Patents Examined by Arpad Fabian Kovacs
  • Patent number: 10925214
    Abstract: A set of conveyor rollers for use in agricultural machines, especially those of the stalk and tall plants harvester type, including front elements arranged in an independent front platform. The conveyor roller set includes a front aperture (6) for receiving the harvested material (MC) from a platform (P), the set including at least one upper roller (20a) and at least one lower roller (20b) disposed in the platform (A), wherein the upper conveyor roller (20a?) has a diameter (D) greater than the diameter (d) of the lower conveyor roller (20b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Andre Seki
  • Patent number: 10918019
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for adjusting the conveyor belt tension force within an agricultural harvester may include a conveyor having a first roller, a second roller spaced apart from the first roller, and a conveyor belt configured to engage the first and second rollers. The system may also include a tensioner assembly having a ratcheting mechanism configured to selectively adjust a position of the first roller relative to the second roller to adjust a tension force exerted on the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jason R. Coppinger, Bryan Benjamin Finley, Kevin Hammer, William Lee Cooksey
  • Patent number: 10918017
    Abstract: A crop harvesting header with a cutter bar and a draper assembly has a draper which includes a front edge of the upper run of the draper arranged at a position adjacent to but spaced from the cutter bar and there is provided a sealing member extending along the cutter bar. The sealing member is includes a bracket and a strip of flexible material where the bracket does not include any rearwardly extending biasing portion and the strip, when free from loading forces, contains a distortion from a flat form so that the second edge portion is distorted from a plane of the first edge portion in a direction toward the edge portion of the upper run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: MacDon Industries LTD
    Inventors: Francois R. Talbot, Romain Etienne Guy Coudiere
  • Patent number: 10912257
    Abstract: A crop module builder including a module wrapping assembly configured to wrap a module with a wrap provided by a wrap roll. The crop module builder includes a floor including a plurality of belts configured to move the wrap from the wrap roll toward a front of the floor, wherein the floor includes a first position and a second position. A guiderod structure is operatively connected to the floor, wherein the guide rod structure is configured to move with movement of the floor. A mat is operatively connected to the floor and to the guide rod structure, wherein the mat spans a gap between the guide rod structure and the deck in the first position and in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Marcus A. Jacobson, Jeffrey S. Wigdahl
  • Patent number: 10905049
    Abstract: A structural set for assembling a header intended for harvesters is capable of compensation of the lateral movement of the header according to the ground conditions of the planting rows being harvested. More particularly, a structural set for assembling a header in an agricultural machine comprising a girder with a central beam interconnected to at least two structural columns, the central beam being provided with a pivoting point for engaging and fastening a bracket, and at least one return element of the bracket for returning the bracket in a substantially horizontal position when at rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: João Augusto Marcolin Lucca, Andre Seki
  • Patent number: 10905048
    Abstract: A self-adjustable feeder for a sugarcane harvesting device having two vertical feeding rollers rotating in opposite directions, aligned side by side and horizontally moving, kept under traction one against the other by at least one actuator. The upper edges of both feeding rollers, besides being coupled to hydraulic engines rotating in opposite directions, are also hinged to a rear opening and closing structure, with a guiding system to change the distance between the vertical centers of the feeding rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: INDÚSTRIAS REUNIDAS COLOMBO LTDA
    Inventor: Luiz Henrique Bertino
  • Patent number: 10897847
    Abstract: A forage harvester is configured to chop harvested material and includes at least one conditioning unit for conditioning the chopped harvested material. The conditioning unit may transfer from its active position (in which operatively connected with other working units) to its passive position (in which the conditioning unit is released from the operational connection). In the passive position, the condition unit may be removed from the entirety of the forage harvester. The forage harvester further includes at least two track drives arranged on opposing ends of a front axle of the forage harvester. The forage harvester includes a free cross-section positioned on a removal side of the forage harvester through which the conditioning unit, in its passive position, can be removed laterally from the rest of the forage harvester, as well as removed above the track drive assigned to the removal side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Jochen Rathjens
