Patents by Inventor Uwe Schoeler

Uwe Schoeler 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: 20220202282
    Abstract: An actuator system for use in an optical system of an endoscope. The actuator system including: at least one actuator; and a holder for receiving at least one optical element of the optical system, the holder is configured to be flat and extends in a holder plane. The holder including: an outer enclosure; a leaf spring; and an inner platform. Wherein the outer enclosure at least partially surrounds the leaf spring and the leaf spring at least partially surrounds the inner platform, the outer enclosure is elastically coupled to the inner platform via the leaf spring, the inner platform is configured to receive the optical element, and the at least one actuator interacts with the inner platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: OLYMPUS Winter & Ibe GmbH
    Inventors: Martin WIETERS, Uwe SCHOELER
  • Publication number: 20210330176
    Abstract: A connection body for use with an endoscope that provides an electrical connection between at least one electrical component arranged in a proximal end region of the endoscope and an internal electrical connection provided in the proximal end region. The connection body including: a dimensionally stable three-dimensional circuit carrier: and a flexible elongate circuit board. Where, in a first region of the circuit carrier, the electrical component is mechanically directly connected to the circuit carrier and is contacted by conductor tracks provided in the circuit carrier; in a second region different from the first region, a first end of the circuit board is mechanically directly connected to the circuit carrier and contacts the conductor tracks for electrical connection to the electrical component and a second end of the circuit board opposite the first end in a longitudinal direction of the circuit board, contacts the internal electrical connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Alrun THUEMEN, Uwe SCHOELER, Jens SCHNITGER
  • Publication number: 20210003837
    Abstract: A method for centering an optical element in an optical system for an endoscope, wherein the optical element has an optical axis aligned in the optical system such that the optical axis of the optical element coincides with an optical axis of the optical system, the method including: forming recesses into a circumference of the optical element, wherein in a cross-sectional plane of the optical element each recess includes a deepest point which has a smallest distance to the optical axis of the optical element, and the deepest points are located in the cross-sectional plane of the optical element on a circle, a center of the circle being located on the optical axis of the optical element; inserting a centering material into each of the recesses; and aligning the optical element in the optical system using the centering material in each of the recesses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Uwe SCHOELER
  • Publication number: 20210003805
    Abstract: A method for preparing an optical element for insertion into an optical system of an endoscope, wherein the optical element has an optical axis and a peripheral surface that is basically parallel to the optical axis, the method including: arranging the optical element in a mounting of a spindle which rotates the optical element about an axis of rotation of the spindle, aligning the optical element on the spindle such that the optical axis of the optical element coincides with the axis of rotation of the spindle, and subsequent to the aligning, removing an outer peripheral surface region of the optical element until the peripheral surface has a constant spacing from the optical axis of the optical element, wherein the removing of the outer peripheral surface region takes place by laser ablation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicants: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH, FRAUN-HOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DERANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Uwe SCHOELER, Erik BECKERT
  • Publication number: 20200405127
    Abstract: An optical system for an endoscope, the optical system including: a distal optical assembly; a proximal optical assembly; and at least one elongated bar-shaped fixing element; wherein the proximal optical assembly is fastened to the distal optical assembly by the fixing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin WIETERS, Uwe SCHOELER
  • Publication number: 20200409136
    Abstract: A holder for an optical system of an endoscope, the holder including: a take-up region configured to receive an optical element; and at least one fixing region configured to fix the holder in the optical system by a soldered connection, the fixing region being separate from the take-up region; wherein a material of the holder is a base material that is provided with a coating, a material of the coating having better solderability than the base material, the coating being removed from the take-up region to expose a surface of the take-up region, the exposed surface being blackened by a laser-assisted surface treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Uwe SCHOELER, Nils TORKUHL, Martin WIETERS
  • Publication number: 20200305683
    Abstract: A method for the manufacturing an endoscope, the method including: providing a window having a lateral peripheral surface and a flat surface, the window is provided with a metal coating on a lateral peripheral surface and/or an edge region of the flat surface, and the flat surface of the window is provided with a solder preform, inserting the window provided with the solder preform into a window seat of an endoscope shaft of the endoscope, where the flat surface of the window one of faces an interior space of the endoscope shaft or faces away from the interior space of the endoscope shaft, and subsequent to the inserting, heating the solder preform with a heating device such that solder material of the solder preform is distributed between the window and the window seat and, after the solder material cools, solder is arranged between the window and the window seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: OLYMPUS Winter and Ibe GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe SCHOELER, Nils TORKUHL
  • Patent number: 10782985
    Abstract: A user assistance system of a reprocessing apparatus for cleaning and disinfecting at least one surgical instrument arranged in a cleaning basket, the user assistance system including: at least one electronically controlled display device; and a controller coupled with the at least one electronically controlled display device, the at least one electronically controlled display device being integrated in a loading station and being configured for arranging the cleaning basket on one side of the display device during the loading of the cleaning basket, the controller being configured to control the display device such that image information is displayed in an actual size and position which indicates a predetermined arrangement within the cleaning basket of the surgical instrument that is to be reprocessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Wolter, Uwe Schoeler
  • Publication number: 20200146532
