Patents Examined by Thomas B. Will
  • Patent number: 10779470
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device (2) for harvesting stalk-like stem crops, having a number of picking units (4) which are arranged alongside one another on the frame (6) of the device (2) and each have picking plates (12), laterally delimiting a picking gap (14), and picking rotors (16) located therebeneath, conveying units which are assigned to the respective picking units (4), are configured as continuous conveyors (22) that are driven in circulation, are arranged on opposite sides above a picking gap (14) and are configured with drivers (18) fastened to the circulating elements, and a transverse conveying device (8) arranged downstream of the conveying units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Carl Geringhoff GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Reimer Tiessen, Andre Hemmesmann, Martin Beumker, Thomas Gersmann, David Scharmann
  • Patent number: 10779482
    Abstract: A sod harvester stacking head can include a base that couples to a stacking head supporting mechanism of a sod harvester and a frame that couples to the base via crankshaft assemblies that are configured to allow the frame to rotate through 360 degrees during each stacking operation. Accordingly, a motor that controls the rotation of the crankshaft assemblies can be driven a single time during each stacking operation thereby enhancing the efficiency of the sod harvester. The crankshaft assemblies can also be configured so that the crankshafts are in a vertical orientation while the stacking head travels in a lateral direction such that the load is centered on the rotational axis of the stacking head. A stacking conveyor could similarly be configured with a base and a frame that are coupled via crankshaft assemblies to thereby allow the stacking conveyor to be lifted using 360 degrees of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: FireFly Automatix, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven R. Aposhian, Eric E. Aston, William M. Decker, Samuel H. Drake
  • Patent number: 10774498
    Abstract: A hydraulic excavator tool adapted to be secured to the distal working end of an excavator boom including a main tool assembly with a tool framework, a spaced apart pair of connection flanges fast with the tool framework, and, a structural tubular casing integral with the tool framework extending across and through the tool framework and through the flanges, plus a rotary hydraulic actuator within the tubular casing extending between the connection flanges and providing a rotational drive motion to a drive axle extending between the connection flanges adapted to provide a controlled rotary drive motion of the axle adjacent the connection flanges, and a working tool framework fast to the axle adjacent each of the connection flanges for relative controlled rotation of the working tool framework about the drive axle between the tool framework and a working position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: AMI Attachments Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Oscar Frey, Dwight Colin Myer
  • Patent number: 10774501
    Abstract: A hydraulic excavator tool adapted to be secured to the distal working end of an excavator boom including a main tool assembly with a tool framework, a spaced apart pair of connection flanges fast with the tool framework, and, a structural tubular casing integral with the tool framework extending across and through the tool framework and through the flanges, plus a rotary hydraulic actuator within the tubular casing extending between the connection flanges and providing a rotational drive motion to a drive axle extending between the connection flanges adapted to provide a controlled rotary drive motion of the axle adjacent the connection flanges, and a working tool framework fast to the axle adjacent each of the connection flanges for relative controlled rotation of the working tool framework about the drive axle between the tool framework and a working position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: AMI Attachments Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Oscar Frey, Dwight Colin Myer
  • Patent number: 10767325
    Abstract: Disclosed is an impact resistant traffic noise barrier system. The system includes a traffic barrier that is designed to be placed adjacent a roadway and next to a flow of traffic. The design and weight of the traffic barrier permit it to withstand a variety of vehicle impacts. As part of the system, a sound wall is installed along the top of the traffic barrier. The sound wall includes a series of beams that are secured to the traffic barrier via anchor plates. Acoustic panels are secured between adjacent beams. An anchor cable extends from an anchor post, to a first post, and along a number of intermediate posts. The anchor cable is thus suspended above the traffic barrier with the anchor cable being connected to the beams. As such, the anchor cable suspends the beams in the event they become separated from the traffic barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Superior Transparent Noise Barriers LLC
    Inventors: Eric Christian Humphries, Robert George Rex, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10767320
    Abstract: An expansion joint system for bridging an expansion joint gap between two spaced-apart, underlying building or roadway structures. The expansion joint system includes a cover plate, at least one swing arm, sliding bearings engaged with the swing arms, and fasteners for engaging the swing arms to the cover plate. The swing arms include a receiving well configured for receiving a mechanical fastener to fasten the swing arms to the cover plate. The expansion joint system permits movement in response to a seismic or thermal event that causes expansion or contraction of the gap between structural members while maintaining coverage of the gap, and following a seismic or thermal event, the maintains a substantially-centered position of the cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Watson Bowman Acme Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Bradford, Jeffrey Kuchta
  • Patent number: 10766720
    Abstract: A lip hingedly connectable to a deck of a dock leveler, the lip comprising an elongated body having opposite top and bottom surfaces. The elongated body comprising a hinged edge removably and pivotally connectable to the deck; and a distal edge opposite the hinged edge. The lip further comprises a cover lining adapted to at least partially enclose the top and bottom surfaces of the elongated body so as to mitigate impacts thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: PRODUITS HEVEA INC.
