Including Gravity Conveyor Section Or Bin With Driven Conveyor Patents (Class 198/311)
  • Patent number: 11148885
    Abstract: A continuous mining machine trailing conveyor system providing a sandwich belt system that incorporates a set of hugging modalities to ensure that the sandwich belt system provides sufficient friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Dos Santos International
    Inventor: Joseph Anibal Dos Santos
  • Patent number: 10791663
    Abstract: A ground treatment apparatus comprises a support device, injection elements, a fluid providing device that is fluidically connected to the injection elements, a drive device by which the injection elements are on the one hand lowerable and raisable in relation to the support device and on the other movable along a working direction of the ground treatment apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: NOVOKRAFT AG
    Inventors: Eric Hardman, Benjamin Buehrer
  • Patent number: 10791675
    Abstract: The combine system provides a motor driven paddle system for the movement of grain from combine storage, such as a hopper, to secondary storage, including but not limited to a grain bin, truck, or grain cart. The paddles are constructed from a somewhat rigid material that enable the paddles to move the grain to the secondary storage. The paddle conveyor may be partially enclosed by a housing that protects users from accidental contact with the paddles and the paddle conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Carl R. Dixon
  • Patent number: 10513895
    Abstract: A catwalk for transporting tubular members of a well system includes a substructure, a first transport frame pivotally coupled to the substructure at a first pivotal joint and including a first support surface configured to engage the tubular member, a second transport frame pivotally coupled to the first transport frame at a second pivotal joint and including a second support surface configured to engage the tubular member, and a strut pivotally coupled between the second transport frame and the substructure, wherein the strut is configured to transfer the weight of the tubular member from the second transport frame to the substructure when the tubular member is transported between the first support surface and the second support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Max Holand, Dag Holen, Glenn Sæbø
  • Patent number: 10138071
    Abstract: A stacking system for conveying bulk material includes a conveyor frame designed to support a conveyor belt, the conveyor frame including forward and rear portions, a hopper designed to receive the bulk material, the hopper being mounted adjacent the rear portion of the conveyor frame, an engine for providing power to the stacking system, a drive pulley for driving the belt, and an idler pulley disposed generally below the hopper. An improvement comprises a counterweight disposed above the idler pulley and to the rear of the hopper. Another way to describe the disclosure is as a counterweight for a belt-type, portable stacking conveyor having forward and rearward portions, a drive pulley disposed toward the forward portion of the conveyor and an idler pulley disposed adjacent the rearward portion of the conveyor, the counterweight being disposed immediately above the idler pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: McCloskey International Limited
    Inventors: Paschal James McCloskey, Al Nottingham
  • Patent number: 10112775
    Abstract: A conveyor system includes a looped belt and a conveying portion cover. The belt has a conveying portion and a retreating portion movable through the conveyor system, each of the conveying portion and the retreating portion having an interior surface and an exterior surface, the exterior surface of the conveying portion configured to convey materials. The conveying portion of the belt is disposed within the conveying portion cover, the retreating portion of the belt disposed exteriorly of the conveying portion cover, and the conveying portion cover has a convex sliding surface and a tubular shape. The interior surface of the conveying portion of the belt is slidable along the sliding surface of the conveying portion cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE Company, LLC
    Inventors: Justin R. Hanel, Jeremy L. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 9974236
    Abstract: The combine system provides a motor driven paddle system for the movement of grain from combine storage, such as a hopper, to secondary storage, including but not limited to a grain bin, truck, or grain cart. The paddles are constructed from a somewhat rigid material that enable the paddles to move the grain to the secondary storage. The paddle conveyor may be partially enclosed by a housing that protects users from accidental contact with the paddles and the paddle conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Carl R. Dixon
  • Patent number: 9617078
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a conveyor frame assembly that includes a pair of spaced side rails joined by one or more cross supports. Each of the cross supports includes an attachment clamp such that the first and second ends of the cross support can be securely attached to an inner surface of the side rails. The attachment clamp includes a pair of attachment jaws that are joined to each other by an adjustment member. Rotation of the adjustment member causes the attachment jaws to move toward each other. As the attachment jaws move toward each other, an engagement surface formed on each of the attachment jaws causes the side rails and cross support to move toward each other to securely attach the cross support between the side rails to allow for easy and convenient construction and field modification of the conveyor frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Dorner Mfg. Corp.
