Patents by Inventor Frank Claussen

Frank Claussen 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: 9795082
    Abstract: An agricultural working machine embodying a combine harvester for processing crop includes an intake conveyor mechanism for picking up the crop, a moisture content sensor arrangement for measuring a moisture content of the picked-up crop and generating a crop moisture signal based on the measured moisture content. A throughput sensor arrangement, preferably a layer thickness sensor arrangement, determines a throughput quantity of the picked-up crop. The crop moisture content signal is corrected on a basis of the throughput quantity that is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Rene Middelberg, Markus Brune, Frank Claussen, Norbert Diekhans
  • Publication number: 20150245560
    Abstract: An agricultural working machine embodying a combine harvester for processing crop includes an intake conveyor mechanism for picking up the crop, a moisture content sensor arrangement for measuring a moisture content of the picked-up crop and generating a crop moisture signal based on the measured moisture content. A throughput sensor arrangement, preferably a layer thickness sensor arrangement, determines a throughput quantity of the picked-up crop. The crop moisture content signal is corrected on a basis of the throughput quantity that is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Publication date: September 3, 2015
    Inventors: RENE MIDDELBERG, MARKUS BRUNE, FRANK CLAUSSEN, NORBERT DIEKHANS
  • Patent number: 8961283
    Abstract: An agricultural harvesting machine has a measurement device for investigating a crop flow conveyed through the harvesting machine. The measurement device includes at least one optical detection unit disposed at the crop flow for detecting light reflected by the crop and an evaluation unit for evaluating the spectrum of the detected light in order to derive properties of the crop. The evaluation unit is disposed at a position of the harvesting machine that is decoupled from mechanical loading by the crop flow to the greatest extent possible and is connected to the detection unit by way of at least one optical waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Claussen
  • Patent number: 8814640
    Abstract: A harvesting system includes a self-propelled harvesting machine and a drivable collecting container equipped with a drive unit, which can be positioned relative to the harvesting machine and moved in parallel therewith. Crop is fed directly or indirectly to the collecting container during harvesting operation from the harvesting machine using a feed pipe equipped with an outlet chute. The collecting container is equipped with a device for loading it with crop in a uniform manner. The collecting container is moved in a constant position relative to the harvesting machine by way of a control device while the crop is being conveyed. The collecting container is preferably a filling device, by way of which uniform distribution of the crop in the collecting container (8) can be attained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Willi Behnke, Norbert Diekhans, Jochen Huster, Thilo Krause, Bastian Kriebel, Frank Claussen, Markus Brune
  • Publication number: 20140111792
    Abstract: An agricultural harvesting machine has a measurement device for investigating a crop flow conveyed through the harvesting machine. The measurement device includes at least one optical detection unit disposed at the crop flow for detecting light reflected by the crop and an evaluation unit for evaluating the spectrum of the detected light in order to derive properties of the crop. The evaluation unit is disposed at a position of the harvesting machine that is decoupled from mechanical loading by the crop flow to the greatest extent possible and is connected to the detection unit by way of at least one optical waveguide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Frank Claussen
  • Patent number: 8662972
    Abstract: A method for unloading crop stored in a grain tank of a self-propelled combine harvester into a drivable collecting container equipped with a drive unit includes positioning the collecting container relative to the combine harvester and moving the collecting container parallel thereto while the crop is fed to the collecting container directly or indirectly by way of a grain tank discharge pipe equipped with an outlet chute, simultaneously with the harvesting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Willi Behnke, Norbert Diekhans, Jochen Huster, Thilo Krause, Bastian Kriebel, Frank Claussen, Markus Brune
  • Patent number: 8610445
    Abstract: A measuring device for measuring components of a crop material is installed on an agricultural machine and includes at least one conductance sensor, determining the component “moisture content”, which is determined via the temperature-compensated detection of conductance. In this manner it is ensured that the measuring device delivers reliable measurement results for determining the components of a crop material even under fluctuating measuring conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Diekhans, Bastian Kriebel, Frank Claussen
  • Publication number: 20130243562
    Abstract: A method for unloading crop stored in a grain tank of a self-propelled combine harvester into a drivable collecting container equipped with a drive unit includes positioning the collecting container relative to the combine harvester and moving the collecting container parallel thereto while the crop is fed to the collecting container directly or indirectly by way of a grain tank discharge pipe equipped with an outlet chute, simultaneously with the harvesting operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Willi Behnke, Norbert Diekhans, Jochen Huster, Thilo Krause, Bastian Kriebel, Frank Claussen, Markus Brune
  • Publication number: 20130059631
    Abstract: An agricultural harvesting machine includes at least one working assembly for processing and conveying crop as well as a sensor array (9) that detects hazardous substances (18) in the crop (10) to be processed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Frank CLAUSSEN, Thomas SURMANN
