Patents by Inventor Ronald P. Rohrbach

Ronald P. Rohrbach 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: 20190214794
    Abstract: A spark plug includes an insulative sleeve. A glaze coating is disposed on an exterior surface of the insulative sleeve. The glaze coating includes a boric acid, a borosilicate glass, a barium borate glass, a phosphorous glass, a silicate glass, or a combination thereof. The glasses are independently modified with a modifier selected from the group consisting of alkali group metals, alkali earth group metals, aluminum, silicon, a halogen, or a combination thereof. The glaze coating has a softening point between about 650° C. and about 1100° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Jing ZHENG, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Peter D. UNGER, Jeffrey T. BOEHLER
  • Patent number: 9623350
    Abstract: An oil management system to reduce and remove the amount of soot, rust or other contaminating particles in oil used in an engine, the oil management system comprising an oil filter assembly including a filter element and an additive cartridge, the additive cartridge configured to provide a means for continuously dispersing a small quantity of additive into the oil; an oxidation prevention means to prevent or diminish oxidation of metal in the oil management system; and an oil condition monitoring sensor to measure various aspects of the oil in the oil management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: FRAM GROUP IP LLC
    Inventors: Ronald P. Rohrbach, Gerard W. Bilski, Brian Artz
  • Patent number: 9539531
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dispersing an additive from an additive cartridge disposed in a housing of an oil filter is provided. The method including the steps of: using stagnation pressure to disperse the additive from the additive cartridge; and regulating a flow rate of the additive from the additive cartridge by restricting an inlet opening of an outlet path of the additive cartridge, wherein a portion of the outlet path is formed in a surface of a first piece of a two piece connector providing fluid communication between and an interior and an exterior of the additive cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Fram Group IP, LLC
    Inventors: Gerard W. Bilski, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Zafar Hussain
  • Patent number: 9350143
    Abstract: A spark plug is provided. The spark plug has an insulative sleeve with a central axial bore and an exterior surface of a shaped tip portion. A coating is disposed on the exterior surface of the shaped tip portion and the coating comprises a transition metal compound or a combination of transition metal compounds, and an alkali metal compound. A center electrode extends through the central axial bore of the insulative sleeve. A metal sleeve is provided, wherein the insulating sleeve is positioned within, and secured to the metal shell. A ground electrode is coupled to the metal shell and positioned in a spaced relationship relative to the center electrode so as to define a spark gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Fram Group IP, LLC
    Inventors: Peter D. Unger, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Jeffrey T. Boehler, Jing Zheng
  • Patent number: 8981632
    Abstract: A spark plug is provided. The spark plug has an insulative sleeve with a central axial bore and an exterior surface of a shaped tip portion. A coating is disposed on the exterior surface of the shaped tip portion and the coating comprises a transition metal compound or a combination of transition metal compounds, and an alkali metal compound. A center electrode extends through the central axial bore of the insulative sleeve. A metal sleeve is provided, wherein the insulating sleeve is positioned within, and secured to, the metal shell. A ground electrode is coupled to the metal shell and positioned in a spaced relationship relative to the center electrode so as to define a spark gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Fram Group IP LLC
    Inventors: Peter D. Unger, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Jeffrey T. Boehler, Jing Zheng
  • Publication number: 20140246380
    Abstract: An oil management system to reduce and remove the amount of soot, rust or other contaminating particles in oil used in an engine, the oil management system comprising an oil filter assembly including a filter element and an additive cartridge, the additive cartridge configured to provide a means for continuously dispersing a small quantity of additive into the oil; an oxidation prevention means to prevent or diminish oxidation of metal in the oil management system; and an oil condition monitoring sensor to measure various aspects of the oil in the oil management system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Fram Group IP LLC
    Inventors: Ronald P. Rohrbach, Gerard W. Bilski, Brian Artz
  • Publication number: 20140230224
    Abstract: An improved oil filter, for use with an internal combustion engine, comprises a hollow filter housing defining a chamber therein and having an inlet and an outlet with a flow path therebetween; a mechanically active filter member disposed inside the filter housing in the flow path; and a chemically active filter member disposed inside the filter housing in the flow path. The chemically active filter member comprises a plurality of composite oil additive pellets. The plurality of pellets is interconnected to form a substantially integral permeable member, and the substantially integral permeable member is impregnated with an alkaline composition. The alkaline composition is provided to counteract acidic combustion products in lubricating oil in an internal combustion engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Fram Group IP LLC
