Unitary Load Transferrer And Weigher Patents (Class 177/139)
  • Patent number: 11320299
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for determining the mass and the centre of mass of a demountable platform by using a mathematical model, the parameters of which are estimated using an iterative procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: HIAB AB
    Inventors: Pasi Siren, Mikko Huova, Lauri Siivonen
  • Patent number: 11313715
    Abstract: Weighing apparatus, for use with a lifting device, is provided including a weighing unit and a cover shaped and sized to at least partially surround a tine of the lifting device. The weighing unit weighs a load that is lifted by the lifting device and is coupled to a lateral side of the cover such that the weighing unit is placed alongside the cover. The weighing unit includes one or more load cells, and an upper surface configured to contact the load lifted by the lifting device. A height of the weighing apparatus varies between the cover and the weighing unit such that a height of the weighing unit is greater than a height of the cover, thereby forming a gap between the load and the cover when a load is lifted by the lifting device. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SHKILA MANUFACTURERS LTD
    Inventor: Daniel Menachem Weinberger
  • Patent number: 11307080
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for determining the weight of a demountable platform. In the method, a hooklift is used to lift the demountable platform from the ground onto a vehicle, values of a force acting on a main cylinder of the hooklift are determined at predetermined intervals of a physical quantity that varies as a function of the movement of the hooklift, and the weight of the demountable platform is calculated using the determined values of the force. The present invention also relates to a system for determining the weight of a demountable platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Hiab AB
    Inventor: Pasi Siren
  • Patent number: 11286108
    Abstract: A method for a municipality to control, track, and monitor waste or refuse receptacles requires a permit for use of a waste receptacle. An issuing organization issues a permit associated with a discreet receptacle identifier. An RFID tag is provided with the permit and attached to a discreet receptacle. The RFID tag transmits a signal carrying data associated with the discreet receptacle identifier. The signal may be read by a portable reader carried by municipal personnel to record violations of municipal code associated with the use of the discreet receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Advanced Custom Engineered Systems & Equipment Co.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Flood, Michael S. Fisher
  • Patent number: 11267646
    Abstract: A method for a municipality to control, track, and monitor waste or refuse receptacles requires a permit for use of a waste receptacle. An issuing organization issues a permit associated with a discreet receptacle identifier. An RFID tag is provided with the permit and attached to a discreet receptacle. The RFID tag transmits a signal carrying data associated with the discreet receptacle identifier. The signal may be read by a portable reader carried by municipal personnel to record violations of municipal code associated with the use of the discreet receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Advanced Custom Engineered Systems & Equipment Co.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Flood, Michael S. Fisher
  • Patent number: 11214939
    Abstract: A method for controlling a loading tool includes positioning the loading tool on a lifting device of a machine, receiving a payload by the loading tool from a payload stock during an operating mode, and determining a mass of the payload during the operating mode. The method also includes providing calibration data representative of a ratio between a volume of the payload and a mass of the payload, detecting a volume of the payload during the operating mode, and determining the mass of the payload as a function of the detecting step and the calibration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Andreas Remmelmann
  • Patent number: 11144736
    Abstract: A method of redeploying waste containers in a waste collection system with an active or passive signal means requires a user to aim an optical character recognition reader at a waste container comprising a unique optical waste container identifier. The optical character recognition reader reads unique waste container optical identifier. The unique waste container optical identifier is converted to a unique electronically formatted waste container identifier. A unique radio frequency signal identifier is stored on a radio frequency emitting tag and associated with the unique electronically formatted waste container identifier. The radio frequency emitting tag is attached to the waste container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Custom Engineered Systems & Equipment Co.
