Patents by Inventor Walter Koch

Walter Koch 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: 20200037775
    Abstract: A presence detection system for an electrically adjustable furniture assembly is disclosed. The presence detection system comprises at least one steady element and at least one movable element, articulatedly and/or slidably connected to the at least one steady element wherein at least one of the steady elements and/or at least one of the movable elements comprise an electrically conducting element. The presence detection system further comprises at least one actuator, arranged to electrically adjust at least one of the movable elements and at least one capacitance detecting unit, electrically connected to the at least one electrically conducting element, arranged to detect a capacitance value of the at least one electrically conducting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventor: Walter KOCH
  • Patent number: 10435920
    Abstract: A system for preventing a door of a vehicle from opening into an object includes a detection module configured to identify an object within a danger zone of the vehicle and detect the opening of the door. The system further includes a locking mechanism coupled to the detection module and configured to lock the door in a partially open position if the object is identified within the danger zone and the opening of the door is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Prasanna Kumar Ganeshan, Marcus Walter Koch
  • Publication number: 20190252902
    Abstract: In a furniture system having an electrically adjustable piece of furniture and an energy transmission device, the piece of furniture has at least one actuator for adjusting the piece of furniture, an electrical energy store for supplying the actuator during an adjustment process, and a charging circuit for charging the energy store. The energy transmission device is adapted to receive energy from an AC mains supply and to deliver it wirelessly. The charging circuit is adapted to at least partially receive the energy output from the energy transmission device without physical contact with the energy transmission device and to use it to charge the energy store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventor: Walter KOCH
  • Patent number: 10376041
    Abstract: An electrically adjustable table system includes a table, at least one electric drive for adjusting the table, a voltage supply, a control and a bus system. The at least one drive, the voltage supply and the control are connected to the bus system. The bus system comprises multiple multiwire cable sections, which are electrically connected to one another via insulation displacement connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: LOGICDATA Electronic & Software Entwicklungs GmbH
    Inventor: Walter Koch
  • Publication number: 20190230784
    Abstract: An electronic component (1) of an adjustable furniture system comprises an opening (11) in a housing (10) and a plurality of contact areas (15). The component is arranged to enable establishing electrical contact to a programming interface (16) of a memory element (14) from outside through the opening (11) by means of a needle adapter (20) and to program the memory element (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventor: Walter KOCH
  • Publication number: 20190211587
    Abstract: A system for preventing a door of a vehicle from opening into an object includes a detection module configured to identify an object within a danger zone of the vehicle and detect the opening of the door. The system further includes a locking mechanism coupled to the detection module and configured to lock the door in a partially open position if the object is identified within the danger zone and the opening of the door is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Prasanna Kumar Ganeshan, Marcus Walter Koch
  • Publication number: 20190183251
    Abstract: A support panel (16) is provided comprising a base member (11), the base member (11) being the mechanically stabilizing component of the support panel (11), at least one mechanical coupler (18) on the base member (11), an identifier which can electronically be read out through the at least one second electrical connector (28), at least one second electrical connector (28) located on the base member (11), and at least one functional module (34) selected from a sensor, an actuator, a control unit, an electrical link, and a power supply, wherein the at least one mechanical coupler (18) and the at least one second electrical connector (28) are designed for reversible mechanical and electrical connection to a bed frame assembly (30), and wherein a top surface (17) of the support panel (16), opposite to the bottom surface (15), is designed to be applied with a mattress (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Haymo NIEDERKOFLER, Walter KOCH
  • Patent number: 10310323
    Abstract: A display cluster having an active state and an inactive state includes a front cover with an outer surface facing outwardly toward a viewer and an inner surface opposite the outer surface. An active display region with a display screen to generate an image and a first backlight may be surrounded by a peripheral region including a second backlight. One or more of the backlights may illuminate with the display cluster in the active state. A partial mirror may be disposed on the inner surface of the front cover to allow the display light from the active display region to pass outwardly therethrough and to block incident light from passing therethrough. The partial mirror may prevent reflections from one or more structures located therebeyond, away from the viewer, and may thereby present a uniform appearance between the active display region and the peripheral region with the display cluster in the inactive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, INC.
