Patents by Inventor Roland Laumer

Roland Laumer 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: 9656812
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (100) for sterilizing plastic parisons (1), with a sterilization chamber (3) and a transport device (2) disposed at least partially inside the sterilization chamber (3) for moving the plastic parisons (1) within the sterilization chamber (3), wherein the transport device (2) has at least one gripping system (4) for engaging round and supporting the plastic parisons (1) by means of a gripping clamp (41), wherein the gripping system (4) has a displacement means (5) for displacement during sterilization within the sterilization chamber of contact surfaces (1A) of the plastic parisons (1) which are shielded by the gripping system (4) from a sterilizing medium and/or sterilizing radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: KRONES AG, BÖHMERWALDSTRASSE 5
    Inventors: Klaus Voth, Roland Laumer, Gerald Hüttner, Jürgen Söllner, Michael Loy
  • Patent number: 9403330
    Abstract: An apparatus for the processing of plastics material containers with a shaping device for the shaping plastics material pre-forms into containers, with a heating device comprising a heating path for heating the plastics material pre-forms and with a sterilization device for the sterilization of the plastics material pre-forms, in which the sterilization device comprises a supply device to supply the plastics material pre-forms to the sterilization device, and in which the sterilization device comprises both an external disinfecting unit to sterilize the plastics material pre-forms at least on their external wall surfaces and an internal disinfecting unit to sterilize the plastics material pre-forms on their internal wall surfaces, wherein the supply device comprises heating path conveyor for conveying the plastics material pre-forms along the heating path to supply the plastics material pre-forms at least to the external disinfecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Roland Laumer, Josef Knott, Jochen Krueger, Hans Scheuren
  • Patent number: 9090408
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying containers with a guiding element which contacts the container in at least one area of the peripheral wall thereof and guides the container on a pre-set path, with a driving device which drives the guiding element in order to convey the container, and with a base support element which supports the container at least in part during the conveying in a base region of the container. According to the invention the base support element is vertically displaceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Roland Laumer
  • Publication number: 20150076939
    Abstract: Rotary machine, in particular container treatment machine, including a rotating part which has several treatment stations, and a stationary part, the rotating part and the stationary part are embodied such that they together form the drive of the machine, the rotating part forming the rotor and the stationary part forming the stator of an electric motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Bernd Schroll, Roland Laumer, Heinz Humele, Christian Stoiber, Andreas Kraus, August Peutl
  • Patent number: 8869496
    Abstract: A device for filling containers with liquid may include a first transport, which transports a plurality of containers through a filling chamber. The filling chamber may include a sterile space. A plurality of treatment members may be arranged in the filling chamber for treating the containers, with at least one of these treatment members being a filling member which fills the containers with the liquid. The first transport may be designed in such a way that it transports the containers through the filling chamber in a cyclic manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Roland Laumer, Johann Justl
  • Patent number: 8857478
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating containers may include a treatment chamber in which the containers are treated, and a conveyor unit which transports the containers within the treatment chamber. The treatment chamber can be isolated by means of at least one wall from an environment external of the treatment chamber in such a way that sterile conditions can be achieved in the treatment chamber, and by means of at least one treatment unit which treats the containers within the treatment chamber. At least one wall of the treatment chamber is arranged to be movable. A sealing assembly seals the treatment chamber in an area with regard to elements of the apparatus, which are movable relative to each other, against the environment external of the treatment chamber. The sealing assembly includes a surrounding channel, into which a liquid sealing agent can be introduced, as well as a secondary wall which is arranged within the channel at least in sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Hermann Klarl, Roland Laumer
  • Patent number: 8844585
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling containers with a liquid and, in particular, with a beverage, with a plurality of filling elements which in each case have an outlet in order to pour the beverage into the containers, as well as a valve device in order to control the supply of the liquid into the containers, with a conveying device which conveys the containers along a pre-set conveying path at least for a time during the filling thereof with the liquid, and with a cleaning device which acts with a cleaning medium upon at least one region contacted by the liquid to be filled. At least one filling element is designed in such a way that the cleaning medium is freely discharged out of this filling element during a cleaning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Roland Laumer, Manfred Schmid, Juergen Soellner
