Patents by Inventor Thorsten Balslink

Thorsten Balslink 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: 10866407
    Abstract: A micromechanical component includes a micromirror connected to a mounting support via at least one spring such that the micromirror is adjustable about at least one axis of rotation relative to the mounting support, where the micromirror includes a reflective surface developed at least partially on a first diaphragm surface of a mounted diaphragm of the micromirror, the diaphragm including a second diaphragm surface that faces away from the first diaphragm surface and that is mounted in air or vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Maier, Joerg Muchow, Corinna Koepernik, Helmut Grutzeck, Rainer Straub, Stefan Mark, Thorsten Balslink
  • Patent number: 10655965
    Abstract: A rotation rate sensor having a first structure movable with respect to the substrate, a second structure movable with respect to the substrate and with respect to the first structure, a first drive structure for deflecting the first structure with a motion component parallel to a first axis, and a second drive structure for deflecting the second structure with a motion component parallel to the first axis. The first and second structures are excitable to oscillate in counter-phase, with motion components parallel to the first axis, the first drive structure having a first spring mounted on the substrate to counteract a pivoting of the first structure around an axis parallel to a second axis extending perpendicularly to a principal extension plane, the second drive structure having a second spring mounted on the substrate to counteracts a pivoting of the second structure around a further axis parallel to the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Benjamin Schmidt, Andreas Lassl, Burkhard Kuhlmann, Christian Hoeppner, Mirko Hattass, Thorsten Balslink
  • Patent number: 10648810
    Abstract: A rotation rate sensor includes first, second, third and fourth structures that are each movable relative to a substrate, a drive device configured to deflect each of the first, second, third, and fourth structures essentially parallel to a drive direction and out of respective resting positions of the first, second, third, and fourth structures, such that, at a first frequency, the first and fourth structures are excitable to an oscillation that is essentially in-phase relative to each other and essentially in phase-opposition relative to the second and third structures, and, at a second frequency, the first and second structures are excitable to an oscillation that is essentially in-phase relative to each other and essentially in phase-opposition relative to the third and fourth structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Burkhard Kuhlmann, Thorsten Balslink
  • Patent number: 10627617
    Abstract: A micromechanical constituent includes an actuator designed to impart to a displaceable element a first displacement motion around a first rotation axis and a second displacement motion around a second rotation axis oriented tiltedly with respect to the first rotation axis, the actuator including a permanent magnet on a first spring element and a one second permanent magnet on a second spring element, where the first permanent magnet is excitable to perform a first translational motion tiltedly with respect to the first rotation axis and tiltedly with respect to the second rotation axis, and the second permanent magnet is excitable to perform a second translational motion directed oppositely to the first translational motion, causing the second displacement motion of the displaceable element around the second rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Schatz, Joerg Muchow, Mirko Hattass, Stefan Pinter, Thorsten Balslink
  • Patent number: 10557710
    Abstract: A rotation rate sensor including a substrate having a main plane of extension, a first rotation rate sensor structure for detecting a first rotation rate about an axis that is in parallel to a first axis extending in parallel to the main plane of extension, and a second rotation rate sensor structure for detecting a second rotation rate about an axis that is parallel to a second axis extending perpendicularly with respect to the main plane of extension. Also included is drive device for deflecting a first structure of the first rotation rate sensor structure, and a second structure of the first rotation rate sensor structure, and also for deflecting a third structure of the second rotation rate sensor structure, and a fourth structure of the second rotation rate sensor structure, in such a way that the first, second, third, and fourth structures are excitable into a mechanically coupled oscillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Lassl, Benjamin Schmidt, Burkhard Kuhlmann, Mirko Hattass, Thorsten Balslink, Christian Hoeppner
  • Patent number: 10488650
    Abstract: A micromechanical component includes an adjustable part, a mounting, at least one bending actuator, and a permanent magnet. The part is positioned on the mounting so as to be adjustable relative to the mounting about a first rotation axis and about a second rotation axis inclined relative to the first axis. The actuator includes at least one movable subregion. Movement of the subregion results in a restoring force that moves the part about the first axis. The part is connected indirectly to the magnet to be adjustable about the second axis of rotation via a magnetic field built up by the magnet together with a yoke device of the component or an external yoke. A micromirror device includes the micromechanical component. A method for adjusting the part includes adjusting the part simultaneously about the first and the second axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Grutzeck, Joerg Muchow, Mirko Hattass, Stefan Mark, Thorsten Balslink, Frank Schatz
  • Publication number: 20190353755
