Patents by Inventor Thomas A. Fritz

Thomas A. Fritz 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: 20210163659
    Abstract: Disclosed are polyurethane encapsulating compounds for embedding hollow fibers of filter elements, obtainable by mixing a polyol component (A) and an isocyanate component (B), including at least one aromatic isocyanate, to give a reaction mixture and reacting the mixture to completion to give the polyurethane encapsulating compound. The polyol component (A) includes at least one fatty-acid-based polyol (a1) having a hydroxyl number of greater than 50 to less than 500 mg KOH/g and a functionality of from 2-6, and at least one bismuth catalyst (a2), obtainable by mixing a bismuth carboxylate (a2-1) with an amine compound (a2-11) having at least one tertiary nitrogen atom and at least one isocyanate-reactive hydrogen atom. The molar ratio of bismuth to amine compound (a2-11) is 1:0.5-1:50. Also disclosed are methods for producing filter elements using the polyurethane encapsulating compounds and to uses of the polyurethane encapsulating compounds for the embedding of hollow fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Inventors: Patrick Bolze, Andre Kamm, Thomas Mathieu, Ralf Fritz, Gunther Lukat
  • Publication number: 20210122148
    Abstract: A synthetic board stock for packaging food product is described, as well as a process for producing the synthetic board stock. The synthetic board stock has multiple layers with chosen properties. The board stock has a density less than 1.0 g/cm3 in order to meet the post-consumer waste stream recycling requirements for polypropylene, polyethylene and other polyolefin polymers. A process for making the synthetic board stock is also described, wherein the process eliminates a step from the prior related to dual print passes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Applicant: PROFOL AMERICAS, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Mark VanSUMEREN, Justin Young, Thomas Fritz
  • Patent number: 10988377
    Abstract: A method for producing a micromechanical pressure sensor. The method includes: providing a MEMS wafer having a silicon substrate and a first cavity developed therein underneath a sensor diaphragm; providing a second wafer; bonding the MEMS wafer to the second wafer; and exposing a sensor core from the rear side; a second cavity being formed in the process between the sensor core and the surface of the silicon substrate, and the second cavity being developed with the aid of an etching process which is carried out using etching parameters that are modified in a defined manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Arne Dannenberg, Torsten Kramer, Joachim Fritz, Thomas Friedrich
  • Publication number: 20210009300
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for labeling an item in a conveyor line are disclosed. An example labeling station comprises a labeling member with a label holder configured to hold a label to be affixed to the item. The labeling member is configured to move at least the label holder at a matching speed of the conveyor in a matching direction and to affix the label to the item. An example labeling method includes obtaining a multi-dimensional representation of the item, determining a label target position in the representation, and controlling a labeling station to affix the label at the label target position on the item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Wieland Wegge, Thomas Fritz Heinz Heydolph
  • Publication number: 20200254325
    Abstract: Techniques for providing acoustic feedback are disclosed. Several audio clips (21-23) have a synchronized beat. A sensor signal (16) received from a sensor has a sensor signal range divided by first and second thresholds (11, 12) into at least three sensor signal sub-ranges (13-15). An audio signal is output in response to the received sensor signal (16), the output audio signal comprising one or more of the audio clips. If the received sensor signal (16) exceeds the first threshold (11), at least one (21) of the one or more audio clips is discontinued and/or at least one additional audio clip (22) of the audio clips is initiated in synchronization with the one or more audio clips (21). If the received sensor signal (16) falls below the second threshold (12), at least one (21) of the one or more audio clips is discontinued and/or at least one additional audio clip (23) of the audio clips is initiated in synchronization with the one or more audio clips (21).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas FRITZ, Eric BUSCH, Silvio BORCHARDT, Dirk GUMMEL
  • Patent number: 10741885
    Abstract: A method for autonomously interconnecting at least two battery banks in a drive system of a motor vehicle, the drive system comprising at least one electric motor, at least two battery banks, at least one traction system which can be supplied with power by at least one battery bank, and at least one DC/DC converter which can be connected to at least one battery bank. The battery banks can be interconnected with one another in series and/or in parallel and at least one battery bank can be bridged, wherein, during autonomous operation of the motor vehicle, respective interconnection of the at least two battery banks is automatically carried out within the drive system, depending on a respective operating state of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marcus Zacher, Marc Patt, Thomas Fritz
