Patents by Inventor Thomas Lutz

Thomas Lutz 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: 11203005
    Abstract: A process for producing water-absorbing polymer particles by suspension polymerization and thermal surface postcrosslinking, wherein the agglomerated base polymer obtained by suspension polymerization has a centrifuge retention capacity of at least 37 g/g and the thermal surface postcrosslinking is conducted at 100 to 190° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Tina Mark, Thomas Daniel, Erich Lutz, Stefan Molter, Anna Kowalski
  • Publication number: 20210222573
    Abstract: A turbine wheel is disclosed. The turbine wheel includes a plurality of first dovetail slots (300) and a plurality of second dovetail slots (100). The plurality of first dovetail slots and the plurality of second dovetail slots are alternately spaced circumferentially on a radially outer periphery of the turbine wheel (200). And a rotor assembly (600) is disclosed. The rotor assembly is used with the turbine wheel a plurality of first turbine buckets (700) and a plurality of second turbine buckets (800).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Inventor: Thomas LUTZ
  • Patent number: 10813345
    Abstract: A water change system includes an elongate tube and a spout configured to be coupled to the elongate tube. The spout includes a first opening and a second opening spaced from the first opening. The spout is rotatable between a first position to permit water to enter the second opening and pass out of the first opening, and a second position to inhibit water from entering the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Central Garden & Pet Company
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Phillip Bartoszek, Matthew Allen, Ernie Katris
  • Patent number: 10772302
    Abstract: A collar for an animal includes an elongate piece of flexible material having a first end and a second end, the first and second ends configured to be releasably coupled together about the neck of an animal. The collar also includes a lighting system coupled to the piece of material. The lighting system includes a power source and an optical element coupled to the power source. The optical element is at least partially embedded within the piece of material and extends along a length direction between the first and second ends. The optical element further includes an LED that is configured to illuminate a portion of the optical element when the power source is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Matthew Allen, Ernie Katris
  • Patent number: 10743524
    Abstract: A system for displaying aquatic animals in a retail environment includes a base having a plurality of shelves, and a plurality of removable containment elements disposed on the shelves, each of the containment elements including a bottom, a top, and side walls extending between the top and the bottom to enclose a volume of water. At least one of the side walls defines a flat side viewing panel for viewing an aquatic animal inside of the containment element. Each of the containment elements is a rectangular-shaped that is sized to contain a salable number of aquatic animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: It's Lit Lighting Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Matthew Allen
  • Publication number: 20200253465
    Abstract: A bite block includes a body defining a first side wall, a second side wall, a first bite surface extending between the first side wall and the second side wall, and a second bite surface extending between the first side wall and the second side wall, the second side wall arranged to be positioned adjacent an interior portion of a patient's cheek. An LED is positioned within the body and positioned to emit light away from the interior portion of the patient's cheek. A battery is positioned within the body and is connected to the LED and a switch is positioned within the body and actuatable through contact with an exterior portion of the patient's cheek to selectively provide power to the LED, wherein the body defines an inseparable component that cannot be disassembled without destroying the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Ernie Katris, Phillip Bartoszek, Peter Katris
  • Publication number: 20200121097
    Abstract: A modular shelving system includes a plurality of shelves, each shelf having a length and defining a first passage, a second passage, a first channel, and a second channel that each extend the full length of their respective shelf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Phillip C. Bartoszek, Ernie Katris
  • Patent number: 10561310
    Abstract: A bite block includes a body defining a first side wall, a second side wall, a first bite surface extending between the first side wall and the second side wall, and a second bite surface extending between the first side wall and the second side wall. A window is formed as part of the first side wall, an LED is positioned within the body and positioned to emit light through the window, and a power supply is positioned within the body and is connected to the LED. A switch is positioned within the body and is actuatable through the second side wall to selectively provide power to the LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: IT'S LIT LIGHTING SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Ernie Katris, Phillip Bartoszek, Peter Katris
  • Publication number: 20200032536
