Patents Examined by Robert E. Pezzuto
  • Patent number: 10179511
    Abstract: A harvester may include a reciprocating member to engage a crop, an electrical generator to convert reciprocating motion of the reciprocating member into electrical energy and an electrical storage unit storing the electrical energy. The harvester may include a first movable member to engage a crop, an electrical generator at least partially carried by the first movable member to generate electrical energy from movement of the first movable member, a second movable member carried by the first movable member and an actuator to drive movement of the second movable member using the electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Jacob G. Schoeny
  • Patent number: 10178830
    Abstract: An improved system and method for sensing the location of a tree trunk relative to an orchard harvester machine that generally includes a distance sensor, a vegetation pushing device that functions to displace vegetation, such as low-hanging tree branches, grass or other upward-growing vegetation which may obscure the sensor's detection of the tree trunk, and a controller in communication with the distance sensor, which system may be incorporated into existing tree harvesters such as those with mechanized tree shakers, and may also be incorporated into a catching frame vehicle or a nut sweeping vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Orchard Machinery Corporation
    Inventors: Duane Lee Needham, Brian Michael Andersen, Tyler Calvin Niday, Donald Paul Mayo
  • Patent number: 10178829
    Abstract: A combine for reaping culms in a field while traveling, and accumulating, in a grain tank 2, grains obtained by threshing reaped culms, includes: a yield calculator for calculating a yield per unit of travel, which is a yield per unit of travel distance; a work travel determiner 53 for determining non-harvest work travel that does not involve grain harvesting, and harvest work travel that involves grain harvesting; a harvest map data generator 66 for generating harvest map data in which the yield per unit of travel, a travel route on which the combine has traveled in a field, and a result of determination performed by the work travel determiner are associated with one another; and a harvest information recorder for recording the harvest map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Takahara, Mao Ueda
  • Patent number: 10172291
    Abstract: A threshing system for an agricultural harvester includes a rotor and a substantially cylindrical cage that surrounds at least a portion of the rotor. The threshing system also features a material flow adjustor for controlling axial movement of material through the cage. The material flow adjustor is movably mounted adjacent to a threshing space and includes at least one material conveying edge that enters the threshing space. The material flow adjustor is moveable between a first operative position, in which the at least one material conveying edge is spaced from the rotor in a radial direction by a first distance, and a second operative position in which the at least one material conveying edge is spaced from the rotor in the radial direction by a second distance, the second distance being less than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan E. Ricketts
  • Patent number: 10172273
    Abstract: A vehicle control system for controlling the height of a linkage on a vehicle having a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in which the linkage is automatically raised and lowered depending on a draft force detected by the vehicle including an input draft force detected by sensors in the CVT or driveline is inputted into the control system and the system further processes the input draft force to provide an output draft force upon which movement of the linkage is based and the control system processes the input draft force by compensating the input draft force detected during acceleration or deceleration and/or compensating the input draft detected whilst travelling along a slope, and/or equalizing the input draft force by applying a ramp function, and/or reducing the input draft force when the linkage is at a predetermined height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: AGCO International GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Gschwendtner, Guenther Ostenried, Werner Unsinn
  • Patent number: 10167599
    Abstract: A plow blade wear member having a slower wear rate than known blade wear members, and having a reduced tendency to partially break off, fracture, chip, or become otherwise damaged when the blade wear member engages a discontinuity in a travel surface. In various embodiments of the present disclosure, the blade wear member is formed or cut from a used airplane tire. In various embodiments of the present disclosure, the blade wear member is formed or cut from a used fiber reinforced airplane tire having a relatively large outer circumference to provide the desired radius of curvature, the desired thickness, and the desired strength for the blade wear member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Lakin General Corporation
    Inventors: Lewis G. Lakin, Kenneth A. Lakin
  • Patent number: 10165739
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a tool for digging root balls of trees. The digging tool uses at least two cutting members that move in different paths for digging through the soil and cutting through a portion of the tree's roots. One cutting member moves along a substantially linear-path thereby forming a portion of a side wall of the root ball. The other cutting member moves along an arcuate path for forming a lower wall of the root ball. When the root ball is formed, the tool can be used to remove the root ball and the tree from a first location and move the tree to a second location. The size of the cutting members can be selected to form a root ball of a desired shape and size to allow the tree to continue growing at the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: 356864 Alberta LTD.
