Patents by Inventor Thomas Gruber

Thomas Gruber 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: 11502042
    Abstract: A method of mounting electronic components on one or more carrier bodies is disclosed. The method comprises providing a support body with at least one first alignment mark, mounting the one or more carrier bodies, each having at least one second alignment mark, on the support body by alignment between the at least one first alignment mark and the at least one second alignment mark. Thereafter, the method includes mounting the plurality of electronic components on a respective one of the one or more carrier bodies by alignment using the at least one second alignment mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Thorsten Meyer, Thomas Behrens, Martin Gruber, Thorsten Scharf, Peter Strobel
  • Publication number: 20220285283
    Abstract: A power semiconductor device includes a semiconductor substrate having a wide bandgap semiconductor material and a first surface, an insulation layer above the first surface of the semiconductor substrate, the insulation layer including at least one opening extending through the insulation layer in a vertical direction, a front metallization above the insulation layer with the insulation layer being interposed between the front metallization and the first surface of the semiconductor substrate, and a metal connection arranged in the opening of the insulation layer and electrically conductively connecting the front metallization with the semiconductor substrate; wherein the front metallization includes at least one layer that is a metal or a metal alloy having a higher melting temperature than an intrinsic temperature of the wide bandgap semiconductor material of the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2022
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Inventors: Edward Fuergut, Ravi Keshav Joshi, Ralf Siemieniec, Thomas Basler, Martin Gruber, Jochen Hilsenbeck, Dethard Peters, Roland Rupp, Wolfgang Scholz
  • Publication number: 20220240593
    Abstract: A device for an electronic cigarette. The device includes an enveloping element defining an interior, and an authentication device arranged in or on the enveloping element. The authentication device includes a planar loop antenna, and an authentication logic coupled to the planar loop antenna and configured to provide an authentication of the device vis-à-vis a control element of the electronic cigarette. The planar loop antenna is arranged in rolled form in the interior of the enveloping element or on the exterior of the enveloping element. The loop antenna comprises conduction sections in two opposite regions of the planar loop antenna, which extend in the longitudinal direction of the rolled loop antenna. The conduction sections of the opposite regions are arranged such that they are adjacent or overlap one another, with a result that their respective fields mutually compensate for one another at least partly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Frank Pueschner, Josef Gruber, Bala Nagendra Raja Munjuluri, Walther Pachler, Jens Pohl, Thomas Spoettl
  • Publication number: 20220063295
    Abstract: Container treatment system for treating containers, such as bottles, with at least one direct printing machine for applying a print image onto containers and at least one container treatment machine arranged upstream of the direct printing machine and a system control device, where the system control device is configured to control the operation of the container treatment machine in dependence of a change of the container throughput that can be obtained with the direct printing machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Inventors: Helmut SCHUESSLBURNER, Konrad SENN, Sven KERPE, Frank SCHULZE, Thomas GRUBER, Thomas SCHNITGER
  • Patent number: 10967731
    Abstract: A tank device, in particular in a vehicle, has a pressure tank for storing fuel and a fuel line for filling the pressure tank which extends from outside of the pressure tank through a tank opening up to a free line end in the interior of the pressure tank. The fuel line in the pressure tank has at least one line outlet through which the fuel can flow out of the fuel line into the pressure tank. The fuel line, between the tank opening and the free line end, has a flexible line section such that the flexible line section moves when the pressure tank is filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hans-Ulrich Stahl, Julius Basler-Meier, Andreas Pelger, Thomas Gruber
  • Publication number: 20210087014
    Abstract: A device (1) for drawing in and intermediately storing a thread (2), comprising a suction chamber (3), wherein the suction chamber (3) includes an entry opening (8) and an exit opening (9), which define a direction of flow, wherein negative pressure can be applied to the exit opening (9) in order to generate an air flow (4). Moreover, the device comprises a depositing surface (5) arranged in the suction chamber (3), on which the thread (2) can be intermediately stored, and a flow element (6) arranged in the suction chamber (3), with the aid of which the air flow (4) can be directed through the suction chamber (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Bernd Bahlmann, Romeo Pohn, Robert Hagl, Thomas Gruber, Andreas Hoyer
  • Patent number: 10947082
    Abstract: A winding station of a textile machine for producing cross-wound bobbins includes a base unit, a cover unit, and a bobbin holder configured to hold the cross-wound bobbin. A traversing device is configured to lay a thread in a crosswise manner on the cross-wound bobbin. A thread finding device is configured to find a thread end on the cross-wound bobbin. The base unit at least partially covers the cover unit, and the cover unit is movable with respect to the base unit between a working position for laying the thread and seeking the thread end and a cleaning position for cleaning the winding station. At least portions of the thread finding device are configured on the cover unit. A method is also provided for operating the winding station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Hagl, Thomas Gruber
