Patents Examined by Robert E. Pezzuto
  • Patent number: 10660253
    Abstract: A counter-rotating twin shaft gardening system is provided herein. The gardening system includes a drive shaft operably coupled to first and second shafts for driving the first shaft in the first direction and the second shaft in the second direction. A first ground manipulation device is attached to the first shaft. A second ground manipulation device is attached to the second shaft. The first and second ground manipulation devices including a plurality of teeth and a plurality of long arms. The plurality arms extend further outward from a planar portion than the plurality of teeth. A release system is disposed within the drive shaft to reduce or reverse the rotation of the first and second shafts when debris is disposed between the first and second ground manipulation devices. The release system is formed from a first portion and a second portion of the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Kai S. Lee, Esther Lee
  • Patent number: 10660268
    Abstract: A harvester may include a grain processing unit and a material flow sensor to form an yes electromagnetic plane or field through which crop material passes while being sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Niels Dybro, William D. Todd, Gurmukh H. Advani, Noel W. Anderson, Nathan R. Vandike, Bhanu Kiran Palla
  • Patent number: 10660274
    Abstract: A threshing and separating system including a rotor cage, a first vane rail movably connected to the rotor cage, and a first vane portion with a first constrained end pivotably connected to the rotor cage and a first movable end linked to the first vane rail. The threshing and separating system further including a second vane rail movably connected to the rotor cage, and a second vane portion with a second constrained end pivotably connected to the rotor cage and a second movable end linked to the second vane rail, the second vane portion and the first vane portion together define a substantially continuous vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Kemmerer, Wayne T. Flickinger, Jonathan E. Ricketts
  • Patent number: 10653069
    Abstract: An agricultural harvester includes a threshing and separating system for separating grain from non-grain crop material, and a residue handling system for receiving at least a portion of the non-grain crop material. The residue handling system includes a chopper and a windrow arrangement, each having an inlet. A door is movable between a closed position which directs the non-grain crop material to the chopper and an open position which directs the non-grain crop material to the windrow arrangement. A feed roller is positioned adjacent to and between the inlet of the chopper and windrow arrangement. The feed roller is rotatable in a first direction which directs the non-grain crop material to the chopper when the door is in the closed position, and a second direction which directs the non-grain crop material to the windrow arrangement when the door is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Herbert M. Farley, Nathan E. Isaac, Andrew Birkel, Austin L. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10655306
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting heavy machine wear. One system includes a heavy machine tooth of an industrial machine having a working end and a mounting end opposite the working end. The system also includes a wear indicator included in the tooth. The wear indicator includes a conductive tip, a conductive outer body extending along at least a length of the tooth, a conductive inner core positioned within the outer body, and insulating material positioned between the outer body and the inner core. The conductive tip is positioned between the working end of the tooth and the outer body and electrically couples the outer body and the inner core to form an electric circuit. The system also includes a transmitter included in the tooth. The transmitter transmits a state of the electric circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Joy Global Surface Mining Inc
    Inventors: Keith Pomerenke, Richard Nicoson, James R. Popp, Daniel Schlegel
  • Patent number: 10655302
    Abstract: A hydraulic control for an attachment on a work vehicle. The attachment is mounted on the chassis of the work vehicle and movable between a first position and a second position. A hydraulic cylinder is operable to power movement of the attachment. A fluid circuit communicates with the hydraulic cylinder and is configured to carry hydraulic fluid. A fluid reservoir is in communication with the fluid circuit. Accumulators that are in communication with the fluid circuit automatically store and release hydraulic fluid in response to movement of the attachment. A valve assembly controls fluid communication between the fluid reservoir and the fluid circuit in response to movement of the attachment to its second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: The Charles Machine Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Cody L. Sewell
  • Patent number: 10653062
    Abstract: In one aspect, electric power equipment includes: a horizontally extending left rotary shaft operably connected with a cutter blade operation lever; a horizontally extending right rotary shaft operably connected with a travel operation lever; and a cutter blade on/off switch and a potentiometer for setting a travel speed arranged at a laterally central position substantially between the left and right rotary shafts, such that the cutter blade on/off switch is operated by the left rotary shaft and the potentiometer is operated by the right rotary shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Oota, Mai Kurihara, Fumiya Isono
  • Patent number: 10653068
