Patents Examined by Robert E. Pezzuto
  • Patent number: 10231381
    Abstract: A combine including a frame, power unit and a crop gathering and processing device. A grain tank is mounted on the frame. An elongated closed end tube is vertically oriented within the grain tank and has a plurality of uniformly spaced openings along its length. A pneumatic pump pressurizes the interior of the tube. A pressure sensor senses the interior pressure of the elongated tube, so that grain building up therein selectively covers the plurality of openings to cause a proportionate increase in air pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Edmund N. Holt, II, Michael A. Conrad, Jonathan E. Ricketts, Bart M. A. Missotten
  • Patent number: 10233613
    Abstract: A shovel includes a swing hydraulic motor configured to swing a rotating structure, a swing drive hydraulic circuit configured to drive the swing hydraulic motor, an assist hydraulic motor connected to an engine and configured to be supplied with hydraulic oil discharged from the swing drive hydraulic circuit, and a controller configured to control the driving of the shovel. The controller is configured to detect the load condition of the engine, and control the supply of the hydraulic oil to the assist hydraulic motor at the time of deceleration of the swing hydraulic motor, based on the detected load condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Keiji Honda, Hiroshi Ishiyama
  • Patent number: 10233611
    Abstract: A work machine may include a power module including a battery and engine and configured to provide power. The work machine also includes a drive module configured with one or more motors and positioned over a track roller frame. The work machine may also include a ripping module configured with one or more ripping devices to cut or rip encountered material. Further, the work machine may also include a hydraulic module including one or more devices in a front region to cut or rip the encountered material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Brauer, Jacob Carl Wyss
  • Patent number: 10219437
    Abstract: The power equipment such as a lawn mower (10) comprises an internal combustion engine (100) having a plurality of cylinders, an engine control unit (110) for selectively deactivating at least one of the cylinders, a work implement such as a cutting blade (70) connected to the engine in a power transmitting relationship, a clutch (80) provided in a power transmission path between the engine and the work implement, and a central control unit (50) for controlling an operation of a propelling device, the clutch and the engine control unit. The central control unit is configured to start the engine with two or more of the cylinders activated, to cause the engine control unit to operate the engine at a prescribed rotational speed, and to cause the engine control unit to deactivate at least one of the cylinders when the engine has reached a stable state at the prescribed rotational speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Kuriyagawa, Hajime Yoshimura, Norikazu Shimizu, Shota Tanabe, Tomohiro Miyauchi
  • Patent number: 10219434
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for dredging a watercourse or body of water, the device includes a watercraft (105) which supports a grinder, the grinder (110) for grinding plants found in the watercourse or body of water comprising an inlet (115) for plants and an outlet (120) for ground plants, and a floating receptacle (125) which is connected to the outlet of the grinder in order to collect the scraps of ground plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: GÉCO INGÉNIERIE
    Inventor: Frédéric Roure
  • Patent number: 10221543
    Abstract: An attachment pin assembly includes a pin body to be inserted into first through-holes of a drilling tool and a second through-hole of an adaptor, the first and second through-holes being arranged eccentrically with respect to each other; a bush portion provided on one end side of the pin body; a detachment prevention member of the bush portion screwed to one end of the pin body; and a stopper portion provided on the other end side of the pin body and configured such that a side surface portion arranged on the outside of the pin body in a radial direction thereof in the first through-hole is locked on an inner wall surface of the tooth forming the first through-hole to stop rotation of the pin body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKI KOEI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasunori Motomura
  • Patent number: 10212880
    Abstract: A high-efficiency cutting system for an autonomous mower provides a multiple blade tip cutting radius for a cleaner cut, and more complete mow. The system includes a spinning blade disk provided within a housing including a vertical standoff. The blade disk includes a first pair of cutting blades located between the center of the blade disk and the circumference of the blade disk, and a second pair of cutting blades located radially inward from the first pair of cutting blades. The cutting blades extend downward and away from the blade disk at an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Ryan Cmich, Adam Ference
  • Patent number: 10212883
    Abstract: A harvester includes a measuring device for detecting a grain number of a crop flow, in which a sensor of the measuring device detects via a measuring signal kernels impacting an impact surface of the measuring device, and a processing unit of the measuring device is arranged to detect and calculate the grain number by using the measuring signal, wherein the rising edges of the measuring signal are recorded and form a measurement for the grain number. Furthermore, the measuring device for detecting a grain number and method for detecting a grain number are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Gunnar Quincke
  • Patent number: 10206331
    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: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Kondex Corporation
    Inventors: Neal J. Stoffel, Keith A. Johnson, Andrew J. Theisen
  • Patent number: 10208441
    Abstract: A pull-behind device to resurface an ice rink. The device includes a rotating brush to sweep the ice anterior to a blade used to the scrape the ice. Collected snow is moved into a water reservoir where it is stored and melted for redeposit onto the skating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Paul van Eijl, Dave van Eijl, Kevin Christ
  • Patent number: 10202739
    Abstract: A system and method of off shore mining for retrieval and extraction of heavy mineral concentrate from placer deposits or other suitable materials. The system comprises a dredge vessel and a barge, coupled in conjunction to the dredge vessel. The dredge vessel having thereon a dredging unit, at least one gravity separator and spiral separators for procurement of total heavy minerals from dredged sediment and debris. The barge is configured to acquire and process the total heavy minerals, wherein the barge has thereon at least one magnetic separator, electro-magnetic separators, and density separators for separation of desired minerals based on their physical properties. The system further comprises at least one discharge conduit for tailing of wastes, leftover after extraction and separation of desired minerals, back into water bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: DORIS MINERAL RESOURCES PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventor: Ayyalasomayajula Varaha Subrahmanyam
  • Patent number: 10201127
    Abstract: A thresher for a combine harvester has a concave cage and a rotor disposed within the concave cage. The rotor carries material manipulators that extend outward from the rotor toward the cage to manipulate material in the concave cage as the rotor rotates. One or more air nozzles are provided that direct air outward from the rotor and toward the concave cage. A source of forced air circulates air through the one or more air nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sunnybrook Welding & Machine Shop Ltd.
