Patents Examined by John G. Weiss
  • Patent number: 9844174
    Abstract: An agricultural metering system includes a modular meter roller cartridge. The modular meter roller cartridge includes a meter roller. The modular meter roller cartridge further includes a housing rotatably supporting the meter roller. The housing is configured to selectively engage a meter box of the agricultural metering system to support the meter roller within the meter box while the housing is engaged with the meter box, and to selectively disengage the meter box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joel John Octave Gervais, James Wayne Henry, Ethan Curtis Stephen Bent
  • Patent number: 9839178
    Abstract: A seed firmer for pressing seeds into soil during planting. The seed firmer includes a mount for attachment to a row unit of a planting machine. An arm defines a ground-facing surface having at least one point of contact with the ground, including a rearmost ground contact point with respect to a direction of forward travel during planting operation. The ground-facing surface has a transition section directly trailing a rearmost ground contact point, the transition section can extending upwardly from the rearmost ground contact point with a radius no less than 25 mm. Also, in some constructions the rearmost section of the ground-facing surface defines a ratio of horizontal distance to vertical height that is no less than 1.2:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Elijah B. Garner, Jacob D. Salowitz, Kamalakannan Natarajan, Mark Underwood, Drew Whitcomb, Charles T. Graham, Dnyanesh Dhobale
  • Patent number: 9832931
    Abstract: A square baler has a baling chamber, a plunger reciprocable at one end of the baling chamber, a pre-compression chamber within which charges of crop are amassed and pre-compressed by a rotor prior to transfer into the baling chamber, and a pickup roller having radially projecting tines for picking up crop from the ground and advancing the crop to the rotor. A torque sensor is connected to at least one tine of the pickup roller to produce an electrical output signal indicative of the torque experienced by the pickup roller, and a processing circuit is operative to estimate the rate of crop flow into the chute by analyzing the electrical output of the torque sensor only at times when the position of the tine lies within a predetermined angular position of the pickup roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Tom Coen, Didier O. M. Verhaeghe
  • Patent number: 9832927
    Abstract: A sensor for measuring a thickness of a layer of a grain/residue mixture as the layer is transported through a cleaning arrangement of a combine harvester. The sensor is mounted on a support surface of a grain pan or a sieve of the cleaning arrangement and comprises a tower-shaped support structure with sensor elements attached to the structure and forming a vertical stack of sensor elements, so that a number of sensor elements is submerged in the layer and a number of sensor elements extends above the layer. The sensor elements are configured to measure an electrical property that changes as a function of immediate surroundings of the sensor elements. The sensor elements are configured to be read out independently from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Bart Moutton
  • Patent number: 9826685
    Abstract: The present invention refers to vertical roller devices to assist the supply of stems to sugar cane harvester, which are installed on the front side (A) of the harvester, fastened to the row dividers and which work in pairs, with elements on the right and on the left, which can consist of one or more pairs. The devices are designed to continuously propel and to guide the sugar cane stems to the inside of the harvester. The devices with vertical rollers (6) are formed by hydraulic motors (6a), finned cylinders (6b), upper fixing support members (6c) and lower fixing support members (6d). In the case of a single row, the devices are installed in the harvesters in accordance with to (B) and, in the case of two or more rows, in accordance with (C) on the inner faces (2) of the row dividers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventor: Maurilio O. Mello
  • Patent number: 9828025
    Abstract: The invention comprises a transaxle having an electric motor that is controlled by a vehicle user and that drives at least one output axle. The transaxle includes a power generating device that powers the electric motor and a reduction gear train engaged to and driven by the electric motor. The transaxle includes a common housing in which the power generator, the electric motor, and the reduction gear system are each disposed. In dual-axle systems, the transaxle also includes a differential engaged to and driven by the reduction gear system to power a pair of oppositely extending output axles. The differential is also disposed within the common housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Raymond Hauser, Scott W. Keller
  • Patent number: 9826676