    Inventor: Scott M. Hall
  • Patent number: 9315324
    Abstract: A device for harvesting vegetables comprises a bucket loader and a conveyor system. The bucket loader may include a pad, which may cushion the impact of vegetables, when transferring vegetables from a bucket to a conveyor. The conveyor may comprise transverse and longitudinal conveyor belts and/or rollers for delivering the vegetables to bins on a truck or flat bed trailer. The bucket loaders may be operatively coupled to a mechanism for raising and lowering the bucket loaders, intermittently or continuously. For example, a registration and tracking system keeps track of the number of buckets and/or amount of produce picked by a picker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Pedro Salazar, III
  • Patent number: 8991585
    Abstract: A rail car unloading device is provided comprising a base, a hopper, and a support member. The base comprises a support plate. The support member is rotatably mounted to the base support plate. The hopper is mounted to the support member and the support member is rotatable with respect to the base between a first position where the hopper is placed beneath a rail car in an unloading position and a second position where the hopper is positioned in substantially parallel alignment with rail tracks such that a rail car may pass by the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Mast Productions, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Joseph Mast, Brent Craig Mast
  • Patent number: 8915347
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-propelled outdoor power equipment unit, an attachment for use with such a unit and associated methods. The unit may be in the form of a mower having a mower deck. The attachment includes a hopper and conveyor assembly for discharging particulate material from the hopper. The conveyor assembly has operational and stored positions, the latter of which provides a narrower profile of the attachment and unit. The attachment and mower deck may be mounted on the frame of the unit together or separately. The attachment is configured for rapid mounting and dismounting on the frame of the unit, and provides additional functionality to a mower or other unit on which the attachment is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Green Industry Innovators, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Steffon Hoppel
  • Patent number: 8821097
    Abstract: A conveyor shuttle having a conveyor belt for conveying textiles across a wash alley from a washing machine (selected from among a plurality of washing machines) to a drying machine (selected from among a plurality of drying machines). The shuttle travels along the work alley among and between the washing machines and the drying machines. Some embodiments further include guide hardware to help guide soiled laundry into the washing machine. Some embodiments include an operator platform and an operator control system so that a human user can ride on the shuttle and help control various wash alley functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: G.A. Braun, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Page, Stephen D. Wilbur, Joseph B. Gudenburr, IV, R. Scott Morse
  • Patent number: 8770373
    Abstract: A side shifting conveyor is provided for a surface mining operation. The conveyor generally includes conveyor sections and conveyor translation devices. Each conveyor translation device includes a drive operable to move the associated at least one conveyor section in a direction substantially perpendicular to the conveying direction. The conveyor further includes a controller operatively coupled to each drive for controlling operation of the drive and coordinating movement of the conveyor sections. A method for moving a conveyor in a surface mine generally includes sensing that a surface miner operable to deposit material onto the conveyor sections has moved beyond one of the conveyor sections, fixing a position relative to the surface mine of a conveyor translation device associated with one of the conveyor sections, and operating the conveyor translation device to move one of the conveyor sections in a direction substantially perpendicular to the conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Joy MM Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Neilson, Michael S. Adamczyk, Joseph J. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8752694
    Abstract: The invention is an auger hopper attachment that can be positioned immediately adjacent a grain hopper outlet to reduce grain loss during transfer. The hopper comprises an adjustable stand that can be used to adjust the vertical position of the hopper to raise it toward the grain hopper outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Keith Putman
  • Patent number: 8727108
    Abstract: A belt conveyor apparatus includes a tube sloping from a hopper at the lower intake. A belt passes along a floor of the hopper then up through the tube. The hopper floor has edge portions curving upward such that as the belt moves along the floor, side portions of the belt curve upward. Hopper sidewalls extend upward and outward from bottom inner edges thereof located above right and left sides of the middle portion of the belt, and outer edges of the belt are thus located under the sidewalls. Seal strips are to the sidewalls with lower edges sealing to right and left sides of the middle portion of the belt such that pockets are formed under the sidewalls between the curved side portions of the belt and the seal strips. A trap opening in the tube also allows oilseeds to drop out of the tube from under the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Adrianus Dekoning
