Automatic ignition system for gas-lights.



J. W. LUNDAHL L 0. A. EKSTROM. I AUTOMATIC IGNITION vSYSTEM FOR GAS LIGHTS. APPLIUATION FILED SEPT. 6. 1913. 1,104,522. Patented July 21, 1914, 2 SHEETS-SHEET l. J. W. LUNDAHL L 0. A. EKSTROM. AUTOMATIC IGNITION SYSTEM FOR GAS LIGHTS. APPLICATION FILED SEPT. 6, 1913. 1,104,522. Patented July 21,1914L 2 SHEETS-SHEET 2. III 1ML rIoRRls PETERS C0.. Pnam-LITHO', wAsNlNcmN. D C 1TH@ STA' L PATENT oFFioE. yJlSlElalH W. LUNDAHL, OF THOMASTON, AND OSCAR ARVID EKSTROM, OE LITGHFIELD, CONNECTICUT, ASSIGNORS OF ONE-HALF T SAID LUNDAHL, ONE-BOURTHVTO SAID EKSTBOM, AN D ONE-FOURTH T0 CARL ALAIRSOIN,V OF THOMASTON, :CNNECTIC-UT. To' all whom it may concern Be it known that we, Josemi WV. LUNDAHL, . nvcitizen of the United States, and OSCAR Anvin EKs'rnoM, n subject ofthe King of' Sweden, andl residents,- "respectively, of' Thornnston, in the county of Litchfield and State 'of Connecticut, and Litchfield, Flute' ville, in the county of Litchfield and State of. Connecticut, have invented a new and: Improved Automatic Ignition System for" GasLights, of which the following is a full, f "5.111 thencoo .illustrate-'one em odiment of^theimventio;, v clear, and exact description. . ,This invention relates to ignition and gals' controlled systems especially adapted "foruse in connect-ion with automobile lamps,A whereby the driver can light the lamps bya l single controller Without moving from the sent, and while the system is useful inthis `eonnectionit isto be understood that itfis applicable for house and other lighting systemsw'here the burners areftobe lighted. from; a remote point, 1 The .invention Ihas for its general object to improve and simplify the construction' and operation of combined gas controlling" and i nitinor devices so as to be reliable and. efficient in use, comparatively*inexpensive to manufacture and install and composed of comparatively few parts. Another object of the invention is the prou vision of the make-and-brenk device which operates simultaneously with the gas valve for opening and closing the primary circuit in rapid succession, so as to produce a high tensioncurrentin the secondary circuit for generating igniting sparks at the gas burner or burners, said makemnd-'break device thereby dispensing with th-e usual vibrator nt the induction coil. Another object of the invention is to so' mount the make-and-break device that the same will be actuated by the handle that op crates the needle valve, the make-and-break device including a toothed Contact Wheel and a spring Contact cooperating with the teeth, whereby the movement of the teeth past the spring contact will produce a succession of current impulses through the primary circuit. An additional object of the invention is the provision of a novel ignition device in-y cluding electrodes which are movably mounted with respect to each other so that Specification of Letters Patent.v Appmatign med september 6, 1913. serial No, 788,405. - 8 and the electrodes of the' ignition. B the sparli cam be accessible :for`Vy ing and the burner t can be reunir-with# out the necessity o removing' like fromtlie burner. f vlVith these objects in -vew,iialdithrsfsf will appear as the description proceeds; the invention comprises various novelzfeattfres= of lconstruction and arrangement'o parte which will be more fully'descilbed'liet'eii after amd Set forth with prticulzttityinlhf' .Claims aP'Pflldedhereto.. l anying drawings, Which/65 and =Whrein similar reference characters? are employed to designate correspoming gassu-pp'ly and ignition system, Such agi-may? u be usedin an. automobile; Fig..'2i.fis experi spective v view ofthe -igniter 'applied to. burnerltip; Fig. ,-3 .islam-'enlarged sectional view'of the ignitei'g-'F ig. 8^ isa mfplafn of'one sectionv o the' igniter body' is an. enlarged' sectional viewtqf com# billed makeand-break device sind gas valve' Fig. 5 isy a sectional view onthe lin' of Fig. 4e drawn on a' reduced .;e:tle;:Figr G is a bottom'plan view of the plateof the combined valve and makeandb'rmk de# vice; and Fig. 7 is as sectional view on the line 7--7 oil-Fig, 4. f f Referring to Fig. 1 'o the drawing, 1 desl igna'tes acetylene or other burners, shell :wf are used in the head. lights of m automobile', and to these burners gas is supplied n pipe 2 and branches 3, the pipe 2 connected with a valve and; make-and-br n i device A mounted on the dai'fbomrd 4S of the automobile. The gas may' be derived from a storage tank 5 or suitable generator' coll!4 nected bye pipe 6v with the valve device A, At each bernex.' 