Patents Examined by John Weiss
  • Patent number: 10058023
    Abstract: A system for electronically pulsing agricultural product with seed includes a seed transport mechanism affixed to a seed planter row unit. A seed sensing device senses dispensation of the seed from the seed transport mechanism. An agricultural product conduit dispenses agricultural products into the seed transport mechanism to provide dispensing of the products with the seed as the seed and product exit the seed transport mechanism. A control interface electronic system dispenses a particular quantity of product with the seed in the seed transport mechanism. A pulsing valve dispenses products from the conduit when the seed sensing device senses the dispensation of the seed. A seed release speed is provided which is proportional to the ground speed of the seed planter row unit to minimize seed tumbling and optimize accurate placement of seed and product at varying ground speeds of the row unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: AMVAC CHEMICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Larry M. Conrad, Richard L. Rice, Rex A. Rysdam, Richard M. Porter
  • Patent number: 10058038
    Abstract: A crop feeding mechanism for a harvester includes one or a plurality of screws or augers positioned in a hollow chamber of defined by the interior surface of an elongated frame, whereby the interior surface is tapered with decreasing volume in it rear portion. The one or a plurality of screws or augers are affixed upon a rotating axis and, as crop material is fed into the chamber, the one or a plurality of screws or augers conveys crop material rearward toward the tapered end and compact the crop materials so that the compacted crop material is extruded out of an opening at the rear end at a rate and temperature and in a form sufficient to allow a net wrap mechanism positioned at or near the opening to wrap the crop into a bale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: John Posselius, John D. Gardus
  • Patent number: 10051782
    Abstract: A row unit for use with a planter includes a furrow creator and an apparatus for controlling the depth of furrow created. The furrow creator can be a blade and shank. A seed meter, for example, a positive pressure meter, can be included that provides precision planting of one or more particulates. The seed meter can be a single meter or can include more than one meter at each row unit, such as to provide for multi-hybrid or multi-particulate planting. The positive pressure can then be used to delivering the seed via a seed to ground device to plant the one or more particulates in the created furrow. The row unit as provided will be a more precise planting for both seed spacing and depth, as well as other planting characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Wilhelmi, Dustan Hahn
  • Patent number: 10051778
    Abstract: A soil cutting head for a mount of an agricultural implement includes a head having a leading extremity for cutting into soil ahead of the mount, and a fertilizer tube extending through the head to a discharge end for discharging a stream of fertilizer into the soil from the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Ronald J. Kile
  • Patent number: 10045484
    Abstract: A shaped conveyor assembly configured for use in association with a harvester comprising a first side lower conveyor sub-assembly and a second lower conveyor sub-assembly. One or both of the sub-assemblies having a frame structure, a discharge assembly and a conveyor assembly. The frame structure has a gathering portion, an outward portion and a terminating portion. The gathering portion is positioned proximate the first end and spaced apart from the second end. The terminating portion is positioned proximate the second end and spaced apart from the first end. The outward portion extends therebetween, the outward portion being inclined in an upward direction relative to the gathering portion, and directed in an outward direction, thereby extending away from the channel, and away from the other one of the first side and the second side lower conveyor sub-assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: A & B Packing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L Williamson
  • Patent number: 10047496
    Abstract: A first grille member extends from the left side of the vehicular body toward the right side. A second grille member extends from the first grille member further toward the right side. A first pivot shaft is provided at the left side of the vehicular body. The first pivot shaft extends in the top-bottom direction of the vehicular body and pivotably supports the first grille member. A second pivot shaft extends in parallel with the first pivot shaft and couples the second grille member to the first grille member so that the second grille member is pivotable with respect to the first grille member. A fan module is pivotable about a third pivot shaft provided at the left side of the vehicular body and extending in parallel with the first pivot shaft, and at least a part of the fan module is movable to an outside of the vehicular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsunori Yamashita, Kazuyuki Suzuki, Souichi Tsumura, Youhei Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10045478
    Abstract: A metering system for an agricultural system includes a singulator. The singulator includes a hopper configured to provide a flow of plantlet casings from a storage tank of the agricultural system, a pair of counter-rotating rods configured to receive the plantlet casings from the hopper at a feed rate, where the pair of counter-rotating rods are spaced apart from one another to form a gap, and where the gap is configured to direct the plantlet casings from a first end of the pair of counter-rotating rods to a second end of the pair of counter-rotating rods, and a drive assembly configured to drive rotation of the pair of counter-rotating rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: John Henry Posselius
  • Patent number: 10034423
    Abstract: A harvester interacts with plants so as to separate a harvested portion from a biomass portion of each of the plants. At least one sensor carried by the harvester outputs a signal based upon an attribute of the biomass portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Niels Dybro, Aaron J. Bruns
