Patents by Inventor Otto Krone

Otto Krone 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: 11013209
    Abstract: A milking cluster used for milking a dairy animal in a milking parlor, the milking cluster including a teat cup unit, a teat cup, a drive device, a hose arrangement joined to the teat cup, a hose guide engaging the hose arrangement, and the hose guide includes a plurality of hose-engaging rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Otto Krone
  • Publication number: 20210037780
    Abstract: A space divider of a milking parlor arrangement for at least one milking parlor for milking milk-producing animals, wherein the space divider is arranged approximately parallel to a longitudinal axis of the animal to be milked, has an arm device having a milking cluster, which can be adjusted from a parking position to a working position and back. The arm device is arranged with the milking cluster in the parking position in the space divider and can be adjusted into the working position laterally to the animal to be milked between the front and rear legs thereof in fully automatic operation or semiautomatic operation. The space divider is designed in such a way that no additional space is required between adjacent animals, so that many animals can be milked in a milking parlor arrangement while the smallest possible amount of space is required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Derk Hensel, Thomas Mader, Armin Hönscheid, Dieter Hille, Erich Schneider, Marc Trossehl
  • Patent number: 10849304
    Abstract: A space divider (4) of a milking parlor arrangement (1, 1?, 1?, 1??) for at least one milking parlor (3) for milking milk-producing animals (T), wherein the space divider (4) is arranged approximately parallel to a longitudinal axis of the animal (T) to be milked, has an arm device (6) having a milking cluster (5), which can be adjusted from a parking position to a working position and back. The arm device (6) is arranged with the milking cluster (5) in the parking position in the space divider (4) and can be adjusted into the working position laterally to the animal (T) to be milked between the front and rear legs thereof in fully automatic operation or semi-automatic operation. The space divider (4) is designed in such a way that no additional space is required between adjacent animals (T), so that many animals (T) can be milked in a milking parlor arrangement (1, 1?, 1?, 1??) while the smallest possible amount of space is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Derk Hensel, Thomas Mader, Armin Hönscheid, Dieter Hille, Erich Schneider, Marc Trossehl
  • Patent number: 10694717
    Abstract: The invention relates to a milking parlor arrangement (1), in particular a milking carousel, comprising at least one milking parlor (3) for milking milk-producing animals (T) and comprising an inner robot device with at least one robot arm (9). The at least one milking parlor (3) comprises two longitudinal sides and two narrow sides, namely a head narrow side and a hindquarters narrow side, one narrow side being paired with the head side of a milk-producing animal (T) to be milked as the head narrow side. The milking parlor also comprises an arm device (6) with a milking machine (5), said arm device being adjustable between a parked position and a working position and back. The at least one robot arm (9) is arranged on the head narrow side paired with the head side of the animal (T) to be milked of the at least one milking parlor (3) of the milking parlor arrangement (1) in order to adjust the arm device (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Olaf Suhr, Bernhard Schulze-Wartenhorst, Erich Schneider, Thomas Mader
  • Patent number: 10440931
    Abstract: An arm device for a milking parlor arrangement for the automatic milking of milk-producing animals comprises an arm and a holder, which is coupled to the arm in a pivotable manner and has a milking cluster, wherein the arm is connected to an arm-drive shaft and is mounted such that it can be rotated about an arm axis, wherein a holder-drive shaft is mounted in the arm-drive shaft such that it can be rotated independently of the arm-drive shaft, wherein the arm-drive shaft and the holder-drive shaft are designed such that they can be coupled to a drive unit, wherein the arm device has at least one transmission element in the form of a pulling means for transmitting rotary or pivoting movements. The at least one transmission element is fixed in each case to respective wheels, with which it interacts in order to transmit rotary or pivoting movements. The invention also relates to a divider for a milking parlor arrangement having said arm device, and to a milking-parlor arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Otto Krone
  • Publication number: 20180249670
    Abstract: A milking cluster used for milking a dairy animal in a milking parlor, the milking cluster including a teat cup unit, a teat cup, a drive device, a hose arrangement joined to the teat cup, a hose guide engaging the hose arrangement, and the hose guide includes a plurality of hose-engaging rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventor: Otto Krone
  • Publication number: 20180153131
    Abstract: The invention relates to a milk separation device of a milking system for milking, in particular automated milking, of milk-producing animals. The milk separation device comprises a body, which has an inlet connection and an outlet connection, and a cover, which has a connection to a vacuum line. The body has an inwardly protruding balcony segment on an inner periphery, wherein the balcony segment forms a ramp helically in the peripheral direction so as to rise at a pitch angle with respect to the gravitational force of the earth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Gertjan Varvick
