Patents by Inventor Thomas Steiner

Thomas Steiner 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: 11117179
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to punching tools for punching machines for punching plate-shaped materials. The punching tools have an upper tool part with an upper cutting edge and a lower tool part with a lower cutting edge that move axially with respect to each other. The upper and lower cutting edges are arranged to cut off a part of the workpiece in a punching stoke. The upper cutting edge and/or the lower cutting edge include one or more transition regions that separate the cutting edge into at least two adjacent portions. The transition regions include, in the punching direction with respect to the respective adjacent portions, a discontinuity that is adapted to cut the material cut off from the workpiece into two or more individual parts in the same punching stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Walz, Yakup Coskun, Markus Hees, Thomas Burzig, Martin Steiner
  • Patent number: 11083279
    Abstract: A cosmetic device with an exchangeable application head and a device body, wherein the device body contains a motor and drive mechanism, an actuating switch, a power supply, a head recognition element and a control element adapted to control the motor and drive mechanism based on an actuation of the actuation switch and the application head recognized by the head recognition element. It is provided that the head recognition element comprises at least one mechanical switch disposed on a carrier fixed at the device body. Further, a flexible actuation area is disposed in front of the at least one mechanical switch. The exchangeable application head has at least one recognition generating protrusion actuating through the flexible actuation area on one of the at least one mechanical switches when the exchangeable application head is mounted at the device body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Braun GMBH
    Inventors: Pedro Sanchez Martinez, Thomas Steiner, Lars Gerlach, Ferdinand Hermann
  • Patent number: 10926322
    Abstract: A die casting machine with a die casting mold produces metal die cast parts. The die casting machine has a first machine shield, to which a first mold half of the die casting mold is secured, and a second machine shield, to which a second mold half of the die casting mold is secured. In order to compensate for the deflection of the machine shields, an intermediate plate which has at least two temperature-controlling devices that can be used to generate a temperature difference leading to the curving of the intermediate plate is arranged between the first machine shield and the first mold half and/or between the second machine shield and the second mold half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thomas Steiner
  • Patent number: 10878704
    Abstract: A server includes a processor, configured to responsive to verifying a location of a vehicle associated with a dealership is outside a predefined geofence, request to obtain electronic paperwork stored in the vehicle; and responsive to detecting the electronic paperwork fails to reflect a predefined transaction, raise a flag for the vehicle and send an autonomous driving instruction to the vehicle to direct the vehicle to a predefined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Wassim Mahmoud Nahle, Catherine Duluc, Thomas Steiner
  • Publication number: 20200334989
    Abstract: A server includes a processor, configured to responsive to verifying a location of a vehicle associated with a dealership is outside a predefined geofence, request to obtain electronic paperwork stored in the vehicle; and responsive to detecting the electronic paperwork fails to reflect a predefined transaction, raise a flag for the vehicle and send an autonomous driving instruction to the vehicle to direct the vehicle to a predefined location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Wassim Mahmoud NAHLE, Catherine DULUC, Thomas STEINER
  • Publication number: 20200325735
    Abstract: A drill pipe for use during the creation of a borehole in a ground along a predetermined drill line, for the near-surface laying of underground cables or electric underground cables in the ground. The borehole is created by means of a drilling device that has a drilling tool for loosening the ground when the drill pipes are advanced, each end of the drill pipe having at least one connection section for detachably connecting it to a further element of a drill string in a tensile resistant manner; the drill pipe has at least one element for producing a tensile-resistant connection to a corresponding element of an advance device for advancing the drill pipe into and/or retracting it from the borehole; and an outer wall of the drill pipe is made in one piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Steiner, Boris Jung
  • Publication number: 20200222977
    Abstract: A die casting machine with a die casting mold produces metal die cast parts. The die casting machine has a first machine shield, to which a first mold half of the die casting mold is secured, and a second machine shield, to which a second mold half of the die casting mold is secured. In order to compensate for the deflection of the machine shields, an intermediate plate which has at least two temperature-controlling devices that can be used to generate a temperature difference leading to the curving of the intermediate plate is arranged between the first machine shield and the first mold half and/or between the second machine shield and the second mold half.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas STEINER
  • Patent number: 10514435
