Shiftable Or Removable Conveyor Unit Patents (Class 414/523)
  • Patent number: 11014760
    Abstract: A conveyor support system has a primary arm and a secondary arm. The secondary arm has a generally vertical, rotatable shaft at its distal end. The vertical shaft supports pivoting of a conveyor system about the shaft. A powered wheel and tire assembly is mounted on the conveyor, under an intake end of the conveyor, and is oriented in a position to drive rotation of the conveyor about the vertical, rotatable shaft disposed at the distal end of the secondary arm. The primary arm is mounted to the agricultural machine and is configured to move the conveyor from its transport position to a position in which it can be rotated to its deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Stanley R. Borkgren
  • Patent number: 10926956
    Abstract: A foldable conveyor system is disclosed appropriate for loading and unloading an airplane using two people. In one embodiment, the foldable conveyor system is formed of a plurality of foldable sections, where each section has a first half and a second half foldably connected to each other. Each first half and each second half has reversible tension-controlled conveyor belts for moving luggage into or out of an aircraft. When fully deployed, and thus operating flat along the interior of an aircraft, the foldable conveyor system operates to move luggage and other objects placed on the foldable conveyor system in a selected direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ramper Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim J. Fulton, Tasche L. Streib, John A. Laz, David Moulin, Nickolas P. Hirte, Kevin S. Heisler, Matthew R. Poulsen, Ricky D. Cross, David J. Barrent
  • Patent number: 10913381
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to a vehicle-mounted conveyor system, and more specifically a conveyor system that can be mounted on a short-length, non-CDL truck. The conveyor can convey a wide range of materials, including shingles, shakes (e.g., loose dirt, gravel, and rocks), tiles, underlayment, solar panels, siding, bricks, fasteners, etc. In some embodiments, the conveyor system includes a frame with a four-sided FRP tube, a belt positioned on top of the tube, cleats interconnected to the belt, belt pulleys, a motor, a material backstop, and conveyor positioning features. Conveyor positioning features include a tilting hinge and carriage guide, a conveyor carriage, a telescopic vertical post, and a slewing drive. In some embodiments, the conveyor frame is a fiber-reinforced plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Multilift, Inc.
    Inventors: Job Bacon-Maldonado, III, Robert D. Drost, Chris K. Miller, Kenneth B. Drost, Job Maldonado, Jr., Kenton C. Ensor
  • Patent number: 10874055
    Abstract: A farm implement having an auger assembly that includes a first auger section with a first auger shaft and a first helical flight array and a second auger section with a second auger shaft and a second helical flight array. When the auger assembly is set in the operating position, a leading edge of the first helical flight array opposes a trailing edge of the second flight array, and the leading edge is spatially separated from the trailing edge by a gap. The auger assembly further includes a first flight extension detachably mounted to the leading edge of the first helical flight array and/or a second flight extension detachably mounted to the trailing edge of the second helical flight array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: UNVERFERTH MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Shawn W. Gerdeman, Michael D. Van Mill
  • Patent number: 10836591
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling articles in a transporting unit, which may be an interchangeable container, having a mobile conveying unit that is moved into the transporting unit to unload the unit, collect and receive articles stacked in the unit under the control of an operator, and convey the articles out of the transporting unit in an unloading direction for further processing. The apparatus generally facilitates removal from the transporting unit with a small amount of effort during the unloading of non-uniformly or randomly stacked articles. The conveying unit has a floor conveyor which conveys in a loose random arrangement the articles that have been toppled or removed from the stack of articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Peter Enenkel
  • Patent number: 10822172
