Patents by Inventor Scott A. Funke

Scott A. Funke 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: 20210105939
    Abstract: A lawn mower includes a chassis, a cutting deck, a chore motor, and a blade. The chassis supports several wheels. The cutting deck is supported by the chassis and defines a cutting chamber. The chore motor is electrically coupled to the battery. The chore motor includes a housing containing a coil assembly, a rotor, and a drive shaft extending out of the housing. The chore motor is attached to the cutting deck so that at least a portion of the housing and the drive shaft are positioned within the cutting chamber. The blade is coupled to the drive shaft and is configured to rotate within the cutting chamber when the chore motor rotates the rotor and drive shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Scott A. Funke, Mark Noller, Nick Joseph Zeidler, Christopher Krajewski, Joshua Kowalski
  • Publication number: 20200205339
    Abstract: A mower deck insert includes a first cutting chamber, a second cutting chamber, and a discharge passage extending adjacent to the first cutting chamber and the second cutting chamber. The first cutting chamber includes a first axial scroll extending about a first vertical axis. The first axial scroll includes a first upper surface having a first start region and a first end region. The second cutting chamber includes a second axial scroll extending about a second vertical axis. The second axial scroll includes a second upper surface having a second start region and a second end region. The first start region is vertically lower than the first end region, and the second start region is vertically lower than the second end region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kenneth W. Derra, Scott A. Funke, David W. Procknow, Rodney J. Balzar
  • Publication number: 20200113133
    Abstract: A lawnmower includes a cutting deck, a cutting blade positioned below the cutting deck, and an electric motor coupled to and configured to drive the cutting blade. The electric motor is positioned at least partially below the cutting deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Zeiler, Keith Dandridge, Scott Funke, Jacob Schmalz, Mark Noller
  • Publication number: 20190291779
    Abstract: Ride-on outdoor power equipment includes one or more batteries, one or more electric traction motors electrically connected to the one or more batteries, one or more user input devices, a plurality of sensors, and a controller in communication with the one or more batteries, the electric traction motors and the one or more user input devices, the controller configured to control the electric traction motors to operate the ride-on outdoor power equipment based on inputs received via the user input devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey Zeiler, David Schulenberg, Scott Funke, Steve Avery, Steve Weber, Brian Poirier, Jacob Schmalz
  • Publication number: 20190160972
    Abstract: A scalable power unit for powering one or more electric motors of a riding vehicle and/or a piece of outdoor power equipment. The scalable power unit includes a number of interconnected battery packs. The battery packs can be received in a battery tray or stacked to form the scalable power unit. Each battery pack can be removed and used separately or added to a combination of battery packs. A control unit selectively opens and closes switching elements to separately control the connections between the battery packs and an electrical load, such as a motor. During charging, the control unit opens and closes the switching elements to control the charging rate of the individual battery packs. When the battery packs are connected to an electric load, the control unit controls the state of the switching elements to selectively discharge the battery packs to power the riding vehicle and/or electric loads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Zeiler, Robert John Koenen, Jacob Schmalz, Albert Liu, Nick Zeidler, Scott Funke, David Procknow
  • Publication number: 20170245433
    Abstract: A mower comprises a deck comprising an underside cavity with a first interior profile; and a deck insert mounted within the underside cavity. The deck insert has a deck insert interior with a second interior profile different than the first interior profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Derra, Scott A. Funke, David W. Procknow, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Rodney J. Balzar
  • Publication number: 20130343906
    Abstract: A pressure washer includes an engine, a water pump driven by the engine, a starter motor coupled to the engine to start the engine, an energy storage device electrically coupled to the starter motor, a spray device including an activation device for starting and stopping a flow of water from the spray device, a pressure sensor, and a flow sensor. The water pump has a low pressure side and a high pressure side. The high pressure side provides pressurized water. The pressure sensor is located at the low pressure side and is configured to indicate a water pressure relative to a threshold pressure. The flow sensor is located at the low pressure side and is configured to indicate a water flow relative to a threshold flow. With the engine off, the starter motor starts the engine when the pressure sensor indicates the water pressure is above the threshold pressure and the flow sensor indicates the water flow is above the threshold flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Scott A. Funke, Robert Koenen, David W. Procknow, Jason A. Hansen, Stephen J. Lavender, Jason D. Elvers, Ramidu Mirissage, James Nommensen
  • Patent number: 6668225
