Patents Examined by John Weiss
  • Patent number: 9992923
    Abstract: An agricultural implement system including a hitch assembly configured to couple to a tow vehicle, a plurality of wing tool bars coupled transversely to the hitch assembly, and a plurality of wing frames pivotally coupled to the plurality of wing tool bars. Each wing frame is configured to support a plurality of row units and is positioned forward of a respective wing tool bar. The agricultural implement system further includes an air cart support arm with a first and second end. The first end of the air cart support arm is pivotally coupled to the wing tool bar and the second end of the air cart support arm is configured to couple to an air cart and the air cart support arm is configured to drive the air cart in a rearward direction relative to the hitch assembly in response to rotation of the wing tool bar in the rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Terrance Alan Friggstad
  • Patent number: 9992925
    Abstract: A paired row furrow opener can include a seed boot body, a fertilizer passageway, a seed passageway, at least one soil deflecting edge, and at least one row soil deflecting surface. The seed boot body can extend along a longitudinal axis between a forward end and a rearward end. The fertilizer passageway can extend through the seed boot body between an outlet and an inlet elevated from the outlet. The seed passageway can extend through the seed boot body between an outlet and an inlet. The at least one soil deflecting edge can be integral with the seed boot body. The at least one row soil deflecting surface can extend aft from the at least one soil deflecting edge along the longitudinal axis and can face upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Victor A. Wickstrom
  • Patent number: 9986683
    Abstract: An electric mower includes a chassis; and a walking device, a mowing device, a power device, a handle device, and a back grass discharging device arranged on the chassis. The power device drives the operation of the walking device and the mowing device, the back grass discharging device discharges the grass cut by the mowing device, and the handle device controls the electric mower. The power device of the electric mower uses a hybrid power system formed by DC power supply and AC power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG YAT ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE CO., LTD
    Inventors: Jin Zhang, Jun Zhou
  • Patent number: 9986687
    Abstract: A stone trap assembly including an entrance and an exit. The entrance receives objects from a crop flow path for accumulation into the assembly during a harvesting operation, and the exit allows evacuation of the accumulated foreign objects out of the assembly during an evacuation operation. The assembly further includes a door configured to be rotatable around a first rotation axis, substantially transverse to the crop flow path, for movement along a door movement trajectory between a closed position and an evacuation position, and an impeller for forcing the accumulated foreign objects towards the exit. The impeller is configured to be rotatable around a second rotation axis, substantially transverse to the crop flow path, for movement along an impeller movement trajectory between a retracted position and an extended position closer towards the exit. The door and impeller are separately movable during at least a part of the trajectories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jolan Heyns, Marijin Vanslambrouck, Gert Mattheeuws, Willem De Coninck
  • Patent number: 9986679
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of treating setts comprising (a) applying a coating of an alginate optionally containing one or more crop protection agents and/or one or more nutrients, and (b) crosslinking the alginate with a divalent metal ion. Also disclosed are compositions used in the disclosed methods of treating setts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Alessandro Leal Nogueira, Yemel Mayo Ortega, Ricardo Camara Werlang
  • Patent number: 9974230
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for selecting an agricultural input. First and second inputs are in communication with a seed meter. A selection apparatus constrains the seed meter to deposit only one of the input sources such that the seed meter is enabled to alternate between depositing the first and second inputs. Processing circuitry controls the selection apparatus to alternate between the first and second inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Derek Sauder, Todd Swanson, Troy Plattner
  • Patent number: 9970178
    Abstract: A construction machine includes an earth removing implement 20 including: a blade 22 disposed on a base portion frame 21 by using a linkage mechanism 23 and a cylinder 24; a fixed cover 26 positioned above the linkage mechanism 23; a movable cover 27 covering a gap between the fixed cover 26 and the blade 22; and a guide pin 25 that guides the movable cover 27 while the blade 22 is being raised. The movable cover 27 includes a side surface portion 52 having a slot 54 with which the guide pin 25 engages. The slot 54 is formed along the side surface portion 52 that faces the guide pin 25. The guide pin 25 engages with the slot 54 at a lower end position therein when the blade 22 is raised to a highest position as the movable cover 27 is rotated to follow the fixed cover 26.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shintaro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9961835
    Abstract: A combine unload control system having a grain tank for storing grain and at least one auger for unloading grain from the grain tank. The control system also includes a first auger cover proximate to the at least one auger, having one or more first auger cutouts disposed on a portion of the first auger cover and a second auger cover proximate to the at least one auger and having one or more second auger cutouts disposed on a portion of the second auger cover. The control system further includes a controller configured to control amounts of grain to pass through the one or more first auger cutouts and the one or more second auger cutouts and flow to the at least one auger by causing the first auger cover and the second auger cover to move relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Andrew V. Lauwers, Kevin W. Ward
  • Patent number: 9961825
    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 direction is selected to ensure that seeds are released into the seed pool and not released from the seed meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Allgaier, Jason Stoller
  • Patent number: 9961831
    Abstract: A sensor generates a sensor signal indicative of a sensed variable. A first filter is applied to the sensor signal, and filters the sensor signal based on a first set of sensor data, to generate a first filtered signal. A second filter is applied to the sensor signal, based on a second set of sensor data that is greater than the first set of sensor data, to generate a second filtered sensor signal. The first and second filtered sensor signals are compared to generate a control signal that can be used to control a controllable subsystem of a mobile machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: William D. French, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9961830
