Patents by Inventor Richard Humpert

Richard Humpert 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: 20210086454
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fastening element for fastening to a workpiece, said fastening element comprising at least a first workpiece element having a first opening and a second workpiece element having a second opening aligned with the first opening, wherein the fastening element has a first contact section having a first contact surface for contact with a region of the first workpiece element surrounding the first opening and a second contact section having a second contact surface for contact with a region of the second workpiece element surrounding the second opening, with the first contact section and the second contact section being connected to one another by means of a reshaping section, and with a rivet section extending from the second contact section in a direction facing away from the reshaping section. The invention further relates to a corresponding component assembly and to a method of manufacturing such a component assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert
  • Patent number: 10759077
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a hole in a component consisting of a composite material, such as a fiber or fabric reinforced plastic part, wherein the component, having first and second oppositely disposed sides, is placed with its first side on a support having an iris diaphragm. A tip which diverges in the axial direction is pressed from the second side of the component through the component, which optionally has a pre-piercing, for formation of the hole or for enlargement of the pre-piercing. The iris diaphragm has a smaller starting opening which receives a narrower region of the tip and opens into a larger opening with increasing penetration of the component by the tip, the component is supported during hole formation over an as large as possible area from the first side. A piercing aid in the form of an iris diaphragm or a die button is likewise claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: PROFIL VERBINDUNGSTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert, Andreas Lembach, Christian Sowa
  • Publication number: 20200189206
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for attaching functional elements, e.g. composed of metal, to a component, in particular to a component comprising fiber-reinforced plastic, while using a setting head, wherein the functional element has a contact surface provided with adhesive and wherein the adhesive can be supplied to the setting head in individual depots adapted to the functional elements on a carrier band is characterized in that the functional elements are taken over by a guide device and are each pressable to an adhesive depot and are subsequently guidable with the adhering adhesive depots and separately from the carrier band in the setting head to the setting position in front of a setting die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert
  • Patent number: 10598203
    Abstract: A functional element having a section that has a flange, that projects away from a side of the flange, and is adapted for an aperture-free punching into a sheet metal part and having a shaft part that projects away from a side of the flange opposite the first side, that satisfies a function and that is provided with a longitudinal axis. The flange and the section are arranged at least substantially coaxially to the shaft part. The section is formed as a hollow cylinder that has notches extending in parallel with the longitudinal direction at at least one of its outer jacket surface and its inner jacket surface. The section has a diverging frustoconical shape that runs out at least substantially at the free end at the inner side of the section in the region of its free end and that serves for the widening of the section on the punching in the sheet metal part. A component assembly and a method of producing the latter is also claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: PROFIL Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Adrian Ellis, Richard Humpert
  • Patent number: 10478888
    Abstract: A method of fastening a rivet element to a workpiece, which has a preshaped hole provided for a reception of a rivet section of the rivet element and which is made planar at least in the region around the preshaped hole. Prior to the fastening process, the workpiece is positioned at a well-defined spacing from a contact surface of a die by at least one movably and/or elastically configured spacer of the die for a reshaping of the rivet section, so that a gap is formed between a wall of the hole and a punch of the die, which is provided for the reshaping of the rivet section. The rivet section is introduced into the gap in a course of the fastening process and is reshaped by the punch in order to engage behind the workpiece in the region of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: PROFIL Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jiri Babej, Richard Humpert, Christian Sowa
  • Patent number: 10458457
    Abstract: A functional element having a functional portion, a generally tubular rivet portion and a ring-like sheet metal contact surface is characterised in that features of shape are provided at the rivet portion for co-movement of the sheet metal part during the formation of the rivet bead, in particular at the free end of the rivet portion and/or at the radially outer side of the rivet portion, at least in the region adjacent the free end of the rivet portion. A component assembly comprising a functional element and a sheet metal part as well as a method for the attachment of a functional element to the sheet metal part are also claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: PROFIL VERBINDUNGSTECHNIK GmbH & CO., KG
    Inventors: Jiri Babej, Michael Vieth, Richard Humpert
  • Patent number: 10315363
