Having A Specific Mounting Of System Component Patents (Class 123/647)
  • Patent number: 10910169
    Abstract: A method is disclosed. The method includes attaching a light beam emitter to an electrical control assembly having at least one control member that is electrically connected to an electrical component, emitting a light beam from the light beam emitter across the at least one control member, moving the at least one control member between a first position in which the light beam is unblocked by the at least one control member and a second position in which the light beam is blocked by the at least one control member, and connecting the light beam emitter to a notification device via an electrical circuit. The method also includes preventing electrical current flow to the notification device when the at least one control member is in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Mark A. Ward
  • Patent number: 10012120
    Abstract: An apparatus for regenerating a diesel particular matter filter includes an outdoor temperature sensor for detecting an outdoor temperature, a water temperature sensor for detecting a cooling water temperature of an engine, an air heater for heating intake air of the engine, a relay temperature sensor for detecting a heater relay temperature, a controller for generating and outputting a signal for controlling a heater relay to activate or deactivate the air heater and a signal for controlling a cooling fan to be operated based on detection values input from the outdoor temperature sensor, the water temperature sensor and the relay temperature sensor, a heater relay configured to be turned on and off depending on the control signal output from the controller to operate or stop the air heater, and a cooling fan configured to be selectively operated depending on the control signal output from the controller and ventilate air for cooling the heater relay upon the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Young Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 9228555
    Abstract: An engine ignition control device includes: a pulser; and a control unit, which includes a micro control unit (MCU) and a printed circuit board (PCB). The PCB is electrically connected to the micro control unit, wherein the PCB includes a back porch signal generating circuit. The back porch signal generating circuit is electrically connected to the micro control unit, and includes a bipolar junction transistor (BJT). Emitter (E) of the bipolar junction transistor is electrically connected to the pulser, collector (C) of the bipolar junction transistor is electrically connected to the micro control unit, and base (B) of the bipolar junction transistor is increased to a predetermined voltage level that is larger than 0V.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: KWANG YANG MOTOR CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yu-Chia Tung, Shih-Chia Hsieh, Kun-Lang Lu
  • Patent number: 9129740
    Abstract: An ignition coil, in particular for an internal combustion engine in a vehicle, is described. The ignition coil includes a housing, a primary winding and a secondary winding, and an electronic component, a highly heat-conducting, electrically insulating, elastic heat-conducting element, which is situated between the electronic component and the housing, and a thermally and electrically insulating casting compound, which is introduced into the housing in order to fill interspaces in the housing, the heat-conducting element touching the electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Alwin Stegmaier
  • Patent number: 8662058
    Abstract: An electronic ignition module for vintage automobiles that utilizes existing components and wiring to retain the look and operation of the original system but with superior performance. The ignition module replaces the original roller and contacts of a vintage automobile ignition timer with modern control electronics that actuate the original coils and original spark plugs using the original wiring in the original manor. Electronic ignition operation is user programmable to emulate the original roller/timer performance or provide automatic spark advance similar to modern automobile operation for optimum power and efficiency while freeing the operator from manual adjustment of spark timing. Ignition module programming is accomplished without any external switches, buttons, jumpers or modification to the vintage automobile by simply sensing the presence or absence of ignition coils connected to the system when power is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Gordon Kossor
  • Patent number: 8653693
    Abstract: An integrated exciter-igniter architecture is disclosed that integrates compact, direct-mounted exciter electronics with an aerospace designed igniter to reduce overall ignition system complexity. The integrated exciter-igniter unit hermetically seals exciter electronics within a stainless steel enclosure or housing. The stainless enclosure enables the exciter electronics to remain near atmospheric pressure while the unit is exposed to vacuum conditions. The exciter electronics include a DC-DC converter, timing circuitry, custom-designed PCBs, a custom-designed main power transformer, and a high voltage ignition coil. All of which are packaged together in the stainless steel enclosure. The integrated exciter-igniter unit allows for efficient energy delivery to the spark gap and eliminates the need for a high voltage cable to distribute the high voltage, high energy pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Alphaport, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Vincent Aulisio, Greg Scott Tollis, Elmer L. Griebeler, Neil D. Rowe
