Patents by Inventor Wolfgang Ganter

Wolfgang Ganter 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).

  • Patent number: 6134188
    Abstract: A radio-controlled wristwatch includes a casing, a printed circuit board disposed in the casing, and an antenna disposed in the casing. The antenna includes a core and a coil carried by the core. The core comprises a stack of soft-iron strips stacked in a direction parallel to a plane of the circuit board. The stack is arranged in a curved shape extending along and adjacent to an outer peripheral edge of the circuit board. The core is bonded to a surface of the circuit board and supports the coil within a pocket formed in the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ganter, Reiuer Furch, Thomas Lechner, Holger Rudolph, Johannes Neudecker
  • Patent number: 5898644
    Abstract: A radio controlled timepiece movement includes a carrier structure and a wheel train mounted thereon. The wheel train includes a plurality of rotatable wheels each having a wheel aperture formed therein. The apertures are alignable with one another. A printed circuit board is mounted on the carrier structure and has a board aperture formed therethrough. An end of the board aperture disposed farthest from the wheels is covered by a portion of a conductor of the circuit board. A light beam transmitter is mounted on that conductor and disposed in the board aperture. A wire extends from the element to the second conductor. The transmitter and wire are embedded within a radiation-permeable material which fills the board aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ganter, Roland Maurer
  • Patent number: 5430693
    Abstract: A radio-controlled timepiece comprises an antenna in the form of a core on which a coil is mounted. The core includes a hole spaced from the coil and defining an axis oriented perpendicular to the coil axis. A printed circuit board is disposed in the hole such that electrically conductive tracks thereof are arranged in a plane lying within a center plane of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ganter, Johannes Neudecker, Thomas Meier
  • Patent number: 5408445
    Abstract: A radio timepiece is disclosed which receives and decodes a time information signal from a remote transmitter and displays a time information. The timepiece includes a manual time zone switching circuitry deigned to permit use of the timepiece in time zones adjacent to the one in which the transmitter is located, while providing a user-friendly selection and display of the time information. The timepiece includes an electro-optical display providing a cartographical representation of the transmitter time zone and several adjacent time zones. A summing register is provided to manually offset the received time information and actuate a graphic display indicative of the time zone to which the offset time display corresponds. The summing register may be cyclically incremented by a single switch, or incremented, decremented or zeroed by appropriate actuation of two switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Jurgen Allgaier, Wolfgang Ganter, Wolfram Hodapp
  • Patent number: 5253226
    Abstract: A radio-controlled timepiece includes an antenna ferrite core which also serves as a base plate having recesses into which the thicker clockworks components, such as a hands mechanism are disposed. Thinner clockworks parts, such as strip conductors, circuits and optronic display modules are mounted directly to the surface of the core. Plastic inserts are affixed to the bottoms of the recesses and includes holes in which the thicker clockworks parts are mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Ganter
  • Patent number: 5235563
    Abstract: An autonomous radio timepiece (11) with a magnetic antenna (14) located in the vicinity of a electromechanical transducer (25) for driving a time display (19), in order to obtain a radio timepiece with a small volume and operable in a compact manner. To avoid electromagnetic interference with the antenna inlet of a tuned radio-frequency receiver (12), the transducer (25) is deactivated while the receiver (12) is actuated for the reception and coding of an absolute time information (15) transmitted by radio. A subsequent recovery of the transducer drive pulses (42) for autonomous time keeping corrects the display (19). However, a transducer (25.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ganter, Oskar Flaig, Roland Maurer
  • Patent number: 5231612
    Abstract: A radio-controlled timepiece contains a mechanism for the detection and correction of a hands setting. The mechanism includes a sender and a receiver for sending and receiving, respectively, a radiation beam. A hands setting mechanism includes an hour wheel, a minute wheel, and a seconds wheel, each possessing an aperture therethrough. The hour wheel has a front mirror located proximate the beam sender for reflecting a beam to the receiver. The front mirror has an interruption defined by the aperture of the hour disk in order to pass the beam through that aperture to a rear mirror disposed remote from the sender, such that a beam reflects from the rear mirror only after passing through aligned apertures in the disks. The hour wheel is movable independently of the minute wheel and seconds wheel, and the minute wheel and seconds wheel are rotatably interconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Jurgen Allgaier, Wolfgang Ganter, Roland Maurer
  • Patent number: 5177714
