Unitary Load Transferrer And Weigher Patents (Class 177/139)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9182269
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining the weight of an agricultural bale that compensates for un-level terrain such as hillsides. The method uses an empty baler tare weight and a full baler weight to determine a raw bale weight. The cosine of the slope upon which the baler sits is then calculated based upon the empty baler weight as it sits and the empty baler tare weight. The cosine of the angle of slope and raw bale weight are the used to determine an actual bale weight. Further steps are provided for compensating in the tare weight of the baler for the weight of wrapping material consumed in the formation of each bale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Timothy J. Kraus
  • Patent number: 9046409
    Abstract: A weighing scale for forklift and the like (10) for measuring weight of loads at the time they are lifted. The weighing scale comprises a stationary first member (12) and a movable second member (48) interconnected in a vertical parallel spaced apart relationship. The first member is mountable on fork carriage and the second member is connectable to fork thereto. There is a load cell (28) in the first member that works cooperatively with a means (60) in the second member to register any vertical displacements thereof and translate the registered data into weight lifted by the fork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Seng Siong Siaw
  • Publication number: 20150093216
    Abstract: A weighing apparatus is usable in conjunction with a device such as a forklift and includes a front plate upon which a set of forks are placed, a rear plate that is mounted to a lift mechanism of the forklift, a pair of connection apparatuses that are situated between the front and rear plates, and a load cell apparatus that extends between the front and rear plates. Each connection apparatus includes an inboard rail and an outboard rail between which a number of rollable engagement structures are generally situated. The front plate is movable along a movement direction while being resisted from moving in any direction other than the movement direction. The connection apparatuses are configured to avoid binding between the inboard and outboard rails and enable the load cell apparatus to accurately provide an output that is representative of the weight of a load situated on the forks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: LTS Scale Company, LLC
    Inventors: JOHN ALAN PANGRAZIO, ROBERT THOMAS PANGRAZIO, STEVE MARIEA
  • Patent number: 8841564
    Abstract: A weigh scaled vehicle calibration system includes a weigh scaled vehicle comprising a field scale unit and an electronic computing device comprising a processor and memory electrically coupled to one another. The memory stores a set of computer readable instructions that, when executed by the processor cause the processor to: receive data from the field scale unit corresponding to a first weighing event of a first test weight, receive an identification tag corresponding to the first test weight, and compare the data corresponding to the first weighing event to a first reference weight of the first test weight to calculate a first calibration value. The processor further stores the first calibration value in the memory, compares the first calibration value to prior calibration values stored in the memory, and generates a feedback report of the field scale unit based at least in part on the comparison of the calibration values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: R+L Carriers, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph L. Roberts, Sr., Chris Deck
  • Patent number: 8825315
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices, and computer readable media for controlling a digging operation of an industrial machine. A method includes determining a hoist bail pull associated with the industrial machine, determining a crowd torque limit value for a crowd drive based on the determined hoist bail pull of the industrial machine, and setting a crowd torque limit of the crowd drive to the crowd torque limit value to limit a torque associated with a crowd motor to the crowd torque limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Harnischfeger Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Colwell, William Hren, Mark Emerson, Michael Linstroth
  • Publication number: 20140060939
    Abstract: There is provided a system for monitoring payload for a load-lifting vehicle. The vehicle has a lifting arm and a hydraulic actuator operatively connected to the lifting arm. The system has a means for correlating actuator pressure within the actuator at a set position of the lifting arm with weight for generating a calculated weight of a payload. The system has a means for generating a payload pattern relating actuator pressure to time as the lifting arm moves the payload through a load cycle. The system has a means for comparing the payload pattern with a set pattern relating pressure to time corresponding to said calculated weight of the payload and storing the calculated weight of the payload into memory if the deviation between the patterns is equal to or less than a certain amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: David Aaron Eppert
  • Patent number: 8660758
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a payload calculation system for use with a work implement having at least two linkage members. The payload calculation system may have at least one state sensor configured to measure a state of the at least two linkage members. The payload calculation system may also have a processing device in communication with the at least one state sensor. The processing device may account for changes in a center of gravity of each of the at least two linkage members. The processing device may also be configured to use the at least one state sensor to determine a mass of a payload moved by the work implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Vijayakumar Janardhan, Jeffrey Kent Berry, Brian Mintah, Everett Gene Brandt, Robert J. Price, Kevin Dwight King
  • Patent number: 8507810
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dynamic scale for bulk material, having two swivel arms (2) and two load-lifting arms (8) mounted to the free end of said swivel arms, with one hole (7) being located in each of the swivel arms (2) and positioned transversely to the extension of the swivel arm and also transversely to the neutral fiber brought about by the flexural load. A pipe (9) is fitted into the hole (7) and is welded thereto. The pipe (9) comprises two sensors (14, 15) transversely to the longitudinal axis thereof, said sensors being located at an angle of substantially 90° to each other and each being disposed at an angle of ±45° to the direction of the shear stress component ?xy. Under the influence of the shear stress, the cross section of the tube (9) is deformed into an ellipse that is inclined at about 45°, the shorter and longer axis (11, 13) thereof being measured using the sensors (14, 15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Digi Sens AG