  • Publication number: 20130298887
    Abstract: A motor vehicle ignition assembly. The assembly includes a high voltage tower, a retention clip coupled to the high voltage tower, and a resistor mounted within the retention clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Gregory Lewandowski, Greg Westrick, Jeongung Hwang
  • Patent number: 8528533
    Abstract: In a plughole waterproofing device for an engine, a coil case is fitted onto the ignition coil that is accommodated in a plughole of an engine, and an upper portion of the case protruding above the engine is provided with a longitudinal air path extending upward from a lower end thereof communicating with the plughole and a vent hole communicating with an upper end portion of the air path and opened to ambient air. A cover wall hanging while surrounding the vent hole is continuously provided on the case upper portion, and an air chamber is formed inside the cover wall, the vent hole being opened in an upper portion of the air chamber, and an opening face being formed at an entire bottom of the air chamber opening toward the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignees: Toyo Denso Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Kishi, Takahiro Kajihara, Makoto Kurahashi, Gakuji Moriya
  • Patent number: 8424503
    Abstract: An improved hemi engine rocker arm cover assembly having an enclosed, dry upper coil chamber and an open bottom, lower, wet rocker arm chamber that includes special seal and flange members to seal it to the engine head. The fully enclosed upper coil chamber includes a plurality of pairs of staggered coil mounting bosses, one pair per coil, and paired igniter boot apertures, one pair per coil. For performance engines, dual boot coils are mounted on the bosses with the boots extending into the wet chamber for sealingly engaging the igniters. For standard engines, single boot coils are used, and one of each pair of boot apertures is sealed with a special plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Richard H. Harbert
  • Patent number: 8365710
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine and ignitor therefore is provided. The ignitor has an insulator extending between a nose end and a terminal end with an electrode extending outwardly from the nose end to ignite an air/fuel mixture with a cylinder chamber. A terminal extends from the terminal end and is configured in electrical communication with the electrode. A metal shell surrounds at least a portion of the insulator. The metal shell is free of external threads for attachment to a cylinder block. A connecting wire extends from the terminal for electrical communication with a power source. A tube has a lower end that receives the terminal end of the insulator therein. The tube extends about the connecting wire to an upper end opposite the lower end. The lower end of the tube compresses the shell into fixed relation within the opening of the cylinder head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Ignition Company
    Inventors: James Lykowski, Keith Hampton, John Burrows
  • Patent number: 8267075
    Abstract: An ignition device includes: an axially extending chamber with an opening portion to be open to a cylinder and a bottom surface facing the opening portion; an outer electrode provided around the opening portion; and a center electrode that forms the bottom surface. When a voltage is applied between the center electrode and the outer electrode, a plasma is produced in the chamber and a plasma jet is injected through the opening portion. The ignition device includes: a metal housing formed integrally with or separately from the outer electrode; an insulating member that supports the center electrode while insulating the center electrode from the housing and the outer electrode; and a screw thread formed on a periphery of the housing by which the ignition device is screwed into a cylinder head of the internal combustion engine. A gasket is disposed in a side closer to the inside of the cylinder. A peripheral wall of the chamber is formed by the insulating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tatsuo Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7997256
    Abstract: An ignition coil assembly mounted on a valve cover whereby the plurality of coils connected to the ignition coil assembly are individually removable. The ignition coil assembly comprises a base plate and coil bracket that rotateably couple, preferably with a hinging element, allowing for access and removal of individual coils as from the engine or valve cover. The coil bracket is also able to be removed from the base member. A preferred embodiment involves locking the assembly in place with fasteners. A method for manufacture of the ignition coil assembly with the steps of rotateably coupling the base plate and coil bracket. A method for replacing ignition coils from an engine comprising separating the coil bracket from the base plate, removing and replacing individual ignition coils, and locking the coil bracket to the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Moroso Performance Products, Inc.