    Inventors: Timothy Wuthrich, Leslie Poffenroth
  • Patent number: 10159182
    Abstract: A lateral tilt control system for an agricultural harvester may include first and second tilt cylinders coupled between a support structure and an implement of the harvester. The first tilt cylinder may include a first cap-side chamber and a first rod-side chamber and the second tilt cylinder may include a second cap-side chamber and a second rod-side chamber. The system may also include a first fluid line providing a flow path between the first cap-side chamber and the second rod-side chamber and a second fluid line providing a flow path between the first rod-side chamber and the second cap-side chamber. Additionally, the system may include a pressure relief valve coupled between the first and second fluid lines to allow fluid to be transferred between the first and second fluid lines when a fluid pressure within either fluid line exceeds a relief pressure setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Michael Berggren
  • Patent number: 10161113
    Abstract: Locking device for securing a wear part (1) on a support (2) for excavators and similar machines, the locking device that comprises a locking element (20), with a locking end, a thread (40), and at least one helical spring (30) defining a longitudinal axis, where the spring (30) is at least partially threaded in the thread (40). The support (2) comprises a housing (12) and the wear part (1) comprises an orifice (11) so that, in a mounted position, the housing (12) and the orifice (11) are at least partially overlapped, where the locking device is able to be introduced in the housing (12), where, in the mounted position, the locking end at least partially emerges from the housing (12) and penetrates into the orifice (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Joan Tuto, Jorge Triginer Boxieda, Justo Ortiz Garcia
  • Patent number: 10161102
    Abstract: An excavator attachment alignment tool has cooperating tool body portions mounted to a cross tube defining an axis. The tool body portions are moveable relative to the cross tube to define a lower hook portion having surfaces to accommodate and support an engaged excavator attachment pin parallel with the tool axis, with the lower hook portion positionable for lifting engagement with the excavator attachment pin. Aligned cylindrical bushings are mounted to opposed surfaces of the body portions in alignment with the tool axis, with the cross tube engaged and extending generally between the bushings, with spacing of the cooperating tool body portions fixedly adjustable along the tool axis for accommodating a width of an associated excavator link or stick to which an excavator attachment is to be attached or removed; and wherein the tool body portions are mounted in a manner to resist independent rotation of either body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Lee A. Horton
  • Patent number: 10161103
    Abstract: A dragline bucket assembly including: a cutting edge including a lip and a plurality of teeth or tooth assemblies attachable to the lip and a floor extending rearward from the cutting edge and having side walls extending upward from the periphery of the floor to extend about the floor from one end of the cutting edge to the other, the lip being attachable to the side walls by bolting or by bolting and welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: THE TRACK SHOP PTY LTD.
    Inventor: Timothy Stuart Falkenhagen
  • Patent number: 10156058
    Abstract: Provided are an excavating apparatus and an excavating method which are capable of reducing a shear force to be applied to a fastening member fixedly fastening an excavation blade plate and a chain together. A trench excavator serving as the excavating apparatus is equipped with a cutter post, a chain, a second cutter bit plate, and a shoe bolt. The second cutter bit plate includes a pair of restraint plates disposed on both sides of and across the chain in a width direction of the chain to extend from a reverse surface of a plate body. The pair of restraint plates are configured to be brought into contact with the cutter post along with a circulating movement of the chain and the second cutter bit plate, to thereby restrict the second cutter bit plate from being rotated about an axis extending along a circulating movement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Motohiko Mizutani
  • Patent number: 10149435
    Abstract: A combine includes: a yield measurement container (32) having a yield receiving opening (32a) for receiving at least some of grains supplied to a grain tank (15) which accumulates grains obtained by threshing, a yield discharge opening (32b) for discharging received grains, and a yield shutter (34) for opening and closing the yield discharge opening (32b); a yield measurement section for detecting, while the yield shutter (34) is closed, that a predetermined volume of grains has been accumulated in the yield measurement container (32) and then outputting a detection signal; a time calculation section for calculating, based on the detection signal, an accumulating time required to accumulate the predetermined volume of grains; and a yield calculation section for calculating a yield per unit travel based on a travel speed and the accumulation time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotsugu Inoue, Kazuhiro Takahara, Hiroshi Ikeda, Kazunori Matsufuji
  • Patent number: 10149432
