With Material Depositing Or Discharging Patents (Class 100/7)
  • Patent number: 11034115
    Abstract: An extension for connection to a vehicle can include a first side, a second side, a ceiling, and a bottom, the first side opposing the second side and the ceiling opposing the bottom, each of the first side and second side connected to the ceiling and the bottom; a partition arranged between the first side and the second side; and a baler, wherein the ceiling, the first side, the bottom, and the partition define a storage compartment, wherein the ceiling, the second side, the bottom, and the partition define a baler compartment, and wherein the baler is arranged within the baler compartment, the baler comprising a compression system and a baling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Pratt Corrugated Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Altobelli, Myles Cohen
  • Patent number: 10934128
    Abstract: An automated coiling system for post-tension tendons, comprising a frame, a tendon feed device adapted to introduce a tendon of widely varying length into a coiler assembly, a coiler assembly adapted to grip and coil the tendon within a fixed volume having a predefined diameter; a plurality of wire tying devices adapted to securely tie a wire around the tendon bundle of widely varying diameter in a plurality of predetermined positions and cut the wire after tying; and a tendon ejector device adapted to urge a tied tendon bundle from the coiler assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Suncoast Post Tension, Ltd.
    Inventor: William B. Manson
  • Patent number: 10703519
    Abstract: A wrapping machine for wrapping material around a load includes a wrapping unit to wrap a portion of the material around the load and a supplying unit to supply the material portion to the wrapping unit. The wrapping unit includes wrapping device to unwind the material portion from the supplying unit and wrap it around the load. The wrapping unit includes a supporting ring, rotating around a wrapping axis and provided with a plurality of wrapping rollers, and an unwinding arm having a first end rotatably fixed to the support ring and a second end supporting at least one unwinding roller to abut and guide the portion of material towards the load during wrapping. The unwinding arm is movable to move the unwinding roller to/from the load during wrapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: AETNA GROUP S.P.A., ROBOPAC S.P.A.
    Inventor: Mauro Ceré
  • Patent number: 10544015
    Abstract: Described is a device for lifting an elongated object from a deck of a vessel subject to movements in a heave direction. The device comprises rigid supports provided on the deck of the vessel for supporting the object at a first height relative to the deck, and retractable supports provided on the deck of the vessel for supporting the object at a second height relative to the deck, which second height is larger than the first height. A lifting crane is configured to take up the object from the retractable supports at the second height. An actuator system is configured to lower the retractable supports in the heave direction to a third height relative to the deck at the instant in time the object is lifted from the retractable supports, the third height being smaller than the second height. A method using the device is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: GeoSea N.V.
    Inventors: Jeroen Van Loon, Dieter Wim Jan Rabaut
  • Patent number: 10436913
    Abstract: A bale information system includes a baling machine configured to process a material into a bale, the baling machine including a sensor configured to measure a release of the bale from the baling machine, a global positioning system receiver in operable communication with the baling machine, and a data storage system operable to receive and store data from the global positioning system receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: DEERE & COMPANY, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Eric R. Lang, Walter M. Schlesser, Jeffrey Askey
  • Patent number: 10421572
    Abstract: A packaging system for the selection, grouping and loading of varying size and/or configuration product packs into cartons as provided. The packaging system includes a selection area having a primary selector for forming an initial product pack configuration, and a secondary selector adapted to select and direct an additional grouping of products into a nested arrangement against the initial product pack so as to form a nested product pack. The nested product packs thereafter can be engaged by loader arms of a pair of opposed loading assemblies, which move the nested product packs into a series of cartons moving through the packaging machine. Thereafter, the ends of the cartons can be closed and sealed to complete the packaging of the product packs therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Frank N. Moncrief, David F. Warner, Colin Ford
  • Patent number: 10287043
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided in relation to a wrapping machine for wrapping packages, and more particularly, to a film-breaking apparatus for use with a wrapping machine having a dispenser carriage movable along a wrapping axis for wrapping a film around a package. The film-breaking apparatus includes a trigger arm coupled to the dispenser carriage; a puncturing arm including a puncturing member, the puncturing arm pivotably connected to the trigger arm such that the trigger arm is free to rotate relative to the puncturing arm in a first rotational direction, and rotationally coupled to the puncturing arm in a second rotational direction. The puncturing arm is configured to puncture the film being dispensed by the dispenser carriage with the puncturing member when rotated by the trigger arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: 1137508 ON LTD.
