Patents Assigned to CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
  • Patent number: 10925207
    Abstract: An agricultural implement system that includes a mount system that couples to a row unit. The mount system supports a depth adjustment system that adjusts a depth of an opener relative to a soil surface. The mount system includes a plate that couples to the row unit in a plurality of positions to change an orientation of the depth adjustment system relative to the row unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Robin Bruno Schilling, Jared S. Wright
  • Patent number: 10918010
    Abstract: A pressure gradient or differential in a product distribution line for conveying granular particulate material, including at least one of a seed or a fertilizer, in an air flow to an agricultural field consistently decreases as air speed and velocity in the product distribution line decreases until a critical air speed is reached. Below the critical air speed, the particulate material is susceptible to falling out of the air flow to potentially cause a blockage in the system. A control system efficiently determines an optimum operating velocity for an air flow that is above the critical air speed yet below a maximum air speed associated with inefficient operation. The control system retains the air flow setting in a data structure for later retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joel Gervais, Ian Paulson, Lav Mittal, Scott Noble
  • Patent number: 10918006
    Abstract: A method for reducing material accumulation relative to ground-engaging tools of a tillage implement includes receiving measurement signals from at least one accumulation sensor mounted to the tillage implement during a tillage operation. The measurement signals include a three-dimensional (3D) representation of an environment containing material accumulation relative to a plurality ground-engaging tools. The method also includes estimating an amount of material accumulation relative to the plurality of ground-engaging tools based on the 3D representation. Further, the method includes comparing the amount of material accumulation to an accumulation threshold. The material accumulation threshold is indicative of a given degree of material accumulation relative to the plurality of ground-engaging tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Scott Shearer, Andrew Klopfenstein, Brittany Schroeder, Philip Root
  • Patent number: 10912243
    Abstract: A system for adjusting penetration depth settings of seed planting units of an agricultural implement, the system may include a plurality of seed planting units and a common drive assembly. Each of the seed planting units may have a depth adjustment assembly. The common drive assembly may be configured to drive the depth adjustment assemblies of the plurality of seed planting units so as to simultaneously adjust a penetration depth setting of each respective seed planting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Trevor L. Kowalchuk, Russell Altman
  • Patent number: 10912246
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for controlling an operation of an actuator mounted on a seed planting implement may include an actuator configured to adjust a position of a row unit of the seed planting implement relative to a toolbar of the seed planting implement. The system may also include a flow restrictor fluidly coupled to a fluid chamber of the actuator, with the flow restrictor being configured to reduce a rate at which fluid is permitted to exit the fluid chamber in a manner that provides damping to the row unit. Furthermore, the system may include a valve fluidly coupled to the flow restrictor in a parallel relationship such that the valve is configured to permit the fluid exiting the fluid chamber to flow through the flow restrictor and the fluid entering the fluid chamber to bypass the flow restrictor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joel John Octave Gervais, Ian William Patrick Paulson
  • Patent number: 10907998
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for adjusting a sampling rate of a sensor mounted on an agricultural machine may include an agricultural machine and a sensor mounted on the agricultural machine, with the sensor being configured to capture data at a sampling rate. The system may also include a controller communicatively coupled to the sensor. The controller may be configured to receive an input indicative of an operational parameter of the agricultural machine and adjust the sampling rate at which the sensor captures data based on the received input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd., Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Luca Ferrari, John H. Posselius, James W. Henry, Taylor C. Bybee, Bret T. Turpin, Jeffrey L. Ferrin
  • Patent number: 10899561
    Abstract: A plenum of distributing a flow of air from an air source includes ports extending from a face element of a body. The ports are configured to direct the flow of air out of the plenum, and the ports are arranged on the face element in a first row having first length, a second row having a second length, and a third row having a third length. The first row is positioned proximate to the top element, the third row is positioned proximate to the bottom element, and the second row is positioned between the first row and the third row. In addition, the second length is greater than the first length and the third length, and a shape of the face element is configured to accommodate the first length of the first row, the second length of the second row, and the third length of the third row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ka Po Catherine Hui, Martin J. Roberge, Joel Jean-Claude Denis, Owen Robert Carlton, Dennis George Thompson
  • Patent number: 10834867
