Patents by Inventor Thomas Deichler

Thomas Deichler 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: 20200230853
    Abstract: A method may include coating an electronic module in a tool, where the electronic module has a first sub-module and a second sub-module, where the tool has a first tool part and a second tool part, where the tool has a cavity at least partially formed between the first tool part and the second tool part, and where the first sub-module and the second sub-module are supported on the tool and held in the cavity at a spatially defined distance relative to one another in a contactless manner during the coating process. A tool for performing such method may include a first tool part and a second tool part that form a cavity, where the first tool part has a first molding surface section and at least one first supporting section that extends over the first molding surface section and the second tool part has a second molding surface section and at least one second supporting section that extends over the second molding surface section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Marco Knier, Thomas Deichler, Christoph Schikora
  • Patent number: 8333128
    Abstract: An electronic selector lever module for generating gear shifting signals for an automatic transmission of a vehicle. The swivel motion of the gear selector lever, within a main shifting path, is transformed into rotational motion for an angle sensor. The sensor is positioned on a printed circuit board and is actuated by a rotor. To guide the rotor relative to the angle sensor, the rotor either surrounds a rounded part of the printed circuit board or surrounds a rotor guidance which is mounted on the printed circuit board. The mechanical linking point is a short sleeve at a slider, which both belong to the rotor, needed for the shifting path motion, and which also drive the tilting lever for the transverse motion. The slider can be moved, relative to the rotor, along rails, either radially and directly at the rotor, or tangentially to the pivot point of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Thomas Schober, Thomas Deichler, Hans-Ludwig Gotz
  • Patent number: 8289718
    Abstract: A connector for electrical and mechanical interconnection of first and second mechanically adjacent modules with one another. The first module includes a first electrical connector and an alignment pin and the second module includes a printed circuit board floatingly and displacably mounted on the second module with at least one alignment hole aligned for alignment with the alignment pin of the first module and a second electrical connector aligned for engagement with a corresponding first electrical connector of the first module. During assembly, the alignment pin of the first module engages the alignment hole of the second module and displaces the printed circuit board to align the second electrical connector with the first electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Thomas Schober, Werner Beck, Thomas Deichler
  • Publication number: 20120106096
    Abstract: A connector for electrical and mechanical interconnection of first and second mechanically adjacent modules with one another. The first module includes a first electrical connector and an alignment pin and the second module includes a printed circuit board floatingly and displacably mounted on the second module with at least one alignment hole aligned for alignment with the alignment pin of the first module and a second electrical connector aligned for engagement with a corresponding first electrical connector of the first module. During assembly, the alignment pin of the first module engages the alignment hole of the second module and displaces the printed circuit board to align the second electrical connector with the first electrical connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Thomas SCHOBER, Werner BECK, Thomas DEICHLER
  • Publication number: 20100175494
    Abstract: An electronic selector lever module for generating gear shifting signals for an automatic transmission of a vehicle. The swivel motion of the gear selector lever, within a main shifting path, is transformed into rotational motion for an angle sensor. The sensor is positioned on a printed circuit board and is actuated by a rotor. To guide the rotor relative to the angle sensor, the rotor either surrounds a rounded part of the printed circuit board or surrounds a rotor guidance which is mounted on the printed circuit board. The mechanical linking point is a short sleeve at a slider, which both belong to the rotor, needed for the shifting path motion, and which also drive the tilting lever for the transverse motion. The slider can be moved, relative to the rotor, along rails, either radially and directly at the rotor, or tangentially to the pivot point of the rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Thomas Schober, Thomas Deichler, Hans-Ludwig Gotz