    Inventors: Laurie Robert Mackie, Defu Lou
  • Patent number: 10034433
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for controlling the orientation of a bale discharged from an agricultural round baler according to the position of the discharge gate. When the bale reaches the desired orientation inside the bale forming chamber, such as when a segment or the cut end of the bale wrap is within a desired angular position, an electro-hydraulic control valve is activated, manually or automatically, to actuate the gate cylinders to open the gate, thereby stopping bale rotation and discharging the bale in the desired orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Timothy J. Kraus
  • Patent number: 9928678
    Abstract: An input module and a corresponding method involve feeding value documents to at least one value-document processing apparatus having a removal device for removing value documents from a first container located in a removal position and feeding the removed value documents to the value-document processing apparatus, an output device for receiving at least one container in an output position in which the container can be removed, and a conveying device for conveying the container within the input module. The input module and system have a simple and compact construction, and employ a simple procedure for feeding value documents to a value-document processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Dopfer, Wolfgang Königer, Evelyn Guldner, Erwin Demmeler
  • Patent number: 9204596
    Abstract: A plunger press produces compressed bales of forage, straw, biomass or fibrous mass for agricultural and/or industrial use. The press includes a bale case, a reciprocating plunger structure, at least one material feeding duct laterally leading into a material charge feeding section of the bale case, and at least one plunger structure drive mechanism. The plunger structure compresses respective material charges fed from the feeding duct into the bale case. The plunger structure is subdivided perpendicularly to a reciprocation direction of the plunger structure in the bale case into at least two structurally separated compression surfaces. Each of the compression surfaces is smaller than a cross-section area of the bale case. The compression surfaces are driven substantially parallelly in the reciprocation direction and with a time shift in relation to each other to alternatingly compress material on partial surfaces of the cross-section area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: KUHN-GELDROP B.V.
    Inventors: Marijn Van De Laarschot, Matthijs Johannes Wondergem
  • Patent number: 9142077
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a sheet processing apparatus includes a feeding unit including a support surface inclined with respect to a vertical direction and a stacking surface substantially perpendicular to the support surface, a plurality of paper sheets being stacked on the stacking surface in such a manner that the paper sheets are inclined along the support surface, a pick up mechanism configured to pick up the paper sheets from a side of the stacking surface of the feeding unit, a conveying path configured to convey the picked up paper sheets, an inspection device configured to inspect the conveyed paper sheet, and an accumulation unit configured to accumulate the inspected paper sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sakoguchi, Kazuhiro Mukai, Hisashi Oosawa
  • Patent number: 9120586
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for stacking and binding flattened cardboard or cellulose material into a bale is disclosed. The apparatus disclosed is anticipated for use in recycling paper and cardboard. The apparatus uses a post or a sleeve with a piercing element for perforating the cardboard sheets and holding them in a stack as they accumulate. Cord is routed through the stack of papers, cardboard, or other cellulose materials fastens the stack by with the help of anchoring elements attached to the ends of the cord. The apparatus uses a ram for facilitating the process of forcing the pieces down the post or the sleeve. Additionally, the apparatus is mounted on a stand adapted to match with the type of materials being baled and the stand can be mounted on a surface such as a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Raymond Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9032870
    Abstract: A banknote stacking and sorting module comprises a banknote clamping and conveying sub-module, which comprises a clamping mechanism and a vertical reciprocating mechanism thereof. Clamping mechanism comprises bearing plate, support, cam, clamping rod and clamping spring. Cam is rotatably mounted on support. Clamping rod comprises clamping end, transmission end and hinged part between clamping end and transmission end. Hinged part of clamping rod is hinged on support. Cam engages with transmission end of clamping rod and can drive clamping rod in rotation around second rotary shaft between released position and clamped position. One end of clamping spring is fixed on support and the other end is connected to clamping end of clamping rod so as to provide to clamping rod an elastic force for clamping banknotes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei Zhang, Ting Zhang, Wenqing Wu
  • Patent number: 8991308
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a baler ejection system that may be used with an agricultural harvester, such as a round baler, waste baler, combine, or cotton harvester. More particularly, the bale ejection system uses the motion of two pairs of parallel arms that extend transversely from the sidewalls of a bale chamber at two sets of distinct pivot points. When activated by the operator of the bale ejection system, the two pairs of parallel arms raise simultaneously to expose an outlet through which the bale may be ejected. The bale ejection system is designed to allow a larger outlet for the bale evacuation as compared to existing bale ejection systems that employ circular motion to expose the bale outlet. A formed bale may become ejected by one or more conveyer belts that exert a rearward force on the bale within the bale chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin J. Roberge, Chance Peutert, Evan Brinkman
  • Patent number: 8978549
    Abstract: A bale turning apparatus for attachment to a baler to generally align the cylindrical of the bales in each row as the bales are released from the baler. Using the disclosed invention, the bales are essentially turned ninety degrees from the orientation of bales from the position that they are typically released from a round baler. By accomplishing this general alignment of the cylindrical axis of each bale in each row, when baling corn stover or other row crops, the bale loading operation can later be done more efficiently by driving down the rows in the same direction as the combine and baler have traveled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Forage Innovations B.V.
