Patents by Inventor John Burrows

John Burrows 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: 10826279
    Abstract: A spark plug having a shell with a ground electrode recess. A ground electrode having an insertion end, a firing end, and a round cross-sectional profile toward the insertion end is inserted into the ground electrode recess of the shell. An attachment portion surrounds at least a portion of the ground electrode and includes a solidified bonding material at a connection interface between the ground electrode and the shell. In some implementations, the ground electrode can have a copper core that extends further into the shell, past the distal end of the insulator. In some embodiments, the ground electrode has a sheath surrounding the copper core that has aluminum and a high weight percentage of nickel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Ignition LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Santana, Andreas Zeh, Rene Trebbels, Sofian Oeij, Kevin Miller, John Burrows, Sam Roe
  • Patent number: 10651631
    Abstract: A spark plug is specified, having a metal shell with an axial bore and a threaded section, having an insulator with an axial bore that is located at least partially inside the axial bore of the metal shell; a center electrode that is accommodated at least partially inside the axial bore of the insulator; a ground electrode that is held by the metal shell, wherein an end region of the ground electrode forms, together with the center electrode, an ignition gap, and having a sealing ring that extends at least between an outside shoulder of the insulator and an inside shoulder of the metal shell, wherein the sealing ring has polyaryl ether ketone (PAEK), preferably polyether ether ketone (PEEK).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: FEDERAL-MOGUL IGNITION GMBH
    Inventors: Malik Merke, John Burrows
  • Publication number: 20200028334
    Abstract: A spark plug is specified, having a metal shell with an axial bore and a threaded section, having an insulator with an axial bore that is located at least partially inside the axial bore of the metal shell; a center electrode that is accommodated at least partially inside the axial bore of the insulator; a ground electrode that is held by the metal shell, wherein an end region of the ground electrode forms, together with the center electrode, an ignition gap, and having a sealing ring that extends at least between an outside shoulder of the insulator and an inside shoulder of the metal shell, wherein the sealing ring has polyaryl ether ketone (PAEK), preferably polyether ether ketone (PEEK).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Maik Merke, John Burrows
  • Publication number: 20180331507
    Abstract: A spark ignition device includes a ceramic insulator with a metal shell surrounding at least a portion of the ceramic insulator. A ground electrode is attached to the shell. The ground electrode has a ground electrode sparking tip spaced from a central sparking tip by a spark gap. A first terminal is arranged in electrical communication with the central sparking tip and is configured for electrical connection with a power source. The device further includes a second terminal configured for electrical connection with the power source. The second terminal is spaced from the first terminal, with the second terminal being arranged in electrical communication with the first terminal. A heater element brings the first terminal in electrical communication with the second terminal and completes an electrical circuit. The heater element has a resistance greater than the first and second terminals thereby producing a significant source of heat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: JOHN BURROWS, PAUL TINWELL, ROBIN CLARKE
  • Patent number: 10027092
    Abstract: A spark ignition device includes a ceramic insulator with a metal shell surrounding at least a portion of the ceramic insulator. A ground electrode is attached to the shell. The ground electrode has a ground electrode sparking tip spaced from a central sparking tip by a spark gap. A first terminal is arranged in electrical communication with the central sparking tip and is configured for electrical connection with a power source. The device further includes a second terminal configured for electrical connection with the power source. The second terminal is spaced from the first terminal, with the second terminal being arranged in electrical communication with the first terminal. A heater element brings the first terminal in electrical communication with the second terminal and completes an electrical circuit. The heater element has a resistance greater than the first and second terminals thereby producing a significant source of heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Ignition Company
    Inventors: John Burrows, Paul Tinwell, Robin Clarke
  • Patent number: 9945347
    Abstract: A corona igniter comprises an electrode with a central extended member extending along a central axis and a crown extending radially outwardly from the central extended member. The central extended member has an extended length and the crown has a crown length. The extended length is greater than the crown length such that the extended member approaches a piston more closely than the crown. In addition, the firing tips of the crown each present a first spherical radius which is less than a second spherical radius of the central extended member. Thus, if arcing occurs, it forms from the central extended member, rather than from the crown. Accordingly, the firing tips of the crown experience less wear and remain sharp. In addition, due to the sizes of the spherical radii, corona discharge is more likely to form from the firing tips than from the central extended member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Ignition Company