    Inventors: Peter D. Unger, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Zafar Hussain, Weston H. Gerwin, Brian K. Artz, Daniel E. Bause
  • Patent number: 8795522
    Abstract: An improved oil filter, for use with an internal combustion engine, comprises a hollow filter housing defining a chamber therein and having an inlet and an outlet with a flow path therebetween; a mechanically active filter member disposed inside the filter housing in the flow path; and a chemically active filter member disposed inside the filter housing in the flow path. The chemically active filter member comprises a plurality of composite oil additive pellets. The plurality of pellets is interconnected to form a substantially integral permeable member, and the substantially integral permeable member is impregnated with an alkaline composition. The alkaline composition is provided to counteract acidic combustion products in lubricating oil in an internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Fram Group IP LLC
    Inventors: Peter D. Unger, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Zafar Hussain, Weston H. Gerwin, Brian K. Artz, Daniel E. Bause
  • Publication number: 20140150335
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dispersing an additive from an additive cartridge disposed in a housing of an oil filter is provided. The method including the steps of: using stagnation pressure to disperse the additive from the additive cartridge; and regulating a flow rate of the additive from the additive cartridge by restricting an inlet opening of an outlet path of the additive cartridge, wherein a portion of the outlet path is formed in a surface of a first piece of a two piece connector providing fluid communication between and an interior and an exterior of the additive cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Fram Group IP LLC
    Inventors: Gerard W. Bilski, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Zafar Hussain
  • Patent number: 8729784
    Abstract: An insulator for a spark plug is provided having an insulator tip. The insulator tip includes a feature extending radially inward from an exterior surface of the insulator tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Fram Group IP LLC
    Inventors: Ronald P. Rohrbach, Peter D. Unger, Jeffrey T. Boehler, Jing Zheng
  • Publication number: 20140131927
    Abstract: A spark plug is provided. The spark plug has an insulative sleeve with a central axial bore and an exterior surface of a shaped tip portion. A coating is disposed on the exterior surface of the shaped tip portion and the coating comprises a transition metal compound or a combination of transition metal compounds, and an alkali metal compound. A center electrode extends through the central axial bore of the insulative sleeve. A metal sleeve is provided, wherein the insulating sleeve is positioned within, and secured to the metal shell. A ground electrode is coupled to the metal shell and positioned in a spaced relationship relative to the center electrode so as to define a spark gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Peter D. Unger, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Jeffrey T. Boehler, Jing Zheng
  • Patent number: 8388838
    Abstract: A filter, comprising: a housing defining an inlet fluid opening and an outlet fluid opening, the inlet fluid opening and the outlet fluid opening defining a fluid path through the filter; a filter element disposed inside the filter housing, the filter element being disposed in the flow path such that fluid flowing through the flow path must pass through the filter element; and a dispersement device disposed within the housing, the dispersement device comprising a housing having at least one chamber for an additive disposed within the at least one chamber, the dispersement device further comprises a metering opening that is sealed with an oil soluble material the metering opening being in fluid communication with the at least one chamber when the oil soluble material is removed from the metering opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Fram Group IP LLC
    Inventors: Weston H. Gerwin, Michael S. Lynch, Nageswara R. Cheekala, Zafar Hussain, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Daniel E. Bause, Peter D Unger
  • Publication number: 20120299457
    Abstract: A spark plug is provided. The spark plug has an insulative sleeve with a central axial bore and an exterior surface of a shaped tip portion. A coating is disposed on the exterior surface of the shaped tip portion and the coating comprises a transition metal compound or a combination of transition metal compounds, and an alkali metal compound. A center electrode extends through the central axial bore of the insulative sleeve. A metal sleeve is provided, wherein the insulating sleeve is positioned within, and secured to, the metal shell. A ground electrode is coupled to the metal shell and positioned in a spaced relationship relative to the center electrode so as to define a spark gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: FRAM GROUP IP, LLC
