Patents by Inventor Thomas Grosch

Thomas Grosch 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: 11550270
    Abstract: A method for creating a redundant automation system, a computer program and a computer-readable medium, wherein the redundant automation system includes at least one automation installation to be controlled that is installed at an installation location and two control applications that are communicatively interconnected via a synchronization path, and includes a plurality of communication hubs and communication paths connecting these to one another, where one of the control applications operates as the master and the other control application operates as a reserve, such that when the control application operating as the master fails, the control application operating as the reserve function as the master, and where the locations of the computing resources for the control applications are selected such that the control applications are connected to the at least one automation installation via two different communication paths preferably having no or a minimal number of common communication hubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Thomas Grosch
  • Publication number: 20230006452
    Abstract: An arrangement that includes a first rack formed with a plurality of slots for receiving individual assemblies that form a first automation system, and a second rack formed with further pluralities of slots for receiving further individual assemblies that form a second automation system, wherein a slot of the first rack forms a first supply module receptacle, and a slot of the second rack is formed as a second supply module receptacle, where the first and second supply module receptacles are constructed to structurally/electrically complement one another between the first rack and the second rack to form a supply base module, the first contact supplies the first and second racks with a supply voltage and the second contact supplies the second and the first rack with the supply voltage, and the supply base module formed by the supply module receptacles receives a first, second and third supply voltage modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2022
    Publication date: January 5, 2023
    Inventors: Thomas GROSCH, Albert RENSCHLER
  • Patent number: 11507478
    Abstract: Method for operating a redundant automation system to control a technical process, wherein a second fail-safe subsystem is operated redundantly in relation to a first fail-safe subsystem, and wherein the faulty second fail-safe subsystem is used, where synchronization data is initially buffered in the second subsystem, and in the event that no errors are identified, the first fail-safe subsystem sends an error-free message to the second fail-safe subsystem to acknowledge the error-free message with an error free acknowledgment and process the initially buffered synchronization data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Thomas Grosch
  • Patent number: 11485952
    Abstract: A cell separation apparatus a container for reception of a cell suspension and a conduit connected to the container for the conveyance of cell suspension out of the container. The conduit extends along a notional conduit path passing centrally through the conduit, the conduit path defining in the conduit an axial direction proceeding along the conduit path, a radial direction orthogonal to the conduit path, and a circumferential direction proceeding around the conduit path. A segment of the conduit constitutes a turbulent flow segment including a flow configuration. The flow configuration includes at least two axial configuration segments located axially behind one another to accelerate a cell suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignees: Hamilton Bonaduz AG, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.
    Inventors: Tom Kissling, Jens Grosch, Thomas Zumstein, Andrea Traube, Carsten Etzold, Tobias Seiler
  • Publication number: 20220317665
    Abstract: The real time capability is to be improved in a Cloud-based control system for an automation plant. To this end, a redundantly embodied, Cloud-based control system with a plurality of computing resources distributed over a network with control applications running thereon is proposed, which, embodied as a primary and backups, execute a control program almost simultaneously and send corresponding program instructions to the automation plant. Long transmission times of individual computing resources therefore do not have a negative effect on the control of the automation plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Applicant: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Grosch, ALBERT RENSCHLER, JÜRGEN LAFORSCH
  • Publication number: 20220283552
    Abstract: An input module and method for providing a predicted binary process signal, wherein in order to compensate for a signal delay for a binary process signal, further process signals of further sensors are temporarily stored for a predeterminable interval, and during a learning phase, at a switching moment, i.e., the moment at which the binary process signal indicates a first edge change from logical zero to logical one or a second edge change from logical one to logical zero, a neural network is supplied with the temporarily stored values of the process signals at a learning moment, which is produced from the switching moment minus a prediction interval, as a stimulating input signal pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2022
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Inventor: Thomas GROSCH
  • Publication number: 20220118575
    Abstract: In a method for monitoring an operating behavior of a tool holder, a resultant measurement axis signal is calculated using at least two measurement axis signals of at least two radially oriented measurement axes of a sensor provided in the tool holder. The monitoring is performed using the resultant measurement axis signal or the resultant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Inventor: Thomas Grosch
