Patents by Inventor Wolfgang Heimberg

Wolfgang Heimberg 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: 20220212351
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gripper device for gripping lids of laboratory vessels. The gripper device comprises a gripper unit with a main body, to which two gripper levers are each pivotably fastened by one end to a pivoting joint in each case. A gripper jaw is formed at the end of each gripper lever remote from the respective pivoting joint, such that the gripper jaws are arranged facing one another. A guiding element is provided which is movably mounted on the main body and two inner and outer guiding faces are formed on the guiding element or on the gripper levers respectively. The gripper levers or the guiding element each have a counter-guiding element which is arranged between one of the inner and one of the outer guiding faces, so that when the guiding element is moved, the gripper levers with their gripper jaws are pivoted apart or pressed together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Inventor: Wolfgang Heimberg
  • Patent number: 11117142
    Abstract: A centrifuge has a rotor and a rotor chamber in which the rotor is arranged and rotatably mounted, wherein the rotor has a receiving region for receiving a reaction vessel unit, and the centrifuge being provided with a loading and unloading device comprising a rigid sliding rod for positioning a reaction vessel unit in or for removing a reaction vessel unit from the rotor, wherein the sliding bar is movably arranged in such a way that it, between a discharge position in which it extends through the rotor in the rotor chamber and a loading position in which it is pulled at least out of the region of the rotor chamber, which is stressed by the rotor during one revolution, and a linear drive for moving the sliding rod between the discharge position and the loading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: BLUECATBIO GMBH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Mann, Wolfgang Heimberg, Johann Junkersfeld, Matthias Erzberger, Frank Feist
  • Publication number: 20210270826
    Abstract: A centrifuge for cleaning a reaction vessel unit, having a rotor for holding at least one reaction vessel unit with its opening(s) directed outwardly, a motor for rotating the rotor around a rotation axis, a housing having a substantially cylindrical inner surface, wherein a drain is provided for discharging fluid expelled from the reaction vessel unit, wherein a gap is provided between the inner surface and the rotor so that by rotating the rotor a wind is generated which drives the expelled fluid on the inner surface to the drain wherein an aspiration pump is connected to the drain for discharging fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Zhaoqiang Wang, Wolfgang Mann, Wolfgang Heimberg
  • Publication number: 20210138485
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a centrifuge for cleaning a reaction vessel unit, comprising a rotor and a rotor chamber in which the rotor is positioned and supported in rotary fashion. The rotor chamber is delimited by a housing having a drainage channel beneath the rotor. Adjacent to the channel, the inner surface of the housing is embodied in the form of a funnel that feeds into the channel. This centrifuge does not require a suction pump for suctioning liquids from the rotor chamber. In addition, the centrifuge can be provided with an exchangeable module that delimits the rotor chamber and includes the rotor. The exchangeable module can be exchanged after a predetermined amount of use and replaced with another. It is also possible, however, for the module to be removed from the centrifuge, cleaned, and re-inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Wolfgang Mann, Wolfgang Heimberg, Frank Feist, Dong Liang
  • Patent number: 10928387
    Abstract: A centrifuge for washing magnetic beads in a reaction vessel unit that includes at least one opening, having a housing including an inner surface and a drain, a rotor disposed within the housing, the rotor being configured to hold a reaction vessel unit with its opening(s) directed outwardly toward the inner surface of the housing, a motor coupled with the rotor to rotate around a horizontal rotation axis, and a magnetic element arranged in the rotor to apply a magnetic field to one or more reaction vessels of a reaction vessel unit held by the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: YANTAI AUSBIO LABORATORIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhaoqiang Wang, Wolfgang Mann, Wolfgang Heimberg
  • Publication number: 20190227059
    Abstract: A centrifuge for cleaning a reaction vessel unit, having a rotor for holding at least one reaction vessel unit with its opening(s) directed outwardly, a motor for rotating the rotor around a rotation axis, a housing having a substantially cylindrical inner surface, wherein a drain is provided for discharging fluid expelled from the reaction vessel unit, wherein a gap is provided between the inner surface and the rotor so that by rotating the rotor a wind is generated which drives the expelled fluid on the inner surface to the drain wherein an aspiration pump is connected to the drain for discharging fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Zhaoqiang Wang, Wolfgang Mann, Wolfgang Heimberg
  • Patent number: 10338063
    Abstract: A centrifuge for cleaning a reaction vessel unit, having a rotor for holding at least one reaction vessel unit with its opening(s) directed outwardly, a motor for rotating the rotor around a rotation axis, a housing having a substantially cylindrical inner surface, wherein a drain is provided for discharging fluid expelled from the reaction vessel unit, wherein a gap is provided between the inner surface and the rotor so that by rotating the rotor a wind is generated which drives the expelled fluid on the inner surface to the drain wherein an aspiration pump is connected to the drain for discharging fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: YANTAI AUSBIO LABORATORIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhaoqiang Wang, Wolfgang Mann, Wolfgang Heimberg
  • Publication number: 20190170740
