Patents by Inventor Uwe Hoffmann

Uwe Hoffmann 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: 20190023094
    Abstract: Systems and methods to control suspension of a vehicle are disclosed. An example apparatus includes one or more processors coupled to a vehicle. The one or more processors are to generate road profile data while the vehicle is moving and generate suspension control data based on the road profile data. A suspension of the vehicle is to be adjusted based on the suspension control data. The one or more processors also determine a distance traveled by the vehicle during a time interval. The time interval is associated with generating the road profile data or adjusting the suspension. The one or more processors also adjust the suspension based on the suspension control data, the distance, and a preview distance associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy Panagis, Phil Lenius, Uwe Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20180141711
    Abstract: A container group having at least two adjacent containers includes a band-like carrier-element that forms a loop-like carrying-handle having free-ends with connecting sections, one of which has a pull-off tab that connects to a corresponding connecting-section. Surfaces of said adjacent containers within the group form contact areas that are detachably connected by an adhesive layer. The first and second connecting-sections connect the loop-like carrying handle to the containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Uwe Hoffmann, Mathias Fischer
  • Publication number: 20180009557
    Abstract: A pack includes at least four containers, each of which is in one of two container groups. Intragroup bonds hold containers in the same container group together. Intergroup bonds hold together the first and second groups. A carrying handle spans at least two containers from different groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Mathias Fischer, Uwe Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20170253375
    Abstract: A cluster pack with at least two containers, each of which each container carries a label. One or more glued joints interconnect the containers. At least one of the glued joints is applied in a cut-out section of a label.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventors: Mathias Fischer, Uwe Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 9738132
    Abstract: An active vehicle suspension system includes an active damping mechanism operatively coupled to a vehicle wheel and configured for controlling a damping force applied to the wheel responsive to a control signal. A controller is operatively coupled to the damping mechanism and configured for generating a control signal to the damping mechanism responsive to velocity of the wheel in a downward vertical direction. At least one of a timer threshold and velocity threshold, used to determine whether a vehicle wheel has encountered a depression in a road surface, may be varied on a basis of a speed of the vehicle. A damping mechanism for a rear wheel of a vehicle may be controlled on a basis of how a damping mechanism for a front wheel is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Russ Lee Norton, Benjamin Bulat, William Gregory Suter, Albert Chenouda Salib, David Michael Russell, Uwe Hoffmann, Marc Suermann, Darrell Erick Butler, Louis Joseph Jamail
  • Publication number: 20170066010
    Abstract: An evaporator for evaporating a material onto a substrate is described. The evaporator includes a guiding means for guiding the material towards at least one opening nozzle. The guiding means includes a measurement outlet for a portion of the material. The evaporator further includes a first measurement system configured for generating a first signal correlated with a deposition rate of the evaporator and having a first detector positioned for being coated by the material and a second optical measurement system for generating a second signal correlated with the deposition rate of the evaporator and wherein the second signal is based on the portion of the material of the measurement outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Inventor: Uwe HOFFMANN
  • Patent number: 9321320
    Abstract: An active vehicle suspension system includes an active damping mechanism operatively coupled to a vehicle wheel and configured for controlling a damping force applied to the wheel responsive to a control signal. A controller is operatively coupled to the damping mechanism and configured for generating a control signal to the damping mechanism responsive to velocity of the wheel in a downward vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Russ Lee Norton, Ben Bulat, Gregory Suter, Albert Chenouda Salib, David Michael Russell, Uwe Hoffmann, Marc Suermann
  • Publication number: 20160046166
    Abstract: An active vehicle suspension system includes an active damping mechanism operatively coupled to a vehicle wheel and configured for controlling a damping force applied to the wheel responsive to a control signal. A controller is operatively coupled to the damping mechanism and configured for generating a control signal to the damping mechanism responsive to velocity of the wheel in a downward vertical direction. At least one of a timer threshold and velocity threshold, used to determine whether a vehicle wheel has encountered a depression in a road surface, may be varied on a basis of a speed of the vehicle. A damping mechanism for a rear wheel of a vehicle may be controlled on a basis of how a damping mechanism for a front wheel is controlled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Russ Lee NORTON, Benjamin BULAT, William Gregory SUTER, Albert Chenouda SALIB, David Michael RUSSELL, Uwe HOFFMANN, Marc SUERMANN, Darrell Erick BUTLER, Louis Joseph JAMAIL
  • Patent number: 9127349
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a method as well as an apparatus for depositing a layer at a substrate, the layer containing at least two components co-deposited by at least two evaporation sources, wherein the mixture of the components regarding the content of the components is set by tilting the evaporation sources to predetermined angle and/or by positioning the evaporation sources at a predetermined distance with respect to the substrate and/or wherein evaporation plumes of the evaporation sources are arranged such that the maxima of the evaporation plumes are separated locally with respect to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Juergen Bruch, Elisabeth Sommer, Uwe Hoffmann, Manuel Dieguez-Campo
  • Patent number: 8996249
    Abstract: A method for controlling an active suspension is disclosed. The method includes steps of determining a dimension of a road abnormality ahead of the vehicle; comparing the dimension with a vehicle dimension; responsive to the comparison, classifying the abnormality as one type of a plurality of predetermined types; responsive to a dimension of the abnormality, further classifying the abnormality as having a severity of one type of a plurality of predetermined types; and controlling the suspension responsive to the abnormality type and severity type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jianbo Lu, Dimitar P. Filev, Davor Hrovat, Eric Hongtei Tseng, Uwe Hoffmann, Simon Baales, Michael Seeman