  • Publication number: 20220118529
    Abstract: A tool holder is configured for rotation about a tool holder axis of rotation defining an axial direction. The tool holder, at one axial longitudinal end thereof, has a tool section with a tool-receiving formation for receiving a tool and, at the opposite axial longitudinal end, has a coupling section with a coupling formation for torque-transmitting coupling to a machine spindle of a machine tool. A measuring apparatus is configured for acquiring data relating to the operation of the tool holder. The measuring apparatus has a sensor, in particular an acceleration sensor, with at least two measurement axes. The two measurement axes are oriented substantially radially with respect to the tool holder axis of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Inventor: Thomas Grosch
  • Publication number: 20220091946
    Abstract: Method for operating a redundant automation system to control a technical process, wherein a second fail-safe subsystem is operated redundantly in relation to a first fail-safe subsystem, and wherein the faulty second fail-safe subsystem is used, where synchronization data is initially buffered in the second subsystem, and in the event that no errors are identified, the first fail-safe subsystem sends an error-free message to the second fail-safe subsystem to acknowledge the error-free message with an error free acknowledgment and process the initially buffered synchronization data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Inventor: Thomas GROSCH
  • Patent number: 11281190
    Abstract: Method for setting up a redundant communication connection, and failsafe control unit, wherein a transport and/or networking functional unit of a communication device utilizes at least one communication network address associated with a primary control device and/or a secondary control device to set up two communication connections to a failsafe control unit that includes the primary control device and the secondary control device, where data transmitted via a first communication connection are forwarded from the primary control device to the secondary control device via a first synchronization connection such that data transmitted via a second communication connection are forwarded from the secondary control device to the primary control device via a second synchronization connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Grosch, Jürgen Laforsch, Albert Renschler
  • Patent number: 10996659
    Abstract: A plurality of hardware units of a redundant automation system each include a plurality of processor units that each execute a group of tasks, where groups of tasks executed on different hardware units receive the same input signals directly or indirectly from a managed industrial process, and determine the same output signals for the managed industrial process, where however, only the tasks of one of the groups executed on different hardware units each output their output signals to the managed industrial process, where the groups executed on different hardware units synchronize with one another via a respective communication link, and where the groups of tasks executed on the same hardware unit exchange data between themselves on a pair basis via a respective pair of intermediate storage units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Grosch, Albert Renschler, Jürgen Laforsch
  • Publication number: 20210103254
    Abstract: A method for creating a redundant automation system, a computer program and a computer-readable medium, wherein the redundant automation system includes at least one automation installation to be controlled that is installed at an installation location and two control applications that are communicatively interconnected via a synchronization path, and includes a plurality of communication hubs and communication paths connecting these to one another, where one of the control applications operates as the master and the other control application operates as a reserve, such that when the control application operating as the master fails, the control application operating as the reserve function as the master, and where the locations of the computing resources for the control applications are selected such that the control applications are connected to the at least one automation installation via two different communication paths preferably having no or a minimal number of common communication hubs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventor: Thomas GROSCH
  • Publication number: 20200394111
    Abstract: A method for operating a redundantly configured automation system which has a first subsystem and a second subsystem, wherein one of these subsystems operates as the master and the other of these subsystems operates as the slave, where in the event that the master fails the slave takes over the function of the master, and where the first subsystem receives a data packet generated by an external data source and forwards the data packet only at a level of the physical layer and the data link layer to the second subsystem before processing of the data packet occurs in the first subsystem at a higher layer than the level of the physical layer and the data link layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Grosch, Albert Renschler, Jürgen Laforsch
  • Patent number: 10828739
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tool holder (10) which is embodied for rotation around a tool holder rotation axis (D) and which comprises at its one axial longitudinal end (10a) a tool segment (14) for receiving a tool, and at its other axial longitudinal end (10b) a coupling segment (16) for torque-transferring coupling to a machine tool (78), a measurement apparatus (28) for sensing data relating to the operation of the tool holder (10) being provided on the tool holder (10), which apparatus encompasses at least the following components:—at least one sensor (30, 32, 34, 36) supplying a sensed signal;—a signal transfer apparatus (38) for transferring a measured signal;—an electrical circuit (40) connected in signal-transferring fashion to the sensor (30, 32, 34, 36) and to the signal transfer apparatus (38); and—an energy supply apparatus (42) that is connected to the signal transfer apparatus (38) and to the electrical circuit (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Haimer GmbH
