Patents by Inventor Todd Plichta

Todd Plichta 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: 20200165997
    Abstract: A method of exercising a generator includes detecting a temperature of the generator by a temperature sensor, if the temperature of the generator is above a predetermined temperature, activating, by a controller, a starter motor of the generator, and performing, by the controller, an exercise test, and if the temperature of the generator is below the predetermined temperature, not activating, by the controller, the starter motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Mike Miller, Dean Weigand, Robert Townsend, Richard Jungmann, Todd Plichta
  • Patent number: 10584656
    Abstract: A method of exercising a generator includes detecting a temperature of the generator, if the temperature is above a predetermined temperature, activating a starter motor and starting an engine of the generator, and performing a first exercise test, and if the temperature is below the predetermined temperature, activating the starter motor without starting the engine of the generator, and performing a second exercise test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Dean Weigand, Mike Miller, Robert Townsend, Richard Jungmann, Todd Plichta
  • Patent number: 10574053
    Abstract: A method and system for supplying electric power to a plurality of priority loads from either a utility power source or a secondary power source, such as a generator. A control unit monitors the power draw by each of a plurality of priority loads and base loads during the supply of electric power from the utility power source. When the supply of power from the utility power source is interrupted, the control unit determines the number of the priority loads that can be powered by the secondary power source based on the monitored power draw of the priority and base loads prior to power interruption. The secondary power source is activated and the determined number of priority loads is immediately connected to the secondary power source without delay. When the utility power source returns, the system and method transfers utility power back to all of the priority and base loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon M. Batzler, Sie Teong Lim, Todd Plichta, Nicholas Demos, Brian Northway, Michael Miller
  • Publication number: 20180131187
    Abstract: A method and system for supplying electric power to a plurality of priority loads from either a utility power source or a secondary power source, such as a generator. A control unit monitors the power draw by each of a plurality of priority loads and base loads during the supply of electric power from the utility power source. When the supply of power from the utility power source is interrupted, the control unit determines the number of the priority loads that can be powered by the secondary power source based on the monitored power draw of the priority and base loads prior to power interruption. The secondary power source is activated and the determined number of priority loads is immediately connected to the secondary power source without delay. When the utility power source returns, the system and method transfers utility power back to all of the priority and base loads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon M. Batzler, Sie Teong Lim, Todd Plichta, Nicholas Demos, Brian Northway, Michael Miller
  • Publication number: 20180094598
    Abstract: A method of exercising a generator includes detecting a temperature of the generator, if the temperature is above a predetermined temperature, activating a starter motor and starting an engine of the generator, and performing a first exercise test, and if the temperature is below the predetermined temperature, activating the starter motor without starting the engine of the generator, and performing a second exercise test.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Dean Weigand, Mike Miller, Robert Townsend, Rick Jungmann, Todd Plichta
  • Patent number: 9887546
    Abstract: A method and system for supplying electric power to a plurality of priority loads from either a utility power source or a secondary power source, such as a generator. A control unit monitors the power draw by each of a plurality of priority loads and base loads during the supply of electric power from the utility power source. When the supply of power from the utility power source is interrupted, the control unit determines the number of the priority loads that can be powered by the secondary power source based on the monitored power draw of the priority and base loads prior to power interruption. The secondary power source is activated and the determined number of priority loads is immediately connected to the secondary power source without delay. When the utility power source returns, the system and method transfers utility power back to all of the priority and base loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon M. Batzler, Sie Teong Lim, Todd Plichta, Nicholas Demos, Brian Northway, Michael Miller
  • Publication number: 20160156197
    Abstract: A method and system for supplying electric power to a plurality of priority loads from either a utility power source or a secondary power source, such as a generator. A control unit monitors the power draw by each of a plurality of priority loads and base loads during the supply of electric power from the utility power source. When the supply of power from the utility power source is interrupted, the control unit determines the number of the priority loads that can be powered by the secondary power source based on the monitored power draw of the priority and base loads prior to power interruption. The secondary power source is activated and the determined number of priority loads is immediately connected to the secondary power source without delay. When the utility power source returns, the system and method transfers utility power back to all of the priority and base loads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon M. Batzler, Sie Teong Lim, Todd Plichta, Nicholas Demos