Patents by Inventor Michael Gerding

Michael Gerding 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: 10337858
    Abstract: Described is a device for detecting a surface of bulk materials, the device including: a transmitter unit having a radiation direction for transmitting a measuring signal, a receiver unit for receiving a measuring signal reflected on the surface of the bulk material, a control and evaluation unit for controlling the alignment of the radiation direction and for evaluating the received measuring signal, and an alignment arrangement for aligning the transmitter unit. The alignment arrangement includes at least one connecting element for connection to the transmitter unit, at least one bearing element, and at least one positioning member. The connecting element is pivotably connected to the bearing element via the positioning member. The alignment of the transmitter unit can be changed by the positioning member. The positioning member includes a shape memory element that actively changes its shape under variations of an influencing parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KROHNE MESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Gerding, Michael Deilmann, Mattias Linkies, Almir Adrovic, Thomas Convent
  • Patent number: 10330517
    Abstract: A method for operating a contactless ultrasound or radar fill level measuring device having at least one open distribution transmitter, at least one receiver and at least one evaluation unit having the following steps: emitting a transmitter signal by the transmitter, receiving a reflection signal reflected on a reflector by the receiver, evaluating the transmitter signal and/or the reflection signal with the evaluation unit which identifies a frequency shift between the transmitter signal and the reflection signal. By evaluating the determined frequency shift or a variable derived from the determined frequency shift, a filling event is detected, in which a filling stream at least partially passes through the transmitter signal. Furthermore, a contactless ultrasound or radar fill level measuring device which performs this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: KROHNE MESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Gerding
  • Patent number: 10088351
    Abstract: A measuring arrangement and a measuring device having a sensor device, a processing device, a storage device, an interface and a control device that allows for a simplified testing of the functionality of the measuring device is achieved in that the control device retrieves externally provided data via the interface and performs a test of the measuring device. The test thereby involves the control device determining a reference value from the externally provided data, comparing the reference value to a measured value generated by the processing device and generating a comparison result based thereupon. Alternatively, the test involves the control device using the externally provided data for the generation of new calculation data to be stored in the storage device and storing the new calculation data in the storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Gerding, Björn Schäfer
  • Patent number: 9964426
    Abstract: A method and device for level measurement according to the propagation time method in which at least one conductor unit (1) is supplied with pulse-like electromagnetic transmission signals and in which electromagnetic response signals are tapped from the conductor unit (1). The method for level determination is improved as compared to the prior art by the conductor unit (1) being supplied with transmission signals with either positive or negative polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: KROHNE S.A.S.
    Inventors: Michael Gerding, Vincent Pichot
  • Publication number: 20180120140
    Abstract: A fill level switch arrangement (1) for determining the fill level of a medium (2) in a container (3) and a method for determining the fill level of a medium (2) in a container (3) using a fill level switch arrangement (1). The fill level switch arrangement (1) has at least one alarm threshold that can be implemented in a simplified manner due to the fill level switch arrangement (1) having a transmitting element (4) and a receiving element (5), wherein the transmitting element (4) is used for transmitting a radio signal and is operatively connected to the receiving element (4), wherein the receiving element (5) is configured to detect radio signals, and wherein the receiving element (5) is configured such that it generates and transmits a switching signal in the event of a change in the received radio signal caused by the medium (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Convent, Michael Gerding, Robert Storch
  • Patent number: 9936050
    Abstract: A communication arrangement, a gate device and method for data communication between a mobile operating unit and a field device provides a certain ease in handling. The method involves a user program being loaded onto or activated on the mobile operating unit. Furthermore, data from the mobile operating unit is transmitted to a data communication device and from the data communication device to a gate device and from the gate device to a transmitting device of the field device and/or is transmitted in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Gerding, Markus Dabrowski, Rene Keimling, Christian Hansen, Christoph Spiegel
  • Publication number: 20180038726
    Abstract: A method for operating a measuring device having at least one measured value sensor for recording and forwarding measured values of a primary measured variable. To ensure a particularly high reliability and measuring accuracy, the recording of the measured value and/or the forwarding of the measured value is carried out in dependence on the operating state of the measuring device, recording of the measured value and/or the forwarding of the measured value being interrupted during a disturbance. The measuring device is wherein the measured value sensor is designed in such a manner that the recording of the measured value and/or the forwarding of the measured value is carried out in dependence on the operating state of the measuring device, wherein the recording of the measured value or the forwarding of the measured value is interrupted during a disturbance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Deilmann, Michael Gerding
  • Publication number: 20170284796