    Inventors: Franz Ziegltrum, Kim-Carolin Landfried, Ferdinand Keil, Klaus Hofmann, Thomas Grosch, Eberhard Abele
  • Publication number: 20200150635
    Abstract: A plurality of hardware units of a redundant automation system each include a plurality of processor units that each execute a group of tasks, where groups of tasks executed on different hardware units receive the same input signals directly or indirectly from a managed industrial process, and determine the same output signals for the managed industrial process, where however, only the tasks of one of the groups executed on different hardware units each output their output signals to the managed industrial process, where the groups executed on different hardware units synchronize with one another via a respective communication link, and where the groups of tasks executed on the same hardware unit exchange data between themselves on a pair basis via a respective pair of intermediate storage units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Grosch, Albert Renschler, Jürgen Laforsch
  • Patent number: 10564636
    Abstract: A method and an arrangement having redundant systems operating in parallel in a cyclic mode and reciprocally checking a result of the task of the other system on a regular basis, and wherein one system is selected or confirmed for the productive mode in the fault situation found, where a characteristic variable concerning an operating parameter is picked up for each of the systems in multiple/all cycles and used for updating statistical parameters, where at least when a disparity between results of the two systems is found, a current operating parameter is correlated with the statistical parameter for each system, and where the system for which the current operating parameter differs from the statistical parameter less is detected as the correctly operating system and used for the productive mode such that the degree of fault coverage can be increased and hence the availability of the overall system increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Grosch, Walter Maximilian
  • Patent number: 10530602
    Abstract: To achieve an automatic adjustment of a monitoring time in an automation system with a first automation device and a second automation device, at least one of the two automation devices operates a measuring program. A desired ring interruption is carried out by the measuring program by blocking a ring port in order thus to provoke a ring reconfiguration that utilizes a reconfiguration time. The blockage of the ring port is canceled again after the reconfiguration time has elapsed. The ring port is blocked again if the ring port has been opened by the ring reconfiguration, and all routing tables are deleted. As a result of this, at least the peripheral units are triggered to learn new network routes. Runtimes of test telegrams are measured, and a maximum value of the measured runtimes is stored. The measured maximum value is used for a dynamic adjustment of the monitoring time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hans-Jürgen Arbogast, Thomas Grosch
  • Publication number: 20190302742
    Abstract: Method for setting up a redundant communication connection, and failsafe control unit, wherein a transport and/or switching functional unit of a communication device utilizes at least one communication network address associated with a primary control device and/or a secondary control device to set up two communication connections to a failsafe control unit that includes the primary control device and the secondary control device, where data transmitted via a first communication connection are forwarded from the primary control device to the secondary control device via a first synchronization connection such that data transmitted via a second communication connection are forwarded from the secondary control device to the primary control device via a second synchronization connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Grosch, Jürgen Laforsch, Albert Renschler
  • Patent number: 10365618
    Abstract: A method with which one subsystem of a redundant automation system that is provided with a first subsystem and a second subsystem is operated as a master and another subsystem is operated as a slave, where the subsystems are provided with transmission and reception tasks to transmit and receive messages, and where messages are also interchanged with program path synchronization during a temporally asynchronous run through a program path in the master and the slave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Grosch, Juergen Laforsch, Albert Renschler
  • Patent number: 10310470
    Abstract: A method for stipulating a starting time for an update for a control apparatus that controls at least one peripheral component in a process automation installation by producing control outputs is disclosed. The update requires at least one predetermined down time. The invention is based on a suitable starting time for performing an update in order to perform an update in the course of operation of a process automation installation without risk. The method involves detecting a current operating state for the at least one peripheral component, taking the detected operating state as a basis for using a controlled system model of the process to simulate what state trajectory the at least one peripheral component negotiates within the down time for a predetermined static control output, and checking whether the state trajectory lies exclusively within a range of admissible operating states, and, if appropriate, starting the update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENTS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Thomas Grosch, Jan Richter