Patents by Inventor Swen Spuller

Swen Spuller 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: 20240123665
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to an injection mold (1) comprising a mold insertframe (2) having several openings (3) extending in an axial direction (z). Each opening (3) accommodates a mold insert (4) encompassing a cavity (5), suitable to receive during operation melted plastic to form a plastic part. The several openings (3) with the mold inserts (4) are distributed around a center opening (6) of the mold insert frame (2). A nozzle head (7) is arranged in the center opening (6) of the mold insert frame (2). It comprises a primary melt channel (8), extending in the axial direction (z), and per cavity (5) a secondary melt channel (9) each interconnected at a dorsal end to the primary melt channel (8) and at a distal end to a cavity (5) by a nozzle tip (10) attached to the nozzle head (7). Each mold insert (4) comprises a first cooling channel (11) surrounding the cavity (5) and being in fluid communication with a first cooling circuit (12) across the mold insert frame (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Applicant: OTTO MÄNNER GMBH
    Inventor: Swen SPULLER
  • Publication number: 20230373139
    Abstract: An injection molding device and related method includes a mold plate with at least one pocket having at least one discharge opening to discharge melted plastic from the pocket into at least one mold cavity interconnected to the pocket and a nozzle including a housing, which during operation is interconnected to the pocket. Per discharge opening a needle is arranged displaceable in an axial direction in the housing between a closed position and an open position. In the closed position the needle closes the thereto related discharge opening and is thereby preventing melted plastic from flowing from the pocket into the at least one mold cavity. In the open position, the needle releases the discharge opening such that melted plastic flows from the pocket into the at least one mold cavity. Furthermore, a melt channel is discharging into the pocket to supply melted plastic into the pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2023
    Publication date: November 23, 2023
    Applicant: OTTO MÄNNER GMBH
    Inventor: Swen SPULLER
  • Patent number: 11780132
    Abstract: An injection molding device and related method includes a mold plate with at least one pocket having at least one discharge opening to discharge melted plastic from the pocket into at least one mold cavity interconnected to the pocket and a nozzle including a housing, which during operation is interconnected to the pocket. Per discharge opening a needle is arranged displaceable in an axial direction in the housing between a closed position and an open position. In the closed position the needle closes the thereto related discharge opening and is thereby preventing melted plastic from flowing from the pocket into the at least one mold cavity. In the open position, the needle releases the discharge opening such that melted plastic flows from the pocket into the at least one mold cavity. Furthermore, a melt channel is discharging into the pocket to supply melted plastic into the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: OTTO MÄNNER GMBH
    Inventor: Swen Spuller
  • Patent number: 10814537
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an injection nozzle with a nozzle head including at least one discharge opening for injecting molding material into a mold cavity of a thereto interconnected injection mold and forming therein a molded body. At least one positively controlled closure element movably supported in the nozzle head for closing a communication opening in the connected injection mold. An actuator cylinder comprises a first piston which is interconnected to the closure element. The first piston is arranged movable between a first position, in which the closure element is fully closed, and a second position in which the closure element is fully open. A second piston is interconnected to the closure element, and is arranged movable between a third position in which the second piston is not interconnected to the closure element and a fourth position in which the closure element is limited in an intermediate position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Otto Männer Innovation GmbH
    Inventor: Swen Spuller
  • Patent number: 10800082
    Abstract: An injection nozzle for an injection molding device comprising a nozzle head, an actuator, a drive train connected to the actuator, and at least one closure element. The drive train configured for moving the at least one closure element arranged in the nozzle head in a first direction. The drive train comprising a cam mechanism that comprises a cam head. The cam head comprising a cam head block. Per closure element, the cam head block comprising a bracket. The bracket comprising at least one inlay. Per closure element, the at least one inlay comprising a first drive surface configured for engaging and driving a second drive surface arranged at the closure element at least during closing of the closure element. Per closure element, the cam head block comprising a third drive surface configured f engaging and driving a fourth drive surface arranged at the closure element at least during opening of the closure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: OTTO MÄNNER GMBH
    Inventors: Swen Spuller, Marius Bär
  • Patent number: 10695964
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an injection nozzle for an injection molding device comprising a drive train for at least one closure element arranged movable in a nozzle head in a first direction. The drive train comprises a cam mechanism with a cam head comprising a wedge and at least one side plate. The wedge and the side plate are together arranged moveable in a second direction. Per closure element the wedge comprises at least one first drive surface which interacts with a second drive surface arranged at the closure element at least during closing of the closure element. The at least one side plate comprises a third drive surface which interacts with a fourth drive surface arranged at the closure element at least during opening of the closure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: OTTO MÄNNER INNOVATION GMBH
    Inventors: Swen Spuller, Benedikt Stoll
  • Publication number: 20200114553
