Patents Examined by John G. Weiss
  • Patent number: 9611618
    Abstract: A grapple apparatus may comprise at least one grapple arm movable between an open and a closed position, and having a proximal arm portion and a distal arm portion. The apparatus may include a primary actuator having extended and retracted conditions to move the proximal arm portion, and a secondary actuator having extended and retracted conditions to move the distal arm portion. The primary actuator may be configured such that an initial rate of movement of the primary actuator from the extended condition toward the retracted condition is slower than an initial rate of movement of the secondary actuator from the extended condition toward the retracted condition to produce substantially complete movement of the distal arm portion of the at least one grapple arm toward the open position before movement of the proximal arm portion toward the open position is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Timothy D. Miller
  • Patent number: 9603299
    Abstract: A system for planting multiple types of seed and automatically switching between the varieties during planting in a single planting pass of a planting session of row-crop or other planting of an agricultural field. The system may include a bulk storage system, an on-row storage system, and a charging system that selectively delivers seeds of different varieties from the bulk storage system to the on-row storage system. The system may include a seed metering system that can be controlled at each of multiple row units to selectively plant different types or varieties of seed based on seed type or variety zones agricultural field, which may correspond to field characteristics defined in a seed variety prescription map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Keith W. Wendte, Brian T. Adams, Marvin A. Prickel, Brian J. Anderson, Chad M. Johnson, Jason T. Czapka, Scott A. Long, Michael J. Connors, Darian E. Landolt
  • Patent number: 9603298
    Abstract: A system for planting multiple types of seed and automatically switching between the varieties during planting in a single planting pass of a planting session of row-crop or other planting of an agricultural field. The system may include a bulk storage system, an on-row storage system, and a charging system that selectively delivers seeds of different varieties from the bulk storage system to the on-row storage system. The system may include a seed metering system that can be controlled at each of multiple row units to selectively plant different types or varieties of seed based on seed type or variety zones agricultural field, which may correspond to field characteristics defined in a seed variety prescription map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Keith W. Wendte, Brian T. Adams, Marvin A. Prickel, Brian J. Anderson, Chad M. Johnson, Jason T. Czapka, Scott A. Long, Michael J. Connors, Darian E. Landolt
  • Patent number: 9596803
    Abstract: A system is provided for use with a seed-delivering agricultural implement that can use look-ahead predictions and controls to coordinate seed type delivery switchover in a manner that minimizes mixing different seed types during the switchover. The system can include a control system that uses a prescription map to look ahead to coordinate out-of-implement or to-ground seed type delivery switch-over events of seeding and/or planting implements with the implements crossing boundaries between different variety zones of an agricultural field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Keith W. Wendte, Brian T. Adams
  • Patent number: 9596802
    Abstract: The invention relates to a distribution unit (10) for a granular commodity such as grains (34), fertilizer or the like, in particular a sowing unit (12) of a distribution or sowing machine. The unit (10, 12) comprises a housing (14) having an approximately circular and/or circle-segment shaped inner lateral surface (16), at least one inlet opening (18) for conveyed granular commodities or conveyed grains (34), a conveying device (22) rotating concentrically in the housing (14) for the conveyed granular commodity or the conveyed grains (34) and at least one outlet opening (24) which connects approximately tangentially to the inner lateral surface (16). The conveying device (22) has one or more openings and/or steps on the outer region thereof, which, in a first housing and/or conveying region, form a pocket with the housing inner lateral surface (16) in which the grains (34) are compacted and conveyed circularly by centrifugal forces, supported by the conveying device (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: HORSCH MASCHINEN GMBH
    Inventor: Gerald Funck
  • Patent number: 9591798
    Abstract: A distributing unit (10) for granular material such as seed grains (12), fertilizers or the like is disclosed, in particular a seeding unit (11) of a distributing or seeding machine. The unit (10) comprises a housing (14) with at least one inlet opening (18) for conveying granular material or conveyed seed grains (12) and an outlet opening (26) and also a rotating conveying device (24) with at least one rotating conveying element (28) for taking hold of the granular material or the seed grains (12), which conveying element is arranged or extends approximately axially with respect to the housing (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: HORSCH MASCHINEN GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Horsch
  • Patent number: 9591800
    Abstract: One embodiment describes an agricultural implement. The agricultural implement includes a plurality of ground engaging opener assemblies that each excavates a trench into soil and deposits a granular product into the trench as the agricultural implement is towed though a field; and a first tool meter coupled to the agricultural implement and pneumatically coupled to a first portion of the plurality of ground engaging opener assemblies. The first tool meter instructs a pneumatic distribution system to supply the granular product to the first tool meter based at least in part on a first amount of granular product stored in the first tool meter; and pneumatically distributes the granular product to the first portion of the plurality of ground engaging opener assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Trevor Lawrence Kowalchuk, Gordon Anthony Engel
  • Patent number: 9591802
    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: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Jose Luis Allochis
  • Patent number: 9587372
    Abstract: A dredging apparatus for removing sediments from a bed of an expanse of water, includes: a suction apparatus including a) a submersible pump including: a housing body provided with an inlet mouth and with a discharge opening and an impeller rotatably supported in the body between the inlet mouth and the discharge opening and rotatably driven by a respective driving device; and b) a suction head associated to the inlet mouth of the housing body of the pump and provided at the bottom with a suction opening of the sediments; wherein the suction opening of the head has a value of the cross-section area dimensioned to achieve in the working range of the pump a suction speed capable of removing the sediments by means of the fluid dynamics removal action carried out by the water sucked into the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: DECOMAR S.P.A.