    Inventor: David Iwanicki
  • Patent number: 7997250
    Abstract: Disclosed is an upper structure of an engine having three or more cylinders arranged in a row. A first one of a pair of adjacent cylinders among at least three of the cylinders serially arranged in a cylinder row direction is provided with a second spark plug at a position on an opposite side of a second one of the pair of adjacent cylinders, and the second one of the pair of adjacent cylinders is provided with a second spark plug at a position on an opposite side of the first one of the pair of adjacent cylinders. The present invention can provide enhanced flexibility in design of a head cover of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Yasushi Nakahara, Hidesaku Ebesu, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Keiichi Tateishi
  • Publication number: 20110162627
    Abstract: A mixed electronic ignition system integrated with a distributor structure and having an engine control unit includes a pickup coil kit, a sensor unit, an ignition module unit, a coil pack unit and a plurality of spark plugs. The sensor control unit includes a waveform converter, a first cylinder position sensor and a microprocessor. The microprocessor is electrically coupled to the waveform converter and the first cylinder position sensor for outputting a continuous timing ignition datum. The continuous timing ignition datum is provided for controlling an ignition or explosion of each cylinder effectively, and the microprocessor is installed for converting a conventional mechanical distributor ignition system into a microcomputer controlled electronic ignition system, and thus the mixed electronic ignition system is concurrently useful and economic effective.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: LAWRENCE HUNG
  • Patent number: 7963263
    Abstract: An engine spark ignition device for internal combustion engines having electrical coupling of the firing spark plug wire to the non-firing spark plug wires. The device is for use with an engine having a plurality of spark plug wires connected between a distributor and a spark plug disposed in the engine cylinder and comprises identical elongated electrically conductive semi-circular plates which enclose identical elongated electrically conductive planar plates having apertures therein that intersect to form spaces for receiving the spark plug wires. The interaction between firing spark plug wires and non-firing spark plug wires results in more efficient and cleaner combustion in the combustion chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventors: Gerald B. Anderson, Rene Jimenez
  • Patent number: 7924129
    Abstract: An ignition coil engages an inner surface of a bore of an engine, the providing access to a spark plug. The engagement is a boltless cam-lock engagement. A spring is associated with the engagement to hold the assembly in tension, and the spring also contacts a ground terminal in the ignition coil and the base of the spark plug to provide a short electrical path for radiofrequency interference (RFI) dissipation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert A. Skinner, Mark A. Paul, Andre V. Scaff
  • Patent number: 7849843
    Abstract: An ignition coil is equipped with a sparkplug of an engine. The ignition coil includes a coil portion, a tower portion, and a plug cap. The coil portion includes a coil case accommodating a primary and secondary coils being coaxial with each other. The coil portion has an end connected with the plug cap via the tower portion. The plug cap is press-fitted with the sparkplug. The coil case has an outer periphery from which a flange portion projects radially outward in a flange-projecting direction. The tower cylinder portion has a tower axis substantially in parallel with a coil axis of the primary and secondary coils. The tower axis is offset from the coil axis in a tower-offset direction. The tower-offset direction is substantially the same as the flange-projecting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Toyo Denso Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masami Kojima, Takashi Tauchi, Takeshi Morimoto, Atsushi Iwami, Yoshitaka Satoh, Shuichi Matsubayashi, Ikuo Hirayama
  • Patent number: 7827976
    Abstract: A tube unit of a spark plug for an engine that is used for mounting the spark plug in a cylinder head, may include a spark plug tube including a hollow tube body inserted in an interior mounting hole of the cylinder head, wherein a lower end of the hollow tube body that a gasket is coupled thereto is mounted at an upper end of a penetration hole formed at a lower deck, and a compression bolt engaged to the interior mounting hole of the cylinder head at an upper end of the hollow tube body so as to apply compression force to the hollow tube body and generate surface pressure to the gasket for sealing a gap disposed between the hollow tube body and the penetration hole while the compression bolt is engaged to the interior mounting hole of the cylinder head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jeonghyun Na
  • Patent number: 7798136
