Patents by Inventor Steven C. Young

Steven C. Young 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: 11129331
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a steering control system useful for providing stable control during high-speed operation of harvesters, such as self-propelled windrowers. The steering control system utilizes sensors for detecting a ground drive wheel speed or a swash plate position of hydraulic pumps for determining an angle of curvature used as input for controlling a steering cylinder associated with a first caster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. Young, Gregory Fasick, Madhu Pankaj, Robert Fackler, Jeffrey Brown Fay, II
  • Patent number: 11026368
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a steering control system useful for providing stable control during high-speed operation of harvesters, such as self-propelled windrowers. The steering control system utilizes a sensor for detecting and regulating a position of a single steering cylinder associated with a first caster, a damper being free of sensing and providing passive damping to the second caster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Brown Fay, II, Mark Dean Layton, Steven C. Young, Gregory Fasick, Madhu Pankaj, Robert Fackler
  • Publication number: 20210059110
    Abstract: An agricultural planting machine includes a frame, a row unit supported by the frame, the row unit comprising a disk opener configured to create a furrow for planting agricultural material in a first row and a row cleaner disposed in a path of the disk opener and configured to move residue from the path. A residue shield is configured to shield a second row from the residue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: KEVIN J. GOERING, STEVEN C. YOUNG, MARK E. BARKER, ELIJAH B. GARNER, DENNIS W. BODE, SUSAN G. GRAY, CHRIS W. FOSTER
  • Publication number: 20200375092
    Abstract: A method of autonomously controlling the ground speed of a harvester, such as a self-propelled or towed wind rower, uses both the engine speed and the header speed as control parameters to increase or decrease the ground speed as necessary to maintain efficient harvester operation over varying terrain and crop conditions. A control system includes a controller which receives signals from sensors indicative of engine speed, header speed and harvester ground speed and uses actuators to control the header speed, engine speed and harvester ground speed. An operator interface permits an operator to engage or disengage the autonomous mode of control system operation, as well as to directly control the harvester.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Madhu Pankaj, Robert L. Fackler, Steven C. Young
  • Publication number: 20200214203
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a steering control system useful for providing stable control during high-speed operation of harvesters, such as self-propelled windrowers. The steering control system utilizes sensors for detecting a ground drive wheel speed or a swash plate position of hydraulic pumps for determining an angle of curvature used as input for controlling a steering cylinder associated with a first caster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. Young, Gregory Fasick, Madhu Pankaj, Robert Fackler, Jeffrey Brown Fay, II
  • Publication number: 20200163278
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a steering control system useful for providing stable control during high-speed operation of harvesters, such as self-propelled windrowers. The steering control system utilizes a sensor for detecting and regulating a position of a single steering cylinder associated with a first caster, a damper being free of sensing and providing passive damping to the second caster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Brown Fay, II, Mark Dean Layton, Steven C. Young, Gregory Fasick, Madhu Pankaj, Robert Fackler
  • Patent number: 9551418
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for reducing engine flywheel power reduction of an engine while protecting a drivetrain. The method includes monitoring transmission gear selection; determining reduction in flywheel power to protect the drivetrain; and monitoring engine power consumption by other engine power loads. When other engine power loads consume less power than the reduction in flywheel power to protect the drivetrain, the method includes reducing flywheel power by the power difference. When other engine power loads consume the same or more power than the reduction in flywheel power to protect the drivetrain, the method includes not reducing the flywheel power. Engine power can be consumed by both on-vehicle and off-vehicle power loads. Engine power can be consumed by an electric generator and/or a plurality of inverters, and their power consumption can be monitored. Information and commands can be communicated over a controller area network (CAN) bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven A. Duppong, Adam Faucher, Steven C. Young, Andrew K. Rekow, Colin A. MacDonald, Udo Scheff, Steve P. Robisky
  • Publication number: 20170009881