    Abstract: In a mower (10) driven by a pair of electric motors (15) and using an engine (14) for driving a cutter blade (22), a fuel tank (16) for supplying fuel to the engine is positioned in a space surrounded by the electric motors and a chute (30) for forwarding grass clippings to a grass collection bag (23). The chute extends rearward with an upward slant, and is bent in side view in such a manner that a lower part has a steeper incline than an upper part thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shota Tanabe, Koji Kuriyagawa, Hajime Yoshimura, Satoshi Onodera
  • Patent number: 10151543
    Abstract: A work machine is provided. The work machine may include a power module configured to provide power including a battery and an engine coupled to a folding heat exchange device. The work machine may also include a drive module configured over a track roller frame with one or more motors. The work machine may also include a hydraulic module including one or more devices in a front region and one or more devices in a rear region to cut or rip encountered material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Brauer, Jacob Carl Wyss
  • Patent number: 10143133
    Abstract: There are provided an engine controlling section for controlling a rotational speed of an engine, a horizontal posture controlling section for rendering a vehicle body frame to a horizontal posture by controlling a posture changing mechanism configured to change a posture of the vehicle body frame by an operation of an actuator utilizing power from the engine, a yield measuring section for measuring a yield of grains stored in a grain tank based on measurement result of a load cell configured to measure a weight of the grain tank, an activation operational tool for outputting an activation signal for activating yield measurement by the yield measuring section, and a yield controlling section configured to provide the engine controlling section with a high speed rotation instruction for driving the engine at a rated rotational speed in response to the activation signal and also to provide the horizontal posture controlling section with a horizontal posture instruction for rendering the vehicle body frame to th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ikeda, Hirotsugu Inoue, Tadashi Hamanishi
  • Patent number: 10143124
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a link assembly of a work vehicle hitch has a locking plate mounted to an upper portion of the link assembly. A collar is positioned over the sleeve and is configured to slide relative a portion of the sleeve. The collar meshes with the sleeve so as to prevent rotational movement of the upper portion of the sleeve relative the collar when the collar is adjacent the upper portion, but the sleeve can rotate relative the collar when the collar is adjacent a middle portion of the sleeve. The locking mechanism has a handle mounted on the collar that is pivotable between a locked position where the handle is generally parallel with the sleeve in which the collar is prevented from sliding relative the sleeve and a released position generally perpendicular to the sleeve in which the collar is able to slide relative the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew Shaw
  • Patent number: 10136579
    Abstract: A mower for attachment to an agricultural vehicle, the mower incorporating an “E” bracket including a column, a lower arm, an upper arm, and a medial arm, wherein each of the “E” bracket's arms has a proximal end fixedly attached to the column, and wherein each of the “E” bracket's arms is adapted for plant cutting; the mower further incorporating hitch arms for mounting the “E” bracket upon the rear end or front end of the agricultural vehicle; wherein each “E” bracket arm includes a downwardly opening housing within which a plurality of motor driven rotary blades are operatively mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: David D. Button, Barbara J. Button
  • Patent number: 10123479
    Abstract: A mower blade assembly attaches to a rotatable spindle and includes a mounting plate which defines a first pin aperture. The mounting plate and a retaining plate are attached to the rotatable spindle. The retaining plate defines a second pin aperture. A movable pin plate comprises a pin. A blade is selectively attachable to the mounting plate. The blade defines a retaining plate aperture and a third pin aperture. A biasing member urges the movable pin plate from a disengaged position to an engaged position. The pin is engageable with the pin apertures for mounting and retaining the cutting blade to the mounting plate. The blade is attached by moving the blade over the retaining plate aperture, urging the movable pin plate to the disengaged position, rotating the blade, and releasing the movable pin plate. Another embodiment includes a force finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Timothy Ladd, Jr., Gary Hobrath, Axel Schaedler, Brian Milliff
  • Patent number: 10125470
    Abstract: An electric drive machine includes a power module configured to provide power including a battery and an engine coupled to a folding heat exchange device. The electric drive machine may also include a drive module configured with one or more motors and positioned over a track roller frame. The electric drive machine may also include a ripping module configured with one or more ripping devices to rip encountered material. The electric drive machine may also include a hydraulic module with one or more devices in a region to cut or rip the encountered material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Brauer, Jacob Carl Wyss