    Abstract: A conveyor used with a harvester such as a wind rower has a chute at its discharge end with a deflection surface which controls the throw trajectory and thus the throw range of crop being cut. The orientation angle of the deflection surface relatively to the conveyor may be varied as a function of the particular crop throw characteristics to change the throw range of the conveyor as needed to form merged windrows of a particular crop while avoiding windrow widths which are too wide for efficient harvesting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Albert Wayne Childs
  • Patent number: 10814574
    Abstract: Compactor (100) suitable for compacting and wrapping bulk material and suitable for transportation on public roads. The compactor comprises a bunker (200) for reception of the bulk material to be compacted. The bunker (200) exhibits a front end adjacent to a baler unit (300), and a rear end facing the supply of bulk material. The compactor (100) exhibits a longitudinal axis (L) coinciding with the transport direction of the compactor (100) on a road. The bunker (200) comprises two substantially mirror-symmetric foldable first (201A) and second (201B) bunker section mounted to a frame (207) in a pivotal manner in a vertical direction about a horizontal axis extending perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis (L). An end plate (205A; 205B) is mounted pivotal at the rear of the bunker (200) serving as anchoring means and bulk collector means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Orkel Development AS
    Inventor: Walter Bachmann
  • Patent number: 10806648
    Abstract: A ramp assembly for use to accommodate a wheel-chaired passenger to enter or exit a motorized vehicle includes a ramp body having a length defined along a longitudinal direction, a first side rail pivotably coupled to the ramp body, a second side rail pivotably coupled to the ramp body, and a hinge plate pivotably coupled to the ramp body. The ramp assembly further includes a first arm and a second arm coupled to a bottom surface of the ramp body. The first side rail and second side rail are pivotably moved between a folded position in which the first and second side rails pivot inwardly and a raised position in which the side rails are oriented perpendicular to the ramp body. The first arm operably pivots the first side rail between its folded and raised position, and the second arm operably pivots the second side rail between its folded and raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: THE BRAUN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Greg Perkins, Michael Laird, Eric Kitchel
  • Patent number: 10399787
    Abstract: A conveyor and conveyor drive for filling a combine grain tank includes a chain and paddle conveyor in a housing (114) that feeds an intermediate chamber (116), a gearbox with a first coupling element (208), the first coupling element (208) having teeth (230) with holes therethrough to permit the expulsion of grain from between the first coupling element (208) and a second coupling element (210) that is connected to a pivoting auger conveyor (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Alexandre C. Rodrigues, Chad R. Borkgren, Brian J. Tank, Zachary Saylor, Matthew L. Douglas, Alexander B. Lassers, Douglas G. Temple, Joshua R. Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 9820899
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for deploying a ramp assembly. The ramp assembly includes a ramp portion rotatable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The ramp assembly further includes a panel rotatable about a first end, wherein the ramp portion supportingly engages a second end of the panel to elevate the second end of the panel as the ramp portion moves toward the deployed position. The method includes the step of rotating the ramp portion until the ramp portion contacts an alighting surface. The method further includes the step of rotating the ramp portion until one of a first condition and second condition occurs. The first condition is that the ramp portion has reached a maximum slope. The second condition is that the second end of the panel has reached a predetermined elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: LIFT-U, DIVISION OF HOGAN MFG., INC.
    Inventors: Donald Morris, David Johnson
  • Patent number: 9554516
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods which use a conveyored loading assembly for gathering bales and, in particular, round bales such as a hay or corn stover bales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: FORAGE INNOVATIONS B.V.
