Patents by Inventor Reto Schob

Reto Schob 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: 20210254623
    Abstract: A pumping device includes a single-use device and a reusable device. The single-use device is to be inserted into the reusable device and includes two pump units in series, one behind the other. Each pump unit includes a rotor for a bearingless motor, and can be magnetically levitated and driven without contact for rotation about an axial direction. The reusable device includes a stator for each rotor which form an electromagnetic rotary drive for rotating the rotor about the axial direction. Each stator is a bearing and drive stator with which the rotor can be magnetically driven and levitated without contact with respect to the stator. An independent control device is provided for each stator, and can independently activate a respective stator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Reto SCHÖB, Natale BARLETTA
  • Patent number: 11047721
    Abstract: An ultrasonic measuring device for measuring a fluid flowing in a pipe includes a housing and transducers. The housing receives and fixes the pipe, so that the fluid can flow through a central recess in a flow direction. The ultrasonic transducers emit and receive ultrasonic signals. Two first ultrasonic transducers are arranged laterally on a first side of the central recess, and two second ultrasonic transducers are arranged on a second side of the central recess. The second side is opposed to the first side, so that the recess is located between the first and the second ultrasonic transducers, and the ultrasonic transducers are arranged and aligned so that one of the first ultrasonic transducers emits a first measuring signal to one of the second ultrasonic transducers obliquely to the flow direction and receive a second measuring signal emitted by the second ultrasonic transducer obliquely to the flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: LEVITRONIX GMBH
    Inventors: Reto Schöb, Natale Barletta
  • Patent number: 10920781
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotary pump including a magnetic rotor arranged in a pump housing and having a magnetic rotor plane, which rotor is operatively connected to a drive for conveying a fluid. The drive is a bearingless motor having a stator configured as a bearing stator and drive stator and having a magnetic stator plane, wherein the stator bears a drive coil and a bearing coil lying in the stator plane and/or a drive bearing coil. The rotor is magnetically contactlessly journalled within the stator, wherein an axial height (H) of the rotor is smaller than or equal to half a diameter (D) of the rotor so that the rotor is passively magnetically stabilized by reluctance forces with respect to the magnetic stator plane both against axial displacement and against a tilt from an equilibrium position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Levitronix GmbH
    Inventor: Reto Schöb
  • Patent number: 10873241
    Abstract: An electromagnetic rotary drive includes a magnetically contactlessly drivable rotor free of coils, and a stator configured as a bearing and drive stator configured to drive the rotor magnetically and contactlessly about an axis of rotation. The rotor is capable of being supported magnetically contactlessly with respect to the stator in an operating state. The stator includes an upper stator part having a plurality of pronounced upper poles configured to carry upper windings and a lower stator part having a plurality of pronounced lower poles configured to carry lower windings. The upper stator part and the lower stator part are arranged spaced apart from one another with respect to an axial direction. A permanent magnet is disposed between the upper stator part and the lower stator part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: LEVITRONIX GMBH
    Inventors: Reto Schöb, Jörg Hugel, Thomas Holenstein
  • Patent number: 10780408
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus for mixing substances includes a single-use apparatus and a reusable apparatus. The single-use apparatus includes a flexible mixing tank configured to receive the at least two substances to be mixed, is plastic, and has a rotor arranged in the mixing tank. The rotor includes an impeller configured to mix the at least two substances, the impeller being magnetically contactlessly drivable and free of coils and permanent magnets. The reusable apparatus includes a support tank configured to receive the mixing tank and a stator configured to magnetically contactlessly drive the rotor about an axis of rotation in an operating state. The stator includes at least one permanent magnet configured to generate a permanent magnet flux and at least one winding configured to generate an electromagnetic flux, the permanent magnet flux and the electromagnetic flux together being capable of driving the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: LEVITRONIX GMBH
    Inventors: Reto Schöb, Jörg Hugel, Thomas Holenstein
  • Patent number: 10707734
    Abstract: An electromagnetic rotary drive includes a contactlessly magnetically drivable rotor that is coil-free and free of permanent magnets and that includes a magnetically effective core, and a stator by which the rotor is contactlessly magnetically drivable about a desired axis of rotation in the operating state. The stator has a plurality of coil cores of which each includes a bar-shaped longitudinal limb extending from a first end in a direction in parallel with the desired axis of rotation up to a second end, all the first ends being connected by a reflux of windings generate an electromagnetic rotational field of which each surrounds one of the longitudinal limbs. The coil cores include a plurality of permanent magnets by which a permanent magnetic pre-magnetization flux can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: LEVITRONIX GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Holenstein, Reto Schöb
  • Publication number: 20190154480
