Thomas Kluge 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).
Abstract: A method and an automatic layup system for making a stack of a plurality of composite plies are presented. The automatic layup system includes a stacking assembly located in a first plane and a layup tool located in a second plane parallel to the first plane. The stacking assembly and the layup tool are movable towards each other. The method includes the steps of (a) providing one or more composite sheets between the layup tool and the stacking assembly, (b) generating a first composite ply from the one or more composite sheets, (c) placing the first composite ply on the layup tool by the stacking assembly by bringing the stacking assembly and the layup tool close to each other, and (d) repeating the steps (b) and (c) for generating and placing a second composite ply on the first composite ply, which is placed on the layup tool.
November 28, 2016
May 31, 2018
Sultan Shair, Andreas Lutz, Martin Petersen, Matthew Hall Beaumont, Mathias Ernst Messmer, Stefaan Guido Van Nieuwenhove, Thomas Kluge, Christopher James Madsen
Abstract: In a method and computer for automatic determination of parameters for an examination with a magnetic resonance apparatus, a modeling is determined that establishes a relationship between the parameters and relations. Each relation describes a mathematical relationship between the parameters of the respective relation. To this end, values or ranges of values of specific of the parameters are acquired, which are predetermined by a user of the magnetic resonance apparatus. The parameters are determined such that the relations are complied with.
Abstract: One aspect relates to a bone cement applicator for mixing and applying a bone cement, with which the starting components of the bone cement is mixable in a closed cartridge to form a bone cement dough. The cartridge has a multi-part closure system including a discharge opening. At least two parts of the closure system are movable relative to one another, driven by a movement of the mixed bone cement dough, and the discharge opening is opened the movement of the at least two parts of the closure system relative to one another. The movement of the mixed bone cement dough is drivable by a pressure on the bone cement dough.
Abstract: One aspect relates to a device for mixing a polymethyl methacrylate bone cement formed of two starting components and for storing the starting components of the bone cement. The device has a tubular cartridge with a cylindrical interior. A powder is contained in a front of the cartridge and a container containing a monomer liquid is arranged in a rear of the cartridge. A discharge piston is arranged between the container and the powder, and a conveying piston is on the side of the container opposite the discharge piston. The discharge piston and the conveying piston are arranged in the interior of the cartridge movably in the longitudinal direction. A conduit is provided that connects the front part and the rear part of the interior of the cartridge to one another in a manner permeable for the monomer liquid and for gases and which is impermeable for the powder.
Abstract: A polymethylmethacrylate bone cement is produced by a method. The method comprises the steps of a) providing a cement powder comprising: at least one particulate polymethylmethacrylate or polymethylmethacrylate-copolymer wherein the at least one particulate polymethylmethacrylate or polymethylmethacrylate-copolymer have a particle size of less than 100 ?m; an initiator; and at least one particulate or fibrous additive that is insoluble in methylmethacrylate, wherein the additive has an absorption capacity at room temperature of more than or equal to 0.6 g methylmethacrylate per gram of additive; b) providing a monomer solution comprising: at least one methylmethacrylate; and at least one activator; and c) mixing the cement powder and the monomer solution, characterised in that the mixing takes place without the application of shearing forces.
Abstract: In a magnetic resonance installation and a corresponding method, a scan sequence is determined based on a representation in k-space of a pulse response of a gradient system of the magnetic resonance installation.
Abstract: A mixing device comprises a mixing space for mixing bone cement, at least one mixing element supported in the mixing space such that it can rotate, a gear for rotating the at least one mixing element, and at least one elastically deformable energy-storing element that is connected to the gear such that the gear can be driven by an elastic energy from the energy-storing element and such that the at least one mixing element can be rotated in the mixing space by means of the gear upon the release of elastic energy from the energy-storing element. Additionally, a vacuum mixing system and mixing method comprise the mixing device for mixing the bone cement.
Abstract: A positioning aid for surgical procedures has a carrier system and a template. The carrier system consists of a carrier plate, which is provided with a recess, and supports. The carrier plate can be secured to a cranial bone via the supports over an operating field for the surgical procedure. The template has a template plate which can be connected to the carrier plate in a play-free manner and which comprises a guiding aperture. The guiding aperture is arranged and oriented in the template plate, which consists of a blank, in an individualized manner according to coordinates ascertained in advance. The central longitudinal axis of the guiding aperture matches a trajectory for accessing the operating field for the surgical procedure when the carrier system and the template are assembled and the carrier system is secured to the cranial bone.