    Inventors: Kent Thompson, Darin Dux
  • Patent number: 9421899
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for delivering proppant to a well site has a trailer with a bed thereon and at least one track of rollers extending in parallel relationship to the longitudinal axis of the trailer. The track of rollers extend substantially for an entire length of the bed of the trailer. At least one proppant container is translatably positioned on the track of rollers. The proppant container is movable along the array of rollers from one end of the bed to an opposite end of the bed. A bin can be removably positioned below the bed of the trailer in a position rearward of the front end of the trailer and forward of a rear end of the trailer so as to allow the proppant container to discharge into the bin. A conveyor is cooperative with the bin so as to move proppant from the bin to a location at the well site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: OREN TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Joshua Oren
  • Patent number: 9333892
    Abstract: A granular commodity wagon or grain cart assembly that includes a movable conveyor assembly supported by the grain cart. The conveyor assembly is movable between a stowed position and an in-use position. When in the stowed position, the conveyor assembly facilitates a compact footprint of the grain cart assembly for storage and/or transportation. When in the in-use position, the conveyor assembly can be oriented in generally longitudinal alignment with the longitudinal axis associated with the direction of travel of the grain cart assembly to facilitate loading of the cart with a commodity, such as grain, seeds, or beans collected by a harvester or other secondary harvest or collection and/or transport and/or storage vehicle or container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Sidney Johnson
  • Patent number: 9127509
    Abstract: A powered auger support device is provided having connection to a vehicle, a trailer hitch receiver on a vehicle, or the bed of a trailer, whereby a powered auger is slideably supported along an upright rail by way of a winch controlled by an operator. The device comprises a support structure having an upright rail, an auger support frame, and a pulley and winch system for raising and lowering the auger support frame. The auger support frame supports the handles of a stand-along auger and is pivotably supported along the rail, permitting the support frame to rotate with respect to the frame for placing the auger working end at different angles or in a horizontally stowed position. An embodiment of the upright rail contemplates a rotational hinge that places the auger support frame outside of the vehicle wheel tracks or outside of the bed of a trailer during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventors: James Allen Robinson, Dawn Marie Robinson
  • Patent number: 9068307
    Abstract: Portable vacuum systems are provided. In one embodiment, a portable vacuum system includes a tank, an engine, and a transportation system. The engine is configured to generate a vacuum within the tank. The transportation system illustratively has one or more wheels and is configured to tilt the tank about an axis that is between a front and a back of the tank. In other embodiments, a portable vacuum system may also include a swivel elbow that connects the tank to a vacuum wand, a ledge that supports the engine, a back door that forms a seal with the tank along a curved lip, and a filter that is accessible through a threaded cover on the tank. Additionally, one or more of the components of a system may be made utilizing rotational molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Winfield Consumer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Douglas Johnson, Mark D. McNeil
  • Patent number: 9062327
    Abstract: Ear corn is picked from corn fields by ear corn harvesters and transported to a central shelling station associated with an ethanol manufacturing facility. Shelled corn from the central shelling station is processed into ethanol at the ethanol manufacturing facility, and corn cobs from the central shelling station are burned to provide process heat for the ethanol manufacturing process. Energy is conserved and costs are reduced during the picking and shelling of the ear corn and by the burning of cobs for process heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Alvin D. Shulman
  • Patent number: 9061836
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Metso Minerals, Inc.
    Inventors: Timo Horkko, Mikko Asikainen, Pasi Overmark, Tuomas Tuokko
  • Patent number: 9061834
    Abstract: An auger assembly for moving material is disclosed. The auger assembly includes a first auger section, second auger section, and joint connecting the two sections. The second auger section includes an auger assembly output for dispensing material, such as a harvested grain. The first auger section, second auger section, and joint each rotate about its own axis, thereby causing three-dimensional movement of the auger assembly and particularly the auger assembly output. The auger assembly is capable of both manual control, such as by a joystick, and automatic control, such as by an electronic controller. Also provided is a material handling apparatus employing the disclosed auger assembly and also including a container for storing material to be moved by the auger assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Dethmers Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Ryan Mulder, Robert Koerselman
  • Publication number: 20150132093
