Patents by Inventor Oliver Hofmann

Oliver Hofmann 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: 11465283
    Abstract: A method of protecting humans in an environment of a moving machine is provided that comprises the environment being monitored by means of a protective device that is configured to detect one or more kinematic parameters of a respective object located in the environment and controlling the moving machine in dependence on detected kinematic parameters of the respective object to initiate a protective measure. The protective equipment here detects the polarization properties and a movement modulation of the respective object in dependence on which the respective object is classified with respect to whether the respective object is a human. In particular only when the respective object was classified as a human, the protective equipment controls the moving machine to initiate the protective measure in dependence on detected kinematic parameters of this respective object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventors: Oliver Prinz, Christoph Hofmann
  • Patent number: 11440586
    Abstract: A method for assisting entry or exit of a motor vehicle into and from a parking space. The motor vehicle equipped with a steering wheel and at least one steering servomotor capable of applying a steering angle steered wheels of the motor vehicle. A control unit actuates the steering servomotor for carrying out an automatic parking process, in which case, during the parking process there is no mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the steered wheels and the steering wheel does not move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Peter Engels, Muhammad Adeel Awan, Oliver Nehls, Otto Hofmann, Goetz-Phillipp Wegner
  • Publication number: 20220227087
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a combined sole/insole part for a shoe, which comprises a sole element and an insole element that is formed integrally therewith, said method comprising the following steps of: providing insole element data which describe the geometric/constructive design of an insole element of a sole/insole part to be manufactured, wherein the insole element data were generated on the basis of foot data which describe, at least in portions, optionally fully, the morphology of at least one foot of a wearer; and providing sole element data which describe the geometric/constructive design of a sole element of a sole/insole part to be manufactured, additively manufacturing a combined sole/insole part on the basis of the insole element data and the sole element data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Inventors: Christoph Kraus, Oliver Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20220048304
    Abstract: A method for printing an image on a substrate is provided. The method includes: providing image template data; analyzing the image template data by identifying image components; printing the image using the image template data using a printing procedure based on printing parameters with a printer operating using printer configuration parameters; capturing the printed image; providing captured image data of the captured image; analyzing the captured image data. The analyzing including determining the region of interest within the captured image data based on definition parameters, identifying an image component and an image metric for the region of interest, relating the image metric to the image component, relating the identified image component to the identified image component of the region of interest, selecting parameters based on the image metric and/or the image component, and computing an actual correction parameter based on an optimization computing procedure using the image metric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2021
    Publication date: February 17, 2022
    Applicant: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Oliver HOFMANN, Alexander ERB, Stephanie MANGOLD
  • Publication number: 20220002180
    Abstract: A method for producing a glass product, preferably a sheet-like glass product, is provided that includes conveying a molten silicate glass through a conduit system from one area of a glass product producing installation to another area of the glass product producing installation. The conduit system includes noble metal and is configured to conduct an electric current through the noble metal so as to generates Joule heat in the conduit system. The current is an alternating current for which the time integral over a positive and a negative half-wave results in a zero value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Applicant: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Kim Oliver Hofmann, Thomas Pfeiffer, Olaf Claussen, Ralf-Dieter Werner, Dennis Perlitz
  • Publication number: 20190033223
    Abstract: An assay device for the quantitative determination of the concentration of at least one analyte in a liquid sample. The device comprises a lateral flow membrane (46) comprising a plurality of test regions (41A, 41B) and formed from a light transmissive material, a plurality (44A, 44B) of planar organic light emitting diode (OLED) emitters comprising an emission layer of an organic electroluminescent material, and a plurality (49A, 49B) of planar organic photodetectors (OPDs) comprising an absorption layer of an organic photovoltaic material. Each test region comprises an immobilised component for retaining analyte tagging particles. Each test region is aligned with the emission layer of one emitter and the absorption layer of one photodetector. The aligned emitter, photodetector, and test region form a group such that the emitter is capable of illuminating the test region and the photodetector is capable of detecting light from the test region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicants: Molecular Vision Limited, Cambridge Display Technology Limited
