Patents by Inventor Kevin W. Ward

Kevin W. Ward 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: 20200066629
    Abstract: Advanced lithography techniques including sub-10 nm pitch patterning and structures resulting therefrom are described. Self-assembled devices and their methods of fabrication are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Richard E. SCHENKER, Robert L. BRISTOL, Kevin L. LIN, Florian GSTREIN, James M. BLACKWELL, Marie KRYSAK, Manish CHANDHOK, Paul A. NYHUS, Charles H. WALLACE, Curtis W. WARD, Swaminathan SIVAKUMAR, Elliot N. TAN
  • Patent number: 9961835
    Abstract: A combine unload control system having a grain tank for storing grain and at least one auger for unloading grain from the grain tank. The control system also includes a first auger cover proximate to the at least one auger, having one or more first auger cutouts disposed on a portion of the first auger cover and a second auger cover proximate to the at least one auger and having one or more second auger cutouts disposed on a portion of the second auger cover. The control system further includes a controller configured to control amounts of grain to pass through the one or more first auger cutouts and the one or more second auger cutouts and flow to the at least one auger by causing the first auger cover and the second auger cover to move relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Andrew V. Lauwers, Kevin W. Ward
  • Patent number: 9254773
    Abstract: The control of an apparatus within a grain holding device for feeding grain to an unloader conveyor operable for conveying the grain from the holding device, includes sensing a predetermined condition or conditions representative of capacity of the unloader conveyor for receiving grain, and adaptively controlling the apparatus for feeding grain to the unloader conveyor in advantageous varying manners responsive to the conditions, including to delay initiation of feeding until the receiving capacity is increased, and to match the grain feed to the capacity. The automatic control can be overridden, to allow user control of unloader speed, and can be configured to allow cleanout of the unloader conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Herbert M. Farley, Steven C. Young, Kevin W. Ward, Edmund N. Holt, II, Jeffrey D. Frego, Bruce E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9156624
    Abstract: An agricultural device for controlled unloading of grain including an unloader conveyor including an enclosed housing having an inlet end including an opening for receiving grain, and an opposite outlet end including a discharge opening through which the grain can be discharged. An unloader conveyor element extends through the housing between the ends and operable for conveying the grain through the housing from the inlet end and discharging the grain through the discharge opening. The unloader conveyor element includes a substantially vertical unloader conveyor segment connected to a substantially horizontal unloader conveyor segment. An unloader drive selectably operates a portion of the conveyor element associated with the substantially vertical unloader conveyor segment in a disengaged mode in response to a sensed cumulative loading condition of the substantially vertical unloader conveyor segment and the substantially horizontal unloader conveyor segment exceeding a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Herbert M. Farley, Kevin W. Ward
  • Patent number: 9137945
    Abstract: A method of controlling a conveyance rate of grain of an unloader system, including providing a grain holding device and an unloader in communication with the grain holding device, the unloader having an inlet for receiving grain from the grain holding device and an outlet for discharging grain. An apparatus within the grain holding device is operable for controllably feeding grain within the grain holding device to the unloader. The method includes monitoring a parameter associated with a power source of the apparatus, and comparing the parameter of the power source to a maximum predetermined threshold value. The method includes automatically controlling the conveyance rate of grain of the apparatus to the unloader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Herbert M. Farley, Karl R. Linde, Cooper W. Linde, Kevin W. Ward, James A. Hitch, Wayne T. Flickinger
  • Publication number: 20150156968
    Abstract: A combine unload control system having a grain tank for storing grain and at least one auger for unloading grain from the grain tank. The control system also includes a first auger cover proximate to the at least one auger, having one or more first auger cutouts disposed on a portion of the first auger cover and a second auger cover proximate to the at least one auger and having one or more second auger cutouts disposed on a portion of the second auger cover. The control system further includes a controller configured to control amounts of grain to pass through the one or more first auger cutouts and the one or more second auger cutouts and flow to the at least one auger by causing the first auger cover and the second auger cover to move relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Applicant: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Andrew V. Lauwers, Kevin W. Ward
  • Publication number: 20140169932
    Abstract: A method of controlling a conveyance rate of grain of an unloader system, including providing a grain holding device and an unloader in communication with the grain holding device, the unloader having an inlet for receiving grain from the grain holding device and an outlet for discharging grain. An apparatus within the grain holding device is operable for controllably feeding grain within the grain holding device to the unloader. The method includes monitoring a parameter associated with a power source of the apparatus, and comparing the parameter of the power source to a maximum predetermined threshold value. The method includes automatically controlling the conveyance rate of grain of the apparatus to the unloader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: CNH AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Herbert M. FARLEY, Karl R. LINDE, Cooper W. LINDE, Kevin W. WARD, James A. HITCH, Wayne T. FLICKINGER
  • Publication number: 20130089398
    Abstract: An agricultural device for controlled unloading of grain including an unloader conveyor including an enclosed housing having an inlet end including an opening for receiving grain, and an opposite outlet end including a discharge opening through which the grain can be discharged. An unloader conveyor element extends through the housing between the ends and operable for conveying the grain through the housing from the inlet end and discharging the grain through the discharge opening. The unloader conveyor element includes a substantially vertical unloader conveyor segment connected to a substantially horizontal unloader conveyor segment. An unloader drive selectably operates a portion of the conveyor element associated with the substantially vertical unloader conveyor segment in a disengaged mode in response to a sensed cumulative loading condition of the substantially vertical unloader conveyor segment and the substantially horizontal unloader conveyor segment exceeding a predetermined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Herbert M. Farley, Kevin W. Ward
