Patents by Inventor Richard P. Kolb

Richard P. Kolb 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: 20190324178
    Abstract: A photochromic article is provided, containing a structural component, a fluid in contact with the structural component, and a photochromic organic dye in contact with the fluid; and a barrier layer disposed on the structural component to provide a barrier for the fluid and photochromic organic dye. The structural component includes a polymeric material that is porous, includes a plurality of cavities, or a combination thereof. A method of changing a light transmission of a photochromic article is provided. A method of forming a photochromic article is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Adam D. Miller, Donovan G. Weiblen, III, William Blake Kolb, Thomas P. Klun, Richard J. Pokorny
  • Patent number: 8274348
    Abstract: A single coil solenoid includes a permanent magnet with bi-directional assist capabilities. The solenoid includes an armature that during de-energization of a single coil of wire is attracted to the permanent magnet thereby maintaining a hold position and during energization of the single coil has a polarity that repels the permanent magnet thereby creating a push/pull force. In this regard, the permanent magnet operates to not only hold the armature but also is used to push the armature when current is induced in the single coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Woodward, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard P. Kolb, Kevin G. Nowobilski
  • Patent number: 7280019
    Abstract: A single coil solenoid includes a permanent magnet with bidirectional assist capabilities. The solenoid includes an armature that during de-energization of a single coil of wire is attracted to the permanent magnet thereby maintaining a hold position and during energization of the single coil has a polarity that repels the permanent magnet thereby creating a push/pull force. In this regard, the permanent magnet operates to not only hold the armature but also is used to push the armature when current is induced in the single coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Woodward Governor Company
    Inventors: Richard P. Kolb, Kevin G. Nowobilski
  • Patent number: 6792910
    Abstract: A cylinder block assembly for an internal combustion engine having a cylinder block and a plurality of cylinders includes an oil port in each of the cylinders. An annular groove is located in each cylinder wall so that oil flowing from the oil port flows into the annular groove to lubricate the skirt of the piston. An opening may be located in the piston so that oil flowing from the oil port flows into and through the piston opening when the piston is at a predetermined position, thereby directly injecting oil into the piston to lubricate the wrist pin of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.
    Inventors: David Haman, Richard P. Kolb
  • Publication number: 20040076528
    Abstract: The present invention, in one form, is a fuel pump having increased pump inlet suction and outlet pressures as compared to known fuel pumps. Such pressure increases enable use of one fuel pump even with an engine including multiple cylinder banks, and facilitates elimination of vapor and air bubbles in the fuel. The fuel pump also does not include small, or narrow passages that are prone to be clogged by dirt or the like. More specifically, and in one embodiment, the fuel pump includes a pump housing including an inlet and an outlet. An inlet nozzle extends from the inlet, and -an outlet nozzle extends from the outlet. The inlet nozzle is configured to be coupled to a fuel line extending from a fuel tank, and the outlet nozzle is configured to be coupled to a fuel line extending to the engine block. The pump further includes first and second pump inlet covers. Each cover includes an air nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Applicant: PILLSBURY WINTHROP LLP
    Inventors: Richard P. Kolb, David Hartke, James C. Kantola
  • Patent number: 6695659
    Abstract: An oil system for a two-stroke outboard marine engine is disclosed. The oil system includes an oil system housing having an inlet, an outlet, and an oil return. The housing includes an oil filter base to receive a replaceable oil filter thereon. The oil is routed in a closed loop that includes an oil reservoir, the inlet to the oil system housing, through the replaceable oil filter, and is then returned to the oil reservoir. Periodically, a solenoid opens the closed loop system to divert oil to the two-stroke engine, at which time a remote vent valve is activated to allow air to enter the oil reservoir to displace the dispensed oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Bombardier Motor Corporation of America
    Inventors: Richard P. Kolb, David J. Hartke
  • Patent number: 6659120
    Abstract: A vent control system having a closed biased vent valve is used to separate vapor and/or air from a liquid in an enclosed chamber. The closed biased vent valve has a float having an upwardly extending float arm which cooperates with a lever arm of the closed biased vent valve to prevent unintended release of vapor or liquid from the enclosed chamber. The upwardly extending float arm and the lever arm are coupled to one another when the float is located beneath a designated level in the enclosed chamber and are decoupled from one another when the float rises above the designated level. The vent control system is much less susceptible to vibration induced vent opening than a traditional vent valve. The vent control system is well suited for use in a fuel vapor separator that includes a housing having the enclosed chamber formed within it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Bombardier Motor Corporation of America
