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Publication numberUS3146632 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 1, 1964
Filing dateMar 22, 1962
Priority dateMar 22, 1962
Publication numberUS 3146632 A, US 3146632A, US-A-3146632, US3146632 A, US3146632A
InventorsFinn T Irgens
Original AssigneeOutboard Marine Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Speed and clutch control device including auxiliary means for advancing engine speed
US 3146632 A
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Sept. 1, 1964 F. T. IRGENS 3,146,632

SPEED AND CLUTCH CONTROL DEVICE INCLUDING AUXILIARY MEANS FOR ADVANCING ENGINE SPEED Filed March 22, 1962 Nil/7:41

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United States Patent 3,146,632 SPEED AND CLUTCH CONTROL DEVICE INCLUD- ING AUXILIARY MEANS FGR ADVANCING ENGINE SPEED Finn T. kgens, Milwaukee, Wis., assignor to ()utboard Marine Corporation, Waukegan, 111., a corporation of Delaware Filed Mar. 22, 1962, Ser. No. 181,718 23 Claims. (Cl. 74-472) The invention relates generally to speed and shift control devices for engines such as internal combustion and turbine engines. More particularly, the invention relates to single lever speed and shift control devices for engines incorporating electrically actuated shift or clutch means. Still more particularly, the invention relates to arrangements for permitting advancement of an engine throttle setting when such clutch means is in neutral, whereby the engine can-be readily warmed up before being placed under load.

The invention herein disclosed constitutes a further development of the control device disclosed in the Shimanckas application entitled Single Lever Electrical Control, Serial No. 177,018 filed March 2, 1962, and assigned to the assignee of this application.

The invention provides for advancement of the throttle by an auxiliary control member without recourse to shifting of an inner core relative to an outer sleeve of a pushpull cable, as disclosed in said copending application. Specifically, the invention provides an auxiliary control member which is movably mounted on the frame of the device and is connected to a throttle adjusting arm, such as the arm indicated by reference numeral 41 in the Shimanckas device referred to above, for the two-fold purpose of affording throttle adjusting movement of the arm incident to movement of the main control lever and of affording throttle adjusting movement of the arm incident to movement of the auxiliary control member when the main lever is in a predetermined position. Thus, there is provided an arrangement for advancing the engine throttle setting, preferably through a limited range, when the main control lever is in its neutral position.

The principal object of the invention is the provision of a control device of the type generally referred to above, which device includes an arrangement for controlling the engine throttle setting, at least through a limited range, independently of any movement of the main control lever. Another object of the invention is the provision of such a control device in association with a boat having mounted thereon an engine adapted for propulsion thereof. Other objects and advantages of the invention will become known by the following description and the accompanying drawings of one embodiment. In the drawings:

FIGURE 1 is a fragmentary view, partially in section and partially diagrammatic on a reduced scale, of a boat incorporating a control device in accordance with the invention;

FIGURE 2 is a fragmentary sectional view taken generally along line 22 of FIGURE 1; and

FIGURE 3 is a view similar to FIGURE 1 showing the device with the auxiliary control member positioned to effect limited throttle advancement when the clutch means is in neutral.

The speed and clutch control device 11 illustrated in FIGURE 1 is one example of various arrangements that can be employed for engine control. The device 11 is mounted on the hull 12 of a boat and is intended for control of an engine 13 (shown schematically) having an adjustable throttle 15 and an electrically actuated clutch 17 including a pair of energizable coils 19 and 21, for enabling operation of the engine in neutral, in forward drive, and in rearward drive. Forward drive of the engine 13 is provided incident to energizing of the coil 19 and rearward drive is provided incident to energizing of the coil 21. When neither of the coils 19 and 21 is energized, the engine 13 is in neutral. .However, the invention in its broader aspects is not limited to control of an engine having an electrically operated clutch.

One example of an engine incorporating an electrically actuated reversing clutch is fully disclosed in the copending Shimanckas application entitled Marine Propulsion Device With Electromagnetic Reversing Clutch, Serial No. 143,773, filed on October 9, 1961, and assigned to the assignee of this application.

In the disclosed device 11, as already discussed in the first-mentioned Shimanckas application, a main control lever 23 is pivotally mounted on a frame 25 for control, incident to pivotal movement thereof, of a pair of elec trical switches 2'7 and 29, which switches are mounted on the frame 25 and are respectively connected to the coils 19 and 21. Adjustment of the engine throttle setting incident to movement of the main control lever 23 is provided by the inclusion in the control lever 23 of a cam slot 31 in which there is engaged a follower 33 mounted on an arm 35. The arm, in turn, is pivotally connected, at its lower end, to an anchor block 37 which is fixed to one end of the core 39 of a push-pull cable 41 connected at its other end to the engine throttle 15. Accordingly, movement of the lower end of the arm 35 in directions lengthwise of the anchor block will effect adjustment of the engine throttle setting.

