Patents by Inventor Roberto Vercesi

Roberto Vercesi 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: 5254935
    Abstract: A monitoring circuit for an electrical generator for recharging a motor vehicle battery. The monitoring circuit includes a driver transistor, a field coil current sensor, and driver circuit. The collector-emitter path of the driver transistor is connected in series to the field coil of the generator and a direct current voltage source. The field coil current sensor provides a signal indicative of the current flowing in the field coil. The driver circuit drives the transistor as a function of the voltage produced by the generator and the signal provided by the field coil current sensor. The driver circuit includes a detector circuit and a processing and comparison circuit. The detector circuit is connected to a phase of the generator and provides a signal indicative of the generator's rotation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Marelli Autronica S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Vercesi, Marcello Boella
  • Patent number: 5151646
    Abstract: The system includes a current generator including an alternator and an associated rectifier whose output is connected by a cable to a terminal of a battery. A switch is connected to that terminal of the battery and an indicator lamp connected in series with the switch is switched on when no current is supplied by the generator. A voltage regulator is connected to the field winding of the generator and has first and second inputs connected to the output of the generator and to the lamp respectively. The voltage regulator includes a control circuit for monitoring the potential difference between the first and second inputs of the voltage regulator and for switching on the lamp if that potential difference is greater than a pre-established reference value when the generator is operating. This enables any interruption of the connection between the generator and the battery to be indicated to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1992
    Assignee: Marelli Autronica SpA
    Inventors: Roberto Vercesi, Roberto Bettini
  • Patent number: 5132605
    Abstract: A system for recharging a battery includes a current generator, a switch operable by a key and connected to the battery, an indicator lamp connected in series with the switch, and a voltage regulator with first and second inputs connected to the output of the generator and to the lamp, respectively. The regulator includes a circuit for regulating the current supplied to the field winding of the alternator in dependence on the voltage supplied by the generator, a supply circuit for supplying the voltage regulator circuit, and control circuit for enabling the supply circuit to operate when a current is flowing in the lamp and when the generator is in operation. The control circuit includes a comparator connected to the second input of the regulator, and hence to the lamp, and adapted to supply an enabling signal to the supply circuit when the voltage at the second terminal exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Assignee: Marelli Autronica SpA
    Inventors: Marcello Boella, Roberto Vercesi