Patents by Inventor Brian M. Steurer

Brian M. Steurer has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8803040
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a system for reducing peak power usage of an electromechanically controlled cooking appliance is provided. The system includes at least one infinite switch, one or more heating units, at least one of which comprising at least two separately controllable resistive heating elements, a control operatively coupled to the one or more heating units, the control being configured to receive and process a utility state signal indicative of the current state of an associated utility, wherein the one or more heating units include at least one relay switch configured to selectively enable and disable energization of one of the elements in response to the utility state signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Brian M. Steurer
  • Patent number: 8541719
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a system for reducing peak power consumption in an electromechanically controlled cooking appliance is provided. The system comprises a surface heating unit comprising at least one duty cycle controlled surface heating element, a temperature controlled oven heating element, a controller configured to receive and process utility state signals indicative of the operating state of an associated utility, and a switch responsive to the controller, switchable between a first state and a second state for selectively coupling the oven heating element to a first relatively high voltage power supply and a second relatively low voltage power supply respectively. The controller is configured to switch the switch to the first and second states as a function of the utility state signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Brian M. Steurer
  • Patent number: 8201304
    Abstract: An apparatus including a frame, a door and a compliant hinge mechanism hingably mounting the door to the frame, the compliant hinge mechanism including a resistance configured to provide a preload to balance the door in a first open position and an increasing force resisting further opening of the door when the preload is overcome and the door is opened past the first open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brian M. Steurer, Timothy Scott Shaffer
  • Patent number: 8190302
    Abstract: A system for reducing peak power usage in a cooking appliance having an oven cavity therein is provided. The system includes at least one power consuming unit with at least two separately controllable elements, a user adjustable electromechanical switching device for controlling energization of the at least one power consuming unit, a control configured to receive and process a utility state signal indicative of the current state of an associated utility; and an element switching device responsive to the control and configured to selectively enable and disable energization of one of the elements in response to the utility state signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ashley Wayne Burt, Brian M. Steurer, Mark Davis Johnson
  • Publication number: 20120097147
    Abstract: An extension rack assembly is mountable within and removable from a consumer appliance side walls. The extension rack assembly is movable between an overlapped position and an extended position. A mechanism is provided for automatically securing the extension rack assembly in the consumer appliance when the extension rack assembly within the side walls is moved from the overlapped position to the extended position and for allowing removal of the extension rack assembly when the extension rack is maintained in the overlapped position and slid from the side walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian M. Steurer, Eric Scott Johnson
  • Publication number: 20110139141
    Abstract: An oven cavity for an oven or range appliance includes a heat-stable base substrate, and a hard ceramic coating disposed on the base substrate. The hard ceramic coating is a poly-condensated silicone, polymeric silazane or poly-ceramic coating composition. A method of forming a surface for an oven or range appliance is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Timothy Scott Shaffer, Donald Joseph Breit, John Mark Smith, Brian M. Steurer, Daniel Joseph Trice
  • Publication number: 20110095017
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a system for reducing peak power consumption in an electromechanically controlled cooking appliance is provided. The system comprises a surface heating unit comprising at least one duty cycle controlled surface heating element, a temperature controlled oven heating element, a controller configured to receive and process utility state signals indicative of the operating state of an associated utility, and a switch responsive to the controller, switchable between a first state and a second state for selectively coupling the oven heating element to a first relatively high voltage power supply and a second relatively low voltage power supply respectively. The controller is configured to switch the switch to the first and second states as a function of the utility state signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Brian M. Steurer
  • Publication number: 20110071696
    Abstract: A system for reducing peak power usage in a cooking appliance having an oven cavity therein is provided. The system includes at least one power consuming unit with at least two separately controllable elements, a user adjustable electromechanical switching device for controlling energization of the at least one power consuming unit, a control configured to receive and process a utility state signal indicative of the current state of an associated utility; and an element switching device responsive to the control and configured to selectively enable and disable energization of one of the elements in response to the utility state signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: Ashley Wayne Burt, Brian M. Steurer, Mark Davis Johnson
  • Publication number: 20110062142
