Processes Patents (Class 172/1)
  • Patent number: 10375875
    Abstract: An agricultural sowing implement that, when moved by a drive unit, distributes seeds in the ground with regular, uniform spacing. The agricultural sowing implement comprises a rocker system placed behind the chassis of the implement where a seed dispenser is positioned. The rocker system may include a beam connected to two depth-limiting wheels on the ends of the beam. In one embodiment of the disclosure, provision is made for two interlinked smaller wheels connected to a central lower extension of the beam, the set of wheels being encircled by a rolling band. In addition, provision is made for two dampers, one for each of the depth-limiting wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Jose Roberto do Amaral Assy
  • Patent number: 10368476
    Abstract: An agricultural vehicle includes a chassis; a storage tank carried by the chassis; and a row unit carried by the chassis. The row unit includes: a row body; an opening blade carried by the row body and configured to open a trench as the row body is carried in a direction of travel; and a closing tandem carried by the row body behind the opening blade that is pivotally movable relative to the row body. The closing tandem includes a closing disc and a press wheel carried behind the closing disc, the closing disc and the press wheel being configured to rotate as the row body is carried in the direction of travel, the closing disc defining a projection path as it rotates, and the press wheel having a treaded surface in the projection path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jason Andrews, Derek Sicheneder
  • Patent number: 10334771
    Abstract: An agricultural implement system includes a toolbar assembly configured to support multiple row units, and multiple wheels configured to support the toolbar assembly. The wheels include a first wheel and a second wheel, and at least one row unit is configured to be disposed between the first wheel and the second wheel. The agricultural implement system also includes a wheel position control system configured to instruct first and second actuators to lower the first wheel and the second wheel to transition the agricultural implement system to a non-working position, to instruct the first and second actuators to raise the first wheel and the second wheel to transition the agricultural implement system to a working position, and to instruct the second actuator to raise the second wheel while the agricultural implement system is in the working position such that the second wheel is disengaged from a soil surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Johnathon R. Dienst, Michael J. Connors
  • Patent number: 10285322
    Abstract: An agricultural implement including a stacking toolbar assembly. The stacking toolbar assembly includes a center toolbar, a center support beam, at least one pivot beam rotatably coupled to the center support beam at a first joint, at least one wing toolbar moveably coupled to the at least one pivot beam at a second joint, and an actuating system. The actuating system includes at least one first actuator coupled to the center support beam and the at least one pivot beam, and at least one second actuator coupled to the at least one pivot beam and the at least one wing toolbar. The at least one wing toolbar is moveable from a work position in which the at least one wing toolbar is substantially laterally aligned with the center toolbar and a transport position in which the at least one wing toolbar is stacked above the center toolbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Cale N. Boriack, Buweneke A. Fernando
  • Patent number: 10154621
    Abstract: An assembly for adjustably mounting a gauge wheel arm to the frame of a row unit may include a pivot pin connected on the frame, a bushing freely rotatably mounted on the pivot pin for engagement with the gauge wheel arm such that rotation of the bushing with respect to the gauge wheel arm moves the gauge wheel arm axially, and a locking element that integrates the gauge wheel arm with the bushing so that there is no relative movement therebetween as the gauge wheel arm rotates with respect to the pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Shoup Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Chad A. Schoolman, Alan R. Behrends
  • Patent number: 10152771
    Abstract: Correcting motion-based inaccuracy in point cloud data generated by one or more sensors carried by a scanning platform, and associated systems and methods are disclosed herein. A representative method includes associating a motion model with a target object of the point cloud, estimating adjusting factors based on the motion model, and adjusting scanning points in the point cloud using the adjusting factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chen Li, Lu Ma
  • Patent number: 9974224
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement includes a main section including a hitch extending in a travel direction, a plurality of foldable wing sections coupled with the main section, at least one auxiliary implement assembly coupled to each of the wing sections and a control system. Each auxiliary implement assembly includes at least one support member, at least one pivotal arm pivotally coupled to the support member, at least one actuator coupled to both the support member and the pivotal arm and a ground contacting implement coupled to the pivotal arm. The control system is configured to actuate the actuators to control a position of each ground contacting implement in each of the sections when the agricultural implement is transitioning to a transport mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9938749
