Patents by Inventor Michael Baier

Michael Baier 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: 20210081042
    Abstract: A device and method for detecting control-point activation conditions corresponding to a portion of a glove body coming in contact with or being within a threshold distance from at least one of another portion of the glove body or a control surface separate from the glove body. The glove may include a conductive path attached to the glove body and an expanded conductive area conductively coupled to the conductive path and attached to the glove body. The expanded conductive area may be wider than individual portions of the conductive path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Brent Michael BAIER, Jesse Katzman-Beimuts, Slade Luchynski
  • Patent number: 10919743
    Abstract: A hoist, a hoisting apparatus with said hoist and a method for securing a hoist. A hoist body having a drive mechanism for raising or lowering a hoist chain or a hoist cable is suspended from a support device by a hoist support. A safety device having a loosely arranged coupling element and a damping element is mounted between the hoist body and the support device. If the hoist support is released, the hoist body can drop by a drop height until the coupling element becomes taut. The damping element then damps the fall under the load of the hoist body, the hoist chain and whatever load is suspended from it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: J.D. NEUHAUS HOLDING GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Michael Baier, Alexander Koch, Ewald Sawitzki, Simon Brose
  • Publication number: 20190322500
    Abstract: A hoist, a hoisting apparatus with said hoist and a method for securing a hoist. A hoist body having a drive mechanism for raising or lowering a hoist chain or a hoist cable is suspended from a support device by a hoist support. A safety device having a loosely arranged coupling element and a damping element is mounted between the hoist body and the support device. If the hoist support is released, the hoist body can drop by a drop height until the coupling element becomes taut. The damping element then damps the fall under the load of the hoist body, the hoist chain and whatever load is suspended from it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Baier, Alexander Koch, Ewald Sawitzki, Simon Brose
  • Patent number: 8737698
    Abstract: Methods and/or systems for scanning biometric objects and compiling 2-dimensional digital images thereof, such images as can provide enhanced resolution, with reduced distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: University of Massachusetts
    Inventors: Samson Mil'Shtein, John Palma, Christopher Liessner, Michael Baier, Anup Pillai, Ameya Shendye
  • Patent number: 7950891
    Abstract: A method for loading and unloading rail cars includes at least one car, having a frame and a superstructure, moved into loading and unloading positions. During unloading the car superstructure is lifted off from the frame with lifting devices to an unloading level, and after the lifting operation the superstructure is moved at the unloading level in a transverse direction with respect to a longitudinal plane of the car until the superstructure is seated completely on a loading and unloading face. During loading the superstructure is moved from the loading and unloading face in a transverse direction with respect to the longitudinal plane of the car to above the frame and the superstructure is lowered, by lifting devices, onto the frame located in the loading and unloading positions. The lifting and lowering of the superstructures is carried out by lifting devices that are anchored to the track bed or secured to a platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventors: Hans-Juergen Weidemann, Michael Baier, Alexander Faller, Fritz Merk
  • Publication number: 20110107938
    Abstract: The invention relates to a traction vehicle (21) for semi-trailers (3), preferably for loading and unloading the semi-trailers (3) onto and off of a freight train (18), in particular, as part of the rolling highway, wherein the freight train (18) comprises several freight cars coupled to one another, in particular low-floor railcars (10), and a continuous driving lane in the longitudinal direction (20) of the train for moving the semi-trailers (3) on the freight train (18), wherein the traction vehicle (21) is unmanned and self-propelled, as well as a tractor-trailer unit (30) formed from the traction vehicle (21) and a semi-trailer (3), a method for transferring semi-trailers (3) from the railway (12) to the roadway and vice versa, as well as a freight transfer terminal thereto, and a method for transferring semi-trailers (3) from the railway (12) to the roadway and vice versa and for transporting the semi-trailers (3) on the railway (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: CARGOBEAMER AG
    Inventors: Hans-Jürgen Weidemann, Michael Baier, Fritz Merk
  • Publication number: 20110007951