    Inventor: Jean Deslauriers
  • Patent number: 10745870
    Abstract: A speed bump and a speed bump transportation system are provided. The speed bump comprises: a base; a cover disposed opposite to the base and configured to be movable relative to the base; an electric-power generation device associated with the cover to scavenge energy through the cover and convert the energy into electrical energy; a first detection device for detecting a force condition of the cover and sending a first detection signal to a communication device when the cover is pressed; the communication device electrically connected to the first detection device and for sending a first communication signal when receiving the first detection signal, wherein the electric-power generation device is electrically connected to the communication device and the first detection device respectively to supply electric-power to the communication device and the first detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Desheng Xiang, Dawei Wang, Chao Yu, Gang Liu, Cuie Wang, Shuainan Liu, Jiaqiang Wang, Yajun Guo, Dong Wang
  • Patent number: 10743452
    Abstract: A tillage device includes a soil disruptor configured to couple to an agricultural implement. The soil disruptor is sized and shaped to create a soil disruption in a target soil profile beneath a soil surface without tilling the soil surface when the soil disruptor is moved through the target soil profile by the agricultural implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Chad Ihde
  • Patent number: 10736253
    Abstract: A hitch for connecting an implement to a vehicle. The hitch comprises a first frame for attachment to the vehicle and a second frame for attachment to the implement. The hitch further comprises a mechanism for connecting the first frame to the second frame. The connection of the first frame to the second frame provides for connecting the implement to the vehicle when the first frame is attached to the vehicle and the second frame is attached to the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: RAD TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Denis Goulet, Louis Lamontagne
  • Patent number: 10729070
    Abstract: A mulching apparatus for attachment to a lawnmower includes a cutting assembly separate from the mower blades, wherein the grass clippings are finely cut and then dispersed onto the ground surface. A spreader assembly receives the mulched grass clippings from the cutting assembly and disperses the mulched grass clippings onto a ground surface. Optionally, the mulching apparatus includes a feeder assembly to facilitate supplying grass clippings to the cutting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Paul Howard Nyboer
  • Patent number: 10729065
    Abstract: A crop loss correction system receives one or more crop loss sensor signals that are indicative of crop lost by a harvesting machine. A correction component receives context information from a set of context sensing components to identify a context of the harvesting machine. The correction component corrects the crop loss sensor signals, based upon the context information, to obtain a corrected loss signal indicative of the sensed crop loss, corrected based on the mobile machine context. The corrected loss signal is output to an output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Dohn W. Pfeiffer, Douglas J. Bollin, Lutz Bischoff
  • Patent number: 10731314
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for sealing an annular manhole riser ring assembly. A generally flat, bendable liner includes a flat strip that is generally conformably engageable with an interior circumferential surface of the riser ring assembly. An outer surface of the liner strip carries a plurality of spacer elements that form a void between the generally flat liner strip and the engaged inner circumferential surface of the riser ring assembly. An expandable tensioning device is operated to press the riser ring assembly against the circumferential surface of the riser ring assembly. A flexible bonding substance is introduced into the void and allowed to set to seal the riser ring assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth S. Barton
  • Patent number: 10721853
    Abstract: An agricultural harrow includes a harrow tine configured to be advanced through the soil in a forward direction. The harrow tine broadly includes an elongated tine element and a laser deposited metallic wear material. The tine element presents a lower end configured to penetrate the soil as the tine is advanced. The tine element also presents an exterior element surface. The wear material is on the exterior element surface adjacent the lower end of the tine element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Morris Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas Janzen, Clint W. Sheppard
  • Patent number: 10724184
    Abstract: A curb block system includes a main curb block and a male tubular block. The main curb block includes: a body case formed through injection molding of a plastic material, having an open bottom, and including a plurality of vertical partition walls arranged therein to form a plurality of empty compartments; semicircular female slots vertically formed at opposite ends of an upper surface of the body case to face other main curb blocks adjacent thereto, respectively, and the male tubular block is inserted into and coupled to adjacent female slots of a pair of adjacent main curb blocks, has a thickness smaller than the width of the female slot such that an array of the adjacent main curb blocks can be two-dimensionally curved at a predetermined angle in a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: C&C INC.