    Abstract: A autonomous radio timepiece (11), in particular in the form of a small travel clock or a wristwatch, is designed to operate for an extended period of time with a small battery, and to provide a reliable time display when traveling outside the reception range of a transmitter of coded time telegrams set for a certain geographical time zone. The timepiece casing (20) is equipped with a multifuncton switching device (21) and an associated decoder (23), which evaluates the combination of the momentary actuation of push buttons (22). It is thus possible by means of the switching device (21) to switch into a power saving storage state if the timepiece is not in use, and to return to normal operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ganter, Wolfram Hodapp
  • Patent number: 5168476
    Abstract: A radio-controlled timepiece includes a clock face, a hands assembly mounted for rotation about an axis in front of the clock face, and an alarm setting mechanism. The alarm setting mechanism comprises a minute setting disk which is driven by an hour setting disk. A manually rotatable transparent support disk is mounted in front of the clock face for rotation about the same axis as the hands assembly. The support disk carries a marker which, when the support member is rotated, is moved to indicate a particular hour and minute indicator on the clock face. The support disk is connected to the hour setting disk to rotate the latter which, in turn, rotates the minute setting disk. The support disk is accessible to rotation at the front of the clock. The hour and minute setting disks are preferably connected to an alarm time storage device by means of conductive fingers which are mounted on the disks and which are engageable with concentric conductive strips mounted on a stationary part of the clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ganter, Roland Maurer, Heinrich Oertel
  • Patent number: 5159582
    Abstract: An electromechanical alarm clock (42) with a variable alarm indicator (48) on a 12 hour time display, for example, of a numerical face plate (44), is designed, without the need for extensive mechanical or electromechanical setting or switching means, to operate over 24 hours, so that an alarm signal (52) will be emitted not 12 hours, but 24 hours after the setting of an alarm signal time. To this end, a blocking time circuit (75) is provided, which operates slightly longer than 12 hours if it is actuated by the manual deactivation of the alarm signal (51), and is based preferably on the counting of pulses from the time keeping clock circuit (45). The blocking time circuit (75) is also reset by a reset switch (71) when another time is set for the emission of the alarm signal, in any case if the new alarm signal emission time is set within the blocking time period (H). The reset switch (71) provided for this purpose may be combined functionally with the setting handle (73) for the setting of the alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Ganter
  • Patent number: 5144599
    Abstract: An autonomous radio timepiece comprises a casing and a bracelet attached thereto. The casing includes an operating circuit, while the bracelet carries a flexible antenna. The antenna can be removed from the bracelet in the event that the bracelet is worn and must be discarded. The antenna carries a plug-in type connector at one end which is adapted to make a tight sealing connection with the casing, and is also adapted to electrically connect the antenna with the circuit of the casing. The circuit within the casing includes a receiver which is fixedly tuned as a function of the antenna inductivity of a foil core to the time message transmitter. Also provided is a variable automatic supplemental tuner to compensate for bending of the bracelet while the receiver is actuated. The antenna comprises a foil of an insulting material on which an antenna conductor is printed, along with two shielding conductors extending parallel to the antenna conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Wilfried Blaich, Oskar Flaig, Wolfgang Ganter, Hans Kaiser, Ewald Kussmaul, Roland Maurer, Peter Riis
  • Patent number: 5105396
    Abstract: An autonomous radio timepiece (1), in particular small, portable timepiece such as a travel alarm clock or a wrist watch includes a display (25) of the prevailing radio field intensity. The display (25) is capable of simultaneously signaling the actuation of a receiver (14) for the decoding of absolute time information and is conveniently combined, in the form of a bar graph, with day indicator flags adjacent a day-of-the-week display (26). When operating outside the time zone for which the transmitter emits the coded absolute time information, the time piece may be manually switched to the instantaneously prevailing time zone. The number of time zone changes may be entered and displayed, or the prevailing hour (H) of the time zone involved is entered, from which an electro-mechanical time display (18) then continues to advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ganter, Wolfram Hodapp
  • Patent number: 5083123
    Abstract: An autonomous radio controlled timepiece having a display for displaying information relative to receiving conditions to provide the consumer with increased assurance regarding the accuracy of the instantaneous time display. For this purpose, an analog or digital, optionally multidigit display element is provided, which displays supplemental information concerning the quality of reception, expressed as an indication of the period of time elapsed since the most recent monitoring and possible correction of the time display, the correction based on the information received by radio and decoded. The display element offers the lowest possible display value if the radio reception conditions are good enough that each actuation of the receiver leads to the acquisition of usable time information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ganter, Wolfram Hodapp
  • Patent number: 5077706