    Abstract: An ignition coil for an internal combustion engine can increase a contact area between an end of a GND line terminal and a bolt thereby to reduce the contact resistance therebetween. In the ignition coil, a GND potential is ensured by the GND line terminal that is electrically connected at one end thereof to an igniter and at the other end thereof to the internal combustion engine through a bolt inserted into a bolt insertion hole formed in a mounting flange. The GND line terminal is formed at the other end thereof with a bearing surface portion having a hole into which the bolt is inserted. At least part of an inner diameter of the hole in the bearing surface portion is smaller than an inner diameter of the bolt insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Idogawa, Takeshi Shimizu, Shigemi Murata
  • Patent number: 7789079
    Abstract: An improved rocker arm cover assembly having an upper coil chamber that is enclosed and a lower rocker arm chamber that includes special seal and flange members to isolate it from the engine head. The fully enclosed upper coil chamber includes a mounting plate on which a plurality of coils is mounted. A fully isolated, dual function, oil fill/PCV valve, conduit is provided through the upper chamber to permit adding lubrication oil or permitting exhaust of crankcase vapors without contaminating the coils. Several variations of coils and coil mounting brackets are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventor: Richard H. Harbert
  • Publication number: 20100180873
    Abstract: An ignition device includes: an axially extending chamber with an opening portion to be open to a cylinder and a bottom surface facing the opening portion; an outer electrode provided around the opening portion; and a center electrode that forms the bottom surface. When a voltage is applied between the center electrode and the outer electrode, a plasma is produced in the chamber and a plasma jet is injected through the opening portion. The ignition device includes: a metal housing formed integrally with or separately from the outer electrode; an insulating member that supports the center electrode while insulating the center electrode from the housing and the outer electrode; and a screw thread formed on a periphery of the housing by which the ignition device is screwed into a cylinder head of the internal combustion engine. A gasket is disposed in a side closer to the inside of the cylinder. A peripheral wall of the chamber is formed by the insulating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuo Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20100083942
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine and ignitor therefore is provided. The ignitor has an insulator extending between a nose end and a terminal end with an electrode extending outwardly from the nose end to ignite an air/fuel mixture with a cylinder chamber. A terminal extends from the terminal end and is configured in electrical communication with the electrode. A metal shell surrounds at least a portion of the insulator. The metal shell is free of external threads for attachment to a cylinder block. A connecting wire extends from the terminal for electrical communication with a power source. A tube has a lower end that receives the terminal end of the insulator therein. The tube extends about the connecting wire to an upper end opposite the lower end. The lower end of the tube compresses the shell into fixed relation within the opening of the cylinder head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventors: James Lykowski, Keith Hampton, John Burrows
  • Publication number: 20090308368
    Abstract: A tube unit of a spark plug for an engine that is used for mounting the spark plug in a cylinder head, may include a spark plug tube including a hollow tube body inserted in an interior mounting hole of the cylinder head, wherein a lower end of the hollow tube body that a gasket is coupled thereto is mounted at an upper end of a penetration hole formed at a lower deck, and a compression bolt engaged to the interior mounting hole of the cylinder head at an upper end of the hollow tube body so as to apply compression force to the hollow tube body and generate surface pressure to the gasket for sealing a gap disposed between the hollow tube body and the penetration hole while the compression bolt is engaged to the interior mounting hole of the cylinder head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicants: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jeonghyun NA
  • Publication number: 20090205621
    Abstract: An ignition coil engages an inner surface of a bore of an engine, the providing access to a spark plug. The engagement is a boltless cam-lock engagement. A spring is associated with the engagement to hold the assembly in tension, and the spring also contacts a ground terminal in the ignition coil and the base of the spark plug to provide a short electrical path for radiofrequency interference (RFI) dissipation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventors: Albert A. Skinner, Mark A. Paul, Andre V. Scaff
  • Publication number: 20090159032
