Patents by Inventor Timo Pronold

Timo Pronold 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: 20190248529
    Abstract: A container handling plant and a method for a container handling plant are shown. The container handling plant comprises at least one container handling machine for handling containers, wherein at least one container handling machine comprises a type preselection memory in which different types are preselectable for a handling to be performed by the container handling machine, at least one output device positioned at the at least one container handling machine for outputting an audio signal and/or an optical signal, and a control device configured to control the at least one output device such that the output device acoustically outputs a predetermined audio signal made of tone sequences comprising at least two different tones and/or optically outputs an optical signal, if due to the type preselected in the type preselection memory a change of a type or a refilling for the preselected type at the container handling machine is scheduled in the future at the end of a predetermined time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Krones AG
    Inventors: Robert Klein, Wolfgang Hahn, Timo Pronold, Markus Zoelfl
  • Publication number: 20180321832
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an operating module for dynamically creating the user interface on the operating module for controlling and operating a machine of the food industry, in particular the beverage industry. The operating module comprises a plurality of operating elements having attributes, which can assume the value of a parameter and can be activated or deactivated depending on the user. By means of an operating module context, operating elements having certain attributes and values can be selected in order to be displayed on the operating module. The invention further relates to a method for dynamically creating and displaying an operating interface for operating a machine of the food industry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Theodor BIELMEIER, Sebastian VOGL, Raymon SEIDL, Timo PRONOLD, Thomas STAUBER, Johannes BOEHM, Stefan SCHMIDT, Pino-Giuseppe PALUMBO
  • Patent number: 10086968
    Abstract: A container handling machine for handling containers, such as bottles for example, including a machine protection element which shields active parts of the container handling machine against interventions from the outside, for example by operating personnel, at least during operation and which extends at least partly over a part of the periphery of the container handling machine. A display is integrated into the machine protection element, wherein information, for example on the operating state of the container handling machine, can be displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Andreas Bergers, Markus Zölfl, Timo Pronold, Wolfgang Hahn
  • Patent number: 9817377
    Abstract: An operator system for a machine, in particular for a beverage processing machine, having a mobile operator device for the machine, a signal emitter for reporting alarm and/or warning signals, and a carrying device for the operator device, wherein the operator device has a coupling element for attaching to the machine and/or to the carrying device and a transmitter for transmitting alarm and/or warning signals, wherein the signal emitter has an attachment element for attaching to an article of clothing and/or to a body part of a user and a receiver for the alarm and/or warning signals, and wherein the carrying device has a mounting element for attaching to an article of clothing and/or to a body part of the user and a receptacle for the operator device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Timo Pronold, Johannes Böhm
  • Patent number: 9703405
    Abstract: An apparatus, and a corresponding method, for assisting data collection and/or data processing for the operation of installations in the beverage-processing industry, the apparatus having an interactive touchscreen that has read capability and that can visually recognize two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Timo Pronold, Johannes Böhm, Christina Traub
  • Patent number: 9478115
    Abstract: An operator system for a machine, in particular for a beverage processing machine, the system comprising a mobile operator device for the machine, a signal emitter for reporting alarm and/or warning signals and safely glasses for protecting the eyes of a user. The safety glasses have a display system that is designed in particular as a head-mounted display, or a virtual retina display, or a projector and the operator device and/or the signal emitter and/or the safety glasses have a respective data transmitter for exchanging machine information and/or alarm and/or warning signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Timo Pronold, Johannes Böhm, Christina Traub
  • Patent number: 9395717
    Abstract: During grouping, articles (01) from an incoming article flow are grouped on a staging surface (02) and are transported away after completion of the grouping in order to make space for a new grouping. During grouping, the articles (01) are also detected by sensor with regard to their entry alignment and/or entry position in the article flow in order to subsequently bring them into a final alignment and final position corresponding to their arrangement in the grouping to be achieved. During grouping, the articles (01) located on the staging surface (02) are also detected by sensor. The method includes the steps: A. obtaining an actual alignment and an actual position (03) of the articles (01) located on the staging surface (02) with the aid of the sensor detection; B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Krones Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Timo Pronold
  • Patent number: 9375878
    Abstract: A method for operating an installation for handling containers, wherein the containers from a first handling unit of the installation are handled by predetermined first handling parameters and the containers from a second handling unit of the installation are handled by predetermined second handling parameters, and wherein the first handling parameters and the second handling parameters can be altered, at least in part, and depend, at least in part, on product parameters which are characteristic of the container. Product parameters of the container which are stored for controlling the first handling unit are also used for controlling the second handling unit, wherein alterations to the product parameters are taken into account in automated fashion both for controlling the first handling unit and for controlling the second handling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Markus Zoelfl, Timo Pronold
  • Publication number: 20160152370
    Abstract: A container handling machine for handling containers, such as bottles for example, including a machine protection element which shields active parts of the container handling machine against interventions from the outside, for example by operating personnel, at least during operation and which extends at least partly over a part of the periphery of the container handling machine. A display is integrated into the machine protection element, wherein information, for example on the operating state of the container handling machine, can be displayed on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventors: Andreas Bergers, Markus Zölfl, Timo Pronold, Wolfgang Hahn
  • Publication number: 20150370239