  • Patent number: 8684161
    Abstract: A portable truck dump comprises a conveyor system mounted on an elongate frame to transport material from a first end of the frame to a second, opposite end of the frame. A grate is positioned over the conveyor system and is supported by first and second sides of the frame. A ramp extends generally perpendicular to the frame on each side of the frame next to the grate to provide a drive-over access for a material transport vehicle to deposit its load over the grate and onto the conveyor system and a portion of each ramp. A first end of each ramp immediately adjacent to the frame is pivotally connected to the frame to allow the ramp to be articulated towards the grate to move excess material off of the ramp and into the grate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Superior Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent J. Gausman, David K. Evink
  • Patent number: 8662285
    Abstract: A swing hopper is pivotally secured about vertical and horizontal axes to the inlet end of a swing auger which is pivotally connected to the main auger tube of a grain auger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Lynn Jesse
  • Publication number: 20140048382
    Abstract: A movable processing apparatus for mineral material processing comprises a movable frame and a side conveyor which is attached to the frame, and a pivot joint for the side conveyor which pivot joint is attached between the side conveyor and the frame, and the side conveyor is pivotable horizontally around the pivot joint to one or more operating positions at least on one side of the processing apparatus and to a transportation position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Metso Minerals, Inc.
    Inventors: Timo Horkko, Mikko Asikainen, Pasi Overmark, Tuomas Tuokko
  • Publication number: 20140023465
    Abstract: An apparatus for moving proppant from a container has a frame with a surface for suitable for receiving a container thereon, a hopper affixed to the frame, and a conveyor having a surface positioned below the hopper. The hopper has an opening at or adjacent to a lower end thereof. The hopper is suitable for receiving proppant from the container. The surface of the conveyor is suitable for receiving the proppant a discharged through the opening of the hopper. A receptacle is translatably positioned at the surface of the frame. A metering gate is translatably positioned adjacent to the opening of the hopper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: John OREN, Joshua OREN
  • Patent number: 8430225
    Abstract: A portable truck dump comprises a conveyor system mounted on an elongate frame to transport material from a first end of the frame to a second, opposite end of the frame. A grate is positioned over the conveyor system and is supported by first and second sides of the frame. A ramp extends generally perpendicular to the frame on each side of the frame next to the grate to provide a drive-over access for a material transport vehicle to deposit its load over the grate and onto the conveyor system and a portion of each ramp. A first end of each ramp immediately adjacent to the frame is pivotally connected to the frame to allow the ramp to be articulated towards the grate to move excess material off of the ramp and into the grate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Superior Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Brent J Gausman, David K Evink
  • Patent number: 8424669
    Abstract: A work transport apparatus includes a carriage to carry a work along a guide lane; a work loading mechanism to load the work on the carriage at a work loading position; and a work unloading mechanism to unload the work from the carriage at a work unloading position. Each of the work loading mechanism, the carriage and the work unloading mechanism includes a work sliding incline sloping down to move the work held on a holder from the work loading mechanism through the carriage to the work unloading mechanism. Each of the work unloading mechanism, the carriage and the work loading mechanism includes a holder sliding incline sloping down to move the holder from the work unloading mechanism through the carriage to the work loading mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanaga Suda, Keiji Nasu, Yuuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8397902
    Abstract: A belt conveyor system is provided. Belt conveyor system comprises a belt conveyor comprising a first end and a second end. Belt conveyor system also comprises a first hopper located at the first end for loading bulk material onto the belt conveyor. Belt conveyor system also comprises a dispersion assembly on the second end, the dispersion assembly projects and radially disperses the bulk material onto a pile. Also provided is a belt conveyor apparatus for projecting bulk material onto a pile having a smooth profile. The belt conveyor apparatus comprises a dispersion assembly located at an unload end of a conveyor, the dispersion assembly comprises a dispersion roller and a structure for positioning the dispersion roller relative to the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: POET Research, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Geraets
  • Publication number: 20120298479
