Patents by Inventor Steven M. Anschuetz

Steven M. Anschuetz 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: 20220147061
    Abstract: A method of controlling tilt-trim position of a trimmable device on a marine vessel includes determining a trim rate based on rotational speed of a propulsion device on the marine vessel, the vessel speed of the marine vessel, the vessel pitch of the marine vessel, and/or the vessel acceleration of the marine vessel. The trim rate specifies a rate of rotation of the trimmable device about a horizontal axis, and the trim rate is determined such that the rate of rotation is minimized at high vessel speeds and high rotational speeds and the rate of rotation is maximized at low vessel speeds and low rotational speeds. A variable speed trim actuator is then controlled to rotate the trimmable device based on the trim rate so as to adjust a trim position of the trimmable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle F. Karnick, Andrew J. Przybyl, Steven M. Anschuetz
  • Patent number: 11262767
    Abstract: A method of controlling tilt-trim position of a trimmable device on a marine vessel includes receiving an engine speed, a vessel speed, a vessel pitch, and/or a vessel acceleration. A trim rate is then determined based on the engine speed, the vessel speed, the vessel pitch, and/or the vessel acceleration. The trim rate specifies a rate of rotation of the trimmable device about a horizontal axis, and the trim rate is determined such that the rate of rotation is minimized at high vessel speeds and high engine speeds and the rate of rotation is maximized at low vessel speeds and low engine speeds. A variable speed trim actuator is then controlled to rotate the trimmable device based on the trim rate so as to adjust a trim position of the trimmable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle F. Karnick, Andrew J. Przybyl, Steven M. Anschuetz
  • Publication number: 20210200244
    Abstract: A method of controlling tilt-trim position of a trimmable device on a marine vessel includes receiving an engine speed, a vessel speed, a vessel pitch, and/or a vessel acceleration. A trim rate is then determined based on the engine speed, the vessel speed, the vessel pitch, and/or the vessel acceleration. The trim rate specifies a rate of rotation of the trimmable device about a horizontal axis, and the trim rate is determined such that the rate of rotation is minimized at high vessel speeds and high engine speeds and the rate of rotation is maximized at low vessel speeds and low engine speeds. A variable speed trim actuator is then controlled to rotate the trimmable device based on the trim rate so as to adjust a trim position of the trimmable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle F. Karnick, Andrew J. Przybyl, Steven M. Anschuetz
  • Patent number: 10961940
    Abstract: A method for controlling a marine internal combustion engine is carried out by a control module and includes: operating the engine according to a initial set of mapped parameter values configured to achieve a first fuel-air equivalence ratio in a combustion chamber of the engine; measuring current values of engine operating conditions; and comparing the engine operating conditions to predetermined lean-burn mode enablement criteria. In response to the engine operating conditions meeting the lean-burn enablement criteria, the method includes: (a) automatically retrieving a subsequent set of mapped parameter values configured to achieve a second, lesser fuel-air equivalence ratio and transitioning from operating the engine according to the initial set of mapped parameter values to operating the engine according to the subsequent set of mapped parameter values; or (b) presenting an operator-selectable option to undertake such a transition, and in response to selection of the option, commencing the transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven M. Anschuetz, William P. O'Brien, Matthew W. Snyder, Andrew J. Przybyl, Robert R. Osthelder
  • Patent number: 10562602
    Abstract: A marine propulsion system includes an engine-powered propulsion device coupled in torque-transmitting relationship with an engine. A non-engine-powered propulsion device is coupled to a source of electric or hydraulic power. A control module is provided in signal communication with the engine-powered propulsion device and the non-engine-powered propulsion device. A user-operated input device is in signal communication with the control module. The marine propulsion system operates in a non-engine-powered propulsion mode in response to the control module determining the following: the engine was previously running; a speed of the engine is below an engine-stopped speed threshold; the marine propulsion system is on; and a request for movement of the vessel has been input via the user-operated input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Gable, Andrew J. Przybyl, Steven M. Anschuetz
  • Patent number: 10518856
    Abstract: A trim control system includes a memory storing a plurality of trim profiles, each trim profile defining a unique relationship between a plurality of vessel speeds and respective propulsion device trim angles. The unique relationship is: (a) a calibrated relationship developed by determining optimal trim angles for a particular propulsion device powering a particular marine vessel at a number of tested vessel speeds and a number of different conditions; or (b) developed by modifying a nominal relationship between a number of vessel speeds and a number of corresponding trim angles. An input device allows a user to select one of the trim profiles from the memory so as to specify an aggressiveness of trim angle relative to vessel speed. A controller determines a setpoint trim angle corresponding to measured vessel speed according to the selected trim profile. The control system positions the propulsion device at the setpoint trim angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Andrasko, Michael J. Lemancik, Steven M. Anschuetz, Andrew J. Przybyl, Daniel J. Balogh
  • Patent number: 10436145