    Inventors: John A. Burrows, Kristapher Mixell
  • Patent number: 9304059
    Abstract: A spark plug assembly has a ceramic insulator with a metal outer shell surrounding at least a portion of the insulator. A ground electrode is operatively attached to the outer shell and a center electrode having an elongate body extends through the insulator. The center electrode and the ground electrode provide a spark gap. A force sensor is received about the insulator. An annular inner shell is received between the outer shell and the insulator, wherein the inner shell has a surface configured to confront the insulator along an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Ignition Company
    Inventors: John A. Burrows, Paul Tinwell
  • Patent number: 9083156
    Abstract: An electrode core material that may be used in electrodes of spark plugs and other ignition devices to provide increased thermal conductivity to the electrodes. The electrode core material is a precipitate-strengthened copper alloy and includes precipitates dispersed within a copper (Cu) matrix such that the electrode core material has a multi-phase microstructure. In several exemplary embodiments, the precipitates include: particles of iron (Fe) and phosphorous, particles of beryllium, or particles of nickel and silicon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Ignition Company
    Inventors: Shuwei Ma, Richard L. Keller, John A. Burrows
  • Patent number: 8875565
    Abstract: This device includes an outer casing having: a first tubular zone (16) to the inside of which a finger (4) is fastened; a second tubular zone (40) of larger outside diameter than that of the first tubular zone (16) and extending the first tubular zone (16); and an elastically deformable part (18) of annular shape, extending in a plane transverse to the first tubular zone (16) and connecting the first tubular zone (16) to the second tubular zone (40). The pressure sensor (8) is placed between, on one side, an element (30) integral with the finger and, on the other side, a fixed element (20), called an interface, which is integral with the second tubular zone (40). The interface (20) has an axial contact zone (42) for contact with an element constituting the second tubular zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Federal-Mogul Italy SRL
    Inventors: Alain Ramond, John Burrows, Sandro Goretti
  • Patent number: 8860291
    Abstract: A spark plug having an integral gasoline combustion sensor is disclosed. The spark plug includes a center electrode assembly with a terminal stud at one end and a center electrode with a sparking surface at an opposite end; a generally tubular insulator surrounding the center electrode assembly; a shell surrounding the insulator and having along its length a turn-over on a first end, a barrel having an outer surface and barrel shoulder on a gasket flange thereof, a threaded portion, and a ground electrode; and a piezo sensor assembly located on the barrel shoulder proximate the outer surface of the barrel which includes a lower electrode contact, a piezo transducer, an upper electrode contact, an isolator having a convex upper surface, and an upper bushing which is attached to the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Ignition Company
    Inventors: Benjamin L'Henoret, Jan Haag, John A. Burrows, Robin Clarke, Paul Tinwell
  • Patent number: 8839752
    Abstract: The invention relates to a corona ignitor device configured to be fixed within a combustion chamber, including a housing extending between an upper end and a lower end of the ignitor device. Inductor windings are received in the housing between the upper and lower ends, and a magnetic shield located between the housing and the inductor windings prevent magnetic flux from emanating out of the ignitor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventors: John A. Burrows, James D. Lykowski
  • Publication number: 20140261270
    Abstract: A corona igniter comprises an electrode with a central extended member extending along a central axis and a crown extending radially outwardly from the central extended member. The central extended member has an extended length and the crown has a crown length. The extended length is greater than the crown length such that the extended member approaches a piston more closely than the crown. In addition, the firing tips of the crown each present a first spherical radius which is less than a second spherical radius of the central extended member. Thus, if arcing occurs, it forms from the central extended member, rather than from the crown. Accordingly, the firing tips of the crown experience less wear and remain sharp. In addition, due to the sizes of the spherical radii, corona discharge is more likely to form from the firing tips than from the central extended member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Federal-Mogul Ignition Company
    Inventors: John A. Burrows, Kristapher Mixell
  • Publication number: 20140232254
    Abstract: An electrode core material that may be used in electrodes of spark plugs and other ignition devices to provide increased thermal conductivity to the electrodes. The electrode core material is a precipitate-strengthened copper alloy and includes precipitates dispersed within a copper (Cu) matrix such that the electrode core material has a multi-phase microstructure. In several exemplary embodiments, the precipitates include: particles of iron (Fe) and phosphorous, particles of beryllium, or particles of nickel and silicon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Shuwei Ma, Richard L. Keller, John A. Burrows
  • Publication number: 20140202413
