Patents by Inventor Reinhard Prause

Reinhard Prause 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: 20200067775
    Abstract: Provided are a computer program product, system, and method for providing backup and restore services to network attached appliances in a network. Configuration settings comprising configuration settings used in a network attached appliance are gathered and a unique identifier for the network attached appliance is determined. A backup request is generated including the configuration settings, the unique identifier, and a backup operation code. The backup request is broadcasted on the network to be received by the backup servers to store the configuration settings for the unique identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Reinhard T. Buendgen, Joerg Mueller, Thomas Prause
  • Patent number: 10498603
    Abstract: Provided are a computer program product, system, and method for providing backup and restore services to network attached appliances in a network. Configuration settings comprising configuration settings used in a network attached appliance are gathered and a unique identifier for the network attached appliance is determined. A backup request is generated including the configuration settings, the unique identifier, and a backup operation code. The backup request is broadcasted on the network to be received by the backup servers to store the configuration settings for the unique identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Reinhard T. Buendgen, Joerg Mueller, Thomas Prause
  • Patent number: 10488367
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a method for ultrasonic testing according to the pulse-echo method as well as an arrangement for performing such a method. By means of an ultrasonic transducer, an ultrasonic pulse is obliquely incident into a sound incidence surface of a test object. Next, an echo signal is received from the test object. This takes place either by means of the ultrasonic transducer, which has emitted the ultrasonic pulse or with another ultrasonic transducer. The time amplitude characteristic of the echo signal is evaluated in a predefined defect expectation interval of time. The evaluation step includes, in at least one section of the amplitude characteristic, an amplification of the amplitude and/or a reduction in the threshold value. For example, the amplitude of the received echo signal is then compared with the predefined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Prause, Wolfgang Dick
  • Publication number: 20190178846
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a method for ultrasonic testing according to the pulse-echo method as well as an arrangement for performing such a method. By means of an ultrasonic transducer, an ultrasonic pulse is obliquely incident into a sound incidence surface of a test object. Next, an echo signal is received from the test object. This takes place either by means of the ultrasonic transducer, which has emitted the ultrasonic pulse or with another ultrasonic transducer. The time amplitude characteristic of the echo signal is evaluated in a predefined defect expectation interval of time. The evaluation step includes, in at least one section of the amplitude characteristic, an amplification of the amplitude and/or a reduction in the threshold value. For example, the amplitude of the received echo signal is then compared with the predefined threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Prause, Wolfgang Dick
  • Patent number: 10241084
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a method for ultrasonic testing according to the pulse-echo method as well as an arrangement for performing such a method. By means of an ultrasonic transducer, an ultrasonic pulse is obliquely incident into a sound incidence surface of a test object. Next, an echo signal is received from the test object. This takes place either by means of the ultrasonic transducer, which has emitted the ultrasonic pulse or with another ultrasonic transducer. The time amplitude characteristic of the echo signal is evaluated in a predefined defect expectation interval of time. The evaluation step includes, in at least one section of the amplitude characteristic, an amplification of the amplitude and/or a reduction in the threshold value. For example, the amplitude of the received echo signal is then compared with the predefined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Reinhard Prause, Wolfgang Dick
  • Publication number: 20170219536
    Abstract: A method for the nondestructive testing of a test object by ultrasound is provided, the method including generating a pulsed ultrasonic field in the test object by means of an array of individually drivable ultrasonic transmitting transducers acoustically coupled to the test object. The ultrasonic transmitting transducers are each driven with a specific analog transient excitation signal, wherein each analog transient excitation signal is generated based on an ultrasonic transmitting transducer-specific stored digital transient excitation function. The method further includes receiving resulting echo signals from the test object by means of an array of individually drivable ultrasonic receiving transducers, with each ultrasonic receiving transducer providing an analog time-resolved echo signal, temporarily storing the time-resolved, transducer-specific, digitized echo signals in the form of an echo signal set, and applying a plurality of different reception processing rules to the echo signal set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Roman Heinrich KOCH, Stephan FALTER, Reinhard PRAUSE, Helmut BREIDENBACH, Christof BREIDENBACH, Thomas WEISE
  • Publication number: 20170023359
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for ultrasonic geometry testing of a test object (28) at various measuring positions distributed along a surface (26) of a test object (xn) by means of at least one ultrasonic transducer, comprising a plurality of steps. First, a calibration device (20) with known dimensions (ODcal(xn)) is provided. Then there follow several calibrating steps, during each of which a measuring position specific distance (WP(xn)) between calibration device (20) and ultrasonic transducer (10) is determined and stored by an ultrasonic transit time method, by at least one echo on at least one surface of the calibration device (20), using the known dimension (ODcal(xn)) for each measuring position n. Subsequently, a test object (28) is provided, at which ultrasonic transit time measurements are performed in multiple test steps. Transit time measurements are thereby taken at several measuring positions xn, using at least one echo on at least one surface (26) of the test object (28).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Reinhard PRAUSE, Robert PEIP, Norbert STEINHOFF
