Patents by Inventor James Thomas Noonan

James Thomas Noonan 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: 8087216
    Abstract: RFID tags pre-installed on bale wrap segments provide location information for a specific area of the bale wrap. RFID tag readers located on the cotton harvester provide signals for use by the module wrapping apparatus for initiating a cutting or separating operation, once a module has been wrapped, and for warning an operator of a situation where the wrapping function has not proceeded in an orderly fashion after a signal for starting the wrapping function has been received. A wrapped module carries the pre-installed RFID tags which are readable by RFID readers carried by module handlers in the field and/or at the gin input which identify the modules and establish a position to which the module may be automatically oriented so that an ideal module wrap cutting location is easily calculated. The RFID tag reading taken in the field or at the gin thus senses the number on the tag as well as the location of the tag, and the module identification is input to an electronic database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: James Thomas Noonan, Donald Lee Goodrich, Jesse Dru Haecker, Jerry Bob Hall, Mark Alan Cracraft, Earl Franklin Canfield
  • Patent number: 7785057
    Abstract: A grapple attachment is equipped with driven rollers for selectively turning a wrapped round module about its axis so as to position it for having the wrapping slit at the bottom side of the module. When the module is properly located for having the wrapping slit, a powered cutting blade is caused to move into engagement with the wrapping and slit it across the length of the module. An interlock is provided for preventing operation of the grapple cylinders and driven roller motors unless the cutting blade assembly is located in a standby position wherein it is removed from a zone normally occupied by the round module when the latter is supported by the fixed and moveable grapple sections of the grapple attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: James Thomas Noonan, Jacob Edward Ervin
  • Publication number: 20100186606
    Abstract: RFID tags pre-installed on bale wrap segments provide location information for a specific area of the bale wrap. RFID tag readers located on the cotton harvester provide signals for use by the module wrapping apparatus for initiating a cutting or separating operation, once a module has been wrapped, and for warning an operator of a situation where the wrapping function has not proceeded in an orderly fashion after a signal for starting the wrapping function has been received. A wrapped module carries the pre-installed RFID tags which are readable by RFID readers carried by module handlers in the field and/or at the gin input which identify the modules and establish a position to which the module may be automatically oriented so that an ideal module wrap cutting location is easily calculated. The RFID tag reading taken in the field or at the gin thus senses the number on the tag as well as the location of the tag, and the module identification is input to an electronic database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: James Thomas Noonan, Donald Lee Goodrich, Jesse Dru Haecker, Jerry Bob Hall, Mark Alan Cracraft, Earl Franklin Canfield
  • Publication number: 20100111647
    Abstract: A cylindrical cotton module handling device includes an attachment having a pair of selectively spreadable, powered cylindrical tines adapted for supporting and rotating a module. Each powered tine is constructed from a cylindrical tube supported from a conventional L-shaped fork by a tubular sleeve received on, and dimensioned for fitting closely to, the horizontal leg of the conventional fork. The tubular sleeve is held in place by an L-shaped bracket forming a rearward extension of the sleeve and formed for embracing a region of the convention fork at the junction of its vertical and horizontal legs, with a retaining pin extending through vertical side plates of the bracket at a location just to the rear of the junction. An endless roller chain bearing arrangement is secured in encircling relationship to the tubular sleeve and supports the associated cylindrical tine for rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventors: James Thomas Noonan, Clarence Harold Rail
  • Patent number: 7694491
    Abstract: RFID tags pre-installed on bale wrap segments provide location information for a specific area of the bale wrap. RFID tag readers located on the cotton harvester provide signals for use by the module wrapping apparatus for initiating a cutting or separating operation, once a module has been wrapped, and for warning an operator of a situation where the wrapping function has not proceeded in an orderly fashion after a signal for starting the wrapping function has been received. A wrapped module carries the pre-installed RFID tags which are readable by RFID readers carried by module handlers in the field and/or at the gin input which identify the modules and establish a position to which the module may be automatically oriented so that an ideal module wrap cutting location is easily calculated. The RFID tag reading taken in the field or at the gin thus senses the number on the tag as well as the location of the tag, and the module identification is input to an electronic database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: James Thomas Noonan, Donald Lee Goodrich, Jesse Dru Haecker, Jerry Bob Hall, Mark Alan Cracraft, Earl Franklin Canfield