    Abstract: A combine has a grain bin with a sump and an unloading system for unloading grain out of the bin. The unloading system has a pivoting unloading tube assembly movable between a storage position and an unloading position. The unloading tube assembly has an inner riser section and a variable-length outer transport section. When the unloading tube assembly is in the storage position, at least a portion of the inner riser section nests underneath a rear floor portion of the grain bin. The variable-length transport section has a proximal chute nested with a distal chute that can be moved relative the proximal chute. A nested conveyor assembly transports grain through the variable-length section. The nested conveyor assembly includes an endless conveyor and pulleys configured to form an upper grain transporting reach inside of the chutes and a return reach outside of the chutes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph M. BIGGERSTAFF, Frederic DUCROQUET, Steven R. TIPPERY
  • Patent number: 8992156
    Abstract: A conveyor is arranged to be mounted underneath a hopper bottom highway transportation truck which has two longitudinally spaced dump hoppers each with a bottom discharge opening to carry the discharged material to the side of the trailer from each of the hoppers in turn. The conveyor is thus carried between the bottom discharge openings so that it can be raised up between them during transport. From the mounting point at one side between the openings the conveyor is lowered so that its loading end is lowered and then the conveyor pivots to one side or the other so that its loading end is underneath the selected bottom discharge opening. The conveyor runs in a direction so that it lifts the material from the selected discharge opening upwardly to the mounting point at the one side for discharge to the side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Haukaas Manufacturing Limited
    Inventors: Greg Haukaas, Beric Duane Haukaas, Vincent Colistro
  • Patent number: 8974170
    Abstract: A position adjustment assembly for an agricultural product conveyor, which delivers a product to a storage system, such as an air cart, includes an inner arm having a first end rotatably coupled to the air cart and a second end. An outer arm has a first end and a second end. The second end of the inner arm is rotatably coupled to the outer arm proximate to the first end of the outer arm. An intermediate link has a lateral positioning assembly to vary the length of the intermediate link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nicholas G. A. Ryder, Trevor L. Kowalchuk, Ethan C. S. Bent
  • Patent number: 8967940
    Abstract: A seed carrier includes a main hopper coupled with a frame via leg members. The main hopper has a discharge. A base plate is coupled with the frame. A support arm is rotatably coupled with the base plate at a first end. A belt driven conveyor having a conveyor hopper at a first end and a discharge at a second end is rotatably coupled with a second end of said support arm at an approximate center of gravity thereof. A latch mechanism is provided for detachably coupling the first end of the conveyor with the first end of the support arm such that the conveyor hopper is position below the main hopper discharge. When the conveyor is uncoupled from the first end of the support arm, the conveyor can rotate to a loading position wherein the discharge thereof can be positioned over the main hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian James Petersen, David Richard Smith
  • Patent number: 8961098
    Abstract: A vehicle for transporting bulk seed containers and for transferring seed from the bulk seed containers to a seed planting machine includes a frame; a number of bulk seed container supports attached to the frame, each bulk seed container support supporting a bulk seed container; a feed tube connected to each of the bulk seed container supports, each feed tube engaging a bulk seed container; a delivery tube connected to each feed tube; a funnel commonly connected to the delivery tubes; an auger tube connected to the funnel and an auger to transfer seed to a seed planting machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Chad Mohns, Wyman Travis
  • Publication number: 20150050109
    Abstract: The foldable truck bed extension deck and ramp assembly are mountable in a short-box pickup truck. The bed extension deck and ramp assembly have a comparable length to a full-size pickup truck box when deployed for use, and are jointly foldable to fit into a short-bed pickup truck with its tailgate closed when not used. The bed extension deck has a strong upper surface to resist deformation in rough use. The ramp member can be deployed with its front end matching the surface of the extension deck so that a vehicle can be driven along the ramp member and onto the deck surface without encountering any transition step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Michel Michaud
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140356119
    Abstract: A chute swing restricting mechanism for locking a chute supported by a rotary shaft being rotatably arranged on a vehicle body of a concrete mixer truck in a storage position includes an engagement part which is rotatable along with the rotary shaft and has an engagement hole, a swing restricting pin which is movably installed relative to the vehicle body, and an energizing member for energizing the swing restricting pin. The swing restricting pin is configured to be inserted into the engagement hole of the engagement part according to an energizing force of the energizing member when the chute is swung and reaches the storage position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Tetsuo Kasahara
  • Publication number: 20140356118
    Abstract: A wheelchair lift apparatus for a vehicle including a primary frame, an extendable base, and a wheelchair platform which can is capable of transferring a wheelchair and wheelchair user into and out of a vehicle and is suitable for use during operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: WEST COAST CUSTOMS