    Abstract: A centrifuge for cleaning a reaction vessel unit, having a rotor for holding at least one reaction vessel unit with its opening(s) directed outwardly, a motor for rotating the rotor around a rotation axis, a housing having a substantially cylindrical inner surface, wherein a drain is provided for discharging fluid expelled from the reaction vessel unit, wherein a gap is provided between the inner surface and the rotor so that by rotating the rotor a wind is generated which drives the expelled fluid on the inner surface to the drain wherein an aspiration pump is connected to the drain for discharging fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Zhaoqiang Wang, Wolfgang Mann, Wolfgang Heimberg
  • Publication number: 20190154675
    Abstract: A centrifuge for cleaning a reaction vessel unit, having a rotor for holding at least one reaction vessel unit with its opening(s) directed outwardly, a motor for rotating the rotor around a rotation axis, a housing having a substantially cylindrical inner surface, wherein a drain is provided for discharging fluid expelled from the reaction vessel unit, wherein a gap is provided between the inner surface and the rotor so that by rotating the rotor a wind is generated which drives the expelled fluid on the inner surface to the drain wherein an aspiration pump is connected to the drain for discharging fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Zhaoqiang Wang, Wolfgang Mann, Wolfgang Heimberg
  • Publication number: 20190145968
    Abstract: A centrifuge for cleaning a reaction vessel unit, having a rotor for holding at least one reaction vessel unit with its opening(s) directed outwardly, a motor for rotating the rotor around a rotation axis, a housing having a substantially cylindrical inner surface, wherein a drain is provided for discharging fluid expelled from the reaction vessel unit, wherein a gap is provided between the inner surface and the rotor so that by rotating the rotor a wind is generated which drives the expelled fluid on the inner surface to the drain wherein an aspiration pump is connected to the drain for discharging fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Zhaoqiang Wang, Wolfgang Mann, Wolfgang Heimberg
  • Publication number: 20190145969
    Abstract: A centrifuge for cleaning a reaction vessel unit, having a rotor for holding at least one reaction vessel unit with its opening(s) directed outwardly, a motor for rotating the rotor around a rotation axis, a housing having a substantially cylindrical inner surface, wherein a drain is provided for discharging fluid expelled from the reaction vessel unit, wherein a gap is provided between the inner surface and the rotor so that by rotating the rotor a wind is generated which drives the expelled fluid on the inner surface to the drain wherein an aspiration pump is connected to the drain for discharging fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Zhaoqiang Wang, Wolfgang Mann, Wolfgang Heimberg
  • Publication number: 20190022670
    Abstract: This invention concerns a centrifuge having a rotor and a rotor chamber in which the rotor is arranged and rotatably mounted, wherein the rotor has a receiving region for receiving a reaction vessel unit, and the centrifuge being provided with a loading and unloading device comprising a rigid sliding rod for positioning a reaction vessel unit in or for removing a reaction vessel unit from the rotor, wherein the sliding bar is movably arranged in such a way that it, between a discharge position in which it extends through the rotor in the rotor chamber and a loading position in which it is pulled at least out of the region of the rotor chamber, which is stressed by the rotor during one revolution, and a linear drive for moving the sliding rod between the discharge position and the loading position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Blue CatBio GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Mann, Wolfgang Heimberg, Johann Junkersfeld, Matthias Erzberger, Frank Feist
  • Patent number: 9914125
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for carrying out chemical or biological reactions, having a reaction vessel receiving element for receiving a microtiter plate with several reaction vessels, where the reaction vessel receiving element has several recesses arranged in a regular pattern to receive the respective reaction vessels, a treating device for heating the reaction vessel receiving element, and a cooling device for cooling the reaction vessel receiving element. The reaction vessel receiving element is divided into several segments so that the individual segments are thermally decoupled from one another, and each segment is assigned a heating device which can be actuated independently of the others. By means of the segmentation of the reaction vessel receiving element, it is possible for zones to be set and held at different temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: APPLIED BIOSYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Wolfgang Heimberg, Thomas Herrmann, Matthias Knulle, Markus Schurf, Tilmann Wagner
  • Patent number: 9457351
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for carrying out of chemical or biological reactions with a reaction vessel receiving element for receiving a microtiter plate with several reaction vessels, wherein the reaction vessel receiving element has several recesses arranged in a regular pattern to receive the respective reaction vessels, a heating device for heating the reaction vessel receiving element, and a cooling device for cooling the reaction vessel. The invention is characterized by the fact that the reaction vessel receiving element is divided into several segments. The individual segments are thermally decoupled from one another, and each segment is assigned a heating device which may be actuated independently of the others. By means of the segmentation of the reaction vessel receiving element, it is possible for zones to be set and held at different temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Applied Biosystems, LLC
    Inventors: Lim Hi Tan, Jew Kwee Ngui, Hon Siu Shin, Ui Leng Soh, Yang Hooi Kee, Hock Lai Khoo, Mark T. Reed, Wolfgang Heimberg
