Patents by Inventor Michael Kunz

Michael Kunz 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: 10827907
    Abstract: The invention relates to a trocar system for a minimally invasive work station, comprising an endoscopic instrument (2) having imaging means (3) and a device for transmitting the signals containing the image information to a display unit (6) and, as required, work tools, further comprising a trocar assembly (7 to 16) having a trocar sleeve, which is designed to receive a pin, including imaging means (8, 14), provided with a tip that is permeable to imaging media having different wavelengths, wherein the imaging means are provided to make the work field visible through the distal end of the pin and a device (16) is provided for transmitting the signals containing the image information to a display unit (6). The trocar assembly (7 to 16) and the minimally invasive instrument (3) are provided for separate use and for displaying the respective image information for the same display unit (6). The pin is provided with an on/off switch (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Reiner Kunz, Michael Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10793425
    Abstract: A method for protecting a MEMS unit, in particular a MEMS sensor, against infrared investigations, at least one area of the MEMS unit being doped, the at least one doped area absorbing, reflecting or diffusely scattering more than 50%, in particular more than 90%, of an infrared light incident upon it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Curcic, Oliver Willers, Sven Zinober, Ulrich Kunz
  • Patent number: 10759657
    Abstract: A method is provided for protecting a MEMS unit against infrared investigations, at least one layer being built into the structure of the MEMS unit or at least one layer being applied on a surface of the MEMS unit. The at least one layer absorbs, reflects or diffusely scatters more than 50%, in particular more than 90% of an infrared light incident upon it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Curcic, Oliver Willers, Sven Zinober, Ulrich Kunz
  • Publication number: 20200264032
    Abstract: A unit for detecting a filling level of a liquid in a container. The unit includes at least one float gauge, which carries at least one permanent magnet, and including at least one switching unit, which is actuatable by the permanent magnet and is fastened in or at the container. It is provided that at least one energizable magnetic device for generating a magnetic field is assigned to the switching unit, which, when sufficiently energized, generates a magnetic field, which actuates the switching unit when the switching unit is functional.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Kunz
  • Publication number: 20200216051
    Abstract: A control device for a vehicle deceleration device of a vehicle including an electronics unit, with the aid of which a time curve of an input variable predefined by a driver of the vehicle with the aid of an actuation of the brake actuating element is evaluatable and the vehicle deceleration device is activatable taking into account the updated input variable and a characteristic curve, which specifies a relationship between the input variable and a setpoint variable with respect to a setpoint vehicle deceleration to be exerted on the vehicle with the aid of the vehicle deceleration device. The electronics unit detects at least one modulation and/or variation of the input variable triggered by the driver and reestablishes at least one subsection of the characteristic curve taking into account the at least one modulation and/or variation of the input variable (xinput) triggered by the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Edith Mannherz, Julian Staack, Michael Kunz, Thomas Bruex
  • Patent number: 10683781
    Abstract: An adjustable camshaft for a valve train of an internal combustion engine may include an inner shaft that is rotatable in an outer shaft, a phase shifter by which the outer shaft and/or the inner shaft are/is adjustable in a phase position formed around an axis of rotation, and a bearing portion for bearing the camshaft, via which the phase shifter can be supplied with a pressurizing medium. The inner shaft may comprise an end on which a screw flange is arranged, and a rotor of the phase shifter may be connected to the screw flange. A free end of the inner shaft comprises a duct that coincides with the axis of rotation for at least partially supplying the phase shifter with a pressurizing medium. The duct may extend at least into the bearing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA TECCENTER AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Michael Kunz, Bernd Mann, Uwe Dietel, Martin Lehmann
  • Publication number: 20200171243
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a mixing nozzle (12) for mixing at least two liquid compositions such as a first liquid composition and a second liquid composition. The mixing nozzle (10) is configured to be coupled to a body (11) of a multi-component application device (10), in particular to a body (11) of a two-component syringe assembly, for injection of a liquid composition, which body (11) is configured to separately store said at least two solutions. The present invention further relates to a multi-component application device (10) comprising said mixing nozzle (12) and to a kit comprising said mixing nozzle (12) or said application device (10). Furthermore, the present invention relates to a method using said application device or said kit, for example for replacing or filling a biological tissue or increasing the volume of a biological tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Franck VILLAIN, Uwe WORTMANN, Norbert KASPERS, Johannes EGGER, Thomas Sowden REINHOLD, Guido POPP, Michael KUNZ, Jonathan MASON
  • Publication number: 20200164422
