Patents Assigned to Agco Corporation
  • Patent number: 11173969
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a suspension system for a vehicle cab, the suspension system comprising: a structural assembly; a cab mounted to the structural assembly; and plural suspension units arranged between the cab and the structural assembly, the plural suspension units comprising, fore and aft, a first pair of suspension units and a second pair of suspension units, wherein a lateral distance between the second pair of suspension units is greater than a lateral distance between the first pair of suspension units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel J. Soldan, Jarred M. Jennings
  • Patent number: 11122744
    Abstract: A combine harvester including a cleaning shoe, having a tailings auger for collection of tailings, a tailings collection bin and apparatus for moving material from the tailings auger to the tailings collection bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Wire, Bernard Dean Regier
  • Patent number: 11116126
    Abstract: A row unit has a frame with an upper portion and a lower portion. The upper portion has a parallel linkage and the lower portion is coupled to plural gauge wheels. A first sensor is configured to provide an output signal and a controllable device is coupled to the upper portion and configured to provide an adjustable down force. A dampening device is coupled to the upper portion and configured to provide adjustable dampening of the row unit based on the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin J Hamilton
  • Patent number: 11110771
    Abstract: There is described a wheel axle for an agricultural vehicle such as a combine harvester. The wheel axle has at least one wheel suspension (32a) arranged to maintain a wheel axle parallel to the supporting surface, through use of a linkage arrangement (36, 38, 40) which is pivotally coupled to the axle frame (30). The configuration of the wheel suspension allows for the wheel axis to passively follow the surface profile, as any loads transmitted through the wheel carrier act to level out the wheel suspension to align with the underlying surface. As the wheel axle is adjusted to lie parallel with the underlying surface, accordingly the ground-contacting surface area of the associated wheels is maximised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Frederic Ducroquet
  • Patent number: 11102932
    Abstract: A baling system operable to receive loose material, form the loose material into an individual charge, and compress the individual charge with one or more other charges to form a bale. The baling system includes a forming chamber and a plunger operable to move in a reciprocating manner within the forming chamber from a front-dead-center position in which a plunger face is furthest re) from the bale to a rear-dead-center position in which the plunger face contacts and compresses the bale. The system includes a feeder component operable to pre-compress the loose material to form the individual charge and then move the individual charge into the forming chamber, the feeder component including a feeder chute having a feeder chute outlet connected to the forming chamber. The feeder component is operable to pre-compress the loose material into the individual charge and then move the individual charge into the forming chamber for compression by the plunger into the bale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin J. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 11089728
    Abstract: A system and computer-implemented method for sensing an amount of free water in cut crop material and automatically adjusting an operating parameter of a mower conditioner to optimize the amount of free water. A sensor located at the exit of a conditioning mechanism measures an actual free water content value of the material as it exits the conditioning mechanism, a processor compares the actual value to maximum and minimum values, and if the actual value is outside this range, automatically adjusts an operating parameter, such as a gap between pairs of conditioning rollers, a pressure exerted by the rollers, or a speed of the mower conditioner, to optimize the actual value. Another sensor may be located at the entrance of the conditioning mechanism. The processor may take into account an operator-selectable value weighting the actual free water content versus a dry down time when adjusting the operating parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Wire, Dean Morrell, Grant Lewis Good
  • Patent number: 11052739
    Abstract: A window assembly moveable between open and locked positions having a pane of window glass held in a gasket attached to a window frame with adhesive. When in the locked position, the gasket has a removable pull strip enclosed in an internal channel which when removed allows the gasket to move to the open position, allowing safe exit through the window opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Paul O'Halloran, Paul Linwood Holman
  • Patent number: 11054799
    Abstract: An electric motor addressing system and method for an agricultural implement receives, at an electronic control unit (ECU), an address claim request from each motor of a plurality of motors coupled to the ECU via a first bus. Each address claim request includes a requested bus address and a binary value corresponding to a pin connector setting associated with a harness connector of the respective motor. The system associates the binary value with a physical address for each motor without reference to the bus address and maps each bus address to the physical address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew D. Goodon, Monte J. Rans, Paul M. Scott
