Patents by Inventor James W. Henry

James W. Henry 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: 20210048290
    Abstract: A system for determining field surface conditions may include a frame member and a ground engaging tool coupled thereto. The ground engaging tool may be configured to engage soil within a field as an agricultural implement is moved across the field. The system may further include a vision sensor having a field of view directed towards a portion of a surface of the field and being configured to capture vision-based data indicative of a field surface condition of the field. The system may also include a secondary sensor coupled to the ground engaging tool and configured to capture secondary data indicative of the field surface condition. Additionally, the system may include a controller configured to determine an initial surface condition as a function of the vision-based data and to adjust the initial surface condition based at least in part on the secondary data received from the secondary sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventor: James W. Henry
  • Publication number: 20210045278
    Abstract: A system for detecting the operational status of a ground engaging tool of a tillage implement including an agricultural implement including a frame and a tool assembly supported relative to the frame. The ganged tool assembly includes a toolbar coupled to the frame and one or more ground engaging tools coupled to the toolbar. The system further includes a sensor coupled to the tool assembly and configured to capture data indicative of a load acting on the one or more ground engaging tools. Additionally, the system includes a controller configured to monitor the data received from the sensor and compare at least one monitored value associated with the load acting on the ground engaging tool(s). Moreover, the controller is further configured to identify the ground engaging tool(s) as being plugged when the monitored value(s) differs from the predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventor: James W. Henry
  • Publication number: 20210045276
    Abstract: A system for de-plugging rotating ground engaging tools of an agricultural implement includes first and second ground engaging tools spaced apart from each other such that a flow gap is defined between the tools, a rotational actuator configured to rotationally drive the tools about a rotational axis, a sensor configured to capture data indicative of material accumulation within the flow gap defined between the tools, and a controller configured to determine when the tools are experiencing a plugged condition based on the data received from the sensor. Additionally, in response to the determination that the tools are experiencing the plugged condition, the controller is further configured to control an operation of the rotational actuator such that the tools are rotationally driven while such tools are disposed at a working position relative to a soil surface of a field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventor: James W. Henry
  • Patent number: 10907998
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for adjusting a sampling rate of a sensor mounted on an agricultural machine may include an agricultural machine and a sensor mounted on the agricultural machine, with the sensor being configured to capture data at a sampling rate. The system may also include a controller communicatively coupled to the sensor. The controller may be configured to receive an input indicative of an operational parameter of the agricultural machine and adjust the sampling rate at which the sensor captures data based on the received input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd., Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Luca Ferrari, John H. Posselius, James W. Henry, Taylor C. Bybee, Bret T. Turpin, Jeffrey L. Ferrin
  • Publication number: 20200404829
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for de-plugging an agricultural implement may include an actuator coupled between a ground-engaging tool of the implement and a frame of the implement. The actuator maybe configured to move the ground-engaging tool relative to the frame between a first position in which the tool penetrates the soil and a second position in which the tool is lifted out of the soil. Furthermore, the system may include a sensor configured to capture data indicative of plugging of the ground-engaging tool. Additionally, a controller of the disclosed system may be configured to determine when the ground-engaging tool is plugged based on the data received from the sensor. Moreover, the controller may be further configured to control an operation of the actuator such that the ground-engaging tool is moved from the first position to the second position when it is determined that the tool is plugged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Dean A. Knobloch, Trevor Stanhope, James W. Henry
  • Patent number: 10838432
    Abstract: A system for monitoring frame levelness of an agricultural implement may include first and second sensors configured to detect first and second parameters indicative of forces exerted on first and second ground engaging tools of the implement by the ground, respectively. The system may also include a controller configured to monitor a parameter differential between the first and second parameters based on measurement signals received from the first and second sensors, with the monitored parameter differential being indicative of at least one of pitch or roll of a frame of the implement. The controller may be further configured initiate a control action associated with adjusting the pitch and/or the roll of the frame based on a magnitude of the monitored parameter differential to adjust an orientation of the frame relative to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Barrick, James W. Henry, Yong Deng
  • Patent number: 10820468
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for determining soil roughness of a field across which an agricultural implement is being moved may include a tool configured to perform a tillage operation on soil within the field as the agricultural implement is moved across the field. The system may also include a sensor configured to detect a parameter associated with an acceleration of the tool. Furthermore, the system may include a controller communicatively coupled to the sensor, with the controller configured to determine a soil roughness characteristic of the soil based on measurement signals received from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: James W. Henry
