Patents Examined by Tara Mayo-Pinnock
  • Patent number: 12031288
    Abstract: Embodiments for mitigating beach erosion and escarpments include a system comprising an offshore hydraulic dredging vessel; a conduit connected to the offshore hydraulic dredging vessel, wherein the conduit carries sand and seawater to the beach; a reservoir, wherein the reservoir is connected to the conduit; and a sand stabilization compound, wherein the sand stabilization compound is mixed with seawater in the reservoir to form a slurry; wherein the offshore hydraulic dredging vessel pumps the slurry, sand, and seawater to the beach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: ShoreLock, LLC
    Inventors: Troy M. Scott, Blayne Ross
  • Patent number: 12022756
    Abstract: An orientation control system for an agricultural implement includes a first sensor configured to be positioned at a forward end portion of a frame of the agricultural implement. The first sensor is configured to emit a first output signal toward a soil surface and to receive a first return signal indicative of a first height of the frame. The orientation control system also includes a second sensor configured to be positioned at a rearward end portion of the frame. The second sensor is configured to emit a second output signal toward the soil surface and to receive a second return signal indicative of a second height of the frame. In addition, the orientation control system includes a controller configured to control a first actuator and a second actuator such that a difference between the first height and the second height is less than a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Michael George Kovach
  • Patent number: 12016263
    Abstract: A row unit closing wheel assembly includes a closing wheel, a closing wheel arm, and a closing wheel shaft having a first end and a second end. The closing wheel is coupled to the first end and the closing wheel arm is coupled to the second end via a pivot joint. The row unit closing wheel assembly includes an adjustable mechanical linkage assembly coupled both to the closing wheel shaft and to the closing wheel arm. The adjustable mechanical linkage is configured to adjust an angle of the closing wheel shaft relative to the closing wheel arm along a horizontal plane via movement of the closing wheel shaft about the pivot joint. The horizontal plane is orthogonal to a rotational axis of the pivot joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Graham Douglas Stuart, Timothy David Quinney, Jesse Blair Pidwerbesky
  • Patent number: 12000101
    Abstract: A snow thrower includes a rotor assembly having a first auger, a second auger, and a paddle disposed between the first and second augers. The snow thrower also includes an intake housing having a first interior surface adjacent to the first auger and a second interior surface adjacent to the second auger, where an outer edge of the first auger has a clearance of less than 1 centimeter from the first interior surface across a sweep of at least 120 degrees, and an outer edge of the second auger has a clearance of less than 1 centimeter from the second interior surface across a sweep of at least 120 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: Paul Frederick Koltz, Brian Algot Hanson
  • Patent number: 11974513
    Abstract: A method for a cylindrical device includes semi-helically oriented teeth, knives, or blades radially outward from an outer surface of the cylindrical device or rotor is provided. Each tooth, knife, or blade is part of a row of teeth, knives, or blades. Each row is oriented with an offset angle such that the spirally orientation completes angular offset of about 90° or less. The knives may have sharpened edges that are oriented to cut on different planes as the cylindrical device rotates. The knives may be held in place by holders that have configurations to oriented the knives at certain angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: ENTERPRISE EQUIPMENT SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Mark G. Bowling
  • Patent number: 11944026
    Abstract: An agricultural implement has implement settings for soil engaging tools that are controlled based on measured temporal and long-term soil properties in a field. A controller receives data from various soil and optical sensors and provides decision support for adjusting the implement settings. The soil sensors include a square or modified square electrical array that includes two independent, isolated disk coulters running side-by-side followed by two independent, isolated soil engaging runners. One runner has an optical sensor for organic matter, and the other runner has a temperature and moisture sensor. Above-ground optical sensors can be used to measure soil and plant material ahead of and behind the soil engaging tool. The controller can provide real time alerts to an operator that adjustments to the implement settings are needed, or the adjustments can be made automatically based on operator set thresholds, factory settings, or historical individual or global grower adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Veris Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Lund, Chase Maxton, Kyle Jensen, Tyler Lund, Paul Drummond
  • Patent number: 11882780