    Abstract: An injection molding device and related method includes a mold plate with at least one pocket having at least one discharge opening to discharge melted plastic from the pocket into at least one mold cavity interconnected to the pocket and a nozzle including a housing, which during operation is interconnected to the pocket. Per discharge opening a needle is arranged displaceable in an axial direction in the housing between a closed position and an open position. In the closed position the needle closes the thereto related discharge opening and is thereby preventing melted plastic from flowing from the pocket into the at least one mold cavity. In the open position, the needle releases the discharge opening such that melted plastic flows from the pocket into the at least one mold cavity. Furthermore, a melt channel is discharging into the pocket to supply melted plastic into the pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Applicant: OTTO MÄNNER GMBH
    Inventor: Swen SPULLER
  • Publication number: 20200055221
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an injection nozzle (1) for an injection molding device comprising. At least one closure element (4) is arranged movable in a nozzle head (2) in a first direction (a). A cam mechanism (5) comprises a cam head (6) with a cam head block (7). Per closure element (4) the cam head block (7) comprises a bracket (8). The bracket (8) comprises at least one inlay (9). Per closure element (4) the at least one inlay (9) comprises a first drive surface (10) which interacts with a second drive surface (11) arranged at the closure element (4) at least during closing of the closure element (4). The cam head block (7) per closure element (4) comprises a third drive surface (12) which interacts with a fourth drive surface (13) arranged at the closure element (4) at least during opening of the closure element (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Applicant: OTTO MÄNNER GMBH
    Inventors: Swen SPULLER, Marius Bär
  • Publication number: 20180236531
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an injection nozzle for an injection molding device comprising a drive train for at least one closure element arranged movable in a nozzle head in a first direction. The drive train comprises a cam mechanism with a cam head comprising a wedge and at least one side plate. The wedge and the side plate are together arranged moveable in a second direction. Per closure element the wedge comprises at least one first drive surface which interacts with a second drive surface arranged at the closure element at least during closing of the closure element. The at least one side plate comprises a third drive surface which interacts with a fourth drive surface arranged at the closure element at least during opening of the closure element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Swen Spuller, Benedikt Stoll
  • Publication number: 20180236700
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an injection nozzle with a nozzle head including at least one discharge opening for injecting molding material into a mold cavity of a thereto interconnected injection mold and forming therein a molded body. At least one positively controlled closure element movably supported in the nozzle head for closing a communication opening in the connected injection mold. An actuator cylinder comprises a first piston which is interconnected to the closure element. The first piston is arranged movable between a first position, in which the closure element is fully closed, and a second position in which the closure element is fully open. A second piston is interconnected to the closure element, and is arranged movable between a third position in which the second piston is not interconnected to the closure element and a fourth position in which the closure element is limited in an intermediate position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventor: Swen Spuller
  • Patent number: 9987782
    Abstract: A nozzle heater assembly coupled to a hot runner nozzle includes a heater support made of at least two support segments spaced apart by a gap. A heater element secured to both support segments is configured to limit the gap between the two segments. The nozzle heater assembly to be coupled to a hot runner may also include in other applications a heater support formed of a single piece and configured as a hollow helical tube including at least two axial gaps. A heater element is secured to the helical tube, where the helical tube can be compressed or stretched axially to alter a clamping force generated when the helical tube and the heater are coupled to the hot runner nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: OTTO MÄNNER INNOVATION GMBH
    Inventor: Swen Spuller
  • Publication number: 20170182691
    Abstract: A hot runner injection molding apparatus comprising an injection molding manifold having an inlet melt channel and a plurality of outlet melt channels and a plurality of hot runner nozzles coupled to the outlet melt channels. Each hot runner nozzle includes a nozzle body defining a first nozzle body melt channel having a first axis. A nozzle tip housing is coupled to the nozzle body which includes at least two auxiliary melt channel portions each auxiliary melt channel portion has a second axis which is angled with respect to the first axis. At least two nozzle tips are arranged at the nozzle tip housing and in the area of each nozzle tip a nozzle tip heater is arranged, which is oriented substantially along the first melt channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Inventor: Swen Spuller
  • Patent number: 9649800
    Abstract: A hot runner injection molding apparatus to manufacture molded parts with a manifold having an inlet melt channel and a plurality of outlet melt channels, a plurality of injection molding cavities and a plurality of side gating nozzles coupled to the outlet melt channels and to the injection molding cavities. Each nozzle has a nozzle flange segment including a first melt channel disposed along a first axis and each side gating nozzle further includes a separate and removable nozzle head segment that is coupled to the flange segment via a sliding connector element that provides for an axial movement of the nozzle head segment or of the nozzle flange segment. Each nozzle head segment retains at least two nozzle tips that extend at least partially outside an outer surface of the nozzle head segment and each nozzle tip is surrounded by a nozzle seal element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: OTTO MÄNNER INNOVATION GMBH
    Inventors: Swen Spuller, Marco Herdel
  • Patent number: 9452557
