Patents by Inventor Thomas Bathelt

Thomas Bathelt 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: 20210170425
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a lubricant throughflow of a centrifuge is monitored involves rotating the drive shaft with the motor and simultaneously operating the lubricant supply to generate a lubricant throughflow through the bearing arrangement and monitoring a temperature of the lubricant throughflow through the bearing arrangement at at least one measurement point at or in the device for supplying lubricant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Applicant: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas BATHELT, Wilfried MACKEL
  • Patent number: 10799886
    Abstract: A method for thermally disinfecting a centrifuge to reduce the quantity of germs therein, the centrifuge having a rotatable drum and being used for centrifugally processing a product, involves reducing the quantity of germs using vapor that is not pressurized or which is at atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: GEA MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Bathelt, Dirk Esseling
  • Patent number: 10780445
    Abstract: A separator for centrifugally processing a flowable product includes a rotatable drum bounding a centrifuging chamber. The drum has a feeding and removal system having at least one feeding device and one or more removal devices composed of plastic or a plastic composite. An inner drum, composed of plastic or a plastic composite, is arranged in an outer supporting device of the drum. The feeding device and the one or more removal devices extend into the inner drum, do not rotate with the inner drum during operation, and are glued and/or welded to each other in such a way that the feeding device and the one or more removal devices are sealingly connected. The feeding and removal system has one or more grippers as the removal device, each of which one or two or more grippers has a disk segment and a shaft segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: GEA MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT GmbH
    Inventors: Wilfried Mackel, Thomas Bathelt, Kathrin Quiter, Frank Taetz
  • Publication number: 20200190450
    Abstract: A separator having a vertical rotation axis includes a rotatably mounted drum having a drum interior for centrifugal processing of a liquid. The separator also includes a gas supply line for introducing gas into the liquid, which opens into the drum interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel BUSSMANN, Thomas BATHELT, Wolf-Dietrich HERBERG, Tim HUNDERTMARK, Björn STRÖFER
  • Patent number: 10639650
    Abstract: A method for monitoring, controlling, and/or regulating the operation of a centrifuge, in particular a separator, during the centrifugal processing of a product, in particular when clarifying a product and/or when separating a product into different liquid phases. The centrifuge has a drum which can be rotated by a drive spindle, a drum mounting, and a drive motor. Force measurements are performed using one or more force sensors and analyzed, and an output is provided in the event of a deviation from a specified behavior and/or the analyses are used for or during the control and/or regulation of the operation of the centrifuge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GEA MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT GmbH
    Inventors: Wilfried Mackel, Kathrin Quiter, Thomas Bathelt
  • Publication number: 20190143343
    Abstract: A method for thermally disinfecting a centrifuge to reduce the quantity of germs therein, the centrifuge having a rotatable drum and being used for centrifugally processing a product, involves reducing the quantity of germs using vapor that is not pressurized or which is at atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: GEA MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas BATHELT, Dirk ESSELING
  • Patent number: 10155231
    Abstract: A separator drum having a vertical rotation axis and an inflow line for a material which is to be processed by centrifuging is driven by a drive apparatus via a drive spindle. The drive spindle is rotated by a motor designed as a direct drive and having a stator and a rotor. The drive apparatus is arranged in a drive housing having a motor housing section designed as an explosion-protected structure that is encapsulated in a pressure-resistant manner and in which the motor is accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Strauch, Thomas Bathelt, Andreas Bolte
  • Patent number: 10105717
    Abstract: A separator arrangement includes a drum with a vertical axis and which is rotatably mounted in a hooded area and placed on a rotatable drive spindle. The arrangement also includes a sealed drive area containing one or more or all of the components of a separator drive, and a pump that generates negative pressure in the sealed drive area relative to the surroundings outside of the drive area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Wilfried Mackel, Thomas Bathelt, Andreas Penkl, Dieter Strauch