    Inventors: Richard P. Kolb, Harvey Ruth
  • Patent number: 6644250
    Abstract: The present invention includes a distribution manifold for evenly distributing engine oil to the cylinders of an internal combustion engine, as well as, directing oil and purging any air accompanying the oil through the fuel system of an internal combustion engine. The manifold includes a plurality of cylinder oiling outlet housings, each having a number of cylinder oiling valves corresponding to the number of cylinders in an internal combustion engine. The distribution manifold has a centrally-located dome in fluid communication with the cylinder oiling outlet housings. Extending from the apex of the dome is a fuel system outlet housing also having an oiling valve to regulate the flow of oil to the fuel system. A notch extends along the upper interior surface of the centrally-located dome in fluid communication with the fuel system outlet housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Bombardier Motor Corporation of America
    Inventors: James C. Kantola, Richard P. Kolb, David J. Hartke
  • Patent number: 6612528
    Abstract: A compound mounting bracket for attaching a solenoid to a structure is disclosed. The compound mounting bracket comprises a first and second plate, each having a first edge and a second distal edge. The second distal edge of the first plate is connectable to a first mounting point on a solenoid. The second distal edge of the second plate extends in a direction generally transverse to the first edge of the second plate, thereby defining a dihedral angle between the first plate and the second plate. The second plate is connectable at its second distal edge to a second mounting point on the solenoid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Synchro-Start Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Terence L. Collins, Peter J. Stocco, Joseph L. Schneider, Richard P. Kolb
  • Patent number: 6595814
    Abstract: A fuel storage and supply apparatus (22) for a watercraft (10) incorporating a plurality of connections (50,66) penetrating a housing (32) in a single opening in a fuel tank (12). Each connection is sealed by a radial O-ring (56,68) so that the connection may be rotated about a longitudinal axis without adversely affecting the seal. A single opening (34) in the tank may thereby be used to provide connections for a fill tube (66), fuel tube (50), vent (86), and electrical penetrations (150) for an in-tank pump (136) or level sensor (156).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Bombardier Motor Corporation of America
    Inventors: David J. Hartke, Richard P. Kolb
  • Publication number: 20030132358
    Abstract: A compound mounting bracket for attaching a solenoid to a structure is disclosed. The compound mounting bracket comprises a first and second plate, each having a first edge and a second distal edge. The second distal edge of the first plate is connectable to a first mounting point on a solenoid. The second distal edge of the second plate extends in a direction generally transverse to the first edge of the second plate, thereby defining a dihedral angle between the first plate and the second plate. The second plate is connectable at its second distal edge to a second mounting point on the solenoid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventors: Terence L. Collins, Peter J. Stocco, Joseph L. Schneider, Richard P. Kolb
  • Publication number: 20030039558
    Abstract: The present invention, in one form, is a fuel pump having increased pump inlet suction and outlet pressures as compared to known fuel pumps. Such pressure increases enable use of one fuel pump even with an engine including multiple cylinder banks, and facilitates elimination of vapor and air bubbles in the fuel. The fuel pump also does not include small, or narrow passages that are prone to be clogged by dirt or the like. More specifically, and in one embodiment, the fuel pump includes a pump housing including an inlet and an outlet. An inlet nozzle extends from the inlet, and an outlet nozzle extends from the outlet. The inlet nozzle is configured to be coupled to a fuel line extending from a fuel tank, and the outlet nozzle is configured to be coupled to a fuel line extending to the engine block. The pump further includes first and second pump inlet covers. Each cover includes an air nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2002
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventors: Richard P. Kolb, David Hartke, James C. Kantola
  • Publication number: 20030029396
    Abstract: Oil injection apparatus and methods for injecting oil directly between the cylinder sleeves and the pistons of both cylinder banks in a v-type engine are described. In one embodiment, and with respect to each cylinder, an oil port in the engine block extends to an annular groove in the cylinder wall. An oil pump supplies lubricating oil to the port via a conduit, and under the control of a control unit. In operation, if the piston is thrust into the cylinder wall at the location of the groove when oil is being injected, the oil flows into the groove and is dispersed as the piston moves past the groove on the next stroke. If the piston is not thrust into the cylinder wall at the time oil is introduced, the oil flows into the cylinder and is dispersed by the piston.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Inventors: David Haman, Richard P. Kolb
  • Publication number: 20030015154