    Abstract: A system for positioning post sleeves is provided including a plurality of post sleeve positioning devices and a spacing mechanism. Each post sleeve positioning device is configured to receive a respective post sleeve and to enable selective adjustment of a position and orientation of the respective post sleeve. The spacing mechanism is coupleable between the pair of post sleeve positioning devices to determine or control the position and orientation of the post sleeve received by one of the pair of post sleeves positioning devices relative to the post sleeve received by the other one of the pair of post sleeve positioning devices. Related systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: N. Eric Knudsen
  • Patent number: 9909283
    Abstract: An image display apparatus for a shovel that includes a lower-part traveling body, an upper-part turning body turnably placed on the lower-part traveling body, and an attachment mounted on the upper-part turning body, and performs work in a work area by driving the attachment, includes an image display part configured to display the work area to be subjected to the work. An image of the work area captured with an image capturing device is subjected to image processing to add and indicate a distribution of depressions and elevations of the work area, and is displayed on the image display part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Shipeng Li
  • Patent number: 9886527
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, system, and computer program product provide the ability to modify a spline (e.g., a civil engineering spline). The spline, defined by a set of connected points, is obtained/acquired. A design constraint set is determined and may include an interpolation constraint (specifying a fixed elevation for a connected point), a slope constraint (specifying a bound on a slope between two of the connected points), and a curvature constraint (specifying; a maximum slope difference of a first slope and a second slope between three connected points). The spline is projected onto the design constraint set thereby modifying the spline by changing elevations of the connected points. The modified spline is then projected onto the design constraint set iteratively until the spline satisfies all constraints in the design constraint set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Heinz H. Bauschke, Valentin R. Koch
  • Patent number: 9803978
    Abstract: A laser rod surface elevation table (L-RSET) includes a sensor arm coupled to a stepper motor and a screw frame. A screw interconnects the motor and frame, while a screw carriage interconnects the screw and a sensor carriage. A laser sensor is mounted to the sensor carriage. A controller includes at least one processor operatively coupled to the sensor and motor. The processor processes measurement values in a data structure and performs functions to actuate the motor and sensor. The data structure represents a quasi-unique topographical measurement project, and is configured with the measurement values, including a radius value R which defines an area, a start point value X and a stop point value Y for positioning the screw carriage, a speed value S for speed of advancement of the screw carriage, an interval value I for measurement interval, and a points value N for points of measurement per measurement interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: William C. Vervaeke, Christopher J. Wells, Ryan M. Twilley, David P. Turnipseed
  • Patent number: 9775284
    Abstract: An activated-release, water-insoluble or slowly-soluble coating is utilized on fertilizers, pesticides, seeds, medicine, and other granules to precisely time the release of the active ingredient of the granules, for purposes such as fertilizer and pesticide release as well as to initiate seed germination. An external stimulus, or activating agent, including, but not limited to, microwaves, ultrasonic waves, X-rays, radio waves, electromagnetic waves, radar waves, sonar waves, magnetic induction, (or pulses of any of the foregoing), specific chemical, bacteria, or fungus organism (such as ionic or non ionic surfactants, organic solvents, specifically cultured bacteria, fungi or catalytic agents) is used to break the coating, thus allowing for the release or germination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Activation Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Kim R. Polizotto
  • Patent number: 9596800
    Abstract: A triple-fold agricultural implement includes a center frame section, and a plurality of wing sections positioned on opposite lateral sides of the center frame section. The plurality of wing sections include an inner wing section, a middle wing section and an outer wing section. Each outer wing section may be folded approximately 180° laterally inward and over a respective middle wing section. Each middle wing section may be folded approximately 180° laterally inward and over a respective inner wing section. Each inner wing section may be folded approximately 90° laterally inward and over the center frame section, whereby each of the plurality of wing sections when in a folded state are in a transport position lying above the center frame section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9554501
    Abstract: A folding agricultural implement including a center frame section, a plurality of wing sections and first and second hinge systems. The plurality of wing sections are positioned on opposite lateral sides of the center frame section, and include an inner wing section, a middle wing section and an outer wing section, each outer wing section being configured to fold laterally inward and over a respective middle wing section. Each middle wing section is configured to fold laterally inward and over a respective inner wing section. The first hinge system is coupled to both the outer wing section and the middle wing section. The first hinge system having a first pivot axis. The second hinge system is coupled to the middle wing section and the inner wing section, and has a second pivot axis that is vertically higher than the first pivot axis when the implement is in an unfolded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9521800