  • Publication number: 20180290152
    Abstract: A separator for the centrifugal processing of a free-flowing product includes a rotatable drum with a vertical rotation axis. The rotatable drum has a centrifuging chamber and a maximum radial diameter. An annular cover is placed onto an upper end of the drum and is configured as a part that does not rotate with the drum during operation. At least one sealing arrangement with two sealing rings is arranged between the drum and the annular cover. A leakage chamber having an outlet is formed between the two sealing rings of the at least one sealing arrangement. A splash ring, which is fastened to the drum for rotation therewith, is arranged in the leakage chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Wilfried MACKEL, Thomas BATHELT, Kathrin QUITER, Frank TAETZ, Kai HELMRICH
  • Publication number: 20180147581
    Abstract: A separator for centrifugally processing a flowable product includes a rotating system with at least one rotatable drum delimiting a centrifugal chamber and at least one drive spindle for rotating or driving the drum. At least one non-rotating housing surrounds the drum. A mounting device for mounting the drive spindle in a mounting receiving housing is arranged or formed on the housing. A support arrangement is configured between the outer circumference of the bearing device and the inner circumference of the bearing receiving housing. The support arrangement is designed to provide on the whole an elastic radial support of the bearing device on the bearing receiving housing, and thus on the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: GEA MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT GMBH
    Inventors: Kathrin QUITER, Wilfried MACKEL, Thomas BATHELT, Frank TAETZ
  • Publication number: 20180001330
    Abstract: A separator for the centrifugal processing of a flowable product includes a rotatable drum with a vertical rotational axis. The drum delimits a centrifuge chamber and has an arrangement for clarifying the product to be processed in the centrifugal field. The drum consists preferably entirely or partly of plastic or a plastic composite material. A supply system and a discharge system for the drum are formed on or in the drum. A housing in which the drum is arranged and which has a base part, includes a housing casing connected to the base part, and preferably a cover. The housing has at least one first opening configured as a supply opening and/or a discharge opening for a liquid such that the interior of the housing can be easily cleaned and/or disinfected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Wilfried MACKEL, Thomas BATHELT, Kathrin QUITER, Frank TAETZ
  • Patent number: 9844786
    Abstract: A centrifuge, in particular a separator, includes a rotatable centrifuge drum with a vertical axis of rotation and a non-rotatable fixed housing with a hood and preferably a solids collector. In the centrifuge, the housing, in particular the fixed hood and/or at least one other part of the housing, have at least one first inner wall and a first outer wall which delimit a first cavity. The cavity is at least partly filled with damping/insulation agents that are solid at a process or ambient temperature. A coolant that has a fluid form at a process and/or ambient temperature can be introduced into the first cavity filled with the solid damping/insulation agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Wilfried Mackel, Andreas Penkl, Thomas Bathelt, Reinhard Moss
  • Publication number: 20170333915
    Abstract: A separator for centrifugally processing a flowable product includes a rotatable drum bounding a centrifuging chamber. The drum has a feeding and removal system having at least one feeding device and one or more removal devices composed of plastic or a plastic composite. An inner drum, composed of plastic or a plastic composite, is arranged in an outer supporting device of the drum. The feeding device and the one or more removal devices extend into the inner drum, do not rotate with the inner drum during operation, and are glued and/or welded to each other in such a way that the feeding device and the one or more removal devices are sealingly connected. The feeding and removal system has one or more grippers as the removal device, each of which one or two or more grippers has a disk segment and a shaft segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Wilfried MACKEL, Thomas BATHELT, Kathrin QUITER, Frank TAETZ
  • Publication number: 20170312763
    Abstract: A method for monitoring, controlling, and/or regulating the operation of a centrifuge, in particular a separator, during the centrifugal processing of a product, in particular when clarifying a product and/or when separating a product into different liquid phases. The centrifuge has a drum which can be rotated by a drive spindle, a drum mounting, and a drive motor. Force measurements are performed using one or more force sensors and analyzed, and an output is provided in the event of a deviation from a specified behavior and/or the analyses are used for or during the control and/or regulation of the operation of the centrifuge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Wilfried MACKEL, Kathrin QUITER, Thomas BATHELT
