Patents by Inventor Kevin M. Smith

Kevin M. Smith 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: 20210108951
    Abstract: A system for detecting the operational status of ground engaging tools for agricultural implements includes an agricultural implement including a frame and a ground engaging tool coupled to the frame. The system further includes one or more sensors supported relative to the frame. The sensor(s) are configured to capture data indicative of a fluid flow past the ground engaging tool as the agricultural implement is moved across the field. The system further includes a controller configured to monitor the data received from the sensor(s) and identify an operational status of the ground engaging tool based at least in part on a comparison between one or more monitored values associated with the fluid flow past the ground engaging tool as the agricultural implement is moved across the field and a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventor: Kevin M. Smith
  • Patent number: 10973171
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for monitoring field profiles may include a vision-based sensor configured to capture vision data indicative of a profile of a field, with the profile being at least of a crop canopy profile of the field or a soil surface profile of the field. The system may also include a secondary sensor configured to capture secondary data indicative of the profile of the field. Furthermore, a controller of the disclosed system may be configured to receive the vision data from the vision-based sensor and the secondary data from the secondary sensor. Moreover, the controller may be configured to determine a quality parameter associated with the vision data. Additionally, when the quality parameter falls below a minimum threshold, the controller may be configured to determine at least a portion of the profile of the field based on the secondary data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Kevin M. Smith, Trevor Stanhope
  • Publication number: 20210100553
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a surgical stapling instrument can include a handle, a shaft extending from the handle, wherein the shaft defines an axis, and a disposable loading unit which is assembled to the shaft in a direction which is transverse to the shaft axis. Such a connection between the disposable loading unit and the shaft can prevent, or at least inhibit, the disposable loading unit from being unintentionally displaced proximally and/or distally relative to the shaft of the surgical instrument. The surgical stapling instrument and/or disposable loading unit can further include a threaded collar and/or detent assembly configured to hold the disposable loading unit in place. In various embodiments, a disposable loading unit can include a lockout feature which can prevent, or at least inhibit, an expended disposable loading unit from being reassembled to the elongated body of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventors: William B. Weisenburgh, II, Jerome R. Morgan, Kyle P. Moore, Mark H. Ransick, Steven G. Hall, Randall J. Tanguay, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Galen C. Robertson, Andrew M. Zwolinski, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Thomas W. Huitema, Glen A. Armstrong, Shailendra K Parihar, Donna L. Korvick, Richard W. Timm, Kevin R. Doll, Bret W. Smith, William D. Kelly, Ronald J. Kolata, Joshua R. Uth, Charles J. Scheib, Geoffrey C. Hueil, Mark S. Ortiz, Douglas B. Hoffman, Patrick A. Weizman, Dean B. Bruewer, Gregory B. Blair, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Publication number: 20210059097
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for controlling the direction of travel of agricultural implements may include a work vehicle having a vehicle-based controller configured to control an operation of a valve provided in operative association with the work vehicle. The system may also include an agricultural implement configured to be towed by the work vehicle. The implement may include a sensor configured to detect an operational parameter indicative of a direction of travel of the implement. The implement may also include an actuator configured to adjust the direction of travel of the implement, with the actuator being fluidly coupled to the valve such that the valve is configured to control an operation of the actuator. The implement may further include an implement-based controller configured to initiate control of the operation of the valve based on sensor data received from the sensor to adjust the direction of travel of the implement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Jason T. Czapka, Kevin D. McKee, Kevin M. Smith, Robert J. Longua, Keith W. Wendte, Trevor Stanhope, Marvin A. Prickel
  • Patent number: 10929510
    Abstract: Embodiments provide techniques for authenticating and configuring a care plan device in a care plan environment. Embodiments receive, from the care plan device, a care plan device identifier written to a memory of the care plan device by a manufacturer. The care plan device is authenticated with a remote server, based on matching a reference identifier within a patient care plan with the care plan device identifier. Upon authenticating the care plan device, embodiments receive, from the remote server, the configuration information for the care plan device. The care plan device is configured in accordance with the patient care plan, based on the received configuration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Preventice Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gale G. McFarland, Kevin W. Kirkeby, James D. Hutchins, Richard M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20210037709
    Abstract: A system for determining the cut quality of a crop by a harvester includes an electrode maintained at voltage above ground. The electrode is mounted downstream of a cutter bar on the harvester. The electrode communicates with a controller which measures changes in an electrical parameter, such as voltage or current, between the electrode and ground. The electrode is positioned to ride at a particular height above the ground specific to a particular crop. Crop stubble left by crop which is cut cleanly by the harvester does not contact the electrode. Crop stubble left by crop which is not cut properly will engage the electrode and effect a change in the electrical parameter measured by the controller. The controller reports changes in the electrical parameter indicative of cut quality to the operator of the harvester via a display device thereby allowing the operator to take corrective action in harvester operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Applicant: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Kevin M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20210029865