  • Publication number: 20120302299
    Abstract: A harvesting system includes a self-propelled harvesting machine and a drivable collecting container equipped with a drive unit, which can be positioned relative to the harvesting machine and moved in parallel therewith. Crop is fed directly or indirectly to the collecting container during harvesting operation from the harvesting machine using a feed pipe equipped with an outlet chute. The collecting container is equipped with a device for loading it with crop in a uniform manner. The collecting container is moved in a constant position relative to the harvesting machine by way of a control device while the crop is being conveyed. The collecting container is preferably a filling device, by way of which uniform distribution of the crop in the collecting container (8) can be attained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Willi Behnke, Norbert Diekhans, Jochen Huster, Thilo Krause, Bastian Kriebel, Frank Claussen, Markus Brune
  • Publication number: 20120263560
    Abstract: A system for controlling crop transfer from a self-propelled agricultural harvesting machine into the loading container of a hauling vehicle includes a transfer device assigned to the harvesting machine from which the crop emerges in the form of a crop discharge flow and a detection device which detects the position of the loading container relative to the harvesting machine and transmits it to a control unit. The control unit actuates at least one actuator assigned to the transfer device in such a way that the crop discharge flow lands within the loading container in order to fill it with crop. The control unit generates a control signal (S) for the hauling vehicle that specifies a position of the hauling vehicle relative to the harvesting machine that is suitable for transfer into the loading container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Norbert Diekhans, Jochen Huster, Frank Claussen
  • Publication number: 20120265412
    Abstract: An agricultural hauling vehicle for receiving material from a traveling original vehicle during travel adjacent to the original vehicle is provided with a hauling container that is fillable from above for receiving the material. A sensor detects the distribution of the material in the hauling container and a control unit varies the position of the hauling vehicle relative to the traveling original vehicle on the basis of the distribution of material detected by the sensor. Preferably the sensor is a camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Norbert Diekhans, Jochen Huster, Frank Claussen, Max Reinecke
  • Publication number: 20120123650
    Abstract: An agricultural harvesting machine comprising a chopping assembly for fragmenting crop, and a camera situated downstream of the chopping assembly in order to optically detect the fragmented crop and produce images of the fragmented crop, wherein the camera is connected to an image evaluation device which can be operated to detect edges in the generated images in order to deduce properties of the fragmented crop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Norbert Diekhans, Jochen Huster, Frank Claussen
  • Patent number: 7548312
    Abstract: A measuring device has a sensor for registering at least one parameter selected from the group consisting of at least one ingredient, at least one property, and both, of a material being investigated by the sensor, the sensor including at least one illumination source which directs at least one light beam toward the material to be investigated, at least one reference object for calibrating the measuring device, and an illumination source configured so that a portion of a light beam from the illumination source is redirected toward the reference object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Buehlmeier, Frank Claussen, Christian Pfitzner, Andre Heinrich, Andi Guenther
  • Publication number: 20090120202
    Abstract: A measuring device for measuring components of a crop material is installed on an agricultural machine and includes at least one conductance sensor, determining the component “moisture content”, which is determined via the temperature-compensated detection of conductance. In this manner it is ensured that the measuring device delivers reliable measurement results for determining the components of a crop material even under fluctuating measuring conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: Norbert Diekhans, Bastian Kriebel, Frank Claussen
  • Publication number: 20080024760
    Abstract: A measuring device has a sensor for registering at least one parameter selected from the group consisting of at least one ingredient, at least one property, and both, of a material being investigated by the sensor, the sensor including at least one illumination source which directs at least one light beam toward the material to be investigated, at least one reference object for calibrating the measuring device, and an illumination source configured so that a portion of a light beam from the illumination source is redirected toward the reference object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventors: Robert Buehlmeier, Frank Claussen, Christian Pfitzner, Andre Heinrich, Andi Guenther
  • Patent number: 6353061
    Abstract: A &agr;,&ohgr;-methacrylate terminated epoxide-carboxylic acid macromonomer compound formed by reaction of at least one diepoxide, at least one dicarboxylic acid and at least one unsaturated mono-carboxylic acid and having the general formula 1: wherein R is an aromatic moiety formed from a diepoxide R′ is a substituted or unsubstituted aliphatic, araliphatic, cycloaliphatic or aromatic moiety formed from a dicarboxylic acid, R″ is hydrogen, a substituted or unsubstituted aliphatic, araliphatic, aromatic or cycloaliphatic moiety formed from a mono-carboxylic acid, and n is an integer from 1 to 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Dentsply GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim E. Klee, Hans-Heinrich Hörhold, Frank Claussen