    Abstract: A mobile stacking and reclaiming apparatus includes a moveable bridge, a moveable hopper and a moveable tripper. The moveable bridge has a first end, a second end, and at least one intermediate portion between the first and second ends. The moveable hopper is connected to the moveable bridge. The moveable hopper is moveable relative to the moveable bridge along at least a portion of the moveable bridge. The moveable tripper is also connected to the moveable bridge. The moveable tripper being moveable relative to the moveable bridge along at least a portion of the moveable bridge. A system is also disclosed that includes at least one mobile stacking and reclaiming apparatus adjacent to at least one stacking overland conveyor configured to convey material for stacking material and at least one reclaiming overland conveyor configured to convey material for reclaiming material. A method of providing such systems is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: FLSMIDTH A/S
    Inventors: Benjamin Boyce, Glenn Davis
  • Publication number: 20120298478
    Abstract: A seed tender is formed by a container with five compartments arranged in a row for mounting on a conventional trailer frame with a conveyor belt underneath discharge openings of the compartments for transporting the material to a rear where there is provided a discharge conveyor for transporting the material to a seeder. The discharge belt conveyor has a rectangular support frame and four sections which retract into the frame to stand upwardly along the rear in the retracted position. A mounting assembly provides a first swivel support for providing pivotal movement side to side of the support frame about a generally upstanding axis and a second swivel support for providing pivotal movement up and down of the support frame about a generally horizontal axis. The belt folds in the retracted position when driven by a chain retraction drive arrangement for driving extension and retraction of the conveyor belt support sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Henry Friesen
  • Publication number: 20120285795
    Abstract: A belt conveyor apparatus includes a tube sloping from a hopper at the lower intake. A belt passes along a floor of the hopper then up through the tube. The hopper floor has edge portions curving upward such that as the belt moves along the floor, side portions of the belt curve upward. Hopper sidewalls extend upward and outward from bottom inner edges thereof located above right and left sides of the middle portion of the belt, and outer edges of the belt are thus located under the sidewalls. Seal strips are to the sidewalls with lower edges sealing to right and left sides of the middle portion of the belt such that pockets are formed under the sidewalls between the curved side portions of the belt and the seal strips. A trap opening in the tube also allows oilseeds to drop out of the tube from under the belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Adrianus Dekoning
  • Patent number: 8196729
    Abstract: A portable truck dump comprises a conveyor system mounted on an elongate frame to transport material from a first end of the frame to a second, opposite end of the frame. A grate is positioned over the conveyor system and is supported by first and second sides of the frame. A ramp extends generally perpendicular to the frame on each side of the frame next to the grate to provide a drive-over access for a material transport vehicle to deposit its load over the grate and onto the conveyor system and a portion of each ramp. A first end of each ramp immediately adjacent to the frame is pivotally connected to the frame to allow the ramp to be articulated towards the grate to move excess material off of the ramp and into the grate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Kuryakyn Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Brent J. Gausman, David K. Evink
  • Publication number: 20110308914
    Abstract: A portable truck dump comprises a conveyor system mounted on an elongate frame to transport material from a first end of the frame to a second, opposite end of the frame. A grate is positioned over the conveyor system and is supported by first and second sides of the frame. A ramp extends generally perpendicular to the frame on each side of the frame next to the grate to provide a drive-over access for a material transport vehicle to deposit its load over the grate and onto the conveyor system and a portion of each ramp. A first end of each ramp immediately adjacent to the frame is pivotally connected to the frame to allow the ramp to be articulated towards the grate to move excess material off of the ramp and into the grate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Brent J. Gausman, David K. Evink
  • Publication number: 20110253502
    Abstract: A side shifting conveyor is provided for a surface mining operation. The conveyor generally includes conveyor sections and conveyor translation devices. Each conveyor translation device includes a drive operable to move the associated at least one conveyor section in a direction substantially perpendicular to the conveying direction. The conveyor further includes a controller operatively coupled to each drive for controlling operation of the drive and coordinating movement of the conveyor sections. A method for moving a conveyor in a surface mine generally includes sensing that a surface miner operable to deposit material onto the conveyor sections has moved beyond one of the conveyor sections, fixing a position relative to the surface mine of a conveyor translation device associated with one of the conveyor sections, and operating the conveyor translation device to move one of the conveyor sections in a direction substantially perpendicular to the conveying direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Brad Neilson, Michael S. Adamczyk, Joseph J. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8011490