  • Patent number: 9968069
    Abstract: A milking cluster used for milking a dairy animal in a milking parlor, the milking cluster including a teat cup unit, a teat cup, a drive device, a hose arrangement joined to the teat cup, a hose guide engaging the hose arrangement, and a flexible element that pivots the hose guide between a fixed position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Otto Krone
  • Patent number: 9918450
    Abstract: A space divider of a milking parlor arrangement for at least one milking parlor for milking milk-producing animals, wherein the space divider is arranged approximately parallel to a longitudinal axis of the animal to be milked, has an arm device having a milking cluster, which can be adjusted from a parking position to a working position and back. The arm device is arranged with the milking cluster in the parking position in the space divider and can be adjusted into the working position laterally to the animal to be milked between the front and rear legs thereof. The space divider is designed in such a way that no additional space is required between adjacent animals, so that many animals can be milked in a milking parlor arrangement while the smallest possible amount of space is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Derk Hensel, Thomas Mader, Rolf Teckentrup, Armin Hönscheid, Dieter Hille, Magnus Wiethoff, Marc Trossehl, Reinhard Balkenhol, Adib Matty
  • Publication number: 20180020632
    Abstract: A space divider of a milking parlor arrangement for at least one milking parlor for milking milk-producing animals, wherein the space divider is arranged approximately parallel to a longitudinal axis of the animal to be milked, has an arm device having a milking cluster, which can be adjusted from a parking position to a working position and back. The arm device is arranged with the milking cluster in the parking position in the space divider and can be adjusted into the working position laterally to the animal to be milked between the front and rear legs thereof. The space divider may include a replaceable service unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Derk Hensel, Thomas Mader, Rolf Teckentrup, Armin Hönscheid, Dieter Hille, Magnus Wiethoff, Marc Trossehl, Reinhard Balkenhol, Adip Matty
  • Patent number: 9848576
    Abstract: A milking cluster for a milking parlor for milking milk-giving animals, having at least one teat cup unit having a housing, a teat cup, a drive appliance, a pulling element arrangement connected to the teat cup, and the pulling element arrangement has a segment unit having at least two pulling elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Markus Auburger
  • Patent number: 9730424
    Abstract: A space divider (4) of a milking parlor arrangement for at least one milking parlor (3) for milking milk-producing animals (T), wherein the space divider (4) is arranged approximately parallel to a longitudinal axis of the animal (T) to be milked, has an arm device (6) having a milking cluster (5, 5?), which can be adjusted from a parking position to a working position and back. The arm device (6) is arranged with the milking cluster (5) in the parking position in the space divider (4), wherein the milking cluster (5, 5?) can be adjusted into the working position laterally to the animal (T) to be milked between the front and rear legs thereof. The milking cluster (5, 5?) comprises two halves, wherein each half has a specific set of at least one teatcup (5a). The space divider (4) is designed in such a way that no additional space is required between adjacent animals (T), so that many animals (T) can be milked in a milking parlor arrangement (1, 1?, 1?) while the smallest possible amount of space is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Derk Hensel, Armin Hönscheid, Dieter Hille, Erich Schneider, Marc Trossehl, Thomas Mader
  • Publication number: 20170086419
    Abstract: An arm device for a milking parlor arrangement for the automatic milking of milk-producing animals comprises an arm and a holder, which is coupled to the arm in a pivotable manner and has a milking cluster, wherein the arm is connected to an arm-drive shaft and is mounted such that it can be rotated about an arm axis, wherein a holder-drive shaft is mounted in the arm-drive shaft such that it can be rotated independently of the arm-drive shaft, wherein the arm-drive shaft and the holder-drive shaft are designed such that they can be coupled to a drive unit, wherein the arm device has at least one transmission element in the form of a pulling means for transmitting rotary or pivoting movements. The at least one transmission element is fixed in each case to respective wheels, with which it interacts in order to transmit rotary or pivoting movements. The invention also relates to a divider for a milking parlor arrangement having said arm device, and to a milking-parlor arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventor: Otto Krone
  • Publication number: 20170042110
    Abstract: A milking cluster for a milking parlour for milking milk-giving animals, having at least one teat cup unit having a housing, a teat cup, a drive appliance, a pulling element arrangement connected to the teat cup, and the pulling element arrangement has a segment unit having at least two pulling elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Markus Auburger
