US Pat. No. 9,815,485

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OUTPUTTING AN ACOUSTIC WARNING SIGNAL OF A RAIL VEHICLE AND WARNING SYSTEM FOR A RAIL VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for outputting a trigger signal for an acoustic warning signal of a rail vehicle, the method comprising:
reading in a piece of signal information detected by an image sensor of the rail vehicle;
comparing the piece of signal information to at least one stored piece of reference signal information to classify the piece
of signal information as a warning sign requiring an output of an acoustic warning signal;

assigning the piece of signal information to a travel track of the rail vehicle with the aid of a global positioning system
to determine a position of the piece of signal information; and

automatically providing, without operator intervention, a trigger signal to an output unit of the rail vehicle to output an
acoustic warning signal directed at outside surroundings of the rail vehicle, when a result of the comparing indicates the
acoustic warning signal is required and the position of the piece of signal information is assigned in the assigning to at
least one rail on which the rail vehicle is being driven.

US Pat. No. 9,816,888

SENSOR AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A POSITION OF AN EFFECTIVE SURFACE OF THE SENSOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A sensor for detecting a position of an effective surface of the sensor, comprising:
a first magnetic field generator configured to generate a first magnetic field that is oriented on an axis of a direction
of motion of the effective surface, wherein the first magnetic field generator is fixedly linked to the movable effective
surface;

a magnetic tunnel resistor situated in extension of the axis at a distance from the first magnetic field generator, the magnetic
tunnel resistor having a first magnetic layer, a second magnetic layer, and a tunnel barrier, wherein the first magnetic layer
and the second magnetic layer are magnetized transversely to the axis, wherein the first magnetic layer is contacted by a
first terminal of the tunnel resistor, the second magnetic layer is situated adjacent to the first magnetic layer and is contacted
by a second terminal of the tunnel resistor, and the tunnel barrier is situated between the first magnetic layer and the second
magnetic layer and electrically insulates the first magnetic layer from the second magnetic layer; and

a second magnetic field generator configured to generate a second magnetic field that is oriented transversely to the axis,
wherein the second magnetic field generator is fixedly oriented with respect to the tunnel resistor,

wherein the second magnetic field generator is configured to induce the second magnetic field to oscillate using an alternating
current,

wherein the first magnetic layer has a vortex-shaped magnetization distribution, and
wherein the vortex-shaped magnetization distribution is excited to gyrotropic motion by the oscillating second magnetic field,
the gyrotropic motion having a resonant frequency that is dependent upon the position of the effective surface of the sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,804,073

GAS SENSOR

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A gas sensor for determining at least one state variable of a measurement gas, comprising:
a housing;
a sensor element installed in the housing and including a gas-sensitive end segment that protrudes from the housing and is
exposed to a flow of measurement gas;

a protective tube module that covers the end segment and is fastened on the housing;
an inner protective tube that is cap-shaped and that surrounds the end segment with a radial and axial spacing, the inner
protective tube including a cap floor, a cap opening, and a cap brim;

a pot-shaped outer protective tube that surrounds the inner protective tube with a radial spacing, the outer protective tube
including a pot floor and a pot sheath that are set back relative to the cap floor, and the outer protective tube including
an inward bulge to reduce a volume between the inner protective tube and the outer protective tube at a location of the inward
bulge; and

an arrangement, disposed in the protective tube module, for allowing the measurement gas to pass through, the arrangement
having a gas outlet present in the cap floor of the inner protective tube and gas inlets present in the outer protective tube
and in the inner protective tube, at least one gas inlet in the inner protective tube being placed in the cap brim, and an
open space being present, in a direction of flow of the measurement gas behind the cap brim, that extends under the cap opening
in order to divert the measurement gas flow into the inner protective tube, wherein the gas inlet present in the outer protective
tube is situated in the inward bulge of the outer protective tube.

US Pat. No. 9,802,595

PUMP HOUSING ARRANGEMENT OF A HYDRAULIC ASSEMBLY OF A VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A pump housing arrangement of a hydraulic assembly for a vehicle braking system, comprising:
a pump housing;
at least one brake conduit section arranged in the pump housing, the at least one brake conduit section being configured to
connect to at least one wheel brake cylinder;

at least one pump arranged in the pump housing, and configured to pump brake fluid for the vehicle brake system; and
a master brake cylinder for the vehicle brake system, which is arranged in the pump housing,
wherein the pump housing defines at least one port that leads directly to the master cylinder and that is configured to connect
the pump housing to an expansion tank such that the expansion tank is connected in a brake fluid-connecting fashion directly
to the master brake cylinder,

wherein the pump housing defines at least one additional port that is fluidly connected directly to the at least one brake
conduit section, the at least one additional port being configured to connect the pump housing directly to the expansion tank
such that the expansion tank is connected in a brake fluid-connecting fashion to the at least one brake conduit section via
the at least one additional port,

wherein the at least one additional port is spaced apart from the at least one port, and
further comprising:
a fastening element that is arranged on the pump housing and configured to positionally fixedly fasten the pump housing to
the associated vehicle and to fasten the master brake cylinder within the pump housing; and

at least two screws,
wherein:
the fastening element comprises a flat plate having at least two fastening holes configured to guide the at least two screws;
and

the at least two screws are received in the at least two fastening holes such that one screw fastens the fastening element
to a front face of the pump housing, and another screw is configured to fasten the fastening element to the associated vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,796,393

METHOD AND REGULATING DEVICE FOR REGULATING A HYBRID DRIVE OF A HYBRID ELECTRIC MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for regulating a hybrid drive of a hybrid electric motor vehicle which has an electric energy store (HV), having
the steps:
defining (S1) criteria for actuating an electric drive (EM1; EM1, EM2) and/or an internal combustion engine (VM) of the hybrid electric motor vehicle on the basis of an adjustable driving mode,
wherein a portion of a battery capacity of the electric energy store (HV) is reserved by means of a variable setting; and

regulating (S2) actuation of the electric drive (EM1; EM1, EM2) and/or of the internal combustion engine (VM) of the hybrid electric motor vehicle by means of the defined criteria and
by means of the variable setting; and

wherein a demand, determined by a sensor device, for an increase in traction of the hybrid electric motor vehicle is used
as one of the criteria for the actuation of the electric drive (EM1; EM1, EM2) and/or of the internal combustion engine (VM), and

wherein availability of all-wheel drive is indicated on the basis of the reserved portion of the battery capacity of the electric
energy store (HV).

US Pat. No. 9,793,578

BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM HAVING AN INCREASED ROBUSTNESS AGAINST NEGATIVE VOLTAGES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery management system comprising:
at least one cell monitoring unit including a plurality of cell voltage connections, a plurality of supply lines electrically
connected to the cell voltage connections and to a plurality of battery cells, at least one cell monitoring circuit including
a plurality of electronic semiconductor modules electrically connected in parallel by the plurality of supply lines, and a
plurality of fuses,

wherein the battery management system is configured to monitor the plurality of battery cells with the at least one cell monitoring
unit,

wherein each battery cell of the plurality of battery cells includes a positive battery cell terminal and a negative battery
cell terminal,

wherein a corresponding supply line electrically connects each positive battery cell terminal and each negative battery cell
terminal to a corresponding cell voltage connection, and

wherein at least one of the corresponding supply lines for each battery cell includes a fuse of the plurality of fuses in
a current path of a corresponding battery cell.

US Pat. No. 9,793,582

METHOD FOR DATA TRANSMISSION ON BATTERY SYSTEMS HAVING A PLURALITY OF CELLS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

11. A vehicle, comprising:
a battery system that includes a plurality of individual battery cells and a control device, wherein the battery system is
configured to carry out a method for controlling transmission of measured data of the cells to the control device, the method
including:

identifying a first of the individual cells, the measured data of which are to be transmitted using a data transmission of
a first transmission quality;

identifying at least one further one of the individual cells, the measured data of which are to be transmitted using a data
transmission of a second transmission quality, the first transmission quality being higher than the second transmission quality;

obtaining the measured data of the first of the individual cells;
obtaining the measured data of the at least one further one of the individual cells; and
based on the identifications, using a data connection to transmit to the control device the measured data of the first of
the individual cells at the first transmission quality and the measured data of the at least one further one of the individual
cells at the second transmission quality.

US Pat. No. 9,793,850

SYSTEMS FOR CHARGING AN ENERGY STORE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE CHARGING SYSTEMS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A system for charging at least one energy reservoir cell in a controllable energy reservoir which serves to control and
supply electrical energy to an n-phase electrical machine where n?2, comprising:
a charging device having a negative pole and a positive pole, wherein the controllable energy reservoir has n parallel energy
supply branches that each have at least two energy reservoir modules, connected in series, that each encompass at least one
electrical energy reservoir cell having an associated controllable coupling unit, are connectable to a reference bus, and
are connectable to a respective phase of the electrical machine, wherein there are at least two energy supply branches connected
in parallel;

wherein as a function of control signals, the coupling units interrupt the respective energy supply branch or bypass the respectively
associated energy reservoir cells or switch the respectively associated energy reservoir cells into the respective energy
supply branch,

wherein the control signals control all coupling units so that the respectively associated energy reservoir cells are bypassed
during a charging phase in which energy is stored in at least one stator winding of the electrical machine via a respective
connection to a DC voltage source,

wherein the positive pole of the charging device that makes available a DC voltage for charging at least one energy reservoir
cell is connectable via at least one respective freewheeling diode to at least two phases of the electrical machine,

wherein the negative pole of the charging device is connectable to the reference bus,
wherein the controllable energy reservoir includes n energy supply branches, which are connected to a reference potential
of a reference bus and to individual phases of the electrical machine,

wherein each of the coupling units includes two power semiconductor switches, a first one of the switches being in series
with its respectively associated energy reservoir cells, and a second one of the switches being in parallel with the first
one of the switches and its respectively associated energy reservoir cells,

wherein during a charging phase, coupling units of energy reservoir modules of one of the energy supply branches are controlled
so as to bypass the energy reservoir cells of the one of the energy supply branches by closing the second one of the switches
connected in parallel, and by opening the first one of the switches connected in series, and

wherein all remaining ones of the coupling units of the other n?1 energy supply branches are controlled so that the other
n?1 energy supply branches are interrupted by opening all of the associated switches of the other n?1 energy supply branches,
so as to produce a current flow through at least one of the stator windings, so that electrical energy is stored in the at
least one of the stator windings during the charging phase.

US Pat. No. 9,780,586

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CHARGING AN ELECTRIC ENERGY STORE FROM A THREE-PHASE AC VOLTAGE SOURCE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An apparatus (100) for charging an electrical energy store (B) from a three-phase AC voltage source (W1, W2, W3) having in each phase of the AC voltage source (W1, W2, W3):
a buck converter (TS1 . . . TS3) having a switch (STS1 . . . STS3);

a diode (FLD) connected in parallel with the buck converter (TS1 . . . TS3);

a converter (U) connected to the buck converter (TS1 . . . TS3), said converter having at least one first half-bridge (H1) with two switches (S1, S2) connected in series, wherein an inductance (L4) is connected between a node of the two switches (S1, S2) of the first half-bridge (H1) and the buck converter (TS1 . . . TS3);

wherein a charging current direction across the inductance (L4) is set by a rectifier (D11 . . . D33) of the buck converter (TS1 . . . TS3);

wherein the switches (STS1 . . . STS3) of the buck converter (TS1 . . . TS3) and at least one second switch (S2) of the first half-bridge (H1) of the converter (U) are switched by a controller (10) on the basis of voltages of the AC voltage source (W1, W2, W3) and of charging current through the inductance (L4) such that a current drawn from the AC voltage source (W1, W2, W3) to charge the electrical energy store (B) is generated such that a substantially sinusoidal current is drawn from each phase
of the AC voltage source (W1, W2, W3), wherein, in each phase, the current and the voltage of the AC voltage source (W1, W2, W3) are substantially in phase.

US Pat. No. 9,776,515

CONTROL DEVICE FOR A HYDRAULIC BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE, HYDRAULIC BRAKING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A HYDRAULIC BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A control device for a hydraulic braking system of a vehicle, comprising:
an actuating device, at least in a first operating mode, for outputting, at least temporarily, at least one first control
signal to at least one blending valve of a first brake circuit of the hydraulic braking system, the actuating device being
connected to a master brake cylinder via a first changeover valve of the first brake circuit, during an activation of a brake
actuating element connected to a master brake cylinder of the hydraulic braking system, taking into account at least one provided
sensor signal of at least one brake actuating element sensor, as the result of which at least the one blending valve is controllable
into an at least partially open state in such a way that brake fluid is displaceable into at least one storage chamber of
the first brake circuit, and at least one first brake pressure which is present in at least one first wheel brake cylinder
of the first brake circuit is limitable to a response pressure of the at least one storage chamber, wherein the actuating
device, at least in the first operating mode by taking into account the at least one provided sensor signal, is also designed
for outputting at least one second control signal to a pressure relief valve of a second brake circuit of the hydraulic braking
system, which is connected to the master brake cylinder via a second changeover valve of the second brake circuit and includes
at least one second wheel brake cylinder, as a result of which the pressure relief valve is controllable into an at least
partially open state in such a way that brake fluid is displaceable into a brake fluid reservoir, which is connected to the
pressure relief valve on an output side, and at least the first brake pressure which is present in the at least one first
wheel brake cylinder of the first brake circuit is additionally reducible to below the response pressure of the at least one
storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,776,295

HAND POWER TOOL HAVING A DRUM-TYPE TOOL CHANGE MAGAZINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand power tool comprising:
a tool having an outer polygonal coupling;
a tool housing including a drum-type tool change magazine having at least one tool chamber configured to store the tool;
a tool receiver arranged on the tool housing and configured to be rotated about a longitudinal axis of the tool receiver,
wherein the tool receiver is configured to receive the tool and has an inner receiver provided, at least portionally, with
a rotary driver profile, and wherein the at least one tool chamber is configured to be aligned so as to be flush with the
tool receiver to enable the tool to slide from the at least one tool chamber into the inner receiver or from the inner receiver
into the at least one tool chamber; and

an alignment element configured to align the outer polygonal coupling with the rotary driver profile as the tool slides from
the at least one tool chamber into the inner receiver to enable the outer polygonal coupling to slide into the rotary driver
profile of the inner receiver,

wherein the alignment element has a spring element configured to apply an associated spring force to the outer polygonal coupling,
the spring element being embodied as a hoop spring having a circular cross-section when viewed in a direction perpendicular
to the longitudinal axis of the tool receiver.

US Pat. No. 9,776,309

PORTABLE BATTERY-OPERATED TOOL WITH AN ELECTRICAL BUFFER ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR REPLACING THE RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A portable tool for machining a workpiece, the tool comprising:
a drive device configured to drive a working head;
a rechargeable battery configured to provide electrical energy to the drive device;
a storage device configured to store machining data;
a transmitting and receiving device configured to transmit and receive the machining data to and from a central control device;
an electrical element configured to provide electrical energy while the rechargeable battery is removed; and
a control device having an operating system for controlling machining parameters of the tool, the control device being configured
to:

detect a removal of the rechargeable battery from the tool;
operate a switch to connect the electrical element to the control device and disconnect the rechargeable battery from the
control device in response to detecting the removal;

store the machining data in the storage device in response to detecting the removal; and
change to a standby operating state after storing the machining data in the storage device, the storage device being unable
to store new machining data in the standby operating state, the transmitting and receiving device being unable to transmit
and receive the machining data in the standby operating state, a wireless link between the transmitting and receiving device
and the central control device being maintained in the standby operating state.

US Pat. No. 9,745,880

COOLING ELEMENT FOR INJECTION VALVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A cooling element (38; 40) for an injection valve (1; 41), the cooling element comprising:
a hollow region for receiving at least one section (1a, 1b; 41a, 41b) of the injection valve (1; 41);

a cooling plate (8), which runs around the hollow region; and

an end plate (7) which is arranged on an end side of the injection valve (1; 41),

wherein the end plate (7) has at least one region (7a), which is shaped in a bowl-like manner having an end wall (7c) that has at least one injection opening (13) that makes it possible to spray fluid out of the injection valve (1; 41) through the end plate (7),

wherein the end plate (7) further has at least one side wall (7b),

wherein the end plate (7) is configured for receiving an injection-side tip (1a; 41a) of the injection valve (1; 41) in a substantially positively locking manner into the bowl-like region (7a), and

wherein the cooling plate (8) and the end plate (7) are connected to one another in a fluid-tight manner, with the result that, in a state in which a section (1a, 1b; 41a, 41b) of an injection valve (1; 41) is arranged in the hollow region, a cooling volume (36), which runs around the section (1a, 1b; 41a, 41b) of the injection valve (1; 41), is delimited by the end plate (7), the cooling plate (8), and the injection valve (1; 41) such that a coolant in the cooling volume (36) contacts each of the end plate (7), the cooling plate (8), and the injection valve (1; 41).

US Pat. No. 9,740,655

DATA TRANSMISSION USING A PROTOCOL EXCEPTION STATE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for exchanging data between nodes that are connected to each other by a bus system, the method comprising:
exchanging messages, which contain data, according to a first communication protocol, the messages being made up of a sequence
of bits, wherein at least one control bit which has a predetermined position within the message, which is exchanged according
to the first communication protocol, has a predetermined value;

for each message, one node is a transmitter and at least one other node is a receiver, receiving the message and monitoring
the message for errors;

wherein by transmission of the control bit having a value differing from the predetermined value, at least one first receiver
is transferred into a protocol exception state, so that it suspends error monitoring, and

wherein the transmitter, after transmitting the control bit having a value differing from the predetermined value, begins
to transmit further data according to a second communication protocol to at least one second receiver.

US Pat. No. 9,742,968

IMAGE ACQUISITION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE MANUFACTURE THEREOF

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An image acquisition system, comprising:
a substrate;
an image sensor mounted on the substrate and contacted via contact points;
an uncovered, optically transparent sealing compound that covers the image sensor, the contact points, and a portion of an
upper substrate side, wherein:

the sealing compound includes an uneven outer surface in the shape of a receiving depression, and
the receiving depression is directly above the image sensor; and
an optical device secured in the receiving depression of the uncovered optically transparent sealing compound,
wherein the optical device is pressed into the sealing compound and positively held thereby so that light that impinges on
the image sensor in a direction perpendicular to a light receiving surface of the image sensor first travels through the optical
device in the receiving depression and through the sealing compound prior to impinging on the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,767,686

METHOD AND CONTROL AND DETECTION DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE PLAUSIBILITY OF A WRONG-WAY TRAVEL OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining the plausibility of a wrong-way travel of a motor vehicle when entering a directional roadway,
the method comprising:
determining whether the motor vehicle is located in an area of a connection point;
determining at least one time, if the motor vehicle is located in the area of the connection point, whether the motor vehicle
is wrongly located in a lane of oncoming traffic;

detecting at least one item of curve information of a current travel path of the motor vehicle;
ascertaining at least one item of curve information of a permitted travel path;
determining a deviation between the detected curve information and the ascertained curve information; and
determining the plausibility of a wrong-way travel a limit value for a deviation is breached.

US Pat. No. 9,768,606

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DISCHARGING A HIGH-VOLTAGE SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for discharging a high-voltage onboard vehicle electrical system having at least one energy store and a plurality
of high-voltage consumers, the method comprising:
electrically separating the energy store from the rest of the vehicle electrical system; and
switching on at least one of the high-voltage consumers in order to reduce a charge stored in the vehicle electrical system;
wherein the high-voltage consumers include a DC/DC converter.

US Pat. No. 9,765,779

INTERNAL GEAR PUMP HAVING A ROTATIONALLY FIXED AXIAL DISK

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An internal gear pump for a hydraulic vehicle brake system, comprising:
a pump shaft;
a pinion arranged on and configured for conjoint rotation with the pump shaft;
an annulus that meshes with the pinion;
a rotationally fixed axial disk that is arranged on and bears in a sealing manner against an end side of the pinion and of
the annulus, wherein the axial disk is fixed radially and includes a bearing that rotatably supports the pump shaft; and

a pressure disk on a first side of the pinion and the annulus opposite the axial disk, the pressure disk being rotationally
fixed and axially movable, wherein:

the axial disk is axially movable with respect to the pinion and the annulus,
a pressure field is defined on an outer side of the pressure disk opposite the pinion and the annulus, the pressure field
urging the pressure disk against the first side of the pinion and the annulus when the pressure field is pressurized.

US Pat. No. 9,730,219

METHOD FOR DETERMINING A TIME MULTIPLEXING SEQUENCE FOR A MIMO RADAR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...


 and
the transmit times of a second one of the pair of the plurality of transmit antennas results at the times at which the first
transmit antenna is not transmitting; and

controlling respective ones of the pair of the plurality of transmit antennas to transmit respective ones of the defined number
of pulses at the defined transmit duration and at the respective transmit times set for the respective transmit antennas.

US Pat. No. 9,759,204

PISTON PUMP FOR A VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A piston pump for a vehicle brake system comprising:
a cylinder defining an axis;
a piston mounted in the cylinder in such a way that the piston is displaceable along the axis, the piston including:
a first piston section defining a valve seat;
a second piston section formed as a piston rod; and
a sealing element arranged directly on the first and second piston sections and which seals the piston against the cylinder,
the sealing element including a projection which abuts over a complete axial length of a circumferential portion of an outer
surface of the first piston section and further abuts a lower portion of the second piston section; and

an inlet valve arranged on the piston and configured to cooperate with the valve seat for introduction of fluid into the cylinder,
wherein the first piston section is a separate component from the second piston section and the sealing element.