    Abstract: Described is a device for detecting a surface of bulk materials, the device including: a transmitter unit having a radiation direction for transmitting a measuring signal, a receiver unit for receiving a measuring signal reflected on the surface of the bulk material, a control and evaluation unit for controlling the alignment of the radiation direction and for evaluating the received measuring signal, and an alignment arrangement for aligning the transmitter unit. The alignment arrangement includes at least one connecting element for connection to the transmitter unit, at least one bearing element, and at least one positioning member. The connecting element is pivotably connected to the bearing element via the positioning member. The alignment of the transmitter unit can be changed by the positioning member. The positioning member includes a shape memory element that actively changes its shape under variations of an influencing parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicant: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Gerding, Michael Deilmann, Mattias Linkies, Almir Adrovic, Thomas Convent
  • Publication number: 20170279201
    Abstract: The invention relates to a guide element for an antenna for a fill level meter, wherein the guide element is composed of a dielectric material and is used for forming, guiding and emitting electromagnetic radiation. The guide element has a permittivity course that changes over the spatial expansion of the guide element for specifically forming the electromagnetic radiation, the course being implemented by a spatial distribution of the material density of the dielectric material, wherein the material density is defined as one portion of dielectric material per elementary cell of a given size. Furthermore, the invention relates to a method for producing a guide element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Applicant: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Gerding
  • Publication number: 20170276533
    Abstract: Described and shown is a device for measuring the distance to an object, including at least two freely radiating transmitter units for transmitting an electromagnetic measuring signal, at least one receiver unit for receiving a reflection signal reflected on the object, and at least one evaluation unit. The at least one receiver unit forwards the received reflection signal to the at least one evaluation unit. The transmitter units and the at least one receiver unit re arranged within one measuring environment. The transmitter units and the at least one receiver unit have at least one common measuring frequency range. The operation of the transmitter units is coordinated so that the measuring signals transmitted by the transmitter units and the reflection signals resulting from the measuring signals can be differentiated from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Applicant: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Gerding, Uwe Wegemann, Christoph Schmits
  • Publication number: 20170205269
    Abstract: A method for operating a contactless ultrasound or radar fill level measuring device having at least one open distribution transmitter, at least one receiver and at least one evaluation unit having the following steps: emitting a transmitter signal by the transmitter, receiving a reflection signal reflected on a reflector by the receiver, evaluating the transmitter signal and/or the reflection signal with the evaluation unit which identifies a frequency shift between the transmitter signal and the reflection signal. By evaluating the determined frequency shift or a variable derived from the determined frequency shift, a filling event is detected, in which a filling stream at least partially passes through the transmitter signal. Furthermore, a contactless ultrasound or radar fill level measuring device which performs this method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Gerding
  • Patent number: 9683882
    Abstract: A microwave module 1 for a fill level measuring device 2 operating with the runtime method, has a chip for generating and/or receiving microwave signals and a carrier element. To provide an advantageous as possible microwave module, the chip is located in a cavity 9 of the carrier element 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Gerding, Michael Deilmann, Nils Pohl, Michael Vogt, Christian Schulz, Timo Jaeschke, Christoph Schmits
  • Patent number: 9684061
    Abstract: A method and a device for determining a fill level of a medium using the radar principle that has a high degree of accuracy and reliability. In accordance with the method, an electromagnetic signal is transmitted from a transmitting device and an electromagnetic signal is received for determining the fill level. Thereby, a slope of the transmitting device relative to the force of gravity and an evaluation value dependent on the determined slope are identified for determining the fill level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Attila Bilgic, Michael Gerding
  • Publication number: 20170074708
    Abstract: A measuring arrangement and a measuring device having a sensor device, a processing device, a storage device, an interface and a control device that allows for a simplified testing of the functionality of the measuring device is achieved in that the control device retrieves externally provided data via the interface and performs a test of the measuring device. The test thereby involves the control device determining a reference value from the externally provided data, comparing the reference value to a measured value generated by the processing device and generating a comparison result based thereupon. Alternatively, the test involves the control device using the externally provided data for the generation of new calculation data to be stored in the storage device and storing the new calculation data in the storage device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Gerding, Björn Schäfer
  • Publication number: 20160245685
    Abstract: A method and device for level measurement according to the propagation time method in which at least one conductor unit (1) is supplied with pulse-like electromagnetic transmission signals and in which electromagnetic response signals are tapped from the conductor unit (1). The method for level determination is improved as compared to the prior art by the conductor unit (1) being supplied with transmission signals with either positive or negative polarity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicant: KROHNE S.A.S.