    Abstract: An ultrasonic measuring device for measuring a fluid flowing in a pipe includes a housing and transducers. The housing receives and fixes the pipe, so that the fluid can flow through a central recess in a flow direction. The ultrasonic transducers emit and receive ultrasonic signals. Two first ultrasonic transducers are arranged laterally on a first side of the central recess, and two second ultrasonic transducers are arranged on a second side of the central recess. The second side is opposed to the first side, so that the recess is located between the first and the second ultrasonic transducers, and the ultrasonic transducers are arranged and aligned so that one of the first ultrasonic transducers emits a first measuring signal to one of the second ultrasonic transducers obliquely to the flow direction and receive a second measuring signal emitted by the second ultrasonic transducer obliquely to the flow direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Reto SCHÖB, Natale BARLETTA
  • Publication number: 20190013747
    Abstract: A magnetically levitated rotor includes a magnetically effective core and a sheathing made of a thermoplastically processible fluoropolymer. The sheathing completely encloses the magnetically effective core. The magnetically effective core comprises at least one permanent magnet and each permanent magnet has a metallic coating for protection against acidic or chemically aggressive substances. A plastic coating is disposed between the metallic coating and the sheathing, and includes a polymer belonging to the family of parylenes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Natale BARLETTA, Giampiero FOIERA, Thomas EBERLE, Reto SCHÖB, Thomas GEMPP, Mathias HOFFMANN
  • Publication number: 20180051699
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotary pump including a magnetic rotor arranged in a pump housing and having a magnetic rotor plane, which rotor is operatively connected to a drive for conveying a fluid. The drive is a bearingless motor having a stator configured as a bearing stator and drive stator and having a magnetic stator plane, wherein the stator bears a drive coil and a bearing coil lying in the stator plane and/or a drive bearing coil. The rotor is magnetically contactlessly journalled within the stator, wherein an axial height (H) of the rotor is smaller than or equal to half a diameter (D) of the rotor so that the rotor is passively magnetically stabilized by reluctance forces with respect to the magnetic stator plane both against axial displacement and against a tilt from an equilibrium position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventor: Reto SCHÖB
  • Patent number: 9835158
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotary pump including a magnetic rotor arranged in a pump housing and having a magnetic rotor plane, which rotor is operatively connected to a drive for conveying a fluid. The drive is a bearingless motor having a stator configured as a bearing stator and drive stator and having a magnetic stator plane, wherein the stator bears a drive coil and a bearing coil lying in the stator plane and/or a drive bearing coil. The rotor is magnetically contactlessly journalled within the stator, wherein an axial height (H) of the rotor is smaller than or equal to half a diameter (D) of the rotor so that the rotor is passively magnetically stabilized by reluctance forces with respect to the magnetic stator plane both against axial displacement and against a tilt from an equilibrium position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Levitronix GmbH
    Inventor: Reto Schöb
  • Publication number: 20170312712
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus includes a mixing tank configured to receive substances, a rotor arranged in the mixing tank capable of driving a vane to rotate about an axial direction, a stator arranged outside the mixing tank and capable of driving the rotor to contactlessly magnetically rotate about the axial direction and capable of magnetically supporting the rotor with respect to the stator, and a security against tilting device that includes a bar extending in the axial direction and rotationally fixedly connected to the rotor, the security against tilting device having a limiting element fixed with respect to the mixing tank and cooperating with the bar, the security against tilting device being configured such that the bar is capable of rotating with respect to the limiting element and tilting of the rotor is limited by physical contact between the bar and the limiting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventor: Reto SCHÖB
  • Publication number: 20170312713
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus for mixing or stirring substances includes a mixing tank for receiving the substances, a rotor arranged in the mixing tank with which a vane for mixing or stirring the substances can be driven to rotate about an axial direction, and a stator arranged outside the mixing tank and with which the rotor can be driven contactlessly magnetically to rotate about the axial direction in the operating state and is supported magnetically with respect to the stator. A bar extends in the axial direction and is rotationally fixed to the rotor, and a limiting element fixed with respect to the mixing tank cooperates with the bar, with the limiting element being configured such that the bar rotates with respect to the limiting element and with a tilt of the rotor being limited by a physical contact between the bar and the limiting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventor: Reto SCHÖB
  • Publication number: 20170302145
    Abstract: An electromagnetic rotary drive includes a contactlessly magnetically drivable rotor that is coil-free and free of permanent magnets and that includes a magnetically effective core, and a stator by which the rotor is contactlessly magnetically drivable about a desired axis of rotation in the operating state. The stator has a plurality of coil cores of which each includes a bar-shaped longitudinal limb extending from a first end in a direction in parallel with the desired axis of rotation up to a second end, all the first ends being connected by a reflux of windings generate an electromagnetic rotational field of which each surrounds one of the longitudinal limbs. The coil cores include a plurality of permanent magnets by which a permanent magnetic pre-magnetization flux can be generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas HOLENSTEIN, Reto SCHÖB
