Patents by Inventor Scott C. Johnson

Scott C. Johnson 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: 20230323381
    Abstract: Methods for improving the efficiency and productivity of hybrid corn seed production are provided herein. Various methods to improve the transfer of pollen from male corn plants to female corn plants, and thus increase yield, are provided herein. Without being limiting, these methods include varying the height of male and female corn plants in a field, as well as varying the number, arrangement, and ratio of male-to-female rows in a field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2023
    Publication date: October 12, 2023
    Inventors: Paul Cannon, Edward J. Cargill, Charles T. Foresman, Michael A. Hall, Scott C. Johnson, John A. Miklos
  • Patent number: 11690312
    Abstract: A system includes a motor, a memory storing instructions and at least one controller configured to execute the instructions to cause the system to obtain at least one message over a network, the at least one message indicating a target position for a rotor of the motor and a target time associated with the target position, determine a position command and a speed command based on the target position and the target time, and control the motor based on the position command and the speed command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Scott C. Johnson, Douglas J. Olson
  • Patent number: 11689142
    Abstract: A control module comprises software instructions for execution by an electronic data processor. An inductance estimator is configured to estimate direct inductance and quadrature inductance associated with the electric machine based on a first set of equations that assume constant rotor resistance and constant magnetic flux. A torque estimator is configured to estimate an observed torque associated with a rotor of the electric machine based a commanded direct-axis voltage and a commanded quadrature-axis voltage, where the observed torque is proportional to the observed power consumption of the electric machine. A pulse-width-modulation (PWM) module is configured to provide pulse-width modulated signals to the electric machine based on the commanded direct-axis voltage and a commanded quadrature-axis voltage. A back-electromotive force adjustment is derived from an estimated, observed torque and a commanded torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Lauren M. White, Long Wu, Lav Thyagarajan, Danielle Li, Scott C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11632921
    Abstract: Methods for improving the efficiency and productivity of hybrid corn seed production are provided herein. Various methods to improve the transfer of pollen from male corn plants to female corn plants, and thus increase yield, are provided herein. Without being limiting, these methods include varying the height of male and female corn plants in a field, as well as varying the number, arrangement, and ratio of male-to-female rows in a field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Paul Cannon, Edward J. Cargill, Charles T. Foresman, Michael A. Hall, Scott C. Johnson, John A. Miklos
  • Patent number: 11602095
    Abstract: An agricultural machine includes a seeding system having a seed transport mechanism configured to transport a seed along a transport route, a seed sensor configured to sense presence of the seed at a first location along the transport route, and a motor configured to drive movement of the seed transport mechanism to transport the seed from the first location to a second location in which the seed is released from the seed transport mechanism. A processing system is configured to track a position of the seed along the transport route based on an indication of the sensed presence of the seed at the first location and detected movement of the seed transport mechanism, and generate a motor operating parameter based on the tracked position of the seed and a target parameter for releasing the seed. The motor of the seeding system is operated based on the motor operating parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Cary S. Hubner, Matt D. Bartelson, Erick D. Esping, Scott C. Johnson, Lauren M. White, Douglas J. Olson
  • Publication number: 20230034814
    Abstract: An agricultural machine includes a seeding system having a seed transport mechanism configured to transport a seed along a transport route, a seed sensor configured to sense presence of the seed at a first location along the transport route, and a motor configured to drive movement of the seed transport mechanism to transport the seed from the first location to a second location in which the seed is released from the seed transport mechanism. A processing system is configured to track a position of the seed along the transport route based on an indication of the sensed presence of the seed at the first location and detected movement of the seed transport mechanism, and generate a motor operating parameter based on the tracked position of the seed and a target parameter for releasing the seed. The motor of the seeding system is operated based on the motor operating parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2022
    Publication date: February 2, 2023
    Inventors: Cary S. HUBNER, Matt D. Bartelson, Erick D. Esping, Scott C. Johnson, Lauren M. White, Douglas J. Olson
  • Publication number: 20220376642
    Abstract: A control module comprises software instructions for execution by an electronic data processor. An inductance estimator is configured to estimate direct inductance and quadrature inductance associated with the electric machine based on a first set of equations that assume constant rotor resistance and constant magnetic flux. A torque estimator is configured to estimate an observed torque associated with a rotor of the electric machine based a commanded direct-axis voltage and a commanded quadrature-axis voltage, where the observed torque is proportional to the observed power consumption of the electric machine. A pulse-width-modulation (PWM) module is configured to provide pulse-width modulated signals to the electric machine based on the commanded direct-axis voltage and a commanded quadrature-axis voltage. A back-electromotive force adjustment is derived from an estimated, observed torque and a commanded torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2021
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Inventors: Lauren M. White, Long Wu, Lav Thyagarajan, Danielle Li, Scott C. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20220159919
    Abstract: Methods for improving the efficiency and productivity of hybrid corn seed production are provided herein. Various methods to improve the transfer of pollen from male corn plants to female corn plants, and thus increase yield, are provided herein. Without being limiting, these methods include varying the height of male and female corn plants in a field, as well as varying the number, arrangement, and ratio of male-to-female rows in a field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Publication date: May 26, 2022
    Applicant: MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Paul CANNON, Edward J. CARGILL, Charles T. FORESMAN, Michael A. HALL, Scott C. JOHNSON, John A. MIKLOS
  • Publication number: 20220039310
    Abstract: A first source of an electromagnetic signal is configured to illuminate or radiate the evaluation channel through which a series of particular seeds pass. For example, the electromagnetic signal comprises a pulse with at a primary reference phase and primary reference magnitude. A first receiver of the electromagnetic signal comprises a detector to determine or identify a first seed-related characteristic (e.g., first seed characteristic) based on an observed primary phase and an observed primary magnitude. For instance, a seed treatment device is configured to treat or spray discharged particular seed with a seed treatment based on the estimated characteristic, or to reject non-conforming seeds that do not meet seed specifications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: Scott C. Johnson, Michael L. Rhodes, Matt D. Bartelson