  • Patent number: 9426966
    Abstract: A milking cluster for a milking parlor for milking milk-giving animals, having at least one teat cup unit having a housing, a teat cup, a drive appliance, a pulling element arrangement connected to the teat cup, and the pulling element arrangement has a segment unit having at least two pulling elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Otto Krone
  • Publication number: 20150296737
    Abstract: A space divider (4) of a milking parlor arrangement for at least one milking parlor (3) for milking milk-producing animals (T), wherein the space divider (4) is arranged approximately parallel to a longitudinal axis of the animal (T) to be milked, has an arm device (6) having a milking cluster (5, 5?), which can be adjusted from a parking position to a working position and back. The arm device (6) is arranged with the milking cluster (5) in the parking position in the space divider (4), wherein the milking cluster (5, 5?) can be adjusted into the working position laterally to the animal (T) to be milked between the front and rear legs thereof. The milking cluster (5, 5?) comprises two halves, wherein each half has a specific set of at least one tealcup (5a). The space divider (4) is designed in such a way that no additional space is required between adjacent animals (T), so that many animals (T) can be milked in a milking parlor arrangement (1, 1?, 1?) while the smallest possible amount of space is required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Derk Hensel, Armin Hönscheid, Dieter Hille, Erich Schneider, Marc Trossehl, Thomas Mader
  • Publication number: 20150189854
    Abstract: A space divider (4) of a milking parlor arrangement (1, 1?, 1?, 1??) for at least one milking parlor (3) for milking milk-producing animals (T), wherein the space divider (4) is arranged approximately parallel to a longitudinal axis of the animal (T) to be milked, has an arm device (6) having a milking cluster (5), which can be adjusted from a parking position to a working position and back. The arm device (6) is arranged with the milking cluster (5) in the parking position in the space divider (4) and can be adjusted into the working position laterally to the animal (T) to be milked between the front and rear legs thereof in fully automatic operation or semi-automatic operation. The space divider (4) is designed in such a way that no additional space is required between adjacent animals (T), so that many animals (T) can be milked in a milking parlor arrangement (1, 1?, 1?, 1??) while the smallest possible amount of space is required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Derk Hensel, Thomas Mader, Armin Hönscheid, Dieter Hille, Erich Schneider, Marc Trossehl
  • Publication number: 20150020738
    Abstract: A space divider (4) of a milking parlor arrangement (1, 1?, 1?, 1??) for at least one milking parlor (3) for milking milk-producing animals (T), wherein the space divider (4) is arranged approximately parallel to a longitudinal axis of the animal (T) to be milked, has an arm device (6) having a milking cluster (5), which can be adjusted from a parking position to a working position and back. The arm device (6) is arranged with the milking cluster (5) in the parking position in the space divider (4) and can be adjusted into the working position laterally to the animal (T) to be milked between the front and rear legs thereof. The space divider (4) is designed in such a way that no additional space is required between adjacent animals (T), so that many animals (T) can be milked in a milking parlor arrangement (1, 1?, 1?, 1??) while the smallest possible amount of space is required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Derk Hensel, Thomas Mader, Rolf Teckentrup, Armin Hönscheid, Dieter Hille, Magnus Wiethoff, Marc Trossehl, Reinhard Balkenhol
  • Publication number: 20150020739
    Abstract: The invention relates to a milking parlor arrangement (1), in particular a milking carousel, comprising at least one milking parlor (3) for milking milk-producing animals (T) and comprising an inner robot device with at least one robot arm (9). The at least one milking parlor (3) comprises two longitudinal sides and two narrow sides, namely a head narrow side and a hindquarters narrow side, one narrow side being paired with the head side of a milk-producing animal (T) to be milked as the head narrow side. The milking parlor also comprises an arm device (6) with a milking machine (5), said arm device being adjustable between a parked position and a working position and back. The at least one robot arm (9) is arranged on the head narrow side paired with the head side of the animal (T) to be milked of the at least one milking parlor (3) of the milking parlor arrangement (1) in order to adjust the arm device (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Olaf Suhr, Bernhard Schulze-Wartenhorst, Erich Schneider, Thomas Mader
  • Publication number: 20140060436
    Abstract: A milking cluster used for milking a dairy animal in a milking parlor, the milking cluster including a teat cup unit, a teat cup, a drive device, a hose arrangement joined to the teat cup, a hose guide engaging the hose arrangement, and a flexible element that pivots the hose guide between a fixed position and a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: GEA FARM TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventor: Otto Krone