Patents by Inventor Thomas Friedrich

Thomas Friedrich 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).

  • Patent number: 10789927
    Abstract: The invention relates to a structure-borne sound actuator for a motor vehicle, which comprises an electro-dynamic excitation unit, and the excitation unit is formed with an excitation side configured to excite an acoustic body, wherein an acoustically rigid intermediate element is secured to the excitation side and the intermediate element has a coupling side, which faces away from the excitation side, and is configured for coupling to the acoustic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Dimitrios Patsouras, Robert Joest, Johannes Kerkmann, Jens Friedrich, Roland Bock, Thomas Gallner
  • Publication number: 20200292127
    Abstract: A support system is disclosed that includes a holding structure, a clamp assembly, and a device coupled to the frame of the clamp assembly. The holding structure includes a top portion, a base portion and an intermediate rod portion. The clamp assembly clamps to the intermediate rod portion of the holding structure. The clamp assembly includes a frame, a latch, one or more gear plates, one or more handles, and one or more bias members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Janway, Larry B. Gray, Matthew Richard Gill, Richard J. Lanigan, Thomas A. Friedrich, Stephen L. Fichera, Jesse Tetherly Bodwell, Erik N. Sabin
  • Patent number: 10773695
    Abstract: An electronically pressure-controllable braking system and methods for controlling an electronically pressure-controllable braking system. Each wheel brake of the braking system is connected respectively to at least two brake circuits, pump units and valve devices of one brake circuit are operable respectively independently of the pump units and the valve devices of the respective other brake circuit. This provides a cost-effectively and compactly designed redundant braking system, which is suitable for use in autonomously, i.e., driverlessly drivable, motor vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Fanny Palomba, Horst Beling, Thomas Friedrich, Vaclav Kocourek
  • Publication number: 20200285479
    Abstract: A data processing apparatus includes obtain circuitry that obtains a stream of instructions. The stream of instructions includes a barrier creation instruction and a barrier inhibition instruction. Track circuitry orders sending each instruction in the stream of instructions to processing circuitry based on one or more dependencies. The track circuitry is responsive to the barrier creation instruction to cause the one or more dependencies to include one or more barrier dependencies in which pre-barrier instructions, occurring before the barrier creation instruction in the stream, are sent before post-barrier instructions, occurring after the barrier creation instruction in the stream, are sent. The track circuitry is also responsive to the barrier inhibition instruction to relax the barrier dependencies to permit post-inhibition instructions, occurring after the barrier inhibition instruction in the stream, to be sent before the pre-barrier instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Vaibhav GOGTE, Wei WANG, Stephan DIESTELHORST, Peter M. CHEN, Satish NARAYANASAMY, Thomas Friedrich WENISCH
  • Publication number: 20200278078
    Abstract: A clamp apparatus is disclosed that includes a body, first and second actuators, first, second, third and fourth gear sets, first and second movable grippers, and at least one leaf spring. The first gear set is coupled to the first actuator and the second gear set is coupled to the second actuator. The first gear set engages the second gear set. The first and second movable grippers are each operatively coupled to the body. The third gear set is coupled to the first movable gripper and the fourth gear set is coupled to the second movable gripper. The third gear set operatively engages the fourth gear set. The leaf spring engages with the third gear set and the fourth gear set to urge the first movable gripper and the second movable gripper toward a clamped position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Janway, Larry B. Gray, Matthew Richard Gill, Richard J. Lanigan, Thomas A. Friedrich, Stephen L. Fichera, John M. Kerwin, Erik N. Sabin, Dean Kamen
  • Publication number: 20200265131
    Abstract: In accordance with a first aspect of the present disclosure, a method is conceived for enabling a biometric template in an authentication token, the method comprising: capturing, by a biometric sensor comprised in the authentication token, at least one biometric sample; creating, by a processing unit comprised in the authentication token, a biometric template from the at least one biometric sample and storing said biometric template in the authentication token; verifying, at a terminal device, said biometric template; verifying, by the terminal device, an identity of a user; enabling, by the terminal device, said biometric template if the biometric template and the identity of the user have been verified. In addition, a corresponding computer program, authentication token and terminal device are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas SUWALD, Jakob Friedrich Hille
  • Publication number: 20200255285
    Abstract: A micromechanical sensor device and a corresponding production method, in which the micromechanical sensor device is equipped with a sensor substrate having a front side and a rear side, a sensor region provided on the front side that can be brought into contact with an environmental medium, and a capping device, attached on the front side, for capping the sensor region. In the capping device and/or in the sensor substrate, one or more capillaries are formed for conducting the environmental medium onto the sensor region, a liquid-repellent layer being provided at least in some regions on the inner walls of the capillaries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Christian Doering, Christoph Schelling, Franziska Rohlfing, Johannes Kenntner, Thomas Friedrich, Timo Lindemann
