Patents by Inventor Peer Niekamp

Peer Niekamp 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: 10954949
    Abstract: A control device for mechanically actuating a component may include a housing surrounding a housing interior, at least one fastening sleeve integrally disposed on the housing, and at least one connection opening disposed at the at least one fastening sleeve. The at least one fastening sleeve may surround a fastening opening into which a pin-shaped fastening element may be insertable. One end of the at least one connection opening may lead to a sleeve inner side. The at least one fastening sleeve may be arranged at a housing outer side. The fastening opening may extend outside of the housing interior. Another end of the at least one connection opening may lead to a housing inner side. The at least one connection opening may be covered on the housing inner side via a membrane penetrable by gas and impenetrable by liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Peer Niekamp, Mathis Wachtler, Manuel Zahlecker
  • Publication number: 20200313522
    Abstract: An actuator device for adjusting an adjusting element may include a housing, an actuator for driving the adjusting element, and a drive circuit for operating the actuator. The housing may include a support body that may include a drive receiving space and a gear receiving space. The drive circuit may include a plurality of electrically conductive conductor bodies for contacting a plurality of drive contacts of the actuator, for contacting a plurality of components of the drive circuit, and for contacting a supply device. At least one conductor body of the plurality of conductor bodies may be structured as a contact tongue, arranged on the drive circuit, and abut on an electrically conductive actuator housing in a pretensioned manner establishing an electrical contact between the drive circuit and the actuator housing. The actuator housing may be configured as at least one of a zero-ground potential and a reference potential.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventor: Peer Niekamp
  • Publication number: 20200313519
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a drive circuit for an actuator of an actuator device. The drive circuit includes an interference suppression branch for reducing interferences. The interference suppression branch includes two conductor branches extending along a longitudinal axis and each comprising at least one conductor body. The two conductor branches extend through at least two imaginary conductor alignment sections of the interference suppression branch that are lined up in a row in an axial direction of the longitudinal axis. The two conductor branches have a first portion arranged inside a first conductor alignment section that run obliquely towards one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventor: Peer Niekamp
  • Publication number: 20200240423
    Abstract: A control device for mechanically actuating a component may include a housing surrounding a housing interior, at least one fastening sleeve integrally disposed on the housing, and at least one connection opening disposed at the at least one fastening sleeve. The at least one fastening sleeve may surround a fastening opening into which a pin-shaped fastening element may be insertable. One end of the at least one connection opening may lead to a sleeve inner side. The at least one fastening sleeve may be arranged at a housing outer side. The fastening opening may extend outside of the housing interior. Another end of the at least one connection opening may lead to a housing inner side. The at least one connection opening may be covered on the housing inner side via a membrane penetrable by gas and impenetrable by liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Peer Niekamp, Mathis Wachtler, Manuel Zahlecker
  • Publication number: 20200165966
    Abstract: An assembly may include an actuator. The actuator may include an actuator housing delimiting an actuator housing interior space and a ventilation line disposed within the actuator housing. The ventilation line may be guided from the actuator housing interior space to an outside and opening out in a ventilation opening arranged on an outer side of a housing wall of the actuator housing. The assembly may also include a housing including a housing flange. The ventilation line may be closed via an air-permeable and liquid-impermeable membrane. The actuator may further include a positioning dome arranged on the ventilation opening and projecting outward from the actuator housing. The positioning dome disposed integrally on the actuator housing. When the actuator is mounted on the housing, the positioning dome may engage a recess disposed on the housing flange facilitating positioning the actuator housing relative to the housing flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventor: Peer Niekamp
  • Patent number: 10637327
    Abstract: A motor vehicle may include at least one actuating element and at least one actuator for adjusting the at least one actuating element. The at least one actuator may include a servomotor including an input shaft, and an output shaft rotatably mounted axially parallel the input shaft and radially spaced apart from the input shaft. The at least one actuating element may be drivingly connected to the output shaft and the output shaft may be configured to adjust the at least one actuating element. The at least one actuator may further include an input gear, an output gear, at least one input intermediate unit including a first input gear and a second input gear, and at least one output intermediate unit including a first output gear and a second output gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventor: Peer Niekamp
  • Patent number: 10544730
    Abstract: An assembly for a control device may include a housing part, a shaft rotatably supported on the housing part via a bearing device separate from the housing part, and a magnetic field sensor attached to the housing part, the magnetic field sensor interacting with a magnetic element attached to the shaft for conjoint rotation to determine a rotational angle position of the shaft in relation to the housing part. A bearing element of the bearing device may be received in a housing wall portion of the housing part configured in a complementary manner to the bearing element. On a face side of the shaft facing the magnetic field sensor, a recess may be formed in which the magnetic element may be at least partially received. The housing wall portion may be configured as a web with a ring segment-shaped geometry, which may partially enclose the bearing element externally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventor: Peer Niekamp
  • Patent number: 10421225
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an assembly with a housing part and at least two conductors of shape sheet metal parts may include providing at least one first conductor formed from at least one sheet metal part and at least one second conductor formed from at least one sheet metal part. The method may then include arranging the first and second conductors in an injection mold in such a way that the first conductor may come into mechanical contact with the second conductor in a common contact zone to produce an electrical connection. The method may then include at least partially overmolding the first and second conductors with a plastic to form a joint housing part. The method may further include bonding the first and second conductors in a region of the common contact zone after at least partially overmolding the first and second conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Van Eickels, Peer Niekamp