US Pat. No. 9,758,267

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FILLING CONTAINERS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An apparatus (10) for filling containers, comprising:
a first transfer wheel (12), and a second transfer wheel (14) arranged in spaced apart relationship;

an upper container guideway (16) having a length extending between said first and second transfer wheels (12,14),

a lower container conveyor (18) extending between said first and second transfer wheels (12,14) beneath said upper container guideway (16);

a plurality of container carriers (24) individually movable along said upper container guideway (16), and individually moveable by said first and second transfer wheels (12,14) and said lower container conveyor (18); and

first and second linear actuators (20,22) positioned at respective opposite lengthwise ends of said upper container guideway (16) for controlling movement of said container carriers (24) along the length of said upper container guideway,

the apparatus configured so that each of said container carriers (24) is: (a) movable from said lower container conveyor (18) upwardly to said upper container guideway (16) by said first transfer wheel (12); (b) movable by said first and second linear actuators (20,22) along the length of said upper container guideway (16) to i) present one or more containers carried by the container carrier (24) controllably along the length of the guideway for filling and ii) advance the container carrier (24)to the second transfer wheel (14); (c) movable downwardly from said upper container guideway (16) to said lower container conveyor (16) by said second transfer wheel (14); and (d) movable from said second transfer wheel (14) to said first transfer wheel (12) by said lower container conveyor (18).

US Pat. No. 9,761,905

LITHIUM ION-CONDUCTING GARNET-LIKE COMPOUNDS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A lithium ion conductor, comprising:
a compound that includes a garnet-like crystal structure of the general chemical formula Lin[A(3-a?-a?)A?(a?)A?(a?)][B(2-b?-b?)B?(b?)B?(b?)][C?(c?)C?(c?)]O12, wherein:

A stands for a dodecahedral position of the garnet-like crystal structure and stands for at least one element selected from
the group consisting of La, Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm and Yb;

A? stands for a dodecahedral position of the garnet-like crystal structure and stands for at least one element selected from
the group consisting of Ca, Sr and Ba;

A? stands for a dodecahedral position of the garnet-like crystal structure and stands for at least one element selected from
the group consisting of Na and K;

0?a?<2;

0?a?<1;

B stands for an octahedral position of the garnet-like crystal structure and stands for at least one element selected from
the group consisting of Zr, Hf and Sn;

B? stands for an octahedral position of the garnet-like crystal structure and stands for at least one element selected from
the group consisting of Ta, Nb, Sb and Bi;

B? stands for an octahedral position of the garnet-like crystal structure and stands for at least one element selected from
the group consisting of Te, W and Mo;

0?b??2;

0?b??2;

C? stands for a tetrahedral position of the garnet-like crystal structure and stands for at least one element selected from
the group consisting of Al and Ga;

C? stands for a tetrahedral position of the garnet-like crystal structure and stands for at least one element selected from
the group consisting of Si and Ge;

0?c??0.5;

0?c??0.4;

n=7+a?+2·a??b??2·b??3·c??4·c?;
5.5?n?6.875;

when b?=2, 6.00; and
when B? is Nb, 6.00 and a?+a?>0.

US Pat. No. 9,761,912

SAFETY SYSTEM FOR BATTERIES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery, comprising:
a cell housing; and
at least one galvanic cell surrounded by the cell housing;
wherein an inner chamber of the cell housing of the at least one cell includes a first chemical component,
wherein a chamber, which borders on at least one section of the outside of the cell housing of the at least one cell, includes
a second chemical component, and

wherein by a chemical reaction of the first chemical component with the second chemical component, a solid reaction product
is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,725,076

METHOD FOR SECURING A VEHICLE ON A ROLLER DYNAMOMETER

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method, the method comprising:
determining, using a sensor system, that wheels of a first axle of the vehicle are located on a roller dynamometer and that
wheels of a second axle are not located on the roller dynamometer;

determining, using the sensor system, that a control element of a parking brake of the vehicle has been operated so that a
first braking torque is demanded at the wheels of the first axle; and

responsive to the determination that the wheels of the first axle of the vehicle are located on the roller dynamometer and
to the determination that the control element of the parking brake has been operated, actuating an actuator to automatically
build up a second braking torque at at least one wheel brake of a wheel of the second axle.

US Pat. No. 9,719,587

HYDRAULIC AXLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydraulic axle, comprising:
a reversible hydraulic machine;
a multi-surface cylinder that includes a piston which has:
a first and second retraction surfaces; and
a first and second deployment surfaces;
a hydraulic circuit that includes control valves configured to actuate the piston during a rapid-traverse stroke and during
a power stroke, the control valves including:

a first control valve configured to connect the second deployment surface to a first pressure side of the reversible hydraulic
machine,

a second control valve configured to connect the second retraction surface to a second pressure side of the reversible hydraulic
machine,

a third control valve configured to connect the first retraction surface to the second pressure side of the reversible hydraulic
machine, and

a fourth control valve configured to connect the first deployment surface to the first pressure side of the reversible hydraulic
machine, the first control valve arranged fluidically in series with the fourth control valve to enable the fourth control
valve to connect the first deployment surface to the first pressure side of the reversible hydraulic machine; and

a hydraulic accumulator connected to each of the first and second pressure sides of the reversible hydraulic machine,
wherein:
during the rapid-traverse stroke, the first deployment surface and the first retraction surface are configured to interconnect
in a substantially unpressurized fashion via the hydraulic circuit; and

during a rapid-traverse deployment stroke, a pressure medium is configured to act on the second deployment surface.

US Pat. No. 9,720,148

CAMERA SYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR FOR A VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR ASCERTAINING PIECES OF IMAGE INFORMATION OF A DETECTION AREA

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A camera system comprising:
a camera that includes an image sensor and a filter mask; and
a control and evaluation device, to which the image sensor is configured to output an image signal that includes first frames
recorded using a first exposure time and second frames recorded using a second exposure time that is longer than the first
exposure time;

wherein:
the image sensor includes an arrangement of sensor pixels by which the image sensor is configured to output pixel signals
of the first and second frames;

the filter mask includes an arrangement of filter pixels situated in front of the sensor pixels;
the filter pixels include first filter pixels that exhibit a first transmission behavior and second filter pixels that exhibit
a second transmission behavior, so that the second filter pixels filter light differently than the first filter pixels, the
sensor pixels recording the differently filtered light as the pixel signals that are output as the image signal; and

the control and evaluation device is configured to compare the pixel signals to each other, the pixel signals comprising:
one or more first pixel signals including a first frame pixel signal and a first filter pixel signal;
one or more second pixel signals including a second frame pixel signal and the first filter pixel signal;
one or more third pixel signals including the first frame pixel signal and a second filter pixel signal; and
one or more fourth pixel signals including the second frame pixel signal and the second filter pixel signal.

US Pat. No. 9,718,364

DRIVE SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CHARGING A BATTERY WITH A COMBUSTION ENGINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A drive system for an electric vehicle, the drive system comprising:
an electric motor having a plurality of phase connectors;
a traction battery configured to supply the electric motor, the traction battery comprising a plurality of battery strings
having an adjustable output voltage, each battery string being configured to generate alternating current signals at a first
predetermined frequency that are phase-offset with respect to one another and configured supply energy to one of the plurality
of phase connectors of the electric motor;

an asynchronous machine configured to extend a range of the electric vehicle by charging the traction battery in response
to a control signal, the asynchronous machine having a plurality of phase connectors each connected directly to one of the
plurality of battery strings and directly to one phase connector in the plurality of phase connectors in the electric motor;

an internal combustion engine configure to drive the asynchronous machine; and
a control unit operatively connected to the, internal combustion engine, asynchronous machine and the electric motor, the
control unit being configured to:

activate the internal combustion engine to drive the asynchronous machine; and
regulate a rotational speed of the asynchronous machine to rotate the asynchronous machine at a second frequency that is at
a predetermined ratio of the first frequency of the alternating current signals from the battery strings, the predetermined
ratio being greater than 1 to enable an output signal from each phase connector in the asynchronous machine to drive the electric
motor and charge one battery string in the plurality of battery strings.

US Pat. No. 9,709,677

OPTICAL DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A measuring device for optical distance measurement, in particular a handheld measuring device, comprising:
a transmitting unit for emitting optical measurement radiation toward a target object;
a receiving unit having a detection area for detecting optical measurement radiation returning from the target object; and
an evaluation unit having at least one distance determining unit,
wherein the detection area has a multiplicity of pixels,
wherein each pixel has at least one light-sensitive element,
wherein the evaluation unit is designed in such a way that detection signals of a plurality of pixels are forwarded to the
at least one distance determining unit, on the basis of which the distance determining unit determines distance data which
correlate with the distance between the measuring device and the target object, and

wherein the evaluation unit is designed to determine a distance between the measuring device and the target object on the
basis of an evaluation of distance data that were determined by the at least one distance determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,700,997

HAND POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand power tool comprising:
an open-loop and/or closed-loop control unit; and
a communication unit, which is connected to the open-loop and/or closed-loop control unit and which has a hand power tool
interface for exchanging electronic data,

at least one drive unit; and
at least one switch-on/switch-off element configured to put the at least one drive unit into operation,
wherein the hand power tool interface is activated or deactivated in dependence on a position of the switch-on/switch-off
element,

wherein the hand power tool interface is configured to be switched to a connectivity mode for a period of less than 15 minutes
as a result of the switch-on/switch-off element being moved into a startup position and in dependence on a data connection
to the at least one of the further hand power tool and the hand power tool ancillary device, and

wherein the hand power tool interface is configured to communicate with at least one of a further hand power tool and a hand
power tool ancillary device for the purpose of influencing an operating program of the open-loop and/or closed-loop control
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,701,290

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING A BRAKING DEVICE, BRAKING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a braking device of a vehicle, the braking device including an electromotive actuator that displaces
an actuator element either into a clamping position for subjecting a brake disk to a clamping force or into a release position
for releasing the brake disk, the method comprising:
determining a brake disk temperature
converting a pressure value of a hydraulic or pneumatic actuator of the braking device that is detected at the point in time
into an equivalent current,

wherein a sum of a stored motor current and the equivalent current gives an actuator current value, and
wherein the brake disk temperature is determined depending on the actuator current value; and
activating the actuator depending on the determined brake disk temperature using a control unit of the braking device.

US Pat. No. 9,701,298

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASCERTAINING AT LEAST ONE VARIABLE REGARDING A STATE OF A BRAKE FLUID IN A BRAKE SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for ascertaining at least one variable regarding a state of a brake fluid in a brake system of a vehicle, the
method comprising:
determining, by processing circuitry and using sensor signals, a volume flow variable regarding a volume flow Q of the brake
fluid, which flows via a simulator separation valve into a simulator of the brake system during an actuation of a brake pedal
of the brake system, based on at least one displacement speed variable regarding at least one of: (a) a displacement speed
vp of the brake pedal of the brake system due to the actuation of the brake pedal, or (b) a displacement speed v0 of a rod piston of the brake system displaced by the actuation of the brake pedal;

determining, by the processing circuitry and using sensor signals, a simulator internal pressure variable regarding a simulator
internal pressure increased as a result of the volume flow Q into the simulator based on at least one pedal travel variable
regarding a pedal travel of the brake pedal;

determining, by the processing circuitry, a pressure difference variable regarding a pressure difference ?p, which prevails
at the simulator separation valve, through which the volume flow Q flows, based on the simulator internal pressure variable
determined for the respective volume flow Q and an admission pressure variable ascertained for the respective volume flow
Q regarding an admission pressure prevailing at the simulator separation valve, through which volume flow Q flows, on a side
that is facing away from the simulator;

determining, by the processing circuitry, the at least one variable regarding the state of the brake fluid in the brake system
based on the at least one determined volume flow variable and the at least one determined pressure difference variable; and

outputting, by a control device of the brake system, a control signal to control operation of the brake system as a function
of the determined at least one variable regarding the state of the brake fluid in the brake system.

US Pat. No. 9,705,245

PLUG-IN CONNECTION HAVING A FIXED LINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A plug-in connection, comprising:
a contact carrier;
a contact element mechanically connected to the contact carrier;
a line mechanically connected to the contact carrier, wherein the line includes an electrical conductor electrically connected
to the contact element, and an insulation which surrounds the electrical conductor, wherein the electrical conductor is connected
to the contact element via a separate, additional conductor element, wherein the separate, additional conductor element is
a flexible conductor element, and wherein the separate, additional conductor element is a braided strip; and

a fixing element which is in contact with an uninsulated area of the line in which the electrical conductor is not surrounded
by the insulation, and which fixes the electrical conductor to the contact carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,647,265

ALL-SOLID STATE CELL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An all-solid-state cell, comprising:
a lithium-containing anode;
a cathode; and
a lithium ion-conducting solid-state electrolyte separator situated between the anode and the cathode;
wherein:
the cathode includes a composite material, the composite material including lithium titanate and a lithium ion-conducting
solid-state electrolyte; and

at least one of the following:
the lithium ion-conducting solid-state electrolyte includes a plurality of layers that differ from each other by being composed
of different ones of at least two of (a) lithium sulfide-phosphorus sulfides, (b) lithium lanthanum zirconates, and (c) lithium
niobates; and

the lithium titanate is based on the general chemical formula: Li4+x?y?zFe3yCuzTi5?2y?m(Nb,Ta)mO12, where each of x, z, and m is greater than 0.

US Pat. No. 9,643,309

PORTABLE MACHINE TOOL SWITCHING UNIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A portable machine tool switching unit comprising:
a rotary knob unit including a first rotationally drivable shaft and a second rotationally drivable shaft that is coaxial
with the first shaft relative to an axis of rotation and that is rotatable relative to the first shaft about the axis of rotation,
the first shaft including a rotationally drivable coupling unit for coupling to at least one switching element and a bearing
journal, the second shaft defining a cavity in which the first shaft and the bearing journal are located and including a bearing
bush located in the cavity and configured to receive the bearing journal, the bearing bush and the bearing journal coaxial
with the axis of rotation; and

at least one energy accumulator element configured to store switching energy in the event of preselection, the energy accumulator
element including a coil portion that is located outside of the cavity defined by the second shaft, such that the first shaft
and the second shaft are located within a coil space defined by the coil portion,

wherein the energy accumulator element is integrated in the rotary knob unit and engages the first and second shafts, and
wherein the energy accumulator element further includes at least one inwardly-projecting leg extending from the coil portion
toward the axis of rotation and configured to extend into the cavity defined by the second shaft and into a cavity defined
by the first shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,643,579

PRIMARY PISTON FOR A TANDEM MASTER CYLINDER AND TANDEM MASTER CYLINDER EQUIPPED WITH SUCH A PRIMARY PISTON

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A tandem master-cylinder primary piston, comprising:
a skirt equipped with a wall in an intermediary position between extremities of the skirt, the wall including a rear face
to support a servobrake thrust rod and a forward face to receive a telescoping rod and a compression spring acting on a secondary
piston, wherein:

the skirt includes a forward extremity equipped with passages cooperating with a supply chamber to connect the supply chamber
with a pressure chamber delimited in a body of a master cylinder by a forward part of the primary piston,

the passages cooperate with a resupply seal housed in a groove of the body of the master cylinder to allow passage of a hydraulic
fluid in an ESP mode,

the wall includes a plastic material,
the forward extremity of the skirt includes a ribbed crown delimiting grooves closed in a rear and emerging toward a front
to ensure passage between the supply chamber and the pressure chamber when the primary piston is in a supply position, and
to enable passage of the hydraulic fluid beneath the resupply seal when the primary piston is in a rest position and a brake
system is operating in the ESP mode, and

the skirt includes ribs delimiting the grooves, each rib including a first cylindrical portion extending from a front transverse
face of the skirt, a conical portion connected to the first cylindrical portion, and a second cylindrical portion connected
to the conical portion.

US Pat. No. 9,643,584

METHOD FOR OPERATING A BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE, AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR A BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a braking system of a vehicle, comprising:
limiting a brake pressure buildup in at least one brake circuit of the braking system to a response pressure of a storage
volume of the at least one brake circuit by controlling at least one first wheel outlet valve of at least one first wheel
brake cylinder of the at least one brake circuit into an opened state at least temporarily during an increasing activation
intensity of an activation of a brake actuating element connected to a master brake cylinder of the braking system by a driver
of the vehicle; and

providing an additional reduction of a brake pressure in the at least one brake circuit to below the response pressure during
a constant activation intensity of the activation of the brake actuating element by:

controlling the at least one first wheel outlet valve of the at least one first wheel brake cylinder into a closed state;
and

activating a brake booster in such a way that the internal pressure present in the master brake cylinder is reduced with the
aid of the activated brake booster.

US Pat. No. 9,643,586

METHOD FOR RELEASING AN AUTOMATIC PARKING BRAKE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for releasing an automatic parking brake, the automatic parking brake including an electric motor configured to
produce an electromechanical clamping force, comprising:
operating the electric motor to release the automatic parking brake;
measuring, during the release of the automatic parking brake, a motor voltage and a motor current of the electric motor;
estimating, during the release of the automatic parking brake, a distance traveled by the automatic parking brake since a
start of the release of the automatic parking brake, a value for the estimated distance traveled being determined based on
the measured motor voltage and the measured motor current;

ending the release of the automatic parking brake by switching off the electric motor dependent on a comparison of the estimated
distance traveled with a minimum total distance traveled; and

ending the release of the automatic parking brake by switching off the electric motor dependent on an additional switch-off
criterion that ensures that the minimum total distance traveled has been achieved.

US Pat. No. 9,669,779

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MULTI-VOLTAGE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, A MULTI-VOLTAGE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM AND MEANS FOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a multi-voltage electrical system of a motor vehicle, the multi-voltage electrical system including
a first subsystem and a second subsystem, the first subsystem including an attenuator, a current being selectively and alternatively
feedable from the first subsystem into the second subsystem and from the second subsystem into the first subsystem, and an
electrical consumer being coupleable to the first subsystem and decoupleable from the first subsystem, the method comprising:
responsive to a failure of the attenuator or an off state of the attenuator provided in the first subsystem, implementing
in the multi-voltage electrical system a special operating mode, in which a negative sudden load variation caused by a coupling
of the electrical consumer to the first subsystem is counteracted before a minimum threshold is reached by feeding current
from the second subsystem into the first subsystem, and a positive sudden load variation caused by a decoupling of the electrical
consumer from the first subsystem is counteracted before a maximum threshold is reached by feeding current from the first
subsystem into the second subsystem,

wherein a power output of a generator in the first subsystem is adjusted in collaboration with current transfer to or from
the second subsystem until a negative or positive sudden load variation is counteracted completely by the generator, after
which current transfer to or from the second subsystem is stopped.

US Pat. No. 9,640,076

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND COMMUNICATION METHOD FOR A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A communication device for a vehicle, comprising:
a recording device for recording surroundings of the vehicle;
a signaling apparatus; and
a controller for controlling the signaling apparatus as a function of the recorded surroundings, wherein the signaling apparatus
sends a recording signal, developed corresponding to the recorded surroundings, to the surroundings;

wherein the signaling apparatus includes a camera that is situated in a swivelable manner, to swivel the camera as a function
of the recorded surroundings, and upon a classification of a recorded object of the surroundings as a traffic participant,
swivels the camera in a direction of the traffic participant,

wherein the camera forms at least one image of the traffic participant; and
wherein the image of the traffic participant is checked as to whether the traffic participant is looking in a direction of
the camera.

US Pat. No. 9,631,724

BRAKE SYSTEM MASTER-CYLINDER SEAL

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A substantially annular-shaped seal for being housed in a groove of a body of a brake system master cylinder and around
a piston, the seal comprising:
a core section; and
three substantially annular and concentric lips including an interior lip, an intermediate lip, and an exterior lip;
wherein:
the three lips each includes a free end and a connection end connected with the core section, at least one portion of the
free end of the intermediate lip extending axially beyond the free ends of the interior and exterior lips;

a periphery of the intermediate lip is interrupted so as to include multiple circumferentially-spaced portions that, when
the seal is housed in the groove with a surface of the core section resting against a first wall of the body of the master
cylinder, forms supports and passages with a second wall of the body of the master cylinder opposite the first wall;

the surface of the core section includes a peripheral platter, an exterior crown, a heel, and at least one channel;
the exterior crown is axially raised compared to a height of, and occupies a radial region of the surface of the core section
that is radially exterior to, the peripheral platter;

the surface of the core section includes at least one connection zone that interrupts an extension of the exterior crown in
the radial region;

the heel is positioned radially exterior to the exterior crown and at a circumferential position shared by a respective one
of the at least one connection zone;

each of the at least one channel cuts through the peripheral platter and extends radially outward from an interior edge of
the seal towards, and terminating before reaching, a respective one of the at least one connection zone; and

at least one of the following:
(a) the connection zone is a cavity in the exterior crown; and
(b) the peripheral platter is separated from the exterior crown by a passage.

US Pat. No. 9,630,287

HAND POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand power tool, comprising:
a drive unit;
an electronic unit configured to control the drive unit;
a cooling device including a first cooling unit configured to cool the drive unit and the electronic unit a second cooling
unit configured to additionally cool the electronic unit; and

at least one of an open-loop control unit and a closed-loop control unit configured to control the cooling device.