    Inventor: Christopher Flood
  • Patent number: 11125605
    Abstract: A method for estimating load weights for an implement of a work vehicle may include controlling movement of a boom of the work vehicle such that the boom is moved across a plurality of overlapping measurement regions defined along an angular travel range of the boom, wherein each measurement region is overlapped by at least one adjacent measurement region of the overlapping measurement regions across the angular travel range. The method may also include receiving load-related data associated with a load weight for the implement as the boom is moved across the overlapping measurement regions and determining a region load weight for at least one measurement region of the overlapping measurement regions based on the load-related data. In addition, the method may include calculating a final load weight for the implement based on the region load weight(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Zimmerman, Uli Melchinger
  • Patent number: 11042750
    Abstract: A refuse vehicle includes a body coupled to a chassis and defining a refuse compartment configured to store refuse, a refuse collection arm configured to engage and lift a refuse container to unload refuse, and an object detection system configured to provide object detection data relating to locations of objects relative to the refuse vehicle. An actuator controls movement of the refuse collection arm. A controller is configured to use the object detection data to determine if the refuse container is present within an aligned zone relative to the chassis, the aligned zone representing a range of locations in which the refuse collection arm is capable of engaging the refuse container. In response to a determination that the refuse container is within the aligned zone, the controller is configured to provide an indication to an operator that the refuse container is within the aligned zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Grant Wildgrube, Zhenyi Wei, Cody D. Clifton
  • Patent number: 11042745
    Abstract: A refuse vehicle includes a body coupled to a chassis and defining a refuse compartment configured to store refuse, a refuse collection arm configured to engage and lift a refuse container to unload refuse, and an object detection system configured to provide object detection data relating to locations of objects relative to the refuse vehicle. An actuator controls movement of the refuse collection arm. A controller is configured to use the object detection data to determine if the refuse container is present within an aligned zone relative to the chassis, the aligned zone representing a range of locations in which the refuse collection arm is capable of engaging the refuse container. In response to a determination that the refuse container is within the aligned zone, the controller is configured to provide an indication to an operator that the refuse container is within the aligned zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Grant Wildgrube, Zhenyi Wei, Cody D. Clifton
  • Patent number: 11041291
    Abstract: A mobile work machine includes a frame and a ground engaging element movably supported by the frame and driven by an engine to drive movement of the mobile work machine. The mobile work machine includes a container movably supported by the frame, the container configured to receive contents and an actuator configured to controllably drive movement of the container relative to the frame. The mobile work machine includes a control system configured to generate an actuator control signal, indicative of a commanded movement of the actuator, and provide the actuator control signal to the actuator to control the actuator to perform the commanded movement and a content density determination system, communicatively coupled to the control system, configured to determine a density of the contents of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: John M. Hageman, Tarik Loukili, David J. Kaney
  • Patent number: 11035717
    Abstract: A lifting bracket for a vehicle weighing scale includes a first lifting portion having a first wall, a second wall extending from the first wall, and a third wall coupled to the second wall. The third wall extends opposite and spaced apart from the second wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Collins
  • Patent number: 11001991
    Abstract: A method for loading a payload carrier of a machine includes receiving, from a camera on the machine, a two-dimensional image of an interior of the payload carrier as material is loaded into the payload carrier. The method further includes filtering the image to identify a contour of the loaded material and determining an area of the contour. The method further includes controlling a display device indicate the determined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Ha, Shawn Nainan Mathew, Yang Liu, Qi Wang
  • Patent number: 10981756
    Abstract: The application relates to a device for measuring the weight of a ballast assembly of a crane, and to a crane comprising a corresponding device. The device may include a ballast assembly coupled to the structure of the crane by seats, the seats may comprise a measurement shaft, and the measurement shaft deforming under a weight of the ballast assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Ott, Bernd Boos
  • Patent number: 10900824
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for weighing animal feed ingredients using a bucket loader to dispense a measured quantity of ingredient into a feed scale are disclosed. A weight of the feed ingredient in the bucket is determined and compared to a weight of the feed ingredient subsequently transferred from the bucket to the feed scale. Based on the comparison, data received from components of the system is calibrated to increase accuracy of future weighings of the feed ingredient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: MWI Veterinary Supply Co.
    Inventor: Steve Godsey
  • Patent number: 10899375
    Abstract: A pallet truck comprises a rolling frame (10) and at least one force sensor (51, 52) for registering and generating as electronic output signal a loading of a load platform (20). The force sensor is coupled to electronic processing means for receiving and processing the output signal, and display means (65) are provided for generating a visual weight indication. At least a part of the processing means is accommodated together with a first electronic power supply in a first housing (50) forming part of the frame (10). The display means (65) are arranged together with a second electronic power supply in a second housing (60) on or close to a handle (45) of an operating arm. A wired first connection (56) is provided between the force sensor (51, 52) and the processing means. Telecommunication means are provided for establishing and maintaining a wireless second connection (57) between the first housing (50) and the second housing (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: RAVAS EUROPE B. V.