  • Patent number: 10927481
    Abstract: A traversing unit for traversing a yarn with respect to a pair of delivery rollers of a workstation of a textile machine includes a yarn-guiding unit, a single traversing drive configured with the yarn-guiding unit, and a conversion element configured with the single traversing drive such a rotational movement (?) of the single traversing drive is converted into a linear, reciprocating movement of the yarn-guiding unit. The single traversing drive is a rotating motor. A sensor is disposed to detect at least a middle position of the yarn-guiding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Riefer AG
    Inventors: Robert Hagl, Thomas Gruber, Andreas Hoyer, Bernd Bahlmann
  • Patent number: 10907278
    Abstract: A method for automatically piecing a thread at a workstation of a textile machine, includes seeking an end of the thread on a surface of a bobbin with a suction nozzle and unwinding the thread from the bobbin counter to a regular draw-off direction of the thread and sucking the thread into the suction nozzle. The bobbin is driven in a direction of reverse rotation with a drive. A thread loop is draw-opened in the thread and moved towards a piecing unit via movement of a feeder unit. The bobbin is driven in the direction of reverse rotation during the drawing-open of the thread loop such that the thread is unwound from the bobbin. A speed of reverse rotation of the bobbin is coordinated with movement of the feeder unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventors: Bernd Bahlmann, Romeo Pohn, Sebastian Brandl, Mario Maleck, Frank Baier, Robert Hagl, Thomas Gruber, Robin Wein, Christian Kettner, Andreas Hoyer
  • Patent number: 10858764
    Abstract: A yarn return unit for returning a yarn into a delivery unit of a textile machine during a piecing process includes a yarn-guiding section configured to guide and position the yarn with respect to the delivery unit. A blowing unit generates an air flow for returning the yarn from the yarn-guiding section into the delivery unit, the blowing unit defining a flow direction of the air flow. The yarn-guiding section includes an open contour that defines an insertion area through which the yarn is inserted into the yarn-guiding section transversely to the flow direction of the air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventors: Robert Hagl, Thomas Gruber, Andreas Hoyer, Bernd Bahlmann
  • Patent number: 10858765
    Abstract: A work station of a textile machine includes a plurality of fiber-guiding work elements that are divided into at least two groups. A first work station part is defined at the work station on which a first group of the fiber-guiding work elements is arranged. A second work station part is defined at the work station on which a second group of the fiber-guiding work elements is arranged. The second work station part is arranged in a movable manner relative to the first work station part at the work station or is arranged in a removable manner at the work station. A pneumatic thread storage element is also provided for a work station of a textile machine for the temporary receiving of a thread, and includes a multi-part structure with a first thread storage section and a second thread storage section connected to one another at a separation point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventors: Thomas-Georg Meier, Robert Hagl, Thomas Gruber, Lubomir Molacek
  • Patent number: 10788809
    Abstract: A method is provided for the enabling of machine functions on a spinning-mill machine comprising multiple components. The method includes transfer of machine-specific data to an enabling device that is physically remote from the spinning-mill machine; evaluation of the machine-specific data through the enabling device; selection of enabling data through the enabling device depending on the machine-specific data; transfer of the enabling data to the spinning-mill machine; and enabling of specific machine functions depending on the enabling data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Gruber, Mario Maleck, Martin Zipperer, Franz Huettinger
  • Patent number: 10767286
    Abstract: A device for piecing a thread at a workstation of a textile machine includes a suction nozzle configured to pick up a thread end of the thread from a bobbin, the suction nozzle including an entry opening for the thread. A feeder unit is movable with respect to the suction nozzle and includes a cover element configured to close the entry opening in a first position (I) of the feeder unit and to unblock the entry opening in a second position (II) of the feeder unit. The cover element includes a thread-guiding element having an open contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventors: Mario Maleck, Robert Hagl, Thomas Gruber, Robin Wein, Christian Kettner, Bernd Bahlmann, Romeo Pohn
  • Patent number: 10689779
    Abstract: A thread guide unit is used for drawing off a thread out of a rotor of a spinning unit of an open-end spinning machine. The thread guide unit includes a draw-off tube, and a compressed air nozzle configured with the draw-off tube. A thread outlet element extends into the draw-off tube. The compressed air nozzle includes a mouth formed as a gap between an inner diameter surface of the draw-off tube and the thread outlet element. A method for operating a spinning unit of an open-end spinning machine having the thread guide unit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Baier, Robert Hagl, Thomas Gruber, Christian Kettner, Mario Maleck, Robin Wein, Markus Kuebler, Andreas Frank