US Pat. No. 9,630,604

METHOD FOR OPERATING A BRAKE SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR A BRAKE SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a brake system for a vehicle, wherein the brake system includes a master brake cylinder coupled
to an electromechanical brake booster having a booster body, the method comprising:
controlling at least one wheel outlet valve of at least one wheel brake cylinder of at least one first brake circuit of the
brake system in its open state, while taking into account at least one provided sensor signal with respect to an operating
strength of an operation of a brake operating element situated on the master brake cylinder in such a way that a brake pressure
buildup in the at least one first brake circuit becomes able to be limited to a response pressure of a fluid accumulator device
of the respective brake circuit;

displacing the booster body from an initial position relative to the master brake cylinder in a direction towards the master
brake cylinder by a specified adjustment travel into an end position, in order to raise a travel differential between an input
rod of the electromechanical brake booster and the booster body, during the step of displacing the booster body the at least
one wheel outlet valve remaining opened; and

displacing the booster body from the end position relative to the master brake cylinder in an opposite direction away from
the master brake cylinder by the same specified adjustment travel back into the initial position, in order to reduce the travel
differential between the input rod and the booster body, during the step of displacing the booster body from the end position
back into the initial position the at least one wheel outlet valve being present in a closed manner in such a way that hydraulic
fluid is sucked away from wheel brake devices that are coupled in a fluid manner to the brake system and assigned to wheels
of the vehicle for a reduction of a hydraulic fluid pressure existing in the wheel brake devices.

US Pat. No. 9,630,379

LAMINATED COMPOSITE MADE UP OF AN ELECTRONIC SUBSTRATE AND A LAYER ARRANGEMENT COMPRISING A REACTION SOLDER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A laminated composite (10) comprising at least one electronic substrate (11) and a layer arrangement (20, 30) including at least a first layer of at least one of a first metal and a first metal alloy and including a second layer,
adjoining said first layer, of at least one of a second metal and a second metal alloy, wherein melting temperatures of the
first layer and of the second layer are different,
further comprising a region with at least one intermetallic phase (40) between the first layer and the second layer,

wherein one of the first layer and the second layer is formed by a reaction solder which consists of a mixture of a base solder
with an AgX, CuX or NiX alloy, wherein the component X in the AgX, CuX or NiX alloy is selected from the group consisting
of B, Mg, Al, Si, Ca, Se, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Ag, In, Sn, Sb, Ba, Hf, Ta, W, Au, Bi,
La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Gd, Dy, Sm, Er, Tb, Eu, Ho, Tm, Yb and Lu,

wherein the melting temperature of the AgX, CuX or NiX alloy is higher than the melting temperature of the base solder,
wherein the other of the first layer and the second layer, which is not formed by a reaction solder, is an Ag-sintered layer,
wherein the AgX, CuX or NiX alloy does not have the same composition as the base solder,
wherein the Ag, Cu or Ni content of the layer formed by the reaction solder is between 20% by weight and 80% by weight; and
wherein the AgX, CuX or NiX alloy is present in a mean particle size of between 1 nm and 50 ?m in the mixture with the base
solder.

US Pat. No. 9,625,786

LINEAR ACTUATOR AND CAMERA WITH A MOTORIZED BACK FOCUS MODULE WITH THE LINEAR ACTUATOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A linear actuator for a linear motion of a component of a camera, the linear actuator comprising:
a supporting structure;
a motor arranged on the supporting structure for generating a rotational movement,
a component carrier for carrying a component and for performing the linear motion relative to the supporting structure; and
a gear mechanism including a gear train with a plurality of gears for transmitting the rotational movement, whereby a last
gear of the plurality of gears, before the component carrier, is a transfer gear, wherein the transfer gear is a hollow gear
for coupling with a proximate gear of the plurality of gears;

wherein the transfer gear includes a guide way extending in a rotational direction of the transfer gear with a slope along
the guide way,

whereby the component carrier is coupled with the guide way by resting means, so that the component carrier is displaced in
a linear direction by a rotational movement of the transfer gear due to the slope of the guide way, and

whereby all of the plurality of gears overlap with a projection of the transfer gear in the linear direction, excluding a
first gear that is directly coupled to an output shaft of the motor.

US Pat. No. 9,620,880

DIRECT PLUG ELEMENT HAVING IMPROVED CONTACTING

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A direct plug element configured as a two-piece elastic direct contact for contacting an electrical contact, comprising:
a plug, including:
a first spring element; and
a second spring element, the first and second spring elements configured as separate components;
a stop element to retain the first spring element in a predetermined position; and
a crimping element to fixate the first and second spring elements, and mechanically and electrically connect the plug to a
cable,

wherein the first spring element and the second spring element are situated one behind the other in a contact direction, a
first spring force of the first spring element and a second spring force of the second spring element being directed in the
same direction, and wherein the second spring element has a contact region.

US Pat. No. 9,618,066

BRAKE DISC AND METHOD FOR TREATING THE SURFACE OF A BRAKE DISC

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for treating a surface of a brake disk to increase adhesion of a coating on the surface, comprising:
forming at least one depression on the surface, the at least one depression having a width which increases as a depth of the
at least one depression increases, and

applying the coating to the surface of the brake disk, the coating having a thickness greater than the depth of the last one
depression such that the at last one depression is completely filled with the coating, the applied coating forming an outermost
layer of the brake disk,

wherein forming the at least one depression includes machining the surface along a spiral path that at least partially encircles
a rotational axis of the brake disk.

US Pat. No. 9,616,874

METHOD FOR CHECKING AN ISOLATION VALVE AND MONITORING DEVICE FOR AN ISOLATION VALVE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for checking an isolation valve of a braking system of a vehicle, comprising:
operating at least one pump of a brake circuit of the braking system which is hydraulically connected via the isolation valve
to a brake master cylinder of the braking system for a predefined pump running time;

measuring, using a sensor, at least one value regarding a pressure present in the brake circuit; and
determining, by an electronic device, based on the at least one measured value, whether the isolation valve is mechanically
blocked.

US Pat. No. 9,617,964

STARTING DEVICE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A starting device for an internal combustion engine, having a starter pinion (22), which is adjustable axially between a non-functional position and an advanced drive position and which is seated on a shaft,
having a securing ring (304) which is seated on the shaft and which serves for limiting axial movement of the starter pinion (22), wherein the securing ring (304) is configured to be spread and expanded radially for removal from the shaft, wherein there is formed into a face side of
the starter pinion (22) a securing recess (306) into which the securing ring (304) projects and which fixes the securing ring (304) radially on the shaft to prevent the securing ring (304) from spreading, characterized in that the starter pinion (22) can be displaced axially into a removal position in which the securing ring (304) is situated axially outside the securing recess (306) and when removed from the securing recess (306), the securing ring (304) can be expanded radially.

US Pat. No. 9,618,529

SENSOR DEVICE FOR THE CONTACTLESS ACQUISITION OF A ROTATION CHARACTERISTIC OF A ROTATABLE OBJECT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A sensor device for providing contactless acquisition of a rotation characteristic of rotatable object, comprising:
a sensor housing;
at least one magnetic-field generator to generate a magnetic field at the location of the rotatable object;
at least one magnetic-field sensor to detect a magnetic field generated by eddy currents of the rotatable object and
at least one connection element set up to connect the sensor device to a device that includes the rotatable object, so that
the magnetic-field generator and the magnetic-field sensor are at least partially disposed together in a sensor section of
the sensor housing, and the sensor housing is set apart from the device that includes the rotatable object;

wherein the sensor section is in the form of a non-magnetic sleeve;
wherein the sensor section is introduce-able into a receptacle in a wall of the device, and a coaxial air gap is situated
between the sensor section and a wall of the receptacle in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the sensor section in
the introduced state; and

wherein the receptacle is a blind hole in the wall of the device.

US Pat. No. 9,611,810

GASEOUS FUEL MIXER WITH EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A mixing device for introducing gaseous fuel and recirculated exhaust gas into an intake passage of an engine, the mixing
device comprising: a body through which the intake passage extends for directing the intake airflow into the engine; an annular
channel defined within the body to at least partially encircle the intake passage, the body defining a fuel inlet opening
intersecting with a radially outer portion of the annular channel; a plurality of gaseous fuel injectors fluidly coupled to
the fuel inlet opening such that gaseous fuel from the plurality of gaseous fuel injectors is conveyed into the annular channel
through the fuel inlet opening; a diffuser positioned along the intake passage at a position of the annular channel to diffuse
gaseous fuel from the annular channel into the intake airflow in the intake passage; an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) inlet
opening defined by the body and in fluid communication with the intake passage; and an exhaust gas recirculation supply pipe
coupled to the EGR inlet opening and configured to direct recirculated exhaust gas from the engine into the intake passage
through the EGR inlet opening, wherein the diffuser is part of a throttle body adapter coupled to the body at an upstream
end of the mixing device, the throttle body adapter defining a radially inner wall of the first annular channel, and wherein
the radially inner wall is provided with a plurality of radial diffuser apertures at a downstream end of the throttle body
adapter, the downstream end abutting an inner shoulder surface of the body.

US Pat. No. 9,604,610

METHOD FOR SETTING A LIMITING VALUE OF A VEHICLE STATE VARIABLE IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for setting a limiting value of a vehicle state variable in a driver assistance system in a vehicle in the event
of an accident, the method comprising: modifying, by a processor, the limiting value of the vehicle state variable for the
case when a parameter characterizing a severity of the accident exceeds an assigned first threshold value, wherein the limiting
value of the vehicle state variable is modified as a function of acceleration values from an airbag sensor which occur during
the accident, and wherein the modifying of the limiting value of the vehicle state variable is carried out only if the parameter
characterizing the severity of the accident does not exceed a specified second threshold value which is greater than the first
threshold value; and controlling an operation of an electronic stability program system in accordance with the limiting value.

US Pat. No. 9,579,782

TOOL ATTACHMENT FOR A HAND-HELD MACHINE TOOL

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A tool attachment, comprising:
a drive shaft configured to be driven rotationally;
a locking section for locking on a mounting interface of a hand-held machine tool, the machine tool including a tool holder
having a receiving member for receiving an insert tool and a first locking sleeve preloaded by a first spring element in an
axial direction pointing away from the hand-held machine tool; and

an actuating element coupled with the drive shaft and configured to shift, in a self-actuating manner upon mounting the tool
attachment on the hand-held machine tool, the first locking sleeve against a spring force applied by the first spring element,
in the direction of the hand-held machine tool.

US Pat. No. 9,581,613

MICROMECHANICAL ACCELERATION SENSOR

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A micromechanical acceleration sensor, comprising:
a substrate;
a first seismic mass, of the sensor, movably suspended on the substrate and deflectable in response to an acceleration acting
on the substrate in a first direction;

a first detection device, of the sensor, for detecting a deflection of the first seismic mass in response to the acceleration
acting on the substrate in the first direction;

a second seismic mass, of the sensor, movably suspended on the substrate and deflectable in response to an acceleration acting
on the substrate in a second direction, the second direction running perpendicularly to the first direction;

a second detection device, of the sensor, for detecting a deflection of the second seismic mass in response to the acceleration
acting on the substrate in the second direction, wherein the second seismic mass is deflectable in response to an acceleration
acting on the substrate in a third direction, and wherein the third direction runs perpendicularly to the first direction
and to the second direction;

a third detection device, of the sensor, for detecting a deflection of the second seismic mass in the acceleration acting
on the substrate in the third direction; and

fixed stops for an overload condition, the fixed stops being connected to the substrate;
wherein the second seismic mass is rotationally deflectable about an axis of rotation, which extends perpendicularly to the
third direction,

wherein in a rotation in the third direction, the second seismic mass tilts about the axis of rotation, which extends through
the second seismic mass,

wherein a mass distribution of the second seismic mass is asymmetrical in relation to the axis of rotation
wherein the second seismic mass is movably suspended on the substrate by a torsion spring, and wherein the axis of rotation
extends through a longitudinal direction of the torsion spring.

US Pat. No. 9,523,427

HYDROSTATIC TRAVEL DRIVE AND MOBILE WORKING DEVICE WITH SUCH A TRAVEL DRIVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic travel drive, comprising:
four hydraulic motors connected in pairs in series, the hydraulic motor pairs each having a first hydraulic motor and a second
hydraulic motor and each having a pressure medium flow path connecting an outlet of the first hydraulic motor with an inlet
of the second hydraulic motor;

a hydraulic pump arranged in pressure medium connection via at least two working lines with the four hydraulic motors; and
a valve device configured to connect only the pressure medium flow path having the higher pressure to one of the at least
two working lines having the lower pressure for pressure relief from the higher pressure medium flow path to the lower pressure
working line.

US Pat. No. 9,511,760

METHOD FOR MONITORING DRIVES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for monitoring a torque of a vehicle, the method comprising:
receiving, via a first processing unit, a delta torque;
calculating, via the first processing unit, in a first calculating process, a first setpoint torque and a second setpoint
torque from the delta torque;

checking, via the first processing unit, in a second calculating process, whether a difference of the first setpoint torque
and of the second setpoint torque is less than, or equal to the delta torque, the second calculating process being carried
out independently of the first calculating process; and

outputting the first setpoint torque the second setpoint torque, only if the difference of the first and the second setpoint
torques is less than, or equal to the delta torque, to a second processing unit for controlling at least one electric motor,
to ensure that no greater transverse torques are generated than is provided to avoid skidding by the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,511,673

HEATED CONNECTION FOR CHARGING ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electrical connection arrangement (32) for a charging system (10), having a first connection element (28) configured to be connected to a charging station (20) and which is configured to come into electrical charging contact with a second connection element (30) which is mounted on a mobile platform (12),
characterized in that
at least one heating element (40) is integrated into a branch (42) which is connected in parallel to two electrical contact sections of at least one of the first connection element (28) and the second connection element (30), wherein a frequency filter (50) is integrated into the branch (42) between the two electrical contact sections and is tuned to a specific heating frequency corresponding to a frequency of
an alternating heating current superimposed on a charging current in a charging cable (26).

US Pat. No. 9,476,779

SENSOR WITH AN EMBEDDED THERMISTOR FOR PRECISE LOCAL TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A microelectromechanical system (MEMS) device comprising:
a substrate;
a silicon layer having an upper surface;
a first dielectric layer disposed between the substrate and the silicon layer;
a thermistor structure disposed in the silicon layer, the thermistor structure being configured to extend from the dielectric
layer to the upper surface of the silicon layer; and

a device structure disposed in one of the silicon layer and the dielectric layer.

US Pat. No. 9,458,946

VALVE CARTRIDGE FOR AN ADJUSTABLE VALVE, AND ASSOCIATED SOLENOID VALVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A valve cartridge comprising:
a capsule having a first end;
a valve insert inserted into the capsule at the first end and including a valve body with a main valve seat;
a plunger movably guided for axial movement within the capsule toward the valve seat, said plunger being configured to be
moved against a force of a return spring and having a closing element with a sealing element; and

a magnetic damping assembly,
wherein the sealing element interacts with the main valve seat of the valve body in a sealing manner to provide a sealing
function,

wherein the magnetic damping assembly has (i) a permanent magnet positioned outside the capsule and configured to generate
a magnetic field and (ii) an electrical conductor positioned in the capsule in the magnetic field of the permanent magnet,
the electrical conductor being coupled to the plunger for axial movement therewith within the capsule, the permanent magnet
being configured to generate the magnetic field such that the magnetic field in which the electrical conductor is positioned
is perpendicular to the axial movement of the electrical conductor in the capsule.

US Pat. No. 9,434,015

SAW ASSEMBLY WITH BEVEL GEAR DRIVETRAIN

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A saw assembly, comprising:
a housing;
a motor located in the housing and including a motor shaft configured for rotation relative to the housing;
a first bevel gear operably connected to the motor shaft for rotation with the motor shaft;
a second bevel gear operably engaged with the first bevel gear, such that rotation of the first bevel gear causes rotation
of the second bevel gear;

an arbor assembly operably connected to the second bevel gear, the arbor assembly accessible for mounting a saw blade thereto
from an accessory side of the housing, and the arbor assembly defining a first axis of rotation;

wherein the first bevel gear is located between the second bevel gear and the accessory side of the housing along the first
axis of rotation;

a first roller bearing member at least partially positioned in a bearing recess defined by a housing of the power tool and
configured to rotatablv support a bearing end of the arbor assembly opposite from the accessory end along the first axis of
rotation;

a thrust bearing member separate from the first roller bearing member and positioned in the bearing recess and against an
end surface of the bearing end of the arbor assembly, the thrust bearing member configured to limit axial movement of the
arbor assembly along the first axis of rotation;

wherein the first bevel gear defines a second axis of rotation; and
wherein the second axis of rotation intersects the arbor assembly between the second bevel gear and the accessory side of
the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,360,331

TRANSFER OF DATA FROM IMAGE-DATA-BASED MAP SERVICES INTO AN ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for the transfer of data from an image-data-based map service for use in an assistance system of a vehicle, comprising:
ascertaining at least one of: i) a position of the vehicle and ii) an orientation of the vehicle;
retrieving image data of the vehicle surroundings from the image-data-based map service;
extracting items of information from the image data of the map service; and
transferring the items of information into the assistance system,
wherein the ascertaining includes ascertaining the position of the vehicle, wherein during the ascertaining of the position
of the vehicle, a comparison of camera images of the vehicle surroundings to the image-data-based map service is carried out,
and

wherein the position of the vehicle and at least one of the camera images and the surroundings data are compared to the image
data of the map service, and the image data of the map service are updated in the event of recognized changes.

US Pat. No. 9,361,178

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IMPROVING THE DATA TRANSMISSION SECURITY IN A SERIAL DATA TRANSMISSION HAVING FLEXIBLE MESSAGE SIZE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for serial data transmission in a bus system having at least two bus subscribers who exchange messages over the
bus, wherein access for sending the messages through the bus is assigned to the at least two bus subscribers using an arbitration
method according to the CAN Standard ISO 11898-1, the messages including, in accordance with the CAN standard, data bits organized
in a start-of-frame bit, an arbitration field, a control field, a data field, a CRC field, an acknowledge field and an end-of-frame
field, the method comprising:
inserting, in the presence of a stuff condition, stuff bits between data bits of a message to be transmitted, according to
the CAN standard;

calculating a first CRC sequence for the message according to the CAN standard;
calculating, in parallel with the calculation of the first CRC sequence, at least one additional CRC sequence using a generator
polynomial deviating from the CAN standard, wherein the at least one additional CRC sequence is calculated taking into account
stuff bits that were inserted before the beginning of the CRC field;

selecting one sequence from among the calculated CRC sequences based on a first identification (EDL) contained in the message,
wherein the selected CRC sequence is included in the CRC field for use in checking a correctness of a transmission of the
message; and

checking for an additional condition if the first identification EDL has a specified value, wherein fixed stuff bit sequences
are inserted into the message by a sender if the additional condition is present, and wherein each fixed stuff bit sequence
includes at least one bit.

US Pat. No. 9,350,107

CONTROL UNIT FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A CONTROL UNIT FOR A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A control unit for a vehicle, comprising:
a housing part (2) which is produced from plastic and has an opening (21) and

a motor contact (5) which produces an electrical contact between the control unit and a motor and which is arranged in the opening (21),

wherein the motor contact (5) is a separate component and comprises at least one electric contact (6) and a base body (7) produced from plastic,

wherein the motor contact (5) is arranged in the opening (21) in such a manner that said motor contact (5) partially protrudes from the housing part (2),

wherein the motor contact (5) is fastened to the housing part (2) by a connecting structure (8) between the base body (7) of the motor contact and the housing (2), and

wherein the base body (7) of the motor contact (5) has at least one outwardly protruding, annular collar (70), wherein the collar (70) has a first joining surface (71) for the connection (8) between the base body (7) and the housing part (2), and in that a second joining surface (20) for the connection (8) between the base body (7) and the housing part (2) is provided on said housing part (2).

US Pat. No. 9,339,878

PORTABLE MACHINE TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand-held power tool, comprising:
a housing defining a recess;
a drive unit supported by the housing;
a power-tool parting device extending from the housing and including at least one cutting strand and at least one guide unit
configured to guide the at least one cutting strand;

at least one coupling device configured to operatively connect the power-tool parting device to the drive unit, such that
the drive unit is configured to move the at least one cutting strand relative to the at least one guide unit; and

at least one power-tool stabilization device including at least one stabilization element having a guide element slidably
received within the recess defined by the housing and at least one support face extending from the guide element and configured
to stabilize the power-tool parting device.

US Pat. No. 9,343,981

CHARGING DEVICE FOR CHARGING A BATTERY PACK

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A control circuit for a switched-mode power supply transformer having at least one primary winding which is switchable
using a power switch, at least one first secondary winding for generating an electrical output voltage for operating an electrical
consumer, and at least one second secondary winding for generating at least one electrical auxiliary voltage, the control
circuit comprising:
a control unit configured to predefine a first amplitude of the output voltage, and to predefine a second amplitude of the
auxiliary voltage;

a first voltage limiting control loop configured to adjust the first amplitude; and
a second voltage limiting control loop configured to adjust the second voltage to at least reduce an energy feed assigned
to an operation of the control circuit from the primary winding to the secondary windings in a standby mode of the control
circuit;

wherein the first voltage limiting control loop includes a first voltage regulator to adjust the first amplitude, and the
second voltage limiting control loop includes a second voltage regulator to adjust the auxiliary amplitude,

wherein the second voltage regulator includes an LED and wherein the LED is connected to an optocoupler.