  • Publication number: 20140273182
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for carrying out of chemical or biological reactions with a reaction vessel receiving element for receiving a microtiter plate with several reaction vessels, wherein the reaction vessel receiving element has several recesses arranged in a regular pattern to receive the respective reaction vessels, a heating device for heating the reaction vessel receiving element, and a cooling device for cooling the reaction vessel. The invention is characterized by the fact that the reaction vessel receiving element is divided into several segments. The individual segments are thermally decoupled from one another, and each segment is assigned a heating device which may be actuated independently of the others. By means of the segmentation of the reaction vessel receiving element, it is possible for zones to be set and held at different temperatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: APPLIED BIOSYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Lim Hi Tan, Jew Kwee Ngui, Hon Siu Shin, Ui Leng Soh, Yang Hooi Kee, Hock Lai Khoo, Mark T. Reed, Wolfgang Heimberg
  • Patent number: 8721972
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for performing biological reactions in a nucleic acid sample. The device can comprise a reaction vessel receiving element that includes a plurality of reaction vessel holders and a gastight jacket or equalization plate containing a fluid changeable between liquid and gaseous states. The gastight jacket or equalization plate can be configured to provide temperature equalization among the reaction vessel holders. The reaction vessel receiving element can also include at least one Peltier element, a cooling element, and a controller configured to cycle the device through a predetermined time-temperature profile via heating and cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Biosystems, LLC
    Inventors: Wolfgang Heimberg, Thomas Herrmann, Matthias Knulle, Markus Schurf, Tilmann Wagner
  • Patent number: 8676383
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for carrying out of chemical or biological reactions with a reaction vessel receiving element for receiving a microtiter plate with several reaction vessels, wherein the reaction vessel receiving element has several recesses arranged in a regular pattern to receive the respective reaction vessels, a heating device for heating the reaction vessel receiving element, and a cooling device for cooling the reaction vessel. The invention is characterized by the fact that the reaction vessel receiving element is divided into several segments. The individual segments are thermally decoupled from one another, and each segment is assigned a heating device which may be actuated independently of the others. By means of the segmentation of the reaction vessel receiving element, it is possible for zones to be set and held at different temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Biosystems, LLC
    Inventors: Lim Hi Tan, Jew Kwee Ngui, Hon Siu Shin, Ui Leng Soh, Yang Hooi Kee, Hock Lai Khoo, Mark T. Reed, Ching Ong Lau, Wolfgang Heimberg
  • Publication number: 20140030170
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the earning out of chemical or biological reactions with a reaction vessel receiving element for receiving a microtiter plate with several reaction vessels, wherein the reaction vessel receiving element has several recesses arranged in a regular pattern to receive the respective reaction vessels, a heating device for heating the reaction vessel receiving element, and a cooling device for cooling the reaction vessel receiving element. The invention is characterised by the fact that the reaction vessel receiving element is divided into several segments. The individual segments are thermally decoupled from one another, and each segment is assigned a heating device which may be actuated independently of the others. By means of the segmentation of the reaction vessel receiving element, it is possible for zones to be set and held at different temperatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: APPLIED BIOSYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Wolfgang Heimberg, Thomas Herrmann, Matthias Knulle, Markus Schurf, Tilmann Wagner
  • Patent number: 8389288
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the carrying out of chemical or biological reactions with a reaction vessel receiving element for receiving a microtiter plate with several reaction vessels, wherein the reaction vessel receiving element has several recesses arranged in a regular pattern to receive the respective reaction vessels, a heating device for heating the reaction vessel receiving element, and a cooling device for cooling the reaction vessel receiving element. The invention is characterized by the fact that the reaction vessel receiving element is divided into several segments. The individual segments are thermally decoupled from one another, and each segment is assigned a heating device which may be actuated independently of the others. By means of the segmentation of the reaction vessel receiving element, it is possible for zones to be set and held at different temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Biosystems, LLC
    Inventors: Wolfgang Heimberg, Thomas Herrmann, Matthias Knulle, Markus Schurf, Tilmann Wagner
  • Publication number: 20120264206
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for performing biological reactions in a nucleic acid sample. The device can comprise a reaction vessel receiving element that includes a plurality of reaction vessel holders and a gastight jacket or equalization plate containing a fluid changeable between liquid and gaseous states. The gastight jacket or equalization plate can be configured to provide temperature equalisation among the reaction vessel holders. The reaction vessel receiving element can also include at least one Peltier element, a cooling element, and a controller configured to cycle the device through a predetermined time-temperature profile via heating and cooling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wolfgang Heimberg, Thomas Herrmann, Matthias Knulle, Markus Schurf, Tilmann Wagner