    Inventors: Kent L. Thompson, Darin L. Dux, Justin D. Olmstead
  • Patent number: 8925450
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a stuffer system for a baler, the stuffer system comprising: a pre-compression chamber used to transport crop material to a plunger; and plural stuffer arms having coupled to the plural stuffer arms a retractable fork, each of the plural stuffer arms pivotable about an axis and driven in a clockwise and counterclockwise shared path by a first motive apparatus, the fork driven by a second motive apparatus, the fork and stuffer arm independently controlled, wherein the first and second motive apparatuses cause the plural stuffer arms and the fork, upon engagement, to advance plural crop material charges along the pre-compression chamber before delivering the plural charges to the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Michael J. Dresher
  • Patent number: 8915182
    Abstract: A control system is provided to select the number of dogs automatically in dependence of the position of the last completed bale in the bale case as indicated by the output of a sensor responsive to movement of the bales in the bale case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Jan Van Groenigen
  • Patent number: 8904926
    Abstract: A hay press configured to generally (i) receive hay bales; (ii) cut the twine holding the hay bales together; (iii) move, by weight, a pre-established amount of hay into a compression chamber; (iv) compress the pre-established amount of hay into a package of pre-established size; and (v) eject and wrap the compressed package of hay for shipping. The hay press includes a (i) loading table and destacker; (ii) twine slicer; (iii) loading compartment; (iv) loading hydraulic press and platen; (v) infeed forks; (vi) compression chamber; (vii) scale; (viii) compression chamber door; (ix) hydraulic compression ram and platen; (x) hydraulic ejection press and platen; and (xi) ejection chute. An optional conveyor system may operate in conjunction with the hay press to transport loose hay having fallen during operation of the hay press to a loose hay loading chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Harker
  • Patent number: 8875625
    Abstract: An improved baler designed in such a way as to allow for the continuous compression of foraged material and the ability to tie off rectangular bales without stopping a continuous compression mechanism within the baler. The baler includes a semi cylinder that moves up and down to compress the foraged material in the compression area while at the same time more material is added by a feeding apparatus above and below the semi cylinder during the down and up motions of the cylinder. The baler also includes a separate area for storing uncompressed material while other material is being compressed and tied off. A computer is included to monitor and control the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Charles Siebenga
  • Patent number: 8826816
    Abstract: Upon detecting a blockage in the intake duct of a square baler, the path of the tines is temporarily modified from the normal path to a path whereby only a fraction of the crop material accumulated in the intake duct is loaded into the baling chamber. Subsequently the path of the tines is restored to the normal path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Stijn Vergote
  • Publication number: 20140238251
    Abstract: A banknote stacking and sorting module comprises a banknote clamping and conveying sub-module, which comprises a clamping mechanism and a vertical reciprocating mechanism thereof. Clamping mechanism comprises bearing plate, support, cam, clamping rod and clamping spring. Cam is rotatably mounted on support. Clamping rod comprises clamping end, transmission end and hinged part between clamping end and transmission end. Hinged part of clamping rod is hinged on support. Cam engages with transmission end of clamping rod and can drive clamping rod in rotation around second rotary shaft between released position and clamped position. One end of clamping spring is fixed on support and the other end is connected to clamping end of clamping rod so as to provide to clamping rod an elastic force for clamping banknotes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei Zhang, Ting Zhang, Wenqing Wu
  • Patent number: 8813642
    Abstract: An agricultural ram press has a bale chamber, a baling ram moveable in an oscillating manner in the bale chamber, a feed channel, a feed rake arranged in the feed channel and switchable between a gathering stroke motion which compresses crop in the feed channel and a filling stroke motion which moves the crop from the feed channel into the bale channel, and a drive for driving the feed rake and having a control rod interacting with an adjustable stop to control at least one of the motions of the feed rake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Usines Claas France S.A.S.