  • Patent number: 10897846
    Abstract: A harvester includes a main frame, first side frame, and a second side frame. The first and second side frames are rotatable about the main frame between a deployed position and a stowed position. A first crop divider is rotatable with respect to the first side frame to change an angle between the first crop divider and the ground. A first biasing member biases the first crop divider into the raised position. A second crop divider is rotatable with respect to the second side frame to change an angle between the second crop divider and the ground. A second biasing member biases the second crop divider into the raised position. During movement of the first and second side frames into the stowed position, the first and second crop dividers are moved into the lowered position against the biasing force of the respective biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Troy M. Heims, Nathan E. Krehbiel, Steve A. Coon, Dennis P. Silver, Eric D. Windsor, Eric H. Stone
  • Patent number: 10874052
    Abstract: Differential speed stalk rolls mountable to a row unit of a row crop head. A first stalk roll body has an outer peripheral speed less than the outer peripheral speed of a second stalk roll body in lateral spaced relation. At least one of the first and second bodies includes a knife defining a knife plane normal to the axis of rotation of the first or second stalk roll. The stalk roll bodies may have modular and interchangeable body segments of different configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Kingdom Ag Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Rich Gramm, Corbin Fehr, Austin Bitting, Robert Schlipf
  • Patent number: 10869425
    Abstract: A utility vehicle having operator selectable onboard and remote controls also includes a prime mover and a power generating device driven thereby, first and second electric wheel motors, and a drive controller in communication with the wheel motors to control the output thereof and in communication with the onboard controls. A radio control receiver is in communication with the drive controller and with a radio control transmitter having steering and speed controls. The vehicle includes a control mode switch having a first position where the drive controller receives steering and speed control inputs from the onboard controls, and a second position where the drive controller receives steering and speed control inputs from the radio control transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Jake Siudyla, Alyn G. Brown, Ivan E. Fox, Jesse L. Probst, Scott W. Keller, K. Mike McCoy
  • Patent number: 10863673
    Abstract: A windrower with a header has a conveying medium with first and second portions connected with a pivot joint and moveable across a plural rollers configured to receive crop material from the header and direct the crop material to a side of the windrower to form a windrow on the ground to the side of the windrower. In an operational position and with the frame selected to one of the predetermined angular adjustments, the conveying medium discharges the harvested crop material at an angle of trajectory determined by the selected angular position of the second portion. The windrower harvests crop with the header, receives the mowed crop on the conveyor system, adjusts a rate at which the mowed crop is discharged from the conveyor system, and adjusts an angle of trajectory at which the mowed crop is discharged from the conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas R. Treffer, Daniel S. Jost, Shane A. Bollinger
  • Patent number: 10856469
    Abstract: A high strength sieve which is lightweight and durable without having to add springs, and without requiring a high level of force to effect adjustment of the louvers. The high strength sieve utilizes hollow tubes to support the louvers. Providing hollow tubes (i.e., rather than solid wires) allows for larger diameter holes to be used in the frame. This provides for increased bearing surfaces, as well as provides for better tolerances. This reduces the movement of the tubes within the holes. Preferably, the tubes are mounted in the frame through holes which are extruded, thereby providing for increased bearing surfaces and a tighter fit. The extruded holes also provide a natural lead-in for the insertion of the tubes (i.e., during assembly of the sieve). Alternatively, solid wires can be provided extending through the extruded holes instead of hollow tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: HCC, INC.
