Patents by Inventor Thomas Schober

Thomas Schober 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: 10720353
    Abstract: An opener apparatus that accommodates and opens a substrate carrier stack of substrate carriers stacked in a vertical direction, includes a movement mechanism that moves all of the substrate carriers or a sub-group of the substrate carriers relatively with respect to each other along a vertical axis in an opening operation to assume an unstacked state and to be positioned at defined vertical opened positions within the opener apparatus with vertical distances between vertically adjacent substrate carriers in the unstacked state. The opener apparatus also moves the substrate carriers in the unstacked state relatively with respect to each other along the vertical axis in a closing operation to reassume a stacked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas Schober, Bernd Rahrbach, Christian Wohanka, Yves Fenner, Gerhard Dovids, John Fiddes
  • Patent number: 10643876
    Abstract: A substrate carrier stack includes substrate carriers of only one type which are stacked or stackable on each other and carry a respective plate-shaped substrates within an inner accommodation space of the substrate carrier stack. The substrate carriers each include positioning formations. Positioning formations of each pair of an upper substrate carrier and a lower substrate carrier are mutually engaged or engageable, if the upper substrate carrier and the lower substrate carrier are properly positioned relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas Schober, Bernd Rahrbach, Christian Wohanka, Yves Fenner, Gerhard Dovids, John Fiddes
  • Patent number: 10573545
    Abstract: A substrate carrier stack includes substrate carriers which are stacked or stackable on each other and carry substrates within an inner accommodation space of the substrate carrier stack. The substrate carrier stack includes at least one first purging channel and at least one second purging channel, which extend vertically parallel to the inner accommodation space at opposing sides thereof, and purging structures which enable horizontal purging flows within the substrate carrier stack through spaces between substrates held by the substrate carriers. The substrate carriers each include an outer carrier frame provided with a seat to carry a substrate, wherein the outer carrier frame extends around the first and second purging channels and the inner accommodation space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas Schober, Bernd Rahrbach, Christian Wohanka, Yves Fenner, Gerhard Dovids, John Fiddes
  • Publication number: 20200013655
    Abstract: An opener apparatus that accommodates and opens a substrate carrier stack of substrate carriers stacked in a vertical direction, includes a movement mechanism that moves all of the substrate carriers or a sub-group of the substrate carriers relatively with respect to each other along a vertical axis in an opening operation to assume an unstacked state and to be positioned at defined vertical opened positions within the opener apparatus with vertical distances between vertically adjacent substrate carriers in the unstacked state. The opener apparatus also moves the substrate carriers in the unstacked state relatively with respect to each other along the vertical axis in a closing operation to reassume a stacked state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas SCHOBER, Bernd RAHRBACH, Christian WOHANKA, Yves FENNER, Gerhard DOVIDS, John FIDDES
  • Patent number: 10403526
    Abstract: The system, method and apparatus described relates generally to a device related to substrate storage and processing. In one example embodiment to methods, apparatus, and systems of a substrate storage and processing module improving upon existing devices used in one or more instances for substrate transportation, sorting, and cleaning. The single piece design system may contain and support substrates in a method, reducing strain on its contents by utilizing an innovative support system without the use of standard clamping techniques and, in this or other iterations, such stacking methods may minimize chaffing of surfaces. Thus the device is vastly improved in its ability to preserve pristine conditions of contained substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas Schober, Bernd Rahrbach, Christian Wohanka, Yves Fenner, Gerhard Dovids
  • Patent number: 10384356
    Abstract: One aspect of the robotic surgery system according to the invention relates to a robot assembly comprising at least one robot and an instrument assembly comprising at least one instrument that is guided by said robot assembly. Said instrument assembly comprises at least one instrument housing having at least one drive unit housing part containing a cavity designed to hold the drive unit, said drive unit housing part having a seal for the sterile sealing of an insertion opening of the cavity in addition to a dynamic sterile barrier which delimits the cavity in a sterile manner and across which the drive train arrangement can be actuated; and/or the drive unit is offset laterally in relation to a longitudinal axis of the instrument shaft towards a connection between the instrument housing and the robot assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: KUKA Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Lohmeier, Cuong Nguyen-Xuan, Thomas Neff, Wolfgang Schober
  • Publication number: 20190080945
    Abstract: A substrate carrier stack includes substrate carriers of only one type which are stacked or stackable on each other and carry a respective plate-shaped substrates within an inner accommodation space of the substrate carrier stack. The substrate carriers each include positioning formations. Positioning formations of each pair of an upper substrate carrier and a lower substrate carrier are mutually engaged or engageable, if the upper substrate carrier and the lower substrate carrier are properly positioned relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas SCHOBER, Bernd RAHRBACH, Christian WOHANKA, Yves FENNER, Gerhard DOVIDS, John FIDDES