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for attaching functional elements of metal to a component, in particular to a component comprising fiber reinforced plastic, using a setting head, wherein the functional element has a contact surface (12) provided with adhesive. In this respect, the adhesive within the setting head is applied to the functional element before the attachment of the functional element to the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: PROFIL VERBINDUNGSTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert
  • Patent number: 10252317
    Abstract: A die button for the punching in and fastening of a fastener element having a piercing section to a planar workpiece, in particular a sheet metal part. The die button includes a jacket. Also included is a die plunger movably arranged in the jacket. Further included is a biasing device for pressing the plunger against the workpiece when the workpiece is supported on the jacket with a pressing force made available by the biasing device and selected such that the die plunger first moves when a slug has been detached from the workpiece by the piercing section of the fastener element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: PROFIL VERBINDUNGSTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Jiri Babej, Richard Humpert
  • Patent number: 10197079
    Abstract: A finished component assembly includes a sheet metal part, a sheet metal element and a rivet element. The rivet element is provided with a head part of larger diameter, which serves as a thread carrier and which forms a sheet metal contact surface, as well as with a hollow cylindrical rivet section of smaller diameter. The rivet section projects from the head part at the side of the sheet metal contact surface and extends through an aperture and a collar of the sheet metal part as well as through a hole of the sheet metal element and is shaped into an at least L-shaped, preferably U-shaped, rivet bead at the side of the sheet metal element remote from the sheet metal part, with the sheet metal contact surface contacting the side of the sheet metal part remote from the sheet metal element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: PROFIL VERBINDUNGSTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Jiri Babej, Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert
  • Publication number: 20180326609
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a hole in a component consisting of a composite material, such as a fiber or fabric reinforced plastic part, wherein the component, having first and second oppositely disposed sides, is placed with its first side on a support having an iris diaphragm. A tip which diverges in the axial direction is pressed from the second side of the component through the component, which optionally has a pre-piercing, for formation of the hole or for enlargement of the pre-piercing. The iris diaphragm has a smaller starting opening which receives a narrower region of the tip and opens into a larger opening with increasing penetration of the component by the tip, whereby the component is supported during hole formation over an as large as possible area from the first side. A piercing aid in the form of an iris diaphragm or a corresponding die button is likewise claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Oliver DIEHL, Richard HUMPERT, Andreas LEMBACH, Christian SOWA
  • Publication number: 20180313391
    Abstract: A functional element of metal having a flange of larger diameter from an attachment surface and a centering section arranged inside the attachment surface and extending away from the flange, characterized in that an adhesive is arranged around the cylindrical section and adjacent to the attachment surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Oliver DIEHL, Richard HUMPERT
  • Patent number: 10051924
    Abstract: A fastener element for attachment to a component, wherein the fastener element has a contact surface which contacts the component in the installed state. Furthermore, the fastener element has a mounting recess which faces the component in the dismantled state. The mounting recess is bounded by at least one sidewall and by a base section. The sidewall is, at least regionally, provided with at least one undercut which is effective in the axial direction of the fastener element. The base section is formed free of any aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: PROFIL VERBINDUNGSTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Richard Humpert
  • Patent number: 10052783
    Abstract: A method for the manufacture of a hole in a component consisting of a composite material, such as a fiber reinforced plastic part or a fabric reinforced plastic part, which is characterized in that the component having first and second oppositely disposed sides is placed with its first side on a support having an iris diaphragm, in that a tip which diverges in the axial direction is pressed coming from the second side of the component through the component, which optionally has a pre-piercing, for the formation of the hole or for the enlargement of the pre-piercing and in that the iris diaphragm has a smaller starting opening which receives a narrower region of the tip and opens into a larger opening with increasing penetration of the component by the tip, whereby the component is supported during the hole formation over an as large as possible area from the first side. A piercing aid in the form of an iris diaphragm or a corresponding die button is likewise claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: PROFIL VERBINDUNGSTECHNIK GMBH & CO, KG
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert, Andreas Lembach, Christian Sowa
  • Patent number: 9957999