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a system for reducing peak power usage of an electromechanically controlled cooking appliance is provided. The system includes at least one infinite switch, one or more heating units, at least one of which comprising at least two separately controllable resistive heating elements, a control operatively coupled to the one or more heating units, the control being configured to receive and process a utility state signal indicative of the current state of an associated utility, wherein the one or more heating units include at least one relay switch configured to selectively enable and disable energization of one of the elements in response to the utility state signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventor: Brian M. Steurer
  • Publication number: 20100212112
    Abstract: An apparatus including a frame, a door and a compliant hinge mechanism hingably mounting the door to the frame, the compliant hinge mechanism including a resistance configured to provide a preload to balance the door in a first open position and an increasing force resisting further opening of the door when the preload is overcome and the door is opened past the first open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Brian M. Steurer, Timothy Scott Shaffer
  • Publication number: 20100092625
    Abstract: A cooking appliance comprises one or more power consuming features/functions including at least one of a cooking cavity having a heating element and a cooking surface having a surface heating element. A controller is configured to receive and process a signal indicative of current state of an associated energy supplying utility. The controller operates the cooking appliance in one of a plurality of operating modes, including at least a normal operating mode and an energy savings mode, in response to the received signal. The controller is configured to at least one of selectively delay, adjust and disable at least one of the one or more power consuming features/functions to reduce power consumption of the cooking appliance in the energy savings mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Michael F. Finch, John K. Besore, Timothy Dale Worthington, Brian M. Steurer, Derrick Douglas Little, Ashley Wayne Burt, Patrick Ryan Cox, Craig Nold, Jeff Donald Drake, Jeremy Joseph Ryan, Darin Franks, Steven Keith Root, Natarajan Venkatakrishnan, Eric Watson, Jeffrey S. Weber
  • Patent number: 6843243
    Abstract: A gas cooking appliance includes at least one gas cooking element and a gas lockout valve assembly in line with the at least one gas cooking element. The gas lockout valve assembly includes a valve and a motor configured to open or close the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Brian M. Steurer
  • Publication number: 20040069293
    Abstract: A gas cooking appliance includes at least one gas cooking element and a gas lockout valve assembly in line with the at least one gas cooking element. The gas lockout valve assembly includes a valve and a motor configured to open or close the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Brian M. Steurer
  • Patent number: 6474954
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an oilless air compressor having a cooling system with a drive unit operating a crankshaft disposed within a crankcase and to which is attached a pair of pistons movable within corresponding compression cylinders. A blower wheel is concentrically mounted to the crankshaft adjacent the exterior of the crankcase. Each compression cylinder includes a thermally conductive cylinder insert which a bore in which the corresponding piston rides. A thermally conductive heat sink having a plurality of annular cooling fins is cast integrally to the outer diameter of each cylinder insert and connected to the crankcase such that the compression cylinders and the crankcase are completely enclosed. Each cylinder insert is made of an aluminum alloy, preferably having a low silicon content and a high melting point so that it can be insert cast within the cooling fin and anodized without degrading the surface finish of its inner bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Thomas Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony D. Bell, Brian M. Steurer
  • Patent number: 5584675
    Abstract: An air compressor cylinder sleeve is formed from an extrusion having a central passage surrounded by a plurality of closed sided passages. Preferably, grooves are formed between adjacent ones of the closed sided passages. The extrusion is cut into individual cylinder sleeves which are mounted on compressor housings. The central passage receives a piston which is reciprocated by an eccentric on a motor shaft. The ends of the closed sided passages adjacent the housing open into the interior of the housing and the opposite ends of the passages open to atmosphere. A fan on the motor shaft causes air to flow through the compressor housing and through the closed sided passages to cool the cylinder sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Assignee: Devilbiss Air Power Company
    Inventors: Brian M. Steurer, S. Shane Dexter
  • Patent number: 5343777
    Abstract: This invention is directed to an improved eccentric crank assembly for a reciprocating piston type air compressor. The eccentric crank assembly includes an eccentric plate, a compressor shaft, and an eccentric shaft. The eccentric plate is provided with a pair of parallel overlapping openings formed therethrough. The compressor shaft includes one end provided with a flat angled surface, and the eccentric shaft includes one end provided with a corresponding flat angled surface. The angled surface ends of the shafts are disposed within the openings of the plate. When the eccentric shaft is moved away from the compressor shaft, the angled flat surfaces force the shafts radially apart and into engagement with the openings of the eccentric plate, thereby locking the shafts and the eccentric plate together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: DeVilbiss Air Power Company
    Inventors: Mark W. Wood, Brian M. Steurer