Patents by Inventor Markus Zölfl

Markus Zölfl 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: 20190248529
    Abstract: A container handling plant and a method for a container handling plant are shown. The container handling plant comprises at least one container handling machine for handling containers, wherein at least one container handling machine comprises a type preselection memory in which different types are preselectable for a handling to be performed by the container handling machine, at least one output device positioned at the at least one container handling machine for outputting an audio signal and/or an optical signal, and a control device configured to control the at least one output device such that the output device acoustically outputs a predetermined audio signal made of tone sequences comprising at least two different tones and/or optically outputs an optical signal, if due to the type preselected in the type preselection memory a change of a type or a refilling for the preselected type at the container handling machine is scheduled in the future at the end of a predetermined time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Krones AG
    Inventors: Robert Klein, Wolfgang Hahn, Timo Pronold, Markus Zoelfl
  • Publication number: 20190022915
    Abstract: A method for operating a system for handling containers, wherein said system for handling containers has a first handling device which handles the containers in a first predetermined manner, and at least one second handling device which handles the containers in a second predetermined manner, and a transport device which transports the containers from the first handling device to the second handling device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Markus ZOELFL, Robert AUST
  • Patent number: 10086968
    Abstract: A container handling machine for handling containers, such as bottles for example, including a machine protection element which shields active parts of the container handling machine against interventions from the outside, for example by operating personnel, at least during operation and which extends at least partly over a part of the periphery of the container handling machine. A display is integrated into the machine protection element, wherein information, for example on the operating state of the container handling machine, can be displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Andreas Bergers, Markus Zölfl, Timo Pronold, Wolfgang Hahn
  • Patent number: 9840404
    Abstract: A production system for producing and/or filling containers, including beverage bottles, includes modular processing units. Each of the modular processing units includes a stationary operating module configured to produce or process the containers and handling devices. The handling devices are configured to handle the containers between a container entry of the processing unit and a container exit of the processing unit and to position the containers in the operating module. The handling devices are configured such that the processing units are individually replaceable. Alternatively or additionally to this, at least two processing units of a same kind are provided to which the containers are specifically distributable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hausladen, Christian Stoiber, Wolfgang Hahn, Alexander Kaiser, Markus Zoelfl, Frank Winzinger, Stefan Raith
  • Patent number: 9375878
    Abstract: A method for operating an installation for handling containers, wherein the containers from a first handling unit of the installation are handled by predetermined first handling parameters and the containers from a second handling unit of the installation are handled by predetermined second handling parameters, and wherein the first handling parameters and the second handling parameters can be altered, at least in part, and depend, at least in part, on product parameters which are characteristic of the container. Product parameters of the container which are stored for controlling the first handling unit are also used for controlling the second handling unit, wherein alterations to the product parameters are taken into account in automated fashion both for controlling the first handling unit and for controlling the second handling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Markus Zoelfl, Timo Pronold
  • Publication number: 20160152370
    Abstract: A container handling machine for handling containers, such as bottles for example, including a machine protection element which shields active parts of the container handling machine against interventions from the outside, for example by operating personnel, at least during operation and which extends at least partly over a part of the periphery of the container handling machine. A display is integrated into the machine protection element, wherein information, for example on the operating state of the container handling machine, can be displayed on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventors: Andreas Bergers, Markus Zölfl, Timo Pronold, Wolfgang Hahn
  • Patent number: 9283709
    Abstract: A container treatment plant having an oven, a blow molder located downstream of the oven and used for processing a plurality of container blanks, such as preforms, and a conveying unit configured for conveying a plurality of carriers, each carrier being provided for accommodating at least one container blank, and the conveying unit and the carrier being adapted to one another such that each carrier is individually movable through the oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Peter Lindner, Thomas Albrecht, Wolfgang Hahn, Konrad Senn, Markus Zoelfl, Stefan Raith, Holger Neugebauer
  • Publication number: 20150332190
    Abstract: A method of determining the resource efficiency of a plant for the production of drinks containers, wherein the plant has at least one resource-consuming part, wherein the part of the plant is operated at least for a time in a first operative state (B1) in which a product is produced and the part of the plant has a first resource consumption (V1) in this operative state (B1), and wherein the part of the plant is operated at least for a time in a second operative state (B2) and has a second resource consumption (V1) in this second operative state (B2), wherein at least one first resource consumption (V1) capable of being allocated to the first operative state (B 1) and at least one second resource consumption (V2) capable of being allocated to the second operative state (B2) determined and the resource consumption (V1, V2) is allocated to the operative states (B1, B2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Markus Zoelfl, Albert Link, Ulrich Buchhauser, Norbert Ottmann
  • Publication number: 20150212507
    Abstract: A method and a corresponding device for supporting operating and/or changeover processes for a machine, in particular product type changeovers in the beverage processing industry. The method includes the creation of a description of the changeover process which can comprise a plurality of sub-steps, the processing of individual sub-steps, and the storing of the changeover process and/or the processed sub-steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Thomas Kellhammer, Markus Zölfl, Timo Pronold, Johannes Böhm, Christina Traub, Stefan Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20150197415
    Abstract: A production system for producing and/or filling containers, including beverage bottles, includes modular processing units. Each of the modular processing units includes a stationary operating module configured to produce or process the containers and handling devices. The handling devices are configured to handle the containers between a container entry of the processing unit and a container exit of the processing unit and to position the containers in the operating module. The handling devices are configured such that the processing units are individually replaceable. Alternatively or additionally to this, at least two processing units of a same kind are provided to which the containers are specifically distributable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Wolfgang Hausladen, Alexander Kaiser, Stefan Raith, Christian Stoiber, Frank Winzinger, Markus Zoelfl