    Abstract: A seed dispersion unit for distributing a plurality of seeds includes a single inlet for the plurality of seeds, a chamber in communication with the single inlet, and a plurality of outlet conduits in communication with the chamber. Each of the plurality of outlet conduits is configured to transfer a portion of the plurality of seeds from the chamber. An annular base defines a portion of the chamber. Each of the outlet conduits extends radially from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Stanley R. Borkgren
  • Patent number: 9820432
    Abstract: The invention relates to a beet puller share having a base part which comprises a cutting edge, wherein one or several hard material elements which form deflecting faces on their top surfaces are arranged in the region of the cutting edge, wherein the deflecting faces transition into a surface region of the base part, and wherein the surface region forms a beet guiding zone, in particular, a beet ejecting zone. To improve the service life of the beet puller share and to improve the harvest yield connected therewith, it is provided according to the invention that the hard material elements are realized as cutting elements which form the cutting edge at least in regions and that the deflecting face of at least one cutting element is convexly curved and merges into the convexly curved beet guiding zone, in particular, beet ejecting zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Betek GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Heiko Friederichs, Florian Smeets
  • Patent number: 9814176
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a seed discharge system is that employs a pair of rotating belts spaced from one another to receive the seeds from a seed metering device and to direct the seeds into the desired location within a trench over which the discharge system is positioned. The seeds are received within a gap formed between the belts and are clamped and held between the belts as the belts move, consequently moving the seeds from the seed metering device to the discharge opening of the discharge system. The constant engagement of the seeds with the belts through the discharge system prevents the seeds from bouncing, thereby maintaining a constant residence time for the seeds within the discharge system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Trevor Kowalchuk
  • Patent number: 9814172
    Abstract: An agricultural planter includes systems, methods, and apparatus for providing down force pressure at row units of the planter. The row units may include an electric linear actuator connected to linkages of the row units to provide and maintain a down force pressure for the row unit. The linkage may also be removed and replaced with a strut or like mechanism to apply a direct down force pressure to components of the row unit. One or more sensors can be included to obtain information related to the ground to automatically adjust the amount of down force provided based upon a ground characteristic in order to maintain a substantially uniform furrow depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Courtney N. Achen, Marvin Bachman, Rhett Schildroth, Merlan Rolffs, Michael J. Myers, John Kollman, John P. Mulherin
  • Patent number: 9814183
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a belt guard assembly suitable for the harvesting platforms of the type that are carried on the front end of an agricultural combine. More specifically, belt guard assembly covers the void region at the front margin of the draper conveyor system and seals it against the entry of crop residue and foreign objects. The belt guard assembly is provided with a resilient seal strip that overlaps with the upper belt run, and with a rotary joint to permit flexibility between the cutterbar assembly and the draper conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Jose Luis Allochis
  • Patent number: 9814173
    Abstract: A seeding system includes a storage tank operable to store a plurality of seeds and a dispersion unit configured to disperse some of the plurality of seeds amongst a plurality of conduits. The dispersion unit includes a sensor. A meter is operable to transfer the some of the plurality of seeds from the storage tank to the dispersion unit. The sensor is operable to produce a signal to control the transfer from the storage tank to the dispersion unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael E. Frasier, Scott C. McCartney
  • Patent number: 9809955
    Abstract: A control device for an implement system of a machine is provided. The control device is mounted on a support. The control device includes a first gimbal rotatably coupled to the support. The control device also includes a second gimbal rotatably coupled to the first gimbal. The control device further includes a linear actuator having a first end and a second end. The linear actuator is fixed to the second gimbal from the first end. The control device further includes a handle attached to the linear actuator at the second end. The handle is configured to move in conjunction with rotational movements of the first gimbal and the second gimbal, and a linear movement of the linear actuator to control a movement of the implement system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher R. Wright
  • Patent number: 9807921