    Abstract: Apparatus for coupling laser light into a combustion chamber of a combustion engine including a combustion chamber window and a structural element, wherein the combustion chamber window is releasably fixable to the structural element, wherein there is provided an optical window which is arranged at the structural element and is at least region-wise covered by the combustion chamber window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: Friedrich Gruber
  • Publication number: 20090114174
    Abstract: Disclosed is an upper structure of an engine having three or more cylinders arranged in a row. A first one of a pair of adjacent cylinders among at least three of the cylinders serially arranged in a cylinder row direction is provided with a second spark plug at a position on an opposite side of a second one of the pair of adjacent cylinders, and the second one of the pair of adjacent cylinders is provided with a second spark plug at a position on an opposite side of the first one of the pair of adjacent cylinders. The present invention can provide enhanced flexibility in design of a head cover of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasushi NAKAHARA, Hidesaku EBESU, Tsuyoshi YAMAMOTO, Keiichi TATEISHI
  • Patent number: 7509951
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine cover includes a peripheral rail for attaching a cover to an engine component and an enclosure portion formed integrally with a peripheral rail. At least one port formed in the enclosure portion holds an electronic module which is mounted through the port and which may include an oil separator as well as an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas E. Smith
  • Publication number: 20090050122
    Abstract: An induction driven ignition system with an electrode projecting into the combustion chamber of a reciprocating internal combustion engine. The electrode is adjacent to but electrically insulated from an electrical conductor which receives current at frequencies between 100 kHz to 500 kHz. Thermal insulation is also provided between the electrode and adjacent structure of the head. The induction driven ignition system causes the electrodes to rapidly and accurately heat up to very high temperatures. The electrodes may be formed in elongated edges throughout the combustion chamber to provide combustion initiation over a wide area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: John M. Storm
  • Publication number: 20090031984
    Abstract: An ignition device which performs a spark ignition of a fuel mixture in a combustion chamber (13) of an internal combustion engine (100), comprising, a first electrode (51), a second electrode (52) which is opposed to the first electrode (51) and extends in a length allowing generation of a plurality of non-equilibrium plasma discharges, and a voltage impressing device (60, 70) which impresses voltage between the first electrode (51) and the second electrode (52) to generate the non-equilibrium plasma discharge between the first electrode (51) and the second electrode (52). With this construction, volumetric ignition is effected on the fuel mixture, and hence ignition performance for the fuel mixture is improved, making it possible to substantially expand a lean burn limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventors: Taisuke SHIRAISHI, Eiji Takahashi, Tomonori Urushihara
  • Patent number: 7441553
    Abstract: An ignition coil, which is adapted to being mounted to a sparkplug, includes a coil body having a primary coil and a secondary coil. The ignition coil further includes a plug cap provided to an axial end of the coil body. The coil body is adapted to being mounted to the sparkplug via the plug cap. The plug cap has a plug-fitting hole adapted to being axially fitted to an insulator of the sparkplug. The plug cap has an end surface defining the plug-fitting hole. The end surface includes circumferential portions respectively located at axial positions each being different from each other with respect to a circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Satoh
  • Patent number: 7409949
    Abstract: A two-stroke internal combustion engine including a molded ignition housing connected to the crankcase of the engine which protects the electric generator of two-stroke internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: BRP-Rotax GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: G√ľnther Zauner, Ernst Mayringer, Johann Wickenhauser, Mario Schreiber, Thomas Weinzierl, Wolfgang Schrenk
  • Patent number: 7341052
    Abstract: A power switching control device for electric systems such as an ignition device for internal combustion engines has a control circuit IC and a switching IC. A temperature sensor is provided in the switching IC. The control circuit IC is joined to a grounding terminal through a conductive layer provided therebetween. Thus, the substrate potential of the control circuit IC is stabilized to the ground potential so that the temperature sensor is prohibited to operate erroneously due to electromagnetic noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Haruo Kawakita
  • Publication number: 20070277796