  • Patent number: 11051454
    Abstract: A binding material for binding a bale of crop material has bale identification tags used to identify properties of the bale that is bound by the binding material. The binding material includes at least one strand of a non-identifying filament and one strand of an identifying filament incorporating the identification tags, wherein the identifying filament is formed as a continuous identification element comprising a resonant material incorporated into the identifying filament during a production process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Hamilton, Emmanuel Regis Magisson, Daniel Soldan
  • Patent number: 11051457
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a variable width twine disc assembly, comprising: a fixed assembly comprising a first disc (24) having notches spaced along a periphery of the first disc (24) and a shaft (28); and a second disc (22) having notches spaced along a periphery of the second disc (22) and configured to be moveably adjusted along the shaft (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Robert L. Figger, David A. Becker
  • Publication number: 20210195836
    Abstract: A combine harvester and method of detecting and notifying an operator of operational inefficiencies of the combine harvester are provided. The combine harvester may include a user interface, a plurality of sensors, and a control system having a processing element configured to perform certain steps. The steps may include receiving, via the user interface or a database, data representative of a performance target; receiving, via the user interface or the database, data representative of a mechanical configuration of the combine harvester; detecting, via a sensor, data representative of an operational metric; determining, via the processing element, whether the operational metric satisfies the performance target; determining, via the processing element, a suggested adjustment to the mechanical configuration associated with the operational metric; and displaying, via the user interface, the suggested adjustment to the mechanical configuration associated with the operational metric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Jared Koch, Caleb Schleder, Kevin Kirk
  • Publication number: 20210195839
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring a throughput of a crop cut from a field. The system may include, and the method may be performed at least in part using, a combine harvester including a feeder box, a main body, a threshing mechanism, and an organic material throughput sensor provided within the feeder box. The system may also include a data management system. The organic material throughput sensor senses organic material throughput data including at least one of a volume of the organic material, and a weight of the organic material, and the data management system outputs an organic material throughput map or other information based on the organic material throughput data. Using the organic material throughput data or the organic material throughput map, a producer or other operator can make a more informed planting or treatment decision for a field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Jared Koch, Joshua Ekholm, Jacob Finger
  • Publication number: 20210195844
    Abstract: A bale binding mechanism is configured to wrap twine around a bale of severed crop material. The bale binding mechanism broadly includes a baling needle, a twine tensioner, and a sensor. A baler chassis presents a baling chamber in which the bale is formed. The baling needle is shiftable up and down relative to the baling chamber, with the needle being shiftable to advance twine upwardly along an end of the bale. The twine tensioner is configured to maintain tension on a tensioned twine section extending between the twine tensioner and the needle, with the tensioned twine section defining a twine feed axis. The twine tensioner includes a tension device that restricts upward advancement of the tensioned twine section. The twine tensioner also includes a shiftable guide element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Bernard D. Regier, Dino Rey Valdez, Maynard M. Herron, Patrick Kendrick, Nathan Ensminger
  • Publication number: 20210195843
    Abstract: A bale binding mechanism is configured to form crop material into a bale. The bale binding mechanism includes a baling needle and a twine tensioner. A baler chassis presents a baling chamber in which the bale is formed. The baling needle is shiftable up and down relative to the baling chamber, with the needle being shiftable to advance twine upwardly along an end of the bale. The twine tensioner is configured to maintain tension on a tensioned twine section extending between the twine tensioner and the needle, with the tensioned twine section defining a twine feed axis. The twine tensioner includes a tension device that restricts upward advancement of the tensioned twine section. The twine tensioner also includes a shiftable guide element. The guide element is shiftable into and out of a twine feed position associated with upward advancement of the tensioned twine section, with the guide element operable to define an offset twine section offset from the twine feed axis in the twine feed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Bernard D. Regier, Dino Rey Valdez, Maynard M. Herron, Patrick Kendrick, Nathan Ensminger