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for calibrating a power measuring system for power transformers. The general inventive concept involves the two reference measuring systems that are known from the prior art for the calibration of a current transformer, a voltage transformer and an evaluation device being integrated in a shared apparatus, according to the invention, for calibrating a power measuring system for power transformers, which apparatus is furthermore arranged on a container such that the apparatus can be moved by means of a trailer that holds the container for the purpose of in-situ calibration of the power measuring system of power transformers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: MASCHINENFABRIK REINHAUSEN GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Steiner, Catrina Kowal, Sebastian Augat, Andreas Thiede
  • Publication number: 20190112879
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drill pipe for use during the creation of a borehole in a ground from a starting point to a target point along a predetermined drill line, in particular for the near-surface laying of underground cables or electric underground cables in the ground. The invention is characterized in that the borehole is gradually created by means of a drilling device that has a drilling tool for loosening the ground when the drill pipes are advanced, each end of the drill pipe having at least one connection section for detachably connecting it to a further element of a drill string in a tensile resistant manner; in that the drill pipe has at least one element for producing a tensile-resistant connection to a corresponding element of an advance device for advancing the drill pipe into and/or retracting it from the borehole; and in that an outer wall of the drill pipe is made in one piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas STEINER, Boris JUNG
  • Patent number: 10186445
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a chuck system for handling a wafer that comprises a first and a second main surface. The chuck system includes a chuck configured to hold the wafer at the second main surface facing the chuck and a release device. The chuck system further includes an actuator configured to lift the release device away from the chuck. The release device is configured such that the release device mechanically engages with the wafer at an edge portion of the second main surface of the wafer when being lifted, thereby releasing the wafer from the chuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Mathias Male, Christian Maier, Philemon Schweizer, Manfred Bucher, Thomas Steiner
  • Patent number: 9775420
    Abstract: The present disclosure is concerned with an attachment for an epilator or an epilator having an axle arranged for driven movement around a center axle axis, an end plate arranged at a first end of the axle for rotation together with the axle, the end plate having at least a first functional surface, a first clamping element having a functional surface, the first functional surface of the end plate being arranged face-to-face with the functional surface of the first clamping element, and the first clamping element being arranged for repeatedly being moved towards and away from the end plate such that repeatedly a closed position is obtained in which the two functional surfaces abut on each other, wherein the end plate is an outer part of the epilator or the attachment for an epilator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Pedro Sanchez-Martinez, Ralf Klug, Thomas Steiner
  • Patent number: 9743738
    Abstract: The present disclosure is concerned with an attachment for an epilator or an epilator having an axle arranged for driven movement around a center axle axis, an end plate arranged at a first end of the axle for rotation together with the axle, the end plate having at least a first functional surface, a first clamping element having a functional surface, the first functional surface of the end plate being arranged face-to-face with the functional surface of the first clamping element, and the first clamping element being arranged for repeatedly being moved towards and away from the end plate such that repeatedly a closed position is obtained in which the two functional surfaces abut on each other, wherein the end plate is an outer part of the epilator or the attachment for an epilator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Pedro Sanchez-Martinez, Ralf Klug, Thomas Steiner
  • Publication number: 20170238686
    Abstract: A cosmetic device with an exchangeable application head and a device body is disclosed, wherein the device body contains a motor and drive mechanism, an actuating switch, a power supply, a head recognition element and a control element adapted to control the motor and drive mechanism based on an actuation of the actuation switch and the application head recognized by the head recognition element. It is provided that the head recognition element comprises at least one mechanical switch disposed on a carrier fixed at the device body. Further, a flexible actuation area is disposed in front of the at least one mechanical switch. The exchangeable application head has at least one recognition generating protrusion actuating through the flexible actuation area on one of the at least one mechanical switches when the exchangeable application head is mounted at the device body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventors: Pedro Sanchez Martinez, Thomas Steiner, Lars Gerlach, Ferdinand Hermann
  • Patent number: 9652112
