Patents by Inventor Dennis Thompson

Dennis Thompson 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).

  • Publication number: 20200296883
    Abstract: A conduit for an agricultural system includes a first end configured to couple to a metering system, a second end configured to couple to a pipe, one or more bellows disposed adjacent to the second end and configured to enable the conduit to flex adjacent to the second end, and a substantially rigid portion extending generally longitudinally from the first end to the one or more bellows, where the substantially rigid portion substantially rigidly supports the conduit between the first end and the one or more bellows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dennis Thompson, Gerard James Gadzella
  • Patent number: 9615505
    Abstract: A run selection mechanism is provided for selectively directing the flow of particulate material from an air cart. The mechanism includes a chute for receiving metered particulate material. The chute has an output. A first primary conduit has an output communicating with a first pneumatic primary run and a second primary conduit has an output communicating with a second pneumatic primary run. A selector selectively directs the metered particulate material to one of the output of the chute, the first pneumatic primary run and the second pneumatic primary run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ethan Bent, Dennis Thompson, Dennis Chahley, Darwin Zacharias
  • Publication number: 20160242353
    Abstract: A run selection mechanism is provided for selectively directing the flow of particulate material from an air cart. The mechanism includes a chute for receiving metered particulate material. The chute has an output. A first primary conduit has an output communicating with a first pneumatic primary run and a second primary conduit has an output communicating with a second pneumatic primary run. A selector selectively directs the metered particulate material to one of the output of the chute, the first pneumatic primary run and the second pneumatic primary run.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventors: Ethan Bent, Dennis Thompson, Dennis Chahley, Darwin Zacharias
  • Patent number: 9363942
    Abstract: A run selection mechanism is provided for selectively directing the flow of particulate material from an air cart. The mechanism includes a chute for receiving metered particulate material. The chute has an output. A first primary conduit has an output communicating with a first pneumatic primary run and a second primary conduit has an output communicating with a second pneumatic primary run. A selector selectively directs the metered particulate material to one of the output of the chute, the first pneumatic primary run and the second pneumatic primary run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ethan Bent, Dennis Thompson, Dennis Chahley, Darwin Zacharias
  • Publication number: 20140261810
    Abstract: A run selection mechanism is provided for selectively directing the flow of particulate material from an air cart. The mechanism includes a chute for receiving metered particulate material. The chute has an output. A first primary conduit has an output communicating with a first pneumatic primary run and a second primary conduit has an output communicating with a second pneumatic primary run. A selector selectively directs the metered particulate material to one of the output of the chute, the first pneumatic primary run and the second pneumatic primary run.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CNH Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ethan Bent, Dennis Thompson, Dennis Chahley, Darwin Zacharias
  • Patent number: 8818652
    Abstract: An assembly for facilitating steering of an agricultural implement linkable to a work vehicle is disclosed. The assembly comprises at least a first ground-engaging wheel to engage a ground surface below a frame of the agricultural implement to support the frame above the ground surface. The assembly further comprises a positioning system for receiving a positioning signal from a positioning source. The positioning system determines a current position of the agricultural implement from at least the positioning signal, and the positioning system generates a control signal derived from the current position of the agricultural implement. The assembly further comprises a steering cylinder connected to the first ground-engaging wheel. The steering cylinder operatively connects to the positioning system to steer the first ground-engaging wheel based on the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dennis Thompson, Terry Friggstad
  • Patent number: 8428831
    Abstract: An assembly for facilitating steering of an agricultural implement linkable to a work vehicle is disclosed. The assembly comprises at least a first ground-engaging wheel to engage a ground surface below a frame of the agricultural implement to support the frame above the ground surface. The assembly further comprises a positioning system for receiving a positioning signal from a positioning source. The positioning system determines a current position of the agricultural implement from at least the positioning signal, and the positioning system generates a control signal derived from the current position of the agricultural implement. The assembly further comprises a steering cylinder connected to the first ground-engaging wheel. The steering cylinder operatively connects to the positioning system to steer the first ground-engaging wheel based on the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: CNH Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dennis Thompson, Terry Friggstad
  • Publication number: 20120092663
    Abstract: The disclosure provides instrumentation for the Raman spectroscopy analysis of seeds or grains, which can be used to determine the composition of the seed, such as its protein and oil content. In some examples the instrumentation includes an illumination device that emits light in the near infrared range, a sample holder to hold the seeds, and a collection device (e.g., Raman spectrograph) that captures the lights emitted by the seeds. Methods of determining the composition of seeds, such as soybeans, using Raman spectroscopy, are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Linda S. Kull, Rohit Bhargava, Bridget Owen, Matthew Schulmerich, Dennis Thompson, John McKinney