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment of the invention, there is provided an apparatus for characterizing and identifying a human. The apparatus comprises a light imaging device that images topography of a surface of a portion of human anatomy, and an infrared imaging device that images infrared radiation of the same portion of human anatomy. The light imaging device and the infrared imaging device are rotatable about at least one axis, each of the at least one axis extending through the portion of the anatomy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Inventors: Samson Mil'shtein, Michael Baier, Anup Pillai, Ameya M. Shendye
  • Publication number: 20100172548
    Abstract: Methods and/or systems for scanning biometric objects and compiling 2-dimensional digital images thereof, such images as can provide enhanced resolution, with reduced distortion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventors: Samson Mil'Shtein, John Palma, Christopher Liessner, Michael Baier, Anup Pillai, Ameya Shendye
  • Publication number: 20090153369
    Abstract: An apparatus for inputting information is disclosed. The apparatus includes a first sensor operably configured to be mounted on a user's thumb and a plurality of sensors operably configured to be mounted on the user's fingers, such that the user can move the user's thumb and/or fingers to cause contact between the first sensor and at least one of the plurality of sensors. The apparatus also includes an interface in communication with the first sensor and the plurality of sensors, the interface being operably configured to associate contact between the first sensor and sensors of the plurality of sensors with respective data items and to produce a data signal representing the data item. Frequently used data items are associated with sensors of the plurality of sensors located in positions on the user's fingers that permit ergonomically favourable conditions when causing the contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: Iron Will Creations. Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Michael Baier, Leslie Howard Messmer
  • Patent number: 7498956
    Abstract: An apparatus for inputting information is disclosed. The apparatus includes a first sensor operably configured to be mounted on a user's thumb and a plurality of sensors operably configured to be mounted on the user's fingers, such that the user can move the user's thumb and/or fingers to cause contact between the first sensor and at least one of the plurality of sensors. The apparatus also includes an interface in communication with the first sensor and the plurality of sensors, the interface being operably configured to associate contact between the first sensor and sensors of the plurality of sensors with respective data items and to produce a data signal representing the data item. Frequently used data items are associated with sensors of the plurality of sensors located in positions on the user's fingers that permit ergonomically favorable conditions when causing the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Iron Will Creations, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Michael Baier, Leslie Howard Messmer
  • Publication number: 20080008877
    Abstract: Novel catalyst beds comprising a physical mixture of catalytically active and catalytically inactive shaped bodies, in which the catalytically inactive shaped bodies have rounded edges on the external rubbing surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Applicant: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Klaus Harth, Thorsten Johann, Christian Walsdorff, Otto Hofstadt, Michael Baier, Wolfgang Jürgen Pöpel, Karin Pöpel
  • Patent number: 7151184
    Abstract: Process for preparing phthalic anhydride by gas-phase oxidation of xylene, naphthalene or mixtures thereof in a shell-and-tube reactor thermostatted by means of a heat transfer medium over three or more different fixed-bed catalysts arranged in zones, wherein the process is carried out so that the maximum temperature in the second catalyst zone in the flow direction is up to 50° C. lower than the maximum temperature in the first catalyst zone and the maximum temperature in the third zone from the gas inlet is from 30 to 100° C. lower than that in the first catalyst zone. The process of the present invention makes it possible to prepare phthalic anhydride in high yields under industrially relevant conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sebastian Storck, Frank Rosowski, Michael Baier, Andreas Tenten, Hans-Josef Wolf
  • Publication number: 20060099056
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for loading and unloading rail cars, wherein at least one car, having a car frame (40) and a car superstructure (1), is moved into a loading and unloading position, and: a) when unloading takes place, the car superstructure (1) is lifted off from the car frame by means of lifting devices (101, 111; 201, 221) to an unloading level, and after the lifting operation the car superstructure (1) is moved at the unloading level in a transverse direction with respect to a longitudinal plane (7) of the car until the car superstructure (1) is seated completely on a loading and unloading face (140), and b) when loading takes place, the car superstructure (1) is moved from the loading and unloading face (140) in a transverse direction with respect to the longitudinal plane (7) of the car to above the car frame (40) and the car superstructure (1) is lowered, by means of the lifting devices (101, 111; 201,221), onto the car frame (40) which is located in the loading and unloading positi