    Abstract: Modifications to row unit that result in a greatly reduced loss of kernels due to chatter include substituting stripper plates that have rails upwardly projecting guard rails at the edges of the stripper plates that define their working gap to thereby inhibit escape of loose kernels. Further, the ear transport paddles are modified so as to reduce shelling due to chatter and to move loose kernels collected on the stripper plates to the machine's auger so that these loose kernels become part of the yield. Specifically, a cushioning device is attached to each of the paddles and the paddles further support brushes or scrapers that sweep loose kernels into the auger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: S7 IP Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Shawn Gengerke
  • Patent number: 9949438
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a harvester capable of continuous bailing of crop material, particularly to a harvester comprising a crop supply chamber positioned in front of a bale chamber, capable of storing crop material during the wrapping of a bale of harvested crop material. The crop supply chamber further comprises a supply inlet at the bottom of the crop supply chamber, a movable control plate positioned within the crop supply chamber, and a movable rear wall capable of adjusting the size of the supply inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Kevin M. Smith
  • Patent number: 9949427
    Abstract: A system for distributing a plurality of seeds includes a storage tank operable to store the plurality of seeds. A first meter is downstream of the storage tank. A second meter is downstream of the first meter and is operable to individually meter the plurality of seeds. An outlet conduit is located downstream of the second meter. The first meter is configured to adjust the flow of the plurality of seeds in response to a signal from a sensor located between the first meter and the outlet conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: John M. Schweitzer, Peter R. Nedved
  • Patent number: 9943031
    Abstract: A spreader arrangement for an agricultural harvester includes a windrow chute having a first position for building a windrow in which the chute angles downwardly from a proximal edge to a distal edge of the chute, and a second position for cleanout of the chute in which the chute angles downwardly from the distal edge to the proximal edge of the chute. Adjustment from the first position to the second position and back to the first position can occur automatically when the combine is operating but not currently harvesting, such as during the time period between when a harvesting swath is completed and the next harvesting swath is commenced, so that accumulated crop residue material can be dislodged from the windrow chute without disrupting harvesting or the windrow building process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Dale W. Panoushek, Craig E. Murray, Justin L. Montenguise, Nicholas S. Shane
  • Patent number: 9943024
    Abstract: A work vehicle (1) comprises a mobile frame with a main shaft (2) and a set of support arms adjustable between a lateral operative position, in which the support arms extend laterally of the frame on either side of the main shaft, and an at least partially upward oriented transport position. The support arms have a plurality of mutually pivotable support arm parts which support work modules (11A . . . 11F) placed at a regular distance from each other in order to thereby perform work on a ground surface in the operative position. In the operative position a center of a first of the support arms is situated on a first side of the main shaft at a lateral distance from the main shaft, and in the operative position a center of a second of the support arms is situated on an opposite second side of the main shaft at a lateral distance from the main shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: VANMAC BEHEER B.V.
    Inventor: Leonardus Joannes Antonius Van Loen
  • Patent number: 9936625
    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 planting of an agricultural field while controlling seed delivery speed to mitigate seed bounce and/or provide desired seed spacing distances. 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 and a seed delivery speed control system that regulates seed delivery speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Keith W. Wendte, Monte Gene Weller, Brian T. Adams
  • Patent number: 9936636
    Abstract: A blade for a mower disc body is provided. The blade includes a cutting blade body of a first base material, top and bottom surfaces and an outer surface that extends around the cutting blade body vertically between the top and bottom surfaces. The blade further includes a cutting edge formed along the outer surface and a plurality of clad beads extending along one of the top and bottom surfaces transversely away from the non-serrated cutting edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Kondex Corporation
    Inventors: Neal J. Stoffel, Keith A. Johnson, Andrew J. Theisen
  • Patent number: 9936630
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for an agricultural product conveying system includes a mount having a seed tube mounting feature and a biasing member mounting feature. The mounting assembly also includes a biasing member configured to support a powered agricultural product conveyor. The seed tube mounting feature is configured to engage a corresponding mounting feature of a seed tube to support the seed tube on the mount, and the biasing member mounting feature is configured to engage a corresponding mounting feature of the biasing member to support the biasing member on the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Chad M. Johnson, Marvin A. Prickel, Brian John Anderson
  • Patent number: 9936637
    Abstract: A system for measuring plant attributes includes an ECU mounted on a combine, a plant attribute sensor, a ground speed sensor and a vehicle guidance sensor. The ECU is configured to use a signal from a vehicle guidance sensor disposed in front of plant attribute sensor to create a signal sampling window in which signals from the plant attribute sensor will be read and to reject signals from the plant attribute sensors outside of this signal sampling window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Noel W. Anderson, Niels Dybro
  • Patent number: 9924632
    Abstract: A quick connect mower blade system includes a blade bolt inserted into the top end of a hollow spindle and threaded into a collet having an upright inserted into the lower end of the spindle. The collet has a head that is aligned substantially perpendicular to a hole in a blade holder if the blade bolt is tightened onto the collet to clamp a mower blade between the spindle and blade holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Chenevert, Brian K. Pearson