1 is an ignition device/B which .ha-s its electrodes connected.' respect tively'Wi-th Wires 7 and 8 which leed imm i the burners through an. induction coil. 9;' the secondary of the induction coil, wires 7 and forming the secondary circuit oi the: ign-i tion system. The primary circuit consists of ai battery or other source of current 10', wire 11, primary of the induction coil P9,- s wire12, make-:md-break device 'At and Wit-e A 13; Byoperating the handle 14\ ci the eemmeans is not operated .because of; a special. arrangement of parts 'hereinafter descriliied.l The igniter comprises a body composed. ofblock-like sec'tions 15 and 16 of'por'celain" or other insulating maiterial,""'=-o'nc#sectionv having a socket 17 into which projects a'V boss or,-tenon.?18,:;andthrough- Ethe vWalls -of the socket andf throughy Zthe tenon extends a pinli which holds-:the two-sections to.y gether. Thewsection 15 has-"vertically eX-4 tending passages 20, eaeh-provided withi a shoulderf21and .in .each passage. is; the-shank "i orlstemfi portionz22yof.l an. electrode 23,. the: uppen extremitygofrthe electrode being-benti laterally andv having :aplatinum; yor other Sparkrlpointiftl fuIn the lower end i of. each passage 21 is a helicalcompressiorrfspring s 25- havingff-oney zend seatedf on;-.a shoulder.- 21 25 and'the-otherlend engaged inf-anopening 26 in fthelower endrof the stem 'of the electrode; whereby Vsuchelowerafend is ;maintai ned ini. contact With agsocketpieceV ory cbnta'ct 2271in o? theilbwer-1section.:16i:'off;.the: igniter. body. 3o On..each .lectrode-isa pin o r equivalentdeay vice 28; which extends into a recess 29 fin. the upper surface -ofl1the lLigniter fbody.'v'1f1`he partsa-resofdisposedrthat when the pinsf28' 10i-the electrodes areintheir,respectivelsock# ets ,th'e-spark points ,f1;".:au"eoppositelfeach other. rBy Vpulling upWardly on'ithe electrodes fthesspringsi 25. yield 'a'nd permit 'the pins `28to' beiremovedfrom the recesses 29,"1 .- .:,When'tliefelectrodes can be turned so as to 4o thrownthe sparkpintsin position where they can be readily cleaned. l`When the' elec-v' trodesl are turned. back the springs 25 causeI the electrodes to be moved downwardlyr so thatthe1rpins 28 engage' in'therecesses 29. By; making the electrodes movablein the mannerdescribed it is possible to take out;l theY tipf of Ythe burner Without the igniterV beingjremovedfrom the latter. As shown in .fFig.-3,'Y the terminal sockets 27 are :adapted t0 receivespring'plugs or `terminals 30 which are fastened to' the Wires 7. and 8 of the secondarycircuit.. On one side of the section; 151of. the igniter-body is a plate 31 .held :in: place by a screw Aor bolt 32, Fig. 3, .55 andattached--tothis platewisl a strap 0r holder 33 .which embraces the body 34 of thef'burner, therholderv being so positionedA thatffthe electrode23V will1be disposed ini proper relationA to the' jet orifice 35 of'one of the branches .of the burner tip 36. A combined'valve and makeand-break device -Asshovvn in-.Figsxll to 7 inclusive comprisesaQvalve body 37 that is formed .gwitha chamber 38 having an inlet 39 and an outleti40, 'toi which the pipes 6 and 2,"Fig. 1, are respectively connected. At the inner end of the inlet passage 39 is a valve seat 41 that is adapted to engagea needle valve 42. IThe stem 43 of the valve has a threaded enlargement 44 which engagesthe internal 70 threads 45 of the body 37 so that by" turn- .ing the stem .43 throughan operating handle 46 in the outer end "of such stemthe conical .portion 42 of the needle valve will be moved intoor out of engagement with the seat 4lto cutoff or openftheivalve supply. Into the upper end of the valve body 37 is screwed a packing box 47- Whichfcontains a 'packingl f48athat isfcompressedfby ia. gland 49.3,' The valve' body 37 is provided with a plate 80 IWhichhas yflanges 51'at three sides, and ap-y pliedv to thesewflanges-and secured .thereto i byfscrews 'or'.o'therlfastenings 52. is a cover.' rplate` 53, .so "that the plate. 50,- flanges 151-and-l cover plate 53 vforni a chamber that isy open 85 at :154,: ysotha-tthe handle .or :le'verof` thev val'vefstenican :project therefrom. yIn this:V -ll housing-f-onzlchalnbe'r is'a -make-and-break del vice which consists ofa rotar v.element or Wheel55. andaspring56, the W eel forming .