Patents by Inventor Matthias Altendorf

Matthias Altendorf 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: 20200209828
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a method for monitoring an automation system having a multiplicity of field devices arranged in a spatially distributed fashion and configured to acquire or set a primary process variable that is dependent on the process. The field devices are also configured to each acquire at least one secondary environmental variable and have at least one superordinate process control unit for controlling the process. The method includes transmitting the acquired environmental variables to a superordinate database and analysis platform and monitoring the automation system using the database and analysis platform. To monitor the automation system, the database and analysis platform compares the acquired transmitted secondary environmental variables with comparative environmental variables which represent a usual state of the automation system, in order to detect an unusual state in the automation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventor: Matthias Altendorf
  • Patent number: 10620600
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining or monitoring at least one process variable which comprises a sensor element, measuring electronics, at least one control/evaluating/calculating unit arranged removed from the measuring unit and/or an in/output unit arranged removed from the measuring unit and the control/evaluating/calculating unit. The control/evaluating/calculating unit and the in/output unit are connected with the measuring unit via a first interface, respectively a second interface, wherein the measuring electronics operates the sensor element and forwards the measurement signals via the interfaces to the control/evaluating/calculating unit as unprocessed, raw, measured values, and wherein the control/evaluating/calculating unit arranged removed from the measuring unit determines, improves and/or monitors the process variable based on the raw, measured values and makes such available via the in/output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: ENDRESS+HAUSER SE+CO. KG
    Inventors: Matthias Altendorf, Marc Baret
  • Publication number: 20200012249
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for parameterizing an automation field device which is communicatively connected to a server, having the following steps: initiating the method by transmitting a command to parameterize the field device on the server; transmitting identification information of the field device to the server; ascertaining a digital image of the field device stored on the server using the transmitted identification information, said digital image containing configuration settings of the field device and measurement location-relevant information and being designed to reproduce the behavior of the field device in a simulated or emulated manner; generating and proposing a parameter set for the field device using the field device information; selecting and confirming the proposed parameter set by a user; and transmitting the confirmed parameter set to the field device and parameterizing the field device using the transmitted parameter set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Matthias Altendorf, Eugenio Ferreira da Silva Neto, Andreas Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20180188081
    Abstract: A system for determining a process variable of a medium arranged in a container is disclosed, including an optical fiber Bragg sensor with an optical waveguide with a fiber Bragg grating, a signal generating unit designed to generate an optical input signal and couple it into the waveguide, a receiving unit designed to receive an optical output signal from the waveguide and converts it into an electrical output signal, and an evaluating unit which determines the process variable using the electrical output signal, wherein a subsection of the optical waveguide is arranged inside or in a wall of the container, the subsection designed such that the fiber Bragg grating is affected by the process variable to be determined of the medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Matthias Altendorf, Detlev Wittmer
  • Publication number: 20180094965
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for determining at least one process variable, such as a fill level of a filling material located in a container. The system includes at least one camera for taking at least one image of at least one first subregion of the container, at least one thermal-imaging camera for taking at least one thermal image of at least the first subregion, and an evaluation unit. The evaluation unit determines the process variable based upon the at least one thermal image in combination with the at least one image, wherein the latter is used in the determination of the container geometry. The system according to the present disclosure thus offers the advantage that none of the components must be arranged in the interior of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Matthias Altendorf, Manfred Jagiella, Andreas Mayr
  • Publication number: 20170255176
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining or monitoring at least one process variable which comprises a sensor element, measuring electronics, at least one control/evaluating/calculating unit arranged removed from the measuring unit and/or an in/output unit arranged removed from the measuring unit and the control/evaluating/calculating unit. The control/evaluating/calculating unit and the in/output unit are connected with the measuring unit via a first interface, respectively a second interface, wherein the measuring electronics operates the sensor element and forwards the measurement signals via the interfaces to the control/evaluating/calculating unit as unprocessed, raw, measured values, and wherein the control/evaluating/calculating unit arranged removed from the measuring unit determines, improves and/or monitors the process variable based on the raw, measured values and makes such available via the in/output unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventors: Matthias Altendorf, Marc Baret