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement includes a center frame section having a pull hitch configured to be towed, and a plurality of wing sections positioned on opposite lateral sides of the center frame section. The plurality of wing sections include an inner wing section, a middle wing section and an outer wing section. Each outer wing section is configured to fold laterally inward and over a respective middle wing section. Each middle wing section is configured to fold laterally inward and over a respective inner wing section. Each inner wing section is configured to fold laterally inward and over the center frame section, whereby each of the plurality of wing sections when in a folded state are in a transport position with an overall frontal profile having dimensions of no greater than approximately 18 feet wide by 13 feet, 6 inches high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9435102
    Abstract: A ripping mechanism for a vehicle has a support frame, and a ripping member having an engagement head for plowing a groove. The ripping member is positionable in a selected working position and orientation by adjustment of the frame. The ripping member is movable relative to the frame to cause reciprocating movement of the engagement head at least partially longitudinally. A tilt adjustment cylinder orients the ripping member in the selected orientation. A vibrator mechanism operatively connected to the ripping member is activatable to cause reciprocating movement of the engagement head at least partially longitudinally. A control system includes a pressure sensor fluidically connected to the tilt adjustment cylinder and the pressure sensor determines a pressure thereof. The control system is configured to alter an operational state of the vibrator mechanism based on the pressure being above or below a threshold pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Ronald Hall
  • Patent number: 9433137
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a seeding implement includes a frame configured to couple to a tool bar, a parallel linkage coupled to the frame, and a ground engaging tool extending from a shank, wherein the shank is coupled to the parallel linkage. The implement also includes a packer wheel configured to control a position of the ground engaging tool, wherein the packer wheel is positioned directly behind the ground engaging tool when the ground engaging tool is engaging a soil region. Further, the implement includes an adjustment mechanism configured to shift the packer wheel rearwardly upon the ground engaging tool encountering an obstruction and to shift the packer wheel forwardly after the obstruction has been passed by the ground engaging tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jim Henry, Nicholas George Alfred Ryder
  • Patent number: 9388550
    Abstract: A system for autonomous control of a machine having a ground-engaging work implement includes a position sensor and a controller. The controller is configured to determine the position of a work surface based upon the position signals and select a work zone loading profile for a work zone cut location along a path within a work zone and the work zone loading profile has a work zone cut angle relative to a ground reference. The controller is further configured to select a final cut loading profile for a final cut location along the path adjacent the boundary zone with the final cut loading profile having a final cut angle relative to the ground reference. The final cut angle is steeper than the work zone cut angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Mo Wei, Michael Taylor, Thandava K. Edara
  • Patent number: 9363939
    Abstract: Air is removed from an hydraulic system for an agricultural implement supporting a plurality of gangs of disk blades extending generally laterally relative to a forward travel direction. The implement has carrier frames pivotally connected to wheel assemblies for controlling the height of the carrier frames relative to the ground through hydraulic actuators acting on the wheel assemblies. The hydraulic control unit enables independent and individual control of each actuator. An electronic control unit (ECU) controls three way valves associated with each actuator so that they may be operated in unison or individually. Hydraulic fluid is passed through the most remote actuator first and then actuators closer to the hydraulic control unit to remove air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: James W. Henry
  • Patent number: 9315116
    Abstract: Provided is an electric drive vehicle which can control wheel speed so as to achieve an appropriate slip ratio of the wheels even when pitching vibration of the vehicle is large. This electric drive vehicle is provided with electric motors (1, 4), drive wheels (3, 6), driven wheels (7, 8), an electric motor controller (50) for controlling the electric motors, and speed detectors (9-12) for detecting the wheel speed of the drive wheels and the driven wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Akira Kikuchi, Tomohiko Yasuda, Takayuki Sato, Shinjiro Saito
  • Patent number: 9185839
    Abstract: A pull-type crop engaging machine such as a rotary mower comprises a frame mounted on transversely spaced field ground wheels for movement with a hitch arm extending to a tractor and a transport assembly attached behind the frame for moving downwardly to a transport position so that in the transport position the hitch arm extends from one end of the frame generally in the transverse direction for towing the machine in the transverse direction. The transport includes a transport ground wheel which acts to raise the frame to pass underneath the crop engaging system to support the machine on the wheel, on a second wheel behind the frame and on the hitch. The movement of the hitch and the wheel is connected and started at a position of the hitch so that the machine remains balanced. A shield behind the frame includes a portion which moves with the transport wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignees: Macdon Industries Ltd., Maschinenfabrik Bernard Krone GmbH