  • Publication number: 20150084290
    Abstract: An active vehicle suspension system includes an active damping mechanism operatively coupled to a vehicle wheel and configured for controlling a damping force applied to the wheel responsive to a control signal. A controller is operatively coupled to the damping mechanism and configured for generating a control signal to the damping mechanism responsive to velocity of the wheel in a downward vertical direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Russ Lee NORTON, Ben BULAT, Gregory SUTER, Albert Chenouda SALIB, David Michael RUSSELL, Uwe HOFFMANN, Marc SUERMANN
  • Patent number: 8990000
    Abstract: A method for estimating a location of a center of gravity (CG) of a sprung mass of a vehicle includes steps of a) determining whether the vehicle is stationary or moving; b) if the vehicle is stationary, calculating estimated x and y coordinates of the CG; c) storing the estimated coordinates in memory; and d) repeating steps a)-c) until the vehicle is no longer stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Doug S. Rhode, Jianbo Lu, Eric Hongtei Tseng, Dimitar Petrov Filev, Davor Hrovat, David Michael Russell, Uwe Hoffmann, Peter W. A. Zegelaar, Moshen Lakehal-ayat, Michael Seemann, Simon Baales
  • Patent number: 8961690
    Abstract: A process of coating at least one substrate with a plurality of deposition sources, a method of tooling, a carrier unit and a deposition system are described. The systems and methods provide for or allow for exposing a first substrate portion 112a of said at least one substrate 112 to a first deposition source 118a through an aperture 122 of a carrier unit 110, 510, depositing a first layer 126a over the first substrate portion, said first layer including material from said first deposition source, varying a relative position between said at least one substrate and said aperture for exposing a second substrate portion of said at least one substrate, or another substrate, to a second deposition source, and depositing a second layer 126b over the second substrate portion 112b, said second layer including material from said second deposition source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Applied Materials GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Uwe Hoffmann, Jose Manuel Dieguez-Campo
  • Patent number: 8918253
    Abstract: An active vehicle suspension system includes an active damping mechanism operatively coupled to a vehicle wheel and configured for controlling a damping force applied to the wheel responsive to a control signal. A controller is operatively coupled to the damping mechanism and configured for generating a control signal to the damping mechanism responsive to velocity of the wheel in a downward vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Russ Lee Norton, Benjamin Bulat, Greg Gregory Suter, Albert Chenouda Salib, David Michael Russell, Uwe Hoffmann, Marc Suermann
  • Publication number: 20140330483
    Abstract: A method for controlling an active suspension is disclosed. The method includes steps of determining a dimension of a road abnormality ahead of the vehicle; comparing the dimension with a vehicle dimension; responsive to the comparison, classifying the abnormality as one type of a plurality of predetermined types; responsive to a dimension of the abnormality, further classifying the abnormality as having a severity of one type of a plurality of predetermined types; and controlling the suspension responsive to the abnormality type and severity type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jianbo Lu, Dimitar P. Filev, Davor Hrovat, Eric Hongtei Tseng, Uwe Hoffmann, Simon Baales, Michael Seeman
  • Publication number: 20140316637
    Abstract: A method for estimating a location of a center of gravity (CG) of a sprung mass of a vehicle includes steps of a) determining whether the vehicle is stationary or moving; b) if the vehicle is stationary, calculating estimated x and y coordinates of the CG; c) storing the estimated coordinates in memory; and d) repeating steps a)-c) until the vehicle is no longer stationary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Doug S. Rhode, Jianbo Lu, Eric Hongtei Tseng, Dimitar Petrov Filev, Davor Hrovat, David Michael Russell, Uwe Hoffmann, Peter W.A. Zegelaar, Moshen Lakehal-ayat, Michael Seemann, Simon Baales
  • Publication number: 20140303844
    Abstract: A vehicle can have a vibration damping system, which has a characteristic curve that is adjustable. To control the characteristic curve of the vibration damping system, information regarding a profile of a road surface in front of the vehicle is detected. At least a portion of the road surface profile can be classified according to a change in height and a length of the portion. The classification can be based on the detected information. Based on the classification of the road surface profile, the characteristic curve of the vibration damping system of the vehicle can be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe HOFFMANN, Martin SAEGER, Toni KYMAELAEINEN, Michael SEEMANN
  • Patent number: 8788146
    Abstract: A method for controlling an active suspension includes steps of determining a dimension of a road abnormality ahead of the vehicle and comparing the dimension with a vehicle dimension. Responsive to the comparison, the abnormality is classified as one type of a plurality of predetermined types. Responsive to a height dimension of the abnormality, the abnormality is further classified as having one of a small, medium, or large severity. The suspension is controlled responsive to the type and severity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jianbo Lu, Dimitar P. Filev, Davor Hrovat, Eruc Hongtei Tseng, Uwe Hoffmann, Simon Baales, Micheal Seemann
  • Publication number: 20140195112
    Abstract: A method for controlling an active suspension includes steps of determining a dimension of a road abnormality ahead of the vehicle and comparing the dimension with a vehicle dimension. Responsive to the comparison, the abnormality is classified as one type of a plurality of predetermined types. Responsive to a height dimension of the abnormality, the abnormality is further classified as having one of a small, medium, or large severity. The suspension is controlled responsive to the type and severity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jianbo Lu, Dimitar P. Filev, Davor Hrovat, Eruc Hongtei Tseng, Uwe Hoffmann, Simon Baales, Micheal Seemann
  • Publication number: 20130345933
    Abstract: An active vehicle suspension system includes an active damping mechanism operatively coupled to a vehicle wheel and configured for controlling a damping force applied to the wheel responsive to a control signal. A controller is operatively coupled to the damping mechanism and configured for generating a control signal to the damping mechanism responsive to velocity of the wheel in a downward vertical direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Russ Lee Norton, Benjamin Bulat, Greg Gregory Suter, Albert Chenouda Salib, David Michael Russell, Uwe Hoffmann, Marc Suermann