    Abstract: A portable truck dump comprises a conveyor system mounted on an elongate frame to transport material from a first end of the frame to a second, opposite end of the frame. A grate is positioned over the conveyor system and is supported by first and second sides of the frame. A ramp extends generally perpendicular to the frame on each side of the frame next to the grate to provide a drive-over access for a material transport vehicle to deposit its load over the grate and onto the conveyor system. A first end of each ramp immediately adjacent to the frame is pivotally connected to the frame to allow the frame to be articulated towards the grate. A second end of each ramp spaced from the frame is supported above but in close proximity to the ground. A support frame is associated with each ramp for supporting the second end of each ramp. A drive-on ramp contacts an end portion of the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Superior Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Brent J. Gausman, David K. Evink
  • Publication number: 20110079488
    Abstract: A portable truck dump comprises a conveyor system mounted on an elongate frame to transport material from a first end of the frame to a second, opposite end of the frame. A grate is positioned over the conveyor system and is supported by first and second sides of the frame. A ramp extends generally perpendicular to the frame on each side of the frame next to the grate to provide a drive-over access for a material transport vehicle to deposit its load over the grate and onto the conveyor system. A first end of each ramp immediately adjacent to the frame is pivotally connected to the frame to allow the frame to be articulated towards the grate. A second end of each ramp spaced from the frame is supported above but in close proximity to the ground. A support frame is associated with each ramp for supporting the second end of each ramp. A drive-on ramp contacts an end portion of the support frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventors: Brent J. Gausman, David K. Evink
  • Publication number: 20110061989
    Abstract: One aspect provides a distribution auger. The distribution auger comprises a fill hopper, a flighting, and an outer covering surrounding the flighting. The fill hopper is located at a first end of the distribution auger and the outer covering includes a plurality of openings located on a bottom side such that, when the distribution auger is horizontally configured, solid matter introduced to the fill hopper located at the first end of the distribution auger falls through the plurality of holes when propelled by the flighting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventor: Bruce Thompson
  • Patent number: 7866456
    Abstract: A portable screw conveyor includes a conveyor boom assembly carrying a conveyor and supported by a portable base having wheels located at each corner of the base which provides support for the conveyor boom assembly. An actuator system preferably with a linear actuator, is provided between the conveyor boom assembly and the portable base to raise and lower one end of the conveyor boom assembly. A conveyor boom assembly preferably carries a flexible screw conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Hapman, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Bauman, Brent D. Root
  • Publication number: 20100314214
    Abstract: A mobile stacking and reclaiming apparatus includes a moveable bridge, a moveable hopper and a moveable tripper. The moveable bridge has a first end, a second end, and at least one intermediate portion between the first and second ends. The moveable hopper is connected to the moveable bridge. The moveable hopper is moveable relative to the moveable bridge along at least a portion of the moveable bridge. The moveable tripper is also connected to the moveable bridge. The moveable tripper being moveable relative to the moveable bridge along at least a portion of the moveable bridge. A system is also disclosed that includes at least one mobile stacking and reclaiming apparatus adjacent to at least one stacking overland conveyor configured to convey material for stacking material and at least one reclaiming overland conveyor configured to convey material for reclaiming material. A method of providing such systems is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventors: Benjamin Boyce, Glenn Davis
  • Patent number: 7845482
    Abstract: A portable truck dump comprises a conveyor system mounted on an elongate frame to transport material from a first end of the frame to a second, opposite end of the frame. A grate is positioned over the conveyor system and is supported by first and second sides of the frame. A ramp extends generally perpendicular to the frame on each side of the frame next to the grate to provide a drive-over access for a material transport vehicle to deposit its load over the grate and onto the conveyor system. A first end of each ramp immediately adjacent to the frame is pivotally connected to the frame to allow the frame to be articulated towards the grate. A second end of each ramp spaced from the frame is supported above but in close proximity to the ground. A support frame is associated with each ramp for supporting the second end of each ramp. A drive-on ramp contacts an end portion of the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Superior Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Brent J. Gausman, David K. Evink
