Patents by Inventor Thomas Herold

Thomas Herold 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: 11338496
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing containers (14) from preforms (12) made of thermoplastic material by means of a blow molding machine (10) comprising at least one temperature control device (26) and one forming device having at least two forming stations (16), wherein the preforms (12) are temperature controlled by means of the temperature control device (26) on the basis of specifiable first control parameters, and wherein one temperature-controlled preform (12) is formed by means of one of the forming stations (16), respectively, on the basis of specifiable second control parameters into a container (14), wherein at least one of the second control parameters is individually specified for each of the forming stations (16). The invention furthermore relates to a blow molding machine (10), designed for executing the method according to the invention, for producing containers (14) from preforms (12) made of thermoplastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Linke, Rolf Baumgarte, Frank Berger, Deniz Ulutürk, Jens-Peter Rasch, Arne Wiese, Bernd Zimmering, Thomas Herold, André Gerkens, Frank Haesendonckx
  • Patent number: 11198244
    Abstract: A method and a device for producing blow-molded containers which are sterile at least in some areas. A preform made of a thermoplastic material is first heated in a heating device on a transport path through a blow-molding machine and then supplied with a pressurized fluid in a blow-molding station of the device. The preform is guided along a channel, which conducts a sterile gas, at least over one sub-section of the transport path of the preform. The transport path of the preform out of the channel is supplied with the sterile gas in order to produce a sterile gas corridor in which at least the opening region of the preform is guided. Multiple radiation sources are arranged along the channel and one behind the other in the transport direction. The radiation sources emit a sterilizing radiation onto the preform and/or onto the channel, and/or onto the sterile gas corridor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Lewin, Thomas Herold, Jan Fabian Meyer, Martin Gerhards, Dieter Klatt, Rolf Baumgarte
  • Patent number: 10882241
    Abstract: A method and a device for producing blow-molded containers, which are sterile at least in some areas, in a blow-molding machine. A preform made of a thermoplastic material is first heated, then stretched by a stretching rod in a blowing station, and then supplied with a pressurized fluid via a blow nozzle, wherein a sterilization device is arranged in the blowing station. The sterilization device has at least one radiation source which emits a sterilizing radiation onto the stretching rod and/or onto the blow nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: KHS CORPOPLAST GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Lewin, Thomas Herold, Jan Fabian Meyer, Martin Gerhards, Dieter Klatt, Rolf Baumgarte
  • Publication number: 20200262129
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing containers (14) from preforms (12) made of thermoplastic material by means of a blow molding machine (10) comprising at least one temperature control device (26) and one forming device having at least two forming stations (16), wherein the preforms (12) are temperature controlled by means of the temperature control device (26) on the basis of specifiable first control parameters, and wherein one temperature-controlled preform (12) is formed by means of one of the forming stations (16), respectively, on the basis of specifiable second control parameters into a container (14), wherein at least one of the second control parameters is individually specified for each of the forming stations (16). The invention furthermore relates to a blow molding machine (10), designed for executing the method according to the invention, for producing containers (14) from preforms (12) made of thermoplastic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Michael LINKE, Rolf BAUMGARTE, Frank BERGER, Deniz ULUTÜRK, Jens-Peter RASCH, Arne WIESE, Bernd ZIMMERING, Thomas HEROLD, André GERKENS, Frank HAESENDONCKX
  • Patent number: 10746677
    Abstract: An open cup flash point detector is shown that rapidly increases the temperature of the substance being tested until temperature is close to a theoretical flash point. Thereafter, as temperature is slowly increased, an igniter flame moves in an arc over the upper lip of the test cup while simultaneously a UV sensor senses a wedge-shaped area, also immediately over the upper lip of the test cup. The arc of the igniter flame and the wedge-shaped area do not overlap. By incremental increases in temperature and repeating the arc movement of the igniter flame, the flash point can be detected by the UV sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Petroleum Analyzer Company, LP
    Inventors: Michael Brosseau, Thomas Herold, Simon Blass, Oezkan Oguz
  • Publication number: 20190358847
    Abstract: A method for dividing panel-shaped workpieces, which comprise wood or a wood substitute substance as a material, into in each case a plurality of smaller workpieces. A panel-shaped workpiece that is to be divided is initially divided by saw cuts into a plurality of rectangular strip-shaped workpieces with a first pair of opposing narrow sides and a second pair of opposing narrow sides, the first narrow sides being longer than the second narrow sides. In a further method step, the strip-shaped workpieces are divided by a plurality of milling tools simultaneously with cuts parallel to the second narrow sides into the smaller workpieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: Ima Klessmann GmbH Holzbearbeitungssysteme
    Inventors: Thomas Herold, Ralf Schürmann
  • Publication number: 20190293581