    Abstract: An autonomous radio timepiece is provided which will furnish a usable time display even when it is outside the time zone of the sender or if the timepiece is to be actuated, when it is not possible at a given point in time to receive valid time telegrams. For this, the timepiece is equipped with a manually actuated hour switch for the input of correction information in a supplemental memory, the content of which is summed together for the actual hour display with that of the hour register, possible set by radio. By actuating a START switch to a full hour, for example, synchronized with the reception of an hour synchronizing signal from another source, the content of the register is brought into a full hour position and from there, stepped forward by an internal time keeping step circuit. The receiver is actuated simultaneously in order to correct the content of the register if a valid time telegram is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Ganter
  • Patent number: 5036500
    Abstract: An autonomous radio timepiece with a receiver for receiving time telegram information to be decoded and a reset switch for the restarting the reception, decoding and display functions. The timepiece is structured so that manual actuation is still be possible, and erroneous actions affecting the processor relative to the execution of time telegram decoding and the control of time derived functions are prevented. For this purpose, optionally in addition to the conventional reset switch installed in a covered manner, a separate receiver switch is provided, whereby the receiver may be actuated temporarily and optionally the time display unit then reset into a reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Ganter
  • Patent number: 4947179
    Abstract: A magnetic antenna for a radio receiver such as a radio timepiece can be installed under restricted spacial conditions in a small housing or used as an antenna for a radio wristwatch. The antenna includes a core extending through a coil. The core is made of flexible, high permeability material, so that a flexible connection with the watch is obtained. A multiple flat strip conductor integrated into a watch bracelet serves as the connection between the coil and the receiver. Instead of being flexible, the core may be rigid but pre-formed in a non-linear shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ganter, Arthur Kopf
  • Patent number: 4860268
    Abstract: An autonomous radio timepiece having a time equalizing processor to control and potentially correct the instantaneous time indication on the basis of the prevailing time information received by radio transmission, is equipped with an improved device for temporarily interrupting operation of the time indication. Such a device is provided for the purpose of interrupting the display function of the radio timepiece without deactivating the other auxiliary and operating functions of the radio timepiece, so that following termination of the interruption, normal operation continues without any interference. The display may be interrupted indirectly or directly. In the first case the reset inlet of the time equalizing processor is actuated to trigger the synchronizing process, which otherwise takes place upon the actuation of the radio timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Jurgen Allgaier, Wolfgang Ganter, Wolfram Hodapp, Arthur Kopf, Roland Maurer
  • Patent number: 4803544
    Abstract: A strip conductor assembly is prefabricated so as to be able to be mounted as a unit into a circuit board of an electro-mechanical clock movement without thereafter requiring further fabrication. The assembly is formed by attaching a circuit chip to a strip conductor network which has already had the necessary gaps formed between ends of respective strips. Wires are attached between the chip and respective strips, and a reinforcing cap is attached to the network so as to interconnect and rigidify certain ones of the strip conductors. A molten plastic mass is poured into an open side of the cap. The mass hardens to completely encapsulate both sides of the strips as well as the chip and wires. That assembly is then cut from the network to form a one-piece prefabricated unit which can be installed in a circuit board of a clock movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Holzschuh, Wolfgang Ganter
  • Patent number: 4714352
    Abstract: A small electric device powered by solar cells and by a capacitive charge storage element has stable actuation assured during startup with an as yet uncharged capacitor. Startup problems are avoided by control of the power supply with a threshold value circuit that allows power to be supplied to device components when the components' minimum actuating voltage level has been attained at the capacitor. A deactuating voltage value of the threshold value circuit that is lower than the actuating voltage level prevents interruptions of operation similar to relaxation oscillation behavior due to temporarily increased actuating power requirements by causing deactivation of the components only if the capacitor voltage has dropped below a predetermined operational minimum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Ganter
  • Patent number: 4666313
    Abstract: A solar timepiece comprises a drive unit including a commercially available battery clock mechanism mounted to the back of a support plate for the solar cells. The clock mechanism includes hands arbors which pass through an opening in the support plate. The support plate is angularly adjustable about the axis of the hands arbors so that the longitudinal extent of the solar cells can be made to coincide with the decoratively adapted orientation of light passage areas in the dial face located directly in front of it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1987
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ganter, Oskar Flaig, Heinrich Oertel, Hans Kaiser, Ewald Kussmaul, Hermann Brede