  • Publication number: 20200251763
    Abstract: A power transmission system enables the electrical contacting of a stack with a power line or with an adjacent stack. The stack is made up of a plurality of planar electrochemical modules and is closed off at each of the end faces by a stack-side power transmission plate. The power line to be contacted ends with a line-side power transmission plate. The power transmission system comprises at least one porous, metallic body which is arranged between the stack-side power transmission plate of the stack to be contacted and the line-side power transmission plate of the power line or the stack-side power transmission plate of the adjacent stack and is electrically connected to these power transmission plates. In addition, the porous, metallic body is sealed in a gastight manner by a closed circumferential seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: THOMAS FRIEDRICH, MARKUS HAYDN
  • Patent number: 10711683
    Abstract: A method for cooling an engine includes increasing the pressure of a liquid coolant from a first pressure to a second pressure. Thereafter, components of the engine to be cooled are contacted with the liquid coolant so that the liquid coolant at least partially evaporates and forms a vapor with a particular state. Thereafter, the vapor is fed to a throttle to reduce the pressure of the liquid coolant to a third pressure. The particular state of the vapor is determined based on the temperature and the third pressure of the liquid coolant downstream of the throttle, and based on the second pressure of the liquid coolant under an assumption that the throttle is an adiabatic throttle such that enthalpy of the liquid coolant remains constant as the liquid coolant passes the throttle. A desired vapor state adjustment is made based on the determined particular state of the vapor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: IAV GMBH INGENIEURGESELLSCHAFT AUTO UND VERKEHR
    Inventors: Thomas Arnold, Ingo Friedrich
  • Publication number: 20200220445
    Abstract: A hydraulic actuator device for a hydraulic system filled with an electrically conductive medium, the hydraulic actuator device being situatable or being situated on and/or in the hydraulic system, and including at least one actuator module, which in each case is designed in such a way that at least a portion of the electrically conductive medium is acceleratable into at least one partial volume of the hydraulic system due to its interaction with an electrical current flow generated with the aid of the respective actuator module and/or with a magnetic field created with the aid of the respective actuator module, as a result of which a pressure build-up is creatable in the at least one partial volume of the hydraulic system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Rico Alf Klein, Vaclav Kocourek, Thomas Friedrich
  • Patent number: 10705849
    Abstract: A data processing system includes a multithreaded processor to execute a plurality of selected program threads in parallel. A mode-selectable processor is coupled to the multithreaded processor and executes in either a first mode or a second mode. In the first mode program instructions from a single thread are executed. In the second mode, which is selected when the single program thread is inactive, program instructions forming a plurality of borrowed threads are executed. These borrowed threads are taken from a queue of candidate program threads which is managed by the multithreaded processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Seyedamirhossein Mirhosseininiri, Thomas Friedrich Wenisch
  • Publication number: 20200200631
    Abstract: A micromechanical component for a capacitive pressure sensor device includes a substrate; a frame structure that frames a partial surface; a membrane that is tensioned by the frame structure such that a self-supporting region of the membrane extends over the framed partial surface and an internal volume with a reference pressure therein is sealed in an airtight fashion, the self-supporting region of the membrane being deformable by a physical pressure on an external side of the self-supporting region that not equal to the reference pressure; a measurement electrode situated on the framed partial surface; and a reference measurement electrode that is situated on the framed partial surface and is electrically insulated from the measurement electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Friedrich, Christoph Hermes, Hans Artmann, Heribert Weber, Peter Schmollngruber, Volkmar Senz
  • Publication number: 20200182400
    Abstract: A clamp includes a housing, a fixed gripper, a moveable gripper, a driven member, and an actuator. The housing includes first and second tracks. The fixed gripper is coupled to the housing. The driven member is configured to slide within the first and second tracks of the housing. The moveable gripper is operatively coupled to the driven member. The actuator is configured to move the driven member towards a first position to thereby move the moveable gripper towards the fixed gripper. The actuator is further configured to move the driven member towards a second position to thereby move the moveable gripper away from the fixed gripper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Larry B. Gray, Thomas A. Friedrich, Erik N. Sabin, John M. Kerwin, Richard J. Lanigan
  • Patent number: 10677513
