Patents by Inventor Thomas Fritsch

Thomas Fritsch 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: 20210253840
    Abstract: A composition is provided comprising: a) polyvinylchloride, b) inorganic solid particles, and c) a polymer having a polyether segment, wherein at least 60 mol-% of the end groups of the polymer are selected from the group consisting of carboxylic acid groups and hydroxyl groups, and wherein at least a part of the end groups of the polymer is a carboxylic acid group, wherein the carboxylic acid end groups are linked to the polyether segment via a linking segment comprising an ester group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Wolfgang Pritschins, Daniel Leibig, Martin Fischer, Thomas Fritsch, Jennifer Heitzer, Dennis Krüsmann
  • Publication number: 20210137661
    Abstract: An electric toothbrush, including a refill connectable to a handle via a coupling device. The handle has a drive mechanism, and the refill has a brush head and a motion transmitter functionally connected to the brush head for driving it. The handle has a coupling stem terminating with a free end and including a coupling pin extending from the stem. The refill includes a generally tubular portion formed by refill walls defining an interior space for accepting the coupling stem of the handle. The coupling device comprises a pair of mutually opposite and resiliently deformable cantilevered arms disposed adjacent to the refill walls in the interior space of the refill. Each of the cantilevered arms terminates with a coupling surface for engaging the stem's coupling pin for secure and disengageable connection between the handle and the refill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas FRITSCH, Irina NEUSSER, Joern UTSCH
  • Publication number: 20210112964
    Abstract: A personal hygiene device has a handle and a treatment head pivotably connected with the handle. Applying a treatment force against the treatment head causes a pivoting of the treatment head relative to the handle. A sensor, such as, e.g., a Hall sensor, fixedly secured with respect to one of the handle and the treatment head, measures a measurement variable. A sensor cooperation unit defines or influences the measurement variable in dependence on the relative position of the sensor and the sensor cooperation unit, such e.g., as a sensor permanent magnet, fixedly secured relative to one of the handle and the treatment head. A spring unit defines a rest position of the treatment head when no treatment force is applied. The spring unit has a first spring constant in the treatment direction and a second spring constant in a lateral direction, the second spring constant being at least about two times higher than the first spring constant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Norbert SCHAEFER, Thomas FRITSCH, Andreas KRAMP, Andreas LARSCHEID, Marc KUNZ, Robert SCHÄFER
  • Publication number: 20210045857
    Abstract: A refill for an electric toothbrush comprises a generally tubular structure formed by refill walls defining an interior space for accepting thereinto a coupling stem of a toothbrush handle. The refill includes a motion transmitter functionally connected to the brush head for driving it. The refill has a coupling device including a pair of mutually opposite and resiliently deformable cantilevered arms disposed in the interior space of the refill and adjacent to the refill walls and extending from respective roots in a circular or semi-circular manner around, and in a plane substantially perpendicular to, the refill's longitudinal axis. Each of the arms is resiliently deformable and terminates with a coupling surface for engaging a coupling pin extending from the handle's coupling stem for secure and disengageable connection therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas FRITSCH, Irina NEUSSER, Joern UTSCH
  • Patent number: 10893746
    Abstract: A personal hygiene device has a handle and a treatment head pivotably connected with the handle. Applying a treatment force against the treatment head causes a pivoting of the treatment head relative to the handle. A sensor, such as, e.g., a Hall sensor, fixedly secured with respect to one of the handle and the treatment head, measures a measurement variable. A sensor cooperation unit defines or influences the measurement variable in dependence on the relative position of the sensor and the sensor cooperation unit, such e.g., as a sensor permanent magnet, fixedly secured relative to one of the handle and the treatment head. A spring unit defines a rest position of the treatment head when no treatment force is applied. The spring unit has a first spring constant in the treatment direction and a second spring constant in a lateral direction, the second spring constant being at least about two times higher than the first spring constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Schaefer, Thomas Fritsch, Andreas Kramp, Andreas Larscheid, Marc Kunz, Robert Schäfer
  • Patent number: 10869743