  • Patent number: 8375826
    Abstract: A rotary element and a rotary element balancing system of a combine harvester. The rotary element includes a rotary member that rotates during operation and one or more blade mount assemblies. The rotary element also includes one or more auto-balance assemblies mounted to the rotary member to compensate for a mass offset on the rotary element due to the one or more blade mount assemblies being dislodged or broken. The one or more auto-balance assemblies include one or more tracks and one or more spheres located inside the one or more tracks and in contact with first and second bearing race edges. Loads are transferred from at least one of the first bearing race edge and the second bearing race edge, when the rotary member rotates, to the one or more spheres that self-align within the track to compensate for the mass offset on the rotary element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Herb M. Farley, Kevin W. Ward, Nathan E. Isaac
  • Patent number: 8006926
    Abstract: A knife bank assembly of a counter knife assembly of an integral chopper assembly of a combine harvester that includes an elongated bracket member that extends between opposed knife bank end plates and has a plurality of spaced retainment mounts securable therealong, with at least one, and preferably two, knife blades being removably connectable to each retainment mount in a side by side arrangement. The knife elements are removably connectable to the retainment mounts at first and second space mounting points, preferably in such a way that the knife elements are maintained in an extended position by application of a biasing force at the second mounting point but are rotatable about the first mounting point to a displaced or relaxed position if a sufficient force is applied to the leading edge of the knife element to overcome the biasing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Jason M. Benes, Andrew V. Lauwers, Nathan E. Isaac, Herbert M. Farley, Bradley J. Wagner, Jonathan E. Ricketts, Kevin W. Ward
  • Publication number: 20090290970
    Abstract: The control of an apparatus within a grain holding device for feeding grain to an unloader conveyor operable for conveying the grain from the holding device, includes sensing a predetermined condition or conditions representative of capacity of the unloader conveyor for receiving grain, and adaptively controlling the apparatus for feeding grain to the unloader conveyor in advantageous varying manners responsive to the conditions, including to delay initiation of feeding until the receiving capacity is increased, and to match the grain feed to the capacity. The automatic control can be overridden, to allow user control of unloader speed, and can be configured to allow cleanout of the unloader conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventors: Herbert M. Farley, Steven C. Young, Kevin W. Ward, Edmund N. Holt, II, Jeffrey D. Frego, Bruce E. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20080290198
    Abstract: An improved knife bank assembly of a counter knife assembly of an integral chopper assembly of a combine harvester that includes an elongated bracket member that extends between opposed knife bank end plates and has a plurality of spaced retainment mounts securable therealong, with at least one, and preferably two, knife blades being removably connectable to each retainment mount in a side-by-side arrangement. The bracket member is preferably mounted to a shaft member that extends between concave pan side plates to be slidable along such shaft member to permit adjustable positioning of the knife bank assembly and the knife elements thereof relative to the slots of the grate portion, and the retainment mounts are preferably removably securable to the bracket member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Jason M. Benes, Andrew V. Lauwers, Nathan E. Isaac, Herbert M. Farley, Bradley J. Wagner, Jonathan E. Ricketts, Kevin W. Ward
  • Patent number: 7401672
    Abstract: A radiator mounting system for a skid steer vehicle includes an air box with a front wall having an opening sized to receive engine fan blades, an oil cooler disposed in the air box, a radiator; and a radiator frame supporting the radiator that is hingeably coupled to the air box. The radiator has plastic tanks and an aluminum core and the frame extends around the periphery of the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Robert D. Kurtz, Jr., Braden G. Cammauf, Kevin W. Ward
  • Patent number: 7255189
    Abstract: A radiator mounting system for a skid steer vehicle includes an air box with a front wall having an opening sized to receive engine fan blades, an oil cooler disposed in the air box, a radiator; and a radiator frame supporting the radiator that is hingeably coupled to the air box. The radiator has plastic tanks and an aluminum core and the frame extends around the periphery of the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Robert D. Kurtz, Jr., Braden G. Cammauf, Kevin W. Ward
  • Patent number: 5895199
    Abstract: Apparatus for coupling a front end loader to a tractor comprising a longitudinally extending loader mounting frame for pivotally supporting a pair of loader boom arms. The frame comprises a pair of transversely spaced support arms, and a pair of forwardly extending members affixed to the support arms. A pair of front mounting pins extend from the tractor for coupling the forwardly extending members of the frame to the front of the tractor. A pair of rear mounting pins extending from the tractor, cooperate with a latch assembly for coupling each transversely spaced support arm to a corresponding mounting pin under conditions where the forwardly extending members are coupled to the tractor. The latch assembly includes a notch in each of the support arms for receiving a mounting pin and a latch plate for holding the pin in the notch under conditions where the pin is received by the notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: New Holland North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Oscar J. Baumert, III, Kevin W. Ward, Jay K. Horst, Richard L. Yohn
  • Patent number: 4721004
    Abstract: A rugged and yet simple transmission gear selector apparatus includes a gear shift lever assembly having a lower lever portion mounted on a frame for pivotal movement about a first axis, an upper lever portion mounted on the lower lever portion for pivotal movement about a second axis normal the first axis, and with the upper level portion extending upwardly through a guide slot having a forward position and a reverse operating position therealong at the opposite sides of a longitudinal plane. An inhibitor mechanism is provided for blocking direct movement of the lever assembly between the positions and requiring a circuitous movement of the upper lever portion under an increased resistance in order to prevent the inadvertent selection of reverse speed by the vehicle operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin W. Ward
  • Patent number: D440982
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: New Holland North America, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Knight, Donald J. Hager, Robert D. Kurtz, Jr., Kevin W. Ward