Patents by Inventor Brian Northway

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

  • Publication number: 20200161862
    Abstract: An electrical system is operable to supply power from at least one of a primary power source or a standby power source to multiple electrical loads. The electrical system is configured to be provided between an electricity meter and a meter socket. The electrical system includes a housing, multiple contacts configured to be coupled with the meter socket, and a transfer switch for selectively connecting the primary power source or the standby power source to multiple electrical loads. The standby power source includes a battery bank including multiple storage batteries and a control module connected to the transfer switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph Rubens, Michael Miller, Brian Northway
  • Publication number: 20200067436
    Abstract: A generator management system is provided. The generator management system includes a generator and including an engine, a controller communicably coupled and operatively coupled to the generator to control operation of the generator. The controller includes a load sensing circuit structured to receive a load value of the engine, a fuel level sensing circuit structured to receive a fuel level value of a fuel source supplying fuel to the engine, and an evaluation circuit. The evaluation circuit structured to receive the load value of the engine from the load sensing circuit, receive the fuel level value from the fuel level sensing circuit, evaluate the load value and the fuel value to determine a remaining runtime of the generator, and control the generator to selectively supply power to a subset of one or more load sources based on the remaining runtime of the generator and a desired runtime of the generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventor: Brian Northway
  • Patent number: 10574053
    Abstract: A method and system for supplying electric power to a plurality of priority loads from either a utility power source or a secondary power source, such as a generator. A control unit monitors the power draw by each of a plurality of priority loads and base loads during the supply of electric power from the utility power source. When the supply of power from the utility power source is interrupted, the control unit determines the number of the priority loads that can be powered by the secondary power source based on the monitored power draw of the priority and base loads prior to power interruption. The secondary power source is activated and the determined number of priority loads is immediately connected to the secondary power source without delay. When the utility power source returns, the system and method transfers utility power back to all of the priority and base loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon M. Batzler, Sie Teong Lim, Todd Plichta, Nicholas Demos, Brian Northway, Michael Miller
  • 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: 20190018379
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling and monitoring a plurality of wireless devices at a secondary power source, such as a standby generator. The standby generator received information from one or more wireless devices in a home and either modifies the operation of the generator or modifies the operation of the wireless devices. The system can include one or more power management modules that monitor the operation of large power consuming loads, such as air conditioners. The power management modules communicate to the standby generator, which can control the operation of the load through the power management module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Miller, Brian Northway
  • Publication number: 20180131187
    Abstract: A method and system for supplying electric power to a plurality of priority loads from either a utility power source or a secondary power source, such as a generator. A control unit monitors the power draw by each of a plurality of priority loads and base loads during the supply of electric power from the utility power source. When the supply of power from the utility power source is interrupted, the control unit determines the number of the priority loads that can be powered by the secondary power source based on the monitored power draw of the priority and base loads prior to power interruption. The secondary power source is activated and the determined number of priority loads is immediately connected to the secondary power source without delay. When the utility power source returns, the system and method transfers utility power back to all of the priority and base loads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon M. Batzler, Sie Teong Lim, Todd Plichta, Nicholas Demos, Brian Northway, Michael Miller
  • Patent number: 9887546
    Abstract: A method and system for supplying electric power to a plurality of priority loads from either a utility power source or a secondary power source, such as a generator. A control unit monitors the power draw by each of a plurality of priority loads and base loads during the supply of electric power from the utility power source. When the supply of power from the utility power source is interrupted, the control unit determines the number of the priority loads that can be powered by the secondary power source based on the monitored power draw of the priority and base loads prior to power interruption. The secondary power source is activated and the determined number of priority loads is immediately connected to the secondary power source without delay. When the utility power source returns, the system and method transfers utility power back to all of the priority and base loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon M. Batzler, Sie Teong Lim, Todd Plichta, Nicholas Demos, Brian Northway, Michael Miller