  • Patent number: 8770957
    Abstract: A blow molding machine for shaping plastics material pre-forms into plastics material containers, has a plurality of blow molding stations with blow mold carriers for holding blow molds, including a clean room for arranging or conveying the blow molding stations under aseptic conditions and having an installation access to the clean room for installing the blow mold carriers with blow molding station components. The installation access includes at least one sterile room which is positioned in front of the clean room with the plurality of blow molding stations on the environment side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Roland Laumer
  • Publication number: 20140158500
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (100) for sterilizing plastic parisons (1), with a sterilization chamber (3) and a transport device (2) disposed at least partially inside the sterilization chamber (3) for moving the plastic parisons (1) within the sterilization chamber (3), wherein the transport device (2) has at least one gripping system (4) for engaging round and supporting the plastic parisons (1) by means of a gripping clamp (41), wherein the gripping system (4) has a displacement means (5) for displacement during sterilization within the sterilization chamber of contact surfaces (1A) of the plastic parisons (1) which are shielded by the gripping system (4) from a sterilizing medium and/or sterilizing radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Klaus Voth, Roland Laumer, Gerald Hüttner, Jürgen Söllner, Michael Loy
  • Patent number: 8729499
    Abstract: An apparatus for sterilizing at least a segment of an inner wall and a segment of an outer wall of containers by accelerated charge carriers, includes at least one first external application device for sterilizing at least a segment of an outer wall of containers and an internal application device for sterilizing at least a segment of an inner wall of containers. The internal application device at least in portions is arranged to be introduced through an opening into the container in order to apply the emitted charge carriers to an inner wall of the container. The containers are transported along a transport path during their sterilization, wherein along a segment of the transport path of the containers between the first external application device and the internal application device is arranged a pitch change device to change a distance between two containers succeeding each other along the transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Josef Knott, Guenter Frankenberger, Patrick Engelhard, Jochen Krueger, Juergen Soellner, Holger Mueller, Martin Watter, Hans Scheuren, Roland Laumer
  • Patent number: 8453419
    Abstract: A method for blow molding and filling sterile containers of preforms in a container treatment device containing a blow module, in which the preforms are transferred from a heating device to the blow module via transport devices, and the containers are transported to a filling machine and filled, where a sterilization treatment is performed each at the preforms and the containers, a main sterilization treatment is performed at the preforms between the heating device and the blow module, and only a subsequent sterilization treatment is performed at the containers on the transport path to the filling machine. Further, a device having a main sterilization module between the heating device and the blow module, and a subsequent sterilization module between the blow module and the filling machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Stefan Roithmeier, Christian Stoiber, Franz Braun, Michael Dahmen, Patrick Engelhard, Thomas Hollriegl, Roland Laumer, Jurgen Sollner, Michael Neubauer
  • Publication number: 20130040009
    Abstract: The invention relates to a blow moulding machine (4) for shaping plastics material pre-forms (5) into plastics material containers (6), comprising a plurality of blow moulding stations (23) with blow mould carriers (22) for holding blow moulds (30, 48), comprising a clean room (15) for arranging or conveying the blow moulding stations (23) under aseptic conditions and comprising an installation access (40) to the clean room (15) for installing the blow mould carriers (22) with blow moulding station components (30, 48), in which the installation access (40) comprises at least one sterile room (41) which is positioned n front of the clean room (15) with the plurality of blow moulding stations (23) on the environment side (42).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: ROLAND LAUMER
  • Patent number: 8337772
    Abstract: A device for sterilizing containers includes a first treatment space, which is filled with a sterilizing gaseous medium under predetermined thermodynamic conditions, a tank, which is filled with a liquid medium and extends along a closed path, and a multiplicity of holding devices for holding the containers. The holding devices are arranged rotatably with respect to the treatment space, and a dividing wall, which protrudes into the liquid medium located in the tank is arranged rotatably with respect to the tank. A discharge opening, via which the gaseous medium can be discharged, is provided between the treatment space and the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Roland Laumer, Manfred Schmid, Berthold Burgmeier