    Abstract: An electric toothbrush, including a refill connectable to a handle via a coupling device. The handle has a drive mechanism, and the refill has a brush head and a motion transmitter functionally connected to the brush head for driving it. The handle has a coupling stem terminating with a free end and including a coupling pin extending from the stem. The refill includes a generally tubular portion formed by refill walls defining an interior space for accepting the coupling stem of the handle. The coupling device comprises a pair of mutually opposite and resiliently deformable cantilevered arms disposed adjacent to the refill walls in the interior space of the refill. Each of the cantilevered arms terminates with a coupling surface for engaging the stem's coupling pin for secure and disengageable connection between the handle and the refill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Fritsch, Irina Neusser, Joern Utsch
  • Patent number: 10869742
    Abstract: A coupling mechanism for an electric toothbrush includes a handle coupling portion and a refill coupling portion structured and configured to engage one another, thereby providing a secure connection between the handle and the refill. The handle coupling portion has a coupling stem disposed at one end of the handle and a coupling pin protruding from the stem. The coupling stem has outer walls terminating at a free end thereof. The refill coupling portion has a tubular structure having refill walls and an interior space for receiving therein the coupling stem, and a pair of mutually opposite and resiliently deformable cantilevered arms disposed in the interior space, each of the arms terminating with a coupling surface for engaging the coupling pin of the handle coupling portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Fritsch, Irina Neusser, Joern Utsch
  • Patent number: 10864065
    Abstract: A refill for an electric toothbrush comprises a generally tubular structure formed by refill walls defining an interior space for accepting thereinto a coupling stem of a toothbrush handle. The refill includes a motion transmitter functionally connected to the brush head for driving it. The refill has a coupling device including a pair of mutually opposite and resiliently deformable cantilevered arms disposed in the interior space of the refill and adjacent to the refill walls. Each of the arms terminates with a coupling surface for engaging a coupling pin extending from the handle's coupling stem for secure and disengageable connection therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Fritsch, Irina Neusser, Joern Utsch
  • Publication number: 20200368003
    Abstract: An electric toothbrush having bristle driven pulsation includes a brush head having a bristle holder and bristle tufts attached to the bristle holder. The bristle tufts and corresponding bristles are disposed at a perpendicular and/or a non-perpendicular angle with respect to a mounting surface of the brush head. The electric toothbrush also includes an electric toothbrush handle removably attached to the brush head. The electric toothbrush handle includes a linear motor configured to drive the bristle holder via a gearing structure coupled to the linear motor and the bristle holder. The linear motor causes the bristle holder to rotate clockwise and counterclockwise at a rotation frequency which exceeds a rotation frequency threshold (e.g., 100 Hz, 120 Hz, etc.). The linear motor also causes the brush head to vibrate in a direction toward and away from a contact surface in synchronization with the rotation of the bristles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Karen Lynn CLAIRE-ZIMMET, Niclas ALTMANN, Thomas FRITSCH, Norbert SCHAEFER
  • Publication number: 20200367638
    Abstract: An electric toothbrush having bristle driven pulsation includes a brush head having a bristle holder and bristle tufts attached to the bristle holder. The bristle tufts and corresponding bristles are disposed at a perpendicular and/or a non-perpendicular angle with respect to a mounting surface of the brush head. The electric toothbrush also includes an electric toothbrush handle removably attached to the brush head. The electric toothbrush handle includes a linear motor configured to drive the bristle holder via a gearing structure coupled to the linear motor and the bristle holder. The linear motor causes the bristle holder to rotate clockwise and counterclockwise at a rotation frequency which exceeds a rotation frequency threshold (e.g., 100 Hz, 120 Hz, etc.). The linear motor also causes the brush head to vibrate in a direction toward and away from a contact surface in synchronization with the rotation of the bristles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Karen Lynn CLAIRE-ZIMMET, Niclas ALTMANN, Thomas FRITSCH, Norbert SCHAEFER
  • Patent number: 10840767