    Abstract: Swimming pool or spa gas heaters, cabinets, water header manifolds, and heat exchangers therefor are provided in accordance with the present disclosure, including: gas heaters having an air gap between a cabinet and combustion chamber to reduce heat transfer to sides of the cabinet; gas heaters having a user interface that is repositionable on a top panel; gas heater cabinets including a removable top panel that can be hung on a side panel; gas heaters having a built-in dual junction box; gas heaters having a top-accessible igniter and burner that are interlocked to maintain positioning thereof; adaptable water manifolds including connectable inlet and outlet fittings that adjust effective inlet and outlet positions; heat exchangers having a plurality of tube-and-fin subassemblies arranged in a semi-circular configuration; and water manifolds including internal cartridges that divide the water manifold into a plurality of chambers for improved circulation through a heat exchanger are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Isaac Corn, Michael Damion Mercer, Robert Thomas Lutz, Norman Gregory Beaty, Vance Elliot Willis, Benoit Orban, Patrick Mainville, William Julian Roy
  • Patent number: 10527176
    Abstract: A seat valve with electromagnetic actuation having switching noises during closure of the seat valve should be noticeably reduced independently of a temperature of a fluid in the seat valve, without considerably increasing the production costs of the seat valve. A sealing body of the seat valve is produced from a plastic which is selected from the group (PEEK, PEI, PASU and LCP), and the flow of force for fastening and for transmitting structure-borne sound from a sealing seat to a fastening surface has at least one transition from a metallic component to a component composed of plastic and a transition from the component composed of plastic to a fastening surface of some other metallic component. The seat valve may be used in hydraulic brake systems of vehicles, but also in gear mechanisms or hydraulic systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Thomas Magnete GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Petri, Stefan Pilz, Thomas Lütz, Marco Jung, Willi Schäfer, Julia Bieler
  • Publication number: 20190322967
    Abstract: A layer that is present on the inner side of barrique barrels, produced by wood toasting, is responsible for sensory enhancement of the wine stored therein. The extraction of these substances, so-called tannins, is greatest in a new barrique barrel and decreases as the barrel is used for a second and third time, thus increasing the storage time. It is not common to use the barrel more than three times. This results in considerable costs and material expenditure for the barrique barrels. In view of this, the aim of the present invention is to provide a barrique barrel that can be reconditioned. For this purpose, barrel staves are joined to form layered rings, which are assembled in layers to form a barrel instead of arranging the staves vertically as in conventional barrels. As the result of a detachable connection between the staves and the layered rings, the barrel can be disassembled and ground on the inside so that the barrel staves can be toasted again and assembled to form a new barrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: rebarriQue Verwaltungs GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Thomas LUTZ
  • Patent number: 10429045
    Abstract: A light member includes a housing having a top side and a bottom side. The top side faces away from a space to be lit, and the bottom side faces the space to be lit. A lighting control region is disposed on the bottom side of the housing that illuminates the space and has a first control channel, a second control channel, and a neutral channel. A first light-emitting module is electrically connected to the first control channel and the neutral channel and a second light-emitting module is electrically connected to the second control channel and the neutral channel. A switch assembly is coupled to the housing and is operable to selectively deliver power to the first control channel and the second control channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew Allen, Thomas Lutz
  • Patent number: 10393280
    Abstract: A seat valve with electromagnetic actuation combines, in one device, the functions of a seat valve, of a pressure-limiting valve and optionally also of one or more check valves. Furthermore, the switching noise of the seat valve function is reduced. In a de-energized state of an electromagnet, a fluid flow from a port P to a port TNC occurs only if a pressure difference between the ports P and TNC exceeds a limit value of ?pG, wherein the force of the specified pressure difference overcomes the force of a spring and therefore pushes a first sealing body out of a first sealing seat, and in the energized state of the electromagnet, a fluid flow from port P to port TNC occurs even in the case of a pressure difference less than ?pG if the force of the electromagnet together with the force of the pressure difference between the ports P and TNC overcomes the force of the spring, wherein the sum of the specified forces pushes the first sealing body out of the first sealing seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Thomas Magnete GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Petri, Thomas Lütz, Stefan Pilz
  • Patent number: 10171266
