Patents by Inventor Franklin P. Orlando

Franklin P. Orlando 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: 7543436
    Abstract: A harvester incorporating at least one force balanced shaker vibratory brush as the harvesting apparatus uses a sensing system connected to spring feelers to generate a signal responsive to the location, shape and position of a tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Inventors: Phillip R. Scott, Franklin P. Orlando, Kevin M. Caine, Marty D. Youman
  • Patent number: 6901731
    Abstract: A harvester incorporating at least one force balanced shaker vibratory brush as the harvesting apparatus uses a sensing system connected to spring feelers to generate a signal responsive to the location, shape and position of a tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Ag-Right Enterprises
    Inventors: Phillip R. Scott, Franklin P. Orlando, Kevin M. Caine, Marty D. Youman
  • Patent number: 6865872
    Abstract: A over-the-row single sided harvester harvests a row crop from a first side of a row while simultaneously collecting crop from the “off side” side of the same row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: AG-Right Enterprises
    Inventors: Marty D. Youman, Kevin M. Caine, Franklin P. Orlando
  • Patent number: 6832469
    Abstract: A harvester incorporating at least one force balanced shaker vibratory brush as the harvesting apparatus uses a sensing system connected to a plurality of spring feelers carried on a shaft to generate a torque value responsive to the location of the shape and position of a tree. The feeler springs may be of differing lengths to assist in tuning the harvester. Apparatus and a method for mounting the shaker head on the vehicle as well as system of steering the harvester are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: AG-Right Enterprises
    Inventors: Phillip R. Scott, Franklin P. Orlando, Kevin M. Caine, Marty D. Youman
  • Patent number: 6691500
    Abstract: A vibratory shaker for mounting on a crop harvester framework for removing crops from vines, bushes, and trees has a crop foliage engaging brush that is driven directly about a brush rotation axis by a brush driving motor. The crop foliage engaging brush and the brush driving motor are supported for rotation on the crop harvester framework. The power for driving the brush driving motor is controlled to provide oscillatory motion subject to operator controlled frequency, amplitude and oscillatory wave shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: AG-Right Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Franklin P. Orlando
  • Publication number: 20030213221
    Abstract: A over-the-row single sided harvester harvests a row crop from a first side of a row while simultaneously collecting crop from the “off side” side of the same row.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventors: Marty D. Youman, Kevin M. Caine, Franklin P. Orlando
  • Patent number: 6624363
    Abstract: An improved gondola assembly for receiving harvested crops in the field from a crop harvester has a lightweight molded drop in tank held in place by a tank framework on the gondola assembly. The drop in tank lowers the gondola center of gravity as it replaces stainless steel or painted mild steel tanks and requires no periodic maintenance. A built in scale for continuous in the field monitoring of the weight of received harvested crop is constructed to be viewable by a tow tractor operator whether towed from one end of the gondola or the other. The towable gondola obtains power for operation of a pair of tank framework lift cylinders from the tow tractor so that the tank is movable between an elevated dump position and a lowered crop collection position. The gondola has a reversible towing tongue for towing in either direction so it may be configured to be towed on either side of a crop harvester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Inventors: Franklin P. Orlando, Phillip Ray Scott
  • Publication number: 20030024746
    Abstract: An improved gondola assembly for receiving harvested crops in the field from a crop harvester has a lightweight molded drop in tank held in place by a tank framework on the gondola assembly. The drop in tank lowers the gondola center of gravity as it replaces stainless steel or painted mild steel tanks and requires no periodic maintenance. A built in scale for continuous in the field monitoring of the weight of received harvested crop is constructed to be viewable by a tow tractor operator whether towed from one end of the gondola or the other. The towable gondola obtains power for operation of a pair of tank framework lift cylinders from the tow tractor so that the tank is movable between an elevated dump position and a lowered crop collection position. The gondola has a reversible towing tongue for towing in either direction so it may be configured to be towed on either side of a crop harvester.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Applicant: Ag-Right Enterprises
    Inventors: Franklin P. Orlando, Phillip Ray Scott
  • Publication number: 20020129593
    Abstract: A vibratory shaker for mounting on a crop harvester framework for removing crops from vines, bushes, and trees has a crop foliage engaging brush that is driven directly about a brush rotation axis by a brush driving motor. The crop foliage engaging brush and the brush driving motor are supported for rotation on the crop harvester framework. The power for driving the brush driving motor is controlled to provide oscillatory motion subject to operator controlled frequency, amplitude and oscillatory wave shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventor: Franklin P. Orlando
  • Publication number: 20020129592
    Abstract: A harvester incorporating at least one force balanced shaker vibratory brush as the harvesting apparatus uses a sensing system connected to spring feelers to generate a signal responsive to the location, shape and position of a tree.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventors: Phillip R. Scott, Franklin P. Orlando, Kevin M. Caine, Marty D. Youman
  • Publication number: 20020073676
