Patents by Inventor Thomas Koch

Thomas Koch 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: 9429331
    Abstract: A heater management system provides heat to heated zones of a mobile unit. For each heated zone, the heater management system includes a heater driver and a sensor. The heater driver is controlled by a unique control channel that is configured to heat the heated zone. The sensor senses environmental data external and internal to the heated zone. The heater management system includes a memory storing a heater driver prioritization database. The heater management system includes a heater control logic unit programmed to receive periodic reports from each of the sensors, prioritize the heated zones by utilizing the heater driver database as a function of the periodic reports, and determine power to be provided to each of the heater drivers based on the prioritizing operation and a predetermined global power limitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chung Keung Poon, Thomas Koch, Armia N Nazeer
  • Publication number: 20160244870
    Abstract: A method for controlling a gas supply to a process chamber is provided. The method includes: measuring a gas parameter by each of two or more sensors provided in the process chamber; determining a combined gas parameter from the measured gas parameters; and controlling the gas supply to the process chamber based on the determined combined gas parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicants: Applied Materials, Inc., Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank SCHNAPPENBERGER, Anke HELLMICH, Thomas KOCH, Thomas DEPPISCH
  • Patent number: 9322351
    Abstract: A method for operating an internal combustion engine comprising an emission control system that includes at least one catalytic and/or filter-effective emission control component. In conjunction with a cold start and/or a warm-up of the internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine is operated using a cold start engine operation process having predefined values for predefined operating parameters of the internal combustion engine. An amount of hydrocarbons (HC) stored in one or more of the at least one emission control component is estimated, and the cold start engine operation process is activated when the estimation indicates that the amount of stored HC exceeds a predefined maximum amount of stored HC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Thomas Koch, Alexander Massner, Anke Traebert
  • Patent number: 9244123
    Abstract: A synchronous circuit comprises a functional circuitry and one or more validation circuits for validating synchronization of the functional circuitry. The functional and the validation circuits are clocked by a clock source. Each validation circuit comprises a clock distribution network, a test signal generator, a capture cell, a test signal path from the test signal generator to the capture cell, and a verification unit. The clock distribution network applies a launch clock signal at the test signal generator and a capture clock signal at the capture cell. The test signal generator produces a bi-level test signal. The test signal path transmits the test signal to the capture cell, which generates a proof sequence by sampling the test signal. The verification unit determines whether the proof sequence is identical to the test sequence. A method of designing a synchronous circuit and method of validating a synchronous circuit are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Koch, Ilhan Hatirnaz, Michael Rohleder
  • Publication number: 20150364323
    Abstract: The Siemens process for deposition of polycrystalline silicon in the form of rods in a sealed reactor is improved by, after introduction of deposition gas has ceased, introducing a ventilating gas into the partially sealed reactor, withdrawing a gas stream from the reactor, and monitoring the components in the gas stream withdrawn until a desired concentration of one or more components is reached, and opening the reactor to remove the rods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Applicant: Wacker Chemie AG
    Inventors: Barbara MUELLER, Thomas KOCH
  • Publication number: 20150361832
    Abstract: A method and a device for operating a waste heat utilization device for an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle is disclosed. The waste heat utilization device contains a waste heat utilization circuit in which a working medium circulates. A conveyor, an evaporator, an expansion machine, and a condenser are disposed in the waste heat utilization circuit. A basic adjustment of the waste heat utilization circuit is provided, which as a function of a heat input into the working medium adjusts the mass flow rate at the conveyor and/or the ratio between high pressure and low pressure at the expansion machine. In addition, a pilot control is provided which recognizes a change of the operating point of the internal combustion engine and, when the operating point is changed, controls the condensation output of the condenser in accordance with a mass distribution of the working medium in the waste heat utilization circuit optimized to the new operating point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Applicant: DAIMLER AG
    Inventors: Andreas FRANKE, Jan GAERTNER, Thomas KOCH, Dominik MALL
  • Patent number: 9152178
    Abstract: A mobile computing device is described. The mobile computing device includes an enclosure. A humidity sensor senses humidity inside the enclosure and generates humidity data. An internal temperature sensor senses a temperature inside the enclosure and generates internal temperature data. An external temperature sensor senses a temperature exterior to the enclosure and generates external temperature data. An environmental control apparatus adjusts at least a temperature inside the enclosure of the mobile electronic device. A processor receives the humidity data, the internal temperature data, and the external temperature data and activates the environmental control apparatus in response to the humidity data, the internal temperature data, and the external temperature data to minimize condensation from forming inside the enclosure due to rapid changes in external ambient temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Koch
  • Publication number: 20150275723
    Abstract: A method for operating an internal combustion engine involves using an injection valve to post-inject fuel into at least one cylinder of the internal combustion engine in order to help regenerate a particulate filter that is arranged in an exhaust system of the internal combustion engine, downstream of an oxidation catalyst. A closing moment of a discharge valve of a cylinder of the internal combustion engine is advanced when the temperature of the oxidation catalyst is in a first temperature range, and the post-injections are performed when the temperature of the oxidation catalyst is in a second temperature range, an upper limit of the first temperature range having a lower value that an upper limit of the second temperature range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Koch, Alexander Massner, Frank Zimmermann, Herbert Zoeller
  • Patent number: 9109320
    Abstract: The method according to the invention for sterilizing temperature-sensitive laundry items comprises the following steps: in the dry state, the laundry items are exposed to a process air flow having a defined temperature Tp and over a specified time period, then the laundry items heated in such a way are cooled to a target temperature Tptarget significantly lower than the temperature Tp, and then the cooled laundry items are washed in a washing process. The washing-drying unit according to the invention has a control device (CTRL) for carrying out said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: BSH HAUSGERÄTE GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Hanau, Thomas Koch, Harald Moschütz