  • Publication number: 20120294760
    Abstract: A method of sterilizing packaging means (10) and, in particular, plastics material pre-forms (10), wherein the packaging means (10) are conveyed with a conveying device (2) and wherein at least one area of the packaging means (10) is acted upon with a flowable medium by a stressing device (4). According to the invention the medium applied to the area is subjected to irradiation with electromagnetic radiation in order to produce singlet oxygen, wherein this singlet oxygen is used to sterilize the packaging means (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Heinz Humele, Andreas Kraus, Roland Laumer, Cornelia Folz, Jochen Forsthoevel, Patrick Engelhard, Andreas Sonnauer
  • Publication number: 20120018030
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for filling containers (6) with a liquid and, in particular, with a beverage, with a plurality of filling elements (5) which in each case have an outlet (37) in order to pour the beverage into the containers (10), as well as a valve device (38) in order to control the supply of the liquid into the containers (6), with a conveying device which conveys the containers (10) along a pre-set conveying path at least for a time during the filling thereof with the liquid, and with a cleaning device which acts with a cleaning medium upon at least one region contacted by the liquid to be filled. According to the invention at least one filling element (5) is designed in such a way that the cleaning medium is freely discharged out of this filling element (5) during a cleaning operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Roland Laumer, Manfred Schmid, Juergen Soellner
  • Patent number: 8047357
    Abstract: A conveying device having a drive motor with motor shaft, a motor housing, and a load-receiving support stand, where to improve the conveying device in terms of simplified assembly and ease of maintenance, the motor housing is configured as part of the load-receiving support stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Franz Braun, Roland Laumer
  • Publication number: 20110232233
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating containers may include a treatment chamber in which the containers are treated, and a conveyor unit which transports the containers within the treatment chamber. The treatment chamber can be isolated by means of at least one wall from an environment external of the treatment chamber in such a way that sterile conditions can be achieved in the treatment chamber, and by means of at least one treatment unit which treats the containers within the treatment chamber. At least one wall of the treatment chamber is arranged to be movable. A sealing assembly seals the treatment chamber in an area with regard to elements of the apparatus, which are movable relative to each other, against the environment external of the treatment chamber. The sealing assembly includes a surrounding channel, into which a liquid sealing agent can be introduced, as well as a secondary wall which is arranged within the channel at least in sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Hermann Klarl, Roland Laumer
  • Publication number: 20110138613
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying containers with a guiding element which contacts the container in at least one area of the peripheral wall thereof and guides the container on a pre-set path, with a driving device which drives the guiding element in order to convey the container, and with a base support element which supports the container at least in part during the conveying in a base region of the container. According to the invention the base support element is vertically displaceable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Roland Laumer
  • Publication number: 20110023996
    Abstract: A device (1) for filling containers (10) with liquid, comprising first transport means (2) which transport a plurality of containers (10) through a filling chamber (4), said filling chamber (4) being a sterile space (4), including a plurality of treatment members (8, 16, 18) arranged in the filling chamber (4) for treating the containers (10), with at least one of these treatment members (8, 16, 18) being a filling member (8) which fills the containers with the liquid. According to the invention, the first transport means (2) are designed in such a way that they transport the containers (10) through the filling chamber (4) in a cyclic manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Roland Laumer, Johann Justl
  • Publication number: 20100266467
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for sterilizing containers (10), comprising a first treatment space (2), which is filled with a sterilizing gaseous medium (A) under predetermined thermodynamic conditions, a tank (6), which is filled with a liquid medium (B) and extends along a closed path, a multiplicity of holding devices (8) for holding the containers (10), wherein the holding devices (8) are arranged rotatably with respect to the treatment space (2), and a dividing wall (12), which protrudes into the liquid medium (B) located in the tank (6) and is arranged rotatably with respect to the tank (6). According to the invention, a discharge opening (14), via which the gaseous medium (A) can be discharged, is provided between the treatment space (2) and the tank (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: Roland Laumer, Manfred Schmid, Berthold Burgmeier