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for reducing engine flywheel power reduction of an engine while protecting a drivetrain. The method includes monitoring transmission gear selection; determining reduction in flywheel power to protect the drivetrain; and monitoring engine power consumption by other engine power loads. When other engine power loads consume less power than the reduction in flywheel power to protect the drivetrain, the method includes reducing flywheel power by the power difference. When other engine power loads consume the same or more power than the reduction in flywheel power to protect the drivetrain, the method includes not reducing the flywheel power. Engine power can be consumed by both on-vehicle and off-vehicle power loads. Engine power can be consumed by an electric generator and/or a plurality of inverters, and their power consumption can be monitored. Information and commands can be communicated over a controller area network (CAN) bus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: STEVEN A. DUPPONG, ADAM FAUCHER, STEVEN C. YOUNG, ANDREW K. REKOW, COLIN A. MACDONALD, UDO SCHEFF, STEVE P. ROBISKY
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7022012
    Abstract: A stone detection system of a harvester that automatically changes its sensitivity to signals from a stone sensor in response to the type of harvesting equipment connected to the harvester is provided. The stone detection system generally includes a stone sensor, a header sensor and a microprocessor. The stone sensor is configured to generate a signal indicative of the presence of a stone in the crop harvesting system. The header sensor is disposed on the crop harvesting system to sense the header type and to generate a signal indicating the header type. The microprocessor is coupled to the stone sensor and the header sensor to process the stone sensor signal based at least in part upon the header sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: David N. Heinsey, Michael J. Digman, Steven C. Young
  • Patent number: 6966180
    Abstract: A control arrangement for a hydraulic system is disclosed. The system comprises a variable displacement hydraulic pump (4), which is connected with a hydraulic drive motor (16) by a supply line (11) and a return line (12). The system also includes a pump controller (4a) which is adapted to vary the displacement of the pump (4). The control arrangement includes a first feedback element in the form of an oil temperature sensor (19), which provides the pump controller (4a) feedback of the evolution of the oil temperature. The pump controller (4a) is adapted in vary the displacement of the pump (4) in response to said feedback. A second feedback element is constituted by a pressure limiter valve (15c), which provides to the pump controller (4a) feedback of the pressure in at least a feedback portion (12a) of the return line (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Stephan P. G. Deneir, Steven C. Young
  • Publication number: 20040141849
    Abstract: A control arrangement for a hydraulic system is disclosed. The system comprises a variable displacement hydraulic pump (4), which is connected with a hydraulic drive motor (16) by a supply line (11) and a return line (12). The system also includes a pump controller (4a) which is adapted to vary the displacement of the pump (4). The control arrangement includes a first feedback element in the form of an oil temperature sensor (19), which provides the pump controller (4a) feedback of the evolution of the oil temperature. The pump controller (4a) is adapted to vary the displacement of the pump (4) in response to said feedback. A second feedback element is constituted by a pressure limiter valve (15c), which provides to the pump controller (4a) feedback of the pressure in at least a feedback portion (12a) of the return line (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventors: Stephan P. G. Deneir, Steven c Young
  • Patent number: 6568161
    Abstract: A user interface for a harvesting machine, such as a combine harvester, having a position adjustable header implement. Specifically, the user interface is operationally connected to a microcomputer that controls a position adjusting apparatus for positioning the position adjustable header implement. The user interface includes two rocker key switches for selecting between, and subsequently adjusting, two operational modes for the position adjusting apparatus, being a stubble height mode and a pressure compensation mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: New Holland North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Bert J. F. Paquet, Steven C. Young, Dries M. J. Depreitere
  • Publication number: 20030089093
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a user interface for a harvesting machine, such as a combine harvester that has a position adjustable header implement. Specifically, the user interface is operationally connected to a microcomputer that controls a position adjusting apparatus for positioning the position adjustable header implement. The user interface includes two rocker key switches for selecting between, and subsequently adjusting, two operational modes for the position adjusting apparatus, being a stubble height mode and a pressure compensation mode of operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2001
