Furrow Feelers Patents (Class 104/244.1)
  • Patent number: 9603297
    Abstract: A remote steering control and row finder, used with a tractor towing a vehicle or trailer. The remote steering control that can be retrofit to a conventional tractor and towed vehicle, and includes self-guiding features for finding a row of crops to maintain a center steer. The remote tractor includes a guide arm with an arm extension having a pivot tab proximate to a pivot block on the arm extension. The pivot block hinges about the arm extension at a block hinge. A pivot switch mounts to the arm extension, activated by the rotation of the pivot tab on the pivoting of the pivot block about the guide hinge. With the opening and closing of the pivot switch, either a hard-wired or a wireless remote console on the towed vehicle controls the steering mechanism of the remote tractor, guiding the direction of travel of the remote tractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: BLUELINE MFG. CO.
    Inventor: Michael J. Roy
  • Patent number: 9452763
    Abstract: This guide-rail track vehicle, which travels on a track, is provided with: a carbody disposed at the top of a vehicle; and a running device that supports the carbody from below, and has a guide frame to which at least a pair of guide wheels, which are guided by a guide rail disposed on the track, are attached. Moreover, the guide frame has: a pair of beam members that are capable of sliding in the width direction of the track, and to which the guide wheels are attached; a rotating part capable of rotating around a first axis in the direction of travel; and a transmission part that converts the rotation of the rotating part to motion in the width direction, and moves the guide wheels in a symmetrical fashion by synchronizing the pair of beam members. Thus, the guide-rail track vehicle has a running device that allows the distance between the guide wheels to be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Maeyama, So Tamura, Kousuke Katahira
  • Patent number: 9421988
    Abstract: This guide-rail track vehicle, which travels on a track, is provided with: a carbody disposed at the top of a vehicle; and a running device that supports the carbody from below, and has a guide frame to which at least a pair of guide wheels, which are guided by a guide rail disposed on the track, are attached. Moreover, the guide frame has: a pair of beam members that are capable of sliding in the width direction of the track, and to which the guide wheels are attached; a rotating part capable of rotating around a first axis in the direction of travel; and a transmission part that converts the rotation of the rotating part to motion in the width direction, and moves the guide wheels in a symmetrical fashion by synchronizing the pair of beam members. Thus, the guide-rail track vehicle has a running device that allows the distance between the guide wheels to be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Maeyama, So Tamura, Kousuke Katahira
  • Patent number: 9235213
    Abstract: Provided is a delivery vehicle and methods and systems for automated delivery using the delivery vehicle. The automated delivery method comprises receiving, by a processing device, an order from a buyer. The order specifies one or more products to be delivered to the buyer and itinerary information. The processing device transmits the order to a placer robot. The placer robot positions the one or more products to a delivery vehicle. Then, the delivery vehicle may transport the products to a delivery destination based on the order. The delivery vehicle may be driverless and lightweight and move automatically. The delivery vehicle may move on a flat track using itinerary information of the order. Additionally, the delivery vehicle may use a Global Positioning System to determine own location and compare it to the itinerary information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel Judge Villamar
  • Patent number: 9230236
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for automated delivery using a delivery vehicle transported by a carrier vehicle. The automated delivery method comprises receiving, by a processing device, an order from a buyer. The order specifies one or more products to be delivered to the buyer and itinerary information. The processing device transmits the order to a placer robot. The placer robot positions the one or more products to a delivery vehicle. A carrier vehicle transports the delivery vehicle to a delivery destination based on the order. The carrier vehicle is driverless and lightweight and moves automatically. The carrier vehicle moves on a flat track using itinerary information of the order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel Judge Villamar