  • Publication number: 20150219025
    Abstract: In a method for operating an internal combustion engine, in particular a spark-ignition engine, having inlet valves for controlling air flow to the internal combustion engine, which air flow is compressed by an exhaust gas turbocharger, wherein, during partial load operation, the inlet valves are closed at an early first point in time (t1) or at a late second point in time (t2), and during a transition from partial load operation to full load operation, for a predefined time, the inlet valves are closed at an early third point in time (t3) or at a late fourth point in time (t4) with the third point time (t3) occurring after the first point in time (t1) and the fourth point in time (t4) occurring before the second point in time (t2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2015
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas KOCH
  • Publication number: 20150204161
    Abstract: A barrier onto the surface of a subterranean formation may be formed by pumping into a wellbore within a well hydrophobically modified polysaccharides. A pressure differential is created between the reservoir pressure and formation pressure within the well. The micellular hydrophobically modified polysaccharides self-align onto the face of the formation to form the barrier. Flow of fluids into the subterranean formation is thereby prohibited.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Inventors: Steven H. Craig, Richard Thomas Koch, JR., Robert S. Martin
  • Publication number: 20150167988
    Abstract: A heater management system provides heat to heated zones of a mobile unit. For each heated zone, the heater management system includes a heater driver and a sensor. The heater driver is controlled by a unique control channel that is configured to heat the heated zone. The sensor senses environmental data external and internal to the heated zone. The heater management system includes a memory storing a heater driver prioritization database. The heater management system includes a heater control logic unit programmed to receive periodic reports from each of the sensors, prioritize the heated zones by utilizing the heater driver database as a function of the periodic reports, and determine power to be provided to each of the heater drivers based on the prioritizing operation and a predetermined global power limitation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Applicant: SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: CHUNG KEUNG POON, THOMAS KOCH, ARMIA N. NAZEER
  • Publication number: 20150124390
    Abstract: A mobile computing device is described. The mobile computing device includes an enclosure. A humidity sensor senses humidity inside the enclosure and generates humidity data. An internal temperature sensor senses a temperature inside the enclosure and generates internal temperature data. An external temperature sensor senses a temperature exterior to the enclosure and generates external temperature data. An environmental control apparatus adjusts at least a temperature inside the enclosure of the mobile electronic device. A processor receives the humidity data, the internal temperature data, and the external temperature data and activates the environmental control apparatus in response to the humidity data, the internal temperature data, and the external temperature data to minimize condensation from forming inside the enclosure due to rapid changes in external ambient temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas Koch
  • Patent number: 9021807
    Abstract: In a waste heat utilization arrangement for an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle including a waste heat utilization circuit in which a working medium is circulated, a pumping device for pressurizing the working medium, an evaporator for vaporizing the working medium by waste heat of the internal combustion engine, an expansion machine for expanding the working medium while extracting mechanical energy therefrom and a condenser for condensing the working medium in a resting state, the waste heat utilization circuit is in communication with a pressure store capable of maintaining a pressure for setting and ensuring a predetermined adjustable minimum pressure of the working medium in the waste heat utilization circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Jan Gaertner, Thomas Koch
  • Patent number: 9024663
    Abstract: In a first circuit for detecting clock glitches in a clock signal, a master counter is clocked by the clock signal and memorizes a master count. An incrementer advances the master count by one increment. A slave counter is clocked by the clock signal and memorizes a slave count. The slave count is retarded relative to the master count by at least a particular number of clock edges. A comparator determines whether the difference between the master count and the slave count is at least a value of the incrementer times the particular number of clock edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Rohleder, Thomas Koch, Vladimir Litovtchenko, Thomas Luedeke
  • Publication number: 20150105362
    Abstract: A process is provided for the making of estetrol starting from a 3-A-oxy-estra-1,3,5(10),15-tetraen-17-one, wherein A is an C1-C5 alkyl group, preferably a methyl group, or a C7-C12 benzylic group, preferably a benzyl group. This process is particularly suitable to industry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Pantarhei Bioscience B.V.
    Inventors: Mark Theodoor Verhaar, Thomas Koch, Erwin Gerardus Jacobus Warmerdam
  • Patent number: 8979702
    Abstract: A compact five-speed transmission planetary hear train includes a first, second, third, and fourth planetary gear sets between an input and an output as well as first, second, and third brakes and first, second and third clutches. The first, second and third brakes and first, second and third clutches are selectively actuatable to provide five different forward speeds and four different reverse speeds between the input and the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Koch, Justin Floro, Michael Gross, Kevin Meyer, Kevin Knox, James Rice, James Elmer Winzeler, Peter Hodges, Perry Cruce
  • Publication number: 20150014436
    Abstract: A valve for metering fluid having a valve assembly which meters the fluid, and a hydraulic coupler assigned to the valve assembly. The coupler has a housing cup having a cup bottom, cup wall and cup opening; a piston is guided inside the housing cup in axially displaceable manner and delimits a fluid-filled coupler gap in the direction of the cup bottom and delimits an annular gap in the direction of the cup wall; and a cap-shaped diaphragm having a cap bottom and cap shell, which covers the annular gap at the cup opening by the cap bottom and overlaps the cup wall of the housing cup by the cap shell, and is fixed in place at the piston and cup wall in fluid-tight manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Koch, Dietmar Schmieder
  • Patent number: D722561
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rainer Grillenberger, Thomas Koch
  • Patent number: D762574
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Reiner Grillenberger, Eric Joseph, Thomas Koch