Patents by Inventor John A. McClure

John A. McClure 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: 10246312
    Abstract: A vehicle lift has lift arms pivoted to a central or to side lifts. A handle is pivoted to an extensible, retractable lift arm end and can be manipulated from outside the vehicle periphery to position the lift arm end in a desired alignment with lift points under the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: John McClure
  • Patent number: 10168714
    Abstract: A global navigation satellite sensor system (GNSS) and gyroscope control system for vehicle steering control comprising a GNSS receiver and antennas at a fixed spacing to determine a vehicle position, velocity and at least one of a heading angle, a pitch angle and a roll angle based on carrier phase position differences. The system also includes a control system configured to receive the vehicle position, heading, and at least one of roll and pitch, and configured to generate a steering command to a vehicle steering system. The system includes gyroscopes for determining system attitude change with respect to multiple axes for integrating with GNSS-derived positioning information to determine vehicle position, velocity, rate-of-turn, attitude and other operating characteristics. Relative orientations and attitudes between motive and working components can be determined using optical sensors and cameras. The system can also be used to guide multiple vehicles in relation to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: AGJUNCTION LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Webber, Keith R. Jones, John A. McClure, Andre C. Roberge, Walter J. Feller, Michael L. Whitehead
  • Publication number: 20180327235
    Abstract: A vehicle lift has lift arms pivoted to a central or to side lifts. A handle is pivoted to an extensible, retractable lift arm end and can be manipulated from outside the vehicle periphery to position the lift arm end in a desired alignment with lift points under the vehicle frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventor: John McClure
  • Patent number: 10042361
    Abstract: A method for guiding a terrestrial vehicle along a desired path can include receiving a position signal from a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) antenna and a gyro signal from a gyro sensor that is indicative of: (i) at least one of a pitch and a roll of the terrestrial vehicle, and (ii) a gyro-based heading direction. A position of a point of interest of the terrestrial vehicle at a location different than the GNSS antenna can be determined based on the position signal, the gyro signal, and a positional relationship between the first location and the second location. A position-based heading direction of the point of interest of the terrestrial vehicle can be determined based on the determined position of the point of interest and at least one previously determined position of the point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Beijing Unistrong Science & Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Collins, John A. McClure
  • Publication number: 20180156918
    Abstract: A DGNSS-based guidance system, wherein a rover receiver first utilizes data from a master base station transceiver, a DGNSS reference network, or some other differential source to compute a differentially corrected location to establish a reference DGNSS relationship. Using this location and data observed only at the rover, the rover computes an internal set of differential corrections, which set is stored in computer memory, updated as necessary, and applied in future times to correct observations taken by the rover. As the rover enters into areas of other base station receiver reference networks, the rover transceiver will send positional information it receives from the master base station to the new, secondary base station. The secondary base station then calibrates its own reference information using information sent from the original master base station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: AgJunction LLC
    Inventor: John A. McClure
  • Publication number: 20180113473
    Abstract: A global navigation satellite sensor system (GNSS) and gyroscope control system for vehicle steering control comprising a GNSS receiver and antennas at a fixed spacing to determine a vehicle position, velocity and at least one of a heading angle, a pitch angle and a roll angle based on carrier phase position differences. The system also includes a control system configured to receive the vehicle position, heading, and at least one of roll and pitch, and configured to generate a steering command to a vehicle steering system. The system includes gyroscopes for determining system attitude change with respect to multiple axes for integrating with GNSS-derived positioning information to determine-vehicle position, velocity, rate-of-turn, attitude and other operating characteristics. Relative orientations and attitudes between motive and working components can be determined using optical sensors and cameras. The system can also be used to guide multiple vehicles in relation to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Applicant: AgJunction LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Webber, Keith R. Jones, John A. McClure, Andre C. Roberge, Walter J. Feller, Michael L. Whitehead
  • Patent number: 9903953
    Abstract: A DGNSS-based guidance system, wherein a rover receiver first utilizes data from a master base station transceiver, a DGNSS reference network, or some other differential source to compute a differentially corrected location to establish a reference DGNSS relationship. Using this location and data observed only at the rover, the rover computes an internal set of differential corrections, which set is stored in computer memory, updated as necessary, and applied in future times to correct observations taken by the rover. As the rover enters into areas of other base station receiver reference networks, the rover transceiver will send positional information it receives from the master base station to the new, secondary base station. The secondary base station then calibrates its own reference information using information sent from the original master base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: AGJUNCTION LLC
    Inventor: John A. McClure