    Inventor: Niels Van Den Berg
  • Patent number: 10831201
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a control system for a refuse vehicle and a method for controlling a refuse vehicle provided with at least one refuse container location sensor, at least one vehicle speed control, and one or more electronics. The one or more electronics receive and process signals from the at least one refuse container location sensor and outputs a control signal to the at least one vehicle speed control to stop the refuse vehicle at a predetermined location with respect to a refuse container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: William Jason Spence
  • Patent number: 10806091
    Abstract: A weighing device for detecting the weight force of a pressed bale on a roll includes a bearing device of the roll. At least one weighing means is integrally disposed in the bearing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: David M. Beaufort, Maxime Blanchet
  • Patent number: 10766696
    Abstract: A weight based load limiting system for a refuse vehicle. The system includes a weight determination module that generates a signal that varies in accordance with a vehicle weight. If the vehicle weight approaches or exceeds a predetermined maximum weight, the signal inhibits a portion of the loading or packing operation to prevent overloading the vehicle. In various configurations, the inhibiting can be to prevent a lifting of a refuse container to prevent emptying the container into the vehicle hopper. In other various configurations, the inhibiting occurs by maintaining engine power to less than the engine power typically output during a packing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventors: Ralph Waldo Whitfield, Jr., Herman Edward Kelwaski
  • Patent number: 10746587
    Abstract: A reel weight measurement system is shown and described herein. In some embodiments, the reel weight measurement system comprises strategically placed position and load sensors for measuring an orientation of a reel-carrying unit and measuring loads in the reel-carrying unit. The loads may be indicative of forces due to the weight of the reel when the reel is supported by a carriage of the reel-carrying unit. The weight of the reel may be determined by summing the forces and moments in the system while the carriage is in motion or static. Further, the weight of the reel may be determined by comparing the force measurements and orientation of the carriage to stored calibration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Altec Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Nichols
  • Patent number: 10732024
    Abstract: A work machine with a first tire having a first tire pressure sensor configured to identify a first tire pressure, a load sensor coupled to the work machine and configured to measure an actual load weight, and a controller in communication with the first tire pressure sensor and the load sensor. Wherein, the controller identifies a tire pressure value with the first tire pressure sensor and the controller determines a current load weight threshold from a plurality of load weight thresholds with the tire pressure value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Lance R. Sherlock
  • Patent number: 10694266
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for monitoring waste collected by a service vehicle. The system may include a lift actuator configured to cause lifting of the waste, a power takeoff driven by a powertrain of the service vehicle to power the lift actuator, and a sensor configured to generate a speed signal indicative of a speed of the powertrain. The system may also include an output device, and a controller in communication with the sensor and the output device. The controller may be configured to receive the speed signal from the sensor, determine an amount of waste lifted by the lift actuator based on the speed signal, and relay the amount of waste to the output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Rubicon Global Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Hunter Dane Dunbar
  • Patent number: 10633180
    Abstract: A method and device for positively identifying that a dump event of a refuse container has occurred into a refuse hopper of a refuse vehicle are provided. When used with route software, alerts may be generated if a specific refuse container is missed or if an unexpected dump event occurs during the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: THE HEIL CO.
    Inventors: Ricardo Castano Salinas, Brian Huston Ham, Henry Michael Hund, Jr., John Forrest Smith
  • Patent number: 10635864
    Abstract: A method of redeploying waste containers in a waste collection system with an active or passive signal means requires a user to aim an optical character recognition reader at a waste container comprising a unique optical waste container identifier. The optical character recognition reader reads unique waste container optical identifier. The unique waste container optical identifier is converted to a unique electronically formatted waste container identifier. A unique radio frequency signal identifier is stored on a radio frequency emitting tag and associated with the unique electronically formatted waste container identifier. The radio frequency emitting tag is attached to the waste container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Custom Engineered Systems & Equipment Company
    Inventor: Christopher Flood
  • Patent number: 10625547
    Abstract: A ball mount for measuring tongue weight of a trailer is disclosed. The ball mount can comprise a ball portion for interfacing with a ball configured to couple with a tongue of a trailer, a hitch portion for interfacing with a hitch receiver associated with a vehicle, and a load measurement device associated with the hitch portion. The hitch portion can be configured to pivot relative to the hitch receiver about a fulcrum in response to a downward force on the ball, with the hitch receiver resisting rotation of the hitch portion about the fulcrum thereby inducing a load on the hitch portion. The load measurement device can be configured to determine a magnitude of the downward force on the ball based on the load on the hitch portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Weigh Safe, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin McAllister