US Pat. No. 9,324,474

DISPERSION FOR THE METALLIZATION OF CONTACTINGS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A dispersion, comprising:
a dispersion medium; and
colloid particles dispersed in the dispersion medium;
wherein the colloid particles are electrically conductive,
wherein the dispersion is a functional ink for wetting an inner wall of a contacting opening of a substrate using a printing
process,

wherein a particle size distribution of the colloid particles in the dispersion medium is a bimodal particle size distribution,
wherein the particle size distribution has a first maximum at a first particle size of the colloid particles, the first particle
size being between 1 nm and 100 nm, and

wherein the particle size distribution has a second maximum at a second particle size of the colloid particles, the second
particle size being between 290 nm and 310 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,318,731

BATTERY PACK

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. A battery pack, comprising:
a first battery module, the first battery module including unit batteries, a first plate, and a second plate having a channel
shape that includes side parts extending from a top part, the unit batteries of the first battery module being between the
first and second plates of the first battery module;

a second battery module, the second battery module including unit batteries, a first plate including gas inlets, and a second
plate, the unit batteries of the second battery module including respective vents and being between the first and second plates
of the second battery module, each of the respective vents being aligned with one of the gas inlets; and

a sealing member disposed between the side parts of the second plate of the first battery module and the first plate of the
second battery module, the sealing member sealing the side parts of the second plate of the first battery module to the first
plate of the second battery module to form a duct open to the second plate of the first battery module and the first plate
of the second battery module, wherein:

the first battery module is stacked on the second battery module such that each of the vents of the unit batteries of the
second battery module faces the first battery module thereabove in a vertical direction,

the second plate of the first battery module is between the first battery module and the second battery module, and
the second plate of the first battery module supports the unit batteries of the first battery module and contacts the first
plate of the second battery module, the second plate of the first battery module and the first plate of the second battery
module extending along the unit batteries of the second battery module and being combined to form the duct, the duct being
coupled to the respective vents of the unit batteries of the second battery module so as to receive gases vented from the
unit batteries of the second battery module.

US Pat. No. 9,309,845

INJECTION DEVICE FOR TWO FUELS CONTAINING ETHANOL, AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, AND A METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INJECTION DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An injection device for an internal combustion engine, comprising:
a first injection system for injecting a fuel having a first fuel composition; and
a second injection system for injecting a fuel having a second fuel composition with a lower ethanol component than the first
fuel composition, the first injection system having at least one first fuel injector for injecting the fuel having the first
fuel composition both in the direction of a first intake orifice of a combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine,
and in the direction of a second intake orifice of the combustion chamber;

wherein the second injection system has a second fuel injector for injecting the fuel having the second fuel composition essentially
only in the direction of the first intake orifice, and a separate third fuel injector for injecting the fuel having the second
fuel composition essentially only in the direction of the second intake orifice,

wherein the distance between the second fuel injector and the first intake orifice, and the distance between the third fuel
injector and the second intake orifice is smaller in each case than the distance between the at least one first fuel injector
and the first or second intake orifice, and

wherein at least one of the second fuel injector and third fuel injector are configured to inject the fuel having the second
fuel composition into the combustion chamber such that the fuel having the second fuel composition evaporates in the combustion
chamber and the combustion chamber is cooled.

US Pat. No. 9,312,692

SYSTEM FOR CHARGING AN ENERGY STORE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE CHARGING SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An energy supply network, comprising:
a controllable first energy reservoir which serves to control and supply electrical energy to an n-phase electrical machine,
where n?1, the first energy reservoir having n parallel energy supply branches which (i) each have at least two energy reservoir
modules connected in series, each energy reservoir module encompassing at least one electrical energy reservoir cell having
an associated controllable coupling unit, (ii) are connectable on the one hand to a reference bus, and (iii) are connectable
on the other hand to a respective phase of the electrical machine, wherein, as a function of control signals, the coupling
units one of bypass the respectively associated energy reservoir cells or switch the respectively associated energy reservoir
cells into the respective energy supply branch;

a second energy reservoir from which electrical loads are supplied with DC voltage; and
a charging device for the second energy reservoir, wherein the charging device is connectable (a) on an input side to the
energy supply branches of the first energy reservoir and to the phases of the electrical machine, and (b) on an output side
to the second energy reservoir,

wherein the charging device includes:
an n-phase rectifier unit having n parallel rectifier branches which are each connected to an energy supply branch and to
the associated phase of the electrical machine;

a link circuit capacitor downstream from the rectifier unit and fed from the rectifier unit; and
a first DC voltage converter which is downstream from the link circuit capacitor and adapts a first voltage level of the link
circuit capacitor to a second voltage level of the second energy reservoir,

wherein the first DC voltage converter is provided without galvanic isolation, and wherein the second energy reservoir is
configured as a high-voltage energy reservoir,

a second DC voltage converter which is downstream from the second energy reservoir; and
a third energy reservoir downstream from the second DC voltage converter; wherein the second DC voltage converter adapts the
second voltage level of the second energy reservoir to a third voltage level of the third energy reservoir downstream from
the second DC voltage converter, and

wherein electrical loads are supplied with a DC voltage at the third voltage level from the third energy reservoir.

US Pat. No. 9,310,442

BATTERY HAVING CELL VOLTAGE AND BATTERY CURRENT DETECTION AND COMPRISING ONLY ONE ELECTRICAL ISOLATION DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery comprising:
a plurality of battery cells connected in series between a positive terminal and negative terminal;
a resistor connected in series with the plurality of battery cells;
a plurality of cell voltage detection units, which each have a plurality of voltage measurement inputs connected to a respective
group of battery cells of the plurality of battery cells, each cell voltage detection unit being configured to determine cell
voltages of the connected respective group of battery cells; and

an amplifier connected between the resistor and the selected voltage measurement input of said one of the cell voltage detection
units, the amplifier configured to amplify a voltage present across the resistor, wherein:

the cell voltage detection units of the plurality of cell voltage detection units are connected to one another by a communications
bus and are configured to communicate the determined cell voltages via the communications bus to a microcontroller, which
is DC-decoupled from the cell voltage detection units by an electrical isolation apparatus,

a gain factor of the amplifier is predetermined such that a maximum permissible current of the battery effects an output voltage
of the amplifier, which is lower than a maximum permissible input voltage of voltage measurement inputs of said one of the
cell voltage detection units, and

the resistor has at least one first connection connected to a selected voltage measurement input of one of the cell voltage
detection units.

US Pat. No. 9,302,329

BI-DIRECTIONAL QUICK CHANGE TOOL-LESS LEVER AND WEDGE ACTUATED COLLET CHUCK, SYSTEM AND/OR METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of operating a rotary power tool, comprising:
allowing a first inward surface of a first lever to move inwardly toward an axis defined by a collet by moving a wedge located
inwardly of and contacting the first inward surface in a first direction;

allowing a second inward surface of the first lever to move away from the axis by movement of the wedge in the first direction;
inserting a shank of an accessory into the collet after the second inward surface has moved away from the axis;
forcing the first inward surface away from the axis by moving the wedge in a second direction opposite to the first direction;
forcing the second inward surface toward the axis by moving the wedge in the second direction;
forcing a first portion of the collet against the shank by forcing the second inward surface toward the axis; and
rotating the collet with the second inward surface forced toward the axis.

US Pat. No. 9,279,403

CLOSURE BOLT FOR AN INJECTOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A closure bolt for an injector of a modular common-rail fuel injection system, comprising:
at least one high-pressure port formed in the closure bolt for high-pressure fuel;
a bolt-like portion configured to be inserted into an opening of the injector, the bolt-like portion having (i) a first sealing
surface configured to close the opening in a high-pressure-tight manner and (ii) a high-pressure bore which is hydraulically
connected to the high-pressure port and which issues into the injector; and

a throughflow limiter configured to limit a flow rate of fuel delivered into the injector,
wherein the bolt-like portion has an insert in which the throughflow limiter is formed and which bears the first sealing surface,
wherein an axial portion of the insert is received in a receiving bore of the bolt-like portion, the axial portion of the
insert defining a passage, and

wherein the axial portion of the insert is configured to be acted on with pressure of the high-pressure fuel from outside
the axial portion of the insert and from inside the passage defined by the axial portion of the insert.

US Pat. No. 9,272,435

TOOL FASTENABLE TO A DRIVE SHAFT OF A HAND-HELD POWER TOOL DRIVEABLE IN OSCILLATING MANNER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A blade for mounting on a drive shaft of a hand-held power tool, the blade comprising:
a working portion; and
a fastening portion including blade form-locking elements for axial mounting and fastening the blade onto a drive shaft of
the hand-held power tool; and a blade centering element configured to center the blade relative to a drive shaft of the hand-held
power tool, the blade centering element is embodied as an opening that passes through the blade;

wherein the fastening portion forms a first blade part arranged in parallel to the working portion, which forms a second blade
part;

wherein the second blade part is permanently connected to the first blade part via an inclined section of the blade, said
inclined section is arranged relative to the fastening portion by an angle other than 90°;

wherein said blade form-locking elements are located radially outside said blade centering element in a circular arrangement,
are defined as openings that pass through the blade, have a quadrangular cross section for corresponding to a trapezoidal
cross section of flange form-locking elements of the hand-held power tool, are distributed uniformly over an angular range
that is defined by an entire circumference of the circular arrangement, are configured to define a plurality of different,
adjacent rotary positions, relative to the drive shaft of the hand-held power tool, and comprise at least one slaving face
that is flat.

US Pat. No. 9,263,887

BATTERY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN INTERMEDIATE VOLTAGE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery system (10), having:
a battery module (11) that comprises a first high voltage connector (12a), a second high voltage connector (12b) and a plurality of battery cell modules (11a, . . . , 11n) that are connected in series between the first and second high voltage connector; and

said battery system having a switching matrix (13) that comprises:

a plurality of switching rails (14) that are connected in each case to one of the nodes between in each case two of the battery cell modules (11a, . . . , 11n) that are connected in series,

a plurality of first switching devices (15a) that are embodied for the purpose of connecting in each case one of the switching rails (14) to a first low voltage connector (13a) of the switching matrix (13),

a plurality of second switching devices (15b) that are embodied for the purpose of connecting in each case one of the switching rails (14) to a second low voltage connector (13b) of the switching matrix (13),

a plurality of third switching devices (15c) that are embodied for the purpose of connecting respectively one of the switching rails (14) to a first intermediate connector of the switching matrix (13), and

a plurality of fourth switching devices (15d) that are embodied for the purpose of connecting respectively one of the switching rails (14) to a second intermediate connector of the switching matrix (13),

wherein a first total voltage (HV) of all series-connected battery cell modules (11a, . . . , 11n) is available between the first (12a) and the second high voltage connector (12b),

wherein a second total voltage (LV) of a part of the series-connected battery cell modules (11a, . . . , 11n) is available between the first (13a) and the second low voltage connector (13b) in dependence upon the switching state of the first (15a) and second switching devices (15b),

wherein a third total voltage of a part of the series-connected battery cell modules (11a, . . . , 11n) is available between the first low voltage connector (13a) and the first intermediate connector in dependence upon the switching state of the first (15a) and third switching devices (15c) and

wherein a fourth total voltage of a part of the series-connected battery cell modules (11a, . . . , 11n) is available between the second low voltage connector (13b) and the second intermediate connector in dependence upon the switching state of the second (15b) and fourth switching devices (15d).

US Pat. No. 9,238,579

CAVITY PACKAGE DESIGN

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A semiconductor device, the device comprising:
a substrate having a first side and having electrical routing traces;
at least one of a MEMS die and a semiconductor chip mounted on the first side of the substrate; and
a spacer having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end connected to the first side of the substrate
and including electrical interconnects coupled to the electrical traces, the at least one MEMS die and a semiconductor chip
contained within the spacer;

a thin-film cover having a plurality of openings, the thin-film cover mounted on the second end of the spacer, the openings
exposing the electrical interconnects;

wherein the spacer and substrate form a cavity which contains the at least one MEMS die and a semiconductor chip, the cavity
forming an acoustic volume; and

wherein the semiconductor device is mounted to a circuit board via the second end of the spacer.

US Pat. No. 9,233,621

BATTERY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING UNAUTHORIZED MODULE REPLACEMENT IN A BATTERY SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery system comprising:
a central battery management controller;
a plurality of battery modules, each battery module including a module controller; and
a readout device configured to read information, the readout device being located outside of the battery system,
wherein within a scope of a start initialization, start identification features of the module controllers are detected by
the central battery management controller and are provided to the module controllers as future reference for identifying an
unauthorized battery module replacement, and

wherein information relating to an occurred unauthorized battery module replacement is read by the readout device.

US Pat. No. 9,233,460

CONTROL ELEMENT FOR A HAND POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electric hand power tool, comprising: a cylindrical device section, a control element which is movable around the circumference
of the cylindrical device section, and an electric scanning apparatus which is arranged on the cylindrical device section
and is configured to determine a rotary position of the control element, wherein the scanning apparatus is further configured
to optically scan the rotary position, wherein; the control element including a first plurality of position markings along
a first circular arc at a first radius and a second plurality of position markings along a second circular arc at a second
radius different from said first radius, and the scanning apparatus includes a first number of scanning elements configured
to scan position markings on said first circular arc and a different second number of scanning elements configured to scan
position markings on said second circular arc, said scanning apparatus configured to determine the rotary position based on
signals from the first and second number of scanning elements.

US Pat. No. 9,219,499

RUN TIME COMPRESSION METHOD FOR A VEHICLE COMMUNICATION BUS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for run time zero byte compression of data for transmission over a communication bus for a vehicle, the method
being executed on an electronic control unit connected to the communication bus, the method comprising the steps of:
obtaining a data frame;
determining a number of zero bytes provided in a set of data bytes of the data frame;
determining if there are enough zero bytes in the set of data bytes for data compression;
when there are enough zero bytes for data compression, generating an encoding byte indicating locations in the data frame
of zero bytes;

providing a data length code dependent on a number of non-zero data bytes in the data frame and the encoding byte, the data
length code provided in a device header, the device header including a data message identifier; and

forming and transmitting a compressed data frame including the encoding byte and the non-zero data bytes,
wherein the compressed data frame has less bytes of data than an uncompressed data frame.

US Pat. No. 9,212,971

OXYGEN SENSOR REGENERATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of heating an oxygen sensor, the method comprising:
(a) determining, by a controller, a predetermined temperature for heating the oxygen sensor to;
(b) determining, by the controller, a predetermined internal resistance value of an electro-chemical measurement cell of the
oxygen sensor associated with the predetermined temperature;

(c) applying, by the controller, a pulse-width-modulated signal to a heater included in the oxygen sensor; and
(d) monitoring, by the controller, an internal resistance of the measurement cell while applying the pulse-width-modulated
signal to the heater to determine when the internal resistance of the measurement cell reaches the predetermined internal
resistance; and

repeating steps (a) through (d) in each of a plurality of stages of a regeneration process for the oxygen sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,211,788

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING AN OPERATING STATUS OF A DRIVE DEVICE, AND DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE AND DRIVE SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for diagnosing an operating status of at least one drive device in a motor vehicle having two drive devices configured
as an electric machine and an internal combustion engine, and at least one separating clutch configured to adjustably couple
the two drive devices, the method comprising:
setting setpoint rotational speeds of the two drive devices to predetermined setpoint values;
determining the operating status of the at least one drive device by evaluating a relative rotational speed difference in
between the actual rotational speeds of the electric machine and the internal combustion engine; and

setting a holding torque of the separating clutch in such a way that (i) no slipping of the separating clutch occurs in the
event of equal rotational speeds between the two drive devices, and (ii) slipping occurs in the event of different rotational
speeds between the two drive devices.

US Pat. No. 9,215,453

METHOD FOR CALIBRATING A MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for calibrating a measurement system, the measurement system including
at least one image recording apparatus having at least two measurement cameras that form a stereo camera system, and
an analysis unit configured to receive stereo image data from the at least one image recording apparatus and generate measurement
data regarding a vehicle,
the method comprising:
using an image recording camera of a calibration device to determine 3D coordinates of a plurality of reference features positioned
in a measurement space of the calibration device;

positioning the at least one image recording apparatus in the measurement space of the calibration device;
capturing stereo image data through the at least one image recording apparatus of the measurement system, the stereo image
data including image data of the plurality of reference features positioned in the measurement space of the calibration device;
and

processing the stereo image data to determine 3D coordinates of the at least one image recording apparatus in a common 3D
coordinate system with the determined 3D coordinates of the plurality of reference features based at least in part on the
determined 3D coordinates of the plurality of reference features of the calibration device.

US Pat. No. 9,211,867

WIPER BLADE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wiper blade (12) having an elongated, spring-elastic carrier element (36) which is pre-curved concavely with respect to a vehicle window (22) and which has at least one spring rail, and having a wiper strip (24) which is held by the carrier element (36), wherein the wiper strip (24) is secured close to at least one end in a longitudinal direction (20) relative to the carrier element (36) by an end cap (44) which has, on one longitudinal side, an opening which can be closed off by a flap (46) which can pivot about a pivoting axis (84) running in the longitudinal direction (20), into an open position and into a closed position, characterized in that securing means (56, 58, 66) are provided on the end cap (44) or the flap (46), which securing means (56, 58, 66) can be moved, through activation of the flap (46), into or out of an operative connection with the wiper strip (24) or with an element (120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 142) connected thereto, wherein the securing means (56, 58, 66) are supported in the longitudinal direction (20) on the carrier element (36) or on an element (52) which is permanently connected thereto and/or become detached from said carrier element (36) or an element (52) which is permanently connected thereto, the securing means (58) including an elongate strut located on an inside of the flap, wherein when the flap (46) is in the closed position, the strut extends lengthwise in an elongate manner along a first, elongate direction that is
perpendicular with respect to the longitudinal direction, and extends away from the flap (46) and toward a head strip (30) of the wiper strip (24) along a second, different direction that is perpendicular with respect to the longitudinal direction, the strut pressing
along the second direction onto the head strip in the closed position of the flap.

US Pat. No. 9,151,013

MOBILE WORKING MACHINE COMPRISING A POSITION CONTROL DEVICE OF A WORKING ARM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE POSITION OF A WORKING ARM OF A MOBILE WORKING MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

16. A method for controlling a position of a working arm of a mobile working machine, the method comprising:
identifying an acceleration of the working arm with reference to signals from a first inclination sensor and a second inclination
sensor;

generating a first measurement of an inclination angle with reference to the acceleration of the working arm, wherein the
working arm is at rest and the working arm has the inclination angle relative to a y-axis;

identifying a plurality of angular velocity measurements of the working arm with reference to signals from a rotation sensor
over a predetermined time period;

generating a second measurement of the inclination angle of the working arm with reference to the plurality of angular velocity
measurements from the rotation rate sensor; and

generating an estimate for the inclination angle from the first measurement and the second measurement of the inclination
angle of the working arm.

US Pat. No. 9,152,454

METHOD FOR ENABLING SEQUENTIAL, NON-BLOCKING PROCESSING OF STATEMENTS IN CONCURRENT TASKS IN A CONTROL DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for enabling sequential, non-blocking processing of statements in concurrent tasks in a control device having
an operating system capable of multitasking, comprising:
associating with a programmable logic controller (PLC) at least one statement corresponding to an operation that generates
an output image for a cyclical update of an input image that is received as input to the PLC from a motion control device
and writes the output image for operation of the motion control device to at least one output associated with the PLC with
at least one operating system call;

executing with the PLC the at least one operating system call associated with the at least one statement to write the output
image to the at least one output;

executing programmed instructions corresponding to the operating system with the programmable logic controller to interrupt
execution of a first task immediately after execution of the operation associated with the at least one statement to write
the output image to the at least one output; and

executing programmed instructions with the programmable logic controller corresponding to a second task in response to interruption
of execution of the first task.

US Pat. No. 9,127,970

HYDRAULIC DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydraulic device comprising:
a component; and
an autonomous electronic sensor arrangement,
wherein the component is a screw plug, and
wherein the sensor arrangement has at least one miniaturized pickup which is inserted into a recess defined in an end side
of the screw plug in such a manner that the screw plug forms a sensor housing for the sensor arrangement.

US Pat. No. 9,118,071

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A rechargeable battery comprising:
an electrode assembly comprising a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and a separator between the positive electrode
and the negative electrode, a first electrode of the positive and negative electrodes including a coating portion coated with
an active material;

a case containing the electrode assembly therein and having a first opening at one end thereof;
a first plate coupled to the case and sealing the first opening, the first plate having a through hole at a central part of
the first plate; and

a terminal protruding to an interior of the case through the through hole of the plate and electrically connected to the first
electrode through a welded portion,

wherein the first plate comprises a wrinkle portion surrounding the through hole and deforming and disconnecting the terminal
from the first electrode at a region spaced apart from the terminal between the welded portion and the coating portion when
an internal pressure of the case is greater than a reference pressure, and

the wrinkle portion is deformed and the terminal is moved in the direction outside of the case so that an uncoated region
having a notch and no active material coating is broken and disconnected from the terminal when the internal pressure of the
case is greater than the reference pressure,

wherein the wrinkle portion comprises at least one protrusion and at least one depression, the at least one protrusion and
the at least one depression adjacent one another.