  • Patent number: 10034424
    Abstract: A harvesting machine has a controlled subsystem that performs harvesting machine functionality, and a control system that controls the controlled subsystem. A header is mounted to the harvesting machine and has row dividers (that divide rows of crop stalks) and gathering chains. A set of crop loss inhibitors is mounted proximate a forward portion of each of the gathering chains, in a direction of travel of the harvesting machine. The crop loss inhibitors also include a sensor that senses a variable, indicative of a crop attribute, as each crop stalk passes through the set of crop loss inhibitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Noel W. Anderson, Michael L. Rhodes, Andy C. Locken, Gurmukh H. Advani, Kevin P. Cowles
  • Patent number: 10036140
    Abstract: A track assembly of a machine having a pair of parallel main tracks is provided. The pair of parallel main tracks is mounted to a chassis for supporting the machine on a ground surface. Each of the pair of parallel main tracks includes a first end portion and a second end portion coupled to the first end portion. The second end portion is proximate, with respect to the first end portion, to an earth moving tool coupled to a frame of the machine. The second end portion is adapted to pivot about the first end portion. The track assembly further includes an actuation system coupling the frame with the earth moving tool, such that a movement of the actuation system to operate the earth moving tool translates into a pivoting movement of the second end portion for moving the second end portion with respect to the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Ben Evans
  • Patent number: 10030360
    Abstract: A sprocket having one or more mud relief portions offset from the midpoint between adjacent teeth. The sprocket has a plurality of teeth, and saddle sections disposed on the periphery of the sprocket between each of the plurality of teeth. The saddle has a seat disposed at a midpoint between the adjacent teeth, and one or more mud relief portions disposed on each side of the seat. The mud relief portions are recessed within the sprocket. The mud relief portions may be mirror images of one another, or the saddle may alternatively be asymmetrically formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Charles Machine Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Cody L. Sewell, Brant Douglas Kukuk
  • Patent number: 10028446
    Abstract: An agricultural baler includes a main bale chamber and a plunger reciprocally movable within the main bale chamber. The plunger has a duty cycle. A flywheel is associated with the movement of the plunger, and a driveline is associated with the flywheel and couplable with a power take-off of a traction unit. The baler is characterized by an auxiliary power system coupled with the driveline. The auxiliary power system includes a power indicator providing a plurality of output signals, each representing a parameter associated with power usage during the duty cycle of the plunger. A power device receives power from or transfers power to the driveline. An electrical processing circuit is coupled with the power indicator and the power device. The electrical processing circuit receives each output signal and controls operation of the power device, based on at least one output signal from at least one previous duty cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Riccardo Morselli
  • Patent number: 10030796
    Abstract: An agricultural planter includes a chassis, a pneumatic system carried by the chassis, and a row unit carried by the chassis. The row unit includes a unit body, a metering unit carried by the unit body, a flexible coupling locked onto the port by an inner lip formed on an inner surface of the coupling. The metering unit includes a port with a channel formed within the port. The coupling has a sliding region formed on an outer surface of the coupling. The row unit also includes a locking ring bound within the sliding region of the coupling. The locking ring is slidable across the sliding region between a locked position and an unlocked position, such that the locking ring prevents the coupling from deforming to allow the inner lip off the port in the locked position. The row unit also includes a hose connecting the pneumatic system to the channel of the port through the coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Chad M. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10021825
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotating conveyor disk of a metering or sowing unit having a plurality of recesses for transporting grains. The conveyor disk rotates within a housing of a metering unit for granular material, such as seeds, fertilizer, or the like. The conveyor disk has at least one recess at the outer periphery for the reception of at least one grain to be separated via at least one revolution of the conveyor disk. In the interaction with a groove-shaped profile of the inner cover surface, the at least one recess forms a conveyor pocket for conveying one grain or a plurality of grains in the direction toward an outlet opening extending approximately tangentially to the inner cover surface. The at least one recess is located at the outer periphery of the conveyor disk in an insert element that is detachably secured in the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Horsch Maschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander Haselhoff
  • Patent number: 10021827
    Abstract: A multi-row planting unit includes a first planting assembly coupled to a mounting plate and a second planting assembly coupled to the mounting plate. Each of the first planting assembly and the second planting assembly are configured to dispense a solid from a metering unit. The metering unit of the first planting assembly is positioned to dispense the solid at a predetermined spacing with respect to the solid dispensed from the metering unit of the second planting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AMERICAN MADE EQUIPMENT INC.