    Inventors: David Mammen, Paul Aubry
  • Patent number: 10849272
    Abstract: An implement intended for harvesting and/or gathering farm produce is used together with a self-propelled agricultural machine, more specifically a grain harvester, in order to provide driving power for its crop processing systems. A top roller (11) is positioned at the rear end of each conveyor belt (1) whereby, internally and concentrically thereto, the supports (9) move in a continuous rotating movement with the slats (10); the conveyor belt (1) has electronics for adjusting the speeds of the machine and the belts, varying electronically between these magnitudes according to the proportionality parameter; in addition to also regulating the height of the conveyor belt (1B) through electronics and a pivoting device (26); the set of conveyor belts (1) may also be articulated into a transportation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Indústrias Reunidas Colombo Ltda
    Inventors: Luiz Henrique Bertino, Vagner Nunes Da Silva
  • Patent number: 10842075
    Abstract: In a rotary mower having ten generally horizontal cutter disks forming a total cutting length along the cutter bar of 16 feet, the discharge opening containing the parallel conditioner rolls and a parallel transfer roll has a width of at least 125 inches. This allows a first outermost one of the ten disks and approximately one half of the next adjacent disk to be mounted on the cutter bar outwardly of the discharge opening. A convergence system then includes only first and second impellers with the first impeller mounted on the first disk for rotation therewith and the second impeller mounted on an upper support above the impeller so that the second impeller hangs downwardly toward the second disk for contacting the cut crop and mounted immediately adjacent with the second impeller having a peripheral edge located at or immediately adjacent the vertical plane of the side of the discharge opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: MacDon Industries
    Inventors: Neil Barnett, Konstantin Kolegaev, Matthew James Stephens
  • Patent number: 10834873
    Abstract: A berry harvester includes a chassis, a berry removal system, a berry delivery system, an inspection station and a container filling station. The container filling station includes a berry delivery apparatus that conveys berries to containers on a container support. A container weighing system includes a container fill indicator generating a weighing signal. A processor is in communication with the weighing system and incorporates a filter for cancelling vibrations from the weighing signal. A method uses the container weighing system and the processor to indicate when a container is filled to contain a desired amount of berries and automatically reset when the filled container is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Oxbo International Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Korthuis, Matthew Schleicher
  • Patent number: 10827677
    Abstract: A draper header for a harvester useful for providing hydraulic lifting and lowering of ground wheels. Hydraulic cylinders are capable of being actuated to independently lower and raise the ground wheels of the header while using the floatation pressure from the lift cylinders of the harvester. First and second hydraulic cylinders are fluidically coupled to a charge pressure of the harvester, the charge pressure providing a floatation pressure to position first and second ground wheels at a lowered operation mode and a raised operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. Fay, II, Ryan M. Figgins
  • Patent number: 10827678
    Abstract: An agricultural machine includes a frame, and a lifting unit configured to vary a height of an operating unit with respect to a supporting surface for the machine. The lifting unit includes hydraulic cylinder with a liner and first and second pistons both slidingly housed inside the liner and arranged in series to define first and second chambers inside the liner, wherein the first and second pistons are controllable independently. The lifting unit includes a pressure stabilizer in fluid connection with the first chamber and that controls a pressure in the first chamber so that the first piston moves therein as a force generated on the first piston varies. A second control element for the second chamber carries out a volumetric control of the second chamber to control a position of the second piston regardless of a pressure inside the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: ROC GROUP S.R.L.
    Inventor: Raffaele Ubaldi
  • Patent number: 10827683
    Abstract: A sieve assembly for use within an agricultural harvester may generally include a sieve, a crop material sheet, and at least one support element. The sieve extends along a length defined between a first sieve end and a second sieve end and processes a flow of harvested crop material. The sieve also defines a plurality of openings through which cleaned crop material of the flow of crop material is directed. The crop material sheet extends along a length defined between a first sheet end and a second sheet end and receives the cleaned crop material directed through the sieve's openings. The crop material sheet then directs the flow of cleaned crop material towards a separate component of the crop processing system. In addition, the support element(s) is directly coupled between the sieve and the crop material sheet and structurally connects the sieve to the crop material sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Frank Rik Duquesne, Curtis F. Hillen, Todd Cannegieter, Kevin N. Scotese
  • Patent number: 10827676
    Abstract: A harvester including a frame supported by a drive assembly for movement along a support surface, a head unit coupled to the harvester and configured to selectively harvest crop material, a camera coupled to the frame and configured to generate one or more images of a field of view, and a controller in operable communication with the camera and the head unit, where the controller is configured to determine one or more crop attributes based at least in part on the one or more images produced by the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: John A. Dighton, Bryan E. Dugas, Rahul Gunda, Peter A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10827673
    Abstract: A header for an agricultural harvester comprising a frame and an epicyclical drive supported by the frame. The epicyclical drive includes a first rotatable wheel having a first substantially vertical rotational axis and a first disk. The first disk includes a first eccentric axis rotatable about the first rotational axis. The epicyclical drive further includes a second rotatable wheel having a second substantially vertical rotational axis and a second disk. The second disk includes a second eccentric axis rotatable about the second rotational axis. The header further includes a first cutter bar directly connected to the first disk and a second cutter bar directly connected to the second disk. Operation of the epicyclical drive results in substantially linear oscillating motion of the cutter bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Joel Cook