  • Publication number: 20210195833
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically and dynamically controlling a height of a cutting element on a swather or other agricultural machine based on feedback from NIR testing of the cut plant material. An NIR testing system receives and analyzes NIR reflected by the material cut at a particular cut height, and generates an actual value for an RFV or other property of interest. A user interface allows for entering a desired target value. A cut controller compares the actual value and the target value, and adjust (e.g., raises or lowers) a cutting element (by, e.g., changing a pitch of the cutting element) to change the particular cut height if the actual value for the property is different from the target value. If the actual value is substantially similar to the target value, then the cut controller maintains the position of the cutting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin J. Hamilton
  • Publication number: 20210195886
    Abstract: An agricultural sprayer includes a mobile frame, a boom, and a boom-positioning mechanism. The boom is spaced from the frame. The boom-positioning mechanism is configured to support the boom on the frame for selective movement between a raised boom position and a lowered boom position. The boom-positioning mechanism includes a positioning actuator, and a telescoping parallel linkage providing constant spacing between the boom and the frame in the raised boom position and lowered boom position. The positioning actuator is configured to place the boom in the raised boom configuration upon elongation and in the lowered boom position upon retraction. The agricultural sprayer may further include a controller for positioning the boom relative to an underlying surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Evan Thomas Smith
  • Patent number: 11044851
    Abstract: A baler (10) has a stuffer chute assembly (22) with upper and lower curved walls (44, 46) forming a stuffer chamber (24). A rear portion (54) of the upper wall (44) extends downwardly and forwardly from a baling chamber (12) and a forward portion (50) extends above an inlet opening to the stuffer chamber (24). The upper wall (44) has a plurality of laterally spaced-apart wrappers (52, 56), with adjacent wrappers forming slots (70, 72) extending generally from said crop receiving inlet opening to an outlet opening (48) for cooperation with tines (40) of a feeding mechanism (36). The wrappers (52, 56) are movable relative to the lower wall (46) at a forward end (60) and at a rearward end (66) of the upper wall (44) so as to change a cross-sectional dimension of the stuffer chamber (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin J. Hamilton
  • Publication number: 20210185934
    Abstract: Methods and systems for sensing a throughput of cut organic material conveyed through agricultural equipment such as an agricultural baler or the like. The system may include, and the method may be performed at least in part using, agricultural equipment including a feed mechanism that conveys the cut organic material through the agricultural equipment. The feed mechanism includes a rotor, a floor near the rotor, and a sensor that measures data proportional to a force exerted on the floor. The system includes a processor that correlates data proportional to the force exerted on the floor to a rate at which the cut organic material is conveyed through the feed mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2020
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Applicant: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Lucas Andrew Weller, Jason Wire
  • Patent number: 11042280
    Abstract: A graphical user interface (60) for a combine harvester (10) includes, in a first portion (62) of the user interface, a graphical representation (66, 70) of an amount of material passing through a threshing system (22) at multiple positions along a longitudinal direction of the combine harvester, and a graphical representation (68, 72) of an amount of material passing through a cleaning system (42) at multiple positions along the longitudinal direction of the combine harvester. The user interface further includes, in a second portion (64) of the user interface, a graphical representation (74, 78) of an amount of material passing through the threshing system (22) at a plurality of locations along a lateral axis of the combine harvester, and a graphical representation (76, 80) of an amount of material passing through the cleaning system (42) at a plurality of locations along the lateral axis of the combine harvester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Jared Koch, Jay Leininger, Gerald R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11032966
    Abstract: A seed tube guard for a row unit has a body having a first portion and a second portion. The second portion carries an audible alert material that is configured to produce an audible sound when scraped across rotating metal. The audible alert material has a material composition distinct from a material composition of the body carrying the audible alert material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin J. Hamilton