Patents by Inventor Peter Knoll

Peter Knoll 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).

  • Publication number: 20210123540
    Abstract: A device for controlling a valve with an electromagnet having a coil fed by a current, includes a closed-loop control unit configured to control the current using a closed-loop control circuit, the closed-loop control circuit having a plurality of elements which are set by a plurality of control parameters to generate an actual pressure value at the valve, the actual pressure value depending upon the dead volume. The device includes a dead volume setting unit configured to adapt to a change in dead volume while accounting for a nonlinear relationship between the dead volume and the plurality of control parameters by simultaneously setting the plurality of control parameters based upon a single dead volume parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Manuel Gruber, Frank Knoll, Peter Ommert
  • Patent number: 10988311
    Abstract: A device for automatically handling storage units includes a support frame, at least one lifting unit, a gripper device configured to grip, convey, and discharge at least one storage unit, and at least one height adjustment device to which the gripper device is connected and is configured to be moved in the inner space of the support frame therewith. A storage arrangement which is configured to be charged from below for at least one storage unit is arranged above the gripper device so that the same support frame is configured by the lifting unit to convey and to store, by the storage arrangement, at least one storage unit. A method includes automatic handling of storage units via the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Gottfried Hendrix, Peter Rehbein, Christian Knoll, Jens Hofele, Stefan Junker, Thorsten Smetak
  • Publication number: 20210086829
    Abstract: An electromechanical power steering unit for a motor vehicle includes an integral component having a torque sensor unit, which detects the rotation of the upper steering shaft relative to the lower steering shaft. The torque sensor unit includes a ring magnet rotationally fixed to the upper steering shaft and a magnetic flux guide connected to the lower steering shaft. A magnet sensor detects the rotation of the shaft connected to the ring magnet with respect to the lower shaft connected to the magnetic flux guide and the ring magnet is carried by a ring magnet sleeve, which sits on the upper steering shaft and is made from a thermoplastic material and is molded by means of ultrasound forming in the upper steering shaft in one region for mounting on the upper steering shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicants: thyssenkrupp Presta AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Peter KNOLL, Manuel KNECHT
  • Patent number: 10703583
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stacking station for a thermoforming installation, to a method for producing cup-shaped products in a thermoforming installation and to a thermoforming installation equipped therewith. Ejecting products out of a film plane onto an additional conveyor belt using a pusher is known. The additional conveyor belt first brings the products to a tilting device. After actuation of the tilting device, the products lie on their side and are conveyed onward from there. The present invention provides first pre-stacking the products coming from the ejector, to then tilt them, preferably by way of their own weight, and to stack them only once they are lying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: KIEFEL GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Wieser, Peter Knoll
  • Patent number: 10647353
    Abstract: A device and a method may be used to determine a highly accurate absolute angle of rotation Xt of the rotational position of a rotatably supported steering shaft. Rotation of a rotor of an electric motor with a gearing with a gearing transmission factor K for power assistance may be coupled into rotation of the steering shaft. A rotational position of rotation of the rotor can be measured by means of a rotor position sensor and by using a number of revolutions of the rotor that have occurred. This value is used directly to determine the highly accurate absolute angle of rotation Xt of the steering shaft. Calibration methods involve determining initial values from which the counting of revolutions or the calculations occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Gernot Ernstson, Tivadar Toth, Konstantin Schwarzkopf, Peter Knoll, Sedat Sen
  • Patent number: 10449998
    Abstract: An apparatus for introducing an auxiliary torque and/or an additional steering angle into a steering shaft of an electromechanical power steering system may comprise a gearwheel that is attached fixedly on the steering shaft so as to rotate with the steering shaft and that is operatively connected to a drive element of a drive motor for driving the gearwheel. The apparatus may further include a sensor that is connected fixedly to the steering shaft so as to rotate with the steering shaft. So that the attachment of the sensor can take place with less complexity and use less installation space as far as possible, the sensor and the gearwheel may be connected to one another at contact faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Peter Knoll, Gernot Ernstson
  • Publication number: 20180319440