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine has a cylinder block 20 and is provided with an electrical equipment box A disposed outside the cylinder block 20. A plurality of electrical parts including an ECU 52, a relay box 53 and couplers 54, 55 and 56 are held in the electrical equipment box A. The ECU 52, the relay box 53 and the couplers 54, 55 and 56 are arranged in layers in the electrical equipment box A. The electrical equipment box A has a bottom wall 61 holding the relay box 53, and is provided with a stay 80 holding the ECU 52 and the couplers 54, 55 and 56. The electrical equipment box A facilitates securing a space in which the electrical equipment box A is disposed outside the engine body of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akifumi Fujima
  • Publication number: 20070277795
    Abstract: An ignition coil, which is adapted to being mounted to a sparkplug, includes a coil body having a primary coil and a secondary coil. The ignition coil further includes a plug cap provided to an axial end of the coil body. The coil body is adapted to being mounted to the sparkplug via the plug cap. The plug cap has a plug-fitting hole adapted to being axially fitted to an insulator of the sparkplug. The plug cap has an end surface defining the plug-fitting hole. The end surface includes circumferential portions respectively located at axial positions each being different from each other with respect to a circumferential direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Satoh
  • Publication number: 20070221169
    Abstract: A mounting structure on motorcycle for protecting a capacitor from vibration and heat. In an engine having an upright cylinder a throttle body is connected to an intake path of the cylinder via an insulator, and the throttle body is connected to an air cleaner via a connecting tube. The throttle body is thereby elastically supported relative to the engine and a vehicle body frame via the insulator and the connecting tube. A capacitor is disposed at a position downward of the throttle body. The capacitor is supported integrally with the throttle body using a lower portion of a throttle body cover that covers both left and right sides of the throttle body. A vibration isolating support structure is thus achieved for the capacitor by using the throttle body that is elastically supported.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventor: Kenji Konno
  • Patent number: 7243621
    Abstract: A two-stroke engine (1, 31, 41, 51) includes a cylinder (2) having a combustion chamber (5). The combustion chamber (5) is delimited by a piston (7) which drives a crankshaft (25) rotatably journalled in a crankcase (3). The two-stroke engine (1, 31, 41, 51) includes a fuel line (14) wherein an electromagnetic valve (18) is mounted. The valve (18) is controlled by a control unit. An air channel (27) is provided for supplying combustion air. The two-stroke engine (1, 31, 41, 51) has at least one transfer channel (12) which connects the combustion chamber (5) to the crankcase (3) at pregiven piston positions. An ignition module (20, 30) is provided which triggers the ignition of a spark plug (8) projecting into the combustion chamber (5). The valve (18) and the control of the valve (18) are integrated into the ignition module (20, 30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Werner Geyer
  • Patent number: 7234454
    Abstract: An ignition coil is disclosed. The ignition coil includes an insulative material, a body, and a head coupled to the body. A portion of the insulative material is included in the body, and a portion of the insulative material is included in the head. The head includes a casing, a flange for coupling to an engine case, and a connector adapted to be connected to an external device. The head also includes a conducting terminal with a connector pin, an exposed contact, and a connecting part. The connector pin is coupled to the connector, the exposed contact is coupled to the casing or the flange, and the connecting part couples the exposed contact and the connector pin. A portion of the connecting part is embedded in the insulative material, and wherein a remaining portion is embedded in the casing. A method of manufacturing the ignition coil is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: DENSO Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Tauchi, Koji Tsunenaga, Kazuhide Kawai, Katsutoshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 7207314
    Abstract: An engine electronic control unit is inserted through a through hole provided in an intake pipe and mounted in an intake air passage in a direction substantially perpendicularly with respect to a plane of the intake pipe forming the intake air passage. This unit is then secured to the intake pipe using a fixing flange provided at a connector portion. A fixing rail is protruded inside the intake pipe and leading edges of a metal base and a metal cover of the unit are inserted into this rail, thereby securing in position an end opposite to a side of the connector portion of the unit. This realizes an engine electronic control unit offering an outstanding heat radiation performance and vibration resistance, without having to provide special heat radiating parts or without involving an increase in an intake air resistance within the intake air passage. By using such an engine electronic control unit, it is possible to provide a low-cost, compact engine air intake system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohei Sakurai, Minoru Ohsuga, Nobuyasu Kanekawa, Masatoshi Hoshino, Atsushi Kanke, Yutaka Nishimura, Mitsuru Watabe, Noriyoshi Urushiwara