    Inventors: Chris Hand, Oliver Hofmann, Gihan Ryu, Miguel Ramon, Philip Benzie, Christopher John Kay
  • Publication number: 20180260775
    Abstract: A computer system and method is provided to filter clearance sensor data output by a sensor system during a load/offload procedure of a first object relative to a second object. A processing device of the computer system is configured to access hard threshold data, unique threshold data, and sensor data output by the sensor system sensing aspects of the load/offload procedure. The processing device is further configured to determine whether the sensor data exceeds the unique threshold, determine whether the sensor data that is determined to exceed the unique threshold is voidable data related to a noncritical event, and generate filtered sensor data that includes modifications to the voidable data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: Molecular Vision Limited
    Inventors: Chris Hand, Oliver Hofmann, Gihan Ryu, Miguel Ramon, Neeraj Adsul
  • Patent number: 10058863
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device for performing an assay to detect an analyte in a fluid sample comprising a channel with reagent deposits comprising a flow control reagent positioned at one or more defined locations therein and a method for producing such a device. In particular, the invention relates to a microfluidic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: MOLECULAR VISION LIMITED
    Inventors: Oliver Hofmann, Simon Rattle
  • Publication number: 20180231464
    Abstract: An assay device for the quantitative determination of the concentration of at least one analyte in a liquid sample comprises a planar emitter (2), a planar detector (3), a lateral flow membrane (4) interposed between the emitter (2) and the detector (3), a conjugate pad (5) in fluid communication with a proximal end of the lateral flow membrane (4), the conjugate pad (5) comprising optically detectable tagging particles bound to a first assay component, a sample pad (6) in fluid communication with the conjugate pad (5) and arranged to receive the liquid sample, and a wicking pad (7) in fluid communication with a distal end of the lateral flow membrane (4). The lateral flow membrane (4) is formed from a light transmissive material and is capable of transporting fluid from the conjugate pad (5) to the wicking pad (7) by capillary action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Molecular Vision Limited
    Inventors: Chris Hand, Oliver Hofmann, Gihan Ryu, Miguel Ramon, Dene Baldwin
  • Publication number: 20180224378
    Abstract: An improved optical detection unit for an assay device, such as a lateral flow device, for the quantitative determination of the concentration of an analyte in a liquid sample, and an assay device comprising the same. The detection unit comprises an organic light emitting diode (OLED) emitter that has an emission spectrum E within the wavelength range from ?1 to ?2, and an organic photodiode detector (OPD) that has a light detection spectrum S within the wavelength range from ?1 to ?2. The detection unit has a test region that comprises a light absorbing component that has an absorbance spectrum A within the wavelength range from ?1 to ?2. The test region is positioned adjacent to the emitter and the detector to form an optical pathway from the light emitting diode to the photodiode through at least a portion of the test region. Formula M defines a relationship between E, S and A, and M is less than about 0.4.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicants: Molecular Vision Limited, Cambridge Display Technology Limited
    Inventors: Christopher John Kay, Chris Hand, Oliver Hofmann, Gihan Ryu, Miguel Ramon, llaria Grizzi
  • Patent number: 9726588
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of inducing fluid flow in a passive capillarity filled microfluidic device involving the use of a dual flow control reagent system, wherein the first flow control reagent is a surfactant which reduces surface tension of an aqueous fluid sample and the second flow control reagent is a viscosity enhancer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Molecular Vision Limited
    Inventors: Oliver Hofmann, Simon Rattle, Claire Walshe
  • Publication number: 20170010261
    Abstract: An assay device for the quantitative determination of the concentration of at least one analyte in a liquid sample comprises a planar emitter 2, a planar detector 3, a lateral flow membrane 4 interposed between the emitter 2 and the detector 3, a conjugate pad 5 in fluid communication with a proximal end of the lateral flow membrane 4, the conjugate pad 5 comprising optically detectable tagging particles bound to a first assay component, a sample pad 6 in fluid communication with the conjugate pad 5 and arranged to receive the liquid sample, and a wicking pad 7 in fluid communication with a distal end of the lateral flow membrane 4. The lateral flow membrane 4 is formed from a light transmissive material and is capable of transporting fluid from the conjugate pad 5 to the wicking pad 7 by capillary action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: Molecular Vision Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Hand, Oliver Hofmann, Gihan Ryu, Miguel Ramon Lorente de No
  • Publication number: 20140260559