    Abstract: An agricultural metering system includes multiple meter boxes and multiple meter rollers, in which each meter roller is disposed in a respective meter box. The agricultural metering system also includes multiple meter roller sleeves, in which each meter roller sleeve is disposed about a respective meter roller, and each meter roller sleeve is configured to move relative to the respective meter roller to selectively cover a first portion of the respective meter roller and a second portion of the respective meter roller. In addition, the agricultural metering system includes a control bar coupled to the meter roller sleeves. The control bar is configured to collectively move the meter roller sleeves relative to the meter rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Trevor Lawrence Kowalchuk, Jack Donald Turner, Gordon Anthony Engel
  • Patent number: 10838432
    Abstract: A system for monitoring frame levelness of an agricultural implement may include first and second sensors configured to detect first and second parameters indicative of forces exerted on first and second ground engaging tools of the implement by the ground, respectively. The system may also include a controller configured to monitor a parameter differential between the first and second parameters based on measurement signals received from the first and second sensors, with the monitored parameter differential being indicative of at least one of pitch or roll of a frame of the implement. The controller may be further configured initiate a control action associated with adjusting the pitch and/or the roll of the frame based on a magnitude of the monitored parameter differential to adjust an orientation of the frame relative to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Barrick, James W. Henry, Yong Deng
  • Patent number: 10827668
    Abstract: A system for pressurizing a tank of an agricultural air distribution system includes an air source configured to supply pressurized air and a plenum having an inlet fluidly coupled to the air source and configured to receive a flow of pressurized air. The plenum includes a face element positioned opposite from the inlet relative to a direction of flow of the pressurized air through the plenum. Moreover, the face element includes a pressurization port configured to direct the flow of pressurized air to the tank and at least one outlet port configured to couple to at least one hose to supply the pressurized air to an agricultural implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ka Po Catherine Hui, Martin J. Roberge, Dennis George Thompson
  • Patent number: 10827671
    Abstract: A seed planting unit of an agricultural implement may include a depth adjustment assembly having a cam member and a depth adjustment gear rotatably coupled to the cam member. The cam member may be configured to be rotated to adjust a vertical position of a wheel of the unit relative to a ground engaging tool of the unit. The seed planting unit may also include an actuating member configured to rotationally drive the depth adjustment gear. The depth adjustment gear and the actuating member include interlocking engagement elements, such that when the actuating member is rotated, the cam member is rotated relative to the support structure to vary the penetration depth setting for the ground engaging tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Trevor L. Kowalchuk, Russell Altman
  • Patent number: 10820483
    Abstract: A pressure gradient or differential in a product distribution line for conveying granular particulate material, including at least one of seed or fertilizer, in an air flow to an agricultural field consistently decreases as air speed and velocity in the product distribution line decreases until a critical air speed is reached. Below the critical air speed, the particulate material may become susceptible to falling out of the air flow to potentially cause a blockage in the system. Accordingly, pressure sensors arranged in the product distribution line can be used to generate an air flow at an optimum velocity above the critical air speed yet below a maximum air speed associated with inefficient operation. The air flow can be adjusted to maintain the optimum velocity despite changes in at least one of a type of particulate material or a rate at which the particulate material is metered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joel Gervais, Ian Paulson
  • Patent number: 10820465
    Abstract: A seed planting unit of an agricultural implement may include a wheel support arm having an upper portion and a lower portion. A wheel may be rotatably supported by the lower portion of the wheel support arm, the wheel configured to contact the soil surface to define a penetration depth setting for the ground engaging tool relative to the soil surface. A depth stop member may be provided in operative association with one of the support structure or the wheel support arm. A depth adjustment member may be selectively axially movable relative to the other of the support structure or the wheel support arm to vary a relative distance between an abutment portion of the depth adjustment member configured to abut against the depth stop member and the other of the support structure or the wheel support arm to set the penetration depth setting for the ground engaging tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Trevor L. Kowalchuk, Gordon Anthony Engel
  • Patent number: 10820482
    Abstract: A system for pressurizing a tank of an agricultural air distribution system includes an air source configured to supply pressurized air and a plenum having an inlet fluidly coupled to the air source and configured to receive a flow of pressurized air. The plenum includes a face element positioned opposite from the inlet relative to a direction of flow of the pressurized air through the plenum. Moreover, the face element includes a pressurization port configured to direct the flow of pressurized air to the tank and at least one outlet port configured to couple to at least one hose to supply the pressurized air to an agricultural implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ka Po Catherine Hui, Martin J. Roberge, Dennis George Thompson