    Inventors: Cyrille Arnould, Ulrich Hesselmann, Marc Altmeyer
  • Publication number: 20140202342
    Abstract: An agricultural baler having an hydraulic actuator and accumulator being interconnected such that the upward force of the hydraulic actuator on a bale chute in a first position of the bale chute is smaller than the downward force generated by the combined weight of the bale chute and a completed bale on the bale chute but in a second position of the bale chute is larger than the downward force generated by the weight of the bale chute to cause a completed bale to slide under the action of gravity along the bale chute and to fall onto the field from a trailing end of the bale chute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: CNH America LLC
    Inventor: Dirk A.R. Vandamme
  • Patent number: 8776679
    Abstract: A bale ejection sequence for ejecting a bale from a baler is initiated from an operator command based upon monitored bale ejection factors. A controller implements a timing sequence that is based on a calibration of a cycle timing of a tailgate of the baler. The timing sequence relates to movement of the tractor, a position of the tailgate, and a hydraulic flow rate of fluid to a hydraulic system connected to the tailgate to move the tailgate between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: James W. Henry, Christopher A. Foster, Riccardo Morselli, Kevin M. Smith, Mark Wileniec
  • Patent number: 8746135
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an accumulating and strapping apparatus includes a first accumulation device configured to accumulate paper sheets, a second accumulation device, a strapping device configured to strap a bundle of the accumulated paper sheets by a tape, a base carrier provided movably up and down among a first position, a second position, and a third position, and a sheet carrier movable on the base carrier. The sheet carrier is configured to receive the accumulated paper sheets from the first accumulation device at the first position of the base carrier, move from a standby position to an advanced position at the third position of the base carrier to transfer the accumulated paper sheets to the strapping device, and move from the standby position to the advanced position at the second position of the base carrier to receive the accumulated paper sheets from the second accumulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sakoguchi, Kazuhiro Mukai, Takahito Shinfuku
  • Patent number: 8746137
    Abstract: System information and parameters relating to a baler and equipment connected thereto are used to calibrate the speed of a tailgate of the baler. Calibration involves setting the time it takes to raise and lower the tailgate. The calibration timing is used to control the speed of the tailgate for faster and safer bale ejections to ensure the ejection configuration values are tuned to the dynamics of the baler tailgate and hydraulic power of the tractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: James W. Henry, Riccardo Morselli, Kevin M. Smith, Mark Wileniec
  • Patent number: 8720329
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing dust and dirt before baling uses a baler having a baling chamber, a pickup for picking up material to be baled from the ground and an inlet section between the pickup and the baling chamber. The inlet section has a perforated member at the bottom thereof, the perforated member forming a part of an air chamber. A blower attached to the air chamber is used for pulling air from the inlet section, through the perforated member and from the air chamber whereby dirt will be extracted from the inlet section before such dirt enters the baling chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Gary L. Kelderman
  • Patent number: 8689683
    Abstract: A door opening assembly of a bale press including a first arm member having a first end and a second end hingedly coupled at the first end to a first door. The door opening assembly also includes a second arm member having a first end and a second end hingedly coupled at the first end to a second door. An actuator is coupled to the second end of the first arm member and the second end of the second arm member to cause the first arm member to displace the first door and the second arm member to hold the second door from being displaced. A further feature includes a door closing system involve a guide member and a guide receptacle for moving a latch gate to close the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: H.W.J. Designs for Agribusiness, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley P. Actis
  • Patent number: 8522677
    Abstract: A square baler comprises a bale chute for lowering completed bales onto the ground, wherein the bale chute has a leading end connected to the rear end of the baler for pivoting movement between a raised transport position and a lowered operating position about an axis transverse to the direction of travel of the baler, and a suspension is provided. The suspension is connected to the baler by way of a lever mechanism that is movable between a first position in which the bale chute is supported in the operating position and a second position in which the bale chute is inclined sufficiently to the horizontal to cause a bale resting on any part of the bale chute to slide under the action of gravity along the bale chute and to fall onto the ground from the trailing end of the bale chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: CNH America, LLC
    Inventors: Eddy Lammerant, Marnix J. Schoonheere, Johan A. E. Vande Ryse