    Abstract: A marine engine operates according to first and second sets of mapped parameter values to achieve a first fuel-air equivalence ratio and maintains a stable output torque while transitioning to operating according to third and fourth sets of mapped parameter values to achieve a different fuel-air equivalence ratio. The first and third sets of mapped parameter values correspond to a first combustion parameter. The second and fourth sets correspond to a second combustion parameter. The transition includes: (a) transitioning from operation according to a current value of the first combustion parameter to operation according to a target value thereof; (b) transitioning from operation according to a current value of the second combustion parameter to operation according to a target value thereof; and (c) timing commencement or completion of step (b) and setting a rate of step (b) to counteract torque discontinuity that would otherwise result when performing step (a) alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven M. Anschuetz, Andrew J. Przybyl, William P. O'Brien, Matthew W. Snyder, Robert R. Osthelder
  • Patent number: 10414478
    Abstract: A marine propulsion system configured to propel a marine vessel in a body of water. The marine propulsion system includes an engine and an exhaust system that conveys exhaust gas from the engine. A controller controls the marine propulsion system and includes a memory module that stores operating modes with corresponding sound profiles for controlling the marine propulsion system. An input device is provided for selecting one of the operating modes for controlling the marine propulsion system. Selecting a first operating mode causes the marine propulsion system to sound different than selecting a second operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew S. Waisanen, William P. O'Brien, Steven M. Anschuetz, Robert R. Osthelder
  • Patent number: 10358997
    Abstract: A method for controlling a marine internal combustion engine includes operating the engine in a lean-burn mode, wherein a first fuel/air equivalence ratio of an air/fuel mixture in a combustion chamber of the engine is less than 1. The method includes comparing a change in operator demand to a delta demand deadband; comparing a speed of the engine to an engine speed deadband; and comparing a throttle position setpoint to a throttle position threshold. The method also includes immediately disabling the lean-burn mode in response to: (a) the change in operator demand being outside the delta demand deadband, and (b) at least one of: (i) the engine speed being outside the engine speed deadband, and (ii) the throttle position setpoint exceeding the throttle position threshold. The engine thereafter operates according to a set of mapped parameter values configured to achieve a second fuel/air equivalence ratio of at least 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven M. Anschuetz, Robert R. Osthelder, William P. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10351221
    Abstract: A method for controlling a trim position of a marine propulsion device includes receiving operator demands corresponding to propulsion system operating speeds and determining a rate of change of demand versus time between an initial and a subsequent operator demand. When the rate of change of demand exceeds a predetermined rate, the control module uses successively measured operating speeds of the propulsion system and an offset trim profile to determine setpoint trim positions for the propulsion device. As the propulsion system's measured operating speed increases from an initial to a subsequent operating speed, the control module controls a trim actuator to rotate the propulsion device to the setpoint trim positions. An operating speed at which the propulsion device begins trimming up is less according to the offset trim profile than according to a base trim profile, which is utilized when the rate of change does not exceed the predetermined rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven M. Anschuetz, Steven J. Andrasko, Andrew J. Przybyl
  • Patent number: 10343758
    Abstract: A method for controlling a speed of a marine vessel includes accelerating the marine vessel in response to a launch command. The method then includes holding the vessel speed at a desired vessel speed with a controller using feedback control. The controller phases in a derivative term of the feedback control in response to determining that the following conditions are true: (a) the vessel speed is within a given range of the desired vessel speed; and (b) an acceleration rate of the marine vessel is less than a given value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Andrasko, Andrew J. Przybyl, Steven M. Anschuetz
  • Patent number: 10322786
    Abstract: A method for controlling a marine engine's operating mode includes operating the engine in an initial operating mode according to an initial set of mapped parameter values configured to achieve an initial fuel/air equivalence ratio of an air-fuel mixture for combustion. If measured operating conditions of the engine meet lean-burn mode enablement criteria, the engine is operated in lean-burn mode according to a lean-burn set of mapped parameter values configured to achieve a lean-burn fuel/air equivalence ratio that is less than the initial fuel/air equivalence ratio. If the measured engine operating conditions no longer meet the lean-burn mode enablement criteria, the engine is operated in the initial operating mode. Transitions between the lean-burn mode and the initial operating mode are monitored. If the transitions indicate that the engine's operating mode is unstable, the engine is prevented from operating in the lean-burn mode until after a reset condition has been met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven M. Anschuetz, Robert R. Osthelder, Andrew J. Przybyl
  • Publication number: 20190023368
    Abstract: A trim control system includes a memory storing a plurality of trim profiles, each trim profile defining a unique relationship between a plurality of vessel speeds and respective propulsion device trim angles. The unique relationship is: (a) a calibrated relationship developed by determining optimal trim angles for a particular propulsion device powering a particular marine vessel at a number of tested vessel speeds and a number of different conditions; or (b) developed by modifying a nominal relationship between a number of vessel speeds and a number of corresponding trim angles. An input device allows a user to select one of the trim profiles from the memory so as to specify an aggressiveness of trim angle relative to vessel speed. A controller determines a setpoint trim angle corresponding to measured vessel speed according to the selected trim profile. The control system positions the propulsion device at the setpoint trim angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Andrasko, Michael J. Lemancik, Steven M. Anschuetz, Andrew J. Przybyl, Daniel J. Balogh
  • Patent number: 10137971