    Abstract: A trailer control system incorporates sensors on both the trailer and a tow vehicle towing the trailer to measure operating parameters of both the trailer and the tow vehicle or prime mover. A computer mounted in the trailer or in the tow vehicle gathers input data from the sensors, including a variety of measurements of force, displacement, and temperature for the tow vehicle, the trailer, and their components. The computer may also be used to apply braking forces to the wheels of the trailer. Using the simulator, a variety of components on the trailer may be tested, their performance measured, and a better trailer may be designed. A trailer may also incorporate such a system for better control of the trailer and the combination vehicle of which it is a part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Pahngroc Oh, Scott Funke, Kevin J. Pavlov
  • Patent number: 6629715
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a bolster (22) on a seat (10) involves sensing upper and lower limits of several vehicle parameters to determine bolster condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Pahngroc Oh, Scott A. Funke, Stephen M. Stachowski, Kevin J. Pavlov
  • Publication number: 20030107231
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a bolster (22) on a seat (10) involves sensing upper and lower limits of several vehicle parameters to determine bolster condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Inventors: Pahngroc Oh, Scott A. Funke, Stephen M. Stachowski, Kevin J. Pavlov
  • Publication number: 20020107627
    Abstract: A simulator for a trailer incorporates sensors on both the trailer and a tow vehicle towing the trailer to measure operating parameters of both the trailer and the tow vehicle or prime mover. A computer mounted in the trailer or in the tow vehicle gathers input data from the sensors, including a variety of measurements of force, displacement, and temperature for the tow vehicle, the trailer, and their components. The computer may also be used to apply braking forces to the wheels of the trailer. Using the simulator, a variety of components on the trailer may be tested, their performance measured, and a better trailer may be designed. A trailer may also incorporate such a system for better control of the trailer and the combination vehicle of which it is a part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Applicant: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Funke, Mark W. Plansinis, Pahngroc Oh, Stephen M. Stachowski
  • Publication number: 20020095251
    Abstract: A trailer control system incorporates sensors on both the trailer and a tow vehicle towing the trailer to measure operating parameters of both the trailer and the tow vehicle or prime mover. A computer mounted in the trailer or in the tow vehicle gathers input data from the sensors, including a variety of measurements of force, displacement, and temperature for the tow vehicle, the trailer, and their components. The computer may also be used to apply braking forces to the wheels of the trailer. Using the simulator, a variety of components on the trailer may be tested, their performance measured, and a better trailer may be designed. A trailer may also incorporate such a system for better control of the trailer and the combination vehicle of which it is a part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Applicant: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Pahngroc Oh, Scott Funke, Kevin J. Pavlov
  • Patent number: 6349688
    Abstract: An overhead valve engine including a cylinder bore having an outer end; and a crankshaft assembly including a substantially straight crankshaft, a substantially cylindrical journal eccentrically mounted on the crankshaft, a one-piece connecting rod rotatably mounted on the journal, and a counterweight mounted on the crankshaft. The engine also includes a cam shaft having at least one cam surface and an axis inward of the outer end of the cylinder bore; two valves having opened and closed positions; two valve stems, each valve stem being attached to a valve; and two generally L-shaped and pivotably mounted valve operating levers, each lever including a first lever arm having a cam follower in contact with the cam surface, a pivot axis about which the lever pivots, and a valve arm in contact with a valve stem, where movement of the lever caused by the cam surface causes the lever to pivot and the valve arm to depress the valve stem and thus open the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Gary J. Gracyalny, Richard J. Fotsch, David Procknow, Art Poehlman, Scott A. Funke
  • Patent number: 5197426
    Abstract: An integral plastic engine housing is disclosed for small internal combustion engines such as those used on lawnmowers, snowblowers, generators and the like. The integral plastic housing integrates the blower housing, air filter housing, fuel tank, starter rewind housing, carburetor, primer bulb assembly and brake cover into a single unit to reduce the manufacturing and assembly costs. In a preferred embodiment, a plastic carburetor is connected to the remainder of the integral plastic housing via a pair of rails and corresponding slide members. The position of the carburetor with respect to the fuel tank and the air filter housing allows the air filter housing and fuel tank to be directly connected to the carburetor without the need for intervening hoses or lines and their associated clamps. The integral housing is substantially made from a polyethylene plastic material, with the carburetor and parts of the primer bulb assembly being preferably made from nylon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Frangesch, Scott Funke