  • Patent number: 8522678
    Abstract: A strapping machine having a movable working assembly includes comprises a machine body, a chute, and a movable working assembly. This machine body contains a storing space. The chute has an upper chute portion and a lower chute portion. The movable working assembly which is in the storing space includes a horizontal movable portion, a vertical movable portion, a working device, and an operation linkage mechanism. When the vertical movable portion moves to the move-down position, the lower chute portion is separated from the upper chute portion. Then, the movable working assembly can be moved out for easy maintenance. So, it is quick and easy to repair any internal device or part inside the strapping machine. The repairer does not need to stoop or squat down for repairing it. In addition, it saves strength and time to move out the working device or related part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignees: Tekpak Corporation, Transpak Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Chin-Chang Liu, Chi-Jan Su
  • Patent number: 8516954
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for inserting a tag into a bale of agricultural material is disclosed. The tag is inserted into the bale material, during bale production, such that the tag is within the bale material, but within reading distance of an outer surface of the final bale. In square bales, the tag is placed in either the first or last slice of the bale. In round bales, the tag is place in the outer circumferential layer of the bale as it is formed. The tag may be gravity fed or forcibly fed into the stream of crop material as it passes from the baling apparatus pick-up to the baling chamber. A system for identifying and tracking an individual bale is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: CNH America, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin M. Smith, Christopher A. Foster
  • Patent number: 8485092
    Abstract: A door opening assembly of a bale press including a first arm member having a first end and a second end hingedly coupled at the first end to a first door. The door opening assembly also includes a second arm member having a first end and a second end hingedly coupled at the first end to a second door. An actuator is coupled to the second end of the first arm member and the second end of the second arm member to cause the first arm member to displace the first door and the second arm member to hold the second door from being displaced. A further feature includes a door closing system involve a guide member and a guide receptacle for moving a latch gate to close the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: H.W.J. Designs for Agribusiness, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley P. Actis
  • Patent number: 8413574
    Abstract: A strapping machine that includes a strap chute defining an arch through which loads are conveyed, the arch having an entrance and an exit, infeed and outfeed conveyors positioned at the arch entrance and exit, respectively, the conveyors defining a work surface, and a strapping head disposed at about the arch for conveying the strap around the loads, tensioning the strap, and securing the strap. The machine further includes a sensor disposed above the work surface and a controller. During operation in a back-to-back mode, the infeed and outfeed conveyors are actuated to move a first, strapped load, and a second, to be strapped load, through the arch, wherein the outfeed conveyor is driven at a faster speed than the infeed conveyor to create a gap between the first and second loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Torsten Oehm, Kevin A. Bruzzesi
  • Publication number: 20130074709
    Abstract: A bale turning apparatus for attachment to a baler to generally align the cylindrical of the bales in each row as the bales are released from the baler. Using the disclosed invention, the bales are essentially turned ninety degrees from the orientation of bales from the position that they are typically released from a round baler. By accomplishing this general alignment of the cylindrical axis of each bale in each row, when baling corn stover or other row crops, the bale loading operation can later be done more efficiently by driving down the rows in the same direction as the combine and baler have traveled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: FORAGE INNOVATIONS B.V.
    Inventor: Forage Innovations B.V.
  • Publication number: 20130047867
    Abstract: In a plunger press (P) for producing compressed bales, the plunger press (P) comprising a bale case (1) accommodating a linearly reciprocating plunger structure (11), a material feeding duct (9) laterally leading into the bale case (1), and a plunger structure crank mechanism (14) driven by a drive source, the plunger structure (11) compressing a respective material charges (23) fed into the bale case (1) against a material strand (4) of at least one already compressed material charge, and linearly stepwise shifting the compressed material strand (4) in the bale case by overcoming a back pressure of the material strand, the plunger structure (11) having at least two structurally separated compression surfaces (A1, A2) each being smaller than a cross-section area (A) of the bale case (1), the compression surfaces (A1, A2) being parallelly driven in the linear reciprocation direction and relative to each other with a time shift (T).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: KUHN-GELDROP B.V.