    Abstract: A lidar sensor for detecting an object in the surrounding area, and a method for activating the lidar sensor, the lidar sensor including: a light source for emitting electromagnetic radiation; a deflection mirror for deflecting the emitted electromagnetic radiation, as deflected emitted electromagnetic radiation, through at least one angle into the surrounding area; and an optical receiver for receiving electromagnetic radiation that has been reflected from the object. The optical receiver has an aperture region disposed on a main beam axis of the light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Hans-Jochen Schwarz, Klaus Stoppel, Reiner Schnitzer, Thomas Fersch, Thorsten Balslink, Jan Sparbert
  • Publication number: 20190178990
    Abstract: An optical set-up for a LiDAR system for the optical detection of a field of view, in particular for an operating device, a vehicle or the like, in which an optical receiver system and an optical transmitter system are designed at least on the field of view side having essentially coaxial optical axes and have a common optical deflection system, and on the detector side an optical detector system is designed and has an arrangement for directing incident light—in particular from the field of view—directly via the optical deflection system onto a detector device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Siegwart Bogatscher, Annette Frederiksen, Hans-Jochen Schwarz, Jan Sparbert, Klaus Stoppel, Reiner Schnitzer, Stefanie Hartmann, Thomas Fersch, Thorsten Balslink
  • Publication number: 20190146210
    Abstract: A micromechanical component includes a micromirror connected to a mounting support via at least one spring such that the micromirror is adjustable about at least one axis of rotation relative to the mounting support, where the micrimirror includes a reflective surface developed at least partially on a first diaphragm surface of a mounted diaphragm of the micromirror, the diaphragm including a second diaphragm surface that faces away from the first diaphragm surface and that is mounted in air or vacuum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Maier, Joerg Muchow, Corinna Koepernik, Helmut Grutzeck, Rainer Straub, Stefan Mark, Thorsten Balslink
  • Publication number: 20190086208
    Abstract: A rotation rate sensor having a substrate having a principal extension plane and having a structure movable with respect to the substrate. The rotation rate sensor encompasses a first excitation unit for deflecting the structure out of an idle position substantially parallel to a first axis extending parallel to the principal extension plane, in such a way that the structure is excitable to oscillate at a first frequency with a motion component substantially in a direction parallel to the first axis, the rotation rate sensor encompassing a second excitation unit for deflecting the structure out of an idle position substantially parallel to a second axis extending parallel to the principal extension plane and extending perpendicularly to the first axis, in such a way that the structure is excitable to oscillate at a second frequency with a motion component substantially in a direction parallel to the second axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicants: Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Lassl, Burkhard Kuhlmann, Thorsten Balslink
  • Publication number: 20180364335
    Abstract: A scanning device includes a transmitter, a receiver, and a rotor that is configured to be mounted in a rotatable manner about an axis of rotation. The transmitter is configured to at least occasionally emit electromagnetic radiation, and the receiver is configured to sense at least part of the electromagnetic radiation reflected and/or scattered by an object. The transmitter and the receiver are arranged on the rotor in an at least partially axially overlapping manner based on the axis of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Stephen Schmitt, Siegwart Bogatscher, Ulrike Schloeder, Stefan Mark, Thorsten Balslink, Hans-Jochen Schwarz, Jan Sparbert
  • Publication number: 20180314056
    Abstract: A micromechanical constituent includes an actuator designed to impart to a displaceable element a first displacement motion around a first rotation axis and a second displacement motion around a second rotation axis oriented tiltedly with respect to the first rotation axis, the actuator including a permanent magnet on a first spring element and a one second permanent magnet on a second spring element, where the first permanent magnet is excitable to perform a first translational motion tiltedly with respect to the first rotation axis and tiltedly with respect to the second rotation axis, and the second permanent magnet is excitable to perform a second translational motion directed oppositely to the first translational motion, causing the second displacement motion of the displaceable element around the second rotation axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicants: Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Schatz, Joerg Muchow, Mirko Hattass, Stefan Pinter, Thorsten Balslink
  • Patent number: 10094738
    Abstract: A method is described for determining angle errors when measuring slewing angles of a pivoted light-deflecting device, including the following steps: emitting a first light beam and a second light beam, which enclose a light beam angle, onto the light-deflecting device; receiving the first light beam and second light beam deflected by the light-deflecting device and reflected by an object; calculating a first propagation path of the first light beam and a second propagation path of the second light beam; pivoting the light-deflecting device from an initial position to a final position, respective slewing angles of the light-deflecting device being measured in the process and a dependency of the first propagation path on the measured slewing angles being determined; and calculating an angle error for a measured slewing angle to be corrected from the set of measured slewing angles by using the light beam angle, the second propagation path and the dependency of the first propagation path on the measured slewing
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Manuel Dietrich, Thorsten Balslink
  • Publication number: 20180231381
