Patents by Inventor Uwe Zimmermann

Uwe Zimmermann 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: 20210184281
    Abstract: A mechanism for electrically contacting a printed circuit board to a battery cell composite system comprises a printed circuit board, at least one bimetallic element which is fastened to the printed circuit board, at least one cell connector for connecting the battery cell composite system to the printed circuit board, wherein the cell connector contacts the at least one bimetallic element with a connecting element, and a fastening element for fastening the connecting element to the at least one bimetallic element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: Viktor FUCHS, Uwe ZIMMERMANN
  • Patent number: 10239214
    Abstract: A safety control device for releasing an operation of a machine, in particular a robot, includes an input device for detecting a manual contact, in particular a finger contact. The safety control device has a retaining device for securing the input device to a finger, in particular a fingertip, of an operator, in particular in a frictional manner, and/or a signaling means for outputting a signal, in particular an optical, acoustic, tactile, thermal, and/or electric signal, if a contact force detected by the input device is smaller than a specified upper minimum value and/or for outputting a signal, in particular the same signal or a different signal, in particular an optical, acoustic, tactile, thermal, and/or electric signal, if a contact force detected by the input device is greater than a specified lower maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: KUKA Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Zimmermann, Yevgen Kogan
  • Publication number: 20180071920
    Abstract: A safety control device for releasing an operation of a machine, in particular a robot, includes an input device for detecting a manual contact, in particular a finger contact. The safety control device has a retaining device for securing the input device to a finger, in particular a fingertip, of an operator, in particular in a frictional manner, and/or a signaling means for outputting a signal, in particular an optical, acoustic, tactile, thermal, and/or electric signal, if a contact force detected by the input device is smaller than a specified upper minimum value and/or for outputting a signal, in particular the same signal or a different signal, in particular an optical, acoustic, tactile, thermal, and/or electric signal, if a contact force detected by the input device is greater than a specified lower maximum value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Uwe Zimmermann, Yevgen Kogan
  • Patent number: 9910149
    Abstract: A method for mapping surroundings of a vehicle, objects in the surroundings of the vehicle being detected with the aid of sensors and particular detected objects being described by two coordinate points and also by a position fuzziness assigned to the particular coordinate point, the coordinate points and the position fuzziness values being stored in an interface in the form of data which may be accessed by driver assistance systems of the vehicle. A method is also described for ascertaining the collision probability of a vehicle with an object, in which the surroundings of the vehicle are initially mapped using the method for mapping the surroundings of a vehicle, a travel path to be traveled by the vehicle is ascertained in a subsequent step, and the degree of overlap between the object and the travel path and also the collision probability are finally determined, taking the position fuzziness into account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Pampus, Dirk Schmid, Michael Scherl, Werner Urban, Meike Fehse, Uwe Zimmermann, Michael Schoenherr
  • Patent number: 9878446
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a system for determining gripping regions on an object. The object is to be gripped, based on the determined gripping regions, by means of a robot. At least one first gripping pose of the robot is taught at the object, and additional gripping poses are determined at the object. Based on these gripping poses, a first gripping region is configured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: KUKA Roboter GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Scheurer, Stephanie Bobert, Uwe Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 9815200
    Abstract: A method for controlling a multiaxial jointed-arm robot. A plurality of reference data sets are recorded during a previous monitored reference travel. During an operational travel, a trajectory progress variable is established and is used to monitor the movement of the manipulator on the basis of the reference data sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: KUKA Roboter GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Zimmermann, Gerhard Hietmann
  • Patent number: 9815196
    Abstract: An apparatus for recording positions in a control program of a manipulator, which includes a manipulator, a controller having a control program, and a manual control device, wherein the controller can actuate the manipulator 10 in a compliance control, in which the manipulator is allowed to occupy an actual position different to the nominal position, wherein the controller, when recording the current position of the manipulator in the control program, carries over into the control program in a situation-based manner the nominal position, the actual position or a hybrid position comprising nominal and actual components of the current position. In addition, a corresponding method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: KUKA Roboter GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Zimmermann, Günter Schreiber
  • Patent number: 9579787
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method of programming an industrial robot, exhibiting the steps of selecting a program command, the assigned rigidity parameter of which is to be verified, changed and/or saved in the program mode; moving the manipulator arm into a test pose, in which the industrial robot is configured and/or arranged to manually touch and/or move the manipulator arm; and the automatic actuation of the manipulator arm by the control device such that the manipulator arm in the test pose exhibits the rigidity corresponding to the assigned rigidity parameter of the selected program command. The invention further concerns an industrial robot, exhibiting a control device designed and/or configured to execute such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: KUKA Roboter GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Zimmermann, Volker Schmirgel
  • Publication number: 20160176046
    Abstract: An apparatus for recording positions in a control program of a manipulator, which includes a manipulator, a controller having a control program, and a manual control device, wherein the controller can actuate the manipulator 10 in a compliance control, in which the manipulator is allowed to occupy an actual position different to the nominal position, wherein the controller, when recording the current position of the manipulator in the control program, carries over into the control program in a situation-based manner the nominal position, the actual position or a hybrid position comprising nominal and actual components of the current position. In addition, a corresponding method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Uwe Zimmermann, Günter Schreiber
  • Publication number: 20160176048