  • Patent number: 9886038
    Abstract: A global navigation satellite sensor system (GNSS) and gyroscope control system for vehicle steering control comprising a GNSS receiver and antennas at a fixed spacing to determine a vehicle position, velocity and at least one of a heading angle, a pitch angle and a roll angle based on carrier phase position differences. The system also includes a control system configured to receive the vehicle position, heading, and at least one of roll and pitch, and configured to generate a steering command to a vehicle steering system. The system includes gyroscopes for determining system attitude change with respect to multiple axes for integrating with GNSS-derived positioning information to determine vehicle position, velocity, rate-of-turn, attitude and other operating characteristics. Relative orientations and attitudes between motive and working components can be determined using optical sensors and cameras. The system can also be used to guide multiple vehicles in relation to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: AGJUNCTION LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Webber, Keith R. Jones, John A. McClure, Andre C. Roberge, Walter J. Feller, Michael L. Whitehead
  • Patent number: 9880562
    Abstract: A global navigation satellite sensor system (GNSS) and gyroscope control system for vehicle steering control comprising a GNSS receiver and antennas at a fixed spacing to determine a vehicle position, velocity and at least one of a heading angle, a pitch angle and a roll angle based on carrier phase position differences. The system also includes a control system configured to receive the vehicle position, heading, and at least one of roll and pitch, and configured to generate a steering command to a vehicle steering system. The system includes gyroscopes for determining system attitude change with respect to multiple axes for integrating with GNSS-derived positioning information to determine vehicle position, velocity, rate-of-turn, attitude and other operating characteristics. Relative orientations and attitudes between motive and working components can be determined using optical sensors and cameras. The system can also be used to guide multiple vehicles in relation to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: AGJUNCTION LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Webber, Keith R. Jones, John A. McClure, Andre C. Roberge, Walter J. Feller, Michael L. Whitehead
  • Publication number: 20170364078
    Abstract: A method for guiding a terrestrial vehicle along a desired path can include receiving a position signal from a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) antenna and a gyro signal from a gyro sensor that is indicative of: (i) at least one of a pitch and a roll of the terrestrial vehicle, and (ii) a gyro-based heading direction. A position of a point of interest of the terrestrial vehicle at a location different than the GNSS antenna can be determined based on the position signal, the gyro signal, and a positional relationship between the first location and the second location. A position-based heading direction of the point of interest of the terrestrial vehicle can be determined based on the determined position of the point of interest and at least one previously determined position of the point of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: BEIJING UNISTRONG SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Collins, John A. McClure
  • Patent number: 9713306
    Abstract: A crop feeding system for a harvester includes an electrohydraulic circuit comprising electric and hydraulic connections that allow for the movement of a bottom floor assembly, such movement defining the depth of a crop feeding channel in the harvester and allowing at least one variable setting for removing a clog of material in a crop collection channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Chandrashekhar Singh, Dhananjay Wagh, Srinivas Guttikar, John McClure
  • Patent number: 9631452
    Abstract: A mandrel for downhole isolation tools includes multiple composite pieces assembled about a common longitudinal axis at one or more common joint surfaces to form said mandrel, wherein each of said composite pieces is configured having a cross-sectional area less than the cross-sectional area of said mandrel, and an attachment mechanism configured to secure together said common joint surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: QUANTUM COMPOSITES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Dale Kiesel, Matthew Louis Kaczmarczyk, Roy B. Bendickson, Justin John McClure
  • Publication number: 20170049104
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to compositions and methods for control of insect pests using reduced rates of toxicants. In an exemplary embodiment, a termiticide composition comprises a toxicant, an attractant and an additive, wherein the effective rate of the toxicant is substantially reduced relative to an effective rate of the toxicant in a commercial formulation. The additive may comprise a cellulose ether, a cellulosic bait, or an adjuvant. A method for controlling termites using a reduced rate of toxicant comprises treating an area to be protected against termites using a treatment solution comprising an admixture of a toxicant, an attractant, and an additive. The method for controlling termites provides effective control using a rate of toxicant that is substantially lower than a commercial formula toxicant rate due to admixture of the attractant and the additive with the toxicant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventor: John McClure
  • Publication number: 20160360705
    Abstract: The disclosure relates generally to a crop feeding system in a harvester comprising a electrohydraulic circuit comprising electric and hydraulic connections that allow for the movement of a bottom floor assembly, such movement defining the depth of a crop feeding channel in the harvester and allowing at least one variable setting for removing a clog of material in a crop collection channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Chandrashekhar Singh, Dhananjay Wagh, Srinivas Guttikar, John McClure
  • Publication number: 20160334804