    Inventors: Marcus Walter Koch, Philip Regez, Alexandra Ledermann, Belinda Berns
  • Patent number: 10206316
    Abstract: An enclosure for holding a printed circuit board includes a housing portion of metal containing at least about 90% magnesium and formed by a semi-solid metal casting process of thixomolding, and including first and second housing portions each including a closed end and an open end with a plurality of teeth where the first and second portions join together in a clamshell arrangement to define an enclosed space for holding the printed circuit board. The teeth of the first housing portion may be aligned to overlap and to engage corresponding ones of the teeth of the second housing portion in physical and electrical contact for blocking electromagnetic interference (EMI) with the housing portions closed together. A method of forming a housing portion of an enclosure for holding a printed circuit board is also provided, and which includes steps of thixomolding magnesium to form the housing portion with integrally-formed teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Marcus Walter Koch
  • Patent number: 10194552
    Abstract: An enclosure for holding a printed circuit board includes a housing portion of metal containing at least about 90% magnesium and formed by a semi-solid metal casting process of thixomolding, and including a wall defining an opening to form a spring arm including a tabular portion and a contact pad. The spring arm may be deflected from the wall to provide a contact pressure biasing the first contact pad in physical and electrical contact with the printed circuit board and to provide an electrical grounding connection therebetween. Alternative embodiments are also provided with the spring arm transverse to the wall and with a two spring arms on opposite sides of the printed circuit board. A method of forming a housing portion of an enclosure for holding a printed circuit board is also provided, and which includes steps of thixomolding magnesium to form the housing portion including a spring arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chakrapani Nandyala, Marcus Walter Koch
  • Patent number: 10123626
    Abstract: A manual operating unit for a furniture control, which is provided in particular for seating or lounging furniture, has a housing with a top side and a bottom side. A first and a third operating panel are defined on the top side and a second and a fourth operating panel are defined on the bottom side, which are located opposite to the first and third operating panels. Actuating the first and second operating panels triggers a first operating signal in each case, whereas actuating the third and fourth operating panels triggers a second operating signal in each case. The housing is movably mounted over push-buttons arranged in the housing at least in the region of the first and third operating panels in such a way that a first of said push-buttons is actuated by moving the housing in the region of the first operating panel and a second of said push-buttons is actuated by moving the housing in the region of the third operating panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: LOGICDATA Electronic & Software Entwicklungs GmbH
    Inventor: Walter Koch
  • Patent number: 10092092
    Abstract: An ergonomics system for a workplace system with adjustable furniture comprises a data processing device and an image recording device connected to the data processing device and arranged and designed such that image data representing an image of the workplace system user is transmitted to the data processing device. The data processing device is connected to an ergonomics database and is designed to evaluate the image data in order to determine the user's position data and posture data, to compare the determined position data and posture data to reference data in the ergonomics database in order to determine a measurement of a correctness of a corresponding position and posture of the user on the basis of the comparison, and to signal the determined measurement of correctness to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: LOGICDATA Electronic & Software Entwicklungs GmbH
    Inventor: Walter Koch
  • Patent number: 9955780
    Abstract: An operating device is proposed for an electrically height-adjustable table having at least one electrical drive (EA) for adjusting the height of a table top (TP) of the table, and a controller (CTRL) for controlling the drive (EA). The operating device has an actuating element (BE, EMS, CS) to be arranged in the region of the table top (TP), a force sensor (FS), which is designed to measure a force acting on the table top (TP), and an evaluation circuit (EV).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: LOGICDATA ELECTRONIC & SOFTWARE ENTWICKLUNGS GMBH
    Inventor: Walter Koch
  • Patent number: 9867470
    Abstract: The invention relates to an actuator assembly for an adjustable seating or lying furniture item, in particular for an adjustable bed or an adjustable comfortable armchair, comprising a spindle that can be activated by means of a drive for causing axial rotation, which is mounted in a stationary manner. The actuator assembly also comprises a sliding block mechanically coupled with the spindle, the sliding block can be moved parallel in relation to a longitudinal axis of the spindle when said spindle is activated. The actuator assembly also comprises a coupling element mounted in a manner allowing it to be moved in relation to the spindle with a first slotted guide, in which the sliding block is at least partially guided in such a way that the coupling element is shifted when the spindle is activated, in order to move a segment of the adjustable seating or lying furniture item that can be mechanically coupled with the coupling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: LOGICDATA Electronic & Software Entwicklungs GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Koch, Daniel Kollreider, Haymo Niederkofler