    Abstract: A system for determining material accumulation relative to ground engaging tools of an agricultural implement includes a frame member extending along a first direction, first and second ground engaging tools coupled to the frame member, a sensing arm, a sensor, and a controller. The first and second ground engaging tools are spaced apart from each other in the first direction such that an open space is defined between the first and second ground engaging tools. The sensing arm is aligned with the open space defined between the first and second ground engaging tools and is displaceable, with the sensor being configured to detect displacement of the sensing arm. The controller is configured to monitor the displacement based at least in part on data received from the sensor to determine a presence of material accumulation between the first and second ground engaging tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Kevin M. Smith, Joshua David Harmon
  • Publication number: 20200390018
    Abstract: A system for controlling an implement during a tillage operation may include a frame and a ground-engaging tool pivotally coupled to the frame and movable relative to the frame between a retracted position and an extended position. An actuator may be configured to bias the ground-engaging tool towards the extended position during the tillage operation. An adjustable valve may be configured to permit flow out of the actuator when a fluid pressure of the actuator exceeds a reset pressure such that the actuator allows the ground-engaging tool to pivot towards the retracted position. A controller may be configured to determine at least one of an actuator position or a load value indicative of a force applied by the ground-engaging tool against the soil during the tillage operation and adjust the reset pressure based on the at least one of the actuator position or the load value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin M. Smith, John H. Posselius, Christopher A. Foster, Joshua David Harmon, Bruce Anderson
  • Patent number: 10867415
    Abstract: Constructing a computer image from raw imaging data or encoded imaging data by transforming a first data structure in which the raw imaging data or the encoded imaging data is stored into a second data structure storing reorganized imaging data. The raw imaging data or the encoded imaging data is received, stored in the first data structure. The computer reorganizes the raw imaging data or the encoded imaging data into the reorganized data and stores the reorganized data in the second data structure, which is a multi-dimensional array having subarrays containing local information needed by a convolutional neural network for processing the reorganized data. Other portions of the multi-dimensional array store other portions of the raw imaging data or the encoded imaging data. The computer also processes the reorganized data using the convolutional neural network to construct the image, whereby a constructed image is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: John P. Korbin, David Peterson, Matthew David Smith, Carianne Martinez, Charles Snider, Kevin M. Potter
  • Publication number: 20200375079
    Abstract: A system for detecting the operational status of a seed-planting implement. The system includes a row unit including a frame and a residue removal device coupled to the frame. The residue removal device is configured to remove residue from a path of the row unit. The system further includes a sensor configured to capture data indicative of at least one of a position or an acceleration of the residue removal device. The system further includes a controller configured to monitor the data received from the sensor and compare at least one monitored value associated with the at least one of the position or the acceleration of the residue removal device to a predetermined threshold value set for the residue removal device. The controller is further configured to identify the residue removal device as being plugged when the at least one monitored value differs from the predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventor: Kevin M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200369733
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are nucleotide sequences encoding an insecticidal protein exhibiting Lepidopteran inhibitory activity, as well as novel insecticidal proteins referred to herein as a BCW 001, BCW 002, BCW 003, and BCW toxic protein-containing chimeras and BCW toxin insecticide, transgenic plants expressing the chimeras or the insecticide, and methods for detecting the presence of the nucleotide sequences or the insecticide in a biological sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: James A. BAUM, David J. BOWEN, Catherine A. CHAY, David J. CHI, William P. CLINTON, Crystal L. DART, Leigh ENGLISH, Stanislaw FLASINSKI, Victor M. GUZOV, Kevin A. JARRELL, Uma R. KESANAPALLI, Thomas M. MALVAR, Robert M. MCCARROLL, Jason S. MILLIGAN, Jay P. MORGENSTERN, Deborah G. RUCKER, Sara A. SALVADOR, Temple F. SMITH, Carlos E. SOTO, Collin M. STULTZ, Brian M. TURCZYK, Ty T. VAUGHN, Moritz W.F.F. VON RECHENBERG
  • Publication number: 20200370738
    Abstract: A spotlight controller including a housing having a first control axis, a fixed base configured to mate with the housing, the housing rotatable relative to the base about a second control axis substantially perpendicular to the first control axis, a handle configured to engage the housing and pivot about the first control axis, a housing sensor arranged to detect the position of the housing relative to the base and generate a housing position signal, a handle sensor arranged to detect the position of the handle relative to the housing and generate a handle position signal, and a controller operatively connected to the housing sensor and the handle sensor, wherein the controller receives the housing position signal and the handle position signal and generates spotlight control signals based on the housing position signal and the handle position signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: David J. SOUSA, Kevin M. SMITH, Sean BROWN, Tomasz J. WALCZAK
  • Patent number: 10842068
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for controlling the direction of travel of agricultural implements may include a work vehicle having a vehicle-based controller configured to control an operation of a valve provided in operative association with the work vehicle. The system may also include an agricultural implement configured to be towed by the work vehicle. The implement may include a sensor configured to detect an operational parameter indicative of a direction of travel of the implement. The implement may also include an actuator configured to adjust the direction of travel of the implement, with the actuator being fluidly coupled to the valve such that the valve is configured to control an operation of the actuator. The implement may further include an implement-based controller configured to initiate control of the operation of the valve based on sensor data received from the sensor to adjust the direction of travel of the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jason T. Czapka, Kevin D. McKee, Kevin M. Smith, Robert J. Longua, Keith W. Wendte, Trevor Stanhope, Marvin A. Prickel