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2003
    Publication date: May 11, 2006
    Inventors: Hans-Juergen Weidemann, Michael Baier, Alexander Faller, Fritz Merk
  • Patent number: 6989346
    Abstract: Olefinically unsaturated hydrocarbons are prepared from corresponding paraffinic hydrocarbons, in particular propylene is prepared from propane, by dehydrogenation over a catalyst comprising an oxide of a transition metal of group IV B of the Periodic Table, eg. TiO2 or ZrO2, and possibly at least one element selected from among elements of transition group VIII, eg. palladium, platinum or rhodium, and/or an element of transition group VI, eg. chromium, molybdenum or tungsten, and/or rhenium and/or tin and possibly a compound of an alkali metal or alkaline earth metal, a compound of main group III or transition group III or zinc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Daniel Heineke, Michael Baier, Dirk Demuth, Klaus Harth
  • Publication number: 20050148782
    Abstract: Process for preparing phthalic anhydride by gas-phase oxidation of xylene, naphthalene or mixtures thereof in a shell-and-tube reactor thermostatted by means of a heat transfer medium over three or more different fixed-bed catalysts arranged in zones, wherein the process is carried out so that the maximum temperature in the second catalyst zone in the flow direction is up to 50° C. lower than the maximum temperature in the first catalyst zone and the maximum temperature in the third zone from the gas inlet is from 30 to 100° C. lower than that in the first catalyst zone. The process of the present invention makes it possible to prepare phthalic anhydride in high yields under industrially relevant conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Publication date: July 7, 2005
    Inventors: Sebastian Storck, Frank Rosowski, Michael Baier, Andreas Tenten, hans-Josef Wolf
  • Publication number: 20050124837
    Abstract: A process for preparing alkenylaromatic compounds by reacting alkylaromatic compounds in the presence of steam and natural gas or methane over a suitable catalyst at a temperature of from 400 to 800° C. and a pressure of from 0.01 to 10 bar, wherein the molar ratio of steam to alkylaromatic compound is from 6.9:1 to 1:1 or the molar ratio of methane to alkylaromatic compound is from 0.1:1 to 8:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2003
    Publication date: June 9, 2005
    Inventors: Christian Walsdorff, Michael Baier, Klaus Harth, Susanne Weber, Wilhelm Ruppel, Gotz-Peter Schindler
  • Patent number: 6863877
    Abstract: A process for removing chloride from chloridic iron oxide comprises mixing said chloridic iron oxide with an acid and subsequently conducting a thermal treatment at from 50 to 1300° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Walsdorff, Hermann Petersen, Klaus Harth, Michael Baier
  • Patent number: 6860210
    Abstract: A rail vehicle system that has connecting bogies, supply units, control units, and transportation units, which can be placed on said connecting bogies in order to form a train with a modular construction. The connecting bogies contain at least two axles, one of which is equipped with an electrical drive/brake unit, and which are configured so that they can be separated in a clutch-like manner. The supply units may contain vital devices such as current collectors, transformers and power converters for extracting power form a contact line and feeding it back into the contract line or converters of primary energy or electrical energy. The control units can be configured to be independent of current and load. The transportation units may differ according to whether they are for transporting passengers or goods and according to the type of goods being transported. The interfaces of all of the units are uniform and are configured in such a way that the units can be interchanged quickly and easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventor: Michael Baier
  • Patent number: 6743404
    Abstract: A reactor for the catalytic oxidation of ammonia to form nitrogen oxides which has a noble metal gauze catalyst and a heat exchanger in that order in the direction of flow, a catalyst for the decomposition of N2O is located between the noble metal gauze catalyst and the heat exchanger and in a process for the catalytic decomposition of N2O in a gas mixture obtained in the preparation of nitric acid by catalytic oxidation of ammonia, where the N2O is decomposed catalytically over a catalyst of the decomposition of N2O, the hot gas mixture obtained from the catalytic oxidation of ammonia is brought to contact with the catalyst for the decomposition of N2O prior to subsequent cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Volker Schumacher, Gert Bürger, Thomas Fetzer, Michael Baier, Michael Hesse
  • Publication number: 20040097768
    Abstract: Iron oxides are upgraded by calcining at from 700 to 1200° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventors: Christian Walsdorff, Michael Baier, Reinhard Krner, Klaus Harth, Gerald Vorberg, Wilhelm Ruppel