  • Patent number: 10668823
    Abstract: A driver assistance system may be a vehicle control system configured to perform a driver assistance operation, such as implementing cruise control or performing an automated driving control operation. The control system may be configured to perform a driver assistance operation which includes at least one step which conserves energy stored in at least one battery. The control system may conserve energy by controlling a speed or following distance of a vehicle based on road parameter, such as an uphill grade or downhill grade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Herb, Thomas Fritz
  • Publication number: 20200161717
    Abstract: A safety apparatus (20) for a battery (80) has a base (22) for a vehicle (10), sensors (31, 32, 33, 34) and an evaluation apparatus (40). Each sensor (31, 32, 33, 34) is designed to generate a sensor signal (35) on a basis of a deformation of the base (22) and to supply the sensor signal to the evaluation apparatus (40). The evaluation apparatus (40) ascertains from the sensor signals (35) both first information about the location of the deformation of the base (22) and second information about the level of the deformation, and uses the first information and the second information as a basis for determining whether a first state (Z1) is present, in which a driving mode can be maintained, or whether a second state (Z2) is present, in which a driving mode can no longer be maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Fritz, Armin Steck, Marcus Zacher, Dominik Lembke, Ralf Keller, Maximilian Mueller, Marc Patt, Markus Graef, Philipp Straub
  • Patent number: 10611408
    Abstract: A vehicle body for an electrically driven vehicle, having a vehicle frame for transmitting mechanical forces during the operation of the vehicle. The vehicle frame has a battery portion for receiving at least two battery modules, and the battery portion has at least one fastening interface for fastening the at least two battery modules in the received position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Fritz, Arik Rathner, Otmar Bitsche
  • Publication number: 20190366147
    Abstract: A training apparatus includes an elastic band; a device for continuously determining an actual configuration of the training apparatus during exercise, e.g. a stretch of the elastic band or a 2D or 3D position of said device; and for generating a control signal for an audio device, the control signal being at least partially based on the actual configuration of the training apparatus; and for outputting the control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FĂ–RDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Fritz, John Dylan Haynes, Carlo Crovato
  • Patent number: 10384114
    Abstract: A training apparatus includes adjustable resistance means; means for continuously determining an actual configuration of the training apparatus during exercise; means for generating a control signal for an audio device, the control signal being at least partially based on the actual configuration of the training apparatus; and means for outputting the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Fritz, John Dylan Haynes, Carlo Crovato
  • Publication number: 20190106011
    Abstract: A method for autonomously interconnecting at least two battery banks in a drive system of a motor vehicle, the drive system comprising at least one electric motor, at least two battery banks, at least one traction system which can be supplied with power by at least one battery bank, and at least one DC/DC converter which can be connected to at least one battery bank. The battery banks can be interconnected with one another in series and/or in parallel and at least one battery bank can be bridged, wherein, during autonomous operation of the motor vehicle, respective interconnection of the at least two battery banks is automatically carried out within the drive system, depending on a respective operating state of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marcus Zacher, Marc Patt, Thomas Fritz
  • Patent number: 10166883
    Abstract: An underbody of an electrically driven motor vehicle, with a vehicle supporting structure, which is bounded laterally in a transverse direction of the vehicle by two vehicle sills between which a multiplicity of battery modules is arranged, which battery modules are assigned a battery supporting structure and at least one battery temperature control device, and with supply and removal devices for a temperature control medium. The supply and removal devices for the temperature control medium are arranged in the region of the vehicle sills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Felix Brendecke, Armin Steck, Alexander Klausmann, Harald Raiser, Maik-Uwe Zillich, Juergen Hofmann, Thomas Fritz, Matthias Herntier, Nicolas Schneider
  • Publication number: 20180154940