    Abstract: An agricultural system comprising a plough. The plough comprising: a plough body; a stone-trip-mechanism that is configured to be tripped when the plough body encounters a stone or other obstruction; and a trip-sensor configured to provide trip-data in response to the stone-trip-mechanism being tripped. The agricultural system also includes a location-determining-system associated with the plough, wherein the location-determining-system is configured to provide location-data that is representative of a location of the plough; and a controller. The controller is configured to: receive the trip-data; and store location-data provided by the location-determining-system as a trip-location based on the trip-data, wherein the trip-location is a location of the plough at the time that the stone-trip-mechanism is tripped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Hertzog, Bengt Per-Inge Linderson, Per Dennis Wallin, Carl Ola Fredrik Nilsson, Robert Svensson, Rickard Karl Gustav Nåhdin
  • Patent number: 11716923
    Abstract: A row cleaning/closing wheel having debris removing and/or furrow closing performance with complimentary left and right cleaning/closing wheel pairs having a sloped body portion at an angle relative to a hub base for cleaning and/or closing operation during row planting. The sloped body portion and the hub base may form a continuous curve from the center of the hub base to a set of teeth on the outer edge of the sloped body portion. The row cleaning wheel for use with a floating row cleaner and/or closing arm assemblies attached to a row planter during planting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Inventors: Ronald Steve Martin, Asghar Rezasoltani
  • Patent number: 11713551
    Abstract: An improved scraping edge for use on a plow blade employing at least one resilient scraping edge section for contact with a surface to be plowed and mounting holes to attach the scraping edge section to the plow blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Pro-Tech Manufacturing and Distribution, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Guggino, Barry Sherman, Thomas B. Maier, James Maier, David Mack, Tim L. Gerkensmeyer, Tom Lennox
  • Patent number: 11711991
    Abstract: A cylindrical device includes semi-helically oriented teeth, knives, or blades radially outward from an outer surface of the cylindrical device or rotor. Each tooth, knife, or blade is part of a row of teeth, knives, or blades. Each row is oriented with an offset angle such that the spirally orientation completes angular offset of about 90° or less. The knives may have sharpened edges that are oriented to cut on different planes as the cylindrical device rotates. The knives may be held in place by holders that have configurations to oriented the knives at certain angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Inventor: Mark G. Bowling
  • Patent number: 11674278
    Abstract: A snow removal blade has a rolling body, a snow-removal knife connected to a bottom portion of the rolling body, a plurality of nozzles for delivering a melting liquid on the snow left on the road surface by the snow-removal knife, and a member for mixing together and pressing the residual snow and the melting liquid, which is arranged behind the snow-removal knife in a direction of advance of the snow removal blade, the snow-removal knife and the mixing and pressing member delimiting between them a channel for lateral outlet of the snow, arranged in which are the delivery nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: GILETTA S.p.A.
    Inventor: Enzo Giletta
  • Patent number: 11606893
    Abstract: An agricultural implement includes a transversely extending frame forming a first, a second, and a third frame section. A first actuator is coupled to the first frame section, a second actuator coupled to the second frame section, and a third actuator coupled to the third frame section. Sensors are coupled to each frame section to detect a height of the respective frame section relative to an underlying surface. A control unit is disposed in electrical communication with the sensors and operably controls the actuators to adjust the height of each frame section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Adam D. Sporrer, Anthony Sikora, Ricky B. Theilen
  • Patent number: 11606894
    Abstract: An implement guidance module is provided for positioning a drawn implement as the implement is pulled by a vehicle traveling along a desired path of movement, the vehicle having a connection point for receiving a hitch. The module includes a module main frame having a first end configured for connection to the vehicle connection point, and a second end configured for connection to the implement, the main frame having a longitudinal axis, and having a pivot mount connected to the second end with an implement mounting plate pivoting relative to the module main frame about a pivot axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. A vehicle mounting plate defines the first end of the module main frame, and the implement mounting plate defines the second end of the module main frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: COPPERHEAD PLANTER PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: Marlin Unruh
  • Patent number: 11602093
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for controlling the operation of a seed-planting implement may include a furrow-forming tool configured to form a furrow in soil present within a field. Furthermore, the system may include a sensor configured to capture data indicative of a topographical profile of the soil within the field. Additionally, a controller of the disclosed system may be configured to identify a topographical feature within the field based on the data received from the sensor. Furthermore, the controller may be configured to determine a position of the furrow-forming tool relative to the identified topographical feature. Additionally, the controller may be configured to initiate a control action to adjust the position of the furrow-forming tool when it is determined that the relative position between the furrow-forming tool and the identified topographical feature is offset from a predetermined positional relationship defined for the furrow-forming tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Trevor Stanhope
