Patents by Inventor RENE MIDDELBERG

RENE MIDDELBERG 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: 11002841
    Abstract: A method for the evaluation of signals of a rangefinder having at least one sensor point involves carrying out measurements cyclically, wherein the rangefinder emits a plurality of measurement points that indicate a distance from the sensor point. The rangefinder measures distances in a plurality of directions, and a horizontal angle is associated with each measurement point. The measurement points are differentiated into useful signals and interfering signals based on the distance. Measurement points with a distance below a first limiting value are identified as interfering signals, and measurement points above the first limiting value are identified as useful signals. Useful signals are associated with a first measurement area when they satisfy a predetermined condition for distance and horizontal angle. The quantity of useful signals in the first measurement area is determined, and a warning signal is emitted when the quantity of useful signals lies below a first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: René Middelberg, Sven Carsten Belau, Daniel Irmer, Sebastian Spiekermann
  • Publication number: 20210063547
    Abstract: A method for the evaluation of signals of a rangefinder having at least one sensor point involves carrying out measurements cyclically, wherein the rangefinder emits a plurality of measurement points that indicate a distance from the sensor point. The rangefinder measures distances in a plurality of directions, and a horizontal angle is associated with each measurement point. The measurement points are differentiated into useful signals and interfering signals based on the distance. Measurement points with a distance below a first limiting value are identified as interfering signals, and measurement points above the first limiting value are identified as useful signals. Useful signals are associated with a first measurement area when they satisfy a predetermined condition for distance and horizontal angle. The quantity of useful signals in the first measurement area is determined, and a warning signal is emitted when the quantity of useful signals lies below a first threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: René MIDDELBERG, Sven Carsten BELAU, Daniel IRMER, Sebastian SPIEKERMANN
  • Patent number: 10034427
    Abstract: A harvesting system or device formed with an agricultural harvesting machine having a crop transfer device that that swivels about a swivel angle (?) for transferring crop and allows for setting a setpoint swivel angle (? soll) for discharging the crop, and a hauling vehicle that receives the crop. The crop that is discharged from the agricultural harvesting machine impacts the hauling vehicle at an adjustable impact point. If the deflection of the transfer device deviates from the setpoint swivel angle (? soll), a return of the transfer device to the setpoint swivel angle (? soll) is regulated by changing the ground speed (VE) of the agricultural harvesting machine, the ground speed (VT) of the hauling vehicle or bother while maintaining a position of the impact point substantially unchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Thilo Krause, Rene Middelberg, Bastian Kriebel
  • 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: 9795081
    Abstract: A method for operating a combine harvester configured with a number of working assemblies driven by at least one belt drive, and a ground drive, wherein the at least one belt drive and the ground drive are driven by a main drive comprising an engine, monitors for and accommodates slip. The working assemblies are monitored by sensors with respect to an occurrence of slip in the at least one belt drive. Signals representing slip are transmitted to a control device. The control device is connected to an input/output. The signals representing the slip are evaluated by the control device and the result is weighted. Depending on the weighting of the result, at least one measure is initiated by the control device, which results in a reduction of the slip and the at least one initiated measure is signalled by the input/output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Rene Middelberg, Stefan Teroerde, Bastian Bormann, Thilo Krause
  • Publication number: 20170118915
    Abstract: An agricultural work machine is provided comprising a surroundings detection device for detecting a surroundings in sections, and one or more controllable working elements, wherein the surroundings detection device generates surroundings detection signals, which can be processed in a control and regulating device assigned to the agricultural work machine, wherein the surroundings detection device is designed as a scanner, which scans the surroundings in scanning planes, and wherein each scanning plane is assigned to the control of working elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Rene Middelberg, Thilo Krause
  • Patent number: 9332692
    Abstract: A device for coordinating a first vehicle with a transfer device and a second vehicle with a loading chamber that is filled by the transfer device includes a monitoring device for monitoring the transfer from the first vehicle to the second vehicle and a control unit. The control unit relies on the monitoring device to detect a position of an impact point of a load crop stream discharged from a transfer device of the first vehicle to the second vehicle and, in the event the detected position deviates from a target position, the control device sets the ground-speed differential to be different from zero until the detected position matches the target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Thilo Krause, Rene Middelberg
  • Publication number: 20160066506
    Abstract: A method for operating a combine harvester configured with a number of working assemblies driven by at least one belt drive, and a ground drive, wherein the at least one belt drive and the ground drive are driven by a main drive comprising an engine, monitors for and accommodates slip. The working assemblies are monitored by sensors with respect to an occurrence of slip in the at least one belt drive. Signals representing slip are transmitted to a control device. The control device is connected to an input/output. The signals representing the slip are evaluated by the control device and the result is weighted. Depending on the weighting of the result, at least one measure is initiated by the control device, which results in a reduction of the slip and the at least one initiated measure is signalled by the input/output unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventors: Rene Middelberg, Stefan Teroerde, Bastian Bormann, Thilo Krause
  • 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: 20150189832
    Abstract: A harvesting system or device formed with an agricultural harvesting machine having a crop transfer device that that swivels about a swivel angle (?) for transferring crop and allows for setting a setpoint swivel angle (?soil) for discharging the crop, and a hauling vehicle that receives the crop. The crop that is discharged from the agricultural harvesting machine impacts the hauling vehicle at an adjustable impact point. If the deflection of the transfer device deviates from the setpoint swivel angle (?soil), a return of the transfer device to the setpoint swivel angle (?soil) is regulated by changing the ground speed (VE) of the agricultural harvesting machine, the ground speed (VT) of the hauling vehicle or bother while maintaining a position of the impact point substantially unchanged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventors: Thilo Krause, Rene Middelberg, Bastian Kriebel
  • Publication number: 20150025754
    Abstract: A device for coordinating a first vehicle with a transfer device and a second vehicle with a loading chamber that is filled by the transfer device includes a monitoring device for monitoring the transfer from the first vehicle to the second vehicle and a control unit. The control unit relies on the monitoring device to detect a position of an impact point of a load crop stream discharged from a transfer device of the first vehicle to the second vehicle and, in the event the detected position deviates from a target position, the control device sets the ground-speed differential to be different from zero until the detected position matches the target position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: THILO KRAUSE, RENE MIDDELBERG