    Abstract: A row unit for an agricultural planter having features for releasably operably coupling a seed meter of the row unit to a seed deposition apparatus of the row unit such as a seed conveyor, seed tube or the like. Apparatus are provided for tipping a seed meter of the hopper for disengagement from the seed deposition apparatus. Apparatus are provided for biasing the seed deposition apparatus into operative engagement with the seed meter. The row unit includes features such as latches for releasably operably coupling the row unit to crop input and vacuum supply lines. Apparatus are provided for tipping a seed meter of the hopper for disengagement from the crop input and vacuum supply lines. Systems are provided for supplying vacuum and crop inputs to the seed meter via the releasably engageable apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Kent Levy, Jeremy Hodel, Ian Radtke
  • Patent number: 9801328
    Abstract: A row unit for a seeding machine includes a first seed meter having a first metering member for singulating seeds and a second seed meter having a second metering member for singulating seeds. A motor is operably coupled to the first and second seed meters to selectively drive the first seed meter or the second seed meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Elijah B. Garner, Keith L. Felton, Kriss Helmick, Kamalakannan Natarajan
  • Patent number: 9801327
    Abstract: An agricultural seeder implement includes a seed boot connected directly to an opener having a leading extremity and a trailing extremity. The seed boot and the opener form a channel and an outlet. The channel extends forwardly from an inlet of the seed boot proximate to the trailing extremity of the opener to the outlet behind the leading extremity of the opener. The opener is for being pulled for cutting a furrow in the ground by the leading extremity ahead of the outlet, and the channel is for guiding a stream of air-driven seed forwardly therethrough from the inlet and into the furrow through the outlet directed downwardly in the furrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Ronald J. Kile
  • Patent number: 9801332
    Abstract: A seeding machine includes a main frame and a row unit coupled to the main frame. The row unit includes a row unit frame, a gauge wheel coupled to the row unit frame, a furrow opener coupled to the row unit frame, the furrow opener having a stationary or rotating surface that contacts and moves soil, and a furrow closer coupled to the row unit frame, the furrow closer having a stationary or rotating surface that contacts and presses soil. The seeding machine also includes a seeding adjustment system including a soil removal device, a moisture sensor, a controller configured to receive a signal from the moisture sensor corresponding to the detected moisture level, and an actuator configured to change a position of the soil removal device based on the signal received by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Donald K. Landphair, Lawrence D. Green
  • Patent number: 9801330
    Abstract: A method of configuring an agricultural metering system includes coupling one of a first meter roller cartridge frame and a second meter roller cartridge frame to a meter roller to form a meter roller cartridge. The first meter roller cartridge frame has one or more first openings having a first aggregate area, and the second meter roller cartridge frame has one or more second openings having a second aggregate area, different from the first aggregate area. The method includes engaging the meter roller cartridge with a meter box of the agricultural metering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ethan Curtis Stephen Bent, Dennis W. Chahley, Dennis George Thompson, Gordon Anthony Engel
  • Patent number: 9796639
    Abstract: A cross-linked, water absorbent polymer is mixed with desirable additives and coated to prevent water absorption to create a blend that is added to water injection systems for turf and soil maintenance. The coating is rinsed off the water absorbent polymer resulting in expansion of the polymer into a gel-like substance. The water absorbent polymer has the ability to retain water and nutrients in the soil preventing nutrient runoff and reducing watering frequency. Injection of the water absorbent polymer directly into soil reduces waste and reduces hazard caused by slippery material left on soil surfaces. The method and system for mixing and injection into soil is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Dryject Inc. Acquisition Corp.
    Inventors: Chris des Garennes, Peter van Drumpt, John Paddock
  • Patent number: 9795082
    Abstract: An agricultural working machine embodying a combine harvester for processing crop includes an intake conveyor mechanism for picking up the crop, a moisture content sensor arrangement for measuring a moisture content of the picked-up crop and generating a crop moisture signal based on the measured moisture content. A throughput sensor arrangement, preferably a layer thickness sensor arrangement, determines a throughput quantity of the picked-up crop. The crop moisture content signal is corrected on a basis of the throughput quantity that is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Rene Middelberg, Markus Brune, Frank Claussen, Norbert Diekhans