  • Patent number: 10586218
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for tracking receptacles serviced by a service vehicle. The system may have a locating device located onboard the at least one service vehicle and configured to generate a location signal indicative of a location of the at least one service vehicle, a receptacle sensor located onboard the at least one service vehicle and configured to generate an identity signal indicative of an identity of a receptacle in a vicinity of the at least one service vehicle, and a display. The system may also have at least one controller in communication with the locating device, the sensor, and the display. The at least one controller may be configured to show on the display an icon representing the receptacle overlaid on a map based on the location and identification signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Rubicon Global Holding, LLC
    Inventor: Philip Rodoni
  • Patent number: 10449572
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system includes at least one optical sensor configured to capture one or more optical data associated with packaging of a waste product and a processor coupled to the at least one optical sensor. The processor may be configured to determine information about the waste product based on the optical data and send a signal corresponding to the information to one of a destination device and a controller based on the determined information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Waste Repurposing International, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Barnard Ripley
  • Patent number: 10405071
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for monitoring waste collected by a service vehicle. The system may include a lift actuator configured to cause lifting of the waste, a power takeoff driven by a powertrain of the service vehicle to power the lift actuator, and a sensor configured to generate a speed signal indicative of a speed of the powertrain. The system may also include an output device, and a controller in communication with the sensor and the output device. The controller may be configured to receive the speed signal from the sensor, determine an amount of waste lifted by the lift actuator based on the speed signal, and relay the amount of waste to the output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Rubicon Global Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Hunter Dane Dunbar
  • Patent number: 10204324
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for managing an offloading service performed by a service vehicle at a disposal site. The system may have an identity detection device configured to generate an identity signal associated with the service vehicle at the disposal site, a scale configured to generate a weight signal indicative of an amount of waste material disposed of by the service vehicle at the disposal site during the offloading service, and at least one processing unit in communication with the identity detection device and the scale. The at least one processing unit may be configured to correlate the weight signal to a customer for which the service vehicle previously performed an onloading service based on the identity signal, and automatically generate an invoice for the customer for the onloading service and for the offloading service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: RUBICON GLOBAL HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Philip Rodoni
  • Patent number: 10175124
    Abstract: The invention relates to a monitoring system for tractive and compressive forces in a power track chain (1) for protected guidance of cables, hoses etc. The monitoring system comprises at least one force sensor (10, 90) for measuring a tractive or compressive force transmitted between a driver (4) and a moveable end (3) of the power track chain, and an evaluation unit (12) for evaluating the measurement signals detected by the force sensor. The invention is characterized by the design and arrangement of the force sensor (10, 90). This force sensor is designed as a connecting member for attaching the moveable end (3) of the power track chain (1) on the driver (4) and comprises at least one web (32, 34, 92) extended substantially transversely to the direction of the tractive/compressive force. The web has at least one elastically deformable bending region (321, 322, 341, 342) with an associated sensor (621, 622, 641, 642) for measuring deformation produced by bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: IGUS GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Hermey, Thilo-Alexander Jaeker
  • Patent number: 10155653
    Abstract: An automatic supply system of a consumable material includes: an automatic supply device that automatically supplies a consumable material to a vehicle capable of being loaded with a cargo; and a control device that obtains loading information indicating whether or not the cargo is loaded on the vehicle, and is able to control an automatic supply of the consumable material to the vehicle based on the obtained loading information, wherein, when the control device determines that the cargo is loaded on the vehicle from the obtained loading information, the control device controls the automatic supply device not to perform the automatic supply of the consumable material to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Tojima, Kouichi Yamashita, Tsugio Sudou, Koji Takeda
  • Patent number: 10107673
    Abstract: An attachable weighing scale for forklifts has a plurality of weighing modules connected within an outer cover. The weighing modules are connected to the forks of a forklift within the outer cover around the forks in order to facilitate weighing of loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Liang, Xiangjun Xu
  • Patent number: 10106002
    Abstract: A height adjustable hitch receiver is disclosed and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Kevin McAllister
  • Patent number: 10054477