June 8, 2015
April 26, 2018
HoerSys IP GmbH & Co. KG
Thomas LENARZ, Jan-Philipp KOBLER, Marcel KLUGE, Samuel JOHN, Tobias ORTMAIER, Omid MAJDANI, Thomas Stephan RAU
Abstract: In order to execute a low-artifact magnetic resonance fingerprinting (MRF) scan, a preferred order of N k-space trajectories of a sampling pattern is determined in a computer, along which in each case an undersampled scan data set is to be scanned, such that artifacts are avoided in parameter maps created from the scan data sets in an MRF scan. The order in which the N k-space trajectories are to be sampled one after the other is varied, so at least two different orders are produced. According to the orders that result due to this variation, determined test signal characteristics are compared with each other and/or with ideal signal characteristics with respect to their artifact behavior. A preferred order is determined from the resulting orders by taking into account the results of the comparison.
September 8, 2017
March 15, 2018
Siemens Healthcare GmbH
Thomas Kluge, Mathias Nittka, Gregor Koerzdoerfer
Abstract: Bone cement applicators and methods apply a bone cement dough in the region of the spine. The applicators and method have at least one tubular cartridge with an internal space, containing starting components of the bone cement, at least one dispensing plunger that is mobile in longitudinal direction on the inside of the at least one cartridge, a hose, an application opening through which the bone cement dough is applicable, a three-way valve being arranged in the hose or on a side of the hose facing the at least one cartridge and in fluid connection with the opening of the at least one cartridge and/or a collecting container arranged on the three-way valve for accommodation of bone cement dough.
Abstract: Bone cement applicators and methods for application of a bone cement dough, the applicators and methods comprise a tubular cartridge with an internal space, a dispensing plunger for expelling the starting components through an opening of the cartridge opposite from the dispensing plunger, wherein the dispensing plunger is mobile in longitudinal direction in the internal space of the cartridge. The applicators and methods further comprise a hose, an application opening, a three-way valve operable from outside and arranged or arrangeable in the hose or on a side of the hose facing the cartridge, and a collecting container arranged on the three-way valve.
Abstract: Vacuum mixing systems and methods mix of polymethylmethacrylate bone cement, the systems and methods comprise at least one cartridge having an evacuable internal space, a pump with a plunger that can be moved by hand to generate a low pressure, and a connecting conduit connecting the internal space of the at least one cartridge to the pump. The pump comprises an operating element that can be operated from outside and is connected appropriately to the plunger such that it is suitable for moving the plunger in the pump by hand such that a low pressure can be generated such that the low pressure of the pump can be used to evacuate gas from the internal space of the at least one cartridge through the connecting conduit.
Abstract: A storage and mixing device for two-component polymethyl methacrylate bone cements having a cylindrical interior of a cartridge that is delimited on a front side by a cartridge head, a plunger arranged to be axially movable in the cylindrical interior of the cartridge and spaced from the cartridge head, a powdery first parent component of the bone cement, that is contained in the interior between the plunger and the cartridge head, a feed-through arranged in the cartridge head or in the cylinder barrel of the cartridge between the plunger and the cartridge head. The feed-through is connectable to a fluid line, a receptacle for a monomer liquid, wherein the fluid line connects the feed-through to the receptacle in a liquid-permeable manner, and a press-out device pushable into the receptacle, so that monomer liquid is pressable out of the receptacle into the fluid line.
Abstract: A storage and mixing device for PMMA bone cements having a cylindrical interior of the cartridge that is delimited on a front side by a cartridge head with a closed delivery opening, a plunger which is arranged to be axially movable in the cylindrical interior of the cartridge and which is spaced from the cartridge head. The plunger circumferentially rests against the inner wall of the interior, so that the plunger divides the interior of the cartridge into two sections in a gas-tight manner, a powdery first parent component of the bone cement, which is contained in the interior between the plunger and the cartridge head, a feed-through which is arranged in the cartridge head or in the cylinder barrel of the cartridge between the plunger and the cartridge head, wherein the feed-through is connected to a fluid line in which a monomer liquid as a second parent component of the bone cement is contained or into which a monomer liquid is fillable or introducible.