    Abstract: An open cup flash point detector is shown that rapidly increases the temperature of the substance being tested until temperature is close to a theoretical flash point. Thereafter, as temperature is slowly increased, an igniter flame moves in an arc over the upper lip of the test cup while simultaneously a UV sensor senses a wedge-shaped area, also immediately over the upper lip of the test cup. The arc of the igniter flame and the wedge-shaped area do not overlap. By incremental increases in temperature and repeating the arc movement of the igniter flame, the flash point can be detected by the UV sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Brosseau, Thomas Herold, Simon Blass, Oezkan Oguz
  • Patent number: 10324051
    Abstract: An open cup flash point detector is shown that rapidly increases the temperature of the substance being tested until temperature is close to a theoretical flash point. Thereafter, as temperature is slowly increased, an igniter flame moves in an arc over the upper lip of the test cup while simultaneously a UV sensor senses a wedge-shaped area, also immediately over the upper lip of the test cup. The arc of the igniter flame and the wedge-shaped area do not overlap. By incremental increases in temperature and repeating the arc movement of the igniter flame, the flash point can be detected by the UV sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Petroleum Analyzer Company, LP
    Inventors: Michael Brosseau, Thomas Herold, Simon Blass, Oezkan Oguz
  • Patent number: 10269258
    Abstract: A system for using a smartpen as a tool for automatically assessing student learning that is simple and accurate. The system has a computer with at least one processor, a memory, a storage, and communications through a protocol, one or more than one smartpen in communication with the computer and a plurality of software modules having non-transitory instructions executable on the processor for at least a characterization module, for characterizing spatial and temporal organization of a student's work, and a machine learning module utilizing the spatial and temporal organization to assess student learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Thomas Stahovich, Timothy Van Arsdale, Hanlung Lin, James Thomas Herold, Kevin Rawson
  • Patent number: 10224774
    Abstract: A method for mounting laminated sheets onto a shaft of a rotor provided for an electrical machine may involve sliding the laminated sheets onto the shaft and bracing the laminated sheets between two rotation-resistant thrust washers connected with the shaft. The laminated sheets may be slid onto the shaft to lie against a stop in the form of a first thrust washer arranged upon a first subsection of the shaft. A second thrust washer may be pressed in by axially bracing the laminated sheets onto a second axial subsection of the shaft in a frictional interlocking manner. The second thrust washer may be positioned after a surface of the second subsection has been enlarged by the introduction of an exterior surface profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: THUSSENKRUPP PRESTA TECCENTER AG
    Inventors: Daniel Paul, Juergen Meusel, Kay Hameyer, Thomas Herold, Teofil Cristian Andrej
  • Patent number: 10131083
    Abstract: A machine for producing and filling containers, having: a heating device for thermal conditioning thermoplastic parisons; a blow-molding device for deforming the thermally conditioned parisons into containers by blow-molding or stretch blow-molding; a device for filling the containers with a product; and a transfer device for conveying the containers from the blow-molding device to the filling device. A nozzle arrangement is arranged in the region of the transfer device for impinging a cooling liquid on the containers. The nozzle arrangement has a gas nozzle connected by a gas line to a gas source. The nozzle arrangement has a liquid nozzle connected by a liquid line to a liquid source. The gas nozzle and the liquid nozzle are arranged and oriented relative to one another such that a liquid jet from the liquid nozzle strikes a gas jet from the gas nozzle in an intersection region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: KHS CORPOPLAST GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Herold
  • Publication number: 20180313774
    Abstract: An open cup flash point detector is shown that rapidly increases the temperature of the substance being tested until temperature is close to a theoretical flash point. Thereafter, as temperature is slowly increased, an igniter flame moves in an arc over the upper lip of the test cup while simultaneously a UV sensor senses a wedge-shaped area, also immediately over the upper lip of the test cup. The arc of the igniter flame and the wedge-shaped area do not overlap. By incremental increases in temperature and repeating the arc movement of the igniter flame, the flash point can be detected by the UV sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: Petroleum Analyzer Company, LP
    Inventors: Michael Brosseau, Thomas Herold, Simon Blass, Oezkan Oguz
  • Patent number: 9757488
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and device for sterilizing parisons made of a thermoplastic material that are intended for producing blow-molded containers. During the sterilizing process a sterilizing agent is introduced into an interior of the parison by an applicator. At least one gas is supplied to the applicator via at least one supply element, at least sections of which are arranged in a horizontal direction next to a transport path of the applicator. The supply element comprises at least one outlet opening facing towards the applicator. At least one pressure-applying element is arranged between the applicator and the supply element and is resiliently clamped between the applicator and the supply element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: KHS Corpoplast GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Herold, Harald Rieger, Dieter Klatt, Martin Gerhards
  • Publication number: 20170197352