    Inventors: Davide Benedetti, Marco Benedetti
  • Patent number: 9578810
    Abstract: A combine harvester having a cleaning system for separating seeds from by-products, that includes a transmission having an annular member, that extends around a circular element of an eccentric device and is pivotable around said circular element, a second arm having a first end fixedly connected to the annular member, and a second end connected with a reciprocatable cleaner device of a second cleaner assembly, a first arm having a first end fixedly connected to the annular member, a first cleaner drive linkage has a first end pivotably connected to the second end of the first arm and a second end connected to a reciprocatable cleaner device of a first cleaner assembly, wherein the reciprocatable cleaner device of the second cleaner assembly and the reciprocatable cleaner device of the first cleaner assembly are reciprocatingly drivable by the cleaning system drive assembly in generally opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Frank R. G. Duquesne, Todd A. Cannegieter, Adrianus Naaktgeboren
  • Patent number: 9578799
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided for controlling an agricultural implement having a plurality of row units. In some embodiments, seeds are planted by rotating a seed disc in a first direction; seeds are then unloaded from a seed disc into a seed pool by rotating the seed disc in a second direction. In some such embodiments an amount of rotation in the second rotation is selected to ensure that seeds are released into the seed pool and not released from the from the seed meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Allgaier, Jason Stoller
  • Patent number: 9578798
    Abstract: Sowing heart for a single-grain sowing machine comprising: a sowing disk rotatable in a rotational direction R, the sowing disk having at least two sowing hole series, arranged concentrically to the sowing disk, with sowing holes, a receiving area for receiving seed at the sowing holes and a dispensing area for dispensing seed, in front of the dispensing area, a wiping device is provided for singulating seed at the sowing holes during the operation of the sowing heart, which has a first wiping element for the first sowing hole series and a second wiping element for the second sowing hole series, whereby the wiping elements are coupled and are designed to be adjustable with respect to one another. In addition, the invention relates to a single-grain sowing machine with a considerable number of sowing aggregates, in each case with an above-mentioned sowing heart and a corresponding wiping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Kverneland AS
    Inventor: Bernhard Scheideler
  • Patent number: 9565799
    Abstract: A device usable for picking up puncturevine burrs comprises a cylindrical roller member, a scraper, a catch, a support member, and a handle member. The cylindrical roller member has a rotational axis and has an outside surface layer made of a resilient material such that the burrs will readily stick into the material. The scraper scrapes the surface of the roller member when the roller member rotates about its rotational axis. The support member holds the scraper and catch so that the scraper scrapes over the surface of the roller member during rotation. In operation, a user pushes the device over the area of the ground with burrs. Under the weight of the device itself, the burrs are picked up by the roller member and are scraped off of the roller member by the scraper, and are retained by the catch. Burrs that collect in the catch are disposed of.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Arden D. Finch
  • Patent number: 9554504
    Abstract: A planting system including a plurality of seeding row assemblies, each having components maintained at a controlled elevation. The seeding row assembly includes a tillage row unit controlled to maintain a desired elevation relative to a seeding row unit, the seeding row unit being configured to passively follow the local terrain. Each seeding row assembly can include two position sensors that generate signals corresponding to the elevation of the seeding row unit and the ground engagement attachment, respectively, or a differential position sensor that generates signals corresponding to the difference in the elevations. Various embodiments include a local closed loop controller that adjusts elevation of the tillage row unit relative to the seeding row unit to a desired set point. In some embodiments, the down force of the seeding row unit is actively controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Shane Houck
  • Patent number: 9554520