    Abstract: An imaging unit for a surgical instrument. The imaging unit including: an objective tube; and an optical element accommodated in the objective tube, wherein one or more of: the optical element is clamped gap-free in the objective tube; the optical element is accommodated in a mount in the optical tube and the mount is clamped gap-free in the objective tube; and the optical element is accommodated in a centered mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Uwe SCHOELER
  • Patent number: 10401613
    Abstract: An optical assembly for an endoscope, the optical assembly including: an objective tube; and at least one optical element held in the objective tube; wherein the objective tube comprises at least one region acting as a clamping mount for the at least one optical element, and the at least one region of the objective tube acting as the clamping mount is at least sectionally formed of a shape-memory material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Uwe Schoeler
  • Publication number: 20180020904
    Abstract: An imaging unit including: a guide tube having an inner lateral surface extending in a longitudinal direction of the guide tube, the inner lateral surface defining an inner chamber; a lens tube having an outer lateral surface extending in a longitudinal direction of the lens tube, the lens tube being at least sectionally accommodated within the inner chamber of the guide tube; and at least one optical element which is accommodated in the lens tube; wherein the lens tube comprises a plurality of bars disposed on the outer lateral surface, each of the plurality of bars interacting with a corresponding one of a plurality of grooves recessed in the inner lateral surface of the guide tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin WIETERS, Uwe SCHOELER
  • Publication number: 20180011722
    Abstract: A user assistance system of a reprocessing apparatus for cleaning and disinfecting at least one surgical instrument arranged in a cleaning basket, the user assistance system including: at least one electronically controlled display device; and a controller coupled with the at least one electronically controlled display device, the at least one electronically controlled display device being integrated in a loading station and being configured for arranging the cleaning basket on one side of the display device during the loading of the cleaning basket, the controller being configured to control the display device such that image information is displayed in an actual size and position which indicates a predetermined arrangement within the cleaning basket of the surgical instrument that is to be reprocessed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Michael WOLTER, Uwe SCHOELER
  • Publication number: 20170363856
    Abstract: An optical assembly for an endoscope, the optical assembly including: an objective tube; and at least one optical element held in the objective tube; wherein the objective tube comprises at least one region acting as a clamping mount for the at least one optical element, and the at least one region of the objective tube acting as the clamping mount is at least sectionally formed of a shape-memory material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Uwe SCHOELER
  • Patent number: 9839346
    Abstract: A surgical instrument having: a wall; an electrically insulating substrate; an electrical connection, wherein at least a portion of the electrical connection is applied on an exterior surface of the electrically insulating substrate; an insulating layer applied on the portion of the electrical connection; and a hermetic connection layer applied to the insulating layer, wherein the hermetic connection layer is hermetically connected to the wall to separate a hermetic chamber from an outer area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Wieters, Uwe Schoeler
  • Publication number: 20170196618
    Abstract: A method produces a flat electrode of a high-frequency surgical instrument, which has in at least one layer height of metal and in at least one other layer height of ceramic, wherein the flat electrode is produced in the form of a green body and then sintered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Uwe SCHÖLER, Mathias KRAAS, Hannes MIERSCH
  • Patent number: 9433432
    Abstract: A surgical milling instrument, comprising two tubular cutters arranged one inside another, each of which has a cylindrical shaft tube, an integrally formed distal end piece in a hollow hemispherical shape, and a cutting window, wherein the outer tubular cutter is non-rotatably mounted on a main body and the inner tubular cutter is mounted in a rotationally driven manner thereon, is characterized in that at least one of the end pieces, in a hole surrounding the axis of the associated shaft tube, has an insert plate connected on the edge thereof to the edge of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Uwe Schoeler, Dido Armin Zweibrueck, Andre Scheel
  • Publication number: 20160174813
    Abstract: An endoscope including: an endoscope tip arranged at the distal end of the endoscope. The endoscope tip including: an outer wall having an opening; and a window hermetically joined into the opening, the window being at least partially optically transparent; wherein the outer wall has a ceramic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Jens ROSE, Uwe SCHOELER
  • Publication number: 20160007834
    Abstract: An endoscope including: a flexible portion having an elastic hose; at least one rigid portion having at least at one end adjoined to the flexible portion at an end area, the at least one end being enclosed by the elastic hose; and a clamping device disposed over the elastic hose at the end area to sealingly clamp the flexible portion to the at least one rigid portion by applying a radial force to the end area, the clamping device including a loop member which is made of metal and which winds around the hose with at least two windings, and in which at least the two windings are welded to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Uwe SCHOELER
  • Publication number: 20150051628
    Abstract: A surgical milling instrument, comprising two tubular cutters arranged one inside another, each of which has a cylindrical shaft tube, an integrally formed distal end piece in a hollow hemispherical shape, and a cutting window, wherein the outer tubular cutter is non-rotatably mounted on a main body and the inner tubular cutter is mounted in a rotationally driven manner thereon, is characterized in that at least one of the end pieces, in a hole surrounding the axis of the associated shaft tube, has an insert plate connected on the edge thereof to the edge of the hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Uwe Schoeler, Dido Armin Zweibrueck, Andre Scheel
  • Publication number: 20140235939
    Abstract: A method for producing an endoscope with a distal end and a proximal end, wherein a tube is provided, which has an opening for receiving a window. The method including, inserting a window into the opening of the tube, permanently fixing the window in the opening of the tube, and galvanically applying a noble metal to the tube in the area of the window and around the window. Also provided is an endoscope with a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the endoscope includes a tube, which extends up to the distal end, wherein a window is inserted into the tube on the distal end, which is permanently fixed in the tube by means of a hermetically sealing material. Wherein the tube on the distal end and the hermetically sealing material are coated on the outside with a noble metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Uwe SCHOELER