  • Publication number: 20100040446
    Abstract: A bulk seed handling system (20) is provided to facilitate seed transfer from a distributor to a farm and then to a planter or the like. The handling system (20) includes one or more upright bin assemblies (22) adapted to be moved in a filled condition, and a trailer (24) designed to move the bin assembly (22) and unload seed therefrom. The bin assembly (22) includes a seed bin (26) having a lower unload opening (34) and supported by a frame assembly (38) including telescopic legs (50) shiftable between a retractable travel position and an extended bin support position. The trailer (24) includes a lift frame (60) operable to engage and elevate the bin assembly (22) for travel with the legs (50) thereof in a retracted position, and a seed-conveying arrangement including an intermediate conveyor (62) and a delivery conveyor (64).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Applicant: USC, LLC
    Inventor: Jim Renyer
  • Patent number: 7658271
    Abstract: In a movable conveyor belt storage installation including a belt storage means (4), conveyor belt support structures (29) following the belt storage means (4), and a movable takeover car (7) including a deflection means (43) for the conveyor belt and a takeup chute (8) for taking over excavated material, the belt storage means (4) is comprised of at least two segments (13, 20, 22, 26) which are connected with one another so as to be pivotable about an axis extending transversely to the belt running direction and passing through the plane of the floor (31), wherein at least a portion of the support structures (29) are capable of being carried along in or on the takeover car (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Sandvik Mining and Construction G.m.b.H.
    Inventors: Manfred Fuchs, Simon Curry
  • Patent number: 7607529
    Abstract: A portable truck dump comprises a conveyor system mounted on an elongate frame to transport material from a first end of the frame to a second, opposite end of the frame. A grate is positioned over the conveyor system and is supported by first and second sides of the frame. A ramp extends generally perpendicular to the frame on each side of the frame next to the grate to provide a drive-over access for a material transport vehicle to deposit its load over the grate and onto the conveyor system. A first end of each ramp immediately adjacent to the frame is pivotally connected to the frame to allow the frame to be articulated towards the grate. A second end of each ramp spaced from the frame is supported above but in close proximity to the ground. A support frame is associated with each ramp to provide a barrier along the ground adjacent to and at a level of the second end of each ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Superior Industries, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Brent J. Gausman, David K. Evink
  • Patent number: 7500814
    Abstract: An air cart for use in an agricultural seeder includes a frame; a material tank carried by the frame; an arm pivotally coupled with the frame; a conveyor coupled with the arm for conveying material to the tank; and a hydraulic positioning system coupled with the conveyor for automatically moving the conveyor to a selected one of a plurality of predetermined positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Bradley J. Meyer
  • Patent number: 7500817
    Abstract: A trailer having support wheels and a frame adapted to be hitched to a truck, includes a support track extending longitudinally for supporting an unload conveyor. The conveyor is mounted by a turret to the support track and, thus, to the trailer frame, permitting the turret to move in a fore-to-aft direction, as well as to rotate about the vertical for about 180°, providing flexibility in use as well as transport and storage. A support module, carrying at least one storage container is mounted on the trailer frame. The storage containers may be provided in a number of different sizes and they may be arranged in various configurations suiting the user's needs. The turret is positioned along the track beneath a desired seed container, which may then be unloaded by the conveyor to fill a planter seed box or grain drill, or for other seed handling applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: KSI Conveyors, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Jason Furrer, Todd W. Kaeb, Steven R. Walder
  • Patent number: 7488149
    Abstract: A container for example for a seeder includes a filling conveyor mounted on one with a bottom hopper and an upper filling spout with the conveyor being movable in a direction inwardly and outwardly relative to the side of the container to different positions relative to the container for cooperation with a supply. This is achieved by mounting the conveyor on a swivel coupling at the outer end of an arm which can be raised and lowered by pivotal movement about an inner end at the container. The hopper is supported on two pairs of ground wheels, each pair being arranged on a respective side of the hopper for supporting the respective side and each pair comprising a respective one of a pair of castor wheels mounted at respective ends of a pivotal beam extending along the respective side of the hopper and pivotal about an axis transverse to the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Decker Colony Farms Ltd.