  • Publication number: 20210189469
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for the detection and quantification of nucleic acids are provided. In certain embodiments, methods involve the use of cleavable probes that comprise a ribonucleotide position that is susceptible to endoribonuclease (e.g., RNase H) cleavage in the presence of target nucleic acid molecules. Probes of the embodiments may also comprise non-natural nucleotide linked to a reporter and/or quenching moiety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Applicant: LUMINEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott C. JOHNSON, Nicolas ARAB, Doug WHITMAN
  • Publication number: 20210127558
    Abstract: An agricultural machine includes a seeding system having a seed transport mechanism configured to transport a seed along a transport route, a seed sensor configured to sense presence of the seed at a first location along the transport route, and a motor configured to drive movement of the seed transport mechanism to transport the seed from the first location to a second location in which the seed is released from the seed transport mechanism. A processing system is configured to track a position of the seed along the transport route based on an indication of the sensed presence of the seed at the first location and detected movement of the seed transport mechanism, and generate a motor operating parameter based on the tracked position of the seed and a target parameter for releasing the seed. The motor of the seeding system is operated based on the motor operating parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: Cary S. HUBNER, Matt D. BARTELSON, Erick D. ESPING, Scott C. JOHNSON, Lauren M. WHITE, Douglas J. OLSON
  • Publication number: 20210112703
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a system includes a motor, a memory storing instructions and at least one controller configured to execute the instructions to cause the system to obtain at least one message over a network, the at least one message indicating a target position for a rotor of the motor and a target time associated with the target position, determine a position command and a speed command based on the target position and the target time, and control the motor based on the position command and the speed command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Applicant: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Scott C. JOHNSON, Douglas J. OLSON
  • Patent number: 10975419
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for the detection and quantification of nucleic acids are provided. In certain embodiments, methods involve the use of cleavable probes that comprise a ribonucleotide position that is susceptible to endoribonuclease (e.g., RNase H) cleavage in the presence of target nucleic acid molecules. Probes of the embodiments may also comprise non-natural nucleotide linked to a reporter and/or quenching moiety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: LUMINEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott C. Johnson, Nicolas Arab, Doug Whitman
  • Publication number: 20210076582
    Abstract: Methods for improving the efficiency and productivity of hybrid corn seed production are provided herein. Various methods to improve the transfer of pollen from male corn plants to female corn plants, and thus increase yield, are provided herein. Without being limiting, these methods include varying the height of male and female corn plants in a field, as well as varying the number, arrangement, and ratio of male-to-female rows in a field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Paul CANNON, Edward J. CARGILL, Charles T. FORESMAN, Michael A. HALL, Scott C. JOHNSON, John A. MIKLOS
  • Publication number: 20210068937
    Abstract: Systems for delivering material through an open beak to a digestive tract of a bird and methods of using the same are described herein. Beak opening apparatus and methods of using the same are also described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Nathan A. Blum, Jeff Deming, Matthew H. Erickson, Scott C. Johnson, James Kleven, Greg R. Swenson
  • Patent number: 10941398
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for selecting nucleotide sequences that yield dsRNA-mediated gene suppression in a target organism and enable their uptake by the target organism. The invention further provides expression constructs that confer stabilized expression of such sequences in a transgenic host cell, and methods for their use. Also provided are organisms, cells and tissues prepared by a method of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Gregory R. Heck, Tichafa R. I. Munyikwa, Jean C. Goley, James K. Roberts, Scott C. Johnson, Ty T. Vaughn
  • Patent number: 10881057
    Abstract: Methods for improving the efficiency and productivity of hybrid corn seed production are provided herein. Various methods to improve the transfer of pollen from male corn plants to female corn plants, and thus increase yield, are provided herein. Without being limiting, these methods include varying the height of male and female corn plants in a field, as well as varying the number, arrangement, and ratio of male-to-female rows in a field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Paul Cannon, Edward J. Cargill, Charles T. Foresman, Michael A. Hall, Scott C. Johnson, John A. Miklos
  • Publication number: 20200362396
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for the detection and quantification of nucleic acids are provided. In certain embodiments, methods involve the use of cleavable probes that comprise a ribonucleotide position that is susceptible to endoribonuclease (e.g., RNase H) cleavage in the presence of target nucleic acid molecules. Probes of the embodiments may also comprise non-natural nucleotide linked to a reporter and/or quenching moiety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: LUMINEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott C. JOHNSON, Nicolas ARAB, Doug WHITMAN
  • Patent number: 10813735
    Abstract: Poultry injection apparatus with rotating capture members and methods of using the same are described herein. Each injection apparatus may include one or more rotating capture members and an injection unit configured to move an injection needle between an injection position and a retracted position relative to the one or more capture members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Nova-Tech Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Erickson, Scott C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10800262
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a method of controlling a three-phase alternating current (AC) voltage source includes determining an error between a direct current (DC) bus voltage command and a detected DC bus voltage, the detected DC bus voltage being a part of an outer feedback loop, obtaining one of a virtual conductance or virtual resistance, the one of the virtual conductance or the virtual resistance being a part of an inner feedback loop relative to the outer feedback loop, regulate an output DC bus voltage based on the error and the one of the virtual conductance or the virtual resistance and controlling the three-phase AC voltage source based on the regulation of the output DC bus voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Guozhen Zhou, Sumit Dutta, Long Wu, Danielle Li, Scott C. Johnson