  • Patent number: 10820464
    Abstract: A seed planting unit of an agricultural implement may include a wheel support arm having an upper portion and a lower portion. A wheel may be rotatably supported by the lower portion of the wheel support arm, the wheel configured to contact the soil surface to define a penetration depth setting for the ground engaging tool relative to the soil surface. A depth stop member may be provided in operative association with one of the support structure or the wheel support arm. A depth adjustment member may be selectively movable relative to the other of the support structure or the wheel support arm to vary a relative distance between an abutment portion of the depth adjustment member configured to abut against the depth stop member and the other of the support structure or the wheel support arm to set the penetration depth setting for the ground engaging tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Trevor L. Kowalchuk, Gordon Anthony Engel
  • Patent number: 10820487
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an applicator having an agricultural product conveying system which transfers particulate material from one or more source containers to application equipment on demand, and meters the material at the application equipment. The conveying system includes an inline metering system including a number of metering devices associated with each compartment of a particulate material tank on the applicator to meter the particulate material disposed within each compartment. The individual metering devices include gates to initially enable the particulate material from a compartment to enter the metering device, and a rotary metering shaft to meter the flow of the particulate material into the conduits while limiting the passage of pressurized air through the metering device and into the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin J. Roberge, Joel Denis, Rex L. Ruppert, Guillaume C. Boily
  • Patent number: 10820469
    Abstract: A seed planting unit of an agricultural implement may include a wheel support arm having an upper portion and a lower portion, the upper portion defining a depth adjustment slot. A wheel may be rotatably supported by the lower portion of the wheel support arm, the wheel configured to contact the soil surface to define a penetration depth setting for the ground engaging tool relative to the soil surface. A depth adjustment lever is selectively movable relative to the wheel support arm to vary the penetration depth setting for the ground engaging tool. The lever may include a guide pin that is configured to be received within the depth adjustment slot, the guide pin configured to move within the depth adjustment slot as the depth adjustment lever is moved relative to the wheel support arm to adjust a vertical position of the wheel relative to the ground engaging tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Chahley, Jared S. Wright
  • Patent number: 10820491
    Abstract: In one aspect a system for controlling the operation of an agricultural implement may include a vehicle-based controller configured to control an operation of a valve provided in operative association with a work vehicle, with the valve being configured to control a fluid flow to a plurality of fluid conduits. The system may also include an agricultural implement configured to be towed by the work vehicle. The implement may include a user interface having a first input device configured to receive an input associated with a selected fluid conduit of the plurality of fluid conduits. Furthermore, implement may include an implement-based controller supported on the implement and communicatively coupled to the user interface. The implement-based controller may be configured to initiate control of the operation of the valve based on the input received from the user interface in a manner that provides the fluid flow to the selected fluid conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Trevor L. Kowalchuk
  • Patent number: 10820484
    Abstract: A pressure gradient or differential in a product distribution line for conveying granular particulate material, including at least one of seed or fertilizer, in an air flow to an agricultural field consistently decreases as air speed and velocity in the product distribution line decreases until a critical air speed is reached. Below the critical air speed, the particulate material is susceptible to falling out of the air flow to cause a blockage in the system. Pressure sensors arranged in the product distribution line are monitored for effectively controlling an air source producing the air flow. A diameter of the product distribution line increases between upstream and downstream locations for monitoring with greater sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joel Gervais, Ian Paulson, Lav Mittal, Scott Noble
  • Patent number: 10820474
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for estimating field conditions may include an agricultural machine having a tire configured to engage soil within a field. The system may also include an image capture device configured to capture one or more images of the tire as the agricultural machine is moved across the field. Furthermore, the system may include a controller communicatively coupled to the image capture device. As such, the controller may be configured to estimate a parameter associated with a soil condition of the soil within the field based on the one or more images captured by the image capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Barry M. Pomedli