  • Patent number: 7849932
    Abstract: An apparatus for facilitating steering, height adjustment and transport of a farm implement towed by a vehicle. The implement includes a main frame and a hitch that extends from the frame for linking to the vehicle. The apparatus comprises a wheel support member supported below the frame, at least a first ground engaging wheel supported by the wheel support member for rotation about a first wheel axis and to engage a ground surface below the frame thereby supporting the frame above the ground, a first hydraulic lift cylinder linked between the frame and the wheel support member and controllable to adjust the height of the frame above the ground, and a hydraulic steering cylinder mounted to the wheel support member and controllable to steer the first wheel independent of the state of the first lift cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: CNH Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Terry Friggstad, Dennis Thompson
  • Publication number: 20090272551
    Abstract: An assembly for facilitating steering of an agricultural implement linkable to a work vehicle is disclosed. The assembly comprises at least a first ground-engaging wheel to engage a ground surface below a frame of the agricultural implement to support the frame above the ground surface. The assembly further comprises a positioning system for receiving a positioning signal from a positioning source. The positioning system determines a current position of the agricultural implement from at least the positioning signal, and the positioning system generates a control signal derived from the current position of the agricultural implement. The assembly further comprises a steering cylinder connected to the first ground-engaging wheel. The steering cylinder operatively connects to the positioning system to steer the first ground-engaging wheel based on the control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: Dennis Thompson, Terry Friggstad
  • Publication number: 20090273160
    Abstract: An apparatus for facilitating steering, height adjustment and transport of a farm implement towed by a vehicle. The implement includes a main frame and a hitch that extends from the frame for linking to the vehicle. The apparatus comprises a wheel support member supported below the frame, at least a first ground engaging wheel supported by the wheel support member for rotation about a first wheel axis and to engage a ground surface below the frame thereby supporting the frame above the ground, a first hydraulic lift cylinder linked between the frame and the wheel support member and controllable to adjust the height of the frame above the ground, and a hydraulic steering cylinder mounted to the wheel support member and controllable to steer the first wheel independent of the state of the first lift cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: Terry Friggstad, Dennis Thompson
  • Publication number: 20080056517
    Abstract: A new approach to tracking head motion for headphone-based sound is described. Called MTB2.0 for “Motion-Tracked Binaural with 2 Channels”, the method may be used for any 2-channel binaural signals without any increase in the bandwidth requirement. MTB2.0 provides a simple and effective means to improve the quality of headphone-based sound reproduction by sensing the orientation of the listener's head and using the sensed orientation to appropriately modify the signals sent to the two ears. MTB2.0 method increases the realism and removes some of the shortcomings of binaural sound capture and recording, as well as improves the quality of binaural rendering of stereo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Applicant: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: V. Algazi, Richard Duda, Dennis Thompson
  • Patent number: 7333622
    Abstract: A new approach to capturing and reproducing either live or recorded three-dimensional sound is described. Called MTB for “Motion-Tracked Binaural,” the method employs several microphones, a head tracker, and special signal-processing procedures to combine the signals picked up by the microphones. MTB achieves a high degree of realism by effectively placing the listener's ears in the space where the sounds are occurring, moving the virtual ears in synchrony with the listener's head motions. MTB also provides a universal format for recording spatial sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: V. Ralph Algazi, Richard O. Duda, Dennis Thompson
  • Publication number: 20070009120
    Abstract: A new approach to capturing and reproducing either live or recorded three-dimensional sound is described. Called MTB2.5 for “Motion-Tracked Binaural 2.5,” the method employs six real or simulated microphones, a head tracker, and special signal-processing procedures to combine the signals picked up by the microphones. In the microphone array, two central microphones are placed at the positions of the ears of a listener facing forward, and four peripheral microphones are located in pairs on either side of the central microphones. Only the low-frequency components of the four peripheral microphone signals are needed, and the total bandwidth required is approximately 2.5 times the bandwidth of one full-bandwidth audio channel. MTB2.5 achieves a high degree of realism by effectively placing the listener's ears in the space where the sounds are occurring, moving the virtual ears in synchrony with the listener's head motions. MTB2.5 also provides a universal format for recording spatial sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Publication date: January 11, 2007
    Inventors: V. Algazi, Richard Duda, Dennis Thompson
  • Publication number: 20060255175