  • Patent number: 10253660
    Abstract: A valve train may include a camshaft having first and second slide guides, first and second cams mounted axially adjacent in torque-proof manners on the camshaft, and a cam follower adjustable between a first position, in which the cam follower is drivingly connected with the first cam, and a second position, in which the cam follower is drivingly connected with the second cam. The valve train may also include an adjustment arrangement having adjustable mechanical first and second engagement elements for axially adjusting the cam follower between first and second positions. Each engagement element may be adjustable between basic positions, in which no contact exists with a respective one of the slide guides, and switching positions, in which the respective engagement element cooperates with the slide guide. Each engagement element may have a spring that prestresses it into the switching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Peer Niekamp, Edgar Salfeld
  • Patent number: 10247063
    Abstract: A valve train may include a camshaft, a cam follower, and first and second cams mounted axially adjacent in a torque-proof manner on the camshaft. The valve train may also include an adjustment arrangement having adjustable first and second mechanical engagement elements, which may each cooperate with at least one slide guide arranged on the camshaft. The valve train may further include a control shaft or control slide forming a stop for the first and second engagement elements and adjusting the first and second engagement elements into respective switching positions. The cam follower may be drivingly connected with the first and second cams in first and second positions, respectively. The first and second engagement elements may each be adjustable between respective basic positions, in which no contact exists with the associated slide guide, and the respective switching positions, in which the respective engagement element cooperates with the associated slide guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Patrick Altherr, David Moczko, Peer Niekamp
  • Publication number: 20180241282
    Abstract: A motor vehicle may include at least one actuating element and at least one actuator for adjusting the at least one actuating element. The at least one actuator may include a servomotor including an input shaft, and an output shaft rotatably mounted axially parallel the input shaft and radially spaced apart from the input shaft. The at least one actuating element may be drivingly connected to the output shaft and the output shaft may be configured to adjust the at least one actuating element. The at least one actuator may further include an input gear, an output gear, at least one input intermediate unit including a first input gear and a second input gear, and at least one output intermediate unit including a first output gear and a second output gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventor: Peer Niekamp
  • Publication number: 20180202350
    Abstract: An assembly for a control device may include a housing part, a shaft rotatably supported on the housing part via a bearing device separate from the housing part, and a magnetic field sensor attached to the housing part, the magnetic field sensor interacting with a magnetic element attached to the shaft for conjoint rotation to determine a rotational angle position of the shaft in relation to the housing part. A bearing element of the bearing device may be received in a housing wall portion of the housing part configured in a complementary manner to the bearing element. On a face side of the shaft facing the magnetic field sensor, a recess may be formed in which the magnetic element may be at least partially received. The housing wall portion may be configured as a web with a ring segment-shaped geometry, which may partially enclose the bearing element externally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventor: Peer Niekamp
  • Publication number: 20170362970
    Abstract: A valve train may include a camshaft having first and second slide guides, first and second cams mounted axially adjacent in torque-proof manners on the camshaft, and a cam follower adjustable between a first position, in which the cam follower is drivingly connected with the first cam, and a second position, in which the cam follower is drivingly connected with the second cam. The valve train may also include an adjustment arrangement having adjustable mechanical first and second engagement elements for axially adjusting the cam follower between first and second positions. Each engagement element may be adjustable between basic positions, in which no contact exists with a respective one of the slide guides, and switching positions, in which the respective engagement element cooperates with the slide guide. Each engagement element may have a spring that prestresses it into the switching position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Peer Niekamp, Edgar Salfeld
  • Publication number: 20170362969
    Abstract: A valve train may include a camshaft, a cam follower, and first and second cams mounted axially adjacent in a torque-proof manner on the camshaft. The valve train may also include an adjustment arrangement having adjustable first and second mechanical engagement elements, which may each cooperate with at least one slide guide arranged on the camshaft. The valve train may further include a control shaft or control slide forming a stop for the first and second engagement elements and adjusting the first and second engagement elements into respective switching positions. The cam follower may be drivingly connected with the first and second cams in first and second positions, respectively. The first and second engagement elements may each be adjustable between respective basic positions, in which no contact exists with the associated slide guide, and the respective switching positions, in which the respective engagement element cooperates with the associated slide guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Patrick Altherr, David Moczko, Peer Niekamp
  • Publication number: 20170312957
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an assembly with a housing part and at least two conductors of shape sheet metal parts may include providing at least one first conductor formed from at least one sheet metal part and at least one second conductor formed from at least one sheet metal part. The method may then include arranging the first and second conductors in an injection mould in such a way that the first conductor may come into mechanical contact with the second conductor in a common contact zone to produce an electrical connection. The method may then include at least partially overmoulding the first and second conductors with a plastic to form a joint housing part. The method may further include bonding the first and second conductors in a region of the common contact zone after at least partially overmoulding the first and second conductors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Bernd Van Eickels, Peer Niekamp