Patents Assigned to Briggs & Stratton Corporation
  • Patent number: 10393086
    Abstract: A system and method for enhancing spark generation in an ignition coil of an internal combustion engine at low rotational speeds of the flywheel. The method and system monitor the rotational speed of the flywheel and, when the rotational speed of the flywheel is below a threshold rotational speed, the system and method supplies voltage pulses to the primary winding. The timing of the voltage pulses supplied to the primary winding are triggered off of voltage transitions in pulses induced in the primary winding upon rotation of the flywheel. Once the internal combustion engine has started, the switching device transitions into a second condition to disconnect the electrical storage device from the primary winding. The spark generation system of the present disclosure allows for starting of an internal combustion engine upon slower rope pull starting or upon discharge of a starter battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Robert John Koenen, Jason A. Hansen, Andrew Paskov
  • Publication number: 20190251817
    Abstract: A generator includes an engine, an air-fuel mixing device coupled to the engine, where the air-fuel mixing device is structured to receive air from an air intake and combine the air with fuel to create an air/fuel mixture, an exhaust outlet positioned on a first side of the generator and coupled to the engine, wherein the exhaust outlet is structured to emit exhaust gases from the engine, and a carbon monoxide (CO) sensor positioned on a second side of the generator opposite the exhaust outlet, where the CO sensor is structured to detect CO concentration near the generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan D. Janscha, David W. Procknow, Brandon Nigh, Mark David Willer
  • Publication number: 20190230850
    Abstract: A system for providing autonomous lawn care services. The system includes a number of autonomous outdoor power devices, and one or more service vehicles. The one or more service vehicles are configured to selectively load and unload one or more of the autonomous outdoor power devices at a jobsite based on instructions received by a controller of the one or more service vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Todd Johnson, Bob Pjevach, Kyle Harvey, Nick Zeidler, Jacob Schmalz, Doug Shears, Jeff Zeiler, Ryan Hahn
  • Publication number: 20190217319
    Abstract: A sprayer equipment includes a support frame, a pump, a pressure regulator, a concentrate tank, an injector, a spray nozzle, and a controller. The support frame has a plurality of wheels. The pump is coupled to the support frame and includes a pump inlet configured to be fluidly coupled to a water source and a pump outlet providing water at an increased water pressure. The pressure regulator is configured to control the pressure of the water. The concentrate tank is supported by the support frame and configured to store a concentrate fluid. The injector is fluidly coupled to the concentrate tank and configured to inject the concentrate fluid into the water. The spray nozzle is fluidly coupled to the pump outlet and the injector. The controller is coupled to the injector and is configured to control operation of the injector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle Harvey, Todd Johnson, Jeffrey Zeiler
  • Publication number: 20190178219
    Abstract: A battery pack for use in providing starting power for a starter motor of an internal combustion engine and to supply power to one or more auxiliary loads. The battery pack includes an outer housing that encloses a plurality of battery cells. The battery pack further includes a control module. The control module includes a processing circuit configured to control one or more functions associated with the internal combustion engine and an interface circuit configured to interface with the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Koenen
  • Publication number: 20190181679
    Abstract: A smart switching panel for selectively connecting either a primary power supply or a secondary power supply to a plurality of electric loads. The switching panel includes a plurality of switching elements each connected to both the primary and secondary power supplies. A controller of the switching panel operates to cause the switching element to transition between a first position in which the primary power supply is connected to the electric load, a second position in which the secondary power supply is connected to the electric load and an open condition. A current sensor is positioned to monitor the amount of current drawn by the electric load and is connected to the controller such that the controller can monitor the amount of current drawn by each of the electric loads. The controller can transition each of the switching elements to the open condition when the current draw exceeds a current threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Northway, Michael A. Miller
  • Publication number: 20190178220