    Inventors: Gerald A Foster, Dale W MacKenzie
  • Patent number: 10196966
    Abstract: A work machine is provided. The work machines may include a power module configured to provide power including a battery and an engine and configured to a folding heat exchange device. The work machine may also include a drive module configured with one or more motors and positioned over a track roller frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Brauer, Jacob Carl Wyss
  • Patent number: 10194571
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement, comprising at least one section including a plurality of attachment bars; and a plurality of indexed seedbed tillage arrangements distributed on the at least one section, each indexed seedbed tillage arrangement including a first horizontal tillage apparatus coupled to a first attachment bar; a second horizontal tillage apparatus coupled to a second attachment bar and offset in the travel direction from the first horizontal tillage apparatus; and a vertical tillage apparatus coupled to a third bar of the plurality of bars and offset in the travel direction from the first and second horizontal tillage apparatuses, positioned such that it processes soil not disturbed by the first and second horizontal tillage apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 10194585
    Abstract: A harvesting vehicle including a cleaning section including a blower and at least one sieve. The sieve is configured to transport a layer comprising a mixture of grain kernels and residue material towards an exit edge of the sieve so that kernels fall through openings of the sieve and the residue remains on the sieve until it is ejected from the sieve by crossing the exit edge. The sieve may be subject to a grain loss, including a sieve-off loss and a blowout loss. The cleaning section further includes a sensor configured to determine whether the blowout loss or the sieve-off loss is a highest contributor to the grain loss. The cleaning section may also include a grain loss detector configured to measure the sieve-off loss and at least a portion of the blowout loss and a blowout sensor mounted above the sieve for measuring the blowout loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Glenn Aesaert, Dré W. J. Jongmans, Thomas Mahieu, Karel M. C. Viaene
  • Patent number: 10194587
    Abstract: A forage harvester gathers crop by a crop receiving assembly and delivers the crop via infeed units to aggregates for comminuting and conveyance. The crop is then conveyed to a transport vehicle via a discharge chute provided on a discharge tower. A device for adjusting the tilt angle of the discharge chute is provided for guiding the crop mass flow onto the transport vehicle. A method for measuring a crop mass flow on the forage harvester is based on sensing a force proportional to the crop mass flow, which acts upon the device for adjusting the tilt angle of the discharge chute, and calculating the crop mass flow in a computing unit based on the sensed force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: MSO Meßtechnik und Ortung GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Hien
  • Patent number: 10194588
    Abstract: A corn harvesting header (24) includes a powered row unit (38) and a gathering hood (98). The row unit (38) defines a longitudinal crop row path that extends in a generally rearward crop travel direction and receives a corn row as the header (24) is advanced along the corn row. The gathering hood (98) partly overlies the row unit (38) and includes a laterally extending dam (132) that restricts corn from moving forwardly. The dam (132) at least partly defines a gutter to receive corn kernels and direct the corn kernels rearwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Randall Lohrentz
  • Patent number: 10188031
    Abstract: A blade assembly for a rotary cutter. The blade assembly comprises a blade carrier rotatably connected to the rotary cutter. The blade assembly additionally comprises one or more cutter blades secured to the blade carrier such that rotation of the blade carrier causes a corresponding rotation of the cutter blades. The blade assembly further comprises a blade stop associated with the blade carrier and configured to inhibit rotation of the cutter blades with respect to the blade carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Carlson, Jeff Welsh
  • Patent number: 10190290
    Abstract: A lock assembly for locking a wear member to excavation equipment, the assembly comprising first and second bodies configured to be assembled together, one body substantially positioned over the other, in an assembled condition to form a lock extending along a longitudinal axis, the first and second bodies each comprising at least one interengaging formation, the, or respective ones of the, interengaging formations on the bodies being configured to interengage when the bodies are in the assembled condition to form one or more couplings that resist lateral displacement of the bodies with respect to each other under loads applied transverse to the longitudinal axis of the assembled lock to the side of the first and second bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bradken Resources Pty Limited
    Inventors: David James Gandy, Geoffrey Lodge
  • Patent number: 10190291
    Abstract: A sidebar protecting wear member includes a module having a length extending in a length direction from a first end to a second end, and a width extending in a width direction from a first side to a second side, the length being greater than the width. The module includes a generally planar surface and a first sidebar engaging abutment protruding from the generally planar surface adjacent the first end and a second sidebar engaging abutment protruding from the generally planar surface adjacent the second end. The module includes an attachment tab at only one of the first and second sides of the module and extending in a direction generally perpendicular to the generally planar surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Bjerke