    Inventors: Peter D. Unger, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Jeffrey T. Boehler, Jing Zheng
  • Patent number: 8216349
    Abstract: An evaporative emissions filter for an engine air induction system. The evaporative emissions filter includes a hydrocarbon vapor-adsorbent member disposed within the air induction system outside the direct air flow path. A mechanism is provided for mounting the evaporative emissions filter within the air induction system. Hydrocarbon vapors present in the air induction system after engine shut-down are substantially retained in the adsorbent member until air flows through the air induction system after the engine starts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Fram Group IP LLC
    Inventors: Gary B. Zulauf, Daniel E. Bause, Robert L. Smith, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Richard J. Berkey, Bryon W. Stremler, Peter D. Unger
  • Patent number: 8216461
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus and method for adding a lubricating additive to a diesel fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Farm Group IP LLC
    Inventors: Scott J. Tabb, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Gary B. Zulauf, Peter D. Unger, Weston H. Gerwin, Daniel E. Bause, Gerard W. Bilski
  • Publication number: 20120031760
    Abstract: A method for removing soot, sludge and other insoluble particulates from an engine oil is provided, the method comprising: disposing an oil containing the particulates between a pair of electrodes, wherein one of the electrodes is a positive electrode; wrapping a surface of the positive electrode with a media, wherein the media is configured to collect a portion of the particulates drawn towards the positive electrode; applying a current to the electrodes for a period of time, wherein portions of the particulates agglomerate in the media. Also, disclosed herein is a filter for removing soot, sludge and other insoluble particulates from an engine oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventors: Nageswara Rao Cheekala, Stephen G. Tosh, Daniel E. Bause, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Brian K. Artz, Peter D. Unger
  • Publication number: 20110277374
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus and method for adding a lubricating additive to a diesel fuel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: Scott J. Tabb, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Gary B. Zulauf, Peter D. Unger, Weston H. Gerwin, Daniel E. Bause, Gerard W. Bilski
  • Publication number: 20110210051
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fuel filter for removing sulfur containing compounds from an internal combustion fuel stream. In one embodiment, the fuel filter comprises at least one column comprising an adsorbent. In one exemplary embodiment the adsorbent is capable of removing sulfur containing compounds, especially sulfur containing aromatic compounds, from fuels used in internal combustion engines, especially diesel fuels. Also disclosed is an apparatus for extending the life cycle of a post combustion emission control device. In one exemplary embodiment, the apparatus comprises a fuel filter for removing sulfur containing compounds from an internal combustion fuel stream and an emission control device. Finally, a method for removing sulfur containing compounds from an internal combustion fuel stream is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventors: Ronald P. Rohrbach, Peter D. Unger, Gary B. Zulauf, Daniel E. Bause, Russ Johnson, David R. Rockwell
  • Patent number: 7938960
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus and method for adding a lubricating additive to a diesel fuel. In one exemplary embodiment a diesel fuel filter is provided, the diesel fuel filter comprising: a housing having at least one inlet opening and at least one outlet opening configured to define a flow path therethrough; filter media disposed in the flow path; and an additive cartridge configured to disperse a lubricating additive into diesel fuel passing through the filter, wherein the fuel filter comprises an adsorbent comprising an inorganic oxide having a surface acidity characterized by a pKa of less than or equal to ?3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J. Tabb, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Gary B. Zulauf, Peter D. Unger, Weston H. Gerwin, Daniel E. Bause, Gerard W. Bilski
  • Publication number: 20100219112
    Abstract: A filter, comprising: a housing defining an inlet fluid opening and an outlet fluid opening, the inlet fluid opening and the outlet fluid opening defining a fluid path through the filter; a filter element disposed inside the filter housing, the filter element being disposed in the flow path such that fluid flowing through the flow path must pass through the filter element; and a dispersement device disposed within the housing, the dispersement device comprising a housing having at least one chamber for an additive disposed within the at least one chamber, the dispersement device further comprises a metering opening that is sealed with an oil soluble material the metering opening being in fluid communication with the at least one chamber when the oil soluble material is removed from the metering opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventors: Weston H. Gerwin, Michael S. Lynch, Nageswara R. Cheekala, Zafar Hussain, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Daniel E. Bause, Peter D Unger