Patents by Inventor Richard K. Horst

Richard K. Horst 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: 5228279
    Abstract: A fruit harvesting apparatus is provided which includes a vehicle, a mechanism for moving the vehicle along the ground; a tray, coupled to the vehicle, for receiving picked fruit; a pivotable hopper, mounted to the vehicle, for temporarily storing the picked fruit; and a transfer system for transferring the picked fruit from the tray to the hopper. The apparatus further includes an elevator for selectively elevating the device and/or a titling device for selectively tilting the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Assignee: Kathleen McKenna
    Inventors: Frank J. McKenna, Jr., Richard K. Horst, James F. Horst, Charles S. Wright, John D. Matthews
  • Patent number: 5187928
    Abstract: A harvesting apparatus and method includes a vehicle designed for operation along aisles between rows of low density young citrus trees for collecting, storing and transporting citrus fruit harvested by multiple workers moving along in front of the vehicle. The apparatus and method is more efficient and cost effective for harvesting citrus fruit from low density young citrus trees and eliminates pallet tubs and the vehicle boom required to empty and replace the tubs as used in the "conventional harvesting method". The machine and method includes a large semi-circular tray preferably mounted at a level about two feet above the ground on the front of a self-propelled vehicle carrying a hopper. The tray is selectively removable to allow a tray of different size to be mounted on the vehicle to meet the harvesting conditions involved at given citrus groves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Assignee: Kathleen McKenna
    Inventors: Frank J. McKenna, Richard K. Horst, James F. Horst, Charles S. Wright, John D. Matthews
  • Patent number: 5125223
    Abstract: A harvesting apparatus and method includes a vehicle designed for operation along aisles between rows of low density young citrus trees for collecting, storing and transporting citrus fruit harvested by multiple workers moving along in front of the vehicle. The apparatus and method is more efficient and cost effective for harvesting citrus fruit from low density young citrus trees and eliminates pallet tubs and the vehicle boom required to empty and replace the tubs as used in the "conventional harvesting method". The machine and method includes a large semi-circular tray preferably mounted at a level about two feet above the ground on the front of a self-propelled vehicle carrying a hopper. The tray is selectively removable to allow a tray of different size to be mounted on the vehicle to meet the harvesting conditions involved at given citrus groves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Assignee: Harvesting Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Frank J. McKenna, Richard K. Horst, James F. Horst, Charles S. Wright, John D. Matthews
  • Patent number: 5007772
    Abstract: A machine for harvesting fruit including a supporting vehicle (30, 31) having a hopper 40 on one end (31) and a three-section extensible boom (80a, 80b, 80c) rotatably mounted on the other end (30) and having a bucket (96) on the outer end of the boom, and extensible conduits (82a, 82b, 82c) enclosed within the boom for conducting fruit to and through an extended conduit system (99, 75b) and into the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventors: Frank J. McKenna, Richard K. Horst, James F. Horst, Rodney L. Arney
  • Patent number: RE35150
    Abstract: A fruit harvesting apparatus is provided which includes a vehicle, a mechanism for moving the vehicle along the ground; a tray, coupled to the vehicle, for receiving picked fruit; a pivotable hopper, mounted to the vehicle, for temporarily storing the picked fruit; and a transfer system for transferring the picked fruit from the tray to the hopper. The apparatus further includes an elevator for selectively elevating the device and/or a titling device for selectively tilting the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Assignee: McKenna: Kathleen
    Inventors: Frank J. McKenna, Jr., Richard K. Horst, James F. Horst, Charles S. Wright, John D. Matthews