As set forth in said co-pending application Serial No. 177,018, the cam slot 31 is designed to maintain the throttle at an idle setting when the main control lever 23 is in its neutral position and during movement through both shift ranges. Thus, advancement of the throttle is prevented until after shifting of the engine clutch from neutral to forward or rearward drive.

In the first-mentioned Shimanckas application, the arm was pivotally mounted on the frame so that throttle adjusting movement thereof occurred in response to pivotal movement of the main control lever. In the disclosed construction, the arm 35 is mounted so as to provide throttle adjusting movement thereof in response to movement of the main control lever 23 and, in addition, to afford throttle controlling movement independently of any movement of the main control lever 23, as for instance, when the main control lever 23 is in its neutral position. Specifically, in the disclosed construction, the arm 35 is pivotally mounted to an auxiliary control memher or lever 43 by a stud 42. In turn, the auxiliary arm 43 is pivotally mounted on the frame 25 about a pivot 44 located in spaced relation to the pivotal connection of the arm 35 to the auxiliary lever 43. Preferably, the mounting on the frame 25 of the auxiliary lever 43 relative to the pivotal connection between the auxiliary lever 43 and the arm 35 is such as to effect a minimum of movement of the cam follower 33 in the cam slot 31 incident to movement of the auxiliary lever 43, and a maximum of pivotal movement of the adjusting arm 35 about the axis of the follower 33 in the cam slot 31. By comparison of FIGURES 1 and 3, it will be seen that when the main control lever 23 is in neutral, movement of the auxiliary lever 43 from its slow idle position (FIG- URE 1) to its fast idle position (FIGURE 3) effects advancement of the engine throttle setting by displacement to the left of the anchor block 37.

Various of the features of the invention are set forth in the following claims.

What is claimed is:

1. In a control device for an engine having a throttle and electrically operated clutch means, the combination of a frame, a lever movably mounted on said frame, means for electrically controlling operation of the engine clutch means incident to movement of said lever and including electrical switch means adapted to be electrically connected to the engine clutch means, arm means adapted to be connected to the engine throttle for adjusting the setting thereof incident to movement of said arm means, means connecting said arm means and said lever for pivotal displacement therebetween, an auxiliary control member mounted on said frame,

and pin means directly pivotally connecting said auxiliary control member and said arm means to afford movement of said arm means in response to movement of said lever and for actuating said arm means to adjust the engine throttle setting independently of any movement of said lever. 2. A combination in accordance with claim 1 wherein said means connecting said arm means and said lever includes means preventing advancement of the engine throttle setting until after actuation of said means for electrically controlling operation of the engine clutch means from a neutral position to either of forward and rearward drive conditions, whereby said auxiliary control member provides advancement of the engine throttle when the engine clutch means is in neutral. 3. A combination in accordance with claim 2 wherein said lever is pivotally mounted on said frame, said auxiliary control member is pivotally mounted on said frame, and said means connecting said lever and said arm means includes a cam slot in said lever and a follower on said arm means, said follower being engaged in said cam slot. 4. The combination of a boat, an engine on said boat, said engine including electrically operated clutch means for shifting said engine and a throttle for controlling the speed of said engine, and a control device located on said boat remotely from said engine, said device including a lever movably mounted thereon, means including electrical switch means connected to said clutch means for electrically controlling operation thereof incident to movement of said lever, arm means connected to said engine throttle for adjusting the setting thereof incident to movement of said arm means, means connecting said lever and said arm means for effecting throttle adjusting movement of said arm means in response to movement of said lever, an auxiliary control member mounted on said device, and pin means directly connecting said arm means and said auxiliary control member for affording throttle adjusting movement of said arm means in response to movement of said lever and for actuating said arm means in response to movement of said auxiliary control member to adjust the engine throttle setting independently of movement of said lever. 5. A combination in accordance with claim 4 wherein said lever is pivotally mounted on said frame, said auxiliary control member is pivotally mounted on said frame, and said means connecting said lever and said arm means includes a cam slot in said lever and a follower on said arm means engaged in said cam slot.

6. In a control device for an engine having a throttle, the combination of a frame, a control lever movably mounted on said frame, arm means adapted to be connected to the engine throttle for adjusting the setting thereof, means connecting said arm means and said control lever for affording pivotal displacement therebetween, an auxiliary control member movably mounted on said frame, and means directly pivotally connecting said auxiliary control member and said arm means to afford moveent of said arm means to adjust the engine throttle setting in response to movement of said control member independently of movement of said lever and for actuating said arm means to adjust the engine throttle setting in response to movement of said control lever independently of any movement of said control member.