  • Publication number: 20100003118
    Abstract: A supply of plastic wrapping material for wrapping cylindrical modules includes a plurality of end-to-end segments, with each segment being of a length sufficient for enveloping a cylindrical cotton module of a given size with a predetermined number of layers of wrapping. All except an inner tail of an inner layer of wrapping adheres to the following layer. The location within each segment which becomes a loose inner tail when wrapped about a module is provided with a first RFID tag while other RFID tags are provided at equally spaced locations along the inner layer. Each RFID tag is provided with a unique identifier for which may be read by a RFID tag reader carried by a module handling implement having forks rotatable by reversible motors operable for rotating the module for placing the loose inner tail at a desired location relative to a cutting device for slitting the wrapping during wrapping removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventors: James Thomas Noonan, Jerry Bob Hall, Mark Alan Cracraft
  • Patent number: 7591628
    Abstract: A grapple device is provided for handling cylindrical cotton modules each having its circumference wrapped with a length of plastic sheet wrapping material. The grapple is equipped with a RFID reader for determining the location of a loose inner tail section of the wrapping material to which is attached an RFID tag assembly. The grapple device is also equipped with powered rollers which can be driven so as to cause the cotton module to be rotated about its axis so as to position the loose tail section of the wrapping material at an upper location of the module so as to permit a bottom surface location of the module to be slit by operation of a cutting device so as to release the cotton from the wrapper when the cotton module is positioned over a conveyor floor of a cotton gin. The powered rollers are then driven to aid in the removal and collection of the of the wrapping material from the module. In one embodiment, a separate set of powered rollers are provided for removing the wrapping material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: James Thomas Noonan, Timothy Arthur Deutsch, Jerry Bob Hall, Donald Lee Goodrich
  • Publication number: 20090108606
    Abstract: A grapple attachment is equipped with driven rollers for selectively turning a wrapped round module about its axis so as to position it for having the wrapping slit at the bottom side of the module. When the module is properly located for having the wrapping slit, a powered cutting blade is caused to move into engagement with the wrapping and slit it across the length of the module. An interlock is provided for preventing operation of the grapple cylinders and driven roller motors unless the cutting blade assembly is located in a standby position wherein it is removed from a zone normally occupied by the round module when the latter is supported by the fixed and moveable grapple sections of the grapple attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: James Thomas Noonan, Jacob Edward Ervin
  • Publication number: 20090107349
    Abstract: RFID tags pre-installed on bale wrap segments provide location information for a specific area of the bale wrap. RFID tag readers located on the cotton harvester provide signals for use by the module wrapping apparatus for initiating a cutting or separating operation, once a module has been wrapped, and for warning an operator of a situation where the wrapping function has not proceeded in an orderly fashion after a signal for starting the wrapping function has been received. A wrapped module carries the pre-installed RFID tags which are readable by RFID readers carried by module handlers in the field and/or at the gin input which identify the modules and establish a position to which the module may be automatically oriented so that an ideal module wrap cutting location is easily calculated. The RFID tag reading taken in the field or at the gin thus senses the number on the tag as well as the location of the tag, and the module identification is input to an electronic database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: James Thomas Noonan, Donald Lee Goodrich, Jesse Dru Haecker, Jerry Bob Hall, Mark Alan Cracraft, Earl Franklin Canfield
  • Publication number: 20090107348