    Inventors: Marijn Van De Laarschot, Matthijs Johannes Wondergem
  • Publication number: 20120318152
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for compacting material into a bale and wrapping the bale with a wrapping material is set forth. The method comprises steps of supplying a material to be baled to a baling chamber of a combined baler and bale wrapping apparatus, and forming a bale of the material in the baling chamber, opening a cover of the baling chamber, securing the bale by a securing-mechanism operatively assigned to the baling chamber in the baling chamber, applying a wrapping material supplied from a dispenser to the secured bale, thereby providing one or more securing layers of the wrapping material encircling the bale, and releasing the bale from securing by the securing-mechanism, and wrapping the bale with the wrapping material by supplying further wrapping material from the dispenser to the bale, and expelling the wrapped bale from the baling chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Asbjorn NES
  • Patent number: 8312808
    Abstract: An apparatus for bundling bars comprises an accumulator rotatable about a horizontal axis. The accumulator has a plurality of notches spaced angularly around its axis. A drive rotates the accumulator about its axis to sequentially locate the notches at a first station at which long bars are received in the notches and accumulated into batches; a second station at which the batches are tied into bundles; and a third station at which the bundles are delivered from the notches to a bundle collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: T. Michael Shore, S. Mark Shore, Xiancheng Lu
  • Publication number: 20120247347
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention contemplates a strapping station that integrates with a machine for wrapping and clamping a strap around a load, particularly a palletized load. The strapping station includes a transfer conveyor and a compression conveyor that is supported to be lowered onto the upper surface of a load to apply pressure to or compress the load during the strapping operation. The compression conveyor is maintained in that position, continuously applying pressure to the load, even as the load is moved for the application of straps at different locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: SYSTEC CONVEYORS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Harris, Sean Finley, Richad D. Harris
  • Publication number: 20120240794
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an accumulating and strapping apparatus includes a first accumulation device configured to accumulate paper sheets, a second accumulation device, a strapping device configured to strap a bundle of the accumulated paper sheets by a tape, a base carrier provided movably up and down among a first position, a second position, and a third position, and a sheet carrier movable on the base carrier. The sheet carrier is configured to receive the accumulated paper sheets from the first accumulation device at the first position of the base carrier, move from a standby position to an advanced position at the third position of the base carrier to transfer the accumulated paper sheets to the strapping device, and move from the standby position to the advanced position at the second position of the base carrier to receive the accumulated paper sheets from the second accumulation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sakoguchi, Kazuhiro Mukai, Takahito Shinfuku
  • Publication number: 20120210886
    Abstract: The invention provides an agricultural system that includes a baling device having a bale forming means to form a cylindrical bale in a baling chamber, a wrapping device to wrap the bale in wrapping material, the wrapping device including a wrapping table to support the bale during wrapping and wrapping means, and a transfer device to transfer a bale ejected from the baling chamber to the wrapping table. The transfer device includes a pivotable support to support a bale, which pivotable support is at least pivotable between a receive position to receive a bale from the baling chamber, and a release position, wherein the bale is released on the wrapping table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventor: Willem Jacobus REIJERSEN VAN BUUREN
  • Publication number: 20120186463
    Abstract: Upon detecting a blockage in the intake duct of a square baler, the path of the tines is temporarily modified from the normal path to a path whereby only a fraction of the crop material accumulated in the intake duct is loaded into the baling chamber. Subsequently the path of the tines is restored to the normal path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: CNH BELGIUM N.N.