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Applicant: New Holland North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Bert J.F. Paquet, Steven C. Young, Dries M.J. Depreitere
  • Patent number: 6247295
    Abstract: The invention consists of an engine driving a wet clutch and hydrostatic pump and connected hydrostatic motor. The output of the motor drives the sun gear of a hydro-mechanical planetary drive and the output of the clutch drives the ring gear of the same drive. The carrier is the output and drives the rotors of an agricultural combine. The transmission is controlled by a microcomputer. The microcomputer receives signals from an engine speed sensor and a rotor speed sensor and transmits controlling signals to the hydrostatic pump's swash plate and to a clutch valve allowing a quantity of hydraulic fluid to enter the clutch. The microcomputer can also send a signal to brake the ring gear while reversing the direction of the hydrostatic pump motor to allow act as a reverser for the rotor. The microcomputer also can receive signals from the rotor speed sensor to open the clutch valve allowing a quantity of hydraulic fluid to enter and synchronize the clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: New Holland North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Hansen, Jeffery D. Frego, David J. Templeton, Steven C. Young
  • Patent number: 6125620
    Abstract: In an agricultural harvester a characteristic of crop material is monitored or measured as the crop material is conveyed through a feed tube by an auger. To obtain a more uniform packing density of the crop material in a sensing region where the measurement is made, a section of the auger flight is removed. An upstream section of flighting pushes the crop material into and through the sensing region and after it has been pushed through the sensing region it is conveyed away from the sensing region by a downstream section of flighting. The velocity of the crop material being pushed through the sensing region is not uniform across the radius of the feed tube and a layer of slowly moving crop material is formed adjacent the wall of the feed tube. A strap-like wiper element is provided in the sensor region to wipe or disperse the slowly moving layer of crop material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: New Holland North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Posselius, Walter V. Pype, Steven C. Young
  • Patent number: 5551526
    Abstract: A 4-wheel tractor having brakes on the rear wheels only and an FWD clutch for selectively drivingly coupling the front wheels to the rear wheels, is provided with a control circuit, operative during rear wheel braking, for controlling the clutch so that the front wheels are intermittently coupled to and uncoupled from the rear wheels. Brake pedals which individually control the rear wheel brakes, and a hand brake all control switches connected to a controller. An FWD switch is also connected to the controller. A ground speed sensor applies to the controller a signal representing the speed of the tractor. If the tractor speed is above 15 mph at the time both brake pedals are depressed, the controller selectively controls a solenoid so that the clutch is selectively engaged and disengaged in a first sequence if the FWD switch is ON but selectively controls the solenoid so that the clutch is selectively engaged and disengaged in a second sequence if the FWD switch is in an OFF or an AUTO position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Assignee: New Holland North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Young, Thomas L. Stiefvater, John H. Posselius, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5388455
    Abstract: An improved flowmeter system is described, together with circuitry, hardware, and techniques for its utilization for determining the rate of flow of fluids in conduits at a situs substantially remote from the information gathering and analysis situs. Arrangements are provided for utilization of the system in conduits, including deep water wells, having diameters as small as 2 inches, and wherein very low flowrates of liquid therein can be quite accurately measured to depths in the range of hundreds to thousands of feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Assignee: Tennessee Valley Authority
    Inventors: Jimmie W. Hamby, Hubert S. Pearson, William R. Waldrop, Donald E. Warren, Steven C. Young
  • Patent number: 5297425
    Abstract: An improved flowmeter system is described, together with circuitry, hardware, and techniques for its utilization for determining the rate of flow of fluids in conduits at a situs substantially remote from the information gathering and analysis situs. Arrangements are provided for utilization of the system in conduits, including deep water wells, having diameters as small as 2 inches, and wherein very low flowrates of liquid therein can be quite accurately measured to depths in the range of hundreds to thousands of feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Assignee: Tennessee Valley Authority
    Inventors: Jimmie W. Hamby, Hubert S. Pearson, William R. Waldrop, Donald E. Warren, Steven C. Young