    Abstract: An agricultural machine comprising an input shaft connectable to the power take off shaft of a tractor; a flywheel connected to the input shaft; workings driven by the input shaft; an access panel openable to provide access to the workings of the machine; an access panel handle having a first position for opening and a second position for closing the access panel; and a brake for arresting rotating of the flywheel with a brake handle with a first position for braking the flywheel and a second position for releasing the flywheel; the access panel handle and the brake handle are arranged with respect to each other such that the access panel handle can only be placed in its first opening position when the brake is in first braking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Tom De Gersem, Ignaas Vanhooren
  • Patent number: 9545052
    Abstract: The drive has an input rotatable about an upstanding rotational axis and carries a cam followed by a pivot arm pivotable about an upstanding pivotal axis. A power source is connected in rotatably driving relation to the input. The pivot arm connects to a knife assembly of a sickle. The input, cam and pivot arm are generally flat, and the power source is vertically coextensive therewith for incorporation in or below the floor of a header of a plant cutting machine. Rotation of the input causes offset movement of the cam about the rotational axis, resulting in sideward pivoting of the pivot arm and sickle knife. A second cam drive can oppositely drive a second sickle knife, such that opposite forces generated by operation of the drives will be largely canceled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Joel T. Cook, Gary L. Bich, David M. DeChristopher
  • Patent number: 9545051
    Abstract: A slot driven low profile sickle drive has an input rotatable about an upstanding rotational axis and carries an eccentric captured in a slot in one end of a pivot arm pivotable about an upstanding pivotal axis. A power source is connected in rotatably driving relation to the input. The opposite end of the pivot arm connects to a knife assembly of a sickle. The input, eccentric and pivot arm are generally flat, and the power source is vertically coextensive therewith for incorporation in or below the floor of a header of a plant cutting machine. Rotation of the input causes epicyclical orbiting of the eccentric, resulting in sideward pivoting of the opposite end of the pivot arm and sickle knife. A second drive can oppositely drive a second sickle knife, such that opposite forces generated by operation of the drives will be largely canceled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Joel T. Cook, Gary L. Bich, David M. DeChristopher, Peter J. Ungs
  • Patent number: 9541076
    Abstract: A liquid delivery device for killing weeds. The liquid delivery device includes a main tube, a handle, and a pump housing that includes a pump chamber. A reservoir is disposed in the main tube, and a plunger is connected to the reservoir and positioned in the pump chamber. The plunger is operative to push a liquid contained in the pump chamber through a check valve and dispensing orifices when a user moves the reservoir with respect to the main tube and pump housing. The device also includes a spike extending from the pump housing and an annular stand-off surrounding the spike. The spike is adapted to disrupt the soil and damage the root structure of a target weed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventors: John Weiss, Patrick Auell, Shawn Stokes
  • Patent number: 9532497
    Abstract: A harvesting header for use with a crop harvesting machine has a feederhouse interface and a header frame providing structural support for the harvesting header. A pivotable connection between the feederhouse interface and the header frame enable the header frame to pivot with respect to the feederhouse interface. At least one hydraulic ram connects between the feederhouse interface and the header frame to pivot the harvesting header on the feederhouse interface. A hydraulic supply provides pressurized hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic ram. An accumulator assembly fluidically connects between the hydraulic supply and the at least one hydraulic ram. The accumulator assembly has a precharge fluid/gas interface between a gas chamber and the hydraulic supply, and a working fluid/gas interface between the gas chamber and the at least one hydraulic ram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Randy Lohrentz, Emmanuel R. Magisson
  • Patent number: 9532505
    Abstract: A row divider of an agricultural harvester is disclosed. The row divider includes a hood, a divider and an adjustment apparatus for adjusting the position of the divider and hood relative to each other. The adjustment apparatus includes a divider support extending from the hood for supporting the divider and an adjustment assembly. The adjustment assembly is connected to the divider support and extends through the hood to an outer region of the hood such that an operator can access and adjust the position of the divider from a region outside the hood and/or divider without the need for lifting the divider to an up position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Long, Andrew V. Lauwers