Abstract: A pasty two-component polymethacrylate bone cement comprising a pasty component A, containing AI at least one distillable methacrylate monomer for radical polymerisation; AII at least one polymer soluble in AI; AIII at least one particulate polymer with a particle size of no more than 500 ?m that is not soluble in AI; AIV at least one radical stabiliser; and AV at least one aromatic amine accelerator; and a pasty component B, containing BI dibenzoyl peroxide; BII at least one substance that is not subject to radical polymerisation and is liquid at room temperature, whereby the solubility of dibenzoyl peroxide in this substance at room temperature is less than 5.0% by weight and, whereby the weight fraction of liquid substance BII in the self-curing cement dough is less than 2.0% by weight. Also disclosed is a method for producing a self-curing bone cement dough using the pasty two-component polymethacrylate bone cement.
Abstract: A system for forming stacked material includes a housing defining an interior space. The housing includes a bottom wall and a side wall coupled to the bottom wall. At least one tool is configured to shape the stacked material. The at least one tool is disposed within the interior space. A membrane extends at least partially over the bottom wall and is spaced a distance from the bottom wall. The membrane is configured to move towards the bottom wall. At least one intensifier mechanism is disposed in the interior space and is configured to induce a force against a portion of the stacked material and against the at least one tool as the membrane is moved towards the bottom wall.
May 24, 2016
November 30, 2017
Sultan Shair, Martin Petersen, Andreas Lutz, Krishnan Balaji Thattai Parthasarathy, Stefaan Guido Van Nieuwenhove, Thomas Kluge, James Duvall Bollacker, Anja Lena Nieratschker
Abstract: The invention proposes a polymer solution for visco-supplementation. The polymer solution contains at least one at least partially water-soluble polysaccharide or polysaccharide derivative, one water-soluble alkali salt or alkaline earth salt of polystyrene sulfonic acid, and water, whereby the polymer solution is clear to the eye. Moreover, the invention describes a method for sterilisation of the polymer solution. This method is characterised in that a mixture of at least one at least partially water-soluble polysaccharide or polysaccharide derivative, one water-soluble alkali salt or alkaline earth salt of polystyrene sulfonic acid, and water is mixed with at least 0.5 wt. % propiolactone, and in that the polymer solution is stored at room temperature for at least 24 hours.
Abstract: Storage and mixing systems and methods for pasty multicomponent polymethylmethacrylate bone cements, the systems and methods comprise a first tubular cartridge with a first cylindrical internal space containing a first starting component, a first dispensing plunger, a second tubular cartridge that is arranged within the first tubular cartridge. The external wall of the second cartridge touches against the internal wall of the first cartridge and is attached to the internal wall of the first cartridge, whereby the second cartridge contains a second starting component and has a second dispensing plunger arranged in it, whereby a pressing device with a clamping edge for compressing the second cartridge that can be propelled axially in the internal space of the first cartridge is arranged, as seen from the cartridge head, behind the first dispensing plunger and the second dispensing plunger.
Abstract: A device mixes bone cement and stores parent components of the bone cement. The device has a cartridge comprising an interior, that is closed on one side by a movable delivery plunger, a receptacle comprising side walls for receiving a monomer liquid container that are closed at least in some regions. The receptacle has at least one deformable closed side wall, a screen and/or a filter arranged below the receptacle so that the contents of the opened monomer liquid container flow through the screen and/or the filter. The device further has a connecting line through which the monomer liquid is to be routed into the interior of the cartridge, a hollow cylinder which is connected to the connecting line and which is connected to the receptacle by way of a fluid connection so that the hollow cylinder is arranged in a fluid line between the receptacle and the interior of the cartridge.
Abstract: Storage and mixing systems for pasty two-component polymethyl methacrylate bone cements comprise a tubular cartridge having a cylindrical inner chamber, a cartridge head, which closes one end of the tubular cartridge at the front side, a partition that is disposed axially in the cylindrical inner chamber of the cartridge. The partition divides the cylindrical inner chamber of the cartridge bounded by the cartridge head into two cavities that are spatially separated from one another, wherein a first pasty cement component is present in the first cavity and a second pasty cement component is present in the separate second cavity.