Patents by Inventor Andreas Wilken

Andreas Wilken has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11304369
    Abstract: A combine harvester has multiple working mechanisms for carrying out specific treatment subprocesses of an overall treatment process for processing crop, and a driver assistance system for controlling the working mechanisms, which includes a memory for storing data and a computing device for processing the data stored in the memory, wherein the driver assistance system, together with the particular working mechanisms provided for carrying out the treatment subprocesses, forms independently operating automated adjusting mechanisms which are utilized for optimizing the control of the working mechanisms for carrying out the treatment subprocesses, wherein a process supervisor is assigned to the driver assistance system for controlling individual automated adjusting mechanisms and a data exchange of the automated adjusting mechanisms with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Bastian Bormann, Henner Voecking, Andreas Wilken, Joachim Baumgarten, Christoph Bussmann, Stefan Teroerde, Arthur Berger, Sascha Dieckmeyer
  • Patent number: 11284564
    Abstract: A combine harvester has multiple working mechanisms for carrying out specific treatment subprocesses of an overall treatment process for processing crop and a driver assistance system for controlling the working mechanisms, which includes a memory for storing data, a computing device for processing the data stored in the memory, and a graphical user interface. The driver assistance system, together with the particular working mechanisms provided for carrying out the treatment subprocesses, forms independently operating automated adjusting mechanisms which are utilized for optimizing the control of the working mechanisms for carrying out the treatment subprocesses. A process supervisor is assigned to the driver assistance system for controlling individual automated adjusting mechanisms and a data exchange of the automated adjusting mechanisms with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Bastian Bormann, Henner Voecking, Andreas Wilken, Joachim Baumgarten, Christoph Bussmann, Stefan Teroerde, Arthur Berger, Sascha Dieckmeyer
  • Patent number: 11284566
    Abstract: A combine harvester for carrying out an agricultural harvesting process has a plurality of working units and a driver assistance system for controlling at least some of the working units. The combine harvester accommodates as working units a chaff cutter for comminuting harvested produce and a produce distributing arrangement in the rear area of the combine harvester downstream of the chaff cutter for distributing harvested produce on the field soil in adjustable throw directions. The respective throw direction comprises vector components of a horizontal throw direction and a vertical throw direction. The driver assistance system is adapted to optimize the control of the produce distributing arrangement by at least one of the substrategies including “throw direction correction” and/or “inclination-dependent produce distribution” and/or “produce distribution in longitudinal direction” and/or “produce distribution in transverse direction” with respect to at least one optimization criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Baumgarten, Bastian Bormann, Andreas Wilken, Christopher Vieregge, Stefan Teroerde, Christoph Heitmann, Klaus Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20210360861
    Abstract: A sensor system for counting elements of a flow of harvested material is disclosed. The sensor system comprises an oscillating circuit and a measuring device, wherein the oscillating circuit comprises at least one capacitive component with a capacitance and an inductive component with an inductance. The oscillating circuit has a resonance frequency which depends on the capacitance and the inductance. Further, the capacitive component is positioned in the region of the flow of harvested material, so that the capacitance is influenced by individual elements of the flow of harvested material. The measuring device is configured to determine the resonance frequency of the oscillating circuit. In this way, the sensor system is configured to deduce at least one property of the particular element of the flow of harvested material from the resonance frequency of the oscillating circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Dennis Neitemeier, Joachim Baumgarten, Andreas Wilken, Bastian Bormann, Johann Witte
  • Publication number: 20210360852
    Abstract: A sensor system for counting elements of a flow of harvested material is disclosed. The sensor system comprises an oscillating circuit and a measuring device, wherein the oscillating circuit comprises at least one capacitive component with a capacitance and an inductive component with an inductance. The oscillating circuit has a resonance frequency which depends on the capacitance and the inductance. Further, the capacitive component is positioned in the region of the flow of harvested material, so that the capacitance is influenced by individual elements of the flow of harvested material. The measuring device is configured to determine the resonance frequency of the oscillating circuit. In this way, the sensor system is configured to deduce at least one property of the particular element of the flow of harvested material from the resonance frequency of the oscillating circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Dennis Neitemeier, Joachim Baumgarten, Andreas Wilken, Bastian Bormann, Johann Witte