  • Publication number: 20200180901
    Abstract: A winding station of a textile machine for producing cross-wound bobbins includes a base unit, a cover unit, and a bobbin holder configured to hold the cross-wound bobbin. A traversing device is configured to lay a thread in a crosswise manner on the cross-wound bobbin. A thread finding device is configured to find a thread end on the cross-wound bobbin. The base unit at least partially covers the cover unit, and the cover unit is movable with respect to the base unit between a working position for laying the thread and seeking the thread end and a cleaning position for cleaning the winding station. At least portions of the thread finding device are configured on the cover unit. A method is also provided for operating the winding station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Hagl, Thomas Gruber
  • Patent number: 10399773
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transport vehicle (7) for storing unit loads in a storage rack (1) and removing unit loads from a storage rack. The transport vehicle comprises a base frame (27), running wheels (29) which rest on a first guide (36) in a rollable manner, the first guide extending parallel with the longitudinal direction of the storage rack and in a first guide plane extending parallel with a driving plane, and a guide unit (31; 60; 62; 74; 86) which is mounted to the base frame via a bearing device (46; 61; 63; 75; 87) and has guide wheels (49) which rest on a second guide (47; 88) and are rollable in guide sections (48), the second guide extending parallel with the longitudinal direction of the storage rack and in a second guide plane intersecting the driving plane in order to move the transport vehicle in a guided manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TGW Mechanics GmbH
    Inventors: Eric Grosse, Thomas Gruber, Martin Rausch, Johannes Schauer
  • Patent number: 10384908
    Abstract: A textile machine and associated operational method are provided, wherein the textile machine has a plurality of workstations for (a) delivering a thread to a bobbin, (b) laying the thread on the bobbin, (c) winding the thread on the bobbin, and (d) finding a thread end wound on the bobbin with a suction nozzle. The thread is run through the suction nozzle during delivery to the bobbin such that the thread enters an inlet mouth in the suction nozzle and exits the suction nozzle through an extraction mouth. Starting from a thread delivery device at the workstation, the thread is run freely until the thread enters the inlet mouth of the suction nozzle directly in front of the bobbin. For finding of the thread end wound on the bobbin, the thread end is sucked into the suction nozzle through the extraction mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH
    Inventors: Mario Maleck, Thomas Gruber, Robin Wein, Christian Kettner, Robert Hagl
  • Publication number: 20190218688
    Abstract: A method for automatically piecing a thread at a workstation of a textile machine, includes seeking an end of the thread on a surface of a bobbin with a suction nozzle and unwinding the thread from the bobbin counter to a regular draw-off direction of the thread and sucking the thread into the suction nozzle. The bobbin is driven in a direction of reverse rotation with a drive. A thread loop is draw-opened in the thread and moved towards a piecing unit via movement of a feeder unit. The bobbin is driven in the direction of reverse rotation during the drawing-open of the thread loop such that the thread is unwound from the bobbin. A speed of reverse rotation of the bobbin is coordinated with movement of the feeder unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Bernd Bahlmann, Romeo Pohn, Sebastian Brandl, Mario Maleck, Frank Baier, Robert Hagl, Thomas Gruber, Robin Wein, Christian Kettner, Andreas Hoyer
  • Publication number: 20190201729
    Abstract: A muscle trainer comprising curved, elongate spring elements is disclosed. The spring elements are arranged with facing concave sides and include end areas formed at each of the ends of the spring elements. The muscle trainer includes a first joint element being formed at a first end area of each spring element and a second joint element being formed at a second end area of each spring element. The spring elements are connected at their two end areas via joints formed from the joint elements. The first joint elements are designed as brackets having a bend in the direction of the concave side of the respective spring element and in each case at least partially enclosing the second joint element of the respective other spring element. A method for producing the muscle trainer and its use as a hand trainer are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Reinhard Jakobi, Thomas Gruber, Ulrich Endemann, Thomas Hohenstein, Daniel Leutz, Andreas Nixdorf
  • Publication number: 20190119834
    Abstract: A yarn return unit for returning a yarn into a delivery unit of a textile machine during a piecing process includes a yarn-guiding section configured to guide and position the yarn with respect to the delivery unit. A blowing unit generates an air flow for returning the yarn from the yarn-guiding section into the delivery unit, the blowing unit defining a flow direction of the air flow. The yarn-guiding section includes an open contour that defines an insertion area through which the yarn is inserted into the yarn-guiding section transversely to the flow direction of the air flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Hagl, Thomas Gruber, Andreas Hoyer, Bernd Bahlmann