  • Patent number: 9002505
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling containers, with at least one handling device which handles the containers in a pre-set manner, a conveying device which conveys the containers along a pre-set conveying path, with a control device for controlling the apparatus, with an input unit, by way of which information is capable of being entered in the apparatus by a user. The apparatus has an information output unit for delivering information to the user, wherein this information unit is made portable and is capable of being brought into at least indirect communication connection with the input unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Markus Zoelfl
  • Patent number: 8996158
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling containers, with at least one handling device which handles the containers in a pre-set manner, a conveying device which conveys the containers along a pre-set conveying path, with a control device for controlling the apparatus, with an input unit, by way of which information is capable of being entered in the apparatus by a user. The apparatus has an information output unit for delivering information to the user, wherein this information unit is made portable and is capable of being brought into at least indirect communication connection with the input unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Markus Zoelfl
  • Patent number: 8985453
    Abstract: A change part, which is used for a machine employed in the filling or bottle manufacturing industry and which includes an identification element, where the identification element comprises a piezoelectric transmitter, which, when the change part is mounted and/or demounted, is able to be activated by the forces acting thereon and to transmit an identification signal, and to a suitable method for identifying a change part mounted in a machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Markus Zölfl, Timo Pronold, Stefan Raith
  • Publication number: 20150079220
    Abstract: A container treatment plant having an oven, a blow molder located downstream of the oven and used for processing a plurality of container blanks, such as preforms, and a conveying unit configured for conveying a plurality of carriers, each carrier being provided for accommodating at least one container blank, and the conveying unit and the carrier being adapted to one another such that each carrier is individually movable through the oven.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Lindner, Thomas Albrecht, Wolfgang Hahn, Konrad Senn, Markus Zoelfl, Stefan Raith, Holger Neugebauer
  • Publication number: 20140316559
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for the handling of containers (10), with at least one handling device (2) which handles the containers (10) in a pre-set manner, a conveying device (4) which conveys the containers (10) along a pre-set conveying path, with a control device (12) for controlling the apparatus, with an input unit (14), by way of which information is capable of being entered in the apparatus by a user. According to the invention the apparatus (1) has an information output unit (20) for delivering information to the user, wherein this information unit (20) is made portable and is capable of being brought into at least indirect communication connection with the input unit (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Markus Zoelfl
  • Publication number: 20140061313
    Abstract: A change part, which is used for a machine employed in the filling or bottle manufacturing industry and which includes an identification element, where the identification element comprises a piezoelectric transmitter, which, when the change part is mounted and/or demounted, is able to be activated by the forces acting thereon and to transmit an identification signal, and to a suitable method for identifying a change part mounted in a machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Markus Zölfl, Timo Pronold, Stefan Raith
  • Patent number: 8651260
    Abstract: A method and a device for handling containers is described, wherein the containers are transported along a predetermined transport path and combined with at least one other product, the amount of which can be determined, in such a way that the product is fed to each individual container in a predetermined feed area of the transport path, wherein the other product is routed along a feed path to the feed area. At least one characterizing state is determined in a detection area disposed upstream relative to the feed area in a direction of transport of the containers, the state being characteristic of a number of containers fed, and a residual amount for the product that remains to be fed to the predetermined feed area until the product is switched is determined as a function of this characteristic state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Uwe Hasler, Josef Mayer, Markus Zoelfl, Norbert Heimann, Josef Raith
  • Publication number: 20130231772
    Abstract: A method for operating an installation for handling containers, wherein the containers from a first handling unit of the installation are handled by predetermined first handling parameters and the containers from a second handling unit of the installation are handled by predetermined second handling parameters, and wherein the first handling parameters and the second handling parameters can be altered, at least in part, and depend, at least in part, on product parameters which are characteristic of the container. Product parameters of the container which are stored for controlling the first handling unit are also used for controlling the second handling unit, wherein alterations to the product parameters are taken into account in automated fashion both for controlling the first handling unit and for controlling the second handling unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Markus Zoelfl, Timo Pronold
  • Publication number: 20110132720
    Abstract: A method and a device for handling containers is described, wherein the containers (10) are transported along a predetermined transport path (T) and combined with at least one other product, the amount of which can be determined, in such a way that the product is fed to each individual container (10) in a predetermined feed area (D) of the transport path (T), wherein the other product is routed along a feed path (6) to the feed area (D). At least one characterizing state (Z) is determined in a detection area (8) disposed upstream relative to the feed area (D) in a direction of transport of the containers (10), said state being characteristic of a number of containers fed, and a residual amount (M) for the product that remains to be fed to the predetermined feed area (D) until the product is switched is determined as a function of this characteristic state (Z).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Uwe Hasler, Josef Mayer, Markus Zölfl
  • Publication number: 20110082582
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for the handling of containers (10), with at least one handling device (2) which handles the containers (10) in a pre-set manner, a conveying device (4) which conveys the containers (10) along a pre-set conveying path, with a control device (12) for controlling the apparatus, with an input unit (14), by way of which information is capable of being entered in the apparatus by a user. According to the invention the apparatus (1) has an information output unit (20) for delivering information to the user, wherein this information unit (20) is made portable and is capable of being brought into at least indirect communication connection with the input unit (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Markus Zoelfl