7. A control device in accordance with claim 6 wherein said means connecting said arm means and said lever for affording pivotal displacement therebetween includes a cam slot in said lever and a follower on said arm means engaged in said cam slot.

8. A control device in accordance with claim 6 including means mounting said auxiliary control member on said frame for pivotal movement relative thereto generally between said means directly pivotally connecting said control member and said arm means and said means connecting said arm means and said lever.

9. In a control device for an engine having a throttle, the combination of a frame, a control lever pivotally mounted on said frame and including a cam slot therein, arm means adapted to be connected to the engine throttle for adjusting the setting thereof, a follower on said arm means engaged in said slot whereby pivotal movement of said arm means relative to said lever is afforded, an auxiliary control member, a pin pivotally connecting said auxiliary control member and said arm means to afford movement of said arm means in response to movement of said control lever independently of movement of said auxiliary control member and to afford movement of said arm means in response to movement of said auxiliary control member independently of any movement of said control lever, and means mounting said auxiliary control member on said frame generally between said pin and said follower on said arm means for pivotal movement of said auxiliary control member relative to said frame.

10. A control device for an engine having a throttle and electrically operated clutch means, said device including a frame, a lever movably mounted on said frame, means on said frame actuated by movement of said lever for electrically controlling operation of the engine clutch means, arm means adapted to be connected to the engine throttle, means connecting said arm means and said lever at a point spaced from the part of said arm means adapted for connection to the engine throttle for affording relative pivotal displacement between said arm means and said lever, an auxiliary control member movably mounted on said frame, and pin means directly pivotally connecting said auxiliary control member and said arm means at a point spaced from said means connecting said arm means and said lever and from the part of said arm means adapted to be connected to the engine throttle, said pin means affording movement of said arm means to adjust the engine throttle setting in response to movement of said control member independently of movement of said lever and in response to movement of said lever independently of any movement of said control member.

11. A control member in accordance with claim 10 wherein said means connecting said arm means and said lever for affording pivotal displacement therebetween includes a cam slot in said lever and a follower on said arm means engaged in said cam slot.

12. A control device in accordance with claim 10 including means mounting said auxiliary control member on said frame for pivotal movement relative thereto generally between said means directly pivotally connecting said control member and said arm means and said means connecting said arm means and said lever.

13. A control device for an engine having a throttle and electrically opera-ted clutch means shiftable relative to a neutral position, said device including a frame, a lever pivotally mounted on said frame and including a cam slot therein, means on said frame actuated by movement of said lever for electrically controlling the operation of the engine clutch means, arm means having a part adapted to be connected to the engine throttle to control the setting of the throttle-in response to movement of said arm means, a follower on said arm means engaged in said cam slot to afford pivotal movement of said arm means relative to said lever; an auxiliary control member, a pin pivotally connecting said auxiliary control member and said arm means at a point spaced from said follower and from said part of said arm means adapted to be connected to the engine throttle, and means mounting said auxiliary control member on said frame for pivotal movement relative thereto generally between said pin and said follower on said arm means.

14. A control device in accordance with claim 13 wherein said cam slot includes means for preventing advancement of the throttle setting prior to actuation of the engine clutch means from a neutral position and for advancing the throttle setting after the actuation of said engine clutch means.

15. A control device for an engine having a throttle, an electrically operated clutch means for shifting said engine between neutral and forward and rearward drive conditions, said device comprising a frame, a lever movably mounted on said frame, means on said frame actuated by movement of said lever for electrically controlling operation of the engine clutch means, movable arm means adapted to be connected to the engine throttle, means connecting said arm means and said lever for preventing advancement of the throttle prior to actuation of the engine clutch means from a neutral position to either of said forward and rearward drive conditions, and for advancing the throttle after said actuation of the engine clutch means, and auxiliary means on said frame including a control member movably mounted on said frame and means directly pivotally connecting said arm means and said control member for actuating said arm means independently of the movement of said lever to thereby effect adjustment of the setting of the engine throttle.

16. A control device in accordance with claim 15 including means mounting said auxiliary control member on said frame for pivotal movement relative thereto generally between said means directly pivotally connecting said control member and said arm means and said means connecting said arm means and said lever.

17. A control member in accordance with claim 15 wherein said means connecting said arm means and said lever for affording pivotal displacement therebetween includes a cam slot in said lever and a follower on said arm means engaged in said cam slot.