    Abstract: An agricultural vehicle including a chassis and a threshing system supported by the chassis. The threshing system includes a rotor, a housing surrounding at least a portion of the rotor and including at least one concave, and a concave adjustment and suspension device connected to the housing and configured for adjusting a position of the concave frame and relieving an impact force acting on the at least one concave. The concave adjustment and suspension device includes a torsion bar, a drive operably coupled to the main section of the torsion bar and configured for rotating the torsion bar to adjust the position of the concave frame, and at least one pneumatic spring mounted to the torsion bar and configured for compressing to relieve the impact force acting on the at least one concave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Kemmerer
  • Patent number: 10654434
    Abstract: A custom bumper for plowing snow is hingeably mounted to a frame of a vehicle that can be lowered to the surface of the road for plowing snow, then retracted back to its original position as a vehicle bumper, by the vehicle operator utilizing hydraulics controlled from inside the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Raven N. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10653070
    Abstract: A baler including a frame a feed assembly coupled to the frame, an auger housing coupled to the frame and in operable communication with the feed assembly, the auger housing having an exterior wall including a first open end, a second open end opposite the first open end, and defining a volume therein. The baler also including a first auger at least partially positioned within the volume and rotatable with respect to the auger housing about a first axis, and a second auger at least partially positioned within the volume and rotatable with respect to the auger housing about a second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy J. Kraus, Charles Scott Sloan, Henry D. Anstey
  • Patent number: 10653071
    Abstract: A baler including a frame, a feed assembly coupled to the frame, an auger housing defining a volume therein, where the volume of the auger housing is configured to receive crop material from the feed assembly during operation, and a plurality of augers, each of which at least partially positioned within the volume and rotatable with respect to the auger housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy J. Kraus, Charles Scott Sloan, Henry D. Anstey
  • Patent number: 10648155
    Abstract: A construction machine that includes a machine frame and an articulated boom. The articulated boom is pivotably mounted to the machine frame. The construction machine is configured to be operated in a loader mode in which a first tool is mounted to the articulated boom, and in an excavator mode in which a second tool is mounted to the articulated boom. The construction machine further includes a tool storage for storing the first tool and/or the second tool. The construction machine is configured to replace one of the first tool and second tool when mounted to the articulated boom with the other one of the first tool and second tool when stored in the tool storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Guangxi LiuGong Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Edward Wagner, Gary Major, Yunfeng Zhao
  • Patent number: 10645902
    Abstract: A stall plow removably attaches to a prior art skid steer using available quick connect couplers. The stall plow has a moldboard that is configured to completely remove waste bedding from a livestock free stall from the area adjacent to the curb and deliver it to the alley, where a prior art machine can then complete removal of the waste bedding from the alley. The moldboard includes a primary scraper section and side cutter that scrapes and lifts waste bedding up and over the curb. A curb section and curb flange then shift the bedding over to the alley and drop waste bedding into the alley, where a discharge spreader levels and distributes the waste. An extensible arm and hydraulic extension cylinder adjusts the moldboard transversely relative to direction of travel. An angle and pitch adjuster sets the moldboard for a particular free stall geometry and bedding material composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Nathan R. Messer, Daniel J. Brunko
  • Patent number: 10645879
    Abstract: A combine harvester having a grain pan arranged to catch a crop stream, the grain pan being driven in an oscillating manner to convey the crop stream rearwardly to a rear edge. A cleaning unit including a fan for generating a cleaning airstream which is directed under the rear edge. The grain pan includes a floor profile which defines a transverse profile comprising ridges and troughs. The troughs provide a plurality of longitudinal channels, wherein the ridge-to-trough height increases in the direction of conveyance. Crop material conveyed by the grain pan experiences channels that deepen towards the rear edge of the pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: AGCO International GmbH
    Inventor: Morten Leth Bilde
  • Patent number: 10645859
    Abstract: The present disclosure refers to an agricultural system having a tractor and an implement and a method of operating. A driveline is provided between a driving device (11.3) of a tractor (1) and a first functional element (12.3) of an implement (2), the driveline comprising a tractor driveline (14) and an implement driveline (17) connected through a power take-off connection (13). A driving force is provided to the first functional element (12.3) of the implement (2) through the driveline in a first mode of operation, thereby, a working tool (18) rotating in a first direction in response to the driving force. An operation problem is detected for the first functional element (12.3) by a sensor (19) provided in a tractor-implement control system. Reverse control signals are generated in a tractor controller (4) provided in the tractor-implement control system in response to the detecting of the operation problem for the first functional element (12.3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Kverneland Group Mechatronics B.V.