    Abstract: An electrically driven device includes an electric motor with a drive shaft having a first rotary axis and a drive pin eccentrically thereto, and a driven shaft having a second rotary axis and mounted for pivoting motion. The driven shaft is coupled to the drive shaft by a scotch yoke mechanism, converting a rotary motion of the drive shaft into a reciprocating pivoting motion of the driven shaft. The scotch yoke mechanism includes a cross slider having a sliding support extending perpendicular to the first rotary axis and receiving the drive pin either directly or by a sliding block having a bearing receiving the pin. The cross slider is axially guided to move in an axial direction perpendicular to the first rotary axis and to the extension of the sliding support. The driven shaft is coupled to the cross slider by a pivotable crank arm, thereby converting a rotary motion of the drive shaft into a reciprocating motion of the driven shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Fritsch, Andreas Kramp, Norbert Schaefer
  • Patent number: 10808810
    Abstract: An electrically driven device includes a housing, an electric motor with a drive shaft having a first rotary axis and a drive pin eccentrically connected to the drive shaft, and a driven shaft having a second rotary axis and mounted in the housing for a pivoting movement. The driven shaft is coupled to the drive pin by a gear mechanism converting a rotary motion of the drive shaft into the reciprocating pivoting of the driven shaft. The gear mechanism has first and second transmission stages, the former including a cross slider, and the latter an elastically deformable transmission member. The cross slider has a sliding support extending perpendicular to the first rotary axis and receiving the drive pin. The cross slider is axially guided in the housing to move in an axial direction perpendicular to the first rotary axis and perpendicular to the extension of the sliding support. A link, offset relative to the second rotary axis, connects the cross slider to the elastically deformable transmission member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Kramp, Thomas Fritsch, Norbert Schaefer
  • Patent number: 10704660
    Abstract: An electrically driven device includes a housing, an electric motor with a drive shaft having a first rotary axis and a drive pin connected to the drive shaft eccentrically with respect to the rotary axis, and a driven shaft having a second rotary axis and mounted in the housing for performing a pivoting about the second rotary axis. The driven shaft is coupled to the drive shaft by a gear mechanism having a scotch yoke mechanism converting a rotary motion of the drive shaft into a reciprocating pivoting motion of the driven shaft. The scotch yoke mechanism includes a cross slider receiving the drive pin and having a sliding support extending perpendicular to the first rotary axis. The cross slider is guided in the housing by at least two elastically deformable elements. The driven shaft is coupled to the cross slider by a pivotable crank arm, converting a rotary motion of the drive shaft into a reciprocating of the driven shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BRAUN GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Fritsch, Andreas Kramp, Norbert Schaefer
  • Patent number: 10675132
    Abstract: An oral hygiene implement has a neck section extending along a longitudinal direction and a head section having a through hole therein extending through the head section along a through hole direction having an angle with respect to the longitudinal direction and having a head section housing surrounding the through hole. The neck section has a neck section housing surrounding a neck section cavity. The through hole defines a first and a second opening in the head section housing. A cap element, separately made from the head section housing, is connected with the head section housing to essentially cover the first opening. A carrier element, separately made from the head section housing, is arranged to cover the second opening. Between an edge of the first opening and an edge of the cap there is a circumferential gap that allows water, saliva, or toothpaste to escape an interior of the head section during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: BRAUN GMBH
    Inventors: Norbert Schaefer, Thomas Fritsch, Joern Utsch, Wolfgang Stegmann
  • Patent number: 10660733
    Abstract: The present disclosure is concerned with an oral hygiene implement having a longitudinal axis, a carrier element mounted for driven movement, a motion transmitter that has a first end for transferring a drive force to the carrier element, which first end is provided at a position being offset from the longitudinal axis, and the motion transmitter has a second end positioned essentially on on the longitudinal axis or is arranged for being positioned essentially on the longitudinal axis during operation, wherein the motion transmitter has a first coupling part comprising the first end, which first coupling part essentially extends along a centre axis arranged at an angle with respect to the longitudinal axis, and a second coupling part comprising the second end, which first coupling part is fixedly connected with a first connecting portion of an elastic pivot element that allows that the first coupling part and the second coupling part can pivot with respect to each other at least in a first pivoting plane span
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: BRAUN GMBH
    Inventors: Norbert Schaefer, Jörn Utsch, Thomas Fritsch
  • Patent number: 10622866
