Patents by Inventor Reinhard Balkenhol

Reinhard Balkenhol 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: 11015722
    Abstract: A safety valve for a cleaning device for a milking installation for milking milk-providing animals, including a first block valve with an input, a second block valve with an output, a bleed valve with a bleed output, a piston rod and a drive unit, wherein the safety valve is movable from a blocking position, in which the first block valve and the second block valve are closed in order to block the input and the output and in which the bleed valve is opened in order to connect the bleed output to a connection, into a pass-through position, in which the first block valve and the second block valve are opened in order to connect the input to the output via the connection and in which the bleed valve is closed in order to block the bleed output, and back. The first block valve, the second block valve and the bleed valve of the safety valve are designed as seat valves with a common piston plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Balkenhol, Magnus Wiethoff, Verena Figgener
  • Patent number: 10966404
    Abstract: A quick-coupling device for a milking module of a milking system for milking dairy animals that forms a releasable and re-establishable connection between the milking module and a milk pipe and includes a valve mechanism for opening and closing a feeding port and a discharge port using a number of articulated clamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies, GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Balkenhol, Magnus Wiethoff, Niek Noeverman, Harald Grundner
  • Publication number: 20200088310
    Abstract: A safety valve for a cleaning device for a milking installation for milking milk-providing animals having a pair of block valves, a bleed valve, a sliding hollow piston, and a drive unit that are adjustable between a blocking position in which the blocking valves are closed and the bleed valve is open and a throughput position in which the blocking valves are open and the vent valve is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventor: Reinhard Balkenhol
  • Patent number: 10502330
    Abstract: A safety valve for a cleaning device for a milking installation for milking milk-providing animals having a pair of block valves, a bleed valve, a sliding hollow piston, and a drive unit that are adjustable between a blocking position in which the blocking valves are closed and the bleed valve is open and a throughput position in which the blocking valves are open and the vent valve is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhard Balkenhol
  • Patent number: 10426128
    Abstract: A safety valve device for a milking installation for milking milk-producing animals having a first valve with a first port and with a first port connector, a second valve with a second port and with a second port connector, a third valve with a third port and a third port connector, a drive, a common actuator, and at least one valve spring, and arranged so that the first port connector of the first valve is in fluid communication with the second port connector of the second valve, and the safety valve device can be moved between a first switching position, in which the first valve and the second valve are closed in order to block the first port and the second port and the third valve, is open a transition position, in which the first valve, the second valve and the third valve are closed, and a second switching position, in which the first valve and the second valve are open to connect the first port to the second port and the third valve is closed to block the third port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Balkenhol, Jake Kallenbach, Matthew J. Stuessel, Kevin L. Torgerson
  • Publication number: 20190145531
    Abstract: A safety valve for a cleaning device for a milking installation for milking milk-providing animals, including a first block valve with an input, a second block valve with an output, a bleed valve with a bleed output, a piston rod and a drive unit, wherein the safety valve is movable from a blocking position, in which the first block valve and the second block valve are closed in order to block the input and the output and in which the bleed valve is opened in order to connect the bleed output to a connection, into a pass-through position, in which the first block valve and the second block valve are opened in order to connect the input to the output via the connection and in which the bleed valve is closed in order to block the bleed output, and back. The first block valve, the second block valve and the bleed valve of the safety valve are designed as seat valves with a common piston plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Reinhard Balkenhol, Magnus Wiethoff, Verena Figgener
  • Publication number: 20180132444
    Abstract: A quick-coupling device for a milking module of a milking system for milking dairy animals that forms a releasable and re-establishable connection between the milking module and a milk pipe and includes a valve mechanism for opening and closing a feeding port and a discharge port using a number of articulated clamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Reinhard Balkenhol, Magnus Wiethoff, Niek Noeverman, Harald Grundner
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20170191943
    Abstract: A method is proposed for ascertaining the quality and/or the composition of milk, in particular during a milking operation, in which the fill level of the milk in a chamber is determined. After the fill level of the milk in the chamber has been determined, the milk is irradiated using at least one radiation of a predefined wavelength. The intensity of the reflected radiation is measured. The fill level and the intensity of the reflected radiation represent a value pair. Characteristic values are stored in a memory. A characteristic value is assigned to the ascertained value pair. A statement about the quality and/or the composition of the milk can be made from the characteristic value thus ascertained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Karsten Schönrock, Marek Krasutzki, Sascha Bieletzki, Reinhard Balkenhol
  • Publication number: 20170164576
    Abstract: A safety valve device for a milking installation for milking milk-producing animals having a first valve with a first port and with a first port connector, a second valve with a second port and with a second port connector, a third valve with a third port and a third port connector, a drive, a common actuator, and at least one valve spring, and arranged so that the first port connector of the first valve is in fluid communication with the second port connector of the second valve, and the safety valve device can be moved between a first switching position, in which the first valve and the second valve are closed in order to block the first port and the second port and the third valve, is open a transition position, in which the first valve, the second valve and the third valve are closed, and a second switching position, in which the first valve and the second valve are open to connect the first port to the second port and the third valve is closed to block the third port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Reinhard Balkenhol, Jake Kallenbach, Matthew J. Stuessel, Kevin L. Torgerson
  • Patent number: 9526224
    Abstract: A safety valve device for a milking installation for milking milk-producing animals having a first valve with a first port and with a first port connector, a second valve with a second port and with a second port connector, a third valve with a third port and a third port connector, a drive, a common actuator, and at least one valve spring, and arranged so that the first port connector of the first valve is in fluid communication with the second port connector of the second valve, and the safety valve device can be moved between a first switching position, in which the first valve and the second valve are closed in order to block the first port and the second port and the third valve, is open a transition position, in which the first valve, the second valve and the third valve are closed, and a second switching position, in which the first valve and the second valve are open to connect the first port to the second port and the third valve is closed to block the third port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Balkenhol, Jake Kallenbach, Matthew J. Stuessel, Kevin L. Torgerson
  • Publication number: 20160319947
    Abstract: A safety valve (10) for a cleaning device for a milking installation for milking milk-providing animals comprises a first block valve (11) having an intake (110), a second block valve (12) having an exhaust (120), a bleed valve (13) having a bleed outlet (130), a piston (25), and a drive unit (28) wherein the safety valve (10) is configured so as to be adjustable to and fro between a blocking position in which the first block valve (11) and the second block valve (12), in order to block the intake (110) and the exhaust (120), are closed and the bleed valve (13), in order to connect the bleed outlet (130) to a connection (14?) is opened, and a throughput position in which the first block valve (11) and the second block valve (12), in order to connect the intake (110) by way of the connection (14?) to the exhaust (120), are opened and the bleed valve (13), in order to block the bleed outlet (120), is closed. The safety valve (10) is configured as a directional valve, the piston (25) being a hollow piston (250).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventor: Reinhard Balkenhol
  • Publication number: 20150146194
    Abstract: A method is proposed for ascertaining the quality and/or the composition of milk, in particular during a milking operation, in which the fill level of the milk in a chamber is determined. After the fill level of the milk in the chamber has been determined, the milk is irradiated using at least one radiation of a predefined wavelength. The intensity of the reflected radiation is measured. The fill level and the intensity of the reflected radiation represent a value pair. Characteristic values are stored in a memory. A characteristic value is assigned to the ascertained value pair. A statement about the quality and/or the composition of the milk can be made from the characteristic value thus ascertained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Karsten Schönrock, Marek Krasutzki, Sascha Bieletzki, Reinhard Balkenhol
  • 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