  • Patent number: 9719918
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining or monitoring at least one process variable, comprising: a sensor element and a measuring electronics, which form a measuring unit; and at least one control/evaluating/calculating unit arranged removed from the measuring unit; and/or an in/output unit arranged removed from the measuring unit and the control/evaluating/calculating unit. The control/evaluating/calculating unit and the in/output unit are connected with the measuring unit via a first interface and a second interface. The measuring electronics operates the sensor element and forwards the measurement signals via the interfaces to the control/evaluating/calculating unit as unprocessed, raw, measured values. The control/evaluating/calculating unit arranged removed from the measuring unit determines, improves and/or monitors the process variable based on the raw, measured values and makes such available via the in/output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Matthias Altendorf
  • Patent number: 8789424
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing measuring transducers, especially pressure or pressure difference measuring transducers, in which a high degree of quality, safety and accuracy of measurement is achievable with little logistical and manufacturing effort. The measuring transducer has a memory readable and writable via an associated RFID interface, and at least one sensor for registering a physical, measured variable and for transducing such into an electrical variable, wherein the sensor is equipped with sensor electronics, which serves to condition the electrical variable into an electrical measurement signal dependent on the measured variable, and which is equipped with an RFID transponder, via which the sensor is supplied with energy, and via which measurement signals can be read out wirelessly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Mayr, Michael Philipps, Matthias Altendorf
  • Publication number: 20140107940
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining or monitoring at least one process variable, comprising: a sensor element and a measuring electronics, which form a measuring unit; and at least one control/evaluating/calculating unit arranged removed from the measuring unit; and/or an in/output unit arranged removed from the measuring unit and the control/evaluating/calculating unit. The control/evaluating/calculating unit and the in/output unit are connected with the measuring unit via a first interface and a second interface. The measuring electronics operates the sensor element and forwards the measurement signals via the interfaces to the control/evaluating/calculating unit as unprocessed, raw, measured values. The control/evaluating/calculating unit arranged removed from the measuring unit determines, improves and/or monitors the process variable based on the raw, measured values and makes such available via the in/output unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Matthias Altendorf
  • Publication number: 20140032177
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining or monitoring at least one process variable which comprises a sensor element, measuring electronics, at least one control/evaluating/calculating unit arranged removed from the measuring unit and/or an in/output unit arranged removed from the measuring unit and the control/evaluating/calculating unit. The control/evaluating/calculating unit and the in/output unit are connected with the measuring unit via a first interface, respectively a second interface, wherein the measuring electronics operates the sensor element and forwards the measurement signals via the interfaces to the control/evaluating/calculating unit as unprocessed, raw, measured values, and wherein the control/evaluating/calculating unit arranged removed from the measuring unit determines, improves and/or monitors the process variable based on the raw, measured values and makes such available via the in/output unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Endress + Hauser BmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Matthias Altendorf, Marc Bret
  • Patent number: 8573026
    Abstract: A method for ascertaining volume- or mass-flow of a medium in a pipeline, or measuring tube, of radius (r) via a sound entrainment method, wherein ultrasonic measuring signals are transmitted and/or received along a plurality of defined sound paths (m). During a calibration phase, successive, different flow profiles (v(r)) of a measured medium are established in the pipeline, or in the measuring tube, and wherein, for each flow profile (v(r)), a defined volume flow, or a defined mass flow, is ascertained, wherein, on the basis of measured values (vx(r1) . . . vx(rm)) ascertained in the separate measuring paths (m), each flow profile (v(r)) established in the pipeline, or in the measuring tube, is described by a characteristic parameter set (a1, . . . , an with n?N) and wherein, for each flow profile (V(r)), on the basis of the defined volume- or mass-flow and on the basis of the measured volume- or mass-flow, a flow-profile-dependent correction factor MF(a1, . . .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser Flowtec AG
    Inventors: Thomas Froehlich, Matthias Altendorf, Torsten Strunz
  • Patent number: 8281667
    Abstract: In a method for determining mass flow with a Coriolis mass flow measuring device arranged on a rotary filler, a correction value ?{dot over (m)} is ascertained, which is proportional to the RPM n of the rotary filler. This correction value is subtracted from the conventionally ascertained value {dot over (m)} of the mass flow. The corrected measured value {dot over (m)}corr is thus {dot over (m)}corr={dot over (m)}??{dot over (m)}.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser Flowtec AG
    Inventors: Gerhard Eckert, Christian Matt, Matthias Altendorf
  • Publication number: 20120130509
