Patents by Inventor Thomas Ranftl

Thomas Ranftl 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).

  • Publication number: 20210140745
    Abstract: A metal fixing material leadthrough for igniters of airbags and/or belt tighteners includes at least one metal pin fused into a glass or glass-ceramic fixing material in a through-opening of a main body. The metal is present in a post-heated state, with an interface between the fixing material and the metal pin and an additional interface between the fixing material and an inner surface of the through-opening. The at least one metal pin, at least in its core region, consists of stainless steel, such as a chromium-containing stainless steel, the stainless steel having a thermal expansion coefficient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Applicant: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Thomas Pfeiffer, Helmut Hartl, Reinhard Ranftl, Ondrej Rousek, Susumu Nishiwaki, Robert Hettler
  • Patent number: 5416996
    Abstract: A display apparatus for showing a number of different display images. The apparatus includes a housing and a plurality of triangular display elements mounted therein. Each of the display elements includes a first, second and third major sides, and is suspended for rotation about an axis, the axes of rotation of the elements arranged in a plane. Each of the first, second and third major sides each have a first and second edge, the first and second edge including a slide panel for inserting a display segment therein. The apparatus also includes a vertical blind track for mounting the plurality of elements, and a motor coupled to the vertical blind track for powering rotation of the elements. Also provided is a plurality of illumination sources, one of said plurality associated with each of said plurality of display elements, mounted at the base of each of said elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Inventors: Richard Clemens, Thomas Ranftl, Kevin Lee