    Inventors: Ryan FRIEDLINGHAUS, Kenneth Karl PFITZER, Patrick Louie DIETZ, Jeffrey Daniels BRUEGGEMAN
  • Publication number: 20140356117
    Abstract: A complex three part ramp system that is securely attached to the floor of a truck, van, or trailer allows easy access to load and unload cargo therefrom. When not in use, the ramp can be concealed in such a way that it is almost invisible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: William Barger
  • Patent number: 8876456
    Abstract: An agricultural system for conveying product to a holding container is provided. One agricultural system includes a product conveying system having a conveyor and a hopper. The conveyor is configured to move product from the hopper to a holding container. The hopper has an opening for receiving product, and the opening includes a first side adjacent to the conveyor, and a second side opposite the first side. The second side is substantially v-shaped, and configured to channel the product to exit the hopper through the opening while the opening is directed downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Trevor Lawrence Kowalchuk, Kevin Norman Hall
  • Publication number: 20140308104
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system for controlling dispersal of a granular material from a transport assembly. In an implementation, a system includes a transport assembly including a transport storage receptacle configured to receive granular material, and a payload deposit assembly coupled to transport storage receptacle. The payload assembly configured to disperse the granular material. A location-determining device coupled to the transport assembly. The location-determining device is configured to determine a position of the transport assembly with respect to a storage receptacle. A control mechanism is coupled to the transport storage receptacle, and the control mechanism is configured to control dispersal of the granular material. An electronic device is operatively coupled to the control mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Neil Johnson, Jay Ragsdale
  • Publication number: 20140294548
    Abstract: A cart having an adjustable elevation auger. A junction box may located within the opening of a sump of a bin of a cart. The junction box may have an open top, closed bottom and sides, and back wall. The back wall of the junction box may be secured to a bin wall by a hinge such that the junction box may pivot about a pivot axis. An auger housing may be connected to and extend from the junction box. An auger may extend through the auger housing and have an intake end disposed within the junction box. The auger housing and auger may pivot with the junction box about a pivot axis between a lowered position and an elevated position. The auger may be a corner auger and may be a folding auger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Van Mill, Ronald J. Schlimgen
  • Publication number: 20140227068
    Abstract: A seed cart has a trailer with the hopper cantilevered over the trailer. The trailer includes a track extending along the left and side and rear end. A conveyor is mounted on a carriage for movement along the track, such that the conveyor can extend from the left side of the trailer or from the rear end of the trailer. The conveyor is pivotal for approximately 180°. The conveyor inlet and outlet can be positioned for loading and unloading the hopper, and can be spaced from the hopper for loading and unloading two separate containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: MERIDIAN MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Juan Neufeld, Bernie Thiessen
  • Publication number: 20140227069
    Abstract: A system for transferring material from a storage container to a farm implement includes a transfer conveyor transportable on a farm implement including a trailer, a bin mounted on the trailer, a cart conveyor, and a dock mounted on the trailer forwardly or rearwardly of the bin to stow the transfer conveyor. The transfer conveyor includes a wheeled receptacle defining a receiving area with an open top and first and second conveyor portions. The first conveyor portion is disposed within the receiving area and the second conveyor portion pivotable between a storage position in which the second conveyor portion is positioned across the top of the receptacle and an operating position in which the second conveyor portion extends outwardly from the receptacle. The dock is mounted to pivot from a horizontal stowed position disposed across the trailer to a tilted deployed position extending from the trailer to the ground to allow the transfer conveyor to be loaded onto and unloaded from the trailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven R. HILVERS, Shawn GERDEMAN, David R. SMITH
  • Patent number: 8801353
    Abstract: A position adjustment assembly for an agricultural conveyor includes an inner arm having a first end configured to rotatably couple to an agricultural storage system, and an outer arm having a first end, a second end, and a pivot positioned between the first end and the second end. A second end of the inner arm is rotatably coupled to the outer arm at the pivot, and the agricultural conveyor is configured to rotatably couple to the second end of the outer arm. The position adjustment assembly also includes a rotation control assembly configured to couple to the agricultural storage system, and an intermediate link having a first end engaged with the rotation control assembly, and a second end rotatably coupled to the first end of the outer arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Terrance Alan Friggstad, Kevin Norman Hall
  • Patent number: 8794900
