Patents by Inventor Steffen Sotzny

Steffen Sotzny 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: 20200246814
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns an applicator (e.g. print head) for applying a coating agent (e.g. paint) to a component (e.g. motor vehicle body component), having a nozzle chamber with a plurality of nozzles for dispensing the coating agent in the form of continuous jets or droplets, the coating agent flowing during operation through the nozzle chamber to the nozzles so that the nozzle chamber is filled with the coating agent during operation. The print head further comprises a plurality of slidable valve needles associated with the individual nozzles and selectively opening or closing the respective nozzle depending on the position of the valve needles. Furthermore, the print head according to the disclosure contains an actuator chamber for receiving actuators for displacing the valve needles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Mortiz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny, Daniel Tandler, Tobias Berndt
  • Publication number: 20200246813
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an applicator, in particular a printhead, for applying a coating agent, in particular a paint, to a component, in particular a motor vehicle body component or an add-on part for a motor vehicle body component, having at least one nozzle row with a plurality of nozzles for dispensing the coating agent in the form of a coating agent jet, the nozzles are arranged one behind the other in a nozzle plane along the nozzle row at a specific nozzle spacing, and having a plurality of actuators for controlling the release of coating agent through the individual nozzles, the actuators each having an outer dimension along the nozzle row. The disclosure provides that the nozzle distance between the adjacent nozzles of the nozzle row is smaller than the outer dimension of the individual actuators along the nozzle row.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Mortiz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny, Daniel Tandler, Tobias Berndt
  • Publication number: 20200094282
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a coating method and a corresponding coating device for coating components with a nozzle applicator with several nozzles, in particular for painting motor vehicle body components. The disclosure provides that the nozzle applicator is flexibly controlled during the coating method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20200078813
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a coating device for coating components with a coating agent, in particular for painting motor vehicle body components, with a printhead, a multi-axis coating robot and with a robot control which controls the coating robot. The disclosure additionally provides for a separate printhead control which controls the printhead valve of the printhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20200078814
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a painting installation for painting components with a paint, in particular for painting motor vehicle body components, with a paint booth and an application device, in particular a print head, arranged in the paint booth, for applying the paint to the component located inside the paint booth, the application device operating essentially without overspray, so that the paint applied by the application device essentially completely on the component to be coated without overspray deposits. The disclosure provides that no paint separation is arranged below the first paint booth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Patent number: 10562047
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a coating agent valve for controlling a stream of a coating agent in an application device, in particular in an atomiser, having a movable valve element (2) which controls the stream of coating agent dependent on its position. The disclosure provides for the valve element (2) to be rotatable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: DÜRR SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Jens Eichhorn, Steffen Sotzny
  • Patent number: 10493635
    Abstract: A robot assembly having an exchangeable application device is provided. The application device is connected and exchangeable via an intermediate flange, with the respective construction lengths of the application device and the intermediate flange being matched to each other as a pair such that an exchange of the application device together with the associated and individually matched intermediate flange maintains the tool center point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: DÜRR SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Steffen Sotzny, Alexander Schulz, Mario Heunsch
  • Publication number: 20190337005
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a printhead for applying a coating agent to a component, in particular for applying a paint to a motor vehicle body component, having at least one outlet opening for dispensing the coating agent, a coating agent supply for supplying the coating agent to the outlet opening, a movable valve element, the valve element in the closed position closes the outlet opening, whereas the valve element in the open position opens the outlet opening, and with a valve actuator for moving the valve element between the opening position and the closed position. The disclosure additionally provides for a flexible membrane which separates the valve actuator from the coating agent supply, the actuator side of the membrane facing the valve actuator and the coating agent side of the membrane being exposed to the coating agent in the coating agent supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190337006
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a coating device and a corresponding coating process for coating components, in particular motor vehicle body components, with a coating agent (e.g. paint), with a coating robot with a first printhead which is mounted on the coating robot. The disclosure provides that the first printhead is exchangeably mounted on the coating robot and can be exchanged for a second printhead during a color change. Another variant of the disclosure, on the other hand, provides for a second printhead to be mounted on the coating robot in addition to the first printhead, the two printheads each applying a specific coating agent in order to enable a color change without changing the printhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190337311