    Inventors: Konstantin Kolegaev, Neil Gordon Barnett, Andreas Afting
  • Patent number: 9161487
    Abstract: A horizontal auger garden tilling apparatus and method of use having an outer frame, an inner frame which pivots with the outer frame, and a rotating auger capable of tilling soil to depth which conventional tillers cannot begin to reach. The apparatus is moved and the method of use is performed via attachment with a tractor or other movable carriage which provides enough horizontal force to move the auger through the soil and provides auger rotational power. A trencher attachment prevents auger soil refilling and allows the apparatus and method of use to be utilized and performed in conjunction with trenching operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Wynn Provines
  • Publication number: 20150129264
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement includes a main section including a hitch extending in a travel direction, a plurality of foldable wing sections coupled with the main section, at least one auxiliary implement assembly coupled to each of the wing sections and a control system. Each auxiliary implement assembly includes at least one support member, at least one pivotal arm pivotally coupled to the support member, at least one actuator coupled to both the support member and the pivotal arm and a ground contacting implement coupled to the pivotal arm. The control system is configured to actuate the actuators to control a position of each ground contacting implement in each of the sections when the agricultural implement is transitioning to a transport mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Publication number: 20150129254
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement includes a main section including a hitch extending in a travel direction, a plurality of foldable wing sections coupled with the main section, a plurality of ground engaging tilling elements, a plurality of wheel assemblies and a control system. The tilling elements are coupled to the main section and wing sections. Each of the wheel assemblies include an actuator. The wheel assemblies include a first plurality of wheel assemblies associated with the main section and a second plurality of wheel assemblies associated with the plurality of wing sections. The actuators of the first plurality of wheel assemblies being independent of the actuators of the second plurality of wheel assemblies. The control system is configured to actuate the actuators to control a depth of tilling elements in each of the sections when the implement is in a field mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch, James W. Henry, Eric J. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20150129250
    Abstract: A triple-fold agricultural implement includes a center frame section, and a plurality of wing sections positioned on opposite lateral sides of the center frame section. The plurality of wing sections include an inner wing section, a middle wing section and an outer wing section. Each outer wing section may be folded approximately 180° laterally inward and over a respective middle wing section. Each middle wing section may be folded approximately 180° laterally inward and over a respective inner wing section. Each inner wing section may be folded approximately 90° laterally inward and over the center frame section, whereby each of the plurality of wing sections when in a folded state are in a transport position lying above the center frame section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Publication number: 20150129249
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement includes a center frame section having a pull hitch configured to be towed, and a plurality of wing sections positioned on opposite lateral sides of the center frame section. The plurality of wing sections include an inner wing section, a middle wing section and an outer wing section. Each outer wing section is configured to fold laterally inward and over a respective middle wing section. Each middle wing section is configured to fold laterally inward and over a respective inner wing section. Each inner wing section is configured to fold laterally inward and over the center frame section, whereby each of the plurality of wing sections when in a folded state are in a transport position with an overall frontal profile having dimensions of no greater than approximately 18 feet wide by 13 feet, 6 inches high.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Publication number: 20150129252
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement includes a main section including a hitch extending in a travel direction, a plurality of foldable wing sections coupled with the main section, a plurality of ground engaging tilling elements, a plurality of wheel assemblies and a control system. The tilling elements are coupled to the main section and wing sections. Each of the wheel assemblies include an actuator. The wheel assemblies include a first plurality of wheel assemblies associated with the main section and a second plurality of wheel assemblies associated with the plurality of wing sections. The actuators of the first plurality of wheel assemblies being independent of the actuators of the second plurality of wheel assemblies. The control system is configured to actuate the actuators to effect a profile minimizing operation of the foldable wing sections when the implement is being transitioned into a transport mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Publication number: 20150129251