    Abstract: A snowthrower includes an internal combustion engine and a starter battery pack that provides electrical power to operate an electric starter motor. The starter battery pack is received within a receptacle of the snowthrower and is selectively coupled to the starter motor to initiate operation of the internal combustion engine. The starter battery pack can further include a battery heating circuit that is operable to heat the starter battery pack above ambient temperatures to increase the current output of the starter battery pack. The battery heating circuit includes a controller that utilizes electrical power from the starter battery pack to heat the starter battery pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Zeiler, Robert John Koenen, Dale Van Patten, Jason Andrew Hansen
  • Patent number: 10319207
    Abstract: A generator includes an engine, an air-fuel mixing device coupled to the engine, where the air-fuel mixing device is configured to receive air from an air intake and combine the air with fuel to create an air/fuel mixture, an exhaust outlet positioned on a first side of the generator and coupled to the engine, wherein the exhaust outlet is configured to emit exhaust gases from the engine, and a carbon monoxide (CO) sensor positioned on a second side of the generator opposite the exhaust outlet, where the CO sensor is configured to detect CO concentration near the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan D. Janscha, David W. Procknow, Brandon Nigh, Mark David Willer
  • Publication number: 20190169809
    Abstract: A snow thrower including an auger housing, a center snow impelling blade housed within the auger housing, a first blade positioned on a first side of the center snow impelling blade and configured to be driven about a rotational axis of a drive shaft, and a second blade positioned on a second side of the center snow impelling blade and configured to be driven about the rotational axis of the drive shaft. The first blade and the second blade are housed within the auger housing and configured to drive snow to the center snow impelling blade. The auger housing directs snow to the center snow impelling blade, the first blade, and the second blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION
    Inventors: James W. MAST, Samuel J. GERRITTS
  • Publication number: 20190160972
    Abstract: A scalable power unit for powering one or more electric motors of a riding vehicle and/or a piece of outdoor power equipment. The scalable power unit includes a number of interconnected battery packs. The battery packs can be received in a battery tray or stacked to form the scalable power unit. Each battery pack can be removed and used separately or added to a combination of battery packs. A control unit selectively opens and closes switching elements to separately control the connections between the battery packs and an electrical load, such as a motor. During charging, the control unit opens and closes the switching elements to control the charging rate of the individual battery packs. When the battery packs are connected to an electric load, the control unit controls the state of the switching elements to selectively discharge the battery packs to power the riding vehicle and/or electric loads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Zeiler, Robert John Koenen, Jacob Schmalz, Albert Liu, Nick Zeidler, Scott Funke, David Procknow
  • Patent number: 10286778
    Abstract: Outdoor equipment, such as a lawn mower, includes a frame, a riding area, front wheels, and a wheel assembly. One wheel assembly includes an outer plate, a rotating bracket pivotally connected to the outer plate, a primary wheel supported by the rotating bracket, and a secondary wheel supported by the rotating bracket. The rotating bracket is rotatable about a pivot axis, the primary wheel is axially offset from the pivot axis, and the secondary wheel is axially offset from the primary wheel and from the pivot axis. In use, the rotating bracket consistently provides two points of contact (one by the primary wheel and another through the secondary wheel) by rotating automatically about the pivot axis due to gravity and forces transferred through the wheels. This enhanced distribution of forces may provide a more comfortable, cushioned riding experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher M. Krajewski
  • Publication number: 20190136808
    Abstract: A fuel delivery injector includes a housing, an end cap including an inlet port fluidly coupled to a cavity to direct fuel vapor and liquid fuel into the cavity and an outlet port fluidly coupled to the cavity to direct fuel vapor and liquid fuel out of the cavity, a magnetic assembly fixedly positioned within the cavity, and a pumping assembly including a bobbin and a piston. A return spring is coupled to the pumping assembly to bias the pumping assembly to a home position and a valve assembly including a biasing spring is positioned between an inlet chamber and an outlet chamber. The liquid fuel entering the housing through the inlet port flows from the inlet port to the cavity and fuel vapor entering the housing through the inlet port is directed through a conduit to the outlet port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Michael D. Pitcel, David W. Procknow, Jacob Zuehl, David A. Kratz