    Abstract: A device and a method may be used to determine a highly accurate absolute angle of rotation Xt of the rotational position of a rotatably supported steering shaft. Rotation of a rotor of an electric motor with a gearing with a gearing transmission factor K for power assistance may be coupled into rotation of the steering shaft. A rotational position of rotation of the rotor can be measured by means of a rotor position sensor and by using a number of revolutions of the rotor that have occurred. This value is used directly to determine the highly accurate absolute angle of rotation Xt of the steering shaft. Calibration methods involve determining initial values from which the counting of revolutions or the calculations occur.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicants: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Gernot ERNSTSON, Tivadar TOTH, Konstantin SCHWARZKOPF, Peter KNOLL, Sedat SEN
  • Publication number: 20180015944
    Abstract: An apparatus for introducing an auxiliary torque and/or an additional steering angle into a steering shaft of an electromechanical power steering system may comprise a gearwheel that is attached fixedly on the steering shaft so as to rotate with the steering shaft and that is operatively connected to a drive element of a drive motor for driving the gearwheel. The apparatus may further include a sensor that is connected fixedly to the steering shaft so as to rotate with the steering shaft. So that the attachment of the sensor can take place with less complexity and use less installation space as far as possible, the sensor and the gearwheel may be connected to one another at contact faces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicants: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Peter KNOLL, Gernot ERNSTSON
  • Publication number: 20170328737
    Abstract: A transducer assembly for a torque and/or angle sensor may comprise a pipe section-shaped magnet ring that is secured to a carrier sleeve via an intermediate element. The intermediate element and the magnet ring may be integrally bonded to one another via joining surfaces directed against one another. The intermediate element may be formed of a plastic at least in a region of its joining surface. To provide a transducer assembly that can be more easily produced and assembled with high reliability, the magnet ring may be formed as a plastic-bonded magnet from a plastic material filled with magnetic particles, which is integrally bonded to the plastic of the intermediate element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicants: ThyssenKrupp Presta AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Sedat Sen, Peter Knoll, Julian Sandholzer, Gernot Ernstson, Sebastian Vinzenz
  • Patent number: 9744713
    Abstract: The invention relates to thermoforming plant and their transport chains. Various aspects of the chain and chain rails are proposed. Overall the chain operates such that less wear occurs; it can also be cooled symmetrically and the film can be better heated up to the edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: KIEFEL GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz Hinterseer, Martin Weibhauser, Peter Knoll
  • Publication number: 20160201728
    Abstract: An example steering shaft for a motor vehicle steering system for use with a power assistance system may include an input shaft, an output shaft, and a torsion bar. The torsion bar may connect the input and output shafts in a torsionally elastic manner for purposes of transmitting a torque, in many cases from the input shaft to the output shaft. In particular, a joining section of the torsion bar may be connected to a joining socket of one or more of the input shaft or the output shaft. The joining section may include partial elevations for forming a nonpositive and positive connection to the joining socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Applicants: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Joseph-Léon STROBEL, Eugen LASS, Patrick RENGGLI, Peter KNOLL, Ueli SCHLEGEL
  • Publication number: 20160101560
    Abstract: A tool for moulding a moulded part made of thermoplastic material and to a corresponding system and to a method. The invention relates to, in particular, the production of semi-finished products for refrigerators with a groove for receiving a seal. According to the invention, during demoulding from the undercut groove, a force acting upon the notches is braced and guided towards the residual film grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Applicant: KIEFEL GmbH
    Inventors: Peter KNOLL, Juergen FEIL
  • Publication number: 20150336752
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stacking station for a thermoforming installation, to a method for producing cup-shaped products in a thermoforming installation and to a thermoforming installation equipped therewith. Ejecting products out of a film plane onto an additional conveyor belt using a pusher is known. The additional conveyor belt first brings the products to a tilting device. After actuation of the tilting device, the products lie on their side and are conveyed onward from there. The present invention provides first pre-stacking the products coming from the ejector, to then tilt them, preferably by way of their own weight, and to stack them only once they are lying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Applicant: KIEFEL GMBH
    Inventors: Gerhard WIESER, Peter KNOLL
  • Publication number: 20130108836
    Abstract: The invention relates to thermoforming plant and their transport chains. Various aspects of the chain and chain rails are proposed. Overall the chain operates such that less wear occurs; it can also be cooled symmetrically and the film can be better heated up to the edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: KIEFEL GMBH
    Inventors: Heinz Hinterseer, Martin Weibhauser, Peter Knoll
  • Patent number: 8279087