    Abstract: A grapple device is provided for handling cylindrical cotton modules each having its circumference wrapped with a length of plastic sheet wrapping material. The grapple is equipped with a RFID reader for determining the location of a loose inner tail section of the wrapping material to which is attached an RFID tag assembly. The grapple device is also equipped with powered rollers which can be driven so as to cause the cotton module to be rotated about its axis so as to position the loose tail section of the wrapping material at an upper location of the module so as to permit a bottom surface location of the module to be slit by operation of a cutting device so as to release the cotton from the wrapper when the cotton module is positioned over a conveyor floor of a cotton gin. The powered rollers are then driven to aid in the removal and collection of the of the wrapping material from the module. In one embodiment, a separate set of powered rollers are provided for removing the wrapping material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: James Thomas Noonan, Timothy Arthur Deutsch, Jerry Bob Hall, Donald Lee Goodrich
  • Patent number: 7124836
    Abstract: Sweep retaining structure includes a retainer having a contact end biased towards the sweep. The sweep includes two or more spaced end-receiving areas to accommodate changes in the mounted sweep position. In one embodiment, the retainer is a wire made of spring steel having a contact end biased against the underside of the sweep. In one embodiment, the underside of the sweep includes a series of stepped portions. As the sweep is forced on the adapter on the shank, the contact end springs into retaining position on the stepped portion that aligns with the spring end when the sweep is in the mounted position. The sweep can be attached loosely by hand in an initial position with operating forces moving the sweep to a wedge locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Benoit Jocelyn Poutre, Richard Wayne Hook, James Thomas Noonan, Donald Ray Peck, Michael Sieben Egert
  • Patent number: 7070007
    Abstract: Sweep retaining structure includes a retainer having a contact end biased towards the sweep. The sweep includes two or more spaced end-receiving areas to accommodate changes in the mounted sweep position. In one embodiment, the retainer is a wire made of spring steel having a contact end biased against the underside of the sweep. In one embodiment, the underside of the sweep includes a series of stepped portions. As the sweep is forced on the adapter on the shank, the contact end springs into retaining position on the stepped portion that aligns with the spring end when the sweep is in the mounted position. The sweep can be attached loosely by hand in an initial position with operating forces moving the sweep to a wedge locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Benoit Jocelyn Poutre, Richard Wayne Hook, James Thomas Noonan, Donald Ray Peck, Michael Sieben Egert
  • Patent number: 6786130
    Abstract: A depth control system particularly useful for single point depth control on an agricultural implement includes a valve and actuator mounted directly to the pivotal connection areas of a hydraulic cylinder that controls height. Cylinder motion directly controls valve actuation independently of complicated linkages to reduce the size and cost of the system and substantially overcome hysteresis problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: David Lee Steinlage, Brian Thomas Mosdal, James Thomas Noonan, Garrett Lee Goins, Anthony Scott Royer, David Alan Payne
  • Patent number: 6745848
    Abstract: A tower and wheel arm assembly for an implement frame includes a pair of identical single piece pivot castings which are selectively connectible at different locations along the frame and provide both wheel arm pivoting and a cylinder anchor tower pivoting. The wheel arm axle extends between the castings pivots within cylindrical cavities located in the castings. External cylindrical surfaces concentric with the cavities rotatably support a pair of tower plates which include circular openings received over the external cylindrical surfaces. Casting symmetry allows the same part to be used interchangeably for either the right-hand or left-hand support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Brian Thomas Mosdal, James Thomas Noonan, David Lee Steinlage, Garrett Lee Goins, Anthony Scott Royer, David Alan Payne
  • Publication number: 20040079223
    Abstract: A depth control system particularly useful for single point depth control on an agricultural implement includes a valve and actuator mounted directly to the pivotal connection areas of a hydraulic cylinder that controls height. Cylinder motion directly controls valve actuation independently of complicated linkages to reduce the size and cost of the system and substantially overcome hysteresis problems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventors: David Lee Steinlage, Brian Thomas Mosdal, James Thomas Noonan, Garrett Lee Goins, Anthony Scott Royer, David Alan Payne
  • Patent number: 6684963