    Inventors: Dusko Bruer, Timothy J. Manning
  • Patent number: 10015930
    Abstract: An apparatus that controls the position of a component of a mechanical system, such as an adjustable concave in a combine harvester, while at the same time exhibiting a safety function that is reversible without requiring a long downtime of the combine. The apparatus includes a control part and an auxiliary part, both pivotable about the same axis, and a force transmission part to maintain these two parts in an assembled state by a spring force, as long as the component is subjected to forces below a given limit. When the forces exceed the limit, the auxiliary part and the control part are configured to become separated in such a manner that they can be reassembled by the intervention of an actuator. The safety function of the apparatus resembles the operation of a shear bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Bart G. L. Van Hullebusch, Frank R. G. Duquesne, Johan A. Van Der Haegen
  • Patent number: 10010023
    Abstract: A seed metering system comprising a housing, a seed pick-up disc with a singulating member and one or more resilient members. The housing defines a space therewith which is partitioned by a rotating seed pick-up disc. The seed pick-up disc is provided with a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart seed holding grooves. The housing accommodates seeds within a portion of the space which are picked up by the seed holding grooves during rotation of the seed pick-up disc. The singulating member cooperates with the seed pick-up disc to eliminate excess seed within each of the seed holding grooves to ensure sowing of single seed at regular intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Kamalakannan Natarajan
  • Patent number: 10004174
    Abstract: The transplanter is designed to harness power from a walk-behind tractor to help small farmers transplant (among other things) seedling vegetables. As a farmer guides the walk-behind tractor, a movable feeder tube assembly comprising a plurality of feeder tubes moves latterly back and forth. When a feeder tube aligns with a pivotable transfer tube, a seedling in the feeder tube is deposited in the transfer tube so that the seedling descends down the transfer tube into a furrow for planting. The transfer tube then pivots so that a kicker panel on the bottom of the transfer tube pushes the seedling rearwardly and thereby helps to enable the seedling to remain vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Ted S. Kornecki, Corey M. Kichler
  • Patent number: 10004176
    Abstract: Weed seeds are destroyed in the chaff from a combine harvester by repeated high speed impacts caused by a rotor mounted in one of a pair of side by side housings which accelerate the discarded seeds in a direction centrifugally away from the rotor onto a stator including angularly adjustable stator surfaces around the axis. Thus the discarded seeds rebound back and forth between the rotor and the stator to provide a plurality of impacts. The seeds are carried axially of the rotor by a controlled airstream so that they move to an axial discharge location where a discharge fan is mounted. The angle of the discharge around the rotor axis can be changed to direct the seeds to the side of the combine away from a straw chopper, towards the guide fins of the tailboard of the chopper, or into the housing of the straw chopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Dean Mayerle
  • Patent number: 9999176
    Abstract: A tailings conveyance including a housing having a front plate, a back plate, and a wall, and is adapted to recycle tailings through a cleaning system of a combine using at least one impeller. The wall of the housing describes an arc near the impeller paddles over a segment of a circle described by the circumference of the impeller. The wall further continues on a tangent away from the circle at a point of tangency. A sensor is positioned proximate to the point of tangency, and senses whether a space between the front plate and the back plate directly adjacent to the sensor is obscured by tailings as the impeller rotates. A controller or control system connected to the sensor calculates an amount or percentage of time the space between the front plate and the back plate directly adjacent to the sensor is obscured by tailings as the impeller rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Arno Leenknegt, Dré Waltherus Joachim Jongmans, Glenn Aesaert, Richard P. Strosser, Jeffrey D. Thomas, Curtis F. Hillen