    Abstract: An oil system for a two-stroke outboard marine engine is disclosed. The oil system includes an oil system housing having an inlet, an outlet, and an oil return. The housing includes an oil filter base to receive a replaceable oil filter thereon. The oil is routed in a closed loop that includes an oil reservoir, the inlet to the oil system housing, through the replaceable oil filter, and is then returned to the oil reservoir. Periodically, a solenoid opens the closed loop system to divert oil to the two-stroke engine, at which time a remote vent valve is activated to allow air to enter the oil reservoir to displace the dispensed oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Inventors: Richard P. Kolb, David J. Hartke
  • Publication number: 20020174894
    Abstract: A vent control system having a closed biased vent valve is used to separate vapor and/or air from a liquid in an enclosed chamber. The closed biased vent valve has a float having an upwardly extending float arm which cooperates with a lever arm of the closed biased vent valve to prevent unintended release of vapor or liquid from the enclosed chamber. The upwardly extending float arm and the lever arm are coupled to one another when the float is located beneath a designated level in the enclosed chamber and are decoupled from one another when the float rises above the designated level. The vent control system is much less susceptible to vibration induced vent opening than a traditional vent valve. The vent control system is well suited for use in a fuel vapor separator that includes a housing having the enclosed chamber formed within it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Inventors: Richard P. Kolb, Harvey Ruth
  • Patent number: 6485340
    Abstract: An electrically controlled shift and throttle system for a watercraft having multiple control stations is disclosed. The system has a number of control units having an elongated lever arm which can be moved in forward and reverse directions for shifting the transmission among forward, neutral, and reverse operating modes, as well as controlling the throttle of the engine for varying the operating speed thereof. The control units are electrically connected to a controller which also is electrically connected to a shift gear motor and throttle motor. Switches associated with each of the control units enables one of the control units to be selected as a master control unit and the nonselected control units then operate as slave units. During operation, the angular position of the master control unit lever arm is duplicated in the nonselected control units so that all control unit lever arms have the same angular orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Bombardier Motor Corporation of America
    Inventors: Richard P. Kolb, Gaylord M. Borst, Anthony P. Prince
  • Patent number: 6477992
    Abstract: The present invention, in one form, is an oiling system for an outboard engine and includes an oil tank and an oil pump located within the tank. A manifold is coupled to the oil pump, and the manifold includes a solenoid controlled valve. The solenoid controlled valve controls the flow of oil through the manifold. The manifold further includes a plurality of check valves in flow communication with the solenoid controlled valve. The check valves are in flow communication between the solenoid controlled valve and the engine cylinders. The oil system, in the one embodiment, further includes a pressure regulator in flow communication with, and downstream from, the manifold. An outlet of the pressure regulator in flow communication with the oil tank, and allows oil to flow from the manifold to the tank when pressure in the system exceeds a preselected pressure. The oil system also includes a fuel solenoid controlled valve coupled to receive oil from the manifold and to supply oil to the engine fuel system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Bombardier Motor Corporation of America
    Inventors: David J. Hartke, Richard P. Kolb
  • Patent number: 6478642
    Abstract: An oil system for a two-stroke outboard marine engine is disclosed. The oil system includes an oil system housing having an inlet, an outlet, and an oil return. The housing includes an oil filter base to receive a replaceable oil filter thereon. The oil is routed in a closed loop that includes an oil reservoir, the inlet to the oil system housing, through the replaceable oil filter, and is then returned to the oil reservoir. Periodically, a solenoid opens the closed loop system to divert oil to the two-stroke engine, at which time a remote vent valve is activated to allow air to enter the oil reservoir to displace the dispensed oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Bombardier Motor Corporation of America
    Inventors: Richard P. Kolb, David J. Hartke
  • Patent number: 6453877
    Abstract: A fuel delivery system uses a single electric fuel pump to deliver fuel to a fuel injected engine and returns excess fuel to the single electric fuel pump via a vapor separator and two pressure regulators. A primer bulb draws fuel from a fuel tank with a fuel supply line and transfers the fuel to the single electric fuel pump. The single electric fuel pump delivers fuel to a fuel rail assembly, which enables fuel to be distributed to each fuel injector during engine operation. A fuel return line connects the fuel rail assembly to the single electric fuel pump via the vapor separator to remove excess fuel from the fuel rail assembly and to transfer the excess fuel back to the single electric fuel pump for re-circulation. The first pressure regulator maintains a substantially constant pressure within the fuel injectors while the vapor separator purges entrained gas from the excess liquid fuel to avoid vapor lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Outboard Marine Corporation
    Inventors: Peter E. Lucier, Richard P. Kolb, Harvey Ruth
  • Patent number: D474398
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Synchro-Start Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Terence L. Collins, Peter J. Stocco, Joseph L. Schneider, Richard P. Kolb