  • Publication number: 20210235622
    Abstract: An agricultural harvester is disclosed. The agricultural harvester includes a cutting unit that has a cutting table adjustable in its cutting table length, a reel adjustable to a reel vertical position and reel longitudinal position, an inclined conveyor downstream from the cutting unit, and a driver assistance system. The driver assistance system autonomously determines, using at least one input variable, at least one machine parameter and specifies the machine parameter to the cutting unit. The machine parameter can include one or more of the cutting table length, the reel vertical position, or the reel longitudinal position. In particular, the driver assistance system may determine a harvested material throughput and a vibration coefficient describing the fluctuation in the harvested material throughput in a region lying in front of the threshing system and adapt or modify the cutting table length based on the determined vibration coefficient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Baumgarten, Andreas Wilken, Dennis Neitemeier, Bastian Bormann, Sebastian Spiekermann, Daniel Irmer
  • Publication number: 20210015040
    Abstract: An agricultural harvesting machine has a cutting apparatus formed as a header for cutting and picking up crop of a crop stand, an inclined conveyor downstream of the cutting apparatus and in which a temporal layer height flow is adjusted, and a driver assistance system for controlling the cutting apparatus. The driver assistance system has a computing device and a sensor arrangement with a crop sensor system for generating crop parameters of the crop stand and a layer height sensor for generating the temporal layer height flow. The computing device simultaneously generates the cutting apparatus parameters of the cutting table length, horizontal reel position and vertical reel position so as to be adapted to one another and conveys them to the cutting apparatus to implement a harvesting process strategy in ongoing harvesting operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Dennis NEITEMEIER, Joachim BAUMGARTEN, Andreas WILKEN, Bastian BORMANN, Sebastian SPIEKERMANN, Daniel IRMER
  • Publication number: 20210015041
    Abstract: A method for executing an agricultural work process on a field by means of a group of agricultural work machines. The work machines each have work assemblies which are adjustable with machine parameters for adapting to the respective agricultural conditions. The work machines of the group communicate with one another via a wireless network. The work machines of the group are configured as self-optimizing work machines which each have a driver assistance system for generating and adjusting machine parameters in an automated manner. These machine parameters are optimized with respect to the agricultural conditions. The work machines of the group cooperate collectively in the manner of a virtual work machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Bastian BORMANN, Joachim BAUMGARTEN, Andreas WILKEN, Dennis NEITEMEIER
  • Publication number: 20200093053
    Abstract: An agricultural work system for the optimization of operating parameters, with at least one agricultural work machine having a work unit for carrying out or supporting agricultural work. The agricultural work machine has a driver assistance system for detecting, processing and outputting data relating to an agricultural work order. The driver assistance system is configured to detect a plurality of operating parameters and to allow the operator to rank the detected operating parameters or operating parameter sets with a plurality of different detected operating parameters. Individual ranked operating parameters or sets of operating parameters or all of the ranked operating parameters or sets of operating parameters are retrievably filed in a data pool, and the operating parameters are submitted based on ranking to an algorithm for generating optimized operating parameters for adjustment of the agricultural work machine and/or of the at least one work unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: CLAAS Tractor SAS
    Inventors: Christian EHLERT, Jan Carsten WIECKHORST, Thilo STECKEL, Reinhold MAEHLER, Heinrich WARKENTIN, Andreas WILKEN, Dennis NEITEMEIER
  • Publication number: 20200060092
    Abstract: A combine harvester for carrying out an agricultural harvesting process has a plurality of working units and a driver assistance system for controlling at least some of the working units. The combine harvester accommodates as working units a chaff cutter for comminuting harvested produce and a produce distributing arrangement in the rear area of the combine harvester downstream of the chaff cutter for distributing harvested produce on the field soil in adjustable throw directions. The respective throw direction comprises vector components of a horizontal throw direction and a vertical throw direction. The driver assistance system is adapted to optimize the control of the produce distributing arrangement by at least one of the substrategies including “throw direction correction” and/or “inclination-dependent produce distribution” and/or “produce distribution in longitudinal direction” and/or “produce distribution in transverse direction” with respect to at least one optimization criterion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Baumgarten, Bastian Bormann, Andreas Wilken, Christopher Vieregge, Stefan Teroerde, Christoph Heitmann, Klaus Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20190343044