    Abstract: A method for controlling a multiaxial jointed-arm robot. A plurality of reference data sets are recorded during a previous monitored reference travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Uwe Zimmermann, Gerhard Hietmann
  • Publication number: 20160136807
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a system for determining gripping regions on an object. The object is to be gripped, based on the determined gripping regions, by means of a robot. At least one first gripping pose of the robot is taught at the object, and additional gripping poses are determined at the object. Based on these gripping poses, a first gripping region is configured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Christian Scheurer, Stephanie Bobert, Uwe Zimmermann
  • Publication number: 20160052128
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method of programming an industrial robot, exhibiting the steps of selecting a program command, the assigned rigidity parameter of which is to be verified, changed and/or saved in the program mode; moving the manipulator arm into a test pose, in which the industrial robot is configured and/or arranged to manually touch and/or move the manipulator arm; and the automatic actuation of the manipulator arm by the control device such that the manipulator arm in the test pose exhibits the rigidity corresponding to the assigned rigidity parameter of the selected program command. The invention further concerns an industrial robot, exhibiting a control device designed and/or configured to execute such a method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Uwe Zimmermann, Volker Schmirgel
  • Patent number: 9250624
    Abstract: The invention relates to an industrial robot and a method for programming an industrial robot, for which the industrial robot is guided manually to a virtual surface (25) in the room, at which point the industrial robot is selected such that it cannot be guided any further manually. Next, that force (F) and/or torque acting on the industrial robot when an attempt is made to guide the industrial robot further manually is ascertained and stored, despite reaching the virtual surface (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: KUKA Roboter GmbH
    Inventor: Uwe Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 9063539
    Abstract: In a method and a device for entering control commands into a controller of a manipulator, such as a robot, a first force or movement or sequence of forces or movements is detected, and the detected force, movement or sequence is electronically compared with stored forces, movements or sequences, respectively. Each of the stored forces or movements or sequences has a control command associated therewith. Upon the comparison indicating a coincidence between the detected force or movement or sequence with one of the stored forces or movements or sequences, the control command associated with that one of the stored forces, stored movements or stored sequences is automatically supplied as an input to the controller for operating the manipulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Kuka Laboratories GmbH
    Inventors: Günter Schreiber, Uwe Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 8914152
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for collision-free path planning for an industrial robot (1) which has a control device (9) and a robot arm (2) that is movable with the aid of the control device (9), to which an object (11) is attached, and in whose working space at least one obstacle (12) is situated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: KUKA Laboratories GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Scheurer, Uwe Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 8754761
    Abstract: A control unit for automatically guiding a vehicle, in particular during a parking procedure, has an interface to a monitoring unit of a brake operating unit of the vehicle to ascertain a braking readiness of the driver in such a way that automatic guiding of the vehicle is interrupted if a braking readiness of a driver is not detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Koehler, Michael Scherl, Matthias Haug, Uwe Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 8659407
    Abstract: A sensor unit, in particular a sensor unit in or on a vehicle, for capacitively ascertaining the distance between the sensor device and an object, having an electrode for forming a capacitive system with the object and an apparatus for creating a signal proportional to the capacitance of the capacitive system. The sensor unit has a reference electrode for forming a capacitive reference system with the object, an additional apparatus for creating a reference signal proportional to the capacitance of the capacitive reference system, and an analyzer device for ascertaining the distance by forming a ratio of the signal and the reference signal, the reference electrodes having an electrode shape, which is different from the electrode shape of the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Rudolf Merkel, Uwe Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 8649906
    Abstract: In order to increase the safety of a robot that may come into contact with other robots, objects or humans, the invention provides that said robot comprises at least two joints and parts that are moveable in relation to each other via at least one joint. At least one sensor (31) is arranged on at least one moveable part (3, 4, 5?, 6, 7), detecting torque. Sensor components (21?, 22.1, 22.2) of the sensor (31) are designed for the redundant detection of a torque, or for the redundant detection of a torque of at least two sensors (31) are provided, and redundant evaluation units are provided for the redundant evaluation. In order to increase safety, the invention further provides a method for monitoring torque on a robot of said kind, wherein at least a torque on at least one movable part (3, 4, 5?, 6, 7) is redundantly detected and redundantly evaluated on at least one moveable part (3, 4, 5?, 6, 7) by means of two sensor components of a sensor (31) or by means of two sensors (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: KUKA Laboratories GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Bischoff, Eugen Heinze, Ralf Koeppe, Johannes Kurth, Gunter Schreiber, Uwe Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 8620474
    Abstract: In a method for controlling a manipulator, in particular a robot, a reference path is stored and reference increments are automatically determined while following the path the reference increments are determined based on the dynamics of the manipulator while following the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Kuka Laboratories GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Sonner, Uwe Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 8493199
    Abstract: A device for approving automatic guidance of a vehicle, having an interface to a monitoring apparatus for at least partially monitoring a vehicle driver located in the vehicle, having an interface to an apparatus for automatically guiding the vehicle and for ascertaining a travel direction of the vehicle when automatic guidance is to be performed, and having an analysis unit for comparing a field of vision of the driver, which is determined from the monitoring of the driver, to the travel direction of the vehicle during the automatic guidance, automatic guidance only being approved if the travel direction of the vehicle during the automatic guidance is in the field of vision of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Koehler, Michael Scherl, Matthias Haug, Uwe Zimmermann