    Abstract: A method for determining a parking spot including at least the following steps: measuring a parking spot and outputting a measured length of the parking spot; comparing the determined length to at least one limiting value and determining an indicator signal; outputting the indicator signal to the driver; recording vehicle dynamics signals, during a parking operation; evaluating the parking operation on the basis of the recorded vehicle dynamics signals and outputting an evaluation signal, and changing the at least one limiting value as a function of the evaluation signal and the indicator signal. An adaptive parking spot measurement is created in which an evaluation of the parking spot length is automatically adapted to the driving behavior and the driving skills of the respective driver, resulting in a particularly high degree of acceptance of the PSM system by the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Knoll, Andreas Engelsberg, Dietrich Manstetten, Holger Kussmann, Lars Placke, Marc Stoerzel, Ulrich Schweiger, Wei-Chia Lee
  • Patent number: 7866017
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a ventilation diffuser bag includes providing a perforated, occupant facing side of the diffuser bag and an air mover; molding a non-perforated, support facing side of the diffuser bag having an opening to allow air flow therethrough and including an integral air mover support, the air mover support including an endless sidewall extending from the opening for supporting the air mover, the endless sidewall including a retaining edge spaced from the non-perforated side for suspendably retaining the air mover, and a vibration dampening suspension portion; mounting the air mover in the air mover support such that the air mover engages the retaining edge; disposing an air permeable material adjacent the non-perforated side; and permanently connecting edges of the perforated, occupant facing side to edges of the non-perforated, support facing side such that the air permeable material is disposed between the perforated side and the non-perforated side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: IGB Automotice Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Knoll
  • Patent number: 7862113
    Abstract: A ventilation diffuser bag for disposition on a vehicle occupant support includes a perforated, occupant facing side and an opposite non-perforated, support surface facing side. The non-perforated side includes an opening to allow air flow into the diffuser bag. An air mover support integral with the non-perforated side includes an endless sidewall extending from the opening for providing support for an air mover. The endless sidewall includes a retaining edge spaced from the non-perforated side for suspendably retaining the air mover within the air mover support. The non-perforated side of the diffuser bag is supportable on an occupant facing surface of a vehicle occupant support, and the air mover support extends into the occupant support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: IGB Automotive Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Knoll
  • Publication number: 20090299569
    Abstract: An apparatus is described for assisting driving of a vehicle having at least two driver assistance systems and having an output device or element for communicating information items of at least one of the driver assistance systems to a driver of the vehicle. To relieve the strain on the driver, a control device or element, configured as an information coordinator and connected at its input side to the driver assistance systems and at its output side to the output device is provided for controlling information items of the driver assistance systems to be communicated to the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Peter Knoll, Hans-Peter Grabsch, Uwe Beutnagel-Buchner, Werner Uhler, Arnd Engeln, Jan Egelhaaf, Marc Arnon, Markus Rossmeier, Michael Dorna, Sebastian Enders
  • Publication number: 20090113690
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a ventilation diffuser bag includes providing a perforated, occupant facing side of the diffuser bag and an air mover; molding a non-perforated, support facing side of the diffuser bag having an opening to allow air flow therethrough and including an integral air mover support, the air mover support including an endless sidewall extending from the opening for supporting the air mover, the endless sidewall including a retaining edge spaced from the non-perforated side for suspendably retaining the air mover, and a vibration dampening suspension portion; mounting the air mover in the air mover support such that the air mover engages the retaining edge; disposing an air permeable material adjacent the non-perforated side; and permanently connecting edges of the perforated, occupant facing side to edges of the non-perforated, support facing side such that the air permeable material is disposed between the perforated side and the non-perforated side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: IGB AUTOMOTIVE LTD.
    Inventor: Peter Knoll
  • Publication number: 20080231469
    Abstract: A method for determining a parking spot including at least the following steps: measuring a parking spot and outputting a measured length of the parking spot; comparing the determined length to at least one limiting value and determining an indicator signal; outputting the indicator signal to the driver; recording vehicle dynamics signals, during a parking operation; evaluating the parking operation on the basis of the recorded vehicle dynamics signals and outputting an evaluation signal, and changing the at least one limiting value as a function of the evaluation signal and the indicator signal. An adaptive parking spot measurement is created in which an evaluation of the parking spot length is automatically adapted to the driving behavior and the driving skills of the respective driver, resulting in a particularly high degree of acceptance of the PSM system by the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventors: Peter Knoll, Andreas Engelsberg, Dietrich Manstetten, Holger Kussmann, Lars Placke, Marc Stoerzel, Ulrich Schweiger, Wei-Chia Lee