    Abstract: A method and a system for adjusting a measuring device. The measuring device, determines the physical or chemical process variable based on measurement data; an analytical tool, ascertains the analytical data from the measurement data; a database, in which data sets with analytical data for different process conditions and associated parameter sets for adjusting the measuring device are stored, or in which a plurality of models with associated calculational specifications are stored, which produce the analytical data; and a calculation/control unit, which compares the ascertained analytical data with the stored analytical data, ascertains that data set of the stored analytical data, which has maximum agreement with the ascertained analytical data and adjusts the measuring device corresponding to the associated parameter set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Matthias Altendorf, Peter Klöfer, Dietmar Spanke
  • Publication number: 20110247424
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing measuring transducers, especially pressure or pressure difference measuring transducers, in which a high degree of quality, safety and accuracy of measurement is achievable with little logistical and manufacturing effort. The measuring transducer has a memory readable and writable via an associated RFID interface, and at least one sensor for registering a physical, measured variable and for transducing such into an electrical variable, wherein the sensor is equipped with sensor electronics, which serves to condition the electrical variable into an electrical measurement signal dependent on the measured variable, and which is equipped with an RFID transponder, via which the sensor is supplied with energy, and via which measurement signals can be read out wirelessly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Mayr, Michael Philipps, Matthias Altendorf
  • Publication number: 20110179881
    Abstract: In a method for determining mass flow with a Coriolis mass flow measuring device arranged on a rotary filler, a correction value ?{dot over (m)} is ascertained, which is proportional to the RPM n of the rotary filler. This correction value is subtracted from the conventionally ascertained value {dot over (m)} of the mass flow. The corrected measured value {dot over (m)}corr is thus {dot over (m)}corr={dot over (m)}??{dot over (m)}.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: Endress + Hauser Flowtec AG
    Inventors: Gerhard Eckert, Christian Matt, Matthias Altendorf
  • Publication number: 20090211330
    Abstract: A method for ascertaining volume- or mass-flow of a medium in a pipeline, or measuring tube, of radius (r) via a sound entrainment method, wherein ultrasonic measuring signals are transmitted and/or received along a plurality of defined sound paths (m). During a calibration phase, successive, different flow profiles (v(r)) of a measured medium are established in the pipeline, or in the measuring tube, and wherein, for each flow profile (v(r)), a defined volume flow, or a defined mass flow, is ascertained, wherein, on the basis of measured values (v)x(r1) . . . vx(rm)) ascertained in the separate measuring paths (m), each flow profile (v(r)) established in the pipeline, or in the measuring tube, is described by a characteristic parameter set (a1 . . . an with n?N) and wherein, for each flow profile (V(r)), on the basis of the defined volume- or mass-flow and on the basis of the measured volume- or mass-flow, a flow-profile-dependent correction factor MF(a1, . . .
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: Endress + Hauser Flowtec AG
    Inventors: Thomas Froehlich, Matthias Altendorf, Torsten Strunz
  • Patent number: 7044001
    Abstract: A sonic- or ultrasonic flowmeter, suitable for replacement of differential pressure flowmeters, comprising: a pipe segment, to be connected to a first and a second pipe, each having a diameter, which complies to an industry standard for pipe diameters used in differential pressure flow measurement, having a length (L), which is equal to a standard length for a flow restricting element of a differential pressure flowmeter, having a diameter (D), which is equal to a standard for pipe diameters used in differential pressure flow measurement, comprising a first standard connector located on a first end of the pipe segment, and a second standard connector located on a second end of the pipe segment, a primary flow sensor, comprising at least one sonic- or ultrasonic transducer for transmission and/or reception of sonic- or ultrasonic signals through the pipe segment, mounted on the pipe segment, and a sensor electronic for providing a measurement signal representing a flow of fluid through the pipe segment, based
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser Flowtec AG
    Inventors: Dean Sylvia, Joe Schaffer, Matthias Altendorf, Mike Touzin, Thomas Fröhlich
  • Publication number: 20050210999
    Abstract: A sonic- or ultrasonic flowmeter, suitable for replacement of differential pressure flowmeters, comprising: a pipe segment, to be connected to a first and a second pipe, each having a diameter, which complies to an industry standard for pipe diameters used in differential pressure flow measurement, having a length (L), which is equal to a standard length for a flow restricting element of a differential pressure flowmeter, having a diameter (D), which is equal to a standard for pipe diameters used in differential pressure flow measurement, comprising a first standard connector located on a first end of the pipe segment, and a second standard connector located on a second end of the pipe segment, a primary flow sensor, comprising at least one sonic- or ultrasonic transducer for transmission and/or reception of sonic- or ultrasonic signals through the pipe segment, mounted on the pipe segment, and a sensor electronic for providing a measurement signal representing a flow of fluid through the pipe segment, based
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Publication date: September 29, 2005
    Applicant: Endress + Hauser Flowtec AG
    Inventors: Dean Sylvia, Joe Schaffer, Matthias Altendorf, Mike Touzin, Thomas Frohlich