    Abstract: A video quality module receives data indicating a visibility status of a tab of a web browser running on a user device. The video quality module determines, based on the data indicating the visibility status of the tab whether the tab of the web browser is currently visible to a user of the user device, the tab of the web browser comprising a streaming media player. If the tab of the web browser is not currently visible to the user, the video quality module decreases a quality of a video component of a streaming media file playing in the streaming media player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Thomas Steiner
  • Publication number: 20170101822
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ladder that includes a support device. A mounting plate is securely fixed to an outer surface of a side rail of a ladder, which is adjacent to one end of the ladder. A removable wheel assembly has a frame that is removably supported on mating interfitting parts between the wheel assembly and the support member or plate. The support member includes a bracket member and a rotatable device, such as a wheel, that is housed in the bracket member. The bracket member includes a U-shaped section for retaining the wheel member, and an elongated section for attachment to the ladder. The device is used for easily moving the ladder from one place to another. The interchange from one ladder to another is simply by unbuckling it from one ladder, pulling it off, sliding it on the new ladder, and buckling it back on. The ladder wheel should be placed between the top of the ladder and the first step from the top of the ladder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Steiner
  • Patent number: 9578946
    Abstract: The invention relates to an epilation head for an epilation device, in particular for plucking hair from human skin having a rotating cylinder and rotating around a rotational axis, the rotating cylinder having a number of plucking units for grasping and plucking out hair and having a skin oriented surface, wherein each plucking unit includes a movable clamping unit, a stationary clamping unit. The movable clamping unit and the stationary clamping unit form a closable plucking gap. The movable clamping units have a skin contacting surface and the total area of the skin contacting surfaces of the movable clamping units is greater than 5% of the area of the skin oriented surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Huisinga, Ralf Klug, Judith Von Dahlen, Michael Maichel, Stefan Sindlinger, Thomas Steiner
  • Patent number: 9510657
    Abstract: The invention relates to an epilation head for an epilation device, in particular for plucking hair from human skin. The epilation head having a rotating cylinder rotating around a rotational axis and having a number of plucking units for grasping and plucking out hair. Each plucking unit includes a movable clamping unit, and a stationary clamping unit. The movable clamping unit and the stationary clamping unit form a closable plucking gap. The movable clamping unit has a hair guiding device which is associated with the movable clamping unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Huisinga, Ralf Klug, Judith Von Dahlen, Michael Maichel, Stefan Sindlinger, Thomas Steiner
  • Publication number: 20160322250
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a chuck system for handling a wafer that comprises a first and a second main surface. The chuck system includes a chuck configured to hold the wafer at the second main surface facing the chuck and a release device. The chuck system further includes an actuator configured to lift the release device away from the chuck. The release device is configured such that the release device mechanically engages with the wafer at an edge portion of the second main surface of the wafer when being lifted, thereby releasing the wafer from the chuck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Mathias Male, Christian Maier, Philemon Schweizer, Manfred Bucher, Thomas Steiner
  • Patent number: 9480321
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor-driven epilation head for an epilation device for plucking hairs of the human skin. Specifically, the invention relates to an epilation head having a rotation cylinder that can be rotated about a rotation axis and includes a plurality of plucking units for capturing and plucking the hairs. Each plucking unit comprises a first clamping element, a second clamping element and a third clamping element. The first clamping element together with the second clamping element forms a first closeable plucking gap and the second clamping element together with the third clamping element forms a second closeable plucking gap. The first and the second clamping elements are movably mounted and can be jointly actuated by means of an actuation element in order to close the first and the second plucking gap. The first and the second clamping elements move in the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Huisinga, Ralf Klug, Judith Von Dahlen, Michael Noderer, Stefan Sindlinger, Thomas Steiner
  • Patent number: 9410249
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a chuck system for handling a wafer that comprises a first and a second main surface. The chuck system includes a chuck configured to hold the wafer at the second main surface facing the chuck and a release device. The chuck system further includes an actuator configured to lift the release device away from the chuck. The release device is configured such that the release device mechanically engages with the wafer at an edge portion of the second main surface of the wafer when being lifted, thereby releasing the wafer from the chuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Mathias Male, Christian Maier, Philemon Schweizer, Manfred Bucher, Thomas Steiner