    Abstract: A position adjustment assembly for an agricultural conveyor includes an inner arm having a first end configured to rotatably couple to an agricultural storage system at a first location. The position adjustment assembly also includes an outer arm having a first end, a second end, and a pivot positioned between the first end and the second end. A second end of the inner arm is rotatably coupled to the outer arm at the pivot, and the agricultural conveyor is configured to rotatably couple to the second end of the outer arm. In addition, the position adjustment assembly includes an intermediate link having a first end configured to rotatably couple to the agricultural storage system at a second location, longitudinally offset from the first location. A second end of the intermediate link is rotatably coupled to the first end of the outer arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Terrance Alan Friggstad, Kevin Norman Hall
  • Publication number: 20140199146
    Abstract: A vehicle configured to carry solid refinery waste is disclosed. The vehicle includes a mobile tank including a plurality of compartments and at least one buffer disposed between each of the plurality of compartments. The vehicle further includes a plurality of manhole openings on a top wall of the tank, each manhole opening being associated with one of the plurality of compartments and being sized to enable an agitator to pass therethrough. The vehicle also includes a plurality of connectors, each connector being affixed to the mobile tank for movement therewith to selectively secure the agitator and a plurality of fluid valves sized to permit an emulsion of the solid refinery waste and at least one diluent to pass therethrough in flowable form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: The Maitland Company
    Inventor: Robert M. RUMPH
  • Publication number: 20140178163
    Abstract: A granular commodity wagon or grain cart assembly that includes a movable conveyor assembly supported by the grain cart. The conveyor assembly is movable between a stowed position and an in-use position. When in the stowed position, the conveyor assembly facilitates a compact footprint of the grain cart assembly for storage and/or transportation. When in the in-use position, the conveyor assembly can be oriented in generally longitudinal alignment with the longitudinal axis associated with the direction of travel of the grain cart assembly to facilitate loading of the cart with a commodity, such as grain, seeds, or beans collected by a harvester or other secondary harvest or collection and/or transport and/or storage vehicle or container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Sidney Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140140798
    Abstract: A conveyor and hoist apparatus for filling air seeder tanks has a vertical post and a telescoping hoist arm pivotally attached to a top end of the post. A hook hangs down from an outside end of the hoist arm and is pivotally attached thereto about a vertical and horizontal hook pivot axes. A conveyor rest supports a conveyor in a transport position wherein the post is between the conveyor and the tanks The hook engages a lift bar on top of the conveyor near the center of gravity thereof. An operator can manipulate the arm to move the conveyor from the transport position to an operating position with the intake end thereof is on the ground and a discharge end pointed into one of the tanks, or engage the hook member with a bag tether to raise a bag above the tanks to drain the contents into the tanks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Leon Dekoning
  • Patent number: 8702368
    Abstract: A cart having an adjustable elevation auger. A junction box may located within the opening of a sump of a bin of a cart. The junction box may have an open top, closed bottom and sides, and back wall. The back wall of the junction box may be secured to a bin wall by a hinge such that the junction box may pivot about a pivot axis. An auger housing may be connected to and extend from the junction box. An auger may extend through the auger housing and have an intake end disposed within the junction box. The auger housing and auger may pivot with the junction box about a pivot axis between a lowered position and an elevated position. The auger may be a corner auger and may be a folding auger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Van Mill, Ronald J. Schlimgen
  • Patent number: 8696292
    Abstract: An unloading auger elbow for use on an agricultural harvester, comprising an unloading auger elbow assembly with a unitary cast body on which a pivot joint is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Renee A. Dulong
  • Patent number: 8690513
    Abstract: The unloader system has a conveyor and a raise system having an elongate support element including a flexible first end portion and an opposite second end, the first end portion being connected to a support structure at a location higher than a first end of the conveyor, and the second end being connected to the conveyor at a location therealong adjacent to a free end thereof. A cam element is disposed on the support structure in a path of movement of the flexible first end portion of the support element such that as the conveyor is pivoted from the stored position toward the operating position the flexible first end portion will conformingly engage or bend about the cam element to raise the free end of the conveyor. The conveyor can include an elbow which is straightened by this action for raising the free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan E. Ricketts, Joshua D. Werning
  • Publication number: 20140093342
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a trailer loading ramp with a trailer ramp platform and a ramp platform that may include hydraulic cylinders to move between loading and hauling positions. The trailer ramp platform and ramp platform may allow for ease of loading by providing access from the ground surface when the trailer loading ramp is in the loading position and may retract to avoid the ground when in the hauling position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Sonoco Development Incorporated