    Inventor: Yoondal Hwang
  • Patent number: 10721866
    Abstract: A lawn mower may include a blade housing configured to house at least one blade, an engine operably coupled to the blade housing and configured to selectively rotate the at least one blade, a handle bracket assembly operably coupled to the blade housing, a handle assembly operably coupled to the handle bracket assembly, a door operably pivot about a first pivot axis and a collector operably coupled to the handle bracket assembly and configured to coupled to the handle bracket assembly and configured to pivot about a second pivot axis between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the collector is configured to receive clippings generated responsive to operation of the at least one blade. In the second position, the collector is configured to dump the clippings from the collector. The door is biased against the collector to maintain a portion of the collector substantially at the second pivot axis as the collector pivots between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventor: David Baker
  • Patent number: 10724255
    Abstract: A concrete tool for use in a transition area between garage or overhead doors includes an elongated main body extending between a first and an opposite second end, wherein the main body extends at a slope upwardly from the first end to the opposite second end. The concrete tool further includes a right angle portion extending upwardly from the first end of the elongated main body and then outwardly, the right angle portion comprising a first generally vertical portion extending generally upwardly from the elongated main body and a second generally horizontal portion extending outwardly from the first generally vertical portion. The concrete tool further includes a first handle mounted proximate the first end of the elongated main body and a second handle mounted proximate the second end of the elongated main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: David Matthew Harland
  • Patent number: 10721862
    Abstract: An improved cutter assembly for use with a header of an agricultural harvester is provided. The assembly includes a pair of oppositely directed knife blades or cutter bars and a center knife drive. A crank shaft drives both knife blades in linear reciprocating paths with no fore and aft movement. As a consequence, harmful fore and aft vibration is eliminated. The assembly is simple and durable in design, less susceptible to vibration-induced wear and tear, and comparatively simple to manufacture and repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Seth Michael Bich
  • Patent number: 10724194
    Abstract: A wheeled snow shovel is provided with a rotation about two intersecting axis to allow shoveling of snow at one location and discharge of the picked up snow and discharge of snow at a different point by rotation of the shovel with a sidewise rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Theresa Hogan
  • Patent number: 10716260
    Abstract: A concave grate, concave bar, or concave rod assembly and configuration for threshing operations of a combine harvester is disclosed having concave bars or rods configured at various angles and positions such that they maximize threshing throughput. T concave bar assembly can include an elongated bar having a semi-cylindrical or partially round configuration. Further, the elongated bar can include a partial cut-out, notch, or channel longitudinally extending the length of the elongated bar, and wherein the elongated bar can be configured to be secured to a concave of the combine harvester. Here, the partial cut-out, notch, or channel further can include a first sloped or raised surface. Further, the first sloped or raised surface can be configured to make contact with one or more grains of a crop material, thereby effectively and efficiently separating the the one or more grains from the crop material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Brian G. Robertson