    Abstract: During grouping, articles (01) from an incoming article flow are grouped on a staging surface (02) and are transported away after completion of the grouping in order to make space for a new grouping. During grouping, the articles (01) are also detected by sensor with regard to their entry alignment and/or entry position in the article flow in order to subsequently bring them into a final alignment and final position corresponding to their arrangement in the grouping to be achieved. During grouping, the articles (01) located on the staging surface (02) are also detected by sensor. The method includes the steps: A. obtaining an actual alignment and an actual position (03) of the articles (01) located on the staging surface (02) with the aid of the sensor detection; B.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventor: Timo PRONOLD
  • Publication number: 20150293618
    Abstract: An apparatus, and a corresponding method, for assisting data collection and/or data processing for the operation of installations in the beverage-processing industry, the apparatus having an interactive touchscreen that has read capability and that can visually recognize two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Timo Pronold, Johannes Böhm, Christina Traub
  • Publication number: 20150248826
    Abstract: An operator system for a machine, in particular for a beverage processing machine, the system comprising a mobile operator device for the machine, a signal emitter for reporting alarm and/or warning signals and safely glasses for protecting the eyes of a user. The safety glasses have a display system that is designed in particular as a head-mounted display, or a virtual retina display, or a projector and the operator device and/or the signal emitter and/or the safety glasses have a respective data transmitter for exchanging machine information and/or alarm and/or warning signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 3, 2015
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Timo Pronold, Johannes Böhm, Christina Traub
  • Patent number: 9111002
    Abstract: Method for reading in a two-dimensional pattern code of a system component by a recording apparatus of a mobile device and for presenting and using data by an output apparatus includes reading in and decoding code to obtain data that are given by the code and that are related to the component on which the code is arranged; presenting the data; or adapting the data according to user data and/or the mobile device and presenting the adapted data, wherein the (adapted) data can be interactive or non-interactive. Also, a mobile device for carrying out the above method, including a recording apparatus for reading in the code, a memory, and an output apparatus for presenting the (adapted) data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Timo Pronold
  • Publication number: 20150220071
    Abstract: An operator system for a machine, in particular for a beverage processing machine, having a mobile operator device for the machine, a signal emitter for reporting alarm and/or warning signals, and a carrying device for the operator device, wherein the operator device has a coupling element for attaching to the machine and/or to the carrying device and a transmitter for transmitting alarm and/or warning signals, wherein the signal emitter has an attachment element for attaching to an article of clothing and/or to a body part of a user and a receiver for the alarm and/or warning signals, and wherein the carrying device has a mounting element for attaching to an article of clothing and/or to a body part of the user and a receptacle for the operator device .
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Timo Pronold, Johannes Böhm
  • Publication number: 20150212507
    Abstract: A method and a corresponding device for supporting operating and/or changeover processes for a machine, in particular product type changeovers in the beverage processing industry. The method includes the creation of a description of the changeover process which can comprise a plurality of sub-steps, the processing of individual sub-steps, and the storing of the changeover process and/or the processed sub-steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Thomas Kellhammer, Markus Zölfl, Timo Pronold, Johannes Böhm, Christina Traub, Stefan Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8985453
    Abstract: A change part, which is used for a machine employed in the filling or bottle manufacturing industry and which includes an identification element, where the identification element comprises a piezoelectric transmitter, which, when the change part is mounted and/or demounted, is able to be activated by the forces acting thereon and to transmit an identification signal, and to a suitable method for identifying a change part mounted in a machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Markus Zölfl, Timo Pronold, Stefan Raith
  • Publication number: 20140284381
    Abstract: Method for reading in a two-dimensional pattern code of a system component by a recording apparatus of a mobile device and for presenting and using data by an output apparatus includes reading in and decoding code to obtain data that are given by the code and that are related to the component on which the code is arranged; presenting the data; or adapting the data according to user data and/or the mobile device and presenting the adapted data, wherein the (adapted) data can be interactive or non-interactive. Also, a mobile device for carrying out the above method, including a recording apparatus for reading in the code, a memory, and an output apparatus for presenting the (adapted) data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Timo Pronold
  • Publication number: 20140061313
    Abstract: A change part, which is used for a machine employed in the filling or bottle manufacturing industry and which includes an identification element, where the identification element comprises a piezoelectric transmitter, which, when the change part is mounted and/or demounted, is able to be activated by the forces acting thereon and to transmit an identification signal, and to a suitable method for identifying a change part mounted in a machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Markus Zölfl, Timo Pronold, Stefan Raith
  • Publication number: 20130231772
    Abstract: A method for operating an installation for handling containers, wherein the containers from a first handling unit of the installation are handled by predetermined first handling parameters and the containers from a second handling unit of the installation are handled by predetermined second handling parameters, and wherein the first handling parameters and the second handling parameters can be altered, at least in part, and depend, at least in part, on product parameters which are characteristic of the container. Product parameters of the container which are stored for controlling the first handling unit are also used for controlling the second handling unit, wherein alterations to the product parameters are taken into account in automated fashion both for controlling the first handling unit and for controlling the second handling unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Markus Zoelfl, Timo Pronold
  • Publication number: 20120311962
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling containers with a plurality of handling units for handling the containers, which handling units contain at least one filling device for filling the containers with a flowable medium, a closure device disposed downstream in a transport direction of the containers for closing the filled containers with closures, and with a labelling device for labelling the containers, and with a transport device for transporting the containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Timo Pronold, Johannes Boehm