    Inventor: Samuel Waldner
  • Publication number: 20090035110
    Abstract: A vehicle for transport and placement of fill material in trenches and for backfilling. The vehicle features a tiltable hopper connected to a central portion of a chassis which may be tilted to adjust the vehicle's center of gravity. Two conveyors deposit two independent volumes of fill material on or adjacent to a target through the positioning of one conveyor a distance from the hopper further than the other. The speed of the conveyors or the volume of fill material placed thereon may be varied to vary each respective discharged volume of material from each conveyor. The conveyors and hopper may be engaged to the base of the vehicle on a chassis that is rotatable on the base and fluid dispensers may be positioned over each conveyor to dampen the fill material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventor: James D. Woods, JR.
  • Patent number: 7424943
    Abstract: A portable truck dump comprises a conveyor system mounted on an elongate frame to transport material from a first end of the frame to a second, opposite end of the frame. A grate is positioned over the conveyor system and is supported by first and second sides of the frame. A ramp extends generally perpendicular to the frame on each side of the frame next to the grate to provide a drive-over access for a material transport vehicle to deposit its load over the grate and onto the conveyor system. A first end of each ramp immediately adjacent to the frame is pivotally connected to the frame to allow the frame to be articulated towards the grate. A second end of each ramp spaced from the frame is supported above but in close proximity to the ground. A support frame is associated with each ramp to provide a barrier along the ground adjacent to and at a level of the second end of each ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Superior Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Brent J. Gausman, David K. Evink
  • Patent number: 6974017
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for moving and packing freshly harvested agricultural products in such a way as to minimize the damage to agricultural products from bruising and breakage resulting from falling into storage bins. This invention uses a hydraulic-driven conveyor belt to move smaller transport containers which are physically closer to the actual point where the agricultural products are discharged into the waiting transport containers. Because the transport container is physically closer to the discharge point of the agricultural products, the actual distance the agricultural products fall is greatly reduced as is the probability of damage from bruising or breaking apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Inventor: Anthony Damian Oseguera
  • Patent number: 6966415
    Abstract: An apparatus for rollably supporting a cement-pouring chute having a support structure cooperatively engageable with a cement-pouring chute for supporting the chute and directing the pouring of cement therefrom. The support structure is angularly adjustable to allow for the angular adjustment of the cement-pouring chute. At least one roller assembly is connected to the support structure to provide a rollable adjustment to the support structure. The roller assembly may provide a pneumatic tire mounted on a caster and a bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: Dennis Conrad
  • Patent number: 6932554
    Abstract: A control device and corresponding method for controlling a transfer device on a harvesting machine are disclosed. The transfer device is arranged at a distance adjacent to a housing part so as to be rotatable about a vertical axis and, to alter the height setting, elevatable about a horizontal axis. The control device includes a rotation range limiting means that limits the maximum permitted pivot range of the transfer device as a function of the height setting of the transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Heinrich Isfort, Manfred Poliklas
  • Patent number: 6805229
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus comprises an upper conveyor tube. A lower conveyor tube has an open upper discharge end telescopically engaged with the upper conveyor tube, and an intake hopper mounted on a lower intake end. A telescope actuator selectively extends and retracts the lower conveyor tube. Wheels are attached to the upper conveyor tube to support the lower end of the upper conveyor tube and the lower conveyor tube. The wheels are oriented for travel transverse to the conveyor tubes, and an elevating actuator is operative to raise and lower the wheels. A conveyor belt has a top run that passes through the hopper and conveyor tubes, and a belt drive moves the top run of the conveyor belt up through the conveyor tubes to carry material from the intake hopper to the upper discharge end of the upper conveyor tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Inventor: Adrianus Petrus Jacoba Dekoning