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement including a main section having a hitch extending in a travel direction, a plurality of foldable wing sections coupled with the main section, and a plurality of ground engaging tilling elements. The tilling elements are coupled to the main section and wing sections. At least one of the sections have a gauge wheel system. The gauge wheel system includes an untilled wheel assembly, a tilled wheel assembly, and an adjustment device. The adjustment device is configured to adjust the untilled wheel assembly relative to the tilled wheel assembly thereby compensating for a characteristic difference between tilled and untilled soil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Publication number: 20150129253
    Abstract: A folding agricultural implement including a center frame section, a plurality of wing sections and first and second hinge systems. The plurality of wing sections are positioned on opposite lateral sides of the center frame section, and include an inner wing section, a middle wing section and an outer wing section, each outer wing section being configured to fold laterally inward and over a respective middle wing section. Each middle wing section is configured to fold laterally inward and over a respective inner wing section. The first hinge system is coupled to both the outer wing section and the middle wing section. The first hinge system having a first pivot axis. The second hinge system is coupled to the middle wing section and the inner wing section, and has a second pivot axis that is vertically higher than the first pivot axis when the implement is in an unfolded state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Publication number: 20150107862
    Abstract: Agricultural planter row units feature soil finishing assemblies for closing a seed groove after seed is placed in the soil. An adjustable furrow closing assembly enhances upper seed groove coverage and closure with soil resulting in sustained relative humidity levels and optimum seed-to-soil contact for faster seed germination. The furrow closing assembly includes a closing wheel assembly having at least one closing wheel and a press wheel assembly having a press wheel following behind the closing wheels. The closing wheels and press wheel are attached to the planter row unit in a manner allowing the press wheel to move vertically relative to the closing wheels. Adjustable down-force systems are provided to vary the down force applied to the closing wheels and the press wheel to maintain optimum soil contact in irregular terrain and in varying soil densities and conditions to provide optimum soil coverage and compaction of the seed bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Freed
  • Publication number: 20150107503
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for controlling the moisture content of soil deposited in a furrow during seed planting comprises tilling the soil to an adjustable depth to expose soil corresponding to a reference soil moisture setting, selecting covering soil from the exposed soil having a moisture content that matches the moisture content of the reference soil moisture setting, and depositing the covering soil over the seed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Billy R. Masten, Gaylen R. Stukey, Leland P. Stukey
  • Publication number: 20150107861
    Abstract: One embodiment includes a grading tool structured for attachment to a work machine. The grading tool includes a frame, ground contacting wheels coupled with the frame, a comb coupled with the frame and extending from a first end of the frame, and a coupling member coupled with the frame and structured to be accessible from a second end of the frame. When the ground contacting wheels are in contact with the ground a depth of penetration of the comb into the ground surface is adjustable by changing the pitch of the grading tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin V. Keigley
  • Publication number: 20150105962
    Abstract: The use of self-powered, autonomous vehicles in agricultural and other domestic applications is provided. The vehicles include a self-propelled drive system, tracks or wheels operatively connected to the drive system, a power supply operatively connected to the drive system, an attachment mechanism for attaching equipment to the vehicle, and an intelligent control operatively connected to the drive system, power supply, and attachment mechanism. The vehicle is configured to connect to the equipment to perform agricultural operations based upon the equipment. Multiple vehicles can be used in a field at the same time. Furthermore, the invention includes the ability to move one or more of the autonomous vehicles from field to field, home to field, or from generally any first location to a second location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Blackwell, Rhett Schildroth, Michael J. Myers, Merlan J. Rolffs, Derrick Becker
  • Publication number: 20150068779
    Abstract: An agricultural implement is provided that includes a compound hinge arrangement that allows for compact folding adjacent frame segments such as wing segments of planting, seeding, or tillage implements. The compound hinge arrangement includes a first pivot axis that can be active when the implement is in an unfolded field-use position in which a second pivot axis of the compound hinge arrangement is locked. The implement may be folded into a folded transport position by pivoting an outer wing about the first pivot axis with a first actuator during a first stage and pivoting the compound hinge arrangement and the outer wing about the second pivot axis during a second stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: CNH Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Naylor, Dennis G. Thompson, Dennis W. Chahley, Darwin L. Zacharias
  • Patent number: 8977441