    Inventor: Stijn Vergote
  • Publication number: 20120048129
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for inserting a tag into a bale of agricultural material is disclosed. The tag is inserted into the bale material, during bale production, such that the tag is within the bale material, but within reading distance of an outer surface of the final bale. In square bales, the tag is placed in either the first or last slice of the bale. In round bales, the tag is place in the outer circumferential layer of the bale as it is formed. The tag may be gravity fed or forcibly fed into the stream of crop material as it passes from the baling apparatus pick-up to the baling chamber. A system for identifying and tracking an individual bale is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: CNH AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Kevin M. Smith, Christopher A. Foster
  • Patent number: 8122822
    Abstract: A bale stacker for forming a number of bales into a bale bundle having a predetermined number of bales. The bale stacker includes a compression chamber in which the bales are formable into the bale bundle, and a loading chamber in which the bales are positionable in respective columns proximal to an upstream opening of the compression chamber. The bale stacker also includes a transfer assembly with a platen for moving the columns from the loading chamber into the compression chamber. Front doors are located at the upstream opening and movable between a closed position, in which the upstream opening is at least partially obstructed by the front doors, and an open position, in which each column of bales is movable respectively through the upstream opening. Controlling means coordinate movement of the front doors with movement of the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Marcrest Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Horst
  • Publication number: 20110265667
    Abstract: Apparatus for bundling bars comprising an accumulator rotatable about a horizontal axis. The accumulator has a plurality of notches spaced angularly around its axis. A drive rotates the accumulator about its axis to sequentially locate the notches at: a) a first station at which long products are received in the notches and accumulated into batches; b) a second station at which the batches are tied into bundles; and c) a third station at which the bundles are delivered from the notches to a bundle collector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: MORGAN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
    Inventors: T. Michael Shore, S. Mark Shore, Xiancheng Lu
  • Publication number: 20110072987
    Abstract: A banknote processing apparatus includes a dispensing transport unit for transporting banknote bundles, a bundle stacking unit for stacking the banknote bundles that are transported by the dispensing transport unit, a bundle dispensing unit for dispensing the banknote bundles that are stacked in the bundle stacking unit, a designating unit for designating a specific number of banknote bundles, and a control unit for controlling, when the number of banknote bundles reaches the specific number, the bundle dispensing unit to cause the bundle stacking unit to protrude to the outside of the apparatus to dispense the specific number of banknote bundles that are stacked in the bundle stacking unit, such that the banknote bundles can be taken out from the outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nobuhara, Osamu Uehara
  • Patent number: 7748315
    Abstract: A can-free system for handling fiber sliver includes a sliver delivery device which deposits fiber sliver in the form of a free-standing sliver pile in a depositing area. A sliver receiving device is disposed in the depositing area to receive and collect the free-standing fiber sliver pile delivered by the delivery device. A packaging apparatus compresses the collected free-standing fiber sliver pile applies one or more straps to the compressed free-standing sliver pile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Truetzschler GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Stefan Schlichter
  • Publication number: 20100095855
    Abstract: Recyclable plastic film is efficiently collected for recycling at stores or other locations by compacting the plastic film as layers in plastic/cardboard bales. The plastic/cardboard bales can be formed using existing cardboard balers that stores typically already have for baling recyclable cardboard. In one embodiment, the plastic/cardboard bales are preferably formed with a bottom layer of cardboard, a middle layer of the recyclable plastic film, and a top layer of cardboard. The layered structure can be modified to omit one of the cardboard layers or to add additional plastic film and cardboard layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventors: John Sasine, Charles Jongert, Marvin Acey, Jeffery A. Ashby
  • Patent number: 7610851
    Abstract: A bale stacker for consolidating a plurality of bales into a bale bundle. The bale stacker includes a compression chamber at least partially defined by a floor, sidewalls, and a ceiling. The compression chamber extends between an upstream opening and a downstream opening thereof. The bales are receivable in the compression chamber via the upstream opening and the bale bundle is configured to exit the compression chamber via the downstream opening. The compression chamber ceiling includes a substantially planar rear portion positioned substantially parallel to the floor. The compression chamber ceiling also includes a front portion positioned upstream from the rear portion, and located in a non-parallel relationship relative to the floor for engaging the bales as they are moved past the front portion in a downstream direction of travel toward the downstream opening, so that the bales are compressed between the front portion and the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Marcrest Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Horst
  • Patent number: 7526995
    Abstract: Bale strap assemblies for strapping a pressed bale are discussed herein. The bale strap assemblies may include a strap positioning assembly having a plurality of strap assemblies and a return chute assembly having a plurality of return chutes for returning straps to the strap assemblies for strapping the pressed bale. The strap position assembly and return chute assembly incorporate cylinders to move between different positions during a strapping cycle. Exemplary embodiments include provisions for accommodating a press turntable of a down packer and registration means for providing a greater number of straps to strap a bale than a corresponding number of strap assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: H.W.J. Designs for Agribusiness, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Paul Actis, Howard W. Jaenson
  • Patent number: 7516694
    Abstract: A firewood bundler device includes a base member having first and second opposed, vertical arm members extending from the base member. A U-shaped, wood support member is attached at an end of each arm member, with an open end opposite the base member. A wrapping support member is rotatably attached to an end of one arm member and includes a spindle section extending therefrom, the spindle section movable in a circular path around the wood support members upon rotation of the wrapping support member. The spindle section holds a roll of wrapping material. A rotation device is operatively connected to the wrapping support member for imparting rotational movement thereto and to the spindle section. Multiple pieces of firewood placed in the U-shaped supports are encircled with wrapping material by rotation of the wrapping support member holding a roll of wrapping material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventor: Scott M. Eifler