-onefcontact'and'thespring the other contact of. the make-and-bre:1k devicemz'lhe Wheel consistslofahub 57 and segmental peripheral portionsf58 connected by spokes 59 with they hub,; and'. the. peripheral portions .are 95 providedrwith teeth 60 with `Whieh-the`f pringn contact; 56 is` vadapted lto engage,' hereby the circuit .is -made and broken in, jquick succession as the Wheel is yturned-:"- The;wheel is -l-fastened to thecover plate 100 53 by a'screw or equivalent device 61 and on :the f cover vplate y.isf fa spring-pressed pawl 62 'thatS is adaptedtoengage the teeth 60 so as to'fprevent 'back movement of the contact wheel.- f The Aspring' contact 56 is mounted on 105 a post 63 which is in .the form.1 of a screw bolt that passes through the plate 50 but is insulatedvtherefrom byinsulation 64,-and on the lovverpend of the screw 63'are nuts 65 and 66`to'vvhich the wire 13, Fig; 1, iS conno nected7 the nut 65 servingto clamp the post or bolt 63 in place. @The Wire 12 is grounded ona'suitable art ofthe body 37 of the valve and make-an -break device A, so that when the spring `56 is in engagement Withy a 115 toothed segment of the rotary element 55 the primary circuit will be completed. The rotary element 55 is adopted to be actuated by a pawl 67 carried on va leaf spring 68 that isV fastened a-t.69 on the valve handle 46. 123 The paWl 67 is-adapted to engage the side 70 of the spoke 59 to move the rotary element 55 one step in a clockwise direction, Fig. 6, the hold-back pavvl 62 yielding during this movement. The opposite side of each spoke 175 is beveled at 71 so that the handle of the valve can be returned vvithout the spokes interfering, as the pawl 67 will slide under the spikes. With the arrangement shown a quarter turn of the needle valve Will be sufi- 153 igniter. .sary high Vtension impulses that cient to .open the supply of gas, and by this movementone toothed segment 58 will move by the spring contact 56, causing lthereby a succession of sparks to be produced at each When the parts are at rest the spring contact 56 is disposed in one of the gaps 72 lbetween adjacent toothedsegments 58, .so that {the circuit will not be closed tov waste current. With this arrangement it is seen thatacontroller such as thefhandle 46 serves to open and close the supply of gas. and of the apparatus shown will be readilyv understood by those-skilled in the art to which the invention appertains, and while we have described the apparatus which we now consider vto be the? best embodiment. thereof, we desire to have itunderstood that the apparatus vshown is merely illustrative, andthat such changes may be made when desired as are within the scope of t-he appended claims. Having thus described ,ourinventiom we claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent;l i .l 1. In a system of the class described,the combination of a burner, a valve for controlling the supply of gas thereto, an ignter for the burner, an induction coil having its secondary winding connected therewith, and a primary circuit including a make-andbreak device having a movable element movable with the valve for producing in the primary circuit a succession of current impulses. 2. In a system of the class described, the combination of a burner, a valve controlling the supply of fuel thereto, an igniter for the burner, an electric circuit for the igniter, and a make-and-break device for the said circuit, said device including an element movable with the valve and having a plurality of contact points, and a contact disposed in a path of and engageable by the contact points for producing a succession of current impulses during the opening movement of the valve. 3. In a system of the class described, the combination of a burner, a valve controlling the supply of fuel thereto, an igniter for the burner, an electric circuit for the igniter, and a make-and-break device for the said circuit, said device including an element movable with the valve4 and having a plurality of contact points, a contact disposed in the path of and engageable by the Contact points for producing a succession of current impulses during the opening movement of the valve-,xandfmeans for arresting the movable Aelement 4during the- 'closing movement of the valve. 