    Abstract: A trim control system automatically controls trim angle of a marine propulsion device with respect to a vessel. A memory stores trim base profiles, each defining a unique relationship between vessel speed and trim angle. An input device allows selection of a base profile to specify an aggressiveness of trim angle versus vessel speed, and then optionally to further refine the aggressiveness. A controller then determines a setpoint trim angle based on a measured vessel speed. If the user has not chosen to refine the aggressiveness, the controller determines the setpoint trim angle from the selected base profile. However, if the user has chosen to refine the aggressiveness, the controller determines the setpoint trim angle from a trim sub-profile, which defines a variant of the relationship between vessel speed and trim angle defined by the selected base profile. The control system positions the propulsion device at the setpoint trim angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Andrasko, Michael J. Lemancik, Steven M. Anschuetz, Andrew J. Przybyl, Daniel J. Balogh
  • Patent number: 10118682
    Abstract: A method of controlling trim position of a propulsion device includes receiving a current engine speed and a current trim position of the propulsion device, and then detecting at least a threshold increase in engine speed of the propulsion device or at least a threshold drop in engine load on the propulsion device. A reduced trim position is then determined based on the current trim position, and a trim actuator is operated to move the propulsion device to the reduced trim position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Steven M. Anschuetz
  • Patent number: 10112692
    Abstract: A method of controlling trim position for a propulsion device on a marine vessel includes receiving a running trim position for the propulsion device, receiving at least one of a steering input value or a roll angle of the marine vessel, and determining a magnitude of the steering input value or a magnitude of the roll angle of the marine vessel. The method further includes determining an adjusted trim position based on the magnitude of the steering input value or the magnitude of the roll angle of the marine vessel, and operating a trim actuator based on the adjusted trim position to decrease the trim angle of the propulsion device below the running trim position while the marine vessel is turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Steven M. Anschuetz
  • Patent number: 10094321
    Abstract: Controlling a marine engine includes operating the engine according to an initial set of mapped parameter values to achieve a first target fuel-air equivalence ratio, determining a first actual fuel-air equivalence ratio, and using a feedback controller to minimize a difference between the first target and actual ratios. Feedback controller outputs are used to populate an initial set of adapt values to adjust combustion parameter values from the initial set of mapped parameter values. The method includes transitioning to operating the engine according to a subsequent set of mapped parameter values to achieve a different target fuel-air equivalence ratio. The method includes determining a second actual fuel-air equivalence ratio, using the feedback controller to minimize a difference between the second target and actual ratios, and using feedback controller outputs to populate a subsequent set of adapt values to adjust combustion parameter values from the subsequent set of mapped parameter values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven M. Anschuetz, Andrew J. Przybyl, William P. O'Brien, Matthew W. Snyder, Robert R. Osthelder
  • Patent number: 10059415
    Abstract: A system for controlling a tilt-trim position of a propulsion device on a marine vessel includes a user input device generating a command to rotate the propulsion device to a desired tilt-trim position, a position sensor sensing a current tilt-trim position of the propulsion device, a control module receiving the user command and the current tilt-trim position, and a tilt-trim actuator rotating the propulsion device. In response to determining that the propulsion device's engine is not running, the control module rotates the propulsion device until the desired tilt-trim position is achieved, and starts the engine in response to determining that the current tilt-trim position does not exceed a threshold. In response to determining that the engine is running, the control module determines whether a vessel and/or engine speed condition is met, and if so, rotates the propulsion device about the tilt-trim axis until the desired tilt-trim position is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven M. Anschuetz, Mark J. Lemke
  • Patent number: 10054956
    Abstract: A method of controlling a marine propulsion system includes receiving a roll position measurement signal from a roll sensor measuring roll position of a marine vessel and receiving a steering input. The method includes determining based on the roll position measurement signal and the steering input that the roll position of the marine vessel exceeds a port threshold in a port roll direction where no corresponding steering input is present, and determining based on the roll position measurement signal and the steering input that the roll position of the marine vessel exceeds a starboard threshold in a starboard roll direction where no corresponding steering input is present. A steering compensation is then determined based on the roll position measurement signal, and an actuator is controlled to effectuate the steering compensation to reduce a magnitude of the roll position of the marine vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven M. Anschuetz, Andrew J. Przybyl, Justin R. Poirier
  • Patent number: 10018136
    Abstract: A method for controlling a marine engine for propelling a marine vessel includes receiving user input as a user input device to control acceleration of a marine vessel, detecting a rapid acceleration command based on the user input, and determining an advanced spark timing based on at least one of engine speed and engine load, wherein the advanced spark timing adjusts a base spark time by a spark advance offset. A fuel increase is then determined based on the spark advance offset, and then an increased fuel injection amount is determined by increasing a base fuel injection amount by the fuel increase. Spark and fuel delivery are then controlled for one or more cylinders of the marine engine based on the advanced spark timing and the increased fuel injection amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven M. Anschuetz, Michael A. Purdy, Robert Raymond Osthelder, David J. Hilbert