  • Publication number: 20170016860
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a method for ultrasonic testing according to the pulse-echo method as well as an arrangement for performing such a method. By means of an ultrasonic transducer, an ultrasonic pulse is obliquely incident into a sound incidence surface of a test object. Next, an echo signal is received from the test object. This takes place either by means of the ultrasonic transducer, which has emitted the ultrasonic pulse or with another ultrasonic transducer. The time amplitude characteristic of the echo signal is evaluated in a predefined defect expectation interval of time. The evaluation step includes, in at least one section of the amplitude characteristic, an amplification of the amplitude and/or a reduction in the threshold value. For example, the amplitude of the received echo signal is then compared with the predefined threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Inventors: Reinhard PRAUSE, Wolfgang DICK
  • Patent number: 9213020
    Abstract: An ultrasonic testing method is provided. The ultrasonic method includes non-destructively testing a test object with an ultrasound generated by an ultrasound probe, continuously circulating a liquid coupling medium outside of the test probe before and/or during non-destructively testing the test object, branching a part of the liquid coupling medium off from the circulation, and feeding the branched liquid coupling medium to a coupling chamber arranged between the ultrasound probe and the test object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Reinhard Prause, Christof Breidenbach
  • Patent number: 8661906
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ultrasound inspection device for the inspection of tubular workpieces, where the ultrasound inspection device can be coupled to the workpiece by means of a fluid medium, so that sound emitted from a transducer unit hits an insonification point on the lateral surface of the workpiece, the workpiece and the ultrasound inspection device can be moved relative to each other, and where the transducer unit is pivotable on a pivoting line which corresponds to an arc of a circle whose center is formed by the insonification point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Damian Meinert, Reinhard Prause, Rainer Vierhaus
  • Patent number: 8443674
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ultrasound inspection device for the inspection of tubular workpieces, where the ultrasound inspection device can be coupled to the workpiece by means of a fluid medium, the workpiece and the ultrasound inspection device can be moved relative to each other, a transducer unit substantially disposed in a cluster housing is provided, where the cluster housing includes a wear sole which is adapted to the respective diameter of the workpiece and which can be placed on an outer lateral surface of the workpiece and is configured such that a chamber forms between the workpiece and the transducer unit, at least one fluid inlet channel, which, with a fluid inlet opening, opens into the chamber, at least one fluid outlet channel for venting and draining the chamber, which opens into the chamber where the mouth of the fluid outlet channel and the fluid outlet channel are configured and disposed such that a filling process of the chamber and of the fluid outlet channel can be carried out starti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Damian Meinert, Stephan Falter, Dieter Lingenberg, Reinhard Prause, Rainer Vierhaus
  • Patent number: 8375795
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the non-destructive ultrasound inspection of a high-pressure line as a testing piece by means of the pulse-echo method, where the high-pressure line is conveyed to a near-field range of at least one ultrasonic transducer and an ultrasonic pulse is emitted with a perpendicular sound incidence on the high-pressure line in such a way that the high-pressure line is completely captured in its cross section by the near-field sound emission caused by the ultrasonic transducer, and the reflected ultrasonic pulse(s) is/are received by the ultrasonic transducer and/or, optionally, further ultrasonic transducers, the associated echo delay times are recorded and, optionally, evaluated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Lingenberg, Reinhard Prause
  • Publication number: 20120279307
    Abstract: An ultrasonic testing method is provided. The ultrasonic method includes non-destructively testing a test object with an ultrasound generated by an ultrasound probe, continuously circulating a liquid coupling medium outside of the test probe before and/or during non-destructively testing the test object, branching a part of the liquid coupling medium off from the circulation, and feeding the branched liquid coupling medium to a coupling chamber arranged between the ultrasound probe and the test object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Reinhard Prause, Christof Breidenbach
  • Publication number: 20110120225
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ultrasound inspection device for the inspection of tubular workpieces, where the ultrasound inspection device can be coupled to the workpiece by means of a fluid medium, the workpiece and the ultrasound inspection device can be moved relative to each other, a transducer unit substantially disposed in a cluster housing is provided, where the cluster housing includes a wear sole which is adapted to the respective diameter of the workpiece and which can be placed on an outer lateral surface of the workpiece and is configured such that a chamber forms between the workpiece and the transducer unit, at least one fluid inlet channel, which, with a fluid inlet opening, opens into the chamber, at least one fluid outlet channel for venting and draining the chamber, which opens into the chamber where the mouth of the fluid outlet channel and the fluid outlet channel are configured and disposed such that a filling process of the chamber and of the fluid outlet channel can be carried out starti