    Abstract: A weight-measuring system for measuring a weight amount of one or more items loaded into a bed of a vehicle is provided. The weight amount can be used to determine whether a weight limit has been exceeded and whether some additional action should be taken. In addition, one type of weight-measuring system is operable under varied conditions, such as rapid weight fluctuations, and is capable of measuring a weight amount when the bed is in various positions (e.g., transporting mode or ground-level, loading mode).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Excel Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John Michael Gagas, Larry Golladay, Hassan Ali Alabdulsalam, Abdulaziz Essa Aldossary, Nhat Tran, Huong Thu Nguyen, Omar Abdullah Alsaiari, Salem Hamadah Alarnoos
  • Patent number: 10019012
    Abstract: A system for calculating a desired time of arrival to a target destination for a vehicle includes a device mountable to a first vehicle. The device includes a transmitter, a receiver, and a logic unit configured to receive signals for determining a current position and a current vehicle speed of the first vehicle, the logic unit being further configured to determine an estimated time of arrival at a target destination for the first vehicle based on predetermined route information, the current position of the first vehicle and the target destination of the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Volvo Construction Equipment AB
    Inventor: David Rylander
  • Patent number: 9964428
    Abstract: Hydraulic valve circuitry adapted for automatic weight-responsive control of load-clamping members of a load-lifting system having a free lift mast. The load-lifting system generally includes one or more fluid power actuator for applying a gripping force to a load, at least one elongate, longitudinally-extensible fluid power lifting device having a free lift range of motion and at least one main lift range of motion, and manually operated load-clamping and load-lifting selector valves. The hydraulic valve circuitry provides, independently, weight-responsive control of the load-clamping members when lifting a load, full-time automatic weight-responsive force control of the load-clamping members without concurrent manual actuation of load-clamping or load-lifting selector valves, and equalization of sensed load weight so that the sensed load weight is substantially independent of the longitudinally-extensible position of the lifting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Cascade Corporation
    Inventor: David W. Petronek
  • Patent number: 9944495
    Abstract: A portable lift is provided. The portable lift includes a top frame assembly, a carriage frame, a base frame, and a hoist mechanism. The top frame assembly is secures top ends of a pair of stringers together. The base frame assembly secures bottom ends of the pair of stringers together forming the portable lift frame. The carriage frame includes a plurality of wheel assemblies each having a plurality of wheels. The plurality of wheels releasably retain to and slidably engage with a stringer of the pair of stringers. The hoist mechanism includes a motor, a spool rotatable by the motor, a pulley secured to the top frame assembly, and a hoist cable wrapped around the spool and running from the spool through the pulley and secured to the carriage frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Gray Andrew Webber
  • Patent number: 9902559
    Abstract: A weight based load limiting system for a refuse vehicle. The system includes a weight determination module that generates a signal that varies in accordance with a vehicle weight. If the vehicle weight approaches or exceeds a predetermined maximum weight, the signal inhibits a portion of the loading or packing operation to prevent overloading the vehicle. In various configurations, the system prevents a lifting of a refuse container to prevent emptying of the container into the vehicle hopper. In other various configurations, the system prevents gripping of a refuse can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Curotto-Can, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Parker
  • Patent number: 9902397
    Abstract: A transporter vehicle includes: a vehicle; a vessel that is provided in the vehicle; a traveling state detection device that detects a traveling state of the vehicle; an object detection device that detects an object in front of the vehicle; and a collision determination unit that determines a possibility of collision with the object based on a loading state of a load of the vessel, a detection result of the traveling state detection device, and a detection result of the object detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Ohsugi, Motohide Sugihara, Shinji Mitsuta
  • Patent number: 9869577
    Abstract: The invention relates to a weighing device for a plot combine harvester, comprising a weighing container guided vertically adjustably on a frame in the manner of a parallel linkage, said weighing container being supported relative to a frame by way of a weighing cell assembly having a weighing cell articulated in the vertical direction between the frame and the weighing container. In order to provide advantageous design conditions, it is proposed that the weighing container is mounted on the frame in the manner of a parallel linkage via leaf springs clamped at both ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Wintersteiger AG
    Inventors: Stefan Dierneder, Florian Maier, Daniel Gadermeir
  • Patent number: 9845228
    Abstract: A Lift truck with a lifting device comprises at least one lifting member (1) provided with lifting means for adjusting the lifting member in height direction. The lifting member (1) comprises a shell part (50) lying over a base part (2) and having a surface on which cargo can be received. The shell part supports from a pressure point on the base part (2) via an electronic force sensor (10). The force sensor (10) is able and configured to determine vertical load on the shell part (50) and to generate an electronic signal as measure thereof, and comprises for this purpose pressure and/or strain-sensitive sensor means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: RAVAS EUROPE B.V.