US Pat. No. 9,088,039

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY MODULE

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

9. A rechargeable battery module comprising:
at least two unit cells, each unit cell having a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal, each unit
cell having a side surface disposed crosswise to one direction, the at least two unit cells overlapping at their side surfaces;

a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal, respectively, of different unit cells being coupled to each
other and facing each other; and

a conductive spacer interposed between the positive electrode terminal and the negative electrode terminal of the respective
unit cells and electrically connecting the positive electrode terminal and the negative electrode terminal to each other,
wherein:

the positive electrode terminal and negative electrode terminal have a plane surface parallel to a side surface of the unit
cells,

the plane surfaces face the one direction,
the spacer has spacer ends,
the positive electrode terminal has a positive electrode groove at the plane surface thereof to receive at least a portion
of one of the spacer ends,

the negative electrode terminal has a negative electrode groove at the plane surface thereof facing the positive electrode
groove to receive at least a portion of another of the spacer ends,

the positive electrode terminal has at least one positive electrode through hole passing therethrough in the one direction,
the negative electrode terminal has at least one negative electrode through hole passing therethrough in the one direction,
the negative electrode through hole corresponding to the positive electrode through hole,

the positive electrode terminal and the negative electrode terminal are coupled to each other by a first member inserted in
and sequentially passing through the positive electrode through hole and the negative electrode through hole and by a second
member coupled to the first member,

the positive electrode through hole is distally arranged on the positive electrode terminal with respect to the positive electrode
groove such that the positive electrode groove is between the positive electrode through hole and a cap plate of the unit
cell, and

the negative electrode through hole is distally arranged on the negative electrode terminal with respect to the negative electrode
groove such that the negative electrode groove is between the negative electrode through hole and the cap plate of the unit
cell.

US Pat. No. 9,086,023

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR RECOGNIZING UNCONTROLLED COMBUSTIONS IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for recognizing an uncontrolled combustion in an internal combustion engine which occurs independently of an ignition
by a spark plug, the uncontrolled combustion occurring at least one of prior to ignition by the spark plug and prior to a
normal combustion initiation for a given ignition point, the method comprising:
determining a rotational speed of a crankshaft of the internal combustion engine, which is influenced by pressure oscillations
in a combustion chamber triggered by the combustion;

as a function of the determined rotational speed, ascertaining a parameter which characterizes the combustion, wherein the
parameter is of gas torques in which a variation over time is divided into at least two ranges;

computing a final integral value for each range;
comparing at least one of:
each of the final integral values to a reference final integral value, which has been determined during a controlled combustion
due to the ignition of the spark plug;

both of the final integral values to each other; and
a difference between the final integral values to a reference comparative value; and
deducing a presence of the uncontrolled combustion in response to a determination of a deviation in the comparing step.

US Pat. No. 9,085,063

MACHINE TOOL HAVING A PROTECTIVE COVER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A power tool, comprising:
a housing;
a protective hood which at least partly covers a tool and has a clamping collar;
a machine-side flange, which has a bearing surface for the clamping collar;
a clamping device, which fastens the clamping collar to the flange, wherein the clamping collar is subjected to a clamping
force via the clamping device to press it against the bearing surface on the flange; and

a stop device limiting a relative movement between the protective hood and the flange, wherein:
the stop device is arranged between the protective hood and the flange; and
the stop device includes:
a stop element on the protective hood, and
an associated counterpart arranged on the clamping device; and
when in a stop position, said stop element presses against the counterpart to form a stop;
wherein the protective hood and the clamping device are separate components.

US Pat. No. 9,080,527

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A QUANTITY CONTROL VALVE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling a quantity control valve configured to move to a closed state when controlled by a first control
value of a control signal and move to an open state when controlled by a second control value of the control signal, the method
comprising:
continuously decreasing the control signal from a first signal value at a first point in time to a second signal value at
a second point in time; and

subsequently continuously decreasing the control signal from the second signal value at the second point in time to the second
control value at a third point in time;

wherein the quantity control valve is:
in the closed state, not allowing fluid to enter a delivery space, at the first point in time;
starts to open, beginning to allow fluid to enter the delivery space, at the second point in time;
completely open in an open state, allowing fluid to enter the delivery space, before the third point in time;
in the closed state for control signal values above the first signal value; and
not in the closed state for control signal values below the second signal value, as a result of at least one of (i) a predefined
first time interval between the second point in time and the first point in time, and (ii) a predefined second time interval
between the second point in time and the third point in time.

US Pat. No. 9,073,524

BRAKING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A TOWED VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A control system for a vehicle towed by a towing vehicle, the control system comprising:
at least one sensor mounted in the towed vehicle and configured to detect information about the towed vehicle and the towing
vehicle; and

an electronic stability controller included in the towed vehicle and configured to perform vehicle stability control during
non-towing situations of the towed vehicle and to perform brake assistance during towing situations of the towed vehicle,
the electronic stability controller configured to perform brake assistance during towing situations of the towed vehicle by,

determining a deceleration of the towed vehicle and the towing vehicle based on the information from the at least one sensor,
monitoring a brake signal from a braking system of the towing vehicle,
initiating a brake control operation to control braking of the towed vehicle when the brake signal indicates that a driver
of the towing vehicle has applied the brakes of the towing vehicle and the deceleration exceeds a predetermined threshold,
and

not initiating a brake control operation to control braking of the towed vehicle when the deceleration does not exceed the
predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,057,936

MICROMECHANICAL PROJECTION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A MICROMECHANICAL PROJECTION DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A micromechanical projection device, comprising:
a carrier having a first section, a second section, and a third section, wherein the second section is flexible, electrically
connected to the first and third sections, and situated between the first and third sections;

a mirror mounted on the first section; and
a light source mounted on the third section;
wherein at least the second section is in the form of a flexible printed board and the second section is bent in such a way
that a light beam from the light source is directed onto the mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,056,350

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING WIRE COILS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A device for manufacturing a wire coil, comprising:
at least two rotationally supported drums which are mounted at a predefined distance from one another, the at least two drums
each having at least one bending peg mounted on a lateral surface of the respective drum and protruding essentially perpendicularly
to the lateral surface; and

a movable wire guiding device configured to wind a wire around each of the at least one bending pegs which protrude from each
of the at least two drums to produce at least one wire winding, wherein the wire guiding device is configured to align the
wire between each of the at least one bending pegs under a predefined elastic tension and wind the wire under tension around
each of the at least one bending pegs due to a rotational movement, wherein:

a first drum having a predefined first number of bending pegs is mounted on a rotary shaft in an edge area;
a second drum located at a predefined first distance from the first drum and having a predefined second number of bending
pegs is mounted on the rotary shaft; and

a third drum located at a predefined second distance from one of the first or second drum and having a predefined third number
of bending pegs is mounted on the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,869,398

CONTROL MODULE FOR ACTUATING AT LEAST ONE ELECTRICALLY OPERABLE ACTUATOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A control module for triggering at least one electrically operable actuator, comprising:an actuator housing configured to receive the at least one electrically operable actuator, an integral portion of the actuator housing formed in one piece with the actuator housing and defining a potting space;
a circuit support positioned within the potting space;
an electronic control circuit positioned within the potting space and on the circuit support, the electronic control circuit including electrical connection elements that extend out from the potting space; and
a potting compound disposed in the potting space so as to encapsulate the circuit support and the electronic control circuit within the potting space, wherein the electrical connection elements of the circuit support extend through the potting compound so that the electrical connection elements are accessible outside of the potting space,
wherein the integral portion of the actuator housing is configured such that the potting compound is exposed to an exterior of the actuator housing.

US Pat. No. 10,762,782

ON-STREET PARKING MAP GENERATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method comprising:determining, by processing circuitry and based on received data that (a) correspond to spaces in a street section and (b) include information corresponding to a beginning edge of at least one object and an ending edge of at least one second object, at least one of a first boundary and a second boundary of a space in which parking is permitted; and
generating, by the processing circuitry, a display representation of the at least one of the first boundary and the second boundary of the space in which parking is permitted;
wherein:
the received data are ascertained using sensors situated on at least one ascertaining vehicle driving through the street section;
the received data includes:
1) a total number of detected beginning edges for a particular region of the street section;
2) a total number of detected ending edges for the particular region; and
3) a total number of detected edges for the particular region;
the determining of the at least one of the first boundary and the second boundary includes determining, for the particular region of the street section, a boundary variable (R) as

? Edgeend represents the total number of detected ending edges in the particular region of the street section;
? Edgebeginning represents the total number of detected beginning edges in the particular region of the street section; and
? Edgeregion represents the total number of detected edges in the particular region of the street section.

US Pat. No. 10,696,542

MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A micromechanical component, comprising:a mounting support;
a coil winding retained by a coil brace;
an adjustable part, the coil brace and the adjustable part being connected to each other and via at least one spring element to the mounting support in such a way that the adjustable part is adjustable relative to the mounting support about at least one axis of rotation; and
a stop support which is developed as at least one layer of material on the mounting support and is at least partially framed by the coil brace, the stop support having a fixed position relative to the mounting support during operation of the micromechanical component, and which has at least one first stop area protruding on a surface of the stop support, which limits a relative movement at least of the coil brace in at least one direction relative to the mounting support via an impact of the at least one first stop area with the coil brace, the at least one direction being parallel to the at least one axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,700,392

GALVANIC CELL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A GALVANIC CELL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A galvanic cell (2) comprising a housing (4), in which at least one cell coil or one cell stack is contained, having a body (8) and a lid (6) that closes an opening of the body (8), and comprising a sensor (16) for detecting a pressure of the galvanic cell (2), wherein the lid (6) has a recess (18), which is a through opening (20) between an interior (22) and an exterior (24) of the cell (2), wherein the sensor (16) is arranged outside the lid (6), wherein a base element (26) secures the sensor (16) to the exterior (24) of the lid (6), the base element directly contacting both of the sensor (16) and the lid (6), wherein the sensor (16) communicates with the interior (22) of the galvanic cell (2) via the through opening (20), wherein no portion of the sensor (16) or the base element (26) extends into the interior (22) of the cell (2), wherein the sensor (16) is a microelectromechanical system, and wherein the sensor (16) is connected to an evaluation unit by at least one first bonding wire (40).

US Pat. No. 10,697,850

METHOD FOR TESTING A CONTAINER FOR TIGHTNESS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for testing a container (11) having an interior volume (12) for tightness, comprising the following steps:positioning the container (11) in a pressure chamber (10) and reducing pressure within the pressure chamber (10) or increasing pressure within the container (11) to a predefined test pressure,
ascertaining a pressure profile (100) within the pressure chamber (10) over time,
comparing the pressure profile (100) to a reference profile (200) in order to determine whether a leak is present within the container (11),
measuring ambient conditions of the container (11) and/or the pressure chamber (10); and
adapting the reference profile (200) by matching the ambient conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,699,132

INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method, comprising:optically scanning, on the part of each of a plurality of first motor vehicles, an area surrounding each respective first motor vehicle to produce respective optically scanned information;
determining respective messages on the basis of the respectively optically scanned information;
transmitting each of the messages by a respective one of the first motor vehicles, a respective distance between the first vehicles and the second motor vehicle not exceeding a predetermined maximum value;
receiving the messages at a second vehicle that is different than each of the first motor vehicles;
selecting, by the second motor vehicle, one of the received messages on the basis of the respective distances;
determining a graphic representation of the area surrounding the first motor vehicle that transmitted the selected message on the basis of the optically scanned information of the selected message; and
outputting the representation on board the second motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,683,930

HYDRAULIC MACHINE HAVING AN ADJUSTABLE DISPLACEMENT VOLUME, TRANSMISSION ARRANGEMENT HAVING THE HYDRAULIC MACHINE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE TRANSMISSION ARRANGEMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

12. A method for controlling a shift or a change of transmission stages of a transmission arrangement that includes a first hydraulic machine configured to be coupled to a drive machine and a second hydraulic machine arranged in a hydraulic circuit and configured to be operated as a hydraulic motor, the second hydraulic machine including an adjustable displacement volume and an adjusting device configured to adjust the displacement volume, the adjusting device connected to a control unit via which the adjusting device is configured to be actuated in accordance with a setpoint value of the displacement volume, the control unit is configured such that, via the control unit, at least one dynamic parameter of the adjustment is configured to be determined as a function of a setpoint value change of the displacement volume from an existing setpoint value toward a new setpoint value and as a function of at least one state variable of a working pressure medium of the hydraulic machine and as a function of a dynamic model of the adjustment behavior of the hydraulic machine, the second hydraulic machine is configured to be coupled to a manual transmission of the transmission arrangement, the manual transmission having at least two transmission stages with the result that a torque is configured to be transmitted between the second hydraulic machine and the manual transmission, wherein a shift of the transmission stages is configured to be controlled via the control unit of the transmission arrangement as a function of the determined, dynamic parameter, and wherein the displacement volume of the second hydraulic machine is configured to be adjusted to zero or close to zero for shift purposes, the method comprising:receiving a shift request by way of the control unit;
actuating the adjustment device via the control unit in accordance with a new setpoint value of the displacement volume, which new setpoint value is linked to the shift request; and
determining the dynamic parameter via the control unit as a function of the existing setpoint value, the new setpoint value, the at least one state variable, and the dynamic model of the adjustment behavior of the hydraulic machine,
wherein the dynamic model models the displacement volume as a function of the setpoint value change and the dynamic parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,668,903

VEHICLE BODY BEHAVIOR CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING BEHAVIOR OF VEHICLE BODY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A vehicle body behavior control device configured to be incorporated into a vehicle body having a plurality of wheels, the vehicle body behavior control device comprising:a behavior control mechanism which is configured to control behavior of the vehicle body; and
a control part which is configured to control an operation of the behavior control mechanism based on an axle load applied to the wheel calculated using a gradient value of a road surface,
wherein the control part is configured to detect whether or not the wheel has lifted off the road surface based on the axle load applied to the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,662,051

CASSETTE HAVING A PRESS ROLLER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A cassette (10) comprising first and second mutually connectable cassette trays (11, 12), between which a tubular bag (20) to be emptied is suspendingly held and is emptiable in a largely residue-free manner by means of a press roller (30), wherein the tubular bag has an outlet opening, wherein the press roller (30) includes a cylindrical metal core (31) having mounted thereon a hollow-cylindrical casing (32) made of foamed, elastically compressible plastic, and wherein the core (31) is on both sides provided with respective rotationally fixedly mounted gearwheels (34), and wherein in the second cassette tray (12), on an inner side thereof, are arranged two parallel toothed racks (26) aligned with and matched to the gearwheels (34), characterized in that the gearwheels (34) have thereon respective freely rotating running wheels (41), which running wheels each have a larger diameter than the gearwheels, and wherein the first cassette tray (11), which in the closed state lies opposite the second cassette tray (12), has therein tracks (27) for the running wheels (41).

US Pat. No. 10,649,021

POWER TRANSISTOR, DRIVER AND OUTPUT STAGE INCLUDING AN ACTIVE REGION, A METALLIZATION LEVEL, AND A FURTHER METALLIZATION LEVEL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A power transistor, comprising:an active region;
a metallization level located above the active region for power distribution and for detecting an imminent metallization error induced by RPP stress caused by repeated power pulses; and
a further metallization level including metal strips located above the metallization level in which galvanically isolated metal elements extend mutually parallel in a direction of extent, of which one pair is used for energizing the power transistor,
wherein the metal strips each have a cut-out that is disposed above the active region and is located at an edge that faces the respective other metal strip.

US Pat. No. 10,650,559

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SIMPLIFIED GRAPHICAL DEPICTIONS OF BIPARTITE GRAPHS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for generating a graphical display of a bipartite graph comprising:receiving, with a processor, bipartite graph data, the bipartite graph data further comprising:
a first set including a first plurality of nodes;
a second set including a second plurality of nodes, the first set and the second set being disjoint; and
a plurality of edges, each edge in the plurality of edges connecting one node in the first plurality of nodes to another node in the second plurality of nodes;
generating, with the processor, at least one first meta-node including at least two nodes in the first plurality of nodes and at least one second meta-node including at least two nodes in the second plurality of nodes based on the bipartite graph data using a minimum description length (MDL) optimization process to generate the at least one first meta-node and the at least one second meta-node;
generating, with the processor and a display output device, a first graphical depiction of the at least one first meta-node and the at least one second meta-node, the first graphical depiction including a single edge connecting the at least one first meta-node and the at least one second meta-node to provide a summarized display of the bipartite graph data;
receiving, with a user interface, an input from a user; and
modifying, with the processor, the first graphical depiction of the at least one first meta-node and the at least one second meta-node based on the input from the user.

US Pat. No. 10,648,558

HYDROSTATIC PROPULSION DRIVE FOR A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic propulsion drive for a vehicle, the hydrostatic propulsion drive comprising:a hydrostatic transmission having a hydraulic pump with an adjustable swept volume and a hydraulic motor with an adjustable swept volume, the hydraulic pump being arranged in a hydraulic circuit; and
an electronic control unit configured to increase an operating pressure that prevails at the hydraulic motor by changing the swept volume of the hydraulic pump and the swept volume of the hydraulic motor in accordance with at least one correction factor, the at least one correction factor being stored in at least one characteristic diagram and being dependent on both a rotational speed of the hydraulic motor and a drive torque of the hydraulic motor.

US Pat. No. 10,647,311

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOTOR BRAKE BOOST FUNCTION FAILURE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A braking system for a vehicle comprising:a friction braking system configured to provide a frictional braking force to a plurality of wheels of the vehicle;
a regenerative braking system configured to provide a regenerative braking force to a plurality of wheels of the vehicle; and
an electronic processor communicatively coupled to the friction braking system and the regenerative braking system, the electronic processor configured to:
receive a driver brake request;
determine a brake failure state, the brake failure state indicating a brake failure; and
in response to determining the brake failure state, control each of the friction braking system and the regenerative braking system to apply a respective braking force based on the driver brake request, wherein a total braking force applied to each of the plurality of wheels includes a ratio of the regenerative braking force and of the frictional braking force, the ratio being determined based on a type of brake failure, a location of each wheel, and a split type of friction braking system.

US Pat. No. 10,640,147

METHOD FOR OPERATING A LANE-KEEPING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a lane-keeping assistance system of a vehicle, the method comprising:detecting, using a sensor system, at least two lane markings in a traffic space situated ahead of the vehicle;
recognizing, using a processor, a separation of a primary lane into a first secondary lane and a second secondary lane based on the at least two detected lane markings;
selecting, using the processor, one of the first and second secondary lanes, wherein the selecting includes detecting and analyzing a signal representing an instantaneous driver intention;
calculating, using the processor, a target trajectory of the selected secondary lane; and
activating, using the processor, a steering device of the vehicle for guiding the vehicle along the calculated target trajectory of the selected secondary lane.

US Pat. No. 10,641,213

WATER INJECTION DEVICE OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A water injection device of an internal combustion engine having a plurality of cylinders, comprising:a water tank to store water;
a plurality of water injectors, wherein at least one water injector is assigned to each of the cylinders;
a conveying element to convey water via a first line from the water tank into the water injector via a second line; and
a shut-off element, which is situated in an area between the conveying element and the water injector, to maintain a system pressure between the shut-off element and the water injectors in a first line section of the second line between the shut-off element and the water injector at a level such that water situated in the first line section of the second line is prevented from evaporating, wherein during a deactivated water injection, the shut-off element is switched off and maintains the system pressure at a level sufficient to prevent a formation of vapor, and wherein the shut-off element is configured to be opened by a current feed change of the rotation direction of the conveying element, which is a pump, in which water is fed back into the water tank;
wherein the shut-off element divides the second line into the first line section and a second line section and is controlled via a control unit, which is situated between the conveying element and a distributor, which distributes the water into the plurality of water injectors, wherein the distributor is a rail to which the plurality of water injectors is connected, and
wherein the control unit is connected to an electrical drive which drives the conveying element, and is further connected to the shut-off element, which is an electrical shut-off valve, and is further connected to each of the water injectors.

US Pat. No. 10,642,259

METHOD FOR OPERATING A CONTROL UNIT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a control unit of a motor vehicle including a function unit and a monitoring unit, which have a communication connection to one another, the method comprising:in a first check, checking the function unit for errors, an error of the function unit is inferred if an error counter reaches a threshold value, and in the first check, the monitoring unit and the function unit exchanging first data with one another, wherein in the event of a correct exchange of the first data, a positive change of the error counter is carried out, and in the event of an incorrect exchange of the first data, a negative change of the error counter is carried out; and
in a second plausibility check, the monitoring unit and the function unit exchanging second data with one another, wherein during the exchanging in the second plausibility check, the function unit intentionally exchanging the second data incorrectly with the monitoring unit, wherein in the second plausibility check: (i) when the monitoring unit detects the incorrect exchange of the second data, the negative change of the error counter and a negative change of the threshold value are carried out, and (ii) when the event the monitoring unit does not detect the incorrect exchange of the second data, an error in the monitoring unit is inferred.

US Pat. No. 10,644,362

BATTERY MODULE, METHOD FOR ITS OPERATION, AND ITS USE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery module containing a plurality of battery cells electrically connected to one another in series or in parallel, two contact surfaces (14a, 14b) for tapping off a module voltage of the battery module (10), and with at least one bolted joint device (22) for fixing a component (12) of the battery module (10), characterized in that the at least one bolted joint device (22) has a sensor (26) for determining a preload force applied to the bolted joint device (22).