  • Patent number: 10280870
    Abstract: A combined heat and power system includes a liquid-cooled internal combustion engine, an air-cooled alternator, an air-to-water heat exchanger, and a coolant-to water heat exchanger. The liquid-cooled internal combustion engine includes a liquid cooling system configured to cool the engine with coolant thereby heating the coolant. The air-cooled alternator is configured to be driven by the internal combustion engine to produce electricity. The alternator includes an air cooling system configured to cool the alternator thereby heating air. The air-to-water heat exchanger is configured to receive heated air and water in a heat exchange relationship to preheat the water and cool the air. The coolant-to-water heat exchanger is configured to place heated coolant and preheated water from the air-to-water heat exchanger in a heat exchange relationship to further heat the water and cool the coolant. The coolant-to-water heat exchanger provides heated water to the housing water outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventor: Jacob J. Schmalz
  • Patent number: 10263485
    Abstract: An engine control system includes an engine, crankshaft, and a flywheel. The flywheel is coupled to the crankshaft of the engine and includes a number of magnets arranged axially along a first side. The system further includes a printed circuit board including a number of coils integrated into the circuit board. The printed circuit board is positioned such that a first face of the printed circuit board is positioned parallel to the first side of the flywheel. Power is generated by the flywheel rotating and causing the magnetic fields associated with the magnets to induce a current though the coils integrated into the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Koenen, Jason Hansen
  • Publication number: 20190107096
    Abstract: A battery pack for use in providing starting power for a starter motor of an internal combustion engine and to supply power to one or more auxiliary loads. The battery pack includes an outer housing that encloses a plurality of battery cells. A control unit is positioned within the outer housing and is connected to at least a starter switching element and an auxiliary switching element. The control unit controls the position of both the starter switching element and the auxiliary switching element to selectively connect the battery cells to the starter motor and the auxiliary loads. The battery pack further includes an ignition input terminal that is connected to the ignition circuit of the internal combustion engine such that the control unit can monitor the operational status of the internal combustion engine. The control unit can selectively ground the ignition coil of the ignition circuit to enable and/or terminate operation of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Koenen, Jason A. Hansen, Andrew Paskov
  • Publication number: 20190107062
    Abstract: Portable jobsite equipment includes a generator including an internal combustion engine and an alternator. The internal combustion engine includes a first cylinder including a first spark plug configured to create a first electrical spark, a second cylinder including a second spark plug configured to create a second electrical spark, an electronic control unit configured to activate and deactivate at least one of the first cylinder and the second cylinder, and a load source receiving supplied power from the generator. The electronic control unit activates one of the first cylinder and the second cylinder in response to a threshold increase of the load source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Koenen, Jason Hansen
  • Publication number: 20190101092
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine includes an engine block, an electric motor, a worm coupled to and rotated by the electric motor, a worm gear coupled to and configured to be rotated by the worm, a crankshaft configured to rotate about a crankshaft axis, a flywheel including a flywheel cup having flywheel protrusions, a clutch driven by the worm gear and configured to engage the one or more flywheel protrusions such that the crankshaft is rotated, and an energy storage device electrically coupled to the electric motor. The clutch is configured to disengage from the flywheel protrusions when the rotational speed of the crankshaft exceeds the rotational speed of the worm gear. When the electric motor is activated, the electric motor rotates the worm rotating the worm gear, which causes the clutch to engage the flywheel protrusions, transferring worm gear rotation to the flywheel and the crankshaft to rotate the engine for starting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Mark MEYER, David W. PROCKNOW
  • Patent number: D852319
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Adam J. Hellman, John Schneiker
  • Patent number: D853319
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: James Nommensen, Paul D. Kluck, Matthew Markowski, Robert Koenen, Dale S. DiIulio, Bart Mayer, Brian D. Neeley
  • Patent number: D854650
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Adam J. Hellman, John Schneiker