4. Iny a systemv of 4the class'described^the combinationof a burner, a valve controlling the supply. rof :fuel;thereto, a pawl; movable with thexvalv'e, andfanignition meansfor the burner .includingf a rnake-and-break` device, Asaid device comprising a toothed' element withi-fwvhich t the,l .pawl a engages f for movement-with Lthej \valve lin one direction, and a--conta ct''disposedv in wiping-relation with the toothed element. M :r 5. In system -of-theclass described, :the combination of a burner, avalvecon'trolling. the supply of; fuel thereto, a pawl movable with the ,valve,1andan ignitionl meansifor-l the burnerl including ai make-and-break. -device, saidzrdevice comprisingatoothcd ele-y ment with @whichy the fpawl'engages for movement with the valv'eiin 'one direction," ai contact .disposed inn .wiping relation, with i the toothed :element-,zc and andevice f' forf vpreventing movement szof i ithe toothed i elment as the' valve ismoved,clos'ed..wE .a l 6. In a system of the class describedpthe combination of af-burner; an igniter, afmakeand-break device including la spring contact and a rotary'elemenb having separated-seg; mental toothed .portions arrangedtin' `thez path ofuand engageable with the contact, and mafie-a 91?.- arrestnathe teamed element whenvthe contact is disposed between adjacent toothed portions. 7. In a system of the class described, the combination of a burner, an igniter, a makeand-break device including a spring contact and a rotary element having separated segmental toothed portions arranged in the path of and engageable with the contact, means for arresting the toothed element when the contact is disposed between adjacent toothed portions, an actuator for `moving the toothed element in one direction, and means 'for preventing movement of the element in the opposite direction. S. A combined valve and ignition device comprising a valve body, a seating element in the body, an actuator for the said element, a circuit-controlling means including a contact and a movable toothed element, and means on the actuator for engaging the toothed element for moving the same in one direction. 9. A combined valve and make-and-break device comprising a valve body, an element therein for controlling the How of gas, a handle on the valve, a pawl carried by the handle, a rotary element having a plurality of toothed contact segments, means on the clement with which the pawl is adapted to engage for moving the element in one direction, a pawl engaging the teeth of the element for preventing backward movement thereof, and a contact spring insulated from theelenienti'and adapted to be engaged by the yteethtof the latter4 as the element is turned. 'I1.'()..`A vcernbined valve and make-and 5- bieal'edevice comprising a valve body, a valmeitherein, a,` housing on the valve body. a handle connected with the valve and exteimdixig-outo the housing, one part of the hot'xsih'gfbeing removable, a rotary Contact Loi eleinentLem-theremovable part of the housingla; piwl on .the handle arranged to engage'vthe :notary .element for turning the same, and a contactxed in the housing to engavgbf'tle'*rotary-contact clement for inak- 1.5.:.; ingjandfbreakin-gf the' circuit. vl-lLl-Am ignition device of the class desoriiiedl comprisingl a body, an electrode rotxxtblc:mountedv therein, a contact within the body,v a spring for normally urging the v. elisctrod'eiagainst. the Contact, said body havixmgiai-recess, amd a'pinl on the electrode held imil lthe Uecessb'y thespring, said electrode beingumovable? longitudinally against the tensi'oniothfspring tovdisengage the pin from 250 the recess for permitting the electrode to be tuljnedS-:'V A' Y 1 i IzeiAn ignition of the class described cornprisimg a: body, fixed contacts therein, electradessmounted for longitudinal and rotary Soenwkementfinthe-.safid body, springs acting i l' Patent vmaybe obtained for HQI-V: gfhf.' .I A on. themovable electrodes to yinaintain them bly mounted in'r the body; springs .fornfiai-nfl taining the :electrodes1 fin`= engagement vfvvith' the contacts, and means for-preventing ro# tation of the 'electrodes 'while-they'are in engagement with said contactsl l In testimony whereof' I haive signed my naine to this specification inthe presence'v of two "subscribing Witnessesxw Si' w f i @i `JOSEPH VLIJUNDAHL; Witnesses to the' signature of` Wa name to thisv specification in the'presence of` two-subscribingWitnesses;` l OSL/AR' ARVIDLEKSTROMJ VitneSSes to the si-gnature of' Oscar Arvid Ekstroni: y CARL A. LARsoN,v n ve cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Pate I flits;l WashingtomIxCP" Y' .u



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