    Inventor: Martin Lustenberger
  • Patent number: 8359143
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices, and computer readable media for controlling a digging operation of an industrial machine. A method includes determining a hoist bail pull associated with the industrial machine, determining a crowd torque limit value for a crowd drive based on the determined hoist bail pull of the industrial machine, and setting a crowd torque limit of the crowd drive to the crowd torque limit value to limit a torque associated with a crowd motor to the crowd torque limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Harnischfeger Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Colwell, William Hren, Mark Emerson, Michael Linstroth
  • Publication number: 20130015004
    Abstract: For minimizing the height of the load-measuring attachment for a lift-truck, the cover is made of thin sheet metal. The side-walls of the channel-section of the cover are folded into double thickness, to stabilize the side-walls of the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Gerald Sidney Simons
  • Patent number: 8353388
    Abstract: A 3-point suspension forklift scale adapted for quick and easy attachment/detachment to/from a forklift—without the need for leveling or other pre-operation setup procedures. Further, due to the single lower reaction point of the forklift scale, there is no concern that the initially installed position of the forklift scale will change during use as a result of a loose adjuster, repositioning due to impact, etc. The forklift scale is designed to accurately determine the weight of a load placed on the forks or other lifting elements of the forklift, regardless of the position of the load thereon. Preferably, a forklift scale of the present invention includes a central viewing window that allows an operator see through the forklift scale when operating an associated forklift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas S. Rice, Ben T. Siefker, Mitchell A. Tobias, Darin E. Foley
  • Publication number: 20120285750
    Abstract: A weight measurement system for accurately determining the weight of material in a container being lifted. The system includes a hydraulic system comprising a mechanical lift arm for lifting and emptying a container, a dampener operable on the hydraulic system for reducing and minimising oscillations of the hydraulic system during operation of the mechanical arm, a weight transducer based weighing system for weighing the container during at least one of a lift and after being emptied and to provide an output indicative of each weighing during periods of dampening of the mechanical lift arm, and a processor configured to use at least the outputs of the weighing system to provide a weight of the material in the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CONTROL SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Eamon Hynes, Patrick Ryan, Gary O'Riordan, Tom Lawlor, Tom Golden
  • Patent number: 8238898
    Abstract: Wireless active monitor system for containers/carts that hold item(s). Includes a container mount, and sensor for example to weigh the item(s), and a wireless transmitter/transceiver to transmit sensor data from the sensor to a database for remote access. The sensor may be protected via shock pads to prevent damage to the sensor if the container is dropped. The system may be implemented with a printed circuit board having a central processing unit and memory that holds program code to execute on the central processing unit, for example to transmit sensor data via the wireless transmitter. May utilize a unique identifier associated with each container, and/or vehicle utilized to interface with the container. Enables rapid determination of the physical characteristics associated with items in the container without requiring physical contact with the container. For example, allows the weight of garbage containers to be determined remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Ian Lerner
  • Patent number: 8156048
    Abstract: A payload monitoring system for an excavation machine is disclosed. The payload monitoring system may have a tool, a first sensor configured to generate a first signal indicative of a velocity of the tool, and a second sensor configured to generate a second signal indicative of a lift force of the tool. The payload monitoring system may also have a controller in communication with the first sensor and the second sensor. The controller may be configured to record the velocity and the lift force of the tool during a work cycle based on the first and second signals, and partition the work cycle into a plurality of segments including a loaded moving segment. The controller may also be configured to determine a period of time within the loaded moving segment during which the velocity of the tool is substantially constant, and calculate a payload of the tool based on the lift force recorded during the period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Mintah, Robert J. Price, Kevin D. King, Vijayakumar Janardhan, Shoji Tozawa
  • Patent number: 7873452
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling an engine controller in response to actual vehicle load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Detroit Diesel Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffery Scott Hawkins, Charles Chapin Blake
  • Publication number: 20100206642
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel approach of utilizing a collection bin for a side loading waste collection vehicle. The collection bin includes a weighing system with a processor for measuring the weight of material collected from each waste container and associating this weight with appropriate data, such as the owner of the waste container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: John Michael Curotto
  • Patent number: 7765944
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved grain drill and a method retrofitting a previously manufactured grain drill to provide accurate weight determination of seed in a seed hopper of the grain drill. A grain drill in accordance with the invention includes a frame having a plurality of wheels for supporting the grain drill during rolling over a surface of ground to be planted with seed grain; a hopper for containing the seed grain to be planted in the ground; a support which is joined to opposed sides of the frame and to spaced apart locations of the hopper to transfer weight of the hopper to the frame, the support including at least one weight sensing device which senses a weight of seed grain in the hopper transferred through the support to the frame and provides an output of the sensed weight of the seed grain in the hopper; and a display, coupled to the output, for displaying the weight of the seed grain contained in the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Digi-Star, LLC
    Inventor: David E. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7742891