  • Publication number: 20190074203
    Abstract: A substrate carrier stack includes substrate carriers which are stacked or stackable on each other and carry substrates within an inner accommodation space of the substrate carrier stack. The substrate carrier stack includes at least one first purging channel and at least one second purging channel, which extend vertically parallel to the inner accommodation space at opposing sides thereof, and purging structures which enable horizontal purging flows within the substrate carrier stack through spaces between substrates held by the substrate carriers. The substrate carriers each include an outer carrier frame provided with a seat to carry a substrate, wherein the outer carrier frame extends around the first and second purging channels and the inner accommodation space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas SCHOBER, Bernd RAHRBACH, Christian WOHANKA, Yves FENNER, Gerhard DOVIDS, John FIDDES
  • Patent number: 10175305
    Abstract: Magnetic field sensor having a magnetic field sensor element and at least a band-shaped electrical contact element, in which the at least one contact element has at least one undercut section to fix in spatially form-fitting manner the magnetic field sensor at a support during the at least sectional injection molding process with a plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Thomas Schober
  • Publication number: 20170372930
    Abstract: The system, method and apparatus described relates generally to a device related to substrate storage and processing. In one example embodiment to methods, apparatus, and systems of a substrate storage and processing module improving upon existing devices used in one or more instances for substrate transportation, sorting, and cleaning. The single piece design system may contain and support substrates in a method, reducing strain on its contents by utilizing an innovative support system without the use of standard clamping techniques and, in this or other iterations, such stacking methods may minimize chaffing of surfaces. Thus the device is vastly improved in its ability to preserve pristine conditions of contained substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Schober, Bernd Rahrbach, Christian Wohanka, Yves Fenner, Gerhard Dovids
  • Patent number: 9840224
    Abstract: An inflator for a protective device in a vehicle includes a diffuser (10) forming a substantially rotation-symmetric external housing of the locator with a closing member (12), wherein the diffuser (10) includes a plurality of discharge orifices (78) arranged in a row, and which are of circular shape. The inflator also includes a circumferential wall (16, 22) which surrounds a combustion chamber (44) and a filter (46) which extends at least partially along the wall (16, 22), wherein the wall (16, 22) has at least one supporting portion (124) which constitutes an axial support for the filter (46) and is integrally formed with the wall (16, 22), and wherein either plural supporting portions (124) are formed by embossed beads, the heads being spaced apart from each other in circumferential direction, and wherein a supporting portion (124) is formed by a completely circumferential embossed bead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: TRW Airbag Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Bierwirth, Achim Hofmann, Hans-Peter Neumayer, Dieter Spitzenberger, Hannes Nuiding, Thomas Schober, Josef Bommer, Tobias Breddermann, Dietmar Schwebel
  • Patent number: 9815431
    Abstract: An inflator for a protective device in a vehicle includes a diffuser (10) forming a substantially rotation-symmetric external housing of the inflator with a closing member (12), wherein the diffuser (10) includes a plurality of discharge orifices (78) arranged in a row, and which are of circular shape. The inflator also includes an igniter sleeve (38) which at least partially encloses an igniter (34) and an igniter chamber (42) filled with a booster charge and is adjacent to a first combustion chamber (44) filled with fuel, wherein the igniter sleeve (38), related to a central axis B of the igniter sleeve (38), has overflow orifices (98) unevenly distributed in circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: TRW AIRBAG SYSTEMS GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Bierwirth, Achim Hofmann, Hans-Peter Neumayer, Dieter Spitzenberger, Hannes Nuiding, Thomas Schober, Josef Bommer, Tobias Breddermann, Dietmar Schwebel
  • Publication number: 20170234939
    Abstract: Magnetic field sensor having a magnetic field sensor element and at least a band-shaped electrical contact element, in which the at least one contact element has at least one undercut section to fix in spatially form-fitting manner the magnetic field sensor at a support during the at least sectional injection molding process with a plastic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Thomas Schober
  • Publication number: 20170218989
    Abstract: A module mount having at least one module that can be mounted on the module mount, wherein the module can be mounted on the module mount via at least one caulking element, such that the respective caulking element, which is composed of a thermoplastic, extends through a hole in a section of the respective module that can be mounted on the module mount made of a thermoplastic or thermoset, and is hot-caulked at an end projecting out of the hole, wherein at least one projection is formed on the section of the respective module that can be mounted on the module mount in the region of the respective hole of the section of the respective module that can be mounted on the module mount made of the thermoplastic or thermoset, which projection is engaged in a press fit with the hot-caulked end of the respective caulking element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Thomas Schober, Oliver Küpfer
  • Patent number: 9643564