    Abstract: A machine includes a plurality of ground engaging elements and an operator control station supported on a frame. A work tool is pivotably attached to the frame using a lift arm assembly and a tilt linkage. At least one device measures a quantity associated with at least one of the lift arm assembly, the tilt linkage, and the work tool. An electronic controller, in communication with an operator display and the at least one device. The electronic controller is configured to store an operator selected orientation of the work tool, calculate a current orientation of the work tool based on the quantity, and calculate a deviation of the current orientation from the operator selected orientation. A visual representation of the deviation is displayed on the operator display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Joel R. Grimes, Joseph Edward Forcash, Christopher Lee Mays, Steven Conrad Budde
  • Publication number: 20150053434
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement includes: a frame member; and a leveling blade assembly. The leveling blade assembly includes: a leveling blade; an arm coupling the frame member with the leveling blade; and a spring assembly including a spring and a spring guide assembly, the spring and the spring guide assembly being coupled with the arm and the frame member, the spring guide assembly including a sleeve which is slidably related to the spring and which is made of an ultra-high-molecular-weight (UHMW) plastic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Michael G. Kovach, Rick L. Gerber
  • Publication number: 20150053433
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement includes a main frame including a hitch extending in a travel direction, at least one secondary frame, a plurality of rolling basket assemblies and a pressure control system. The secondary frame is coupled with the frame. The plurality of rolling basket assemblies include first and second rolling basket assemblies. Both first and second rolling basket assemblies are coupled to the at least one secondary frame. The first rolling basket assembly has an effective length, and the second rolling basket assembly has a different effective length. The pressure control system is configured to supply different selected pressures to the first and second rolling basket assembly to substantially equalize a down pressure per unit of effective length of the rolling basket assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Michael G. Kovach, Sven N. Setterdahl, Dean A. Knobloch, Timothy R. Blunier
  • Publication number: 20150034343
    Abstract: Systems for mounting a plurality of agricultural tools on a transverse support bar and a method for operating an agricultural implement having a transverse support bar are disclosed. The systems include a lateral positioning structure that can attach to the transverse support bar and a detachable base that can be releasably coupled to the lateral positioning structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Great Plains Manufacturing, Incorporated
    Inventors: Kevin Lee Reade, Gregory W. Arnett
  • Publication number: 20150027740
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automating some of the tasks that heretofore required operator action at headland turns or similar events are provided. The present invention automates operation of lift assist wheels and/or gull wings, such as those found on a stack-fold implement, based on the position of the tractor hitch to which the implement is coupled. An operator may control the position of the implement, such as at a headland turn, by raising and lowering the tractor hitch using a remote control. The invention enables the planter to compare the tractor hitch position relative to an implement position and control operation of the implement accordingly without additional user inputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Tuttle, Tyler Remoue
  • Publication number: 20150013580
    Abstract: In methods according to some embodiments of the present disclosure for interplanting a primary crop and an energy crop, the present disclosure includes methods for preparing a plantation site for planting the energy crop. Plantation sites according to the disclosure may include a primary crop planted in a first row and in a second row, the first row being separated by an intermediate area. The intermediate area is divided into a center portion and two side portions (a first side portion and a second side portion). Methods according to embodiments of the disclosure include lifting a soil and plantation debris mixture from the intermediate area, and redepositing a soil component of the soil and plantation debris mixture primarily in the intermediate area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: WEYERHAEUSER NR COMPANY
    Inventors: Howard Duzan, James R. Leist
  • Publication number: 20150014002
    Abstract: The asymmetrical head of a shovel incorporates a vertically oriented edge extending upwardly from the tip of the head to a recessed leading edge. The construction of the head permits it to function both as a pivot and as a lever, as well as facilitating the initial penetration of the head in soil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Jon K. Curry
  • Publication number: 20150008005
    Abstract: A furrow closing apparatus is used with a planter that opens a furrow and deposits seeds as the planter moves in a forward direction over the ground. The furrow closing apparatus includes a frame attached to the planter and first and second closing wheels rotatably mounted on respective first and second closing wheel axles. A pivot axle extends from the frame generally transverse to the direction of travel of the planter and an equalizer bracket pivotably connected to the pivot axle. The equalizer bracket receives the first closing wheel axle in a position aft of the pivot axle and receives the second closing wheel axle in a position forward of the pivot axle such that the equalizer bracket pivots as the closing wheels traverse uneven ground to cause the first closing wheel and the second closing wheel to apply a substantially equal force in closing the furrow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Ranjit Patwardhan, Monte Rans