    Abstract: A method of compensating for hysteresis in a load cell, by: (a) pre-calibrating a load cell by: measuring load cell deflection under progressively increasing loads; determining a first set of coefficients correlating the deflection of the load cell to the measured load under the progressively increasing loads; measuring load cell deflection under progressively decreasing loads; determining a second set of coefficients correlating the deflection of the load cell to the measured load under the progressively decreasing loads; and then (b) compensating for hysteresis in the load cell, by: selecting the first set of coefficients if the load on the load cell has been progressively increasing, or selecting the second set of coefficients if the load on the load cell has been progressively decreasing; and applying a formula using the selected first or second set of coefficients to the measured load cell deflection at the particular load, thereby determining an accurate load cell deflection, and thus compensating for h
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: The AIS Group, LLC
    Inventor: Michael M. Aust
  • Publication number: 20090266620
    Abstract: A method for weighing a payload of a transport vehicle, a transport vehicle and a bogie structure. Vertical loads exerted on wheel suspension of the transport vehicle are measured with sensors and the measurement data is conveyed to a calculating unit of weighing. Further, on a side surface of a horizontal arm belonging to the bogie structure there is arranged a sensor for measuring the vertical load exerted on the horizontal arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventor: Miika Kallonen
  • Publication number: 20090218147
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved grain drill and a method retrofitting a previously manufactured grain drill to provide accurate weight determination of seed in a seed hopper of the grain drill. A grain drill in accordance with the invention includes a frame having a plurality of wheels for supporting the grain drill during rolling over a surface of ground to be planted with seed grain; a hopper for containing the seed grain to be planted in the ground; a support which is joined to opposed sides of the frame and to spaced apart locations of the hopper to transfer weight of the hopper to the frame, the support including at least one weight sensing device which senses a weight of seed grain in the hopper transferred through the support to the frame and provides an output of the sensed weight of the seed grain in the hopper; and a display, coupled to the output, for displaying the weight of the seed grain contained in the hopper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Inventor: David E. WILSON
  • Patent number: 7540524
    Abstract: A device for detecting the support load with which a tongue of a trailer vehicle acts on a tractor vehicle. The device includes a first coupling element, a second coupling element that can be detachably connected to the first coupling element, and with a sensor arranged between the tongue or the tractor vehicle and the first coupling element. The sensor is designed to detect the vertical force component acting between the tongue or the tractor vehicle and the first coupling element. The first coupling element is pivotably connected to the tongue or the tractor vehicle such as to be pivotable about a horizontal pivot shaft. The first coupling element is also connected to the second coupling element such as to be movable about an axis running parallel to the pivot shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Jean Viaud
  • Patent number: 7523710
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved grain drill and a method retrofitting a previously manufactured grain drill to provide accurate weight determination of seed in a seed hopper of the grain drill. A grain drill in accordance with the invention includes a frame having a plurality of wheels for supporting the grain drill during rolling over a surface of ground to be planted with seed grain; a hopper for containing the seed grain to be planted in the ground; a support which is joined to opposed sides of the frame and to spaced apart locations of the hopper to transfer weight of the hopper to the frame, the support including at least one weight sensing device which senses a weight of seed grain in the hopper transferred through the support to the frame and provides an output of the sensed weight of the seed grain in the hopper; and a display, coupled to the output, for displaying the weight of the seed grain contained in the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: David E. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20090095539
    Abstract: A cycle counter system for use with a loading machine having a loading bucket. The cycle counter system includes at least one weight sensor, an operator activated control and a processing circuit. The at least one weight sensor produces a weight signal relating to a measured weight of a weight lifted by the loading machine. The operator activated control in the loading machine selectively produces at least one control signal. The processing circuit receives the control signal and the weight signal. The measured weight is added to a selected of a plurality of weight values dependent on the at least one control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Kevin L. Pfohl, Gary S. Honey, Erin E. Ralph, Douglas Meyer
  • Publication number: 20090056605
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved grain drill and a method retrofitting a previously manufactured grain drill to provide accurate weight determination of seed in a seed hopper of the grain drill. A grain drill in accordance with the invention includes a frame having a plurality of wheels for supporting the grain drill during rolling over a surface of ground to be planted with seed grain; a hopper for containing the seed grain to be planted in the ground; a support which is joined to opposed sides of the frame and to spaced apart locations of the hopper to transfer weight of the hopper to the frame, the support including at least one weight sensing device which senses a weight of seed grain in the hopper transferred through the support to the frame and provides an output of the sensed weight of the seed grain in the hopper; and a display, coupled to the output, for displaying the weight of the seed grain contained in the hopper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: David E. WILSON
  • Publication number: 20080314649
    Abstract: A method of weight determination of a load carried by a lifter (1) of a lifting device (2) is based on at least one upward and one downward displacement of the lifter (1) by means of a hydraulic actuator (7). A pressure signal is provided by means of a pressure transducer (24), and a position signal is provided by means of a meter (23). The weight of the load (27) is determined on the basis of the pressure signal (24) and the position signal (23). The position signal is registered as a function of time, an acceleration dependent parameter is determined on the basis of the variation of the position signal, and the weight determination is performed in dependence of said acceleration dependent parameter. Furthermore, a weighing device is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventor: Torben Winther Hansen