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an application device for the application of an application medium onto a component, preferably for application of a paint onto a motor vehicle body component, comprising: at least one print head for application of the application medium preferably in series and for mounting on an application robot, and at least two nozzle rows which can be moved by the application robot, wherein the at least two nozzle rows comprise a first nozzle row with several nozzles for the output of application medium jets and at least one further nozzle row with several nozzles for the output of application medium jets. The application device is characterised in particular in that at least one nozzle row of the at least two nozzle rows is movable for the purpose of position adjustment of the nozzles of the first nozzle row and the nozzles of the at least one further nozzle row.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190336990
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a print head for applying a coating agent to a component, in particular for applying a paint to a motor vehicle body component, having a nozzle plate, a nozzle in the nozzle plate for dispensing the coating agent, and a valve element movable relative to the nozzle plate for controlling the release of coating agent through the nozzle, the movable valve element closing the nozzle in a closed position, whereas the movable valve element releases the nozzle in an opened position, and having a seal for sealing the nozzle with respect to the movable valve element in the closed position of the valve element. The disclosure provides that the seal is not designed as an elastomer insert on the valve element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190337001
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a coating device for coating components with a coating agent, in particular for painting motor vehicle body components with a paint, with a printhead for applying the coating agent to the component, and with a coating agent supply for supplying the printhead with the coating agent to be applied, wherein the coating agent flows from the coating agent supply to the printhead at a specific coating agent pressure and a specific flow rate. The disclosure provides that the coating supply will control the coating agent pressure and/or the flow rate of the coating agent. Furthermore, the disclosure includes an associated operating method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190314847
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an application device for applying an application medium onto a component, preferably for application of a coating onto a motor vehicle body component. The application device includes a print head for preferably serial and/or permanent application of the application medium, wherein the print head has: a nozzle plate, at least one nozzle in the nozzle plate in order to discharge the application medium, at least one valve element, which is movable relative to the nozzle plate, for control of the application medium discharge through the at least one nozzle, wherein the at least one movable valve element closes the at least one nozzle in a closing position and releases it in an opening position, and at least one drive for moving the at least one valve element. The application device is characterised in particular in that it includes at least one temperature control apparatus for reducing heating of the at least one drive during application of the application medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190308212
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a printhead for the application of a coating agent to a component, in particular for painting a vehicle body component with a paint. The disclosure provides that the printhead is designed in such a way that it enables a color change during coating operation and can be rinsed with a rinsing agent during a color change in order to rinse out coating agent residues from the printhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190308211
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a coating installation for coating components with a coating agent, in particular for painting motor vehicle body components, with a nozzle applicator, in particular a print head, with at least one nozzle for delivering a coating agent jet of the coating agent onto the component to be coated. The disclosure provides a device for preventing and/or detecting clogging of the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20190299231
    Abstract: An application device for the application in series of a paint or other coating compositions to motor vehicle bodies or add-on parts thereof has a nozzle print head which contains a plurality of nozzles arranged, for example, in one or more rows, which apply the coating composition to the surface to be coated as continuous jets or individual drops. The nozzle print head is arranged on a multi-axis coating robot. In contrast to application devices of this type known hitherto, the coating composition consists of at least two components which are to be mixed together, such as, for example, 2K paint, which are fed to the nozzle print head via separate supply lines for jointly supplying the nozzles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Publication number: 20180185858
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a coating agent valve for controlling a stream of a coating agent in an application device, in particular in an atomiser, having a movable valve element (2) which controls the stream of coating agent dependent on its position. The disclosure provides for the valve element (2) to be rotatable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Jens EICHHORN, Steffen SOTZNY
  • Publication number: 20170217024
    Abstract: A robot assembly having an exchangeable application device is provided. The application device is connected and exchangeable via an intermediate flange, with the respective construction lengths of the application device and the intermediate flange being matched to each other as a pair such that an exchange of the application device together with the associated and individually matched intermediate flange maintains the tool center point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Steffen Sotzny, Alexander Schulz, Mario Heunsch
  • Patent number: 9140247
    Abstract: Exemplary illustrations directed to a rotary piston pump, e.g., for metering a coating agent in a coating installation, as well as exemplary methods of using the same, are disclosed. An exemplary piston pump may comprise a plurality of pump units, each having one cylinder and one rotary piston which carries out a wobbling or tumbling movement in the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Rainer Melcher, Manfred Michelfelder, Steffen Sotzny
  • Patent number: D842061
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Dürr Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Steffen Sotzny