    Abstract: Sweep retaining structure includes a retainer having a contact end biased towards the sweep. The sweep includes two or more spaced end-receiving areas to accommodate changes in the mounted sweep position. In one embodiment, the retainer is a wire made of spring steel having a contact end biased against the underside of the sweep. In one embodiment, the underside of the sweep includes a series of stepped portions. As the sweep is forced on the adapter on the shank, the contact end springs into retaining position on the stepped portion that aligns with the spring end when the sweep is in the mounted position. The sweep can be attached loosely by hand in an initial position with operating forces moving the sweep to a wedge locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Benoit Jocelyn Poutre, Richard Wayne Hook, James Thomas Noonan, Donald Ray Peck, Michael Sieben Egert
  • Patent number: 6679339
    Abstract: A rockshaft is mounted over the front rank of the implement frame and is operated by cylinders located at opposite ends of the rockshaft connected to lift arms extending radially adjacent bearing mounts. Fore-and-aft extending links aligned with the lift arms and mounts operate lift wheel assemblies. A hitch arm connected near the center of the rockshaft is directly connected to a hitch turnbuckle for level lift operation. An aligned arrangement of cylinders, cylinder brackets, links and arms provides minimal torsional loading, particularly when the rockshaft is rotated to fully raise the implement frame for transport and is in the most susceptible shock loading condition. Moment arms are controlled to minimize rockshaft torsional loading during highest stress conditions. The front-mounted rockshaft provides simplicity and advantageous weight distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: David Lee Steinlage, Brian Thomas Mosdal, James Thomas Noonan, Garrett Lee Goins, Anthony Scott Royer, David Alan Payne
  • Patent number: 6401832
    Abstract: Lift wheel structure for an implement includes four bar linkage having a curved lower link connected to the frame closely adjacent a first tool-carrying rank. A caster wheel is supported at the forward end of the linkage for castering in an accommodation area defined by the curved lower link. Plates are bolted to the sides of the lower link and extend along sides of an upper link to a connection with a lift cylinder directly above the upper link. The link and the cylinder closely overlie the frame to limit interference with other components mounted above the frame and to facilitate compact folding of implement sections. Loads, including cylinder lift loads, are transmitted primarily through the lower link. A protected transducer assembly is connected between the lower link and the frame to maximize and linearize transducer response in the depth control range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: David Alan Payne, Brian Thomas Mosdal, Anthony Scott Royer, Paul David Parker, James Thomas Noonan
  • Patent number: 6402180
    Abstract: A hitch link structure includes two hitch tubes angled with respect to each other and having forward ends connected by upper and lower hitch plates welded to the tubes. The plates include weld cutouts designed so the same plates can be used with a variety of different hitch tube angles, depending on the width of the mainframe hitch mount-up. Three apertures in the forward end of each of the plates receive bolts which connect the selected hitch link to the plates. The apertures also act as weld fixturing locators to speed hitch construction. The weld cutouts, in generally a half moon configuration, facilitate low cost fillet welds at easily accessible locations regardless of hitch tube angle and facilitate fillet weld connections in relatively lowly stressed areas. The lower plate is apertured to define an intermediate support hole for the safety chain, and the central bolt connecting the hitch link also attaches to the safety chain so the chain is accommodated without additional parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Brian Thomas Mosdal, James Thomas Noonan, Paul David Parker, David Alan Payne, Anthony Scott Royer
  • Patent number: 6382655
    Abstract: A hitch link structure includes two hitch tubes angled with respect to each other and having forward ends connected by upper and lower hitch plates welded to the tubes. The plates include weld cutouts designed so the same plates can be used with a variety of different hitch tube angles, depending on the width of the mainframe hitch mount-up. Three apertures in the forward end of each of the plates receive bolts which connect the selected hitch link to the plates. The apertures also act as weld fixturing locators to speed hitch construction. The weld cutouts, in generally a half moon configuration, facilitate low cost fillet welds at easily accessible locations regardless of hitch tube angle and facilitate fillet weld connections in relatively lowly stressed areas. The lower plate is apertured to define an intermediate support hole for the safety chain, and the central bolt connecting the hitch link also attaches to the safety chain so the chain is accommodated without additional parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Brian Thomas Mosdal, James Thomas Noonan, Paul David Parker, David Alan Payne, Anthony Scott Royer