    Abstract: A driven member of a metal peening machine is disclosed. The metal peening machine is configured to drive the driven member into contact with a work surface of a metal workpiece to deform the metal workpiece. The driven member includes a shaft with an impact end. At least one of a plurality of impact features, an impact feature with a non-flat impact surface, a non-round impact feature, and an asymmetrical impact feature is coupled to and protrudes from the impact end of the shaft. The at least one of the plurality of impact features, the impact feature with a non-flat impact surface, the non-round impact feature, and the asymmetrical impact feature defining at least one impact surface to be driven into contact with the work surface of the metal workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Lauren K. Lundquist, David G. Jensen, McKay A. Kunz, Gregory L. Ramsey, Michael Delos McGraw, James E. Pillers, Nate Speer
  • Publication number: 20200144000
    Abstract: The invention relates to a switch including a switch housing, a contact system and a base disposed in the switch housing, a resistive element for diagnosing a state of a switch, and at least two terminals leading from the base. The resistive element has a specific resistance value. The resistive element is a conductive material formed on the base, the terminals being electrically connected by the conductive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Joerg GASSMANN, Felix WEIDLICH, Jens PENNING, Michael DOECKER, Jörn BRENNENSTUHL, Alexander KUNZ, Andrea STRANIERO
  • Patent number: 10637089
    Abstract: For bio-electrically generating electric power from organic ingredients of a waste water flowing in a flow direction, an anode is immersed in the waste water in a first spatial area, and oxygen is supplied to a cathode which is electrically connected to the anode and arranged in a second spatial area delimited from the first spatial area by means of a proton-permeable membrane. A voltage between the anode and the cathode is increased by a DC/DC converter located at the anode and the cathode, and a further voltage between a further anode in said or a further first spatial area and a further cathode in said or a further second spatial area is increased by a further DC/DC converter located at the further anode and the further cathode. A DC voltage link is charged with the DC/DC converter and the further DC/DC converter connected in parallel to the DC voltage link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignees: EISENHUTH GMBH & CO. KG, TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET CLAUSTHAL
    Inventors: Michael Sievers, Ulrich Kunz, Thorsten Hickmann
  • Patent number: 10631778
    Abstract: A method for patient setup includes: obtaining a first two-dimensional movie having a first plurality of image frames; obtaining a first plurality of two-dimensional images; and displaying the first plurality of two-dimensional images together with the image frames from the first two-dimensional movie in an overlay configuration and in a synchronized manner, wherein the act of displaying is performed during a patient setup procedure. A method for patient setup includes: obtaining a plurality of three-dimensional images; obtaining a first two-dimensional movie having a first plurality of image frames; determining a first plurality of two-dimensional images from the plurality of three-dimensional images; and displaying the first plurality of two-dimensional images together with the image frames from the first two-dimensional movie in an overlay configuration and in a synchronized manner, wherein the act of displaying is performed during a patient setup procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems International AG
    Inventors: David Kleiner, Patrik Kunz, Michael Huber
  • Patent number: 10576523
    Abstract: A driven member of a metal peening machine is disclosed. The metal peening machine is configured to drive the driven member into contact with a work surface of a metal workpiece to deform the metal workpiece. The driven member includes a shaft with an impact end. At least one of a plurality of impact features, an impact feature with a non-flat impact surface, a non-round impact feature, and an asymmetrical impact feature is coupled to and protrudes from the impact end of the shaft. The at least one of the plurality of impact features, the impact feature with a non-flat impact surface, the non-round impact feature, and the asymmetrical impact feature defining at least one impact surface to be driven into contact with the work surface of the metal workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Lauren K. Lundquist, David G. Jensen, McKay A. Kunz, Gregory L. Ramsey, Michael Delos McGraw, James E. Pillers, Nate Speer
  • Patent number: 10556577
    Abstract: A control device for a brake system of a vehicle includes an electronic device configured to perform a method including determining, taking into account a specified braking of a driver of the vehicle or of an automatic control system of the vehicle, a first item of information regarding a current usability of a hydraulic device of the brake system and a second item of information regarding a current usability of a brake booster of the brake system, which first target portion of a brake pressure increase is to be provided by the hydraulic device, and which second target portion of the brake pressure increase is to be provided by the brake booster, and controlling the hydraulic device and/or the brake booster so that the first target portion of the brake pressure increase is provided by the hydraulic device and the second target portion is provided by the brake booster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Kunz, Jochen Feinauer, Stefan Strengert
  • Patent number: 10552917
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for managing cash out transactions for an entity's accounts. In an embodiment, a system comprises a processor configured to render an interactive graphical user interface (GUI) for a cash out center on a display device. The GUI includes plurality of selectable, actionable user interface (UI) elements. The cash out center displays past and committed, unconfirmed Cash Out transactions, which can be edited, deleted, and committed (or re-committed) by selecting UI elements. A UI element is selectable to add new payees and new Cash Out transactions. In embodiments, methods employ the Cash Out center to add, edit, schedule and delete Cash Out transactions such as outgoing transfers, expenses, payments, bills, and payables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Kunz, Michael Golden, Michael Kirch, Darcel Steber, Janet Hoyt, Peter Bird, Francisca Barros, Daniel DeRuntz, Islam Elsedoudi, Anna Engström, Michelle Kwasny, Scott Mackie, Stacey McCullough, Pierre-Alexandre Poirier, Todd Vanderlin, Colin Raney