    Inventor: Henri Peter Maria Van Seumeren
  • Patent number: 9824337
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for tracking receptacles serviced by a service vehicle. The system may have a locating device located onboard the at least one service vehicle and configured to generate a location signal indicative of a location of the at least one service vehicle, a receptacle sensor located onboard the at least one service vehicle and configured to generate an identity signal indicative of an identity of a receptacle in a vicinity of the at least one service vehicle, and a display. The system may also have at least one controller in communication with the locating device, the sensor, and the display. The at least one controller may be configured to show on the display an icon representing the receptacle overlaid on a map based on the location and identification signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Rubicon Global Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Philip Rodoni
  • Patent number: 9796227
    Abstract: A ball mount for measuring tongue weight of a trailer is disclosed. The ball mount can comprise a ball portion for interfacing with a ball configured to couple with a tongue of a trailer, a hitch portion for interfacing with a hitch receiver associated with a vehicle, and a load measurement device associated with the hitch portion. The hitch portion can be configured to pivot relative to the hitch receiver about a fulcrum in response to a downward force on the ball, with the hitch receiver resisting rotation of the hitch portion about the fulcrum thereby inducing a load on the hitch portion. The load measurement device can be configured to determine a magnitude of the downward force on the ball based on the load on the hitch portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: WEIGH SAFE, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin McAllister
  • Patent number: 9598845
    Abstract: A posture computing apparatus for a work machine is an apparatus that obtains a posture angle of a work machine including a traveling body and a swing body that is mounted on the traveling body and that rotates relative to the traveling body. The posture computing apparatus includes a detection apparatus that is provided to the swing body and detects angular velocity and acceleration; an acceleration correcting unit that corrects the acceleration detected by the detection apparatus, based on a position where the detection apparatus is placed and information on the detection apparatus; and a posture angle computing unit that obtains a posture angle of the work machine from the acceleration corrected by the acceleration correcting unit and the angular velocity detected by the detection apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Akinori Baba, Masashi Ichihara
  • Patent number: 9589076
    Abstract: An area-based open pit mine designer is disclosed. One example includes an economic shell receiver module to receive an economic shell. In addition, a user input module receives a user parametric input denoting an open pit mine shape based on the economic shell. The open pit mine designer module automatically develops an open pit mine design based on the user parametric input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Ferrier, Juan Carlos Santamaria, Augusto Opdenbosch, Mitch Altman
  • Patent number: 9562801
    Abstract: A waste bin scale to measure a cantilevered load carried by lift members of a lift system. The waste bin scale includes a base coupleable to the lift system, a lift member support system; and a plurality of load cells. Each load cell is coupled between the base and the lift member support system, and includes a structural member configured to deform during application of a load applied by the waste bin, where the deformation is indicative of the applied load. Other related waste bin scales, load cells therefor and methods of measuring waste bin scale loads are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Larry D. Santi
  • Patent number: 9562804
    Abstract: A forklift scale to measure a load carried by a pair of forks of a forklift that includes a fork carriage to movably position the forks. The forklift scale includes a pair of load cells that are configured to mount to the fork carriage independent of each other and to removably receive a respective fork of the forklift. Each load cell includes a structural arrangement that couples the respective fork to the fork carriage during operation such that an entirety of the load carried by the forks during operation is transmitted to the carriage via the pair of load cells. Other related forklift scales, load cells thereof and methods of measuring a forklift load are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Larry D. Santi
  • Patent number: 9327566
    Abstract: A ball mount for measuring tongue weight of a trailer is disclosed. The ball mount can comprise a ball portion for interfacing with a ball configured to couple with a tongue of a trailer, a hitch portion for interfacing with a hitch receiver associated with a vehicle, and a load measurement device associated with the hitch portion. The hitch portion can be configured to pivot relative to the hitch receiver about a fulcrum in response to a downward force on the ball, with the hitch receiver resisting rotation of the hitch portion about the fulcrum thereby inducing a load on the hitch portion. The load measurement device can be configured to determine a magnitude of the downward force on the ball based on the load on the hitch portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Landecor LLC
    Inventor: Kevin McAllister
  • Patent number: 9316528
    Abstract: An exceptionally thin load-weighing fork assembly, having its weight sensors mounted on a fork base, overcomes fork-insertion limitations with respect to commonly used standard pallets without sacrificing load-handling capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Cascade Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Richards, Brian D. Campbell, Brian Sinclair White
  • Patent number: 9200432
    Abstract: A system for estimating the weight of a payload in a bucket of a machine is provided. The system includes a lift linkage supporting the bucket and a hydraulic lift cylinder assembly connected to the lift linkage. A pressure sensor is arranged remotely from the lift cylinder assembly. A payload measurement system is configured to monitor pressure data from the pressure sensor, hydraulic fluid temperature data and cylinder extension velocity data. The payload measurement system estimates a weight of the payload in the bucket based on the pressure data as adjusted by an estimate of a pressure drop between the lift cylinder assembly and the pressure sensor, the estimate of the pressure drop being determined based on a mathematical model that has been fitted to empirical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Shatters