    Abstract: A combine harvester has multiple working mechanisms for carrying out specific treatment subprocesses of an overall treatment process for processing crop, and a driver assistance system for controlling the working mechanisms, which includes a memory for storing data and a computing device for processing the data stored in the memory, wherein the driver assistance system, together with the particular working mechanisms provided for carrying out the treatment subprocesses, forms independently operating automated adjusting mechanisms which are utilized for optimizing the control of the working mechanisms for carrying out the treatment subprocesses, wherein a process supervisor is assigned to the driver assistance system for controlling individual automated adjusting mechanisms and a data exchange of the automated adjusting mechanisms with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: CLAAS Sebstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Bastian Bormann, Henner Voecking, Andreas Wilken, Joachim Baumgarten, Christoph Bussmann, Stefan Teroerde, Arthur Berger, Sascha Dieckmeyer
  • Publication number: 20190343043
    Abstract: A combine harvester has multiple working mechanisms for carrying out specific treatment subprocesses of an overall treatment process for processing crop and a driver assistance system for controlling the working mechanisms, which includes a memory for storing data, a computing device for processing the data stored in the memory, and a graphical user interface. The driver assistance system, together with the particular working mechanisms provided for carrying out the treatment subprocesses, forms independently operating automated adjusting mechanisms which are utilized for optimizing the control of the working mechanisms for carrying out the treatment subprocesses. A process supervisor is assigned to the driver assistance system for controlling individual automated adjusting mechanisms and a data exchange of the automated adjusting mechanisms with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: CLAAS Sebstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Bastian Bormann, Henner Voecking, Andreas Wilken, Joachim Baumgarten, Christoph Bussmann, Stefan Teroerde, Arthur Berger, Sascha Dieckmeyer
  • Patent number: 10448569
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a method and device for the operation of a combine harvester with multiple work elements for harvesting a crop via a driver assistance system. In one example implementation, a method for operating such a combine harvester includes determining separately a harvest setting for the crop and a machine configuration of the combine harvester, preselecting a process control strategy among a plurality of process control strategies based on the harvest setting and machine configuration wherein each of the plurality of process control strategies is aimed at fulfillment of at least one harvesting quality criterion stored in the memory of the combine harvester, and automatically determining at least one machine parameter for the work elements of the combine harvester according to the preselected process control strategy and controlling the work elements corresponding to the at least one machine parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Baumgarten, Christoph Bussmann, Christoph Heitmann, Sebastian Neu, Stefan Terörde, Henner Vöcking, Scott Wellensiek, Andreas Wilken
  • Patent number: 10362732
    Abstract: A combine harvester which regulates spreading of crop flow on the ground, with the crop flow passing through a shredding and/or a spreading device in the rear region of the combine harvester, is disclosed. The combine harvester includes a driver assistance system, which includes a computing unit and a display unit. The computing unit processes information generated by the machine's internal sensor systems, external information and information storable in the computing unit. The driver assistance system stores selectable spreading strategies to regulate the spreading of the crop flow exiting the combine harvester and one or more of the partial strategies assigned to the respective spreading strategy. The driver assistance system uses the selectable spreading strategies and the partial strategies in order to regulate the crop flow spread on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Baumgarten, Andreas Wilken, Christoph Heitmann, Jöm Brinkmann, Christopher Vieregge
  • Patent number: 10231380
    Abstract: A combine harvester includes a threshing unit for threshing picked-up crop to obtain grain, a driver assistance system, with a memory for storing data, for controlling the threshing unit, and a computing unit for processing at least the data stored in the memory. A sensor system ascertains at least a portion of the current harvesting-process state. A sensor configuration assigned to the sensor system is defined by the type and scope of operational sensors is stored or can be stored in the memory. A functional system model for at least a portion of the combine harvester is stored in the memory. The computing unit is designed to carry out an autonomous determination of a threshing-unit parameter based on the system model, and defines the system model forming a basis of the control of the threshing unit depending on the sensor configuration stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Heitmann, Andreas Wilken, Joachim Baumgarten, Sebastian Neu, Christoph Bussmann, Henner Voecking