    Abstract: An inflator for a protective device in a vehicle includes a diffuser (10) forming a substantially rotation-symmetric external housing of the inflator with a closing member (12), wherein the diffuser (10) includes a plurality of discharge orifices (78) arranged in a row, and which are of circular shape. The inflator also includes a combustion chamber sleeve (60) which at least partially encloses a combustion chamber (56) filled with fuel, wherein the combustion chamber sleeve (60) is designed such that it changes its shape by pressure formed during combustion of the fuel so as to release a discharge orifice (112) leading out of the combustion chamber (56) into a further combustion chamber (44) of the inflator, for a combustion gas formed during combustion of the fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: TRW Airbag Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Bierwirth, Achim Hofmann, Hans-Peter Neumayer, Dieter Spitzenberger, Hannes Nuiding, Thomas Schober, Josef Bommer, Tobias Breddermann, Dietmar Schwebel
  • Patent number: 9511738
    Abstract: An inflator for a protective device in a vehicle includes a diffuser (10) forming a substantially rotation-symmetric external housing of the inflator with a closing member (12), wherein the diffuser (10) includes a plurality of discharge orifices (78) arranged in a row, and which are of circular shape. The inflator also includes a filter (46) and a combustion chamber component at least partially enclosing at least one of a combustion chamber (56) and a combustion chamber sleeve (60), wherein the filter (46) extends in a ring-shaped manner about the combustion chamber (56) and, at a position of its ring-shaped extension, includes a critical filter portion (120) which is closer to the combustion chamber component than the remaining filter areas situated at its ring-shaped extension, wherein the critical filter portion (120) has a reduced thickness compared to areas of the filter that are adjacent to the critical filter portion (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: TRW Airbag Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Bierwirth, Achim Hofmann, Hans-Peter Neumayer, Dieter Spitzenberger, Hannes Nuiding, Thomas Schober, Josef Bommer, Tobias Breddermann, Dietmar Schwebel
  • Patent number: 9452729
    Abstract: An inflator, especially for a protective device in a vehicle, includes a diffuser (10) which preferably forms a substantially rotation-symmetric external housing of the inflator with a closing member (12). The diffuser (10) includes more than 12, preferably more than 14, further preferably 23 discharge orifices (78) arranged in a row. Moreover, the inflator exhibits a plurality of further peculiarities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: TRW Airbag Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Bierwirth, Achim Hofmann, Hans-Peter Neumayer, Dieter Spitzenberger, Hannes Nuiding, Thomas Schober, Josef Bommer, Tobias Breddermann, Dietmar Schwebel
  • Publication number: 20160052484
    Abstract: An inflator for a protective device in a vehicle includes a diffuser (10) forming a substantially rotation-symmetric external housing of the inflator with a closing member (12), wherein the diffuser (10) includes a plurality of discharge orifices (78) arranged in a row, and which are of circular shape. The inflator also includes a filter (46) and a combustion chamber component at least partially enclosing at least one of a combustion chamber (56) and a combustion chamber sleeve (60), wherein the filter (46) extends in a ring-shaped manner about the combustion chamber (56) and, at a position of its ring-shaped extension, includes a critical filter portion (120) which is closer to the combustion chamber component than the remaining filter areas situated at its ring-shaped extension, wherein the critical filter portion (120) has a reduced thickness compared to areas of the filter that are adjacent to the critical filter portion (120).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Sebastian Bierwirth, Achim Hofmann, Hans-Peter Neumayer, Dieter Spitzenberger, Hannes Nuiding, Thomas Schober, Josef Bommer, Tobias Breddermann, Dietmar Schwebel
  • Publication number: 20160052482
    Abstract: An inflator for a protective device in a vehicle includes a diffuser (10) forming a substantially rotation-symmetric external housing of the inflator with a closing member (12), wherein the diffuser (10) includes a plurality of discharge orifices (78) arranged in a row, and which are of circular shape. The inflator also includes a combustion chamber sleeve (60) which at least partially encloses a combustion chamber (56) filled with fuel, wherein the combustion chamber sleeve (60) is designed such that it changes its shape by pressure formed during combustion of the fuel so as to release a discharge orifice (112) leading out of the combustion chamber (56) into a further combustion chamber (44) of the inflator, for a combustion gas formed during combustion of the fuel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Sebastian Bierwirth, Achim Hofmann, Hans-Peter Neumayer, Dieter Spitzenberger, Hannes Nuiding, Thomas Schober, Josef Bommer, Tobias Breddermann, Dietmar Schwebel
  • Publication number: 20160052485
    Abstract: An inflator for a protective device in a vehicle includes a diffuser (10) forming a substantially rotation-symmetric external housing of the locator with a dosing member (12), wherein the diffuser (10) includes a plurality of discharge orifices (78) arranged in a row, and which are of circular shape. The inflator also includes a circumferential wall (18, 22) which surrounds a combustion chamber (44) and a filter (46) which extends at least partially along the wall (16, 22), wherein the wall (16, 22) has at least one supporting portion (124) which constitutes an axial support for the filter (46) and is integrally formed with the wall (16, 22), and wherein either plural supporting portions (124) are formed by embossed beads, the heads being spaced apart from each other in circumferential direction, and wherein a supporting portion (124) is formed by a completely circumferential embossed bead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Sebastian Bierwirth, Achim Hofmann, Hans-Peter Neumayer, Dieter Spitzenberger, Hannes Nuiding, Thomas Schober, Josef Bommer, Tobias Breddermann, Dietmar Schwebel