    Abstract: An electrically driven device includes a housing, an electric motor with a drive shaft having a first rotary axis and a drive pin connected to the drive shaft eccentrically with respect to the rotary axis, and a driven shaft having a second rotary axis and mounted in the housing for a pivoting about the second rotary axis. The driven shaft is indirectly coupled to the drive shaft by a gear mechanism converting a rotary motion of the drive shaft into a reciprocating pivoting motion of the driven shaft. The gear mechanism includes a cross slider having a sliding support extending perpendicular to the first rotary axis and receiving the drive pin. The cross slider is guided in the housing by a parallel lever in the form of a parallelogram by at least two pivotable links. The driven shaft is coupled to the cross slider by one of the said links, thereby converting a rotary motion of the drive shaft into a reciprocating pivoting of the driven shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: BRAUN GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Fritsch, Andreas Kramp, Norbert Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20200103282
    Abstract: A spectrometer including at least one light-coupling element, a variable entrance slit, a dispersive element, a detector element and a control and evaluation unit. The object of providing a spectrometer having improved measuring characteristics is achieved in that the variable entrance slit is implemented by a first spatial modulation element including a plurality of pixels, wherein the individual pixels can be arranged independently of one another by the control and evaluation unit, wherein the individual pixels are arranged in order to implement the entrance slit during operation in such a manner that at least part of the light incident from the light-coupling element is passed on to the dispersive element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas FRITSCH
  • Publication number: 20190383661
    Abstract: A measuring device for time-resolved measurement of a measurement signal and for temporal separation of at least a first portion of the measurement signal, having a light source for emitting a pulsed excitation signal, at least one detector for receiving the measurement signal, the detector generating a detector signal from the measurement signal, at least one first forming unit for generating a first comparison signal, and at least one evaluation unit, the first comparison signal correlating with the excitation signal. At least one first logic function is provided which links at least the first comparison signal with a signal dependent on the detector signal so that the output of the logic function provides a measure of the intensity of the first portion of the measurement signal or of the detector signal. The output of the first logic function is connected to the at least one evaluation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Applicant: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Tebrügge, Jan Förster, Thomas Fritsch
  • Patent number: 10362858
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a toothbrush includes steps of providing a carrier having at least a first through hole extending from a front side to a backside of the carrier and at least a first wall element integral with the carrier and extending from the back side in a vicinity of the through hole; introducing a first cleaning element into the first through hole such that an end portion of the first cleaning element is exposed on the backside of the carrier; treating the end portion of the first cleaning element such that it deforms and becomes wider than the first through hole; and deforming the first wall element until it at least partially extends over the deformed end portion of the first cleaning element such that the first cleaning element is effectively retained in its axial position. A brush having structural features resulting from the manufacturing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: BRAUN GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Fritsch, Ulrich Störkel
  • Publication number: 20190125068
    Abstract: A personal hygiene device has a handle and a treatment head pivotably connected with the handle. Applying a treatment force against the treatment head causes a pivoting of the treatment head relative to the handle. A sensor, such as, e.g., a Hall sensor, fixedly secured with respect to one of the handle and the treatment head, measures a measurement variable. A sensor cooperation unit defines or influences the measurement variable in dependence on the relative position of the sensor and the sensor cooperation unit, such e.g., as a sensor permanent magnet, fixedly secured relative to one of the handle and the treatment head. A spring unit defines a rest position of the treatment head when no treatment force is applied. The spring unit has a first spring constant in the treatment direction and a second spring constant in a lateral direction, the second spring constant being at least about two times higher than the first spring constant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Norbert SCHAEFER, Thomas FRITSCH, Andreas KRAMP, Andreas LARSCHEID, Marc KUNZ, Robert SCHÄFER