Patents by Inventor Markus Brune

Markus Brune 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: 20200363184
    Abstract: A detection arrangement for detecting a wear status of a chopping knife arrangement of a chopping device provided for processing a product flow, wherein the chopping device has a revolving chopping drum receiving the chopping knife arrangement and at least one shear bar which cooperates with the chopping knives, with a sensor arrangement which has a magnetic exciter arrangement and a flux conducting device magnetically coupled thereto. The sensor arrangement provides a pole arrangement which forms at least one magnetic pole with a pole surface for conducting magnetic flux, wherein at least a portion of the chopping knife passes the pole arrangement during a rotation of the chopping drum. A voltage induced when a chopping knife arrangement passes the sensor arrangement forms the measured magnetic value, which is used by the evaluation unit to determine the state of wear of the chopping knife arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph HEITMANN, Dennis NEITEMEIER, Markus BRUNE, Jochen HUSTER, Frédéric FISCHER, Bjoern STREMLAU
  • Publication number: 20200359563
    Abstract: A driver assistance system of an agricultural work machine constructed as forage harvester, wherein the agricultural work machine comprises a header for gathering crop, a chopping device having a chopping drum and chopping knives for comminuting the crop, and a monitoring device operable to generate a signal containing information about the wear status of the respective chopping knife and/or about the distance of the cutting edge of a chopping knife from a shear bar. This information is compared with a reference value, and the agricultural work machine has activation devices for activating and deactivating a knife grinding process and means for change of position of the shear bar. The monitoring device is integrated in the driver assistance system so that the driver assistance system automatically detects when a knife grinding process or a change of position of the shear bar must be activated or deactivated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph HEITMANN, Dennis NEITEMEIER, Markus BRUNE, Jochen HUSTER, Bjoern STREMLAU, Frédéric FISCHER
  • Patent number: 10620023
    Abstract: A method for determining a mass flow composed of bulk material, in particular grain, which is conveyed by means of a continuous, circulating conveyor, having planar conveyor elements, from a lower bulk material receiving area to a higher bulk material delivery area, in which the bulk material delivered by the conveyor is deflected by a guide surface disposed in the bulk material delivery area toward a measuring device, wherein the mass flow is determined by the measurement of a resulting force (F_G) exerted on a sensor surface of the measuring device, wherein at least two parameters having an effect on the force measurement, in particular parameters independent of bulk material properties, are compensated for. A control and regulating device for executing the method for determining a mass flow composed of bulk material is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Jonas Brandmeier, Gunnar Quincke, Martin Kubbeler, Sebastian Neu, Markus Brune
  • Publication number: 20190246561
    Abstract: A combine harvester has at least one header for cutting plants to be harvested with the aid of the combine harvester, a feeder for conveying the cut plants in the direction of a threshing mechanism, and a threshing mechanism, with the aid of which fruits can be removed from the cut plants in such a way that the fruits are then present separately from plant residue of the plants. The feeder comprises a revolvingly driveable conveying unit and a conveyor channel within which the cut plants can be conveyed with the conveying unit. The feeder interacts with a measuring unit in the form of a sensor unit that contactlessly detects material feed height of plants conveyed with the aid of the feeder in the conveyor channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: DENNIS NEITEMEIER, FRÉDÉRIC FISCHER, DANIEL SPRIGADE, MARKUS BRUNE, BORIS KETTELHOIT, ANDREAS ARNOLD, PHILIPP GROSSEGESSE
  • Publication number: 20190174680
    Abstract: A forage harvester comprising an edge sharpness detection device for detecting a degree of edge sharpness of a cutting mechanism is disclosed. The cutting mechanism comminutes a stream of harvested material, with a material inflow area being defined where the cutting blades interact with the shear bar to comminute the harvested material. The edge sharpness detection device excites one or more magnetic circuits, with the respective magnetic circuit being closed by the respective cutting blade during rotation of the cutter drum once one of the cutting blades passes the magnetic assembly (positioned outside of the material inflow area). The edge sharpness detection device detects the magnetic flux in the respective magnetic circuit and, based on a detected change, determines a degree of edge sharpness of the respective cutting blade. Further, the magnetic flux of the magnetic circuit may be guided lengthwise in the cutting blade at least along a longitudinal section of the respective cutting blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Dennis Neitemeier, Christoph Heitmann, Jochen Huster, Markus Brune, Boris Kettelhoit
  • Publication number: 20180087939