  • Patent number: 9833083
    Abstract: An operating part for a furniture control system is proposed, having a power supply and at least one electrical drive unit, wherein the operating part comprises a power driver, a detector and an operating field, which are integrated into a common housing. The operating field has at least one operating element, the actuation of which is signaled to the power driver. The power driver is designed to generate a motor voltage for the drive unit based on a low voltage supplied by the power supply and a signaled actuation of the operating element. The detector is coupled to the power driver and is designed to detect a threshold position of the drive unit on the basis of an electrical signal transmitted by the drive unit, and to terminate the generation of the motor voltage if a threshold position is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: LOGICDATA ELECTRONIC & SOFTWARE ENTWICKLUNGS GMBH
    Inventor: Walter Koch
  • Publication number: 20170340101
    Abstract: An electrically adjustable table system includes a table, at least one electric drive for adjusting the table, a voltage supply, a control and a bus system. The at least one drive, the voltage supply and the control are connected to the bus system. The bus system comprises multiple multiwire cable sections, which are electrically connected to one another via insulation displacement connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventor: Walter KOCH
  • Publication number: 20170280889
    Abstract: An office chair system has an office chair with adjustment elements for changing positions of elements of the office chair, a sensor element, a calculation unit coupled to the latter and to the adjustment elements, as well as an operating element coupled thereto. The adjustment elements are configured to detect contacts and actuations of components of the adjustment elements and to generate an adjustment signal based thereon. The sensor element is configured to determine the positions of the elements and a posture of a user and to generate a position signal based thereon. The calculation unit is configured to generate a first feedback signal based on the position signal, which contains information about a proposed change of the positions. One of the components is assigned to the proposed change. The calculation unit is configured to verify a contact or actuation of the assigned component and to generate a second feedback signal based thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventor: Walter KOCH
  • Patent number: 9759296
    Abstract: A linear actuator comprising a spindle-based linear drive (1) having an inner threaded spindle (5) and an outer element (2) surrounding the threaded spindle (5), in which the threaded spindle (5) can be moved in the axial direction; and a telescopic housing (20) with a first telescope part (21) and a second telescope part (22), which is surrounded at least in part by the first telescope part (21). On its side facing the first telescope part (21), the second telescope part (22) has an adapter part (24) that is connected rotationally fixedly to the second telescope part (22) and has a central opening. The linear drive has a connecting element (30) that is mounted on the outer element (2) and comprises snap elements (31) that are engaged with the central opening of the adapter part (24) in such a manner that the connecting element (30) is held in the adapter part (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: LOGICDATA Electronic & Software Entwicklungs GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Koch, Daniel Kollreider, Branko Vukota, Marko Gracner
  • Patent number: 9642758
    Abstract: An embodiment linear actuator for an electrically adjustable piece of furniture includes a brushless DC motor arranged to effect a linear movement of the linear actuator, as well as a control device for controlling the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Logicdata Electronic & Software Entwicklungs GMBH
    Inventors: Walter Koch, Siegfried Silber, Herbert Grabner, Peter Hutterer
  • Patent number: 9640343
    Abstract: A hand-switch arrangement (HSA) for an adjustable seating furniture (SF), in particular a recliner, the hand-switch arrangement (HSA) comprising an operating unit (OU) and a carrier module (CM). The carrier module (CM) comprises a body part (BP) with an opening (O) for accommodating the operating unit (OU). The carrier module (CM) is designed to be mechanically fixed to a rigid part (RP) of the adjustable seating furniture (SF). The operating unit (OU) comprises a control panel (CP) for controlling a drive unit (DU) of the adjustable seating furniture (SF). The operating unit (OU) further comprises a locking means (LM1) and the carrier module (CM) comprises a mating locking means (LM2) for engaging the locking means (LM1) of the operating unit (OU) when the operating unit (OU) is inserted into the opening (O) of the carrier module (CM), wherein a mounting depth of the operating unit (OU) is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: LOGICDATA ELECTRONIC & SOFTWARE ENTWICKLUNGS GMBH
    Inventor: Walter Koch