    Abstract: A lock assembly is provided to secure a multi-stage folding boom assembly having left and right booms, each boom having an middle section that pivots about a vertical axis with respect to an inner section, an outer section that pivots about a second vertical axis with respect to the middle section. The lock assembly includes a first interlock portion that receives a second interlock portion when the first section pivots laterally inward about the first vertical axis with respect to the second section to a first stage folded position. As the middle section pivots forward and laterally inward toward a second stage folded position with respect to the third section, the first interlock portion slidably moves and interlocks with the second interlock portion to restrain the outer section from falling out of alignment with respect to the middle section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Inventors: Dennis Thompson, Dennis Chahley
  • Publication number: 20060245904
    Abstract: A lock assembly operable to secure a lift linkage associated with moving a boom assembly between a lowered, operative position and a raised, inoperative position is provided. The lock assembly includes a lock pin mounted at a carrying frame interconnected between a lift linkage and the boom assembly. The lock assembly also includes a lock plate mounted at the lift linkage. In the raised position of the lift linkage, the lock plate includes a slot configured to align so as receive the lock pin. Once aligned, the boom is pivoted toward the folded, stowed position. As the boom pivots, the boom pushes the lock pin through the slot. The lift linkage is then lowered to seat the lock pin in the slot and thereby secure the lift linkage and supported boom in the raised, folded position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Publication date: November 2, 2006
    Inventors: Dennis Thompson, Dennis Chahley
  • Publication number: 20060219809
    Abstract: An assembly for locking a suspension arrangement operatively connected between a boom assembly and a carrying frame that are supported on a boom support implement or vehicle is provided. The implement or vehicle also includes a lift linkage operable to move the carrying frame and connected boom assembly between a lowered, operative position and a raised, inoperative position. The lock assembly includes a lock pin and a bracket assembly. The lock pin is mounted at the lift linkage. The bracket assembly includes a first bracket and a second bracket. The first bracket is mounted at the boom assembly and the second bracket is mounted at the carrying frame. In the raised, inoperative position of the boom assembly, the first and second brackets are configured to receive the lock pin in a locked position to restrain the boom assembly from swinging or rotating with respect to the lift linkage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Publication date: October 5, 2006
    Inventors: Dennis Thompson, Dennis Chahley
  • Patent number: 7108154
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting an individual in installing shoe coverings. The apparatus comprises a shoe covering casing and an outer casing in which the shoe covering casing is placed. A plurality of shoe coverings are placed within the shoe covering casing and are mounted so that an individual merely needs to place their foot down into the shoe covering casing and move their foot forward, causing a shoe covering to envelop the foot (preferably with a shoe on it). A mounting mechanism within the shoe covering casing continually sets the top shoe covering on the stack of shoe coverings into a position readily capable of accepting shoes so that the shoe coverings can easily envelop these shoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventor: Dennis Thompson
  • Patent number: 7104340
    Abstract: A draft force sensor is provided for a coupling member coupled between a towing vehicle and a towed earth engaging implement, such as a scraper. The draft force sensor includes first and second bores extending through the coupling member. Each bore has a horizontal axis which extends perpendicular to a main fore-and-aft axis of the coupling member. The second bore is positioned above the first bore and spaced apart from the first bore. Each of the bores is surrounded by an outer cylindrical wall. Four electrical strain gauges are spaced apart and placed on the wall of each of the bores. A center line bisects an axis line which extends between the axes of the first and second bores. The axis of each bore is spaced apart from the center line by a distance which is less than a diameter of the bores. The strain gauges are connected electrically in a circuit which generates a draft force signal in response to draft forces applied to the coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Raymond Dennis Thompson, Peter Alan Kosmicki, Jeffrey David Dawson, Scott Lisle Cook, Edwin Roy Kreis, Michael Dean Kollath, Joe Lyle Schutte, Robert James White
  • Publication number: 20050265009
    Abstract: The invention provides an arrangement and method for detecting shorts between solder pads 31-34 in the production testing of circuit boards. The invention is particularly suitable for circuits driven by a constant current source or sink 6. By providing a conductor 101-103 between the solder pads, connected by a resistive path 11 to a source of potential 12, an additional current will flow through the resistive path to the solder pads if a short circuit exists in the region wherein the conductor is positioned. The additional current can be detected by applying a test probe in a circuit including the solder pads. The invention also provides an arrangement and method for detecting whether a polarity sensitive component 1 has been correctly connected to terminals 4, 5 on the circuit board. The component 1 can be a capacitor having one relatively wide positive terminal 2 and one relatively narrow negative terminal 3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Publication date: December 1, 2005
    Applicant: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Fussinger, Dennis Thompson