US Pat. No. 10,622,600

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR BRACING A BATTERY MODULE, AND ALSO BATTERY SYSTEM AND VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A device (200) for bracing a battery module (100) having a multiplicity of battery cells (101, . . . 10n) arranged in a stack, the device comprisinga first clamping plate (201) configured to position the battery cells (101, . . . 10n), wherein the first clamping plate (201) has an L-shaped profile,
a cooler (300) which is between the first clamping plate (201) and the battery cells (101, . . . 10n),
first and second contact plates (203, 204) of electrically conductive form positioned at respective first and second ends of the first clamping plate (201) to cooperate with the first clamping plate (201) in defining a sealed housing for the battery module (100), wherein the first and second contact plates (203, 204) are positioned at respective ends of the battery cell stack such that the first contact plate (203) makes electrical contact with only one battery cell of the multiplicity of battery cells (101, . . . 10n) at a first end of the battery cell stack and the second contact plate (204) makes electrical contact with only one battery cell of the multiplicity of battery cells (101, . . . 10n) at a second end of the battery cell stack, and
a bracing means (205, 206) which is configured to brace the first clamping plate (201, 202) and the battery cells (101, . . . 10n) against one another, and which is also configured to brace the battery cells (101 . . . 10n) between the first and second contact plates (203, 204).

US Pat. No. 10,614,714

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CLASSIFYING A PARKING SPOT IDENTIFIED WITH THE AID OF A DISTANCE-BASED DETECTION METHOD FOR VALIDITY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for classifying a validity of a parking spot identified with the aid of a distance-based detection process, the method comprising:comparing a position of the identified parking spot to a digital parking facility map which includes positions of valid and invalid parking areas; and
classifying the identified parking spot as a valid invalid parking spot or an invalid parking spot as a function of the comparison,
wherein there is a curb parameter, which indicates whether the identified parking spot includes a curb or whether the identified parking spot is free of a curb, the classification being additionally carried out as a function of the provided curb parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,614,395

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTONOMOUSLY PACKING PRODUCTS INTO CONTAINERS FOR DISTRIBUTION IN A SUPPLY CHAIN

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for autonomously packing products into containers for distribution in a supply chain, the method comprising:receiving, and storing in a memory, (i) historical demand data indicating previous demand of a plurality of products by a plurality of destinations in the supply chain over a period of time, (ii) product data indicating costs and dimensions of the plurality of products, and (iii) container layout data indicating dimensions of containers used to pack the products and a plurality of possible layout configurations for packing the products in the containers, each possible layout configuration including at least one sub-division of the containers;
determining, with a processor, for each destination in the plurality of destinations, (i) a historical total quantity for each product in the plurality of products demanded by the respective destination and (ii) a historical shipping frequency for each product in the plurality of products to the respective destination, based on the historical demand data;
determining, with the processor, for each product in the plurality of products, a maximum amount of the respective product to fit in each sub-division of each possible layout configuration of the plurality of possible layout configurations, based on the product data and the container layout data;
based on the product data, the container layout data, the determined historical total quantities, the determined historical shipping frequencies, and the determined maximum amounts, (i) selecting, with the processor, a layout configuration for the packing the plurality of products in the containers from the plurality of possible layout configurations, and (ii) determining, with the processor, a shipment frequency for shipping containers packed according to the selected layout configuration using an optimization model configured to minimize a cost of distributing the plurality of products in the supply chain;
outputting, with an output interface, the selected layout configuration and the determined shipping frequency; and
operating an autonomous packing system to pack products of the plurality of products into at least one container according to the selected layout configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,591,913

METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING, RECEIVING AND PROCESSING DATA VALUES, AND A TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND RECEIVING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for transmitting, receiving and processing data values, the method comprising:detecting first data values, which represent at least one first transition of an automated operation of at least one first automated vehicle to a manual operation of the at least one first automated vehicle, so that there is a detected transition;
transmitting, via a transmitting device, the first data values;
receiving, via a receiving device, the first data values; and
processing, via a processor, the first data values;
wherein surroundings of the automated vehicle are localized to the detected transition and added to the first data values of the detected transition,
wherein the at least one first transition of at least one vehicle operating system, which operates the at least one first automated vehicle in an automated manner, is initiated,
wherein received first data values are processed with the receiving device, so that the transition, which has been transmitted with the aid of the first data values, is analyzed and evaluated, and entered into a map,
wherein the map is stored in a format, which enables another vehicle to retrieve and use the map, and
wherein the first data values include localization data, which represent a localization of the at least one first automated vehicle during the at least one first transition, wherein the first data values and the localization data represent a detected transition, and
wherein the map includes the detected transition for use by the another vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,584,621

METHOD AND CONTROL UNIT FOR CONTROLLING THE FILL LEVEL OF A CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling a fill level of a catalytic converter that is in an exhaust aftertreatment system of an exhaust tract, downstream from an internal combustion engine, the method comprising:an exhaust gas sensor that is upstream of the catalytic converter measuring, and producing a signal representing, a concentration of an exhaust component;
correcting, by a processor, a dynamic distortion present in the produced signal to produce a corrected signal;
determining, by the processor, the fill level of the catalytic converter by inputting the corrected signal into a first catalytic converter model; and
performing a control, by the processor, that modifies the fill level based on the determined fill level;
wherein, a predetermined setpoint fill level is converted into a base lambda setpoint value using a second catalytic converter model which is inverse to the first catalytic converter model, a deviation of the fill level from the predetermined setpoint fill level is ascertained and processed with the aid of a fill level control to form a lambda setpoint value correction value, a sum of the base lambda setpoint value and the lambda setpoint value correction value is formed, and the sum is used to form a correction value with which a fuel metering to at least one combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine is influenced.

US Pat. No. 10,585,413

ASSEMBLY WORKSTATION COMPRISING POSITION DETERMINATION DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

4. An assembly workstation comprising:multiple container receptacle devices configured to receive at least one associated material container, each of the multiple container receptacle devices having a first data carrier, the at least one associated material container having a second data carrier;
a control device connectable to a read device configured to read data out from the first data carrier and the second data carrier; and
a first position determination device configured to ascertain one of (i) a position of a hand of a worker and (ii) a marking on the hand, the first position determination device being connected to the control device,
wherein the control device is configured to (i) capture, using the first position determination device, a reference position corresponding to a reference point on a container receptacle device of the multiple container receptacle devices that is touched by the hand of the worker, (ii) read out, using the read device, first data from the first data carrier associated with the reference point, (iii) read out, using the read device, second data from the second data carrier associated with the reference point, and (iv) store, correlated with one another in a common data set, the reference position, the first data, and the second data.

US Pat. No. 10,584,690

HYDROSTATIC AXIAL PISTON MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic axial piston machine, comprising:a housing; and
a pivot cradle configured to adjust a stroke volume and mounted in the housing via a slide bearing, the slide bearing having a first pair of bearing faces and a second pair of bearing faces, a bearing face of at least the first pair of bearing faces including a depression,
wherein at least two hydrostatic relief grooves spaced apart from one another extend from the depression in a circumferential direction of the bearing face such that the at least two hydrostatic relief grooves are configured to be exposed to the same relief pressure,
wherein the depression and the at least two hydrostatic relief grooves form a part of a first pressure relief field,
wherein (i) the at least two hydrostatic relief grooves are closed at two end portions of the at least two hydrostatic relief grooves spaced apart from one another oriented in a circumferential direction, and/or (ii) a partial region of the bearing face is arranged between the two end portions of the at least two hydrostatic relief grooves spaced apart from one another oriented in the circumferential direction, and
wherein the depression includes an extension in the circumferential direction which is greater than a width of the at least two hydrostatic relief grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,579,055

DRIVE STATE INDICATOR FOR AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A system for indicating the drive state of an autonomous vehicle, the system comprising:a human machine interface; and
an electronic controller, electrically coupled to the human machine interface and configured to
display, via the human machine interface, a drive state indicator, the drive state indicator including
a mode indicator based on a current operating mode for the autonomous vehicle, the current operating mode being one selected from a group consisting of an autonomous driving mode and a manual driving mode;
a duration indicator based on a duration for the current operating mode;
a descriptor based on the duration;
update the duration indicator and the descriptor based on a remainder of the duration;
determine, while in the current operating mode, whether a second operating mode is available; and
when the second operating mode is available, display, while in the current operating mode, a second mode indicator within the drive state indicator, the second mode indicator based on the second operating mode and indicating that the second operating mode is available.

US Pat. No. 10,581,404

TUNABLE LITHIUM NIOBATE RESONATORS AND FILTERS VIA LITHIATION AND DELITHIATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A surface acoustic wave (SAW) device comprising:a silicon substrate having a main surface;
a piezoelectric substrate formed of lithium niobate;
a metal oxide layer interposed between the silicon substrate and the piezoelectric substrate; and
at least one electrode on the piezoelectric substrate, and
further comprising a tuning circuit electrically connected directly to the piezoelectric substrate and configured to alter a charge center of the piezoelectric substrate,
wherein the tuning circuit includes a voltage source, the tuning circuit being configured to electrically connect the voltage source directly to the piezoelectric substrate, the voltage source being configured to apply a predetermined voltage to the piezoelectric substrate,
wherein the predetermined voltage causes lithium ions from the lithium niobate of the piezoelectric substrate to migrate to the silicon substrate resulting in an increase in a resonant frequency of the SAW device.

US Pat. No. 10,581,453

PRECISION CURRENT-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A delta sigma modulator for sensing a current input signal of a current source, the delta sigma modulator comprising:a first node configured to connect to the current source and receive the current input signal, the first node being an input of the delta sigma modulator;
a capacitive summation circuit having an input connected to the first node and an output connected to a second node, the capacitive summation circuit being configured to amplify a signal at the first node and provide an amplified signal to the second node, the capacitive summation circuit comprising (i) a first amplifier having an input connected to the first node and an output connected to the second node and (ii) a first capacitance connected between the output of the first amplifier and the input of the first amplifier;
a loop filter circuit having an input connected to the second node and an output connected to a third node, the loop filter being configured to filter the amplified signal at the second node and provide a filtered signal to the third node;
a quantizer circuit having an input connected to the third node and an output connected to a fourth node, the fourth node being an output of the delta sigma modulator, the quantizer circuit being configured to quantize the filtered signal at the third node and provide a quantized signal to the fourth node;
a first feedback path connected between the fourth node and the first node, at least one second capacitance being arranged in the first feedback path and configured to capacitively couple the quantized signal to the first node; and
a second feedback path connected between the fourth node to the first node, the second feedback path including an offset correction circuit arranged in the second feedback path, the offset correction circuit configured to correct a DC offset in the delta sigma modulator by adjusting a DC offset at the first node to have a predetermined DC offset magnitude.

US Pat. No. 10,563,306

PRODUCTION METHOD FOR A LAYER STRUCTURE AND LAYER STRUCTURE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A production method for a layer structure, comprising:providing a substrate, at least a top surface of the substrate being made from an electrically non-conductive material;
depositing a catalyst structure onto the top surface of the substrate;
depositing a graphene structure onto the catalyst structure;
at least partially removing the catalyst structure situated between the substrate and the graphene structure;
exposing the substrate from the direction of an underside that lies opposite from the top surface of the substrate so that the catalyst structure is at least regionally exposed, the graphene structure being at least regionally exposed during the partial removal of the catalyst structure, and
developing a lower protective coating of an insulating material on at least a subregion of the underside of the substrate and the exposed graphene structure.

US Pat. No. 10,550,812

STIFFENED FUEL INJECTOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fuel injector for injecting fuel, comprising:a fuel supply element having a fuel channel extending between a first end of the fuel injector and a second end of the fuel injector along an axial direction to carry the fuel from a hydraulic fuel connector at the first end of the fuel injector and an injection point at the second end of the fuel injector along the axial direction;
a current bar which extends from an electrical connection to an electromagnetic actuator, the current bar extending at least partially parallel to and side-by-side with the fuel channel of the fuel supply element carrying the fuel along the axial direction, and the current bar being situated adjacent to a first side of the fuel channel of the fuel supply element; and
an extrusion coat coated onto the fuel supply element and current bar to envelop the fuel supply element and the current bar, the extrusion coat including a longitudinal rib which extends at least partially parallel to and side-by-side with the fuel channel of the fuel supply element carrying the fuel along the axial direction, the longitudinal rib being situated adjacent to a second side of the fuel channel of the fuel supply element opposite to the first side, the fuel channel of the fuel supply element being situated between the current bar and the longitudinal rib.

US Pat. No. 10,548,306

WEED CONTROL DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A device for damaging weeds, comprising:a working tool designed to damage the weed;
a classification unit at least one of: (i) having positional data of the weed, and (ii) being designed to detect the weed;
a localization unit designed to ascertain a relative position between the working tool and the weed; and
a manipulator unit designed to correspondingly position the working tool as a function of the ascertained relative position;
wherein the working tool is configured to exert a pulse-type pressure in order to damage the weed, and wherein the working tool is a mechanical stamp.

US Pat. No. 10,553,021

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR INTERACTIVE HYBRID-DIMENSION MAP VISUALIZATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for generating map graphics including two-dimensional and three-dimensional elements comprising:generating, with a processor, a graphical display of a two-dimensional base map on a graphical display device;
receiving, with a multi-modal input device, a user selection of a region of interest in the graphical display of the two-dimensional base map, the region of interest corresponding to only a portion of the graphical display of the two-dimensional base map;
identifying, with the processor, (i) a first footprint region and (ii) a second footprint region in the graphical display of the two-dimensional base map, the first footprint region including the region of interest and a first portion of the graphical display of the two-dimensional base map outside of the region of interest, the second footprint region including the region of interest, the first footprint region, and a second portion of the two-dimensional base map outside of both the region of interest and the first footprint region; and
generating, with the processor, on the graphical display device, (i) a three-dimensional graphical display of at least one first building located within the region of interest, (ii) a first two-dimensional graphical display of at least one second building located within the first footprint region and outside of the region of interest, the first two-dimensional graphical display including a top-down flattened three-dimensional view of the at least one second building, and (iii) a second two-dimensional graphical display of at least one third building located within the second footprint region and outside of both the region of interest and the first footprint region, the second two-dimensional graphical display including a two-dimensional outlined footprint of the at least one third building.

US Pat. No. 10,493,969

BRAKE ASSIST SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electromechanical brake assist system capable of autonomous operation, controlled by a braking system management unit and driven by an electric motor cooperating with a master cylinder and having, along an axis of operation:a helper piston connected to the drive motor;
a plunger piston, one of whose extremities configured to act on the master cylinder, in parallel with the helper piston, another one of whose extremities being connected to a control rod which is connected to the brake pedal, the plunger piston being pushed by the helper piston to pull the control rod; and
a helper system which includes:
A) an intermediate spring combined with a compression thrust bearing, the compression thrust bearing limiting a compression of the intermediate spring to a predetermined compressive force greater than a response of the brake pedal under norming operating conditions of assisted braking, the intermediate spring and the compression thrust bearing being position between the plunger piston and the helper piston, the intermediate spring transmitting a helper piston thrust from the helper piston to the plunger piston that pulls the pedal under normal braking conditions, the helper piston pushing the plunger piston by means of the compression thrust bearing when a response of the plunger piston exceeds the predetermined compressive force, and
B) a contact detector detecting contact between the helper piston, the compression thrust bearing, and the plunger piston, the detector being connected to the braking system management unit.

US Pat. No. 10,495,729

METHOD FOR OPERATING A RADAR DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a radar device for a motor vehicle, comprising:providing operating data of a monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MIMIC) of the radar device, wherein the operating data includes: (i) an operating temperature of the MIMIC, and/or (ii) a transmission power of the MMIC, and/or (iii) an overdriving indication of the MMIC;
transmitting, by the MIMIC on a continuous basis, the operating data of the MIMIC via a digital data bus to a microcomputer unit; and
evaluating, by the microcomputer unit, the operating data of the MMIC;
wherein the transmitting of the operating data of the MIMIC to the microcomputer unit is performed automatically by the MIMIC without any prompting by the microcomputer unit for the operating data of the MMIC and without the microcomputer unit retrieving the operating data from the MIMIC.

US Pat. No. 10,490,084

METHOD FOR TRANSFORMING SENSOR DATA

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for transforming data of at least one sensor, comprising:providing first data, the first data having been ascertained with the aid of at least one sensor of a first vehicle, and a first position, the first data including a first distance and a first direction to an object, the first position including a location of the first vehicle at which the first data were ascertained;
providing a second position of a second vehicle;
converting the first data into transformed data based on the first position and the second position, the transformed data including a second distance and a second direction, the second distance being a distance between the object and the second position, the second direction being a direction between the object and the second position;
outputting the transformed data, wherein the first data having been ascertained by multiple sensors of the first vehicle, first raw data having been respectively ascertained by the sensors of the first vehicle, and the first data including a fusion of the first raw data of the sensors of the first vehicle;
providing second data, the second data having been ascertained by at least one sensor of the second vehicle, the second position including a location of the second vehicle at which the second data were ascertained;
superimposing the transformed data and the second data, the superimposed data being ascertained by the superimposition; and
outputting the superimposed data, wherein a signal quality of the second data is ascertained based on the transformed data and the second data, and the signal quality is output.

US Pat. No. 10,478,908

OSCILLATING JIG SAW BLADE

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. An accessory tool for an oscillating power tool, the oscillating power tool defining an oscillating axis, the accessory tool comprising:a first metal plate forming:
a mounting portion configured to mate with an oscillating drive member of a power tool; and
a support arm portion including a rearmost portion, a distal end portion, a first lateral support edge and a second lateral support edge, the rearmost portion being adjacent the mounting portion, the first lateral support edge and the second lateral support edge extending in a forward direction from the rearmost portion to the distal end portion, the first lateral support edge being angled toward the second lateral support edge such that the support arm portion narrows as it approaches the distal end portion; and
a second metal plate forming:
an overlapping portion attached to the support arm portion, the overlapping portion including a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge, and a forward end portion, the first lateral edge being aligned with the first lateral support edge, the second lateral edge being aligned with the second lateral support edge, the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge following the first lateral support edge and the second lateral support edge, respectively, from the rearmost portion of the support arm portion and beyond the distal end portion to position the forward end portion forward of the distal end portion of the support arm portion; and
a blade portion extending laterally from the forward end portion of the overlapping portion, the blade portion including a cutting edge arranged facing in the forward direction and a trailing edge that faces toward the mounting portion,
wherein the mounting portion defines a central axis which intersects the oscillating axis when the mounting portion is attached to a tool holder of the oscillating power tool,
wherein the angled first lateral support edge of the support arm portion and the trailing edge of the blade portion define an open region which is interposed between the blade portion and the mounting portion, and
wherein the central axis intersects the open region, the first lateral support edge of the support arm portion and both the trailing edge and the cutting edge of the blade portion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,959

HAND-HELD POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand-held power tool, comprising:a gear housing with a gear for transmitting a torque, generated by a drive motor, to a spindle that rotates about a rotation axis and defines an axial direction; and
a housing-side interface element, the gear housing being exchangeably connectable to a tool attachment via the housing-side interface element in such a way that a torque is transmitted from the spindle to an input spindle of the tool attachment, the housing-side interface element including a flange ring that is connected to the gear housing in a torsionally stiff manner, and the housing-side interface element corresponding to a tool attachment-side interface element which includes a fastening ring that is rotatably supported on the tool attachment, the fastening ring being brought into engagement with the flange ring by a coupled rotatory and axial relative movement of the fastening ring with respect to the flange ring in such a way that the fastening ring and the flange ring together form a bayonet-type connector,
wherein the flange ring has at least one beveled undercut that extends in a circumferential direction of the flange ring and has a variable slope.

US Pat. No. 10,478,960

HANDHELD MACHINE TOOL HAVING A SPINDLE-LOCKING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A handheld machine tool, comprising:a tool housing, in which a drive motor is situated for driving a drive element equipped with at least one clamping surface, to which a spindle-locking device is assigned that is equipped with a blocking element and at least one spindle cylinder, the at least one spindle cylinder being clampable in the spindle-lock operation of spindle-locking device radially between the at least one clamping surface and the blocking element within a plane that is perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the machine tool to prevent the drive element from rotating relative to the tool housing; and
a positioning element assigned to the spindle-locking device is situated at least in sections on the at least one clamping surface of the drive element, the positioning element being situated at least partially in the region radially between the at least one spindle cylinder and the at least one clamping surface,
wherein the positioning element is configured to impinge on the at least one spindle cylinder in a direction of the blocking element,
wherein the positioning element projects beyond the at least one clamping surface at least in regions in the direction of blocking element, thereby forming a maximal projection on the clamping surface when viewed in a circumferential direction of the drive element,
wherein the positioning element is situated at least partially in the region radially between the at least one spindle cylinder and the at least one clamping surface within a plane that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the machine tool.

US Pat. No. 10,471,518

MACHINE TOOL WITH TOOL-ACCOMMODATING DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A machine tool, which has a tool receiving device moving around a driving axis,wherein the tool receiving device is adapted to hold a tool device on the machine tool such that the driving axis and a tool axis of rotation are substantially coincident,
wherein the tool receiving device has at least one clamping device, at least one holding device and at least one locking device,
wherein the holding device can be moved from a first open position into a second closed position, wherein a clamping force can be applied onto the holding device by the clamping device, wherein when the holding device is in the second closed position the holding device extends at least partly into or through the tool device,
wherein the locking device can be moved between a first locking position and a second unlocking position, wherein the locking device is adapted to cooperate with the holding device, wherein a movement of the holding device can be blocked in the first open position by the locking device when the locking device is in the first locking position, and
wherein the locking device is designed such that the locking device can be moved from the first locking position into the second unlocking position by a force, which has been applied by the tool device on the holding device, which acts on the locking device.