    Abstract: A piercing nut element having a strength in the range between 700 and 900 MPa which is designed to be pressed into the sheet metal part. The nut element is characterized in that the self-piercing attachment of the nut element into a sheet metal part of higher strength, or into a sheet metal part with a thickness greater than 3.5 mm, the nut element is designed in such a way that the piercing section has a peripheral extending groove below the sheet metal contact surface and in that the piercing section has a piercing edge at its free end face with the piercing edge being spaced from the boundary of the groove adjacent to the piercing section by a peripheral surface having an axial height which corresponds to at least 30% and preferably to at least 50% of the sheet metal thickness, wherein the radial wall thickness of the piercing section in the region of its free end face from the outer side of the piercing section up to the nominal diameter of the thread corresponds to a thickness between 1.2 to 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: PROFIL VERBINDUNGSTECHNIK GMBH & CO, KG
    Inventors: Jiri Babej, Christian Sowa, Richard Humpert, Michael Vieth
  • Publication number: 20180100528
    Abstract: A functional element having a section that has a flange, that projects away from a side of the flange, and is adapted for an aperture-free punching into a sheet metal part and having a shaft part that projects away from a side of the flange opposite the first side, that satisfies a function and that is provided with a longitudinal axis. The flange and the section are arranged at least substantially coaxially to the shaft part. The section is formed as a hollow cylinder that has notches extending in parallel with the longitudinal direction at at least one of its outer jacket surface and its inner jacket surface. The section has a diverging frustoconical shape that runs out at least substantially at the free end at the inner side of the section in the region of its free end and that serves for the widening of the section on the punching in the sheet metal part. A component assembly and a method of producing the latter is also claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: Adrian Ellis, Richard Humpert
  • Publication number: 20180100529
    Abstract: A rivet element having a central longitudinal direction having a head part that has a sheet metal contact surface and having a cylindrical rivet section that has features providing security against rotation is characterized in that the features providing security against rotation are formed by notches at the outer jacket surface of the cylindrical rivet section that extend in parallel with the central longitudinal direction and that extend over substantially the total length of the rivet section. A surprisingly higher security against rotation resistance is hereby achieved by the corresponding component assembly comprising a sheet metal part to which the rivet element is riveted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Humpert, Christian Sowa
  • Publication number: 20180071992
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for attaching functional elements, e.g. composed of metal, to a component, in particular to a component comprising fiber-reinforced plastic, while using a setting head, wherein the functional element has a contact surface provided with adhesive and wherein the adhesive can be supplied to the setting head in individual depots adapted to the functional elements on a carrier band is characterized in that the functional elements are taken over by a guide device and are each pressable to an adhesive depot and are subsequently guidable with the adhering adhesive depots and separately from the carrier band in the setting head to the setting position in front of a setting die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert
  • Publication number: 20180036790
    Abstract: A punch rivet for the attachment of individual components to one another of which at least one component is formed by a workpiece of composite material, the punch rivet having a flange of larger diameter, a rivet section of smaller diameter and a ring-like component contact surface at the side of the flange adjacent to the rivet section and surrounding the rivet section, wherein the rivet section has a ring surface at its free end for the piercing of the two workpieces, with the punch rivet having a central passage which extends over the full length of the punch rivet and wherein the punch rivet has an inwardly directed projection in the region of the rivet section 14.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert, Andreas Lembach
  • Patent number: 9849549
    Abstract: A method for the attachment of a hollow element such as a hollow rivet or a nut element to a component consisting of a composite material, with the element having a flange part and a shaft part or rivet section extending away from the flange part, wherein a rivet section can also be formed at the free end of a shaft part. The hollow element has a central passage which is optionally provided with a thread cylinder. In the method an auxiliary tip is either passed from the flange side of the element remote from the shaft part and/or the rivet section through the passage or is introduced from the side of the free end of the shaft part and/or of the rivet section into the passage such that a conically converging region of the auxiliary tip projects from the free end of the shaft part or of the rivet section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Profil Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert, Andreas Lembach, Christian Sowa
  • Patent number: 9844810
    Abstract: A hollow punch rivet is described having a flange and a rivet section. Furthermore, a method for the attachment of individual components to one another using a punch rivet is described, with at least one of the components being formed by a material of the composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: PROFIL VERBINDUNGSTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert, Andreas Lembach