    Abstract: A switch-extender is connected to a measurement system and to several DUTs. It splits a signal from the measurement system into several signals so that the several DUTs receive the same signal and can therefore be tested in parallel. The switch-extender further includes at least one amplifier and/or at least one attenuator for every output port so that every signal has the same signal level no matter what the individual attenuation factor of the signal connectors or of the internal printed circuit board is. Furthermore a method for calibrating the measurement system as well as for the switch-extender and the signal connectors describes how to obtain the needed calibration values both for the downlink path and for the uplink path without changing the signal connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ROHDE & SCHWARZ GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Gottfried Holzmann, Werner Mittermaier, Ralf Plaumann, Thomas Lutz
  • Patent number: 10136620
    Abstract: A filtration system for a fish tank includes an upper housing having an inner cavity. The filtration system also includes a lower housing slidingly coupled to the upper housing to permit changes in an overall length of the filtration system. The filtration system also includes a filter cartridge disposed at least partially within the inner cavity, and a pump disposed at least partially within the inner cavity that draws water into the inner cavity and through the plurality of filter cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Elive LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Ernie Katris
  • Patent number: 10102092
    Abstract: A testing method for testing a plurality of devices under test (DUT) includes transmitting first testing routine signals from a first backend controller to a testing front end module via a wired data connection between the first backend controller and a first testing signal interface of the testing front end module, transmitting second testing routine signals from a second backend controller to the testing front end module via a wired data connection between the second backend controller and a second testing signal interface of the testing front end module, prioritizing one of the first and second testing routine signals according to predefined priority criteria in the testing front end module, and generating testing signals in the testing front end module on the basis of the prioritized testing routine signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ROHDE & SCHWARZ GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Jens Volkmann, Thomas Lutz, Walter Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20180288974
    Abstract: A collar for an animal includes an elongate piece of flexible material having a first end and a second end, the first and second ends configured to be releasably coupled together about the neck of an animal. The collar also includes a lighting system coupled to the piece of material. The lighting system includes a power source and an optical element coupled to the power source. The optical element is at least partially embedded within the piece of material and extends along a length direction between the first and second ends. The optical element further includes an LED that is configured to illuminate a portion of the optical element when the power source is turned on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Matthew Allen, Ernie Katris
  • Publication number: 20180187874
    Abstract: A light member includes a housing having a top side and a bottom side. The top side faces away from a space to be lit, and the bottom side faces the space to be lit. A lighting control region is disposed on the bottom side of the housing that illuminates the space and has a first control channel, a second control channel, and a neutral channel. A first light-emitting module is electrically connected to the first control channel and the neutral channel and a second light-emitting module is electrically connected to the second control channel and the neutral channel. A switch assembly is coupled to the housing and is operable to selectively deliver power to the first control channel and the second control channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew Allen, Thomas Lutz
  • Patent number: 9999201
    Abstract: A collar for an animal includes an elongate piece of flexible material having a first end and a second end, the first and second ends configured to be releasably coupled together about the neck of an animal. The collar also includes a lighting system coupled to the piece of material. The lighting system includes a power source and an optical element coupled to the power source. The optical element is at least partially embedded within the piece of material and extends along a length direction between the first and second ends. The optical element further includes an LED that is configured to illuminate a portion of the optical element when the power source is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Matthew Allen, Ernie Katris
  • Patent number: 9991977
    Abstract: The invention is related to a smart testing apparatus and preferably a method for testing at least a first DUT and a second DUT using a mobile communications testing device. The method comprises the steps of determining, whether a first RF test signal from/to the first DUT interferes with a second RF test signal from/to the second DUT. It determines, whether the second RF test signal from/to second DUT interferes with the first RF test signal from/to the first DUT. It predetermines, whether at least measuring the first measuring result obtained by applying the first RF test signal is disturbed above a first disturbance threshold value. It predetermines, whether at least a second measuring result obtained by applying the second RF test signal is disturbed above a second disturbance threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Anton Strohmeier, Michael Block, Ralf Plaumann, Thomas Lutz, Franz Obermayr, Christiane Klaus, Jens Volkmann