    Abstract: A global navigation satellite sensor system (GNSS) and gyroscope control system for vehicle steering control comprising a GNSS receiver and antennas at a fixed spacing to determine a vehicle position, velocity and at least one of a heading angle, a pitch angle and a roll angle based on carrier phase position differences. The system also includes a control system configured to receive the vehicle position, heading, and at least one of roll and pitch, and configured to generate a steering command to a vehicle steering system. The system includes gyroscopes for determining system attitude change with respect to multiple axes for integrating with GNSS-derived positioning information to determine vehicle position, velocity, rate-of-turn, attitude and other operating characteristics. Relative orientations and attitudes between motive and working components can be determined using optical sensors and cameras. The system can also be used to guide multiple vehicles in relation to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Applicant: AgJunction LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Webber, Keith R. Jones, John A. McClure, Andre C. Roberge, Walter J. Feller, Michael L. Whitehead
  • Publication number: 20160252909
    Abstract: A global navigation satellite sensor system (GNSS) and gyroscope control system for vehicle steering control comprising a GNSS receiver and antennas at a fixed spacing to determine a vehicle position, velocity and at least one of a heading angle, a pitch angle and a roll angle based on carrier phase position differences. The system also includes a control system configured to receive the vehicle position, heading, and at least one of roll and pitch, and configured to generate a steering command to a vehicle steering system. The system includes gyroscopes for determining system attitude change with respect to multiple axes for integrating with GNSS-derived positioning information to determine-vehicle position, velocity, rate-of-turn, attitude and other operating characteristics. Relative orientations and attitudes between motive and working components can be determined using optical sensors and cameras. The system can also be used to guide multiple vehicles in relation to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Applicant: AgJunction LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. WEBBER, Keith R. Jones, John A. McClure, Andre C. Roberge, Walter J. Feller, Michael L. Whitehead
  • Patent number: 9389615
    Abstract: A global navigation satellite sensor system (GNSS) and gyroscope control system for vehicle steering control comprising a GNSS receiver and antennas at a fixed spacing to determine a vehicle position, velocity and at least one of a heading angle, a pitch angle and a roll angle based on carrier phase position differences. The system also includes a control system configured to receive the vehicle position, heading, and at least one of roll and pitch, and configured to generate a steering command to a vehicle steering system. The system includes gyroscopes for determining system attitude change with respect to multiple axes for integrating with GNSS-derived positioning information to determine vehicle position, velocity, rate-of-turn, attitude and other operating characteristics. Relative orientations and attitudes between motive and working components can be determined using optical sensors and cameras. The system can also be used to guide multiple vehicles in relation to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: AGJUNCTION LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Webber, Keith R. Jones, John A. McClure, André C. Roberge, Walter J. Feller, Michael L. Whitehead
  • Publication number: 20160154108
    Abstract: A DGNSS-based guidance system, wherein a rover receiver first utilizes data from a master base station transceiver, a DGNSS reference network, or some other differential source to compute a differentially corrected location to establish a reference DGNSS relationship. Using this location and data observed only at the rover, the rover computes an internal set of differential corrections, which set is stored in computer memory, updated as necessary, and applied in future times to correct observations taken by the rover. As the rover enters into areas of other base station receiver reference networks, the rover transceiver will send positional information it receives from the master base station to the new, secondary base station. The secondary base station then calibrates its own reference information using information sent from the original master base station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Applicant: AgJunction LLC
    Inventor: John A. McClure
  • Patent number: RE47055
    Abstract: A raster-based system for global navigation satellite system (GNSS) guidance includes a vehicle-mounted GNSS antenna and receiver. A processor provides guidance and/or autosteering commands based on GNSS-defined pixels forming a grid representing an area to be treated, such as a field. Specific guidance and chemical application methods are provided based on the pixel-defined treatment areas and preprogrammed chemical application prescription maps, which can include variable chemical application rates and dynamic control of the individual nozzles of a sprayer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: AGJUNCTION LLC
    Inventors: John A. McClure, Dennis M. Collins
  • Patent number: RE47101
    Abstract: A spray control method employs a spray vehicle including a material tank, a pump communicating with the tank, and nozzles of a spray boom communicating with the pump. A GNSS receiver mounted on the vehicle and interfaced to a controller tracks its position in relation to stored position coordinates of field boundaries separating spray zones from spray exclusion zones. The tank is activated and deactivated by the controller to retain spray of the material within the spray zones and to prevent spray of the material in the exclusion zones, by processing an offset of the spray nozzles from the receiver, the spray range of the nozzles, spray turn-on and turn-off lag times, and the velocity of the spray vehicle, all in relation to the field boundaries. An alternative embodiment individually controls spray from the nozzles by using associated valves interfaced to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: AGJUNCTION LLC
    Inventors: John A. McClure, Aaron C. Stichter