Patents Assigned to CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
  • Publication number: 20220174873
    Abstract: A self-propelling combine and a method for operating a self-propelling combine are disclosed. The combine includes an axial spreader, which generates a residual flow of material and supplies the residual flow of material to a downstream distribution device that discharges the residual flow of material from the combine. The axial separator in the end-side material delivery region has at least one guide element that may be moved by an actuator, thereby affecting a distribution of the exiting residual flow of material over the supply width of the distribution device. The distribution of the residual flow of material is detected by at least one sensor unit, and when a deviation from a target distribution is detected, the guide element is adjusted. A control device receives and uses a signal representing a side wind used to automatically adjust of the at least one guide element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2021
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Philipp Topmöller, Andreas Brand, Christian Beulke, Manuel Elpmann, Jens Bußmann
  • Patent number: 11310962
    Abstract: A harvesting machine has a crop tank and a conveyor screw inside the tank which extends from a material inlet opening on a wall of the crop tank into the interior of the crop tank. The conveyor screw comprises at least one proximal portion adjacent to the material inlet opening and one distal portion spaced apart from the material inlet opening at least by the proximal portion. The proximal portion and distal portion are rotatable around conveying axes running in different directions. The conveyor screw can be operated in a work position in which the conveying axis of the distal portion is oriented to be steeper than the conveying axis of the proximal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Jonas Brandmeier
  • Patent number: 11304367
    Abstract: An agricultural working machine with a driver assistance system is disclosed. The driver assistance system controls driving functions of the agricultural working machine and at least one working assembly of the agricultural working machine in the context of performing a work process. The driver assistance system accesses a set of rules in the form of control strategies to control the at least one work assembly according to a specific control strategy. The driver assistance system includes an interface to communicate with an external computer unit, which is remote from the agricultural working machine, and through which data can be exchanged between the driver assistance system and the external computer unit. For example, the driver assistance system receives data from the external computer unit via the interface during the work process of the agricultural working machine, and selects the control strategy for performing the work process based on the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Axel Schröder, Arthur Berger, Lennart Meyer, Sascha Dieckmeyer, Carsten Grove
  • Patent number: 11304366
    Abstract: A knife blade for a cutting apparatus has two cutting edges which are arranged at a substantially triangular cutting portion extending longitudinal to a fastening portion, wherein the cutting edges have areas with different tooth pitches from tooth pitches in other areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Felix Herter, Norbert Kiffmeier
  • Patent number: 11304369
    Abstract: A combine harvester has multiple working mechanisms for carrying out specific treatment subprocesses of an overall treatment process for processing crop, and a driver assistance system for controlling the working mechanisms, which includes a memory for storing data and a computing device for processing the data stored in the memory, wherein the driver assistance system, together with the particular working mechanisms provided for carrying out the treatment subprocesses, forms independently operating automated adjusting mechanisms which are utilized for optimizing the control of the working mechanisms for carrying out the treatment subprocesses, wherein a process supervisor is assigned to the driver assistance system for controlling individual automated adjusting mechanisms and a data exchange of the automated adjusting mechanisms with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Bastian Bormann, Henner Voecking, Andreas Wilken, Joachim Baumgarten, Christoph Bussmann, Stefan Teroerde, Arthur Berger, Sascha Dieckmeyer
  • Patent number: 11297767
    Abstract: An agricultural work machine for performing an agricultural work process is disclosed. The agricultural work machine includes working units and a driver assistance system for controlling the working units to achieve one or more quality criteria. The driver assistance system may set parameters to control the working units in order to satisfy the criteria. Further, the driver assistance system includes a graphical user interface through which an operator may change the setting of one of the quality criteria. Responsive to the change, the driver assistance system may determine the expected effects on other quality criteria. In addition, the driver assistance system may visually highlight the expected effects on the graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Rademacher
  • Publication number: 20220099584
    Abstract: An agricultural machine is disclosed that includes an NIR sensor configured to detect NIR spectra of plant material and output them as raw data, an evaluation unit configured to derive at least one parameter of the plant material in real time from the raw data, and an interface for the data traffic with at least one data processing unit outside of or external to the agricultural machine that is configured to transmit the raw data to the data processing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Björn Stremlau, Carsten Grove, Michael Roggenland, Frank Claussen, Maximilian von Nordheim, Jeremias Hagel, Jörg Wesselmann
  • Patent number: 11284564