  • Patent number: 11602094
    Abstract: A plough comprising: a plough body; an actuator mechanism that is configured to adjust a pitch angle of the plough body; and a controller. The controller is configured to: determine an actuator-control-signal for setting the pitch angle of the plough body based on control-data; and provide the actuator-control-signal to the actuator mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Hertzog, Bengt Per-Inge Linderson, Per Dennis Wallin, Carl Ola Fredrik Nilsson, Robert Svensson, Rickard Karl Gustav Nåhdin
  • Patent number: 11589495
    Abstract: A system for determining material accumulation relative to ground engaging tools of an agricultural implement may include a frame member, and first and second ground engaging tools coupled to the frame member. The first and second ground engaging tools are configured to engage soil within a field as the agricultural implement is moved across the field. The first and second ground engaging tools are electrically isolated from each other. The system may further include a power source configured to apply a voltage across the first and second ground engaging tools, a sensor configured to measure a capacitance across the first and second ground engaging tools, and a controller communicatively coupled to the sensor. The controller may be configured to determine a presence of material accumulation between the first and second ground engaging tools based at least in part on the measured capacitance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Scott Glovier
  • Patent number: 11589493
    Abstract: A method is provided for detecting inadmissible operating states of a work hydraulics of an agricultural tractor. The method includes providing at least one electrically actuated control valve, a branch allocated to the at least one control valve, and an operating unit for the manual actuation of the work hydraulics of a front linkage. The method also includes connecting the at least one electrically actuated control valve to a hydraulic consumer via a hydraulic coupling, supplying hydraulic fluid to a hydraulic lifting device of the front linkage, detecting a state variable indicative of a connection state of the hydraulic coupling by a sensor unit and communicated to a control unit, and deactivating the operating unit if the control unit identifies by way of the evaluation of the state variable that a hydraulic consumer is connected to the hydraulic coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Felix P. Greif, Marc Schäfer
  • Patent number: 11582894
    Abstract: A tillage implement includes an implement frame having a first lengthwise frame member, a second lengthwise frame member, and a lateral frame member connected to and extending between the first and second lengthwise frame members. A hitch assembly is rotatably connected to the implement frame. A wheel assembly is connected to the implement frame and moveable between a raised position and a lowered position. A rockshaft is rotatably connected to the implement frame and connected to the wheel assembly. A leveling assembly is connected to the implement frame, the rockshaft, and the hitch assembly. The leveling assembly is configured to adjust the position of the hitch assembly based on movement of the rockshaft. The leveling assembly includes an actuator connected to and aligned with a leveling link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Shawn J. Becker, Mark D. Beeck, Andrew J. Peterson, Jarrod R. Ruckle
  • Patent number: 11585070
    Abstract: De-trenching apparatus (100) for extracting a buried line, such as a cable or pipeline, is disclosed. The de-trenching apparatus comprises a channel (112) configured to receive a buried line to be extracted, the channel comprising a first flared opening (114) at a front end of the de-trenching apparatus and a second flared opening (115) at the rear end of the de-trenching apparatus, the first and second flared openings each having a curved surface (111) configured to support the line during extraction, and material removal means for removing material from around the buried line ahead of the de-trenching apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Inventor: Antony Zymelka
  • Patent number: 11576292
    Abstract: A seeder assembly for placing a commodity in underlying soil that has a frame member having at least one ground engaging mechanism configured to contact an underlying surface, a rockshaft pivotally coupled to the frame member and pivotal between a lowered position and a raised position, a plurality of disk opener assemblies coupled to the rockshaft, the disk opener assemblies each having a single disk opener configured to cut into the underlying soil to provide an opening for the commodity, a plurality of row cleaner assemblies pivotally coupled to the frame member and each having a row cleaner configured to move residue on the underlying surface, and a plurality of linkages each coupling the rockshaft to a corresponding one of the plurality of row cleaner assemblies. When the rockshaft is in the raised position, the plurality of linkages maintain the corresponding plurality of row cleaner assemblies in a raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Kevin J. Goering