US Pat. No. 10,476,384

REGULATED HIGH VOLTAGE REFERENCE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A variable high voltage charge-pump system comprising:an output node at which an output voltage is provided;
a plurality of unregulated switching stages coupled to the output node, each of the unregulated switching stages including an unregulated clock input, an unregulated inverse clock input, and pumping capacitors, the unregulated clock input receiving an unregulated clock signal, the unregulated inverse clock input receiving an unregulated inverse clock signal;
a plurality of regulated switching stages coupled to the output node, each of the regulated switching stages including a regulated clock input, an regulated inverse clock input, and pumping capacitors, the regulated clock input receiving a regulated clock signal, the regulated inverse clock input receiving a regulated inverse clock signal; and
an amplifier that outputs a regulating voltage, the regulated clock signal and the regulated inverse clock signal being generated based on the regulating voltage,
wherein the regulating voltage is adjustable to bring the output voltage to a desired value.

US Pat. No. 10,473,116

ENGINE COOLING FAN CASING SHROUD WITH UNOBSTRUCTED OUTLET

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fan shroud for an axial-flow fan, the fan shroud comprising:a motor mount;
a plurality of motor stators coupling the motor mount to a radially outer portion of the shroud;
an annular barrel extending axially away from the radially outer portion of the shroud, the annular barrel including a cylindrical segment and a conical segment downstream of the cylindrical segment, the conical segment being angled radially inwardly from the cylindrical segment at an angle of between 15 degrees and 35 degrees; and
an annular outlet bell coupled to the conical segment of the annular barrel at an apex defining a transition between the conical segment and the outlet bell, the outlet bell and barrel containing a plurality of circumferentially-spaced leakage stators therein for disrupting or decreasing a tangential component of airflow within the outlet bell and barrel;
wherein each of the plurality of motor stators is coupled to the outlet bell by a stator pedestal extending from a radially-inner surface of the outlet bell to a stator pedestal tip, and wherein a depth (a) of the outlet bell measured from an end surface of the outlet bell to the apex in a direction of axial airflow through the fan shroud is less than one-half a depth (b) measured from the end surface of the outlet bell to the stator tip in the direction of axial airflow through the fan shroud.

US Pat. No. 10,474,915

SYSTEM FOR COMPARING A HEAD POSITION OF A PASSENGER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, DETERMINED BY A DETERMINATION UNIT, WITH A REFERENCE MEASUREMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A system for comparing a head position of a passenger of a motor vehicle, determined with the aid of a determination unit, with a reference measurement, the system comprising:at least one marking element which has markings and is able to be fastened to the head of the passenger; and
at least one movement detection element configured to detect a position of markings of the marking element for the reference measurement;
wherein the at least one movement detection element includes a first video camera, and the at least one movement detection element is configured to detect the position of the markings of the marking element based on video data from the first video camera and to provide the reference measurement based on the detected position of the markings of the marking element, the reference measurement describing the position and orientation of the head of the passenger.

US Pat. No. 10,463,038

METHOD FOR OPERATING A PROTECTIVE DEVICE FOR ELEMENTS IN A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a protective device (10) for elements (11) in a hybrid vehicle or electric vehicle which has at least one electric motor (13) and at least one electrical power system (14), the method comprising generating a noise in the ultrasonic range within the electrical power system (14) and/or within the at least one electric motor (13) while the hybrid vehicle or electric vehicle is in a stationary state.

US Pat. No. 10,461,665

SWITCH DEVICE FOR AN ELECTRIC MOTOR, CONTROL DEVICE AND STEERING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A switch device for an electric motor, comprising:at least one half-bridge having two semiconductor switches configured to energize at least one phase of the electric motor on demand; and
a driver device assigned to the two semiconductor switches and configured to actuate the two semiconductor switches in accordance with an activation signal, the driver device including:
an oscillator configured to generate an operating clock frequency,
an apparatus configured to receive a synchronization signal, and
an adjustment device configured to adjust the operating clock frequency in accordance with the synchronization signal.

US Pat. No. 10,460,069

FUNCTIONAL REACTIVE PCELLS

Cadence Design Systems, I...

1. An electric design automation (EDA) computing device comprising:a memory, and
one or more hardware processors coupled to the memory and configured to:
initiate a processor evaluation of a first parameterized cell comprising data stored in the memory to generate a first instance of the first parameterized cell, the first parameterized cell comprising one or more reactive parameters and the first parameterized cell being part of a circuit design dataset;
access one or more static cell parameters for the first parameterized cell from a memory of the EDA computing device;identify a first reactive parameter of the one or more reactive parameters and a first evaluation state associated with the first reactive parameter;determine a first value of the first reactive parameter, wherein the first value of the first reactive parameter is determined, at least in part, in conjunction with one or more context elements of the circuit design dataset having a first set of context values, and wherein the one or more context elements are identified by the one or more hardware processors as part of the processor evaluation of the first parameterized cell; and
generate the first parameterized cell using the one or more static cell parameters and the first value of the first reactive parameter, the first instance of the first parameterized cell.

US Pat. No. 10,458,304

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING A QUALITY SIGNAL, CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL DEVICE PROGRAM AND CONTROL DEVICE PROGRAM PRODUCT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for diagnosing a quality signal (26) provided by a quality sensor (24) used in a reagent metering system (10), wherein the reagent metering system (10) meters a urea/water solution (14) stored in a tank (12) the quality of the urea/water solution (14) is checked by the quality sensor (24), upstream of an SCR catalytic converter (20), wherein the quality sensor (24) includes a signal-processor (34) having a clock generator (36) which provides a clock signal (38), wherein the quality sensor (24) ascertains the quality signal (26) on the basis of a time-based measurement, the method comprising:transmitting the quality signal (26) to a controller (28) via an interface (40, 42);
ascertaining a measure (52, 56, 58) of the period duration of the clock signal (38) in the controller (28) based on the period duration of the clock signal (38);
comparing the period duration with at least one period duration threshold value (46, 48); and
providing a fault signal (50) when there is a deviation in a measure (52, 56, 58) of the period duration of the clock signal (38) from the period duration threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,446,803

LEAD TAB FOR BATTERY TERMINAL

Robert Bosch Battery Syst...

1. An electrochemical cell comprising,a cell housing formed of a flexible sheet, the cell housing having a first housing portion, and a second housing portion that is joined to the first housing portion along a sealed joint to form a pouch,
an electrode assembly disposed in the cell housing, the electrode assembly including positive electrode portions alternating with negative electrode portions, the positive electrode portions and the negative electrode portions being separated by at least one separator and stacked along a stack axis, and
a lead tab that extends through the sealed joint, the lead tab including
a first end that is disposed inside the cell housing and is electrically connected to one of the positive electrode portions and the negative electrode portions,
a second end that is opposed to the first end and disposed outside the cell housing,
a longitudinal axis that extends between the first end and the second end, and
a first cross section that is transverse to the longitudinal axis, the first cross section including a width dimension that is transverse to the longitudinal axis and a thickness dimension that is transverse to both the longitudinal axis and the width dimension, wherein
the first cross section has a first thickness in a center of the width dimension, and a second thickness at opposed ends of the width dimension, where the first thickness is larger than the second thickness, and the transition between the first thickness and the second thickness is a concavity having a first radius.

US Pat. No. 10,443,587

HIGH-PRESSURE FUEL PUMP

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

10. A high-pressure fuel pump, comprising:a pump housing having an exterior housing wall; and
a damping device comprising an elastically movable wall defining a damping volume within the elastically movable wall, the damping device being configured to damp inlet-side pressure pulses by varying the damping volume with an elastic movement of the elastically movable wall,
wherein at least one section of the elastically movable wall is formed by at least one part of a seal support configured to support a seal of the fuel pump, and
wherein a majority of the variation in the damping volume is provided by elastic movement of the at least one part of the seal support.

US Pat. No. 10,432,206

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING AN ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER FOR CONVERTING A SIGNAL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating an analog-to-digital converter to convert a signal, comprising:calculating a signal parameter in a spectral sub-range of the signal to be converted, wherein the spectral sub-range corresponds to a subset of frequencies in a potential sampling frequency range of the analog-to-digital converter, the potential sampling frequency range being those frequencies that are reconstructable without loss of information after analog-to-digital conversion by the analog-to-digital converter when operated at a maximum sampling frequency of the analog-to-digital converter;
setting a sampling frequency of the analog-to-digital converter based on the signal parameter; and
operating the analog-to-digital converter to convert the signal with the set using the determined sampling frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,427,657

SOLENOID VALVE DEVICE HAVING A LIFTING ROD FOR ACTUATING A VALVE BODY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A valve device having at least one throughflow region (12), having at least one valve seat (14) and having an actuating unit (16) which has at least one valve body (18), at least an actuating element (20) for transmitting an actuation force to the valve body (18), and at least one first ventilation opening (24) arranged outside a fluid contact region (22) of the actuating element (20), wherein the fluid contact region of the actuating element is a section of the actuating element in contact with fluid flowing through the throughflow region, characterized in that the actuating unit (16) has at least one second ventilation opening (26, 28) arranged outside the fluid contact region (22) of the actuating element (20), wherein the valve body (18) has the second ventilation opening (26), wherein the actuating element (20) is at least substantially of tubular form.

US Pat. No. 10,429,259

PRESSURE SENSOR FOR MEASURING A PRESSURE OF A FLUID MEDIUM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A pressure sensor for measuring a pressure of a fluid medium in a measuring chamber, comprising:a sensor housing;
a first pressure-sensor module for measuring at least one first pressure of the medium in a first measuring chamber; and
a second pressure-sensor module for measuring at least one second pressure of the medium in a second measuring chamber, the first pressure-sensor module and the second pressure-sensor module being situated inside the sensor housing;
at least one first pressure connection designed to be connected to the first measuring chamber; and
at least one second pressure connection designed to be connected to the second measuring chamber, wherein the first pressure connection differs from the second pressure connection,
wherein the second pressure-sensor module is designed to measure a third pressure of the medium in a third measuring chamber, and the pressure sensor further comprises:
a third pressure connection designed to be connected to the third measuring chamber, wherein the third pressure connection differs from the first pressure connection and the second pressure connection,
wherein each of the first pressure-sensor module and the second-pressure sensor module include a pressure sensor element in the form of a sensor diaphragm developed as a measuring bridge having at least one piezoresistive element or other sensitive elements and being connected to an evaluation and/or control circuit which is situated respectively on a circuit carrier developed as a circuit board,
wherein the sensor housing has a first housing chamber in which the first pressure prevails, a second housing chamber in which the second pressure prevails, and a third housing chamber in which the third pressure prevails, and the first housing chamber, the second housing chamber, and the third housing chamber are separated from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,428,779

FUEL INJECTOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fuel injector for direct injection of fuel into a combustion chamber, comprising:a housing having at least one combustion-chamber side injection aperture;
a linearly movable valve needle for opening and closing the injection aperture;
a solenoid;
an armature which is linearly movable by the solenoid; and
a first sleeve, the first sleeve being formed as a hollow, tubular component having a constant inside and outside diameter;
wherein the first sleeve is a separate component and the first sleeve is attached to the armature;
wherein a first stop surface facing away from the combustion chamber is formed on the first sleeve, and a second stop surface facing the combustion chamber is formed on the valve needle, the first and second stop surfaces striking one another when at least one of the valve needle and the armature is moved linearly; and
wherein the armature has a continuous recess and the first sleeve is situated on a wall of the recess;
wherein a groove is formed in the wall of the recess, and wherein the first sleeve is situated in the groove
and further comprising a second sleeve attached to a base body of the valve needle, wherein the second stop surface is formed on the second sleeve;
wherein a total length of the first sleeve and the second sleeve, measured parallel to a longitudinal axis of the fuel injector, has a same value as a length of the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,428,841

ELECTROHYDRAULIC SYSTEM FOR USE UNDER WATER, AND PROCESS VALVE HAVING AN ELECTROHYDRAULIC SYSTEM OF SAID TYPE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electrohydraulic system for use under water, comprising:a vessel having an interior space configured to (i) form a volume that is closed off in relation to the environment and (ii) receive a hydraulic fluid, the vessel including a compensation piston configured to pressurize the hydraulic fluid in the interior space to at least approximately that pressure that prevails in the environment;
a hydrostatic machine that is operable at least as a pump; and
an electro-machine that is mechanically coupled to the hydrostatic machine and operates as an electric motor configured to operate the hydrostatic machine as the pump,
wherein the hydrostatic machine and the electro-machine are disposed in the interior space of the vessel, and
wherein a first connection between a pressure connector of the hydrostatic machine and a first consumer line configured to supply a first pressurized space of a hydraulic consumer is controllable by way of a first valve that is located in the interior space of the vessel in such a manner that the connection (i) in a resting position which the first valve assumes under the effect of a spring is open, and (ii) in a switching position which the first valve assumes under the effect of an electric actuator is blocked at least in the direction from a first cylinder chamber to the hydrostatic machine.

US Pat. No. 10,424,767

FILLING DEVICE FOR FILLING BATTERY DEVICES WITH BATTERY CELLS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A filling device (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4) for filling battery devices (BV) with battery cells (4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5), comprising a retaining device (2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4) with fixing means (3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4) for holding and fixing battery cells (4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5), and a filling nozzle, wherein the filling nozzle is configured to be connected to battery devices (BV) for transferring battery cells from the retaining device to the battery devices for filling the battery devices (BV) with the battery cells (4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5), characterized in that the filling device comprises a cooling device (5) that is configured to cool the retaining device (2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4) and the battery cells (4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5), wherein the cooling device includes a cooling channel adjacent the fixing means, the cooling channel being configured to conduct a cooling fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,396,423

DEVICE INCLUDING A PASSAGE WITHIN A NON-CONDUCTIVE CARRIER, WHEREIN THE PASSAGE TRANSMITS A HIGH-FREQUENCY SIGNAL BETWEEN A TRANSMITTER AND A RECEIVER WHICH ARE GALVANICALLY ISOLATED FROM EACH OTHER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A device for transmitting a high-frequency signal, comprising:an electrically non-conductive carrier through which a passage is formed from a first surface of the carrier to a second surface of the carrier, wherein the passage includes two open ends, each open end providing access to an outside of the device;
a transmitting element situated on or at the first surface of the carrier and to which the high-frequency signal may be applied;
a receiving element situated on or at the second surface of the carrier, the receiving element being galvanically isolated from the transmitting element wherein the applied high-frequency signal being transmittable as an electromagnetic wave to the receiving element through the passage through the carrier with the aid of the transmitting element;
a first closure element which is situated at the first surface of the carrier over the passage and which includes a first metallic layer facing the passage; and
a second closure element which is situated at the second surface of the carrier over the passage and which includes a second metallic layer facing the passage, wherein at least one of: (i) the transmitting element is part of the first metallic layer, and (ii) the receiving element is part of the second metallic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,393,874

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A distance measuring device comprising:at least one distance measuring unit configured for contactless distance measurement, the at least one distance measuring unit comprising:
at least one transmission device configured to emit a reference radiation and a measurement radiation, the reference radiation being embodied as at least one partial beam of divergent radiation;
at least one sensor device configured to detect the reference radiation and the measurement radiation, the at least one sensor device comprising:
at least one first detection region configured to detect the reference radiation and having at least one single photon avalanche diode (SPAD), the reference radiation being incident on the at least one first detection region;
at least one second detection region configured to detect the measurement radiation; and
an integrated circuit semiconductor component having both the first detection region and the second detection region, and
a first optical barrier shielding a portion of the reference radiation from the measurement radiation, wherein:
the at least one beam of divergent radiation that embodies the reference radiation has a divergence angle-dependent beam profile that is described by an intensity distribution function that drops off to edge regions; and
the reference radiation is embodied as a partial beam of the divergent radiation that is emitted in at least one of the edge regions.

US Pat. No. 10,381,863

ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE FOR A PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE OF A PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An energy storage device for a photovoltaic system, comprising:at least one first energy store which has a first cycle stability;
at least one second energy store which has a second cycle stability, wherein the first cycle stability is higher than the second cycle stability; and
a control device configured to discharge the first energy store in a first operating mode and to discharge the second energy store in a second operating mode, wherein the control device has a first connection for the first energy store and a second connection for the second energy store, the first connection and the second connection being separate from one another, wherein the control device is coupled to the first and second energy stores in order to enable electrical power from the first energy store and the second energy store to flow through the control device, wherein:
the control device is directly coupled to electric consumers that consume electrical power,
the control device is coupled to the photovoltaic system, the photovoltaic system generating electrical current from solar energy,
the first energy store is configured as a lithium-iron phosphate accumulator,
the second energy store is configured as a lead accumulator, and
the second operating mode is an operating mode in which:
the first energy store and the second energy store are not chargeable by the photovoltaic system on account of the photovoltaic system having ceased to generate the electrical current,
a delay occurs between a time at which the photovoltaic system ceases to generate the electrical current and a time at which the second energy store begins to be discharged from a fully charged state,
during the delay the first energy store is discharged until a time at which a state of charge of the first energy store is discharged to a predefined lower limiting value, and
the time at which the state of charge of the first energy store is discharged to the predefined lower limiting value coincides with the time at which the second energy store begins to be discharged from a fully charged state.

US Pat. No. 10,378,653

VALVE FOR THE METERING OF HIGHLY PRESSURIZED FLUID

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A seal assembly for a connector of a fluid supply line, comprising:an inlet connector that can be placed in a connection socket of a fluid supply line; and
a sealing assembly situated on the inlet connector, the sealing assembly having an elastically deformable sealing ring and a support ring made of plastic, the sealing assembly being supported on a radial support shoulder present on the inlet connector and sealing against the connection socket, the support ring being situated between the sealing ring and the support shoulder and being made of an elastically deformable plastic material, the support ring being made such that under a fluid pressure acting on the sealing ring, the support ring experiences an elastic deformation that brings about a gap-free radial seating on the inlet connector and the connection socket;
wherein the elastic deformation of the support ring is brought about through a constructive design of the support ring;
wherein the support ring has two frustum-shaped end faces parallel to one another, and an outer and an inner ring surface, one of the ring surfaces is made cylindrical and one is made conical in such a way that of the two frustum-shaped end faces limited by the ring surfaces, one of the frustum-shaped end faces has a smaller surface than does the other of the frustum-shaped end faces, and the support ring is situated on the inlet connector in such a way that the smaller-surface frustum-shaped end face is oriented toward the support shoulder; and
wherein the inner ring surface is cylindrical, and the outer ring surface runs conically in such a way that the smaller-surface frustum-shaped end face has a smaller outer diameter compared to the larger-surface frustum-shaped end face.

US Pat. No. 10,369,990

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR AVOIDING OR MITIGATING A COLLISION OF A VEHICLE WITH AN OBSTACLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for one of avoiding and mitigating a collision of a vehicle with an obstacle in a traffic lane of the vehicle, the method comprising:generating, by a computing device, a planned travel envelope that represents a predetermined corridor within which the vehicle is to travel, the predetermined corridor having a first side and a second side;
after generating the travel envelope:
detecting at least one of a position and a trajectory of the obstacle, and
adapting the travel envelope by shifting at least one of the sides of the predetermined corridor of the travel envelope with the aid of the at least one of the position and the trajectory in order to one of avoid and mitigate the collision, wherein the step of adapting includes adapting the travel envelope within a traffic space, the traffic space including a traffic lane and an area that is detected as drivable in the step of detecting, and which goes beyond a boundary of the traffic lane that is facing away from the obstacle; and
automatically controlling the vehicle in accordance with the adapted travel envelope.

US Pat. No. 10,374,212

ELECTROLYTE FLUID METERING DEVICE FOR LITHIUM CELLS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery system, comprising:at least one lithium cell with an electrolyte, the electrolyte including at least one polymer configured to be impregnated with an electrolyte fluid; and
at least one electrolyte fluid metering device including a control device electrically connected to the at least one lithium cell, a reservoir fluidically connected to the at least one lithium cell and containing at least a portion of the electrolyte fluid, and a movable wall located within the reservoir, the control device configured to generate an electronic supply signal configured to cause the movable wall to move within the reservoir to supply the electrolyte fluid into the at least one lithium cell from the reservoir and to generate an electronic discharge signal configured to cause the movable wall to move within the reservoir to discharge the electrolyte fluid from the at least one lithium cell into the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,355,504

METHOD FOR OPERATING A BATTERY UNIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a battery unit (10) having at least two series-connected battery cells (2), the method comprising:performing a discharge process of at least one battery cell (2) via a connectable discharge resistance (12) to equalize load states of the battery cells (2),
determining, during the discharge process of the at least one battery cell (2) and with an electronic control unit, the value (R) of the discharge resistance (12), and
during a subsequent discharge process of the battery cell (2), taking the previously determined value (R) of the discharge resistance (12) into consideration to calculate a new discharge resistance.

US Pat. No. 10,343,129

PRODUCT CONTAINER FOR A FLUIDIZED BED INSTALLATION AND FLUIDIZED BED INSTALLATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A product container for a fluidized bed installation (1),the product container comprising:
a product container wall (12),
a product container bottom (13),
a product container opening (14) opposite the product container bottom (13),
a distributor bottom (20) between the product container bottom (13) and the product container opening (14), and
at least one volume-reducing element (40) which is configured to be releasably attached to the distributor bottom (20), on a side (20-1) of the distributor bottom (20) oriented toward the product container opening (14), and by which a free volume of the product container (10) between the distributor bottom (20) and the product container opening (14) is reduced,
wherein the volume-reducing element (40) has a bottom region (42) and a casing (41),
wherein the bottom region (42) of the volume-reducing element (40) is configured to be releasably attached to the distributor bottom (20), and
wherein the volume-reducing element (40) has a circumferential seal (43) in a transition between the casing (41) and the bottom region (42), with which seal the volume-reducing element (40) is configured to be arranged on the distributor bottom (20).