  • Patent number: 6782993
    Abstract: Mobile conveyor modules are used for transporting aggregate over a long distance, or for transferring the aggregate to other modules, and for stacking the aggregate either linearly or radially. These modules may be used in various combinations by themselves or in combination with existing conveyor systems and bridge stackers to stack aggregate on and off multi-lift leach pads and on multi-lift dump sites. The mobile conveyor modules are designed to be steerable and self-propelled, providing increased maneuverability and reducing relocation/reformation time. Multiple stacking methods may be used with the mobile conveyor modules either separately, or at the same time, advance and retreat stacking, the stacking of a berm, or the filling in of a corridor, may be accomplished on a variety of terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Terra Nova Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: George M. Bernard, Ronald R. Kelly
  • Patent number: 6763925
    Abstract: A self propelled vehicle for transport and placement of an onboard supply of fill material in an onboard hopper. The hopper is connected to said vehicle at a point operatively positioned to discharge fill material placed therein on a conveyor belt mounted to a support structure. The fill material is deposited on the conveyor at a receiving and discharged at the distal end of the conveyor either directly or via a flow director attached to the distal end attached thereto. The flow director bifurcates the stream of fill material allowing the operator to place more or less of the fill in two streams using a plurality of independently adjustable channeling ramps. The hopper is optionally adjustable from an angle normal to the vehicle to allow for adjustment in the vehicle center of gravity on grades. The flow director can also be configured for attachment to existing conveyors to increase their utility or used as part of the entire self propelled device in a single unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: James Woods
  • Publication number: 20030047415
    Abstract: A bulk material processing apparatus (10) which comprises: a longitudinally extending main frame (11); a supply conveyor (23) mounted on, and extending lengthwise of the main frame (11), and operative to convey a supply of bulk material from a forward lower end of the conveyor to an upper and rearward discharge end (24), a material processing device (13) mounted on the main frame (11) and arranged to receive material from the discharge end (24) of the supply conveyor (23), to process the material, and to discharge processed material; a discharge conveyor (32) mounted on the main frame (11) below the processing device (16) so as to be able to receive processed material discharged by the processing device, and to discharge the material to a discharge point located rearwardly of the apparatus; means (16, 17, 18) mounting the processing device (13) on the main frame (11) for movement between a raised operating position to a lowered transport position; and, means (34) mounting the discharge conveyor (32) on the ma
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventor: Christopher William Wagstaffe
  • Publication number: 20020195310
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel transfer conveyor for transporting material from a feed point to an input section of a main conveyor. The transfer conveyor comprises a feed end, a discharge end, and a means for conveying material from the feed end to the discharge end. A connector is provided for detachably and rotatably connecting the transfer conveyor to the main conveyor such that the feed end of the transfer conveyor may be moved about the input section of the main conveyor while maintaining the flow of material from the discharge end of the transfer conveyor into an input section of the main conveyor. If the main conveyor to which the transfer conveyor is attached is to be operated within a range of operation angles, the connector is adapted to permit rotation of the transfer conveyor about the input section of the main conveyor at each operation angle of the main conveyor within the range. The transfer conveyor may be provided with a nozzle portion on the discharge end thereof to which the connector is attached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Applicant: Highline Mfg. Inc.
    Inventors: Kimball Lischynski, Murray Kosokowsky