  • Patent number: 7107977
    Abstract: An ignition apparatus for an internal combustion engine, which is controlled by a control unit, includes a connector, an ignition coil assembly, an igniter and a capacitor. The connector is electrically connected with the control unit, and includes an input terminal, which is electrically connected with the control unit to receive an ignition signal outputted by the control unit. The connector also includes a ground terminal, which is connected with a ground. The igniter includes a switching device that switches a coil current supplied to the ignition coil assembly based on the ignition signal received from the control unit through the connector. The igniter also includes a Zener diode that serves as a protection element of the switching device. The capacitor is provided in parallel with the Zener diode between the input terminal and the ground terminal to form a parallel circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Hanshin Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masami Kojima, Shunichi Takeda, Koukichi Yamada, Atushi Moriyama
  • Patent number: 7066163
    Abstract: An ignition system into which signal lines and an evaluating circuit are integrated, so that the signals of a sensor integrated into a spark plug may be passed on, without additional mounting expenditure and space requirement, to a control unit of the engine control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Uwe Kassner
  • Patent number: 7047939
    Abstract: An engine electronic control unit is inserted through a through hole provided in an intake pipe and mounted in an intake air passage in a direction substantially perpendicularly with respect to a plane of the intake pipe forming the intake air passage. This unit is then secured to the intake pipe using a fixing flange provided at a connector portion. A fixing rail is protruded inside the intake pipe and leading edges of a metal base and a metal cover of the unit are inserted into this rail, thereby securing in position an end opposite to a side of the connector portion of the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohei Sakurai, Minoru Ohsuga, Nobuyasu Kanekawa, Masatoshi Hoshino, Atsushi Kanke, Yutaka Nishimura, Mitsuru Watabe, Noriyoshi Urushiwara
  • Patent number: 7004134
    Abstract: A positioning pin is knocked onto a crankshaft of an engine and a key way is formed in a boss of a first flywheel. When an outer rotor type generator is connected with the engine, the boss of the first flywheel is fitted over the crankshaft so as to adjust the positioning pin to the key way. When an inner rotor type generator is connected with the engine, a rotor shaft on which a rotor of a generator is mounted is fitted to a second flywheel so as to adjust the positioning pin to a key way formed in the second flywheel. The ignition angle of the engine is determined by fitting the positioning pin to the key way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaaki Higuchi
  • Patent number: 6948472
    Abstract: To improve the degree of freedom in attachment of an ignition switch apparatus, and to make the ignition switch apparatus less likely to be influenced by heat from an engine and by electrical noise interference, an ignition switch apparatus is provided including an antenna which performs radio communication for authentication with a transponder built in a key. The ignition switch is operatively attached to a pivot plate of the vehicle frame, on which a rear wheel is supported. In order to assure good communication with the key, the antenna is situated such that it projects from an outer face of a recessed portion of the pivot plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Suzuki, Yoji Kanaoka, Kenji Morita
  • Patent number: 6883509
    Abstract: Internal combustion engine (ICE) on-plug ignition coils with transistor drivers located in powertrain control modules (PCM) or other remote locations are prone to high electrical and magnetic interference (EMI) emissions and are subject to interference from other components due to long connecting wires. Ionization detection circuits have even greater sensitivity to EMI because of their very low signal current levels (mioroampere). The present feature of the invention integrates both the coil driver transistor and ionization detection circuits into the on-plug ignition coil. By placing the circuit on top or on the side of the coil, the connection distance from the circuit to the secondary winding is minimized. Thus, the circuit is less susceptible to electrical and electromagnetic noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Porter, Garlan J. Huberts, Constantine Panagos, Guoming G. Zhu, Michael T. Nation, Bruce Wang, Kenneth L. Gould, Kevin D. Moran
  • Patent number: 6880539