  • Patent number: 10126929
    Abstract: An agricultural work machine for processing an agricultural work process, having numerous working units (1-5) and having a driver assistance system (10) for controlling the working units (1-5) according to at least one user-side specifiable work process strategy (A), which is aimed at fulfilling at least one quality criterion (Q), wherein the driver assistance system (10) comprises a memory (11) for storing data, and a computing device (12) for processing the data stored in the memory (11), wherein the driver assistance system (10) has a graphical user interface (14), via which at least a portion of the work process strategy (A) can be specified by a user. It is proposed that competing quality criteria (Q) that are weighted in relation to one another in accordance with a weighting variable (G) are entered into the work process strategy (A), and that the weighting variable (G) is visualized and can be specified by a user via a virtual operating element (16-19) of the graphical user interface (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Baumgarten, Andreas Wilken, Christoph Heitmann, Bastian Bormann, Sebastian Neu, Christoph Bussmann, Klaus Schäfer, Henner Vöcking, Arthur Berger, Stefan Terörde
  • Publication number: 20180084718
    Abstract: A combine harvester which regulates spreading of crop flow on the ground, with the crop flow passing through a shredding and/or a spreading device in the rear region of the combine harvester, is disclosed. The combine harvester includes a driver assistance system, which includes a computing unit and a display unit. The computing unit processes information generated by the machine's internal sensor systems, external information and information storable in the computing unit. The driver assistance system stores selectable spreading strategies to regulate the spreading of the crop flow exiting the combine harvester and one or more of the partial strategies assigned to the respective spreading strategy. The driver assistance system uses the selectable spreading strategies and the partial strategies in order to regulate the crop flow spread on the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Baumgarten, Andreas Wilken, Christoph Heitmann, Jörn Brinkmann, Christopher Vieregge
  • Patent number: 9807926
    Abstract: An agricultural harvesting machine has a header designed as a front attachment for cutting and picking up crop and a driver assistance system for controlling the header. The driver assistance system has a memory for storing data and a computing unit for processing the data stored in the memory. The header together with the driver assistance system forms an automated header, in that a plurality of selectable harvesting-process strategies is stored in the memory and in order to implement a selected harvesting-process strategy or the selected harvesting-process strategies, the computing device autonomously determines at least one machine parameter, a header parameter and specifies this to the header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Wilken, Christoph Heitmann, Bastian Bormann, Joachim Baumgarten, Sebastian Neu, Boris Kettelhoit
  • Patent number: 9807938
    Abstract: A self-propelled harvesting machine such as a combine harvester has multiple working units for processing crop picked up from a field, a driver assistance system for the sensor-supported control of the working units, an environmental sensor system for detecting environmental information and spatial areas of applicability located in the environment of the harvesting machine. The driver assistance system has a memory for storing data and a computing unit for processing data, including the data stored in the memory. A functional system model for at least one part of the harvesting machine is stored in the memory. The computing unit functions as a characteristic control on the basis of the system model and autonomously determines machine parameters of at least one working unit and specifies these to the particular working unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: CLAAS SELBSTFAHRENDE ERNTEMASCHINEN GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Wilken, Christoph Heitmann, Bastian Bormann, Joachim Baumgarten, Sebastian Neu, Boris Kettelhoit, Thilo Krause, Christoph Bussmann, Henner Voecking, Felix Herter
  • Patent number: 9756786
    Abstract: A combine harvester has a threshing unit for threshing picked-up crop to obtain grain, a driver assistance system for controlling the threshing unit which has a memory for storing data and a computing unit for processing the data stored in the memory. A functional system model for at least a portion of the combine harvester is stored in the memory. The computing unit is designed to carry out an autonomous determination of at least one threshing-unit parameter on a basis of the system model and, for depicting functional interrelationships, at least one family of characteristics (A-J) is assigned to at least one harvesting-process parameter. The at least one harvesting-process parameter is defined as an output variable of the at least one family of characteristics (A-J).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Heitmann, Andreas Wilken, Joachim Baumgarten, Sebastian Neu, Christoph Bussmann, Henner Voecking, Stefan Teroerde