Patents by Inventor Joel Gervais

Joel Gervais 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: 10117376
    Abstract: An agricultural air seeding system, comprising: an agricultural planting implement including at least one section at least one secondary header removably attached to the at least one section, at least one attachment bar attached to the at least one section, and a plurality of application tools removably attached to the at least one attachment bar and fluidly coupled to the at least one secondary header; an agricultural air cart coupled to the agricultural planting implement; and a pneumatic distribution system fluidly coupled to the agricultural planting implement and the agricultural air cart, the pneumatic distribution system including a plurality of conduits capable of transporting agricultural product, at least one of the plurality of conduits including at least one flow obstruction such that a substantially equal air pressure is delivered to the plurality of application tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joel Gervais, Kenneth D. Paluck, Ka Po Catherine Hui, James W. Henry
  • Patent number: 9976881
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for quantifying a degree of discontinuity of material flow from a meter roller. A flowable particulate material is fed into a meter roller rotated at a constant speed while a camera takes pictures or images of the product dispensed from the roller. The images of the product taken by the camera are analyzed to determine the area of the image represented by the product. The areas of product within the images are then compared with one another to determine how continuous the area of product is in the respective frames. The area measurement for each image is calculated at a frame rate for the camera that, when compared to the flute frequency range of the roller, provides a frame per flute ratio that ensures all particles of product dispensed from the roller are captured in an image without overlap of product between frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joel Gervais, Scott Noble
  • Publication number: 20180054957
    Abstract: An agricultural air seeding system, comprising: an agricultural planting implement including at least one section at least one secondary header removably attached to the at least one section, at least one attachment bar attached to the at least one section, and a plurality of application tools removably attached to the at least one attachment bar and fluidly coupled to the at least one secondary header; an agricultural air cart coupled to the agricultural planting implement; and a pneumatic distribution system fluidly coupled to the agricultural planting implement and the agricultural air cart, the pneumatic distribution system including a plurality of conduits capable of transporting agricultural product, at least one of the plurality of conduits including at least one flow obstruction such that a substantially equal air pressure is delivered to the plurality of application tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joel Gervais, Kenneth D. Paluck, Ka Po Catherine Hui, James W. Henry
  • Patent number: 9854731
    Abstract: A material distribution system includes: a chassis; a material tank carried by the chassis and configured to hold a material; and a header configured to receive and distribute material from the material tank entrained in an air flow. The header includes: a header body having a pair of sidewalls, an inlet configured to receive entrained material from the material tank and a plurality of outlets, the sidewalls defining a width therebetween that increases from the inlet toward the plurality of outlets; a valve associated with an outlet that is configured to switch between a distributing position and a purging position, the valve blocking its outlet in the purging position; and a plenum having a volume of air that is selectively in fluid communication with the plurality of outlets to provide a purging air flow to the outlet with the associated valve when the valve is in the purging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: James W. Henry, Joel Gervais, Brennan Crooymans, Joshua Cote, Joel Denis, Jonathan Schuba
  • Patent number: 9826677
    Abstract: Data is collected from sensors related to the opener assembly for seeders, such as for discs and hoe drills, in order to better determine how the opener assembly reacts while operating in various conditions and to more precisely control operation of the opener assembly. Accordingly, a control system and a sensor array are utilized to provide automatic and continuous down pressure adjustments (according to a certain user specified range) at various speeds to substantially maintain a relatively constant seed depth. The sensor array could also be monitored and controlled by an operator to control settings (such as with respect to seed depth and/or opener down pressure) of the seeding implement from the cab to provide manual down pressure adjustments at various speeds. In various aspects, seeding speed and/or tractor speed may also be parameters controlled via the sensor feedback according to a certain user specified range of sensor variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joel Gervais, James W Henry
  • Publication number: 20170258003
    Abstract: A material distribution system includes: a chassis; a material tank carried by the chassis and configured to hold a material; and a header configured to receive and distribute material from the material tank entrained in an air flow. The header includes: a header body having a pair of sidewalls, an inlet configured to receive entrained material from the material tank and a plurality of outlets, the sidewalls defining a width therebetween that increases from the inlet toward the plurality of outlets; a valve associated with an outlet that is configured to switch between a distributing position and a purging position, the valve blocking its outlet in the purging position; and a plenum having a volume of air that is selectively in fluid communication with the plurality of outlets to provide a purging air flow to the outlet with the associated valve when the valve is in the purging position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: James W. Henry, Joel Gervais, Brennan Crooymans, Joshua Cote, Joel Denis, Jonathon Schuba
  • Patent number: 9681600
