Minebea Intec wins Patent of the Month
In May 2018, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce recognised a patent from Minebea Intec with its ‘Patent of the Month’ award. Patent number DE 10 2016 109 433 B4 describes a bolt sensor which allows bolt connections to be monitored remotely on bridges and at production facilities at risk of earthquakes for example. Patents like these are an important element of Minebea Intec’s research and development activities. They also play a key role in ensuring the company has a technological edge over its competitors.
2018年5月，德國漢堡商會授與將”本月專利”獎項授與了茵泰科的一項專利技術。此項DE 10 2016 109 433 B4號專利發表給了一種螺栓傳感器，它可以長途監測橋梁或許臨盆舉措措施中螺栓的銜接能否穩固。在處于地動等災禍性變亂中，如許的長途監測異常有需要。專利技術是茵泰科的研發運動的主要構成部門，確保公司在競爭中堅持技術搶先。
Washers are normally used to distribute the force of a bolt head or a nut over a greater area. However, Minebea Intec’s patented bolt sensor can do much more than this when, for example, it is integrated in bridges and production facilities; the sensor is installed between the bolt head and the nut, thus providing a detection system for any problems relating to strength.
Security system relies on resistors and pressure
The innovative Minebea Intec bolt sensor is installed between the bolt head and the nut. Piezoresistive resistors are connected to the inside of the washer. At least one of the resistors is exposed to the pressure from the bolt head and/or nut, and at least one is not exposed to any pressure. As soon as the bolt connection becomes loose, due to an earthquake for example, the bolt sensor can immediately detect the damage thanks to the change in resistance, and a repair or shutdown can then be initiated. In this way, the bolt sensor becomes part of a security system that communicates dangerous defects in real time. Minebea Intec is now planning to develop a prototype based on the patent recognised by Hamburg Chamber of Commerce – the date for the market launch has not yet been set.
Patents secure an edge over the competition
Minebea Intec continuously invests in the research and development of new technologies and products. Through this the company continues to support its customers in optimising the safety, reliability and efficiency of their processes. The global manufacturer of weighing and inspection technologies registers between five and ten patents each year. The patents are of particular significance to the company as they ensure an edge over the competition, help maintain its brand value and guarantee the latest technology for the customer.
Proper validation in the ongoing process
A further patent from Minebea Intec, number DE 20 2016 103 037 U1, describes a special device for validating metal detection systems; this is known as ‘True In-Process Validation’. Metal detection is considered a critical control point within food production. The patent relates to the special area of ‘closed conveyor systems’. If, for example, a production process involves pumping cornflakes or hot marmalade using pressure, the patented True In-Process Validation enables validation to be carried out during the ongoing process. This is done by introducing the test piece using an applicator via a small opening above the search coil, directly into the centre of the product flow. As the centre of the conveyor tube represents the most difficult point to detect, this method guarantees reliable detection and documentation. Once introduced, the test media falls with the product through the search coil area. If the metal part contained within is detected, it is ejected via a separator. If it is not detected, a previously installed collection grid ensures that it is not transported onward with the ‘goods flow’. The invention has already been implemented by Minebea Intec, and has been offered as an optional extra with the freefall metal detection system Vistus since 2016. Minebea Intec has further patents, including rotationally symmetrical diaphragms and mounting kits for load cells, for example. More detailed information about Minebea Intec can be found at www.minebea-intec.com.
茵泰科的另外壹個專利DE 20 2016 103 037 U1，是用于驗證金屬檢測體系的設備，稱之爲”真實的過程當中驗證”。在食物臨盆中，金屬檢測是一個癥結點。這個專利觸及到了”關閉的傳輸體系”。特殊是在例如應用壓力泵送玉米片或熱果醬的臨盆中，”真實的過程當中驗證”專利就可以贊助在這類正在停止的過程當中停止驗證。經由過程進樣器將測試片導入檢測線圈中，直接進入産品流。傳送管的中心是檢測的難點，這類辦法能確保靠得住的檢測和記載。測試片進入後與産品一同經由過程檢測線圈，金屬部門被檢測到的話，會經由過程剔除器剔除。假如沒有被檢測到，事前裝置的搜集網格也能包管測試片不會隨著産品流被放過。這個茵泰科的專利曾經于2016年作爲Vistus著落式金屬檢測體系的一個選項被投入市場。茵泰科的專利還包含傳感器扭轉對稱隔閡和裝置套件等。更多茵泰科的信息，請訪問www.minebea-intec.com.
Piezoresistive resistors are connected on the inside of the patented bolt sensor from Minebea Intec
For the freefall metal detection system Vistus, the test piece is introduced via an opening above the search coil into the centre of the product flow. Any test pieces not detected are reliably collected by a collection grid.