  • Publication number: 20170012491
    Abstract: An electromagnetic rotary drive includes a magnetically contactlessly drivable rotor free of coils, and a stator configured as a bearing and drive stator configured to drive the rotor magnetically and contactlessly about an axis of rotation. The rotor is capable of being supported magnetically contactlessly with respect to the stator in an operating state. The stator includes an upper stator part having a plurality of pronounced upper poles configured to carry upper windings and a lower stator part having a plurality of pronounced lower poles configured to carry lower windings. The upper stator part and the lower stator part are arranged spaced apart from one another with respect to an axial direction. A permanent magnet is disposed between the upper stator part and the lower stator part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Reto SCHÖB, Jörg HUGEL, Thomas HOLENSTEIN
  • Publication number: 20170007973
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus for mixing substances includes a single-use apparatus and a reusable apparatus. The single-use apparatus includes a flexible mixing tank configured to receive the at least two substances to be mixed, is plastic, and has a rotor arranged in the mixing tank. The rotor includes an impeller configured to mix the at least two substances, the impeller being magnetically contactlessly drivable and free of coils and permanent magnets. The reusable apparatus includes a support tank configured to receive the mixing tank and a stator configured to magnetically contactlessly drive the rotor about an axis of rotation in an operating state. The stator includes at least one permanent magnet configured to generate a permanent magnet flux and at least one winding configured to generate an electromagnetic flux, the permanent magnet flux and the electromagnetic flux together being capable of driving the rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Reto SCHÖB, Jörg HUGEL, Thomas HOLENSTEIN
  • Publication number: 20130164161
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotary pump including a magnetic rotor arranged in a pump housing and having a magnetic rotor plane, which rotor is operatively connected to a drive for conveying a fluid. The drive is a bearingless motor having a stator configured as a bearing stator and drive stator and having a magnetic stator plane, wherein the stator bears a drive coil and a bearing coil lying in the stator plane and/or a drive bearing coil. The rotor is magnetically contactlessly journalled within the stator, wherein an axial height (H) of the rotor is smaller than or equal to half a diameter (D) of the rotor so that the rotor is passively magnetically stabilized by reluctance forces with respect to the magnetic stator plane both against axial displacement and against a tilt from an equilibrium position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: LEVITRONIX GMBH
    Inventor: Reto Schöb
  • Publication number: 20130022481
    Abstract: The invention relates to a magnetic rotor (1) for a rotary pump (2), wherein the rotor (1) can be driven and levitated in a magnetically contactless manner in a pump housing (4) within a stator (5) of the rotary pump (2) for conveying a fluid (3) and the rotor (1) is encapsulated by means of an outer encapsulation (6) including a fluorinated hydrocarbon. In accordance with the invention, the rotor (1) includes a permanent magnet (8) sheathed by a metal jacket (7) within the encapsulation (6), with the metal jacket (7) including at least one metal from the group of elements composed of tantalum, niobium, zirconium, titanium, hafnium, gold, platinum, palladium, osmium, iridium, ruthenium and rhodium. The invention further relates to plant components, in particular to a rotary pump (2) having a magnetic rotor (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: Levitronix GmbH
    Inventors: Reto Schöb, Thomas Eberle, Natale Barletta
  • Publication number: 20080173575
    Abstract: A filter apparatus is provided for the filtering of substances from a fluid having a filter housing (2) which bounds a filter space (6) and which has an inlet (3) and an outlet (4) for the fluid to be filtered and having a filter element (5) which is provided in the filter space (6) and which is designed and arranged so that the filtering fluid can only flow through the filter element (5) from the inlet (3) to the outlet (4) of the filter housing (2) in operation, wherein a heating device (10) is provided for the heating of the fluid which includes a microwave source (11) in order to act on the fluid by microwaves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: Levitronix LLC
    Inventor: Reto Schob
  • Patent number: 7112903
    Abstract: A magnetically journalled rotational arrangement includes a substantially disc-shaped or ring-shaped rotor and a stator. The stator includes structure for the production of a field which produces a rotation of the rotor. The rotor has structure which produce a unipolar bias magnetization flux which is spatially modulated when viewed in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Levitronix LLC
    Inventor: Reto Schob
  • Publication number: 20050226746
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus is proposed for a fluid having a supply tank (2) for the fluid which has an outlet (4) which can be connected to a pressure line (5) for the fluid (F), and having a rotary pump (3) which has a rotor (31) for conveying the fluid (F) into the pressure line, with the rotor (31) for the mixing of the fluid being arranged directly in the outlet (4) of the supply tank (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Publication date: October 13, 2005
    Applicant: Levitronix LLC
    Inventor: Reto Schob