  • Publication number: 20170189915
    Abstract: A separator for the treatment of a flowable product by centrifugation has a rotatable drum delimiting a centrifuging space. The separator also includes, arranged in the drum, an agent for clarification of a product to be treated in the centrifugal field. The drum includes an outer support and an inner drum arranged in the outer support, and in the agent for the clarification of the product to be processed in the centrifugal field is arranged in the inner drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Wilfried MACKEL, Andreas PENKL, Thomas BATHELT, Kathrin QUITER, Marie-Theres SEDLER
  • Patent number: 9687858
    Abstract: A separator disk package for a rotatable drum of a centrifuge for processing of a fluid product in continuous operation is disclosed. The separator disk package includes axially stacked conical separator disks, where, between adjacent separator disks, disk gaps are respectively formed. On one or more of the axially adjacent separator disks are one or more labyrinth-like flow channels, in which, during operation, a direction of flow of a through-flowing product, which is to be clarified of solids, changes on two or more occasions through respectively at least 120°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Kathrin Quiter, Julian Koenig, Thomas Bathelt
  • Patent number: 9522349
    Abstract: A method for processing a product is disclosed. The method includes providing a separator having a rotatable centrifugal drum and a plate assembly arranged in the drum. The product is supplied into the drum. One or more of a solids phase and at least two liquid phases are separated from the product. One or more of the at least two liquid phases and the solids phase is discharged out of the drum. The supplying of the product occurs in one of a continuous and a discontinuous cyclic volume stream performed at a constant cyclic frequency where the constant cyclic frequency has a period duration which is dependent on one or more of the parameters of an inner and outer radius of a plate, an inflow stream in an intermediate space between the plate and an adjacent plate, a plate angle, and a distance of the plate to the adjacent plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Julian Konig, Bernd Terwey, Wilfried Mackel, Andreas Penkl, Thomas Bathelt, Kathrin Quiter
  • Publication number: 20160184836
    Abstract: A separator for the centrifugal separation of a flowable product into various phases or for the centrifugal clarification of a product includes a rotatable drum having a drum lower section and a drum upper section, a product clarifying arrangement arranged in the drum for clarifying a product to be treated in the centrifugal field. One or more, of all of the following elements are made from plastic or a plastic composite, the drum lower section, the drum upper section, the clarifying arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Wilfried MACKEL, Thomas BATHELT, Kathrin QUITER, Angelika VOLTMANN, Thomas HOMANN, Ulrich MEIER
  • Publication number: 20160030953
    Abstract: Disclosed is a centrifuge including a rotatable centrifugal drum and a drive spindle to drive the centrifugal drum. The drive spindle is rotatably mounted via a bearing in a housing supported elastically on a machine framework. Further included is a drive device including a drive motor to rotate the drive spindle and a lubricant system to lubricate the bearing. The lubricant system is configured to deliver lubricant from a lubricant supply tank through a lubricant channel into a region of the bearing. An injection device is arranged downstream of the lubricant-supply tank and is configured to deliver the lubricant into the region of the bearing by dispensing quantities of lubricant in temporally discrete pulses with a limited-time air stream. A method is disclosed of directing lubricant into a region of a bearing of the centrifuge as noted above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Applicant: GEA MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT GMBH
    Inventors: Wilfried MACKEL, Marie-Theres SEDLER, Thomas BATHELT, Thomas KLEIMANN, Andreas PENKL, Bernd TERWEY
  • Publication number: 20160001302
    Abstract: A separator disk package for a rotatable drum of a centrifuge for processing of a fluid product in continuous operation is disclosed. The separator disk package includes axially stacked conical separator disks, where, between adjacent separator disks, disk gaps are respectively formed. On one or more of the axially adjacent separator disks are one or more labyrinth-like flow channels, in which, during operation, a direction of flow of a through-flowing product, which is to be clarified of solids, changes on two or more occasions through respectively at least 120°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Applicant: GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Kathrin QUITER, Julian KÖNIG, Thomas BATHELT