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance includes a body, an external door that can pivot relative to the body, and an internal door which can pivot relative to the body and the external door and which is immobilized between the body and the external door in the closed position of the external door. A dispensing or output recess of a dispenser is provided in the internal door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Ralph Staud, Thomas Tischer, Philipp Kleinlein, Andreas Kessler, Graham Sadtler, Heather Kamper, Karl-Friedrich Laible, Bernd Brabenec
  • Publication number: 20200173469
    Abstract: A protective mechanism for use when gripping a medical device to a rack is provided. A related system and method are also provided. The protective mechanism includes a guide member, a connector, an actuation member configured to have a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion of the actuation member is pivotally coupled to the guide member. The cover member is pivotally coupled to the guide member and is configured to interact with the actuation member so as to pivot to uncover the connector when the actuation member pivots in a first direction and to pivot to cover the connector when the actuation member pivots in a second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Stephen L. Fichera, Larry B. Gray, Thomas A. Friedrich, Erik N. Sabin, Richard J. Lanigan
  • Patent number: 10670182
    Abstract: A clamp apparatus is disclosed that includes a body, first and second actuators, first, second, third and fourth gear sets, first and second movable grippers, and at least one leaf spring. The first gear set is coupled to the first actuator and the second gear set is coupled to the second actuator. The first gear set engages the second gear set. The first and second movable grippers are each operatively coupled to the body. The third gear set is coupled to the first movable gripper and the fourth gear set is coupled to the second movable gripper. The third gear set operatively engages the fourth gear set. The leaf spring engages with the third gear set and the fourth gear set to urge the first movable gripper and the second movable gripper toward a clamped position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Janway, Larry B. Gray, Matthew Richard Gill, Richard J. Lanigan, Thomas A. Friedrich, Stephen L. Fichera, Jesse Tetherly Bodwell, Erik N. Sabin
  • Patent number: 10655779
    Abstract: A clamp apparatus is disclosed that includes a body, first and second actuators, first, second, third and fourth gear sets, first and second movable grippers, and at least one leaf spring. The first gear set is coupled to the first actuator and the second gear set is coupled to the second actuator. The first gear set engages the second gear set. The first and second movable grippers are each operatively coupled to the body. The third gear set is coupled to the first movable gripper and the fourth gear set is coupled to the second movable gripper. The third gear set operatively engages the fourth gear set. The leaf spring engages with the third gear set and the fourth gear set to urge the first movable gripper and the second movable gripper toward a clamped position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Janway, Larry B. Gray, Matthew Richard Gill, Richard J. Lanigan, Thomas A. Friedrich, Stephen L. Fichera, John M. Kerwin, Erik N. Sabin, Dean Kamen
  • Publication number: 20200152164
    Abstract: The invention relates to a structure-borne sound actuator for a motor vehicle, which comprises an electro-dynamic excitation unit, and the excitation unit is formed with an excitation side configured to excite an acoustic body, wherein an acoustically rigid intermediate element is secured to the excitation side and the intermediate element has a coupling side, which faces away from the excitation side, and is configured for coupling to the acoustic body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Dimitrios PATSOURAS, Robert JOEST, Johannes KERKMANN, Jens FRIEDRICH, Roland BOCK, Thomas GALLNER
  • Patent number: 10648438
    Abstract: An insulating element for a fuel injection apparatus is notable in particular for the fact that a low-noise design is achieved. The fuel injection apparatus encompasses at least one fuel injection valve and one receiving bore in a cylinder head for the fuel injection valve, and the insulating element between a valve housing of the fuel injection valve and a wall of the receiving bore. The insulating element possesses an inner insulating ring that is present in encapsulated fashion between an outer ring and an inner ring. The outer ring is directed toward the fuel injection valve and the inner ring is directed toward the wall of the receiving bore, so that corresponding abutment of these components occurs with the insulating element in the installed state. The fuel injection apparatus is suitable in particular for direct injection of fuel into a combustion chamber of a mixture-compressing spark-ignited internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Kochanowski, Thomas Froehner, Markus Friedrich, Martin Scheffel, Jason Kramer
  • Patent number: 10649780
    Abstract: A data processing apparatus and method are provided for executing a stream of instructions out-of-order with respect to original program order. At least some of the instructions in the stream identify one or more architectural registers from a set of architectural registers. The apparatus comprises a plurality of out-of-order components configured to manage execution of a first subset of instructions out-of-order, the plurality of out-of-order components being configured to remove false dependencies between instructions in the first subset. The plurality of out-of-order components include a first issue queue into which the instructions in the first subset are buffered prior to execution. A second issue queue is used to buffer a second subset of instructions prior to execution, the second subset of instructions being constrained to execute in order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Faissal Mohamad Sleiman, Thomas Friedrich Wenisch