surfaces with a material having thermoplastic properties. For allowing at least limited articulation of the joint after implantation, the device includes two articulating portions, wherein one of the articulating portions is anchored in each articulating surfaces of the joint. On implantation a proximal face of the device is contacted with a vibrating tool and the vibration is transmitted through parts of the device to locations in which the material having thermoplastic properties is near the bone tissue of the articulating surfaces of the joint and in which liquefaction is desired. The liquefied material penetrates the bone tissue and, on re-solidification forms a positive fit connection between the device and the bone tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SPINEWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Andreas Wenger, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl
  • Patent number: 10349981
    Abstract: A tool for implementing a correction plan in an external fixation frame having a plurality of adjustment elements or screws, for example, generally includes a driver, a motor, a controller, and a processor. The driver is adapted to engage and rotate each of the screws. The motor is coupled the driver and adapted to rotate the driver. The controller is connected to the motor and configured to control operation of the motor. The a processor adapted configured to: receive correction plan data; receive identification data including information for identifying at least one of the plurality of screws; determine movement of at least one of the plurality of the screws based on the correction plan data and the identification data; and send signals indicative of the determined movement to the controller in order to rotate at least one of the plurality of screws according to a predetermined correction plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Vinzenz Andreas Burgherr, Adam John Edelhauser, Yves Stephane Crozet, Marcel Aeschlimann, Christoph Dworzak, Antonino Lanci, Markus Mast
  • Patent number: 10336029
    Abstract: A method of fastening an edge structure to a construction element includes providing the construction element, being a planar structure with two cover regions and a middle region between the cover regions; providing the edge structure being continuously extended, the edge structure having contact surfaces with a thermoplastic material shaped to lie against the cover regions in an outer surface of the construction element, and, opposite the contact surfaces, a coupling-in surface for coupling energy into the edge structure; coupling energy into the edge structure and pressing the contact surfaces against the cover regions until at least a portion of the thermoplastic material is liquefied and pressed into the cover regions; and repeating or continuing the steps of coupling and pressing until the edge structure is attached to the building element at a plurality of discrete locations or over an extended region along an edge of the construction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Laurent Torriani, Mario Lehmann, Marcel Aeschlimann
  • Publication number: 20190133777
    Abstract: A spine stabilization device having an interbody spacer shaped to be inserted between a vertebral body of an upper vertebra and a vertebral body of a lower vertebra. The device further includes a fixation device to be inserted after placement of the interbody spacer, the fixation device having a support portion securing the interbody spacer against escaping from between the vertebral bodies into a ventral direction. The support portion rests against a portion of an anterior surface of the interbody spacer, and includes an anchor. The anchor has an anchoring material portion that is inserted, in a liquid state, into cancellous bone tissue of at least one of the vertebral bodies of the upper and lower vertebra, to thereby infiltrate the cancellous bone tissue, and to harden thereafter so as to fix the support portion to the vertebral body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Andrea Müller, Milica Berra, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Urs Weber, Jörg Mayer, Stephen Hochschuler, Hansen Yuan, Frank M. Phillips, Stephanie Mehl, Elmar Mock, Andreas Wenger, Philipp Seiler, Ulrich Berlemann
  • Patent number: 10195045
    Abstract: A spine stabilization device having an interbody spacer shaped to be inserted between a vertebral body of an upper vertebra and a vertebral body of a lower vertebra. The device further includes a fixation device to be inserted after placement of the interbody spacer, the fixation device having a support portion securing the interbody spacer against escaping from between the vertebral bodies into a ventral direction. The support portion rests against a portion of an anterior surface of the interbody spacer, and includes an anchor. The anchor has an anchoring material portion that is inserted, in a liquid state, into cancellous bone tissue of at least one of the vertebral bodies of the upper and lower vertebra, to thereby infiltrate the cancellous bone tissue, and to harden thereafter so as to fix the support portion to the vertebral body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SPINEWELDING AG
    Inventors: Andrea Müller, Milica Berra, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Urs Weber, Jörg Mayer, Stephen Hochschuler, Hansen Yuan, Frank M. Phillips, Stephanie Mehl, Elmar Mock, Andreas Wenger, Philipp Seiler, Ulrich Berlemann
  • Publication number: 20180370181
    Abstract: A method of fastening an edge structure to a construction element includes providing the construction element, being a planar structure with with two cover regions and a middle region between the cover regions; providing the edge structure being continuously extended, the edge structure having contact surfaces with a thermoplastic material shaped to lie against the cover regions in an outer surface of the construction element, and, opposite the contact surfaces, a coupling-in surface for coupling energy into the edge structure; coupling energy into the edge structure and pressing the contact surfaces against the cover regions until at least a portion of the thermoplastic material is liquefied and pressed into the cover regions; and repeating or continuing the steps of coupling and pressing until the edge structure is attached to the building element at a plurality of discrete locations or over an extended region along an edge of the construction element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Laurent Torriani, Mario Lehmann, Marcel Aeschlimann
  • Patent number: 10136880
    Abstract: An augmentation method is provided, wherein a thermoplastic augmentation element is subject to mechanical energy impact and mechanical pressure by a tool so that augmentation material of the augmentation element is liquefied and pressed into hard tissue to augment the hard tissue, wherein in at least one axial depth, the augmentation element is segmented as a function of the circumferential angle so that at this axial depth the circumferential wall of the initial opening in first regions is in contact with the augmentation element and in second regions is not in contact with the augmentation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Marcel Aeschlimann
  • Patent number: 10059076
    Abstract: A method of fastening an edge structure to a construction element includes providing the construction element, being a planar structure with with two cover regions and a middle region between the cover regions; providing the edge structure being continuously extended, the edge structure having contact surfaces with a thermoplastic material shaped to lie against the cover regions in an outer surface of the construction element, and, opposite the contact surfaces, a coupling-in surface for coupling energy into the edge structure; coupling energy into the edge structure and pressing the contact surfaces against the cover regions until at least a portion of the thermoplastic material is liquefied and pressed into the cover regions; and repeating or continuing the steps of coupling and pressing until the edge structure is attached to the building element at a plurality of discrete locations or over an extended region along an edge of the construction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Laurent Torriani, Mario Lehmann, Marcel Aeschlimann