    Abstract: An ignition apparatus for an internal combustion engine can increase the degree of freedom of wiring paths of electroconductive wires as well as simplifying and miniaturizing a wiring module. Transformers (5A, 5B, 5C) are built into a casing (4) and each includes a core (6), a primary coil (8) and a secondary coil (10) arranged to surround the core for generating a high voltage in the secondary coil (10). A wiring module (20) built into the casing electrically connects the transformers and the switching module with one another. An insulating resin portion (11) fixedly attaches the transformers, the switching module and the wiring module to the casing. The wiring module (20) includes a module main body (22), which is formed by integrating a plurality of conductors (13, 14, 15) with one another through a resin, and flexible electroconductive wires (21) disposed along a surface of the module main body (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshio Maekawa, Takeshi Shimizu, Mitsuru Koiwa
  • Patent number: 6877497
    Abstract: An ignition coil cassette having bushings retained by an irregularity of the bushings being encased by epoxy. As a result, the process by which the bushings are installed into the ignition coil cassette avoids the cost associated with the overmolding installation process, and further avoids the potential for damage associated with the ultrasonic insertion process. The irregularity is located generally adjacent one end of each of the bushings and may be, for example, in the form of an undercut or a protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Anthony Skinner, Kenneth P. Senseman, Colin Hamer, Raymond O. Butler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6843217
    Abstract: An independent electrical module 26 distributes an electrical signal to the terminals 24 of a fuel injector device in an engine. The module 26 comprises a self-supporting plastic lead frame 28 with copper ribbons 30 disposed on the plastic frame 28. Pluralities of terminal connectors 32 are separate from and movable relative to the frame 28 for being connected to the terminals 24. The ribbons 30 continue in a free and self-sustaining support portions 31 between the frame 28 and the terminal connectors 32 and are bendable for allowing movement of the connectors 32 relative to the frame 28. Each of the connectors 32 includes a polymeric body defining a pair of the sockets 36 with an electrical contact 38 in each of the sockets 36 and a pair of the bendable support portions 31 paired with the contacts 38 in each connector 32.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul World Wide, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Zwick, Graylan Valentine, John Forish, Edward A. Ort, Joyce Pagtaconan
  • Patent number: 6805086
    Abstract: Plural ignition coils are inserted into corresponding plug holes. Each coil-head of the ignition coil is received by a holder. The coil-head is pressed by a base plate toward the engine. The holder has hooking claws. The base plate has hooking slots to movably engage with the hooking claws, so that relative position between the ignition coils and the plug holes can be adjusted. In case one ignition coil fails, the disabled ignition coil can be replaced individually. A first connector is formed on the coil-head, and a second connector is formed on the holder. The second connector is connected with the first connector when the holder is engaged with the ignition coil at one time. Thus, assembly work process can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhide Kawai
  • Publication number: 20040163633
    Abstract: An electrical interface assembly is provided for an ignition system including at least one ignition coil per cylinder in a multi-cylinder engine. Each ignition coil includes a plurality of coil terminals for passing respective electrical signals. One of the electrical signals may be used for discharging a respective spark in a respective cylinder. The interface assembly comprises a respective miniaturized printed circuit board (PCB) on each ignition coil. Each miniaturized PCB is electrically coupled to the coil terminals therein. The interface assembly further comprises a separate electrically conductive structure for electrically interconnecting each miniaturized PCB. The electrically conductive structure may be configured to reduce ohmic losses due to inter-cylinder separation in the electrical signal used for discharging the respective spark.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventors: Albert Anthony Skinner, Larrie A. Davis, James Patrick Henry
  • Publication number: 20040159290
    Abstract: An electronic control unit for a combustion engine having a water coolant passageway in heat transfer adjacency to the unit and adapted to remove heat from the unit. An ECU for combustion engine, comprising: electrical input circuits, electrical control circuits, electrical fuel injection output drive circuits, electrical oil pump output drive circuits and electrical ignition circuits. An ECU is disclosed which is adapted to verify firing of the ignition coils of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2004
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventors: Mark J. Skrzypchak, Michael J. French, Gregry M. Remmers, Scott A. Koerner, Philip J. Bylsma, Mike A. Tanner, Dale A. Wiegele