Patents by Inventor Robert Heck

Robert Heck 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: 7756672
    Abstract: A method is for setting at least one predetermined distance between a machine tool (10) and a metallic or non-metallic electrically conductive workpiece (12) according to which a capacitive and/or inductive sensor (16) fixed to the machine tool (10) while facing the workpiece (12). The machine tool (10) is displaced with constant speed toward the workpiece (12) by means of a drive device, and a sensor signal is output at predetermined time intervals by means of a data processing unit (24). The sensor signal has a characteristic quantity that continuously changes in a non-linear manner according to the distance of the machine tool (10) from the workpiece (12). The data processing unit (24) compares each read out value of the characteristic quantity with a comparative value read out before at a predetermined number of time intervals and calculates the difference between the values that are compared with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: IHT Automation GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Karl Heinz Schmall, Robert Heck
  • Publication number: 20080040940
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for setting at least one predetermined distance between a machine tool (10) and a metallic or non-metallic electrically conductive workpiece (12) according to which a capacitive and/or inductive sensor (16) fixed to the machine tool (10) while facing the workpiece (12). The machine tool (10) is displaced with constant speed toward the workpiece (12) by means of a drive device, and a sensor signal is output at predetermined time intervals by means of a data processing unit (24). The sensor signal has a characteristic quantity that continuously changes in a non-linear manner according to the distance of the machine tool (10) from the workpiece (12). The invention provides that the data processing unit (24) compares each read out value of the characteristic quantity with a comparative value read out before at a predetermined number of time intervals and calculates the difference between the values that are compared with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventors: Karl Schmall, Robert Heck
  • Publication number: 20060167555
    Abstract: A modular implant system includes a set of anatomically-designed diaphyseal fitting and filling modular implant components and collars. The diaphyseal component connects with a selected intramedullary stem and with a selected collar component. The collar component connects to another implant component such as a modular articular component, a segmental component or an intercalary component. The diaphyseal component has a tapered porous surface that is received with a tapered bore in the bone diaphysis that is prepared to match the size and shape of the tapered porous surface. The collar component has a porous surface for tissue ingrowth, such as the periosteum, to seal the intramedullary canal. The diaphyseal implant is easy to insert and remove, does not bind before fully seating to prevent stress shielding, and eliminates the long lever arm created when fixation occurs only at the tip of the stem, and should eliminate related stem loosening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Publication date: July 27, 2006
    Inventors: Robert Heck, Stephen Hazebrouck
  • Publication number: 20060167554
    Abstract: A modular implant system allows a surgeon to secure an implant assembly to thee diaphysis of a long bone. The system includes a set of anatomically-designed diaphyseal fitting modular implant components. One end of each diaphyseal implant component is a Morse taper post for connection to another implant component such as a modular articular component, a segmental component or an intercalary component. The other end of each diaphyseal component is a tapered porous surface. In some sizes, the tapered porous surface includes a plurality of steps. The tapered porous surface is received with a tapered bore in the bone diaphysis that is prepared to match the size and shape of the tapered porous surface. The diaphyseal implant is easy to insert and remove, does not bind before fully seating, is designed to prevent stress shielding and provides the surgeon with a host of stem options with its modularity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Publication date: July 27, 2006
    Inventors: Robert Heck, Stephen Hazebrouck
  • Publication number: 20060167560
    Abstract: A modular implant system includes a set of anatomically-designed diaphyseal fitting and filling modular implant components and adapters for connection to another implant component such as a modular articular component, a segmental component or an intercalary component. The other end of each diaphyseal component is a tapered porous surface. The tapered porous surface is received with a tapered bore in the bone diaphysis that is prepared to match the size and shape of the tapered porous surface. The diaphyseal implant is easy to insert and remove, does not bind before fully seating, and is designed to prevent stress shielding. The diaphyseal sleeve eliminates the long lever arm created when fixation occurs only at the tip of the stem, and should therefore eliminate related stem loosening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Publication date: July 27, 2006
    Inventors: Robert Heck, Stephen Hazebrouck
  • Publication number: 20060019805
    Abstract: A resistance training and massage apparatus simultaneously provides resistance training and massage. A vibrating strap is formed into a loop to extend around a body portion of a user. The strap is displaceable as the user exerts a pulling force on the strap. A motor is coupled to the strap and displaceable along with the strap as the user exerts a pulling force on the strap. The motor imparts vibration to the strap. Resistance means is coupled to the motor for elastically resisting displacement of the motor and the strap, and providing a resistance force to the pulling force exerted by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Publication date: January 26, 2006
    Inventor: Robert Heck