18. In a control device for an engine having a throttle, the combination of a control lever, a housing, means pivotally mounting said lever on said housing, arm means adapted to be connected to the engine throttle for adjusting the setting thereof in response to arm means movement, means connecting said arm means and said control lever for affording pivotal displacement therebetween, an auxiliary control member, means swingably mounting said auxiliary control member on said housing with a part extending exteriorly of said housing, and means directly pivotally connecting said auxiliary control member and said arm means to afford movement of said arm means to adjust the engine throttlesetting in response to movement of said control member independently of movement of said control lever and for actuating said arm means to adjust the engine throttle setting in response to movement of said control lever independently of movement of said control member.

19. In a control device for an engine having an throttle, the combination of a control lever, a frame, means pivotally mounting said lever on said frame, arm means adapted to be connected tothe engine throttle for adjusting the setting thereof in response to arm means movement, means connecting said arm means and said control lever for affording pivotal displacement therebetween, an auxiliary control member, means swingably mounting said auxiliary control member on said frame about an axis parallel to the axis of said means pivotally mounting said control lever, and means directly pivotally connecting said auxiliary control member and said arm means to afford movement of said arm means to adjust the engine throttle setting in response to movement of said control member independently of movement of said control lever and for actuating said arm means to adjust the.

engine throttle setting in response to movement of said control lever independently of movement of said control member.

20. In a control device for an engine having a throttle and a clutch, the combination of a housing, a control lever, means pivotally mounting said lever on said housing, means adapted to be connected to the engine clutch for operation thereof, means connecting said control lever and said means adapted to be connected to the engine clutch for actuating said last mentioned means to operate the engine clutch in response to control lever movement, arm means adapted to be connected to the engine throttle for adjusting the setting thereof in response to arm means movement, means connecting said arm means and said control lever for affording pivotal displacement therebetween, an auxiliary control member, means swingably mounting said auxiliary control member on said housing with a part extending exteriorly of said housing, and means directly pivotally connecting said auxiliary control member and said arm means to afford movement of said arm means to adjust the engine throttle setting in response to movement of said control member independently of movement of said control lever and for actuating said arm means to adjust the engine throttle setting in response to movement of said control lever independently of movement of said control member.

21. In a control device for an engine having a throttle and a clutch, the combination of a frame, a control lever, means pivotally mounting said lever on said frame, means adapted to be connected to the engine clutch for operation thereof, means connecting said control lever and said means adapted to be connected to the engine clutch for actuating said last mentioned means to operate the engine clutch in response to control lever movement, arm means adapted to be connected to the engine throttle for adjusting the setting thereof in response to arm means movement, means connecting said arm means and said control lever for affording pivotal displacement therebetween, an auxiliary control member, means swingably mounting said auxiliary control member on said frame about an axis parallel to the axis of said means pivotally mounting said control lever, and means directly pivotally connecting said auxiliary control member and said arm means to afford movement of said arm means to adjust the engine throttle setting in response to movement of said control member independently of movement of said control lever and for actuating said arm means to adjust the engine throttle setting in response to movement of said control lever independently of movement of said control member.

22. In a control device for an engine having a throttle, the combination of a control lever, a housing, means pivotally mounting said lever on said housing, arm means adapted to be connected to the engine throttle for adjusting the setting thereof in response to arm means movement, means connecting said arm means and said control lever for affording pivotal displacement therebetween, an

auxiliary control member, means swingably mounting said auxiliary control member on said housing with a part extending exteriorly of said housing, and a pin directly pivotally connecting said auxiliary control member and said arm means to afiord movement of said arm means to adjust the engine throttle setting in response to movement of said control member independently of movement of said control lever and for actuating said arm means to adjust the engine throttle setting in response to movement of said control lever independently of movement of said control member.

23. In a control device for an engine having a throttle, the combination of a control lever, a frame, means pivotally mounting said lever on said frame, arm means adapted to be connected to the engine throttle for adjusting the setting thereof in response to arm means movement, means connecting said arm means and said control lever for afiording pivotal displacement therebetween, an

8 auxiliary control member, means swingably mounting said auxiliary control member on said frame about an axis parallel to the axis of said means pivotally mounting said control lever, and a pin directly pivotally connecting said auxiliary control member and said arm means to afford movement of said arm means to adjust the engine throttle setting in response to movement of said control member independently of movement of said control lever and for actuating said arm means to adjust the engine throttle setting in response to movement of said control lever independently of movement of said control member.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification477/113, 74/490.15, 477/165
International ClassificationG05G13/00, B63H21/22
Cooperative ClassificationG05G13/00, G05G2700/22, B63H21/213
European ClassificationG05G13/00, B63H21/21B