    Inventors: Michael Gerding, Vincent Pichot
  • Publication number: 20150377682
    Abstract: A microwave module 1 for a fill level measuring device 2 operating with the runtime method, has a chip for generating and/or receiving microwave signals and a carrier element. To provide an advantageous as possible microwave module, the chip is located in a cavity 9 of the carrier element 8.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Applicant: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Gerding, Michael Deilmann, Nils Pohl, Michael Vogt, Christian Schulz, Timo Jaeschke, Christoph Schmits
  • Publication number: 20150355652
    Abstract: A field device (1) having a switching converter circuit (2) and a measuring circuit (3) for determining at least one measuring variable. The switching converter circuit (2) is supplied with electric power on the input side and the switching converter circuit (2) is connected to the measuring circuit (3) on the output side and the switching converter circuit (2) supplies the measuring circuit (3) with electric power. The problems associated with changing interfering signals due to the switching converter circuit are reduced in that a load circuit (5) is actuated by a load control circuit (6) so that the output-side electric load at the switching converter circuit (2) does not fall below a minimum electric load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Applicant: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Gerding, Charalambos Ouzounis, Olaf Kaluza
  • Patent number: 9207111
    Abstract: A method for determining the fill level of a medium, wherein a transmission signal is transmitted, a return signal is received, and the return signal is evaluated in view of the process variable in a manner which allows a general and flexible handling of interfering signals in the received signals. This result is obtained by filtering at least one of the return signal, a signal derived from the return signal and an envelope curve formed from the return signal into at least one sub-signal, and using said at least one sub-signal for evaluating the return signal for at least determining the fill level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Krohne Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Gerding, Michael Vogt
  • Publication number: 20150296048
    Abstract: A communication arrangement (12), a gate device (5) and method for data communication between a mobile operating unit (1) and a field device (2) provides a certain ease in handling. The method involves a user program (3) being loaded onto or activated on the mobile operating unit (1). Furthermore, data from the mobile operating unit (1) is transmitted to a data communication device (4) and from the data communication device (4) to a gate device (5) and from the gate device (5) to a transmitting device (9) of the field device (2) and/or is transmitted in the opposite direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Applicant: KROHNE MESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Gerding, Markus Dabrowski, Rene Keimling, Christian Hansen, Christoph Spiegel
  • Patent number: 9091584
    Abstract: A microwave window for the spatial, pressure-impervious and diffusion-impervious separation and microwave connection of a first space from/to a second space, and a level-measuring system that works according to the radar principle, is provided with a barrier that has two opposite sides and is at least partially permeable to microwaves. To provide a microwave window that makes possible a reliable sealing of a process space and exact measurement, the microwave window has the barrier designed as a disk on at least one side of which at least one plano-convex dielectric lens, which has an essentially homogenous body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Vogt, Michael Gerding, Michael Deilmann