    Abstract: A method for determining a mass flow composed of bulk material, in particular grain, which is conveyed by means of a continuous, circulating conveyor, having planar conveyor elements, from a lower bulk material receiving area to a higher bulk material delivery area, in which the bulk material delivered by the conveyor is deflected by a guide surface disposed in the bulk material delivery area toward a measuring device, wherein the mass flow is determined by the measurement of a resulting force (F_G) exerted on a sensor surface of the measuring device, wherein at least two parameters having an effect on the force measurement, in particular parameters independent of bulk material properties, are compensated for. A control and regulating device for executing the method for determining a mass flow composed of bulk material is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: JONAS BRANDMEIER, Gunnar Quincke, Martin Kubbeler, Sebastian Neu, Markus Brune
  • Patent number: 9795082
    Abstract: An agricultural working machine embodying a combine harvester for processing crop includes an intake conveyor mechanism for picking up the crop, a moisture content sensor arrangement for measuring a moisture content of the picked-up crop and generating a crop moisture signal based on the measured moisture content. A throughput sensor arrangement, preferably a layer thickness sensor arrangement, determines a throughput quantity of the picked-up crop. The crop moisture content signal is corrected on a basis of the throughput quantity that is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Rene Middelberg, Markus Brune, Frank Claussen, Norbert Diekhans
  • Patent number: 9603302
    Abstract: An agricultural working machine has at least one working unit and a display device for displaying or adjusting parameters of the working machine the at least one working unit of both. The display device has a display unit with jointly depictable display elements for visualization of parameter-based values, the display elements preferably arranged concentrically in a form of circular-ring sections. The display device also includes at least one bar display that at least partially encircles the display elements radially on the outer side. Indicator element for displaying a defined value are disposed on the at least one bar display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Neu, Michael Losch, Stefan Teroerde, Klaus Schaefer, Bernd Holtmann, Joachim Baumgarten, Markus Brune, Waldemar Thiesmann
  • Publication number: 20150245560
    Abstract: An agricultural working machine embodying a combine harvester for processing crop includes an intake conveyor mechanism for picking up the crop, a moisture content sensor arrangement for measuring a moisture content of the picked-up crop and generating a crop moisture signal based on the measured moisture content. A throughput sensor arrangement, preferably a layer thickness sensor arrangement, determines a throughput quantity of the picked-up crop. The crop moisture content signal is corrected on a basis of the throughput quantity that is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Publication date: September 3, 2015
    Inventors: RENE MIDDELBERG, MARKUS BRUNE, FRANK CLAUSSEN, NORBERT DIEKHANS
  • Publication number: 20150088386
    Abstract: An agricultural working machine has at least one working unit and a display device for displaying or adjusting parameters of the working machine the at least one working unit of both. The display device has a display unit with jointly depictable display elements for visualization of parameter-based values, the display elements preferably arranged concentrically in a form of circular-ring sections. The display device also includes at least one bar display that at least partially encircles the display elements radially on the outer side. Indicator element for displaying a defined value are disposed on the at least one bar display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Sebastian Neu, Michael Losch, Stefan Teroerde, Klaus Schaefer, Bernd Holtmann, Joachim Baumgarten, Markus Brune, Waldemar Thiesmann
  • Patent number: 8814640
    Abstract: A harvesting system includes a self-propelled harvesting machine and a drivable collecting container equipped with a drive unit, which can be positioned relative to the harvesting machine and moved in parallel therewith. Crop is fed directly or indirectly to the collecting container during harvesting operation from the harvesting machine using a feed pipe equipped with an outlet chute. The collecting container is equipped with a device for loading it with crop in a uniform manner. The collecting container is moved in a constant position relative to the harvesting machine by way of a control device while the crop is being conveyed. The collecting container is preferably a filling device, by way of which uniform distribution of the crop in the collecting container (8) can be attained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Willi Behnke, Norbert Diekhans, Jochen Huster, Thilo Krause, Bastian Kriebel, Frank Claussen, Markus Brune
  • Patent number: 8676453
    Abstract: A method for controlling a crop separating process of a combine harvester with a separation device that transfers crop a cleaning device having at least one sieve with adjustable opening widths driven in an oscillating manner and a fan providing air flow upon the sieves to loosen the crop located thereon, assures that substantially three different loosening phases (F, S, W) occur during the loosening of the crop. The method determines current separation curves of the crop across a width of the cleaning device at points separated from each other in a conveyance direction (FR), evaluates the separation curves, detects the loosening phase (F, S, W) present in a conveyance direction (FR) by comparing the separation curves and initiates action depending on a detected loosening phase (F, S, W) that results in optimization of the loosening on at least one section of the cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Claas Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Willi Behnke, Markus Brune