    Abstract: A rotation rate sensor including a substrate having a main plane of extension, a first rotation rate sensor structure for detecting a first rotation rate about an axis that is in parallel to a first axis extending in parallel to the main plane of extension, and a second rotation rate sensor structure for detecting a second rotation rate about an axis that is parallel to a second axis extending perpendicularly with respect to the main plane of extension. Also included is drive device for deflecting a first structure of the first rotation rate sensor structure, and a second structure of the first rotation rate sensor structure, and also for deflecting a third structure of the second rotation rate sensor structure, and a fourth structure of the second rotation rate sensor structure, in such a way that the first, second, third, and fourth structures are excitable into a mechanically coupled oscillation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Lassl, Benjamin Schmidt, Burkhard Kuhlmann, Mirko Hattass, Thorsten Balslink, Christian Hoeppner
  • Patent number: 10030977
    Abstract: A multiaxial rotation rate sensor for detecting rotation rates on three mutually perpendicular rotation axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Mirko Hattass, David Csima, Thorsten Balslink
  • Patent number: 10030975
    Abstract: A sensor (100, 200) for measuring a variable generates a sensor signal (S), oscillates at a drive frequency (fx), and includes: a rate demodulator (135), which demodulates the sensor signal (S) by multiplying it by a first demodulation signal, in order to generate a rate signal (R1), which contains information about the measured variable to be measured; a quadrature demodulator (140), which demodulates the sensor signal (S) by multiplying it by a second demodulation signal shifted by 90° with respect to the first demodulation signal, to generate a quadrature signal (Q1); and an analysis circuit (170), which determines whether the quadrature signal (Q1) or a signal (Q2) derived therefrom is subject to a periodic oscillation and, if a periodic oscillation is present, outputs a status signal (Xst) having a value which indicates that the instantaneous rate signal (R1) is influenced by an external interference acting on the sensor (100, 200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Thorsten Balslink
  • Publication number: 20180202808
    Abstract: A rotation rate sensor having a first structure movable with respect to the substrate, a second structure movable with respect to the substrate and with respect to the first structure, a first drive structure for deflecting the first structure with a motion component parallel to a first axis, and a second drive structure for deflecting the second structure with a motion component parallel to the first axis. The first and second structures are excitable to oscillate in counter-phase, with motion components parallel to the first axis, the first drive structure having a first spring mounted on the substrate to counteract a pivoting of the first structure around an axis parallel to a second axis extending perpendicularly to a principal extension plane, the second drive structure having a second spring mounted on the substrate to counteracts a pivoting of the second structure around a further axis parallel to the second axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Benjamin Schmidt, Andreas Lassl, Burkhard Kuhlmann, Christian Hoeppner, Mirko Hattass, Thorsten Balslink
  • Publication number: 20180195863
    Abstract: A rotation rate sensor includes first, second, third and fourth structures that are each movable relative to a substrate, a drive device configured to deflect each of the first, second, third, and fourth structures essentially parallel to a drive direction and out of respective resting positions of the first, second, third, and fourth structures, such that, at a first frequency, the first and fourth structures are excitable to an oscillation that is essentially in-phase relative to each other and essentially in phase-opposition relative to the second and third structures, and, at a second frequency, the first and second structures are excitable to an oscillation that is essentially in-phase relative to each other and essentially in phase-opposition relative to the third and fourth structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Burkhard Kuhlmann, Thorsten Balslink
  • Patent number: 9945669
    Abstract: A rotation rate sensor for detecting a rotational movement of the rotation rate sensor about a rotational axis extending within a drive plane of the rotation rate sensor include: a first rotational element, a second rotational element and a drive structure moveable in parallel to the drive plane, the first rotational element being drivable about a first center of rotation to achieve a first rotational vibration in parallel to the drive plane, the second rotational element being drivable about a second center of rotation to achieve a second rotational vibration in parallel to the drive plane, the drive structure being (i) coupled to the first and second rotational elements, and (ii) configured to generate a drive mode in phase opposition of the first and second rotational vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Thorsten Balslink, Rolf Scheben, Benjamin Schmidt, Ralf Ameling, Mirko Hattass, Burkhard Kuhlmann, Robert Maul
  • Publication number: 20170343795
    Abstract: A micromechanical component includes an adjustable part, a mounting, at least one bending actuator, and a permanent magnet. The part is positioned on the mounting so as to be adjustable relative to the mounting about a first rotation axis and about a second rotation axis inclined relative to the first axis. The actuator includes at least one movable subregion. Movement of the subregion results in a restoring force that moves the part about the first axis. The part is connected indirectly to the magnet to be adjustable about the second axis of rotation via a magnetic field built up by the magnet together with a yoke device of the component or an external yoke. A micromirror device includes the micromechanical component. A method for adjusting the part includes adjusting the part simultaneously about the first and the second axes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Helmut Grutzeck, Joerg Muchow, Mirko Hattass, Stefan Mark, Thorsten Balslink, Frank Schatz