    Inventor: Jeff King
  • Publication number: 20140064895
    Abstract: The foldable truck bed extension deck and ramp assembly are mountable in a short-box pickup truck. The bed extension deck and ramp assembly have a comparable length to a full-size pickup truck box when deployed for use, and are jointly foldable to fit into a short-bed pickup truck with its tailgate closed when not used. The bed extension deck has a strong upper surface to resist deformation in rough use. The ramp member can be deployed with its front end matching the surface of the extension deck so that a vehicle can be driven along the ramp member and onto the deck surface without encountering any transition step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Michel Michaud
  • Publication number: 20130343847
    Abstract: A loading apparatus for installation on a vehicle receiving hitch can include a hitch attachment and a loading ramp. The loading apparatus can be used to transport vehicles such as all terrain vehicles and riding lawn mowers on the beds of pick-up trucks. The horizontal length and vertical height of the hitch attachment can be adjusted to conform to varying sizes and designs of pick-up trucks and tailgates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Freeman
  • Publication number: 20130315697
    Abstract: A mechanism for deploying and aligning a ramp relative to a platform includes a main bearing operatively associated with the platform and rotatable about a main pivot axis; a drive member disposed on the main bearing, the drive member being adapted to drive the main bearing to rotate about the main pivot axis; a rotating member disposed on the main bearing and rotatable about the main pivot axis with the main bearing; and a ramp member rotatably connected to the rotating member at a pivot point eccentric to the main pivot axis. Rotation of the rotating member causes the ramp member to move between a stowed position and a deployed position in an arcuate path about the main pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: RICON CORP.
    Inventors: Dmitry Koretsky, Christopher Wyszkowski, Steven Fisher
  • Patent number: 8585343
    Abstract: A grain cart has a wheel supported frame on which is mounted an open top container having inclined bottom walls and including a single discharge auger conveyor having a lower section extending from a sump for the container adjacent a front left inclined corner portion of the container. The auger conveyor has an extended upper section supported by a hinge assembly having a pivot axis offset and askewed at an acute angle from the auger axis. The hinge assembly provides for pivoting the upper conveyor section between an inclined grain discharge position projecting upwardly, laterally outwardly and forwardly from the container and a stored position inclined downwardly at a substantial angle from the hinge assembly in front of the container. In the stored position, the grain discharge outlet is located lower than the top surfaces of the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: J&M Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Wood
  • Publication number: 20130294873
    Abstract: Disclosed is an adjustable-length, variable-tracked ramp loading system attachable to a stationary loading dock or to the bed of any of a variety of trucks, said ramp loading system functioning to assist with the loading of assorted types of cargo including mowing equipment, wheeled vehicles, construction equipment, supplies, materials, and other objects of dimensions compatible with the size of the ramps which comprise the ramp loading system installed. The system is constructed and operates with a minimum of two (2) extendable ramps, each ramp reinforced with four lengthwise I-beams. Each ramp is manually pulled out from its individual bridge, which bridge itself is stored inside horizontally-oriented primarily longitudinal housing channels attached to the bed of the truck or loading dock. The ramps may be extended and angularly lowered at varying distances from the rear of the truck bed or dock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Robert M. Chastain, JR.
  • Patent number: 8573917
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: USC, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jim Renyer
  • Patent number: 8562278
    Abstract: A side-discharge chipper body to be mounted on vehicle used to pull a tree limb chipper. The side-discharge chipper body includes a forestry box adapted to receive chipped landscape materials from a chipper, a side door pivotally mounted to the forestry box, and a conveyor assembly disposed within the forestry box and adapted to discharge chipped landscape material stored within the forestry box out the side door. The side-discharge chipper body can be mounted to a truck chassis. A chipper can be towed behind the vehicle with the side discharge body to provide a landscape removal system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: The Knapheide Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Terry Johnson, Tyler Marquardt
  • Publication number: 20130189061
    Abstract: A grain cart including a container mounted on a wheeled frame with the container having a right side, a left side, a front end, and a rear end. In one embodiment a discharge auger extends upwardly and outwardly from the interior of the container at the right front corner of the container so that the grain is discharged from the right side of the grain cart. In another embodiment, the discharge auger is positioned forwardly of the front wall of the container with the discharge auger extending upwardly and outwardly from its lower end so that the grain is discharged from the right side of the grain cart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: DAVID KLINGELHOEFER