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of inducing fluid flow in a passive capillarity filled microfluidic device involving the use of a dual flow control reagent system, wherein the first flow control reagent is a surfactant which reduces surface tension of an aqueous fluid sample and the second flow control reagent is a viscosity enhancer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MOLECULAR VISION LIMITED
    Inventors: Oliver Hofmann, Simon Rattle, Claire Walshe
  • Publication number: 20140271368
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device for performing an assay to detect an analyte in a fluid sample comprising a channel with reagent deposits comprising a flow control reagent positioned at one or more defined locations therein and a method for producing such a device. In particular, the invention relates to a microfluidic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MOLECULAR VISION LIMITED
    Inventors: Oliver Hofmann, Simon Rattle
  • Patent number: 8338092
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for spore disruption and/or detection is provided. The method involves irradiating a sample with laser light, conveniently ultraviolet radiation, to disrupt any spores present and collecting any disrupted material for analysis. The disruption can involve breaking the spore open to release intrasporal DNA which is useful for fast screening and detection equipment. The disrupted material may be collected in a collection chamber which can be flushed with an extraction fluid to collect the disrupted material. The sample is preferably concentrated in a nanovial prior to being irradiated to give sample enrichment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Qinetiq Limited
    Inventors: Oliver Hofmann, Andreas Manz
  • Publication number: 20120034701
    Abstract: Device and detection system comprising two polarising elements and a measuring zone located between said polarising elements, wherein the measuring zone is being bounded on one side by the first polarising element. The device further comprises an inlet reservoir, an outlet reservoir and a flow channel. Method of fabricating said device, comprising the step of depositing an antibody into the measuring zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventors: Oliver Hofmann, Alan Mosley, Gihan Ryu, Claire Walshe
  • Patent number: 8091926
    Abstract: A device (10) for connecting two duct elements (12, 14) and a baffle (34) in an aircraft air conditioning system may include first (30) and second (32) connecting flanges each connected to one of the two duct elements (12, 14), and at least one connecting element (38) formed on the first connecting flange (30) which interacts with at least one corresponding connecting element (40) formed on the second connecting flange (32) to establish the connection of the two duct elements (12, 14) and the baffle (34). The first (30) and/or second connecting flange (32) has/have an opening (44) for receiving the baffle (34), which is substantially disc-shaped and formed with at least one air passage (46, 48). The baffle (34) serves to control the flow of at least one air stream flowing through the connected duct elements (12, 14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Hofmann, Alfred Huber, Jurijs Zambergs
  • Publication number: 20100047013
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for connecting two duct elements (12, 14) and a baffle (34) in an aircraft air conditioning system. The device (10) comprises a first (30) and a second connecting flange (32) which are in each case connected to one of the two duct elements (12, 14) to be connected. Further, at least one connecting means (38) is formed on the first connecting flange (30), which means interacts with at least one corresponding connecting means (40) formed on the second connecting flange (32) to establish the connection of the two duct elements (12, 14) and the baffle (34). The first (30) and/or second connecting flange (32) has/have an opening (44) for receiving the baffle (34), which is substantially disc-shaped and formed with at least one air passage (46, 48). In this respect the baffle (34) serves to control the flow of at least one air stream flowing through the connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: AIRBUS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Oliver Hofmann, Alfred Huber, Jurijs Zambergs
  • Publication number: 20080277606
    Abstract: The invention relates to a microfluidic device comprising a zone for receiving a sample, an excitation source and a detector, wherein a portion of the zone allows transmission of energy at a required wavelength range and prevents transmission of energy at all other wavelengths and uses of the device in disposable on-chip fluorescent detection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: MOLECULAR VISION LIMITED
    Inventors: Xuhua Wang, Oliver Hofmann, John De Mello, Andrew De Mello, Donal Bradley
  • Publication number: 20070026401
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for spore disruption and/or detection is provided. The method involves irradiating a sample with laser light, conveniently ultraviolet radiation, to disrupt any spores present and collecting any disrupted material for analysis. The disruption can involve breaking the spore open to release intrasporal DNA which is useful for fast screening and detection equipment. The disrupted material may be collected in a collection chamber which can be flushed with an extraction fluid to collect the disrupted material. The sample is preferably concentrated in a nanovial prior to being irradiated to give sample enrichment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Publication date: February 1, 2007
    Inventors: Oliver Hofmann, Andreas Manz