  • Publication number: 20200305334
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for monitoring the condition of a seedbed within a field may include a seedbed tool configured to ride along a seedbed floor as an implement frame is moved across the field. The system may also include an actuator configured to adjust the position of the seedbed tool along a lateral direction relative to the implement frame such that the seedbed tool traverses a lateral swath of the seedbed floor along the lateral direction. Furthermore, the system may include a seedbed floor sensor configured to detect the position of the seedbed tool relative to the implement frame. The position of the seedbed tool may be indicative of a profile of the lateral swath of the seedbed floor as the seedbed tool rides along the seedbed floor with movement of the implement frame in the forward travel direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Alan Forbes, James W. Henry, Robert A. Zemenchik
  • Patent number: 10775220
    Abstract: A system includes an agricultural metering system with a meter roller configured to meter product from an agricultural product storage compartment to a product distribution system via rotation of the meter roller. The meter roller includes a first meter roller segment having a first plurality of flutes and corresponding recesses, and a second meter roller segment having a second plurality of flutes and a corresponding second plurality of recesses. The flutes of the first meter roller segment are axially separated from the flutes of the second meter roller segment by a gap. The meter roller also includes a dividing ring disposed about the shaft and axially positioned between the first meter roller segment and the second meter roller segment. A width of the dividing ring is substantially equal to the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canda, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joel John Octave Gervais, Dennis George Thompson, Dennis W. Chahley, Gordon Anthony Engel, Trevor Lawrence Kowalchuk, James Wayne Henry, Ethan Curtis Stephen Bent
  • Patent number: 10769771
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods that measure crop residue in a field from imagery of the field. In particular, the present subject matter is directed to systems and methods that include or otherwise leverage a machine-learned semantic segmentation model to determine a crop residue parameter value for a portion of a field based at least in part on imagery of such portion of the field captured by an imaging device. For example, the imaging device can be a camera positioned in a downward-facing direction and physically coupled to a work vehicle or an implement towed by the work vehicle through the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd., Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Luca Ferrari, John H. Posselius, James W. Henry, Taylor C. Bybee
  • Patent number: 10750655
    Abstract: Systems and methods for real-time, artificial intelligence control of an agricultural work vehicle and/or implement based on observed outcomes are provided. In particular, example aspects of the present subject matter are directed to systems and method that sense field conditions (also known as field “finish”) both before and after adjustable ground-engaging tools encounter the soil and that update a site-specific control model that provides control settings based on the observed anterior and posterior conditions. Thus, a control system can obtain sensor data descriptive of upcoming field conditions and can perform predictive adjustment and control of tools based the upcoming field conditions. The system can then use additional sensors to observe the outcome of the employed control settings. Based on a comparison of the observed outcome to a target outcome, the system can adjust for the next encounter of similar field conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: James W. Henry
  • Patent number: 10752237
    Abstract: A method for automatically leveling an agricultural implement being towed by a work vehicle includes monitoring a vehicle inclination angle via at least one vehicle-based sensor supported on the work vehicle, monitoring an implement inclination angle via at least one implement-based sensor supported on the implement, and determining that the work vehicle has begun to travel across an inclined surface based on the vehicle inclination angle. The method further includes initially adjusting a position of a hitch of the work vehicle in a first direction to maintain the implement inclination angle within a predetermined angular inclination range as the vehicle travels across the inclined surface and adjusting the position of the hitch in a second direction opposite the first direction to maintain the implement inclination angle within the predetermined angular inclination range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Klint J. Peterson, Christopher Barrick, John C. Endsley, James W. Henry, Tracey D. Meiners
  • Publication number: 20200260632
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for monitoring the frame levelness of an agricultural implement may include an implement frame and first and second seedbed detection assemblies coupled to the implement frame. Each of the seedbed detection assemblies may include a seedbed tool configured to ride along a seedbed floor as the implement frame is moved across a field in a forward travel direction. Each of the seedbed detection assemblies may also include a seedbed floor sensor configured to capture data indicative of a position of the corresponding seedbed tool relative to the implement frame. Furthermore, the system may include a controller configured to monitor positions of the seedbed detection assemblies relative to the implement frame based on data received from the seedbed floor sensors of the first and second seedbed detection assemblies, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: David Long, James W. Henry, Nicholas Nahuel-Andrejuk