    Abstract: A net rotation speed control system for an oscillatory shaker head assembly driven by a force-balance drive carried on a crop harvester has a harvester forward velocity signal input. Also provided is an operator input for selecting appropriate speed relationship between the harvester velocity and the net shaker head rotation velocity. The system is useful as an open loop system, but is improved to correct for otherwise uncontrolled operating conditions by incorporating a speed sensor for net shaker head rotation velocity and closing the loop by connecting an output from the net rotation speed sensor to the control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Applicant: Ag-Right Enterprises
    Inventors: Franklin P. Orlando, Marty Dean Youman
  • Patent number: 6405516
    Abstract: A vibratory shaker for mounting on a crop harvester framework for removing crops from vines, bushes, and trees has a crop foliage engaging brush that is driven directly about a brush rotation axis by a brush driving motor. The crop foliage engaging brush and the brush driving motor are supported for rotation on the crop harvester framework. The power for driving the brush driving motor is controlled to provide oscillatory motion subject to operator controlled frequency, amplitude and oscillatory wave shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventor: Franklin P. Orlando
  • Publication number: 20020040571
    Abstract: A harvester incorporating at least one force balanced shaker vibratory brush as the harvesting apparatus uses a sensing system connected to a plurality of spring feelers carried on a shaft to generate a torque value responsive to the location of the shape and position of a tree. The feeler springs may be of differing lengths to assist in tuning the harvester. Apparatus and a method for mounting the shaker head on the vehicle as well as system of steering the harvester are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Publication date: April 11, 2002
    Inventors: Phillip R. Scott, Franklin P. Orlando, Kevin M. Caine, Marty D. Youman
  • Patent number: 6360518
    Abstract: A harvester incorporating at least one force balanced shaker vibratory brush as the harvesting apparatus uses a sensing system connected to a plurality of spring feelers carried on a shaft to generate a torque value responsive to the location of the shape and position of a tree. The feeler springs may be of differing lengths to assist in tuning the harvester. Apparatus and a method for mounting the shaker head on the vehicle as well as system of steering the harvester are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventors: Phillip R. Scott, Franklin P. Orlando, Kevin M. Caine, Marty D. Youman
  • Publication number: 20020026780
    Abstract: A vibratory shaker for mounting on a crop harvester framework for removing crops from vines, bushes, and trees has a crop foliage engaging brush that is driven directly about a brush rotation axis by a brush driving motor. The crop foliage engaging brush and the brush driving motor are supported for rotation on the crop harvester framework. The power for driving the brush driving motor is controlled to provide oscillatory motion subject to operator controlled frequency, amplitude and oscillatory wave shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Publication date: March 7, 2002
    Inventor: Franklin P. Orlando
  • Patent number: 5502685
    Abstract: The invention provides a chemical mixture device that avoids the mixing of large batches of chemicals and provides a continuous and precisely mixed mixture. For mixing water and a chemical, a large water tank and a chemical tank supply water and chemicals to first and second mixing tanks. As small batches are mixed in one mixing tank, the mixture is drawn from the other mixing tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Franklin P. Orlando
  • Patent number: 5495708
    Abstract: A harvester for harvesting grapes or other fruits from plants. The harvester uses a force balanced shaker head, which rotationally oscillates around a vertical axis. A yoke extends down from the force balanced shaker. The arms of the yoke are attached to a plurality of rods, which shake the plant to harvest the fruit. Two rows of enclosures are provided below the shaker head to catch the fruit. A low profile conveyor transports the collected fruit to storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1996
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Phillip R. Scott, Franklin P. Orlando, Richard K. Warren, Larry L. Slates
  • Patent number: 5372547
    Abstract: In the harvesting of legumes, apparatus having a plurality of rods mounted on a rotating axle provides a vibratory contact force to the seed containing pods to provide acceleration and impact forces to separate the seeds from the shells or pods containing the seeds, and an auger feeds the pods through the apparatus to optimize the time the pods are in contact with the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Brown, Yves LeCarre, Franklin P. Orlando, Frederick A. Zemke
  • Patent number: 5370579
    Abstract: In the harvesting of legumes, apparatus having a plurality of rods mounted on a rotating axle provides a vibratory contact force to the seed containing pods to provide acceleration and impact forces to separate the seeds from the shells or pods containing the seeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Brown, Franklin P. Orlando, Frederick A. Zemke
  • Patent number: 5337885
    Abstract: A travel monitor for a rectangular sludge conveyor having a plurality of scrapers attached to and driven by a pair of chains, each of which is formed in a closed loop having an upper run. A pair of detector sprockets independently engage and are driven by the upper runs. Switches positioned adjacent the sprockets create a series of pulses in response to their rotation. The phase difference between the series of pulses resulting from rotation of the sprockets is detected, and a misalignment alarm is activated when the phase difference exceeds a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Robert L. Mills, John C. Lodholz, Rangasami Sarat-Chandra, Franklin P. Orlando, Donald J. Christian