    Abstract: A spark ignition device includes a ceramic insulator with a metal shell surrounding at least a portion of the ceramic insulator. A ground electrode is attached to the shell. The ground electrode has a ground electrode sparking tip spaced from a central sparking tip by a spark gap. A first terminal is arranged in electrical communication with the central sparking tip and is configured for electrical connection with a power source. The device further includes a second terminal configured for electrical connection with the power source. The second terminal is spaced from the first terminal, with the second terminal being arranged in electrical communication with the first terminal. A heater element brings the first terminal in electrical communication with the second terminal and completes an electrical circuit. The heater element has a resistance greater than the first and second terminals thereby producing a significant source of heat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Federal-Mogul Ignition Company
    Inventors: John Burrows, Paul Tinwell, Robin Clarke
  • Patent number: 8707922
    Abstract: A spark ignition device includes a ceramic insulator with a metal shell surrounding at least a portion of the ceramic insulator. A ground electrode is attached to the shell. The ground electrode has a ground electrode sparking tip spaced from a central sparking tip by a spark gap. A first terminal is arranged in electrical communication with the central sparking tip and is configured for electrical connection with a power source. The device further includes a second terminal configured for electrical connection with the power source. The second terminal is spaced from the first terminal, with the second terminal being arranged in electrical communication with the first terminal. A heater element brings the first terminal in electrical communication with the second terminal and completes an electrical circuit. The heater element has a resistance greater than the first and second terminals thereby producing a significant source of heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Federal Mogul Ignition Company
    Inventors: John Burrows, Paul Tinwell, Robin Clarke
  • Publication number: 20130312505
    Abstract: A spark plug assembly has a ceramic insulator with a metal outer shell surrounding at least a portion of the insulator. A ground electrode is operatively attached to the outer shell and a center electrode having an elongate body extends through the insulator. The center electrode and the ground electrode provide a spark gap. A force sensor is received about the insulator. An annular inner shell is received between the outer shell and the insulator, wherein the inner shell has a surface configured to confront the insulator along an axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Federal-Mogul Ignition Company
    Inventors: John A. Burrows, Paul Tinwell
  • Patent number: 8578762
    Abstract: A spark plug assembly includes an insulator having an upper shoulder and a lower shoulder and a metal annular outer shell having an outer surface and a cavity bounded by an inner surface. The inner surface has a flange extending inwardly to confront the lower shoulder of the insulator. The outer shell has a proximal end and an opposite fastening end. The fastening end has an external threaded region and an annular sealing seat extending outwardly adjacent the flange. The outer shell has an annular shoulder extending radially between the sealing seat and the proximal end. The proximal end has a turnover axially confronting the upper shoulder of the insulator. A sensor assembly is received about the outer shell between the shoulder of the shell and the turnover. The sensor assembly is responsive to send a signal in response to relative axial movement between the insulator and the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Ignition Company
    Inventors: John A. Burrows, Paul Tinwell
  • Patent number: 8550130
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for filling reusable containers employing a plurality of moveable spigots located in a planar rectangular arrangement inside two frames positioned to move back and forth on X and Y axes to position a selected spigot over the open top of a reusable container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Martin John Burrows
  • Patent number: 8505366
    Abstract: A spark plug assembly has a ceramic insulator with a metal outer shell surrounding at least a portion of the insulator. A ground electrode is operatively attached to the outer shell and a center electrode having an elongate body extends through the insulator. The center electrode and the ground electrode provide a spark gap. A force sensor is received about the insulator. An annular inner shell is received between the outer shell and the insulator, wherein the inner shell has a surface configured to confront the insulator along an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Ignition Company
    Inventors: John A. Burrows, Paul Tinwell
  • Patent number: 8505511
    Abstract: A glow plug includes: a tubular body (2) having at one of its ends a plug head (10) as well as a zone for being fixed into a bore, an arm (4) mounted on the body (2) of the plug at the end opposite to the plug head (10), and secured to the body (2) in a linking zone (16), an elastically deformable portion (18), located between the linking zone (16) with the arm (4) and the zone fixing the plug body (2), such that the linking zone (16) is mobile and can move longitudinally relative to the so-called stationary fixing zone, and a pressure sensor (8) arranged between an element (30) secured to the linking zone (16) and a fixed element (20) of the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Federal-Mogul Ignition Srl
    Inventors: Alain Ramond, John Burrows, Sandro Goretti, Cyrille Patri, Laura Beretta