  • Publication number: 20200262852
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to (a) carbidopa prodrugs, (b) pharmaceutical combinations and compositions comprising a carbidopa prodrug and/or an L-dopa prodrug, and (c) methods of treating Parkinson's disease and associated conditions comprising administering a carbidopa prodrug and an L-dopa prodrug to a subject with Parkinson's disease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Benoit Cardinal-David, Vincent S. Chan, Kassibla E. Dempah, Brian P. Enright, Rodger F. Henry, Raimundo Ho, Ye Huang, Alexander D. Huters, Russell C. Klix, Scott W. Krabbe, Philip R. Kym, Yanbin Lao, Xiaochun Lou, Sean E. Mackey, Mark A. Matulenko, Peter T. Mayer, Christopher P. Miller, James Stambuli, Valentino J. Stella, Eric A. Voight, Zhi Wang, Geoff Zhang
  • Publication number: 20200260634
    Abstract: A system for monitoring soil conditions within a field includes an agricultural implement including a frame and a ganged tool assembly supported relative to the frame and including a toolbar coupled to the frame and a plurality of ground-engaging tools coupled to the toolbar. The system further includes a first sensor provided in operative association with the ganged tool assembly and configured to detect motion of the ganged tool assembly. The system further includes a second sensor separate from the first sensor configured to detect an orientation of the ganged tool assembly relative to at least one of the field or the frame. The system includes a controller communicatively coupled to the sensors and configured to determine an indication of a soil condition at a given location within the field based at least in part on the detected motion and orientation of the ganged tool assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Michael G. Kovach, James W. Henry, Yong Deng
  • Publication number: 20200260633
    Abstract: A system for monitoring soil conditions within a field includes an agricultural implement including a frame and a ground-engaging tool coupled to the frame. The system further includes a first sensor coupled to the ground-engaging tool and configured to detect motion of the ground-engaging tool as the agricultural implement is moved across the field. The system additionally includes a second sensor separate from the first sensor. The second sensor is configured to detect an orientation of the ground-engaging tool relative to the frame as the agricultural implement is moved across the field. The system includes a controller communicatively coupled to the first and second sensors. The controller is configured to determine an indication of a soil condition at a given location within the field based at least in part on the detected motion and the detected orientation of the ground-engaging tool at the given location within the field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Michael G. Kovach, James W. Henry, Yong Deng
  • Patent number: 10747195
    Abstract: A method for controlling the actuation of wing sections of an agricultural implement may include regulating a supply of hydraulic fluid to a wing actuator coupled to a wing section to pivot the wing section relative to a center frame section of the implement from a transport position towards a work position. The method may also include monitoring a wheel load associated with at least one wheel of the wing section as the wing section is being moved towards the work position and detecting when the wheel(s) of the wing section contacts the ground based at least in part on the monitored wheel load. In addition, the method may include adjusting one or more flow parameters of the supply of hydraulic fluid to the wing actuator to reduce an actuation rate at which the wing section is being pivoted after detecting that wheel(s) has contacted the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Klint J. Peterson, Christopher Barrick, James W. Henry, Tracey D. Meiners
  • Patent number: 10748042
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods that measure crop residue in a field from imagery of the field. In particular, the present subject matter is directed to systems and methods that include or otherwise leverage a machine-learned convolutional neural network to determine a level of crop residue for a portion of a field based at least in part on imagery of such portion of the field captured by an imaging device. For example, the imaging device can be a camera positioned in a downward-facing direction and physically coupled to a work vehicle or an implement towed by the work vehicle through the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd., Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Luca Ferrari, John H. Posselius, James W. Henry, Taylor C. Bybee
  • Publication number: 20200255139
    Abstract: A system for acquiring agricultural data includes a UAV with a controller and a sensing device is provided. In several embodiments, the controller is configured to receive data associated with a data collection point located within the field and control the operation of the UAV such that the UAV is flown over the field and lands in the field at the data collection point. The sensing device, in several embodiments, is configured to capture field condition data associated with the field while the UAV is maintained in a landed condition at the data collection point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Nicholas Nahuel-Andrejuk, James W. Henry
  • Publication number: 20200257318
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating UAVs relative to a field includes a UAV are provided. In several embodiments, UAV includes a body, a controller supported on the body, and at least one support element coupled to and extending from the body. In several embodiments, the at least one support element is configured to support the body relative to a support surface of the field when the UAV is in a landed condition on the field. In several embodiments, at least one anchoring device is provided in operative association with the UAV and configured to penetrate through the support surface of the field to anchor the UAV relative to the field when the UAV is in the landed condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Nicholas Nahuel-Andrejuk, James W. Henry