  • Patent number: 8662972
    Abstract: A method for unloading crop stored in a grain tank of a self-propelled combine harvester into a drivable collecting container equipped with a drive unit includes positioning the collecting container relative to the combine harvester and moving the collecting container parallel thereto while the crop is fed to the collecting container directly or indirectly by way of a grain tank discharge pipe equipped with an outlet chute, simultaneously with the harvesting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Willi Behnke, Norbert Diekhans, Jochen Huster, Thilo Krause, Bastian Kriebel, Frank Claussen, Markus Brune
  • Publication number: 20130243562
    Abstract: A method for unloading crop stored in a grain tank of a self-propelled combine harvester into a drivable collecting container equipped with a drive unit includes positioning the collecting container relative to the combine harvester and moving the collecting container parallel thereto while the crop is fed to the collecting container directly or indirectly by way of a grain tank discharge pipe equipped with an outlet chute, simultaneously with the harvesting operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Willi Behnke, Norbert Diekhans, Jochen Huster, Thilo Krause, Bastian Kriebel, Frank Claussen, Markus Brune
  • Publication number: 20130029734
    Abstract: A method for controlling a crop separating process of a combine harvester with a separation device that transfers crop a cleaning device having at least one sieve with adjustable opening widths driven in an oscillating manner and a fan providing air flow upon the sieves to loosen the crop located thereon, assures that substantially three different loosening phases (F, S, W) occur during the loosening of the crop. The method determines current separation curves of the crop across a width of the cleaning device at points separated from each other in a conveyance direction (FR), evaluates the separation curves, detects the loosening phase (F, S, W) present in a conveyance direction (FR) by comparing the separation curves and initiates action depending on a detected loosening phase (F, S, W) that results in optimization of the loosening on at least one section of the cleaning device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Willi Behnke, Markus Brune
  • Publication number: 20120302299
    Abstract: A harvesting system includes a self-propelled harvesting machine and a drivable collecting container equipped with a drive unit, which can be positioned relative to the harvesting machine and moved in parallel therewith. Crop is fed directly or indirectly to the collecting container during harvesting operation from the harvesting machine using a feed pipe equipped with an outlet chute. The collecting container is equipped with a device for loading it with crop in a uniform manner. The collecting container is moved in a constant position relative to the harvesting machine by way of a control device while the crop is being conveyed. The collecting container is preferably a filling device, by way of which uniform distribution of the crop in the collecting container (8) can be attained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Willi Behnke, Norbert Diekhans, Jochen Huster, Thilo Krause, Bastian Kriebel, Frank Claussen, Markus Brune
  • Patent number: 7654141
    Abstract: In a method and a device for the detection of at least one structure-borne acoustic vibration in a component of an agricultural harvesting machine, a timer is used to determine a transit-time difference of a structure-borne acoustic vibration that is received by at least a first structure-borne sound sensor and at least a second structure-borne sound sensor and, based on the transit-time difference, a source of the structure-borne acoustic vibration is determined, thereby enabling the location of the pulses triggering the structure-borne acoustic vibration to be identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Willi Behnke, Markus Brune
  • Patent number: 7523599
    Abstract: In a method and a device adjust the sensitivity of a detection device for foreign objects in an agricultural harvesting machine by way of which interfering signals are eliminated despite different and constantly changing harvesting conditions, thereby enabling prevention of unnecessary quick stops of the working assemblies and interruption of the harvesting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Brune
  • Patent number: 7489130
    Abstract: A metal detection device for a working unit with at least one driven working element for conveying crop material has windings for generating electrical detection signals when metal objects are present in the region of the working unit, and the detection signals generated by the windings are detected in a time window, thereby enabling a more accurate identification of the metal object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Willi Behnke, Markus Brune
  • Publication number: 20080318648
    Abstract: A self-propelled harvesting machine has a cleaning device having sieves, a loss-measuring device for the sieves of the cleaning device, at least one sensor having a sensor surface and located at a back end of the cleaning device, and the sensor is located at an end of the cleaning device behind at least one of the sieves such that a crop material that fails on the sensor surface and is detected remains in the harvesting machine and is conveyed to a tailings device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Joachim Baumgarten, Markus Brune, Christian Zurhake