  • Patent number: 10835250
    Abstract: A surgical stapling assembly comprising a firing member, an end effector, a closure member, and a shaft including an attachment interface is disclosed. The surgical stapling assembly is configured to be attached to a surgical instrument interface by way of the attachment interface. The end effector comprises a first jaw, a second jaw, and a staple cartridge comprising staples configured to be ejected by the firing member. The second jaw is movable relative to the first jaw between an open position, a fully-clamped position, and a collapsed position. The end effector further comprises an interconnection between the first jaw and the second jaw defining a rotational axis about which the second iaw is movable relative to the first iaw. The rotational axis is shiftable toward and away from the first iaw as the second iaw is moved between the open position, the fully-clamped position, and the collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: William B. Weisenburgh, II, Jerome R. Morgan, Kyle P. Moore, Mark H. Ransick, Steven G. Hall, Randall J. Tanguay, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Galen C. Robertson, Andrew M. Zwolinski, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Thomas W. Huitema, Glen A. Armstrong, Shailendra K Parihar, Donna L. Korvick, Richard W. Timm, Kevin R. Doll, Bret W. Smith, William D. Kelly, Ronald J. Kolata, Joshua R. Uth, Charles J. Scheib, Geoffrey C. Hueil, Mark S. Ortiz, Douglas B. Hoffman, Patrick A. Weizman, Dean B. Bruewer, Gregory B. Blair, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Publication number: 20200337200
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for detecting plugging of an agricultural implement may a disc rotatably coupled to a frame member, with the disc configured to rotate relative to soil within a field as the implement is moved across the field. The system may also include a disc scraper coupled to the frame member, with the disc scraper configured to remove the soil from the disc as the disc rotates relative to the soil. Furthermore, the system may include a sensor configured to detect a parameter indicative of an acceleration of the disc scraper relative to frame member. Additionally, a controller of the system may be configured to monitor the acceleration of the disc scraper relative to the frame member based on data received from the sensor. Moreover, the controller may be further configured to determine when the disc is plugged based on the monitored acceleration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventor: Kevin M. Smith
  • Patent number: 10813292
    Abstract: A hydraulic feed roll adjustment system includes a feed roll system, a power take off system, and at least a first controller. The feed roll system includes a feed roll, a motor and a control valve. The feed roll is positioned transversely between at least two side walls and is capable of rotation about a feed roll axis. The motor is operably connected to the fed roll and in fluid communication with a hydraulic circuit. The motor rotates the feed roll about the axis. The control value controls the rate of fluid flow through the hydraulic circuit. The power take off system includes a power take off shaft capable of rotation about a power take off axis. The at least a first controller is in electronic communications with the control value and is capable of adjusting the rotational speed of the feed roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Kevin M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200312182
    Abstract: A heavy equipment cockpit training apparatus, device, system, and method is disclosed. The disclosed features include at least one substantially clear, substantially seamless pane to at least partially present an approximation of physical portions of the cockpit, at least one projector capable of backprojecting a simulation of the cockpit onto the at least one substantially seamless pane, at least one tactile aspect, discrete from the at least one seamless pane, interactively provided in association with the simulation, and at least one processor having communicatively associated therewith non-transitory computing code for at least partially providing the simulation and the interaction with the at least one tactile aspect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Steven J. Smith, Randall A. Palmer, Justin M. Rempel, Jack E. Cochran, Kevin L. Greer, Douglas J. Middleton
  • Patent number: 10775029
    Abstract: A spotlight system including a spotlight continuously rotatable about a spotlight pan axis and tiltable about a spotlight tilt axis. The system includes a spotlight controller including a housing continuously rotatable about a controller pan axis. The housing has a circumferential lip that engages with a fixed based and a hub engaged with a handle. The handle rotates about a controller tilt axis perpendicular to the controller pan axis. A controller board is electrically connected to a slip ring that penetrates the base, with a pan input sensor, a tilt input sensor, and a microprocessor. The pan input sensor measures the position of the housing relative to the base, the tilt input sensor measures the position of the handle relative to the housing, and the microcontroller interprets the positions and generates control signals corresponding to the direction of a spotlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: WHELEN ENGINEERING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: David J. Sousa, Kevin M. Smith, Sean Brown, Tomasz J. Walczak
  • Publication number: 20200281248
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for compressing crop material for ensilage may include monitoring, with a computing device, a location of a work vehicle within a silage heap as the work vehicle traverses a layer of crop material within the silage heap. The method may also include determining, with the computing device, a current density of the layer of crop material as the work vehicle traverses the layer of crop material. Furthermore, the method may include controlling, with the computing device, an operation of the work vehicle based on the monitored location and the determined current density such that the work vehicle compresses the layer of crop material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin M. Smith, John H. Posselius, Christopher A. Foster, Joshua David Harmon
  • Patent number: D905311
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: WHELEN ENGINEERING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Smith, David J. Sousa, Sean Brown, Tomasz J. Walczak