    Abstract: A material distribution system includes: a chassis; a material tank carried by the chassis and configured to hold a material; and a header configured to receive and distribute material from the material tank entrained in an air flow. The header includes: a header body having a pair of sidewalls, an inlet configured to receive entrained material from the material tank and a plurality of outlets, the sidewalls defining a width therebetween that increases from the inlet toward the plurality of outlets; a valve associated with an outlet that is configured to switch between a distributing position and a purging position, the valve blocking its outlet in the purging position; and a plenum having a volume of air that is selectively in fluid communication with the plurality of outlets to provide a purging air flow to the outlet with the associated valve when the valve is in the purging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: James W. Henry, Joel Gervais, Brennan Crooymans, Joshua Cote, Joel Denis, Jonathan Schuba
  • Patent number: 9609803
    Abstract: By varying the agricultural product application rates when a product delivery system travels through predetermined overlap areas, the drawbacks of over seeding such overlap areas may be substantially reduced. As a result, a product delivery system may travel without stopping meter sections and without dragging a seeding tool through a completely seeded region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joel Gervais, James Henry
  • Publication number: 20160165789
    Abstract: Data is collected from sensors related to the opener assembly for seeders, such as for discs and hoe drills, in order to better determine how the opener assembly reacts while operating in various conditions and to more precisely control operation of the opener assembly. Accordingly, a control system and a sensor array are utilized to provide automatic and continuous down pressure adjustments (according to a certain user specified range) at various speeds to substantially maintain a relatively constant seed depth. The sensor array could also be monitored and controlled by an operator to control settings (such as with respect to seed depth and/or opener down pressure) of the seeding implement from the cab to provide manual down pressure adjustments at various speeds. In various aspects, seeding speed and/or tractor speed may also be parameters controlled via the sensor feedback according to a certain user specified range of sensor variation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Joel Gervais, James W. Henry
  • Publication number: 20160157419
    Abstract: A material distribution system includes: a chassis; a material tank carried by the chassis and configured to hold a material; and a header configured to receive and distribute material from the material tank entrained in an air flow. The header includes: a header body having a pair of sidewalls, an inlet configured to receive entrained material from the material tank and a plurality of outlets, the sidewalls defining a width therebetween that increases from the inlet toward the plurality of outlets; a valve associated with an outlet that is configured to switch between a distributing position and a purging position, the valve blocking its outlet in the purging position; and a plenum having a volume of air that is selectively in fluid communication with the plurality of outlets to provide a purging air flow to the outlet with the associated valve when the valve is in the purging position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Applicant: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd
    Inventors: James W. Henry, Joel Gervais, Brennan Crooymans, Joshua Cote, Joel Denis, Jonathan Schuba
  • Publication number: 20160157420
    Abstract: By varying the agricultural product application rates when a product delivery system travels through predetermined overlap areas, the drawbacks of over seeding such overlap areas may be substantially reduced. As a result, a product delivery system may travel without stopping meter sections and without dragging a seeding tool through a completely seeded region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventors: Joel Gervais, James Henry
  • Publication number: 20160161306
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for quantifying a degree of discontinuity of material flow from a meter roller. A flowable particulate material is fed into a meter roller rotated at a constant speed while a camera takes pictures or images of the product dispensed from the roller. The images of the product taken by the camera are analyzed to determine the area of the image represented by the product. The areas of product within the images are then compared with one another to determine how continuous the area of product is in the respective frames. The area measurement for each image is calculated at a frame rate for the camera that, when compared to the flute frequency range of the roller, provides a frame per flute ratio that ensures all particles of product dispensed from the roller are captured in an image without overlap of product between frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventors: Joel Gervais, Scott Noble
  • Patent number: 8176797
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for quantifying a degree of discontinuity of material flow from a meter roller. In an exemplary embodiment, flowable particulate material is fed into a meter roller. The meter roller is then rotated one revolution, and the output from the meter roller is collected and measured. Next, the meter roller is rotated one revolution in discrete increments, each increment having a substantially equal rotational angle. The output from the meter roller is then collected and measured for each increment. Finally, the measurement for each increment is compared to the measurement for the one revolution to determine a statistical parameter indicative of flow rate discontinuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: CNH Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jim Henry, Joel Gervais, Devon Schollar, Scott David Noble, Ka Po Catherine Hui
  • Publication number: 20110056308
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for quantifying a degree of discontinuity of material flow from a meter roller. In an exemplary embodiment, flowable particulate material is fed into a meter roller. The meter roller is then rotated one revolution, and the output from the meter roller is collected and measured. Next, the meter roller is rotated one revolution in discrete increments, each increment having a substantially equal rotational angle. The output from the meter roller is then collected and measured for each increment. Finally, the measurement for each increment is compared to the measurement for the one revolution to determine a statistical parameter indicative of flow rate discontinuity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: CNH Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jim Henry, Joel Gervais, Devon Schollar, Scott David Noble, Ka Po Catherine Hui