    Abstract: A valve gated hot runner system that includes a single movable plate (or movable frame) that retains multiple valve pins. A linear actuator is coupled to rigid transmission elements that convey a linear motion from the actuator to several rotary components via a direct or indirect contact between at least a portion of the rigid transmission elements and the rotary components. The rigid transmission elements and the rotary components are connected to a common plate. The rotary components are further coupled to the movable plate (frame) and through their full rotation or turning lift or translate the movable plate (frame) with the valve pins to open and close the communication between hot runner nozzles and corresponding mold cavities. The actuator can be electrical, electro-magnetic, pneumatic or hydraulic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Otto Männer Innovation GmbH
    Inventors: Ralph Keitel, Swen Spuller, Gheorghe George Olaru, Marco Herdel, Faimund Friderich
  • Patent number: 9408256
    Abstract: A removable heating device for a hot runner nozzle contains an elongated heating unit which exhibits at least one longitudinal slot which does not extend as far in the longitudinal direction as the length of a substantially cylindrical heating unit and which enables an enlargement of the inner diameter of the heating unit by its open end. The heating device further has a channel disposed in the outer surface of the heating unit in which an electrical heating element is disposed. Furthermore, a heater/thermocouple assembly contains such a heating device and at least one thermocouple for detecting the temperature in the front end region of the hot runner nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Otto Männer Innovation GmbH
    Inventor: Swen Spuller
  • Publication number: 20160096299
    Abstract: A hot runner nozzle assembly includes a nozzle heater, a hot runner nozzle, a nozzle tip, a nozzle tip seal surrounding the nozzle tip and a connecting element positioned to removably couple the tip seal to the nozzle tip and to create a first contact seal between the nozzle tip and the tip seal and a second annular contact seal between the tip seal and a mold component. The nozzle tip is made or shaped via a sintering process from a metal matrix composite (MMC) material having a first coefficient of thermal expansion. The tip seal is made or shaped from a ceramic based powder material, having a second coefficient of thermal expansion that is different from the first coefficient of thermal expansion. In operation this hot runner nozzle assembly provides an improved heat profile and a reduced leakage at the tip area under a wider operating processing window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Inventors: Swen Spuller, Gheorghe George Olaru
  • Publication number: 20160059459
    Abstract: A valve gated hot runner system that includes a single movable plate (or movable frame) that retains multiple valve pins. A linear actuator is coupled to rigid transmission elements that convey a linear motion from the actuator to several rotary components via a direct or indirect contact between at least a portion of the rigid transmission elements and the rotary components. The rigid transmission elements and the rotary components are connected to a common plate. The rotary components are further coupled to the movable plate (frame) and through their full rotation or turning lift or translate the movable plate (frame) with the valve pins to open and close the communication between hot runner nozzles and corresponding mold cavities. The actuator can be electrical, electro-magnetic, pneumatic or hydraulic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Ralph Keitel, Swen Spuller, Gheorghe George Olaru, Marco Herdel, Faimund Friderich
  • Patent number: 9248594
    Abstract: A hot runner injection molding apparatus may comprise a machine injection unit with a machine nozzle, a first machine platen adjacent the machine nozzle, and a hot runner system. The first machine platen may include a multi-segment chamber. The hot runner system may include a movable plate, a manifold, a plurality of hot runner nozzles, and one or more actuators. The movable plate may be located in a first segment of the multi-segment chamber. The manifold and the plurality of hot runner nozzles may be located in a second segment of the multi-segment chamber. The one or more actuators may be located in a third segment of the multi-segment chamber. The movable plate may drive the plurality of valve pins and the manifold. The one or more actuators may drive the movable plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Otto Männer Innovation GmbH
    Inventors: Swen Spuller, Fabian Ehret
  • Publication number: 20150375436
    Abstract: A hot runner injection molding apparatus to manufacture molded parts with a manifold having an inlet melt channel and a plurality of outlet melt channels, a plurality of injection molding cavities and a plurality of side gating nozzles coupled to the outlet melt channels and to the injection molding cavities. Each nozzle has a nozzle flange segment including a first melt channel disposed along a first axis and each side gating nozzle further includes a separate and removable nozzle head segment that is coupled to the flange segment via a sliding connector element that provides for an axial movement of the nozzle head segment or of the nozzle flange segment. Each nozzle head segment retains at least two nozzle tips that extend at least partially outside an outer surface of the nozzle head segment and each nozzle tip is surrounded by a nozzle seal element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Swen Spuller, Marco Herdel
  • Patent number: 9162384
    Abstract: A hot runner nozzle assembly includes a nozzle heater, a hot runner nozzle, a nozzle tip, a nozzle tip seal surrounding the nozzle tip and a connecting element positioned to removably couple the tip seal to the nozzle tip and to create a first contact seal between the nozzle tip and the tip seal and a second annular contact seal between the tip seal and a mold component. The nozzle tip is made or shaped via a sintering process from a metal matrix composite (MMC) material having a first coefficient of thermal expansion. The tip seal is made or shaped from a ceramic based powder material, having a second coefficient of thermal expansion that is different from the first coefficient of thermal expansion. In operation this hot runner nozzle assembly provides an improved heat profile and a reduced leakage at the tip area under a wider operating processing window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Otto Männer Innovation GmbH
    Inventors: Swen Spuller, Gheorghe George Olaru