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: GE INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Damian Meinert, Stephan Falter, Dieter Lingenberg, Reinhard Prause, Rainer Vierhaus
  • Publication number: 20110120224
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ultrasound inspection device for the inspection of tubular workpieces, where the ultrasound inspection device can be coupled to the workpiece by means of a fluid medium, so that sound emitted from a transducer unit hits an insonification point on the lateral surface of the workpiece, the workpiece and the ultrasound inspection device can be moved relative to each other, and where the transducer unit is pivotable on a pivoting line which corresponds to an arc of a circle whose center is formed by the insonification point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: GE INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Damian Meinert, Reinhard Prause, Rainer Vierhaus
  • Publication number: 20110005321
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the non-destructive ultrasound inspection of a high-pressure line as a testing piece by means of the pulse-echo method, where the high-pressure line is conveyed to a near-field range of at least one ultrasonic transducer and an ultrasonic pulse is emitted with a perpendicular sound incidence on the high-pressure line in such a way that the high-pressure line is completely captured in its cross section by the near-field sound emission caused by the ultrasonic transducer, and the reflected ultrasonic pulse(s) is/are received by the ultrasonic transducer and/or, optionally, further ultrasonic transducers, the associated echo delay times are recorded and, optionally, evaluated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Dieter LINGENBERG, Reinhard PRAUSE
  • Patent number: 6945112
    Abstract: The invention relates to a testing device for ultrasonic bar (30) testing, comprising a container (20) a) with a chamber disposed therein where the ultrasonic testing is carried out which b) is provided with at least one through-passage (28) for bars which are to be tested and which c) has at least one inlet and at least one outlet for a coupling fluid (52), especially water, whereby the inlet and outlet are arranged in such a way the coupling fluid (52) is circulated around the bar (30) in a cross-wise direction in relation to the longitudinal direction thereof (32), in addition to comprising at least one ultrasonic test head (46) which is directed at the bars (30). The chamber has a non-circular cross-section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction (32) of the bars (30) and the cross-section of the chamber is adapted to the profile of the bars (30) in such a way that the width of a gap (42) running between the bars (30) and the wall (40) of the chamber is substantially maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: GE Inspection Technologies Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhard Prause
  • Patent number: 6935178
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for inspecting pipes using ultrasound, in particular for inspecting the end regions of a pipe. Said device comprises at least one ultrasonic inspection head (38) with an inspection tank (24), which a) has a receiving chamber (26) that is designed to receive a coupling fluid, in particular water (27), b) forms an axial passage through which a pipe (20) that is to he inspected can be transported along an inspection line (28) relative to the inspection tank (24) c) has sealing elements at the front and rear (34, 36), said elements being adapted to the external diameter of the pipe (20) that is to be inspected and delimiting the receiving chamber (26), and d) contains the inspection head(s) (38) in such a way that only coupling fluid is present between the inspection head (38) and the pipe (20) that is to be inspected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: GE Inspections Technologies Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhard Prause
  • Publication number: 20040211261
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for inspecting pipes using ultrasound, in particular for inspecting the end regions of a pipe. Said device comprises at least one ultrasonic inspection head (38) with an inspection tank (24), which a) has a receiving chamber (26) that is designed to receive a coupling fluid, in particular water (27), b) forms an axial passage through which a pipe (20) that is to he inspected can be transported along an inspection line (28) relative to the inspection tank (24) c) has sealing elements at the front and rear (34, 36), said elements being adapted to the external diameter of the pipe (20) that is to be inspected and delimiting the receiving chamber (26), and d) contains the inspection head(s) (38) in such a way that only coupling fluid is present between the inspection head (38) and the pipe (20) that is to be inspected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: Reinhard Prause
  • Publication number: 20040103722
    Abstract: The invention relates to a testing device for ultrasonic bar (30) testing, comprising a container (20) a) with a chamber disposed therein where the ultrasonic testing is carried out which b) is provided with at least one through-passage (28) for bars which are to be tested and which c) has at least one inlet and at least one outlet for a coupling fluid (52), especially water, whereby the inlet and outlet are arranged in such a way the coupling fluid (52) is circulated around the bar (30) in a cross-wise direction in relation to the longitudinal direction thereof (32), in addition to comprising at least one ultrasonic test head (46) which is directed at the bars (30). The chamber has a non-circular cross-section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction (32) of the bars (30) and the cross-section of the chamber is adapted to the profile of the bars (30) in such a way that the width of a gap (42) running between the bars (30) and the wall (40) of the chamber is substantially maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventor: Reinhard Prause