    Abstract: A vehicle body for an electrically driven vehicle, having a vehicle frame for transmitting mechanical forces during the operation of the vehicle. The vehicle frame has a battery portion for receiving at least two battery modules, and the battery portion has at least one fastening interface for fastening the at least two battery modules in the received position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Fritz, Arik RATHNER, Otmar BITSCHE
  • Publication number: 20180043793
    Abstract: A driver assistance system may be a vehicle control system configured to perform a driver assistance operation, such as implementing cruise control or performing an automated driving control operation. The control system may be configured to perform a driver assistance operation which includes at least one step which conserves energy stored in at least one battery. The control system may conserve energy by controlling a speed or following distance of a vehicle based on road parameter, such as an uphill grade or downhill grade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: NextEV USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Herb, Thomas Fritz
  • Patent number: 9884544
    Abstract: An underbody unit (10) for reinforcing a motor vehicle body of a motor vehicle has a floor body (12) that is connectable to the motor vehicle body for dissipating loads of the motor vehicle body. The floor body (12) has an upper side (32) for supporting battery cell units (18) of a traction battery for driving the motor vehicle purely electrically and at least one cooling channel (26) for cooling the upper side (32). The floor body (12) and the underbody unit (10) form a supporting plate of a battery housing and can: support the battery cells (18) of the traction battery, form an armor plating to protect the battery cells (18) and define a heat exchanger that can actively and/or passively cool the battery cells (18) with the aid of the cooling channel (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. H.c.f. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dennis Berger, Thomas Fritz
  • Patent number: 9748538
    Abstract: A motor vehicle battery has a plurality of battery modules (12). Each battery module (12) is fastened to housing walls (15) of a battery housing (11). The battery housing (11) has at least two housing modules (17, 18) positioned above one another and formed with housing module walls (19, 20). At least some of the mutually adjoining housing module walls (19, 20) interengage in the manner of toothing to form the housing walls (15, 16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignees: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft, Robert Bosch GmbH, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas Fritz, Alexander Klausmann, Klaus Wipfler, Claus Gerald Pflueger, Roland Wiest
  • Patent number: 9580066
    Abstract: A system for controlling a mode of operation of a vehicle having a rechargeable energy storage system (RESS), an engine, and a drive motor coupled to the RESS and the engine, the drive motor selectively powered by at least one of the RESS and the engine includes a controller operable to adjust the vehicle to operate in a plurality of operating modes including a first mode in which the drive motor is powered by the RESS, a second mode in which the drive motor is powered more by the engine than the RESS. When the second mode of operation is selected, controller is configured to operate the engine as necessary to maintain the RESS at or above a predetermined state of charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Karma Automotive LLC
    Inventors: Henrik Fisker, Thomas Fritz, Paul E. Boskovitch, Kevin Walsh
  • Publication number: 20170021740
    Abstract: An underbody of an electrically driven motor vehicle, with a vehicle supporting structure, which is bounded laterally in a transverse direction of the vehicle by two vehicle sills between which a multiplicity of battery modules is arranged, which battery modules are assigned a battery supporting structure and at least one battery temperature control device, and with supply and removal devices for a temperature control medium. The supply and removal devices for the temperature control medium are arranged in the region of the vehicle sills.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Felix Brendecke, Armin Steck, Alexander Klausmann, Harald Raiser, Maik-Uwe Zillich, Juergen Hofmann, Thomas Fritz, Matthias Herntier, Nicolas Schneider
  • Patent number: 9461285
    Abstract: A motor vehicle battery having at least one battery module (11, 12) with battery cells (13, 14) positioned one behind the other and bounded by first walls (15) at opposite ends of the battery module (11, 12) and by second walls (16) at opposite longitudinal sides of the battery module (11, 12). Bottom ends of the battery cells (13, 14) bearing against a cooling plate (18). The battery cells (13, 14) of the battery module (11, 12) are pressed together between the first walls (15). A dummy cell (22) is positioned between two adjacent battery cells (13, 14) of the battery module (11, 12). A clamping bolt (23) extends through the dummy cell and presses the battery cells (13, 14) of the battery module (11, 12) against the cooling plate (18) in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignees: Robert Bosch GmbH, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alexander Klausmann, Thomas Fritz, Carsten Mueller