    Abstract: A method for the production of blow-molded containers that are sterile at least in certain regions, and a blow-molding machine configured to carry out the method. In accordance with the method, blowing stations are arranged on a rotating blowing wheel. A preform of a thermoplastic material is first heated and then stretched in a blowing station by a stretching rod and subjected to a pressurized blowing fluid via a blowing nozzle. A sterilizing fluid is supplied to the preform in the blowing station to perform a sterilization. The sterilizing fluid is fed into the preform from an outlet and is carried away again via an inlet and in between follows a flow path. The sterilizing fluid is made to pass through or pass by the stretching rod on its flow path, and the sterilizing fluid is supplied while the blow-molding machine continues to operate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: KHS Corpoplast GmbH
    Inventors: Michael LITZENBERG, Martin GERHARDS, Thomas HEROLD, Dieter KLATT
  • Publication number: 20170117766
    Abstract: A method for mounting laminated sheets onto a shaft of a rotor provided for an electrical machine may involve sliding the laminated sheets onto the shaft and bracing the laminated sheets between two rotation-resistant thrust washers connected with the shaft. The laminated sheets may be slid onto the shaft to lie against a stop in the form of a first thrust washer arranged upon a first subsection of the shaft. A second thrust washer may be pressed in by axially bracing the laminated sheets onto a second axial subsection of the shaft in a frictional interlocking manner. The second thrust washer may be positioned after a surface of the second subsection has been enlarged by the introduction of an exterior surface profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: ThyssenKrupp Presta TecCenter AG
    Inventors: Daniel Paul, Juergen Meusel, Kay Hameyer, Thomas Herold, Teofil Cristian Andrej
  • Publication number: 20160257057
    Abstract: A machine for producing and filling containers, having: a heating device for thermal conditioning thermoplastic parisons; a blow-molding device for deforming the thermally conditioned parisons into containers by blow-molding or stretch blow-molding; a device for filling the containers with a product; and a transfer device for conveying the containers from the blow-molding device to the filling device. A nozzle arrangement is arranged in the region of the transfer device for impinging a cooling liquid on the containers. The nozzle arrangement has a gas nozzle connected by a gas line to a gas source. The nozzle arrangement has a liquid nozzle connected by a liquid line to a liquid source. The gas nozzle and the liquid nozzle are arranged and oriented relative to one another such that a liquid jet from the liquid nozzle strikes a gas jet from the gas nozzle in an intersection region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas HEROLD
  • Publication number: 20160207245
    Abstract: A method and a device for producing blow-molded containers, which are sterile at least in some areas, in a blow-molding machine. A preform made of a thermoplastic material is first guided through a heating device by a supporting device, heated in the heating device, and then supplied with a pressurized fluid, and the preform is supplied with a sterilizing radiation at least in some areas. At least one radiation source for the sterilizing radiation is arranged in the heating device in a stationary manner at a distance to the preform, and the radiation direction of at least one of the at least one radiation sources is oriented towards the opening region of the preform and/or towards the supporting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventors: Frank LEWIN, Thomas HEROLD, Jan Fabian MEYER, Martin GERHARDS, Dieter KLATT, Rolf BAUMGARTE
  • Publication number: 20160200028
    Abstract: A method and a device for producing blow-molded containers, which are sterile at least in some areas, in a blow-molding machine. A preform made of a thermoplastic material is first heated, then stretched by a stretching rod in a blowing station, and then supplied with a pressurized fluid via a blow nozzle, wherein a sterilization device is arranged in the blowing station. The sterilization device has at least one radiation source which emits a sterilizing radiation onto the stretching rod and/or onto the blow nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: Frank LEWIN, Thomas HEROLD, Jan Fabian MEYER, Martin GERHARDS, Dieter KLATT, Rolf BAUMGARTE
  • Publication number: 20160193776
    Abstract: A method and a device for producing blow-molded containers which are sterile at least in some areas. A preform made of a thermoplastic material is first heated in a heating device on a transport path through a blowmolding machine and then supplied with a pressurized fluid in a blow-molding device. The preform is guided along a channel, which conducts a sterilizing gas, at least over one sub-section of the transport path of the preform. The transport path of the preform out of the channel is supplied with the sterilizing gas in order to produce a sterilizing gas corridor in which at least the opening region of the preform is guided. Multiple radiation sources are arranged along the channel and one behind the other in the transport direction. The radiation sources emit a sterilizing radiation onto the preform and/or onto the channel, and/or onto the sterilizing gas corridor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Frank LEWIN, Thomas HEROLD, Jan Fabian MEYER, Martin GERHARDS, Dieter KLATT, Rolf BAUMGARTE
  • Publication number: 20160193775
    Abstract: A method and device for producing blow-molded containers which are sterile at least in some areas. A preform made of a thermoplastic material is first heated and then supplied with a pressurized fluid, and the preform is supplied with a sterilizing radiation at least in some areas. A radiation source for the sterilizing radiation is arranged at a distance to the preform, and a supplying device is moved into the preform. The supplying device conducts the sterilizing radiation from the radiation source into the preform and emits the sterilizing radiation onto the preform inner wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Frank LEWIN, Thomas HEROLD, Jan Fabian MEYER, Martin GERHARDS, Dieter KLATT, Rolf BAUMGARTE