    Abstract: A combine harvester has multiple working mechanisms for carrying out specific treatment subprocesses of an overall treatment process for processing crop and a driver assistance system for controlling the working mechanisms, which includes a memory for storing data, a computing device for processing the data stored in the memory, and a graphical user interface. The driver assistance system, together with the particular working mechanisms provided for carrying out the treatment subprocesses, forms independently operating automated adjusting mechanisms which are utilized for optimizing the control of the working mechanisms for carrying out the treatment subprocesses. A process supervisor is assigned to the driver assistance system for controlling individual automated adjusting mechanisms and a data exchange of the automated adjusting mechanisms with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Bastian Bormann, Henner Voecking, Andreas Wilken, Joachim Baumgarten, Christoph Bussmann, Stefan Teroerde, Arthur Berger, Sascha Dieckmeyer
  • Patent number: 11284566
    Abstract: A combine harvester for carrying out an agricultural harvesting process has a plurality of working units and a driver assistance system for controlling at least some of the working units. The combine harvester accommodates as working units a chaff cutter for comminuting harvested produce and a produce distributing arrangement in the rear area of the combine harvester downstream of the chaff cutter for distributing harvested produce on the field soil in adjustable throw directions. The respective throw direction comprises vector components of a horizontal throw direction and a vertical throw direction. The driver assistance system is adapted to optimize the control of the produce distributing arrangement by at least one of the substrategies including “throw direction correction” and/or “inclination-dependent produce distribution” and/or “produce distribution in longitudinal direction” and/or “produce distribution in transverse direction” with respect to at least one optimization criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Baumgarten, Bastian Bormann, Andreas Wilken, Christopher Vieregge, Stefan Teroerde, Christoph Heitmann, Klaus Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20220084191
    Abstract: A device and a method for determining a portion of broken grain and/or non-grain components in a stream of harvested material is disclosed. The device includes a camera to generate images of the stream of harvested material and an evaluation unit to estimate the portion in an image supplied by the camera. The evaluation unit includes a first-order classifier to estimate a first parameter of the stream of harvested material, and a plurality of second-order classifiers assigned to various values of the first parameter to estimate the portion in a stream of harvested material that has the assigned parameter value. The evaluation unit, with assistance of the first-order classifier, estimates a value of the first parameter using a first number of images of the camera, and then selects the second-order classifier assigned to the value of the first parameter to estimate the portion with assistance of the selected second-order classifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2021
    Publication date: March 17, 2022
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Frédéric Fischer, Johann Witte, Boris Kettelhoit, Torben Töniges
  • Publication number: 20220071091
    Abstract: A forage harvester with at least one work assembly is disclosed. The forage harvester has a corn cracker to process grain components and a driver assistance system. The driver assistance system controls the corn cracker by adjusting the machine parameters of the corn cracker. In particular, the driver assistance system has an optimization model which includes a multidimensional characteristic map that represents a relationship between a processing quality of the grain components and at least three parameters that comprise an input parameter representing a current harvesting process state and at least one machine parameter of the corn cracker as an output parameter. Thus, the driver assistance system determines the output parameter in the control routine during the harvesting process based on the varying input parameter from the optimization model and adjusts it in the corn cracker to achieve a uniform given processing quality of the grain components during the harvesting process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Heitmann, Sven Carsten Belau, Ingo Bönig, Jan Meyer zu Hörste
  • Publication number: 20220061215
    Abstract: A forage harvester is disclosed. The forage harvester has a work assembly for harvesting a crop and for processing harvested material of the crop, which includes grain components and non-grain components. In operation, the harvested material is transported in a harvested material flow along a harvested material transport path through the harvesting machine. The forage harvester also has a control assembly that includes an optical measuring system arranged on the harvested material transport path. The optical measuring system has a camera for recording image data of the harvested material of the harvested material flow. The control assembly, using an image recognition routine, determines image regions assigned to a non-grain component in the image data, determines geometric properties of the assigned non-grain components based on the image regions, and determines an indicator of a structural percentage of the harvested material from the geometric properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Heitmann, Sven Carsten Belau, Ingo Bönig, Frédéric Fischer
  • Publication number: 20220061216
    Abstract: A forage harvester is disclosed. The forage harvester has at least one work assembly for processing harvested material of a crop, which includes grain components. In operation, the harvested material is transported in a harvested material flow along a harvested material transport path through the forage harvester. The forage harvester further includes a corn cracker as a work assembly and a control assembly that includes an optical measuring system. The optical measuring system has a camera for recording image data of the harvested material, with the camera being positioned after the corn cracker. The control assembly, using an image recognition routine, determines image regions assigned to a comminuted grain component in the image data, determines geometric properties of the assigned comminuted grain components based on the image regions, and determines an indicator of a processing quality of the comminuted grain components from the geometric properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Heitmann, Ingo Bönig, Sven Carsten Belau, Frédéric Fischer