US Pat. No. 10,336,268

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a vehicle, the method comprising:guiding the vehicle in a fully automated and driverless manner;
selecting, if an error is detected during the fully automated guidance, a safe state from a plurality of safe states as a function of one parameter; and
guiding the vehicle in a fully automated and driverless manner into the selected safe state, wherein the parameter describes a failure of a rear sensor system of the vehicle, and wherein, in response to the failure of the rear sensor system of the vehicle, the guidance of the vehicle is adapted to a guidance of a vehicle driving in front of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,337,874

ROUTE SELECTION BASED ON AUTOMATIC-MANUAL DRIVING PREFERENCE RATIO

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A navigation system for a vehicle equipped with an autonomous driving system, the navigation system comprising:a human-machine interface including a display and a user control; and
an electronic controller communicative coupled to the human-machine interface and configured to
calculate a plurality of travel routes from a determined starting point to a defined destination point;
determine which portions of each travel route will utilize automated driving operation and which portions will utilize manual driving operation;
define, based on an input from the user control, an automatic-manual driving preference ratio indicating a driver preference for an amount of manual driving operation relative to an amount of automatic driving operation;
automatically select a route from the plurality of travel routes that most closely matches the defined automatic-manual driving preference ratio; and
output the selected route on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,330,063

FUEL INJECTOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fuel injector, comprising:an injector housing including a nozzle body, a throttle plate, a valve plate, and a retaining body, the injector housing defining a nozzle chamber, a pressure chamber, and a measuring chamber, the nozzle chamber configured to be supplied with pressurized fuel via a feed line formed in the injector housing, the pressure chamber formed in the valve plate and delimited by the throttle plate, and the pressure chamber configured to be hydraulically connected to the feed line;
a longitudinally movable nozzle needle disposed in the nozzle chamber and configured to open and to close at least one spray hole; and
a force sensing element disposed in the measuring chamber and configured to at least indirectly detect a pressure in the pressure chamber,
wherein the measuring chamber is separated from the pressure chamber by a diaphragm-like intermediate wall, and
wherein the force sensing element supports the intermediate wall.

US Pat. No. 10,328,545

BELL SHAPED ROTARY SANDER

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. An attachment for a sanding tool, comprising:a first portion having a generally tubular shape with an axis of rotation and defining a mounting end portion of the attachment, an axial direction of the attachment being parallel to the axis of rotation; and
a second portion extending from the first portion along the axial direction, and defining:
a distal end portion of the attachment opposite the mounting end portion; and
a plurality of slits that extend along the axial direction to divide the second portion into a plurality of flaps,
the plurality of slits extending through the distal end portion of the second portion, such that the distal end portion is formed by separate end portions of the plurality of flaps,
each flap configured to flex in response to rotation of the attachment about the axis of rotation such that at least a portion of the flap moves along the axial direction, and
an axial extent of outer surfaces of the plurality of flaps, in a flexed position, together forming an outer circumferential contoured sanding surface along the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,328,938

ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An adaptive cruise control system for a host motor vehicle, comprising:a sensor for measuring a distance to a preceding vehicle;
an adaptive cruise controller for calculating control interventions into at least one of a drive system and a braking system of the host motor vehicle for regulating the distance to a setpoint distance, a detuning parameter being adjustable in the adaptive cruise controller, which determines an intensity of a response of the adaptive cruise controller to a control deviation, wherein the detuning parameter is adjustable based on a comparison of an instantaneous setpoint acceleration of the host motor vehicle with a threshold acceleration;
a traffic jam detection module; and
a detuning controller which, with the detuning parameter as a manipulated variable, adjusts a frequency of control interventions having an intensity above a minimum intensity to a setpoint frequency adapted to a traffic jam situation when the traffic jam detection module detects a traffic jam,
wherein the threshold acceleration is a negative threshold value, and wherein the traffic jam detection module in each case records a maximum value of an intrinsic velocity of the host motor vehicle achieved up to a point in time at which an acceleration of the host motor vehicle drops below the negative threshold value, and decides that the traffic jam exists, if the maximum value reached is below a specific value, and
wherein the detuning controller counts control interventions, in which the acceleration of the host motor vehicle drops below the negative threshold value, which indicates the minimum intensity of the control intervention.

US Pat. No. 10,324,216

METHOD FOR FOREIGN OBJECT DETECTION FOR AN INDUCTION CHARGING DEVICE AND INDUCTION CHARGING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for foreign object detection for an induction charging device including an oscillator circuit, comprising:detecting a resonance frequency and an associated actual quality of the oscillator circuit;
subsequently comparing the actual quality to a setpoint quality as a function of the resonance frequency;
determining whether a foreign object is present based on a defined setpoint quality range;
detecting an internal temperature of the induction charging device; and
multiplying the actual quality by a correction factor based on the internal temperature,
wherein a profile of the correction factor at higher internal temperatures above room temperature is leveled off relative to the detected temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,318,373

USER STATION FOR A BUS SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CHECKING THE CORRECTNESS OF A MESSAGE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A user station for a bus system, comprising:a communication control unit to write or read at least one message for or from at least one further user station of the bus system, in which exclusive access by a user station to a bus line of the bus system is provided;
a checksum generator to generate a checksum for the message to detect bit errors in the message; and
a configuration register to specify the initialization value with which the checksum generator is to be preloaded to start the message, wherein the configuration register includes an overwritable memory;
wherein a previously fixed initialization value is changeable even following a communication with the communication control unit, and
wherein the checksum generator of the user station is operable using both the previously fixed initialization value and a new initialization value to be established, so that bit errors in a message of the bus system are reliably detectable by forming the checksum.

US Pat. No. 10,308,977

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING A BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE AND ANALYSIS SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING A BIOLOGICAL SPECIMEN

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

15. A method for processing a biological sample, the method comprising:moving the biological sample between a first cavity and a second cavity through a filter element and an electrically conductive structure, the first cavity laid out in a first substrate and forming a first chamber portion of a chamber for receiving the biological sample, the second cavity laid out in a second substrate and forming a second chamber portion of the chamber, the filter element comprising a plurality of perforations embodied between the first cavity and the second cavity in order to hold back a plurality of organic cells of the biological sample at the plurality of perforations, the electrically conductive structure arranged at the filter element; and
applying at least one electric voltage to the electrically conductive structure in the presence of a lysing agent flushed into the chamber by applying a first electric voltage via a first conductor track connecting a first connection region of the electrically conductive structure with a second connection region of the electrically conductive structure, and by applying a second electric voltage via a second conductor track connecting a thud connection region of the electrically conductive structure to a fourth connection region of the electrically conductive structure, thereby lysing the plurality of organic cells held back at the plurality of perforations.

US Pat. No. 10,300,923

DEVICE FOR STORING DATA IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for storing data in a motor vehicle having communications networks, the method comprising:connecting, via one of the communication networks within the motor vehicle, an application software executed on one of control devices within the motor vehicle to a data storage device within the motor vehicle;
logically connecting, by the application software, the connected data storage device to the one of the control devices;
after the connection of the data storage device, requesting, by the application software, a transmission software realized on a connectivity control unit within the motor vehicle to transmit data stored in a location external to the motor vehicle into the motor vehicle and to write the data to the data storage device;
in response to the requesting, (i) transmitting, by the connectivity control unit, the data from the location external to the motor vehicle into the motor vehicle via an over-the-air (OTA) interface, and (ii) writing, by the connectivity control unit, the transmitted data to the data storage device;
after the writing of the transmitted data, gaining read access to the data storage device by the application software; and
after the gaining of the read access, reading, by the application software, the transmitted data from the data storage device, and using, by the application software, the read data;
wherein the one of the control devices connects to the data storage device via a central gateway that is within the motor vehicle,
wherein the data storage device is connected to the central gateway via the Ethernet, and
wherein the connection of the application software to the data storage device takes place according to an Internet protocol implemented in the central gateway, and the logical connection of the connected data storage device to the control device takes place using Scalable service-Oriented MiddlewarE over IP (SOME/IP) in a service-oriented communication using the Internet protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,293,355

METHOD FOR DISPENSING LIQUID INGREDIENTS FROM A TUBULAR BAG IN A METERED MANNER, AND MEANS FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for dispensing viscous or pasty ingredients from a tubular bag by means of a rotary disposable pump (4) attached to the bag, wherein the ingredients are packaged in an aseptic manner, wherein the bag is closed prior to a first use, wherein the rotary disposable pump (4) includes an inlet (5) having a cutting element (6) connected to the rotary disposable pump in a rotationally fixed manner, wherein the inlet (5) has an external thread (7) which is connected in a nozzle (2) having a flange (3) that is attached to the tubular bag (1), and wherein an outlet of the rotary disposable pump (4) is an outlet tube (8) having a valve (9) which closes in a sealing manner, wherein the valve (90) includes a membrane (93) with a sliding ring (91), the method comprising:rotating the rotary disposable pump (4) including the cutting element (6) in a first step prior to an initial metering operation until the cutting element (6) has cut open the tubular bag (1),
operating the rotary disposable pump (4) in a rotational direction until the ingredients (12) of a freely selectable volume have exited the valve (9) and the membrane (91) and sliding ring (91) have moved in a sealing and sliding manner to a first position, and
subsequently operating the rotary disposable pump (4) in a direction opposite the rotational direction until at least the ingredients (12) present in a region of the valve (9) are suctioned back into the outlet tube (8) and the membrane (91) and sliding ring (93) have moved in a sealing and sliding manner to a second, different position, wherein the valve (9) reaches or remains in a closed valve state during the operating of the rotary disposable pump (4) in the direction opposite the rotational direction.

US Pat. No. 10,293,695

CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRICAL MACHINE IN A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH PROVISION OF A DC VOLTAGE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A circuit arrangement (100) for operating an electric machine (101) of a motor vehicle, the circuit arrangement comprising:a first electric drive phase line (103-1) having a first battery direct inverter (105-1) connectable to the electric machine (101) via a first switching device (107-1);
a second electric drive phase line (103-2) having a second battery direct inverter (105-2) connectable to the electric machine (101) via a second switching device (107-2);
a third electric drive phase line (103-3) having a third battery direct inverter (105-3) connected to the electric machine (101), a first inverter terminal (105-3A) of the third battery direct inverter (105-3) is connected to the second drive phase line (103-2) via a third switching device (107-3), and a second inverter terminal (105-3B) of the third battery direct inverter (105-3) is connected to the second drive phase line (103-2) via a fourth switching device (107-4);
a DC voltage section (109) for providing a DC voltage for a vehicle electrical system, which is connected to the first, second, and third drive phase line (103-1, 103-2, 103-3) via a rectifier (111-1, 111-2, 111-3) in each case; and
a charging section (113) for supplying a charging current to the first, second, and third battery direct inverter (105-1, 105-2, 105-3), which is connected to the first drive phase line (103-1) and the third drive phase line (103-3), wherein a positive voltage offset is set between the two common connecting points (Ps, Pn) of the drive phase lines (103-1, 103-2, 103-3);
and/or a constantly positive voltage drop (Us3) is set across the third battery direct inverter (105-3).

US Pat. No. 10,293,469

METHOD FOR OPERATING A POWER TOOL

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a power tool for screwing a screw into a workpiece, comprising:after an activation of the power tool, driving an electric motor to screw the screw into the workpiece;
ascertaining a rotation speed of the electric motor, while the screw is being screwed in, during a predefined initial time of an impact operating mode of the power tool;
ascertaining a rotation speed of the electric motor after the initial time; and
at least reducing a torque of the electric motor if the ascertained rotation speed of the electric motor exceeds a predefined rotation speed limit.

US Pat. No. 10,298,858

METHODS TO COMBINE RADIATION-BASED TEMPERATURE SENSOR AND INERTIAL SENSOR AND/OR CAMERA OUTPUT IN A HANDHELD/MOBILE DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for generating thermal images comprising:moving a portable, handheld device along a scan path, the handheld device including a low resolution IR sensor and a visible image camera, the visible image sensor and the low resolution IR sensor having a field of view, the handheld device including a single pin-hole aperture as a sole focusing element for the low resolution IR sensor;
capturing images of the field of view with the visible image camera and thermal information of the field of view with the low resolution IR sensor as the device is moved;
processing the captured images and the thermal information to determine a temperature gradient for the area of interest along the scan path from the thermal images; and
detecting and/or recognizing an object in the captured images based on the temperature gradient,
wherein the low resolution IR sensor has a resolution in a range from a single pixel to a 5×5 array of pixels, and
wherein the low resolution IR sensor has a field of view of 20° or less.

US Pat. No. 10,294,825

WASTE-HEAT UTILIZATION ASSEMBLY OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A WASTE-HEAT UTILIZATION ASSEMBLY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a waste-heat utilization arrangement (1) of an internal combustion engine (50) having a circuit (2) which conducts a working medium, wherein a pump (6), at least one evaporator (10, 11), an expansion machine (3) and a condenser (4) are arranged in the circuit (2) in a flow direction of the working medium, wherein an outlet temperature (T21) from the expansion machine (3) is determined between the expansion machine (3) and the condenser (4), wherein a control unit (60) regulates the pump (6) as a function of the outlet temperature (T21) from the expansion machine (3) such that the outlet temperature (T21) lies above the condensation temperature (TK) of the working medium only by an optimized temperature difference (?T), wherein the optimized temperature difference (?T) is less than 25 K, wherein the at least two evaporators (10, 11) are arranged in a parallel circuit between a distributor valve block (7) and a junction (8), characterized in that an inlet pressure (p20) of the working medium into the expansion machine (3) is determined between the junction (8) and the expansion machine (3), wherein the distributor valve block (7) divides the mass flow of the working medium between the at least two evaporators (10, 11), and wherein the control unit (60) controls and regulates the distributor valve block (7) as a function of the inlet pressure (p20) of the working medium into the expansion machine (3), such that the inlet pressure (p20) is maximized.

US Pat. No. 10,298,415

USER STATION FOR A BUS SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE WIDEBAND CAN COMMUNICATION

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A first user station for a bus system, comprising:a transceiver connected to a bus line of the bus system to which a plurality of other user stations are also connected; and
a memory;
wherein:
the first user station is configured to prepare channel-status information of the first user station and transmit the channel-status information of the first user station, via the transceiver, onto the bus line and to the plurality of other user stations during each of a plurality of first cyclically occurring exclusive, collision-free accesses of the first user station to the bus line that are assigned by the bus system to the user station and that occur at respective lapses of a predefined cycle time;
the first cyclically occurring exclusive, collision-free accesses are offset from other cyclically occurring exclusive, collision-free accesses to the bus line that are assigned to respective ones of the plurality of other user stations during which the respective ones of the plurality of other user stations transmit channel-status information of the respective ones of the plurality of other user stations, which the first user station receives from the bus line via the transceiver and stores in the memory in association with the respective other user stations;
the first user station is configured to transmit onto the bus line and via the transceiver data messages without the channel-status information of the first user station at times that occur between the first and other cyclically occurring exclusive, collision-free accesses; and
each of the channel-status information includes information for ascertainment of respective channel characteristics between respective pairs of the first user station and the plurality of other user stations.

US Pat. No. 10,282,332

SUBSCRIBER STATION FOR A BUS SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TIME-OPTIMIZED DATA TRANSMISSION IN A BUS SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A subscriber station for a bus system, the subscriber station comprising:a coding device configured to at least one of code and decode bits of a message at least one of to and from at least one further subscriber station of the bus system, in which at least temporarily an exclusive, collision-free access of the subscriber station to a bus line of the bus system is ensured, the coding device being further configured to allocate, during at least one of coding and decoding of the message, a bit combination having at least two bits to a plurality of predetermined voltage difference levels for a bit time, the coding device in the subscriber station being further configured to:
allocate a voltage difference level of 0/3 of a dominant voltage level to the bit combination having a bit code 00, allocate a voltage difference level of 1/3 of the dominant voltage lev/el to the bit combination having a bit code 01, allocate a voltage difference level of 2/3 of the dominant voltage level to the bit combination having a bit code 10, and allocate a voltage difference level of 3/3 of the dominant voltage level to the bit combination having a bit code 11,
wherein the message has an arbitration field, a control field, a data field, and a cyclic redundancy check (“CRC”) field, and
wherein the coding device is configured only for coding the arbitration field, such that the predetermined voltage levels are allocated to bit combinations of the arbitration field having the at least two bits for the bit time.

US Pat. No. 10,272,884

WINDOW-WIPING DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE, PRODUCTION METHOD OF A WINDOW-WIPING DEVICE AND MODULAR KIT FOR PRODUCING A WINDOW-WIPING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A windshield wiper device (2; 28, 30; 74; 78) for a vehicle, comprising:an elongate upper part (10) which is configured to be at least partially flexible,
an elongate lower part (12) which is configured to be at least partially flexible, and
multiple connecting elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), wherein the connecting elements (18) are spaced apart from one another along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), wherein each connecting element is a single web structure that extends between the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), wherein the connecting elements (18) are configured to permit a movement of the upper part (10) and of the lower part relative to one another with a movement component along the longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), wherein each of the connecting elements (18) is releasably connected by a rotary joint to the lower part (12), and wherein the upper part and the lower part are together releasably coupled to an attachment piece.

US Pat. No. 10,273,145

METHOD FOR PROTECTING A MEMS UNIT AGAINST INFRARED INVESTIGATIONS AND MEMS UNIT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

16. A MEMS unit having a surface that includes at least one area that has a surface patterning, the at least one area absorbing, reflecting, or diffusely scattering more than 50% of an irradiated infrared light.

US Pat. No. 10,270,335

SWITCHING CONVERTER AND METHOD FOR CONVERTING AN INPUT VOLTAGE INTO AN OUTPUT VOLTAGE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A switching converter for an electronic control unit in a vehicle, comprising:an input for receiving an input voltage;
an output for delivering an output voltage; and
a converter device for converting the input voltage into the output voltage, the converter device including an inductance arrangement, a capacitance arrangement, a diode and a switching device, wherein the switching device includes a dynamically regulated current source;
wherein the current source is configured to supply a current that rises from zero at a first rate of change during a transition phase of the current source between a blocking phase of the current source and a conducting phase of the current source, and to supply a current that rises at a second rate of change in the conducting phase, the first rate of change being different than the second rate of change.

US Pat. No. 10,270,093

AQUEOUS LI/O2 BATTERY WITH WATER STORAGE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electrochemical cell, comprising: an anode within a cell sandwich including a form of lithium metal; an OH? exchange membrane within the cell sandwich; a precipitate reservoir within the cell sandwich in fluid communication with the anode and the OH? exchange membrane, wherein the cell sandwich is configured such that as the volume of the lithium metal is reduced during discharge of the cell, the volume of the precipitate reservoir increases; an O2 evolution electrode extending out of the precipitate reservoir; and a fluid reservoir in fluid communication with the precipitate reservoir; wherein the fluid reservoir includes a form of water when the electrochemical cell is fully charged, wherein the cell is provided with an amount of water, and an amount of lithium metal in the anode such that the ratio of the amount of water to the amount of lithium metal when the cell is fully charged is about 0.68 mole H2O/mole Li.

US Pat. No. 10,247,178

VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT AXIAL PISTON PUMP WITH FLUID CONTROLLED SWASH PLATE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A variable displacement axial piston pump comprising:a pump housing;
a cylinder block defining a plurality of cylinder bores, the cylinder block defining a central axis about which the plurality of cylinder bores are arranged, wherein the cylinder block is supported for rotation relative to the pump housing about the central axis;
a plurality of pistons, each of the plurality of pistons being received in a respective one of the plurality of cylinder bores;
a swash plate pivotally supported relative to the cylinder block, the swash plate providing a piston-supporting surface along which the plurality of pistons slide during operation of the pump; and
a port block defining first and second pumping ports arranged in fluid communication with the plurality of cylinder bores such that, during operation of the pump when the swash plate piston-supporting surface defines an angle other than 90 degrees with respect to the central axis, one of the first and second pumping ports is configured to supply fluid to the plurality of cylinder bores for pumping by the plurality of pistons as the cylinder block rotates, and the other of the first and second pumping ports is configured to receive fluid pumped from the plurality of cylinder bores by the plurality of pistons as the cylinder block rotates,
wherein the swash plate partially defines at least one variable volume control chamber, and wherein the swash plate is operable to tilt with respect to the port block in response to a fluid pressure change in the at least one control chamber, and
wherein the swash plate is arranged between the port block and the cylinder block and the at least one control chamber is defined jointly by the swash plate and the port block.

US Pat. No. 10,236,813

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING A CONTROL METHOD OF AN INVERTER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for detecting a control method of an inverter (11) for supplying current to an electric machine (1) having N phases, comprising:sensing a control signal (CU, DU, CV, DV, CW, DW), which is fed to the inverter and which is clocked with a periodic cycle, over a specified number of periodic cycles of the control signal;
determining a duty cycle frequency for the sensed control signal over the specified number of periodic cycles; and
detecting the control method on the basis of the determined duty cycle frequency.