  • Patent number: 10402910
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for managing cash flow, including incoming and outgoing transactions, and mitigating unconfirmed cash shortfalls for an entity's accounts. In an embodiment, a system comprises a processor configured to render an interactive graphical user interface (“GUI”) for the cash flow timeline on a display device. The cash flow timeline displays past and unconfirmed Cash In and Cash Out transactions and any cash shortfalls, which can be mitigated by selecting automatically displayed options. The GUI has a plurality of selectable, actionable user interface (“UI”) elements. In an embodiment, the GUI comprises a UI element selectable to display bar graphs for selected time periods of the cash flow timeline. The GUI also comprises Cash In and Cash Out centers. In embodiments, methods employ the Cash In/Out centers to add, edit, schedule and delete Cash In and Cash Out transactions such as transfers, expenses, bills, receivables, and payables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Kunz, Michael Golden, Michael Kirch, Darcel Steber, Janet Hoyt, Peter Bird, Francisca Barros, Daniel DeRuntz, Islam Elsedoudi, Anna Engström, Michelle Kwasny, Scott Mackie, Stacey McCullough, Pierre-Alexandre Poirier, Todd Vanderlin, Colin Raney
  • Patent number: 10391992
    Abstract: A braking method is used for a vehicle that has at least one front wheel and at least one rear wheel. A hydraulically actuatable brake is provided at the front wheel and the rear wheel, and an automatic parking brake is provided at the rear wheel. The braking method enables an optimal brake pressure to be built up as rapidly as possible. In a first step of an initiation phase of the braking method, the front wheel is braked by the hydraulically actuatable brakes and the rear wheel is braked exclusively by the automatic parking brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Kunz, Tobias Putzer
  • Patent number: 10393241
    Abstract: The invention relates to a camshaft, especially for motor vehicle engines, comprising a hollow outer shaft (1) and an inner shaft (2) arranged coaxially in the outer shaft (1) and mounted in such a way that it can rotate in relation to the outer shaft (1). Said camshaft also comprises first cams (3a) arranged on the outer shaft (1) in a rotationally fixed manner, and second cams (3b) that are arranged on the outer shaft (1) and fixed to the inner shaft (2). According to the invention, a supporting element (7) is provided on at least one of the end regions of the inner shaft (2), said supporting element projecting past the outer shaft (1) in the radial direction. An outer peripheral surface (8) of the outer shaft (1) and an associated inwardly facing surface (9) of the supporting element (7) form a radial bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA TECCENTER AG
    Inventors: Michael Kunz, Bernd Mann, Markus Melzer, Juergen Meusel
  • Patent number: 10358949
    Abstract: A camshaft may have a bearing shaft configured as a hollow shaft in which an inner shaft is disposed concentrically relative to the bearing shaft. The inner shaft may be twistable relative to the bearing shaft. A first cam segment having a first recess for receiving the bearing shaft may be disposed on the bearing shaft, may be rotatable relative to the bearing shaft, and may be connected in a rotationally fixed and axially fixed manner to the inner shaft. A second cam segment having a second recess for receiving the bearing shaft may be disposed on the bearing shaft. The second cam segment may have at least two cam contours and may be fastened on the bearing shaft so that the second cam segment is rotationally fixed to the bearing shaft and arranged in an axially displaceable manner on the bearing shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA TECCENTER AG
    Inventors: Michael Kunz, Martin Lehmann
  • Patent number: 10332201
    Abstract: A computer-assisted method of presenting a plurality of financial accounts as a unitary financial account. The method includes displaying, on a graphical display, a graphical representation of a first financial account and displaying, on the graphical display, a graphical representation of a second financial account, wherein the graphical representation of the first financial account and the graphical representation of the second financial account are displayed as a unitary graphical representation that conveys to a user that the first financial account and the second financial account are a partitioned unitary financial account. The method also includes enabling the user to transfer monetary funds between the first financial account and the second financial account by manipulation of the unitary graphical representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Kunz, Michael Ley, Matthew Edward Steenson
  • Patent number: 10316705
    Abstract: A camshaft for a valve drive of an internal combustion engine having a variable valve opening time may include an outer shaft and an inner shaft that extends through the outer shaft, with the inner shaft being held rotatably with respect to the outer shaft. The camshaft may further include a cam having a multiple-piece configuration, comprising a first part cam and a second part cam. Either the first part cam or the second part cam may be connected fixedly to the outer shaft so as to rotate with it, and the other part cam may be connected fixedly to the inner shaft so as to rotate with it. The camshaft may also include a bearing inner ring of a shaft bearing that is held on the outer shaft, with one of two second part cams comprising an axial attachment that forms at least one part of the bearing inner ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA TECCENTER AG
    Inventors: Uwe Dietel, Bernd Mann, Michael Kunz, Martin Lehmann