    Inventors: Martijn van der Bijl, Peter van der Vlugt
  • Patent number: 10645876
    Abstract: A control system for a harvester having a primary crop cleaner for cleaning a cut crop, and a secondary cleaner for cleaning the cut crop downstream of the primary crop cleaner. The control system includes a processor, a memory, and a human-machine interface. The processor is configured to receive an input corresponding to a desired cleaning level of the crop, monitor an actual cleaning level, control the primary crop cleaner based at least in part on feedback from monitoring the actual cleaning level and including adjusting a speed of the primary crop cleaner to move the actual cleaning level of the crop during harvester operation towards the desired cleaning level of the crop, monitor an error between the desired cleaning level and the actual cleaning level during control of the primary crop cleaner, and control the secondary crop cleaner based at least in part on the error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Bryan E. Dugas, Peter A. Johnson, Nikhil Chavan, Paul I. Craig, Rahul Gunda, Matthew J. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10645877
    Abstract: A header for a combine harvester includes a center section having a first draper belt configured to move crop material in a first direction. The header also includes a wing pivotably coupled to the center section about a pivot axis and extending laterally away from the center section. The header also includes a second draper belt coupled to the wing and configured to move crop material in a second direction different than the first direction. The wing and the second draper belt are in a fixed positional relationship with each other, such that the wing is configured to remain at a constant distance from the second draper belt at all points along the wing during pivoting movement of the wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew J. Braet, Bryan R. Yanke, Michael L. Vandeven, Brian Busath, Joshua R. Pierson, Mark Schuler
  • Patent number: 10640938
    Abstract: A suction excavator includes a suction hose with a suction opening for pneumatically receiving solid or liquid suction material using a fast-flowing air stream. The suction excavator has a separator for separating the suction material from the air stream, a filter unit for cleaning the air stream, a fan unit for generating the air stream, and a recirculation channel that is connected to the pressure side of the fan unit via a volume-controllable recirculation opening. A volume-controllable secondary air opening allows secondary air from the surroundings to be supplied to the suction side of the fan unit, downstream from the filter unit in the flow direction. The recirculation channel is fluidically coupleable to the suction hose to generate a positive pressure in the recirculation channel to blow out recirculation air through the suction hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: RESCHWITZER SAUGBAGGER PRODUKTIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Marina Renger, Karl-Heinz Renger, Jens Graber
  • Patent number: 10631455
    Abstract: In one aspect, power equipment includes a cutter blade operation lever, a left rotary shaft, an operated member operated by the left rotary shaft to control driving of a cutter blade, and a releasable engagement mechanism provided between the left rotary shaft and the cutter blade operation lever. The releasable engagement mechanism is configured to release a force transmitting engagement between the cutter blade operation lever and the left rotary shaft to allow the cutter blade operation lever to rotate relative to the left rotary shaft when an excessive force is applied to the cutter blade operation lever in a direction to rotate the left rotary shaft beyond a normal rotational angle range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Oota
  • Patent number: 10633823
    Abstract: The identification method of the difficulty level of the operating condition of the loader, takes the excavating operation segments extracted by the operation segment as the main objects of study to identify the operating conditions, and finally get the difficulty level value of the operating condition. The identification of the difficulty level of the operating condition is beneficial to control the power output mode of diesel engine and realize the distribution according to demand; simultaneously, as the judgement basis of intelligent shift control strategy, it has great significance for intelligent shift, power mode control and improving operation performance of engineering vehicles. It is also beneficial to the improvement of the performance and the energy saving and emission reduction; at the same time, the identification of the difficulty level of the operating condition is used to realize the change of power regulation, improve the application scope of engineering machinery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: XIAMEN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Liang Hou, Shaojie Wang, Xiangjian Bu