  • Publication number: 20220053692
    Abstract: An agricultural harvesting machine, with at least one work assembly and a monitoring assembly, is disclosed. The agricultural harvesting machine transports harvested material in a harvested material flow along a harvested material transport path. The monitoring assembly includes an measuring system positioned on the harvested material transport path and an evaluation device configured to determine at least one harvested material parameter. The measuring system includes a first passive optical sensor that senses image data indicative of visible light in a first section and a second non-passive non-optical sensor that senses data in a second section that at least partly overlaps the first section. The evaluation device correlates the image data for the overlapping section from the first optical sensor and the data from the second optical sensor and determines, based on the correlation, at least one harvested material parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Publication date: February 24, 2022
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Frédéric Fischer, Marvin Barther, Dennis Neitemeier, Maik Heufekes, Sven Carsten Belau, Johann Witte
  • Publication number: 20220053691
    Abstract: A side cutting unit for a cutting unit of an agricultural harvesting machine is disclosed. The side cutting unit comprises a support frame designed as a bar rail, wherein the bar rail supports, in the longitudinal direction, at least one oscillating knife bar using blade holding apparatuses, and at one end is coupled to a drive that causes the oscillating movement of the at least one knife bar, with the bar rail being designed as a one-piece profiled tube, such as an extruded profiled tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Publication date: February 24, 2022
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Heribert Dudler, Josef Köckemann, Robert Tiemann, Lukas Eidhoff
  • Publication number: 20220057322
    Abstract: An optical measuring device for the spectral measurement of a sample is disclosed. The optical measure device includes an integrating cavity that has a diffusely reflective interior in order to render the light in the integrating cavity diffuse, a light source that is configured to emit light of a predetermined wavelength range into the integrating cavity, and a sensor that is configured to receive light from the integrating cavity, wherein the integrating cavity comprises an optical opening, and wherein the optical measuring device is provided and configured to measure a sample located outside of the integrating cavity directly in front of the optical opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Publication date: February 24, 2022
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Frédéric Fischer, Johann Witte, Ralf Marbach
  • Publication number: 20220046855
    Abstract: A harvested material receptacle for a harvester is disclosed. The harvested material receptacle includes a hopper that is open at the top with a substantially polygonal opening cross-section and extension elements arranged in pairs opposite each other. The extension elements are each pivotably articulated about a substantially horizontally running pivot shaft at the edge of an opening of the hopper to transition the extension elements from a substantially closed transport position into an open receiving position and vice versa, wherein the extension elements that are opposite one another lie sandwich-like on each other when in their transport position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Publication date: February 17, 2022
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Burbank
  • Patent number: 11240962
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling an agricultural harvesting campaign is disclosed in which predetermined harvesting activities are processed within a campaign timeline by a plurality of agricultural working machines of a machine fleet on a field allotment assigned to the harvesting campaign. The control of the harvesting campaign is executed on different application levels by continuously generating information, wherein the generated information is continuously provided to all of the application levels, and the generated data comprise remotely-sensed field information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Bastian Kriebel, Jannik Redenius, Bastian Bormann, Joachim Baumgarten, Andreas Skiba
  • Publication number: 20220000025
    Abstract: An agricultural work machine is provided comprising a surroundings detection device for detecting a surroundings in sections, and one or more controllable working elements, wherein the surroundings detection device generates surroundings detection signals, which can be processed in a control and regulating device assigned to the agricultural work machine, wherein the surroundings detection device is designed as a scanner, which scans the surroundings in scanning planes, and wherein each scanning plane is assigned to the control of working elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Rene Middelberg, Thilo Krause
  • Publication number: 20210400871
    Abstract: An agricultural harvesting machine, with at least one work assembly and a monitoring assembly, is disclosed. The agricultural harvesting machine transports harvested material in a harvested material flow along a harvested material transport path. The monitoring assembly includes an optical measuring system positioned on the harvested material transport path and an evaluation device configured to determine at least one harvested material parameter. The optical measuring system includes a first optical sensor that senses spatially-resolved image data indicative of visible light in a first section and second optical sensor that senses image data indicative of invisible light in a second section that at least partly overlaps the first section. The evaluation device correlates the image data for the overlapping section from the first optical sensor and from the second optical sensor and determines, based on the correlation, at least one harvested material parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Frédéric Fischer, Marvin Bather, Maik Heufekes, Dennis Neitemeier, Johann Witte