  • Publication number: 20150000940
    Abstract: A planter may be disclosed, the planter may comprise a handle, a first shaft, a second shaft, and a link. The first shaft may be operatively connected to the handle, link, or second shaft. The link may be arranged to translate rotational motion of the first shaft to the second shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Ranjit Patwardhan, Monte Rans
  • Publication number: 20150003194
    Abstract: Node, system and method for collecting seismic data. A node for collecting seismic data includes a base configured to land on the ocean floor; and a head connected to the base through a connecting member and configured to bury itself into the ocean floor. The head includes a seismic sensor configured to detect seismic data and first to third burying units configured to bury the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: CGG SERVICES SA
    Inventor: Thierry BRIZARD
  • Publication number: 20150000941
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automating some of the tasks that heretofore required operator action at headland turns or similar events are provided. The present invention automates operation of lift assist wheels and/or gull wings, such as those found on a stack-fold implement, based on the position of the tractor hitch to which the implement is coupled. An operator may control the position of the implement, such as at a headland turn, by raising and lowering the tractor hitch using a remote control. The invention enables the planter to compare the tractor hitch position relative to an implement position and control operation of the implement accordingly without additional user inputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Tuttle, Tyler Remoue
  • Publication number: 20140374128
    Abstract: A tillage apparatus for selective primary tillage and seed bed preparation makes use of a selectively moveable primary tillage shank to provide seasonal, in-field and/or on-the-fly flexibility of tillage operation. The tillage apparatus has a cultivator frame, at least one secondary tillage tool mounted on the frame and a primary tillage shank mounted on the frame, the primary tillage shank selectively moveable between a lowered soil engaging position and a raised disengaged position. In a method of tilling or preparing a seed bed, the tillage apparatus is dragged around a field with the at least one secondary tillage tool engaged with the field when secondary tillage of the field is desired, and the selectively moveable primary tillage shank lowered to be engaged with the field when the field is in need of primary tillage or raised to be disengaged from the field when primary tillage is not desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Geof J. Gray, Simon Goveia, John Mark Averink
  • Publication number: 20140379230
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for shifting weight between a tractor and toolbar and between sections of the toolbar and for folding a toolbar between a work position and a transport position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Dale M. Koch, Jason J. Stoller
  • Publication number: 20140352989
    Abstract: A weed removal device having a handle and a frame through which a rod extends. The rod has a mechanical lock near one end that connects the rod mechanically to the frame, and a base portion near the opposite end. The base portion includes pins that extend into soil around the weed to grasp the weed, and a foot pedal on which the user rests his weight to drive portions of the device into the soil. A spring is compressed when the pins are driven into the soil and grasp the weed, and upon removal of the weed and a plug of soil the mechanical lock can release the spring to expand and thereby eject the weed and soil with force sufficient to propel the weed many feed into a receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Weed Zinger, LLC
    Inventors: David A. Weaver, Andres N. Pech
  • Publication number: 20140345888
    Abstract: A toolbar transport system for extending and retracting a large agricultural toolbar. Forward and rearward folding segments of the toolbar allow the toolbar assembly to retract against the sides of the vehicle without interfering with the steering wheels. A forward-folding segment and rearward-folding segment of each lateral toolbar section connect to provide steering wheel clearance in the transfer position and an integrated lateral toolbar with regularly-spaced ground-engaging implements in the application position. Gauge wheel assemblies assist in the extension and deployment of the toolbar assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew W. Dames, Matthew A. Dorenkamp, Michael S. Meyer, James R. Williams, Ashok K. Rana
  • Publication number: 20140345889
    Abstract: A work machine includes a vehicle body, a blade supported by the vehicle body, a pair of first hydraulic air of second hydraulic cylinders, a pair of lift stroke sensors and a control unit. The first hydraulic cylinders are configured to lower and raise the blade. The second hydraulic cylinders are configured to tilt the blade forward and backward and left and right. The lift stroke sensors are configured to detect stroke amounts from the pair of first hydraulic cylinders, respectively. The control unit is configured to start actuating the pair of second hydraulic cylinders when the stroke amounts of the pair of first hydraulic cylinders match. The control unit is configured to stop actuating the pair of second hydraulic cylinders based on a magnitude relation between a prescribed threshold and a difference in the stroke amounts of the pair of first hydraulic cylinders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Kazushi Nakata, Shigeru Yamamoto