Fruit Gatherer Patents (Class 56/328.1)
  • Patent number: 10349617
    Abstract: A gripper mounted on an arm of a milking machine includes a first clamping part extending from the arm in a longitudinal direction, and a second claiming part extending from the arm in the longitudinal direction. The second clamping part is positioned substantially parallel to the first clamping part such that the first and second clamping parts are configured to hold a first teat cup. The gripper further includes a first conveying belt running lengthwise along the first clamping part in the longitudinal direction. The gripper further includes a second conveying belt running lengthwise along the second clamping part in the longitudinal direction. The first and second conveying belts transport the first teat cup in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Raymond Roger Berghuis, Henk Hofman
  • Patent number: 10327399
    Abstract: Robots for autonomous harvesting of hydroponically grown organic matter with different harvesters are disclosed. The autonomous harvesting involves using one or more robots to (1) navigate a hydroponics arrangement or environment to arrive at locations of harvestable organic matter, (2) identify mature organic matter for harvesting from under-ripe or over-ripe organic matter using the robot's sensors, (3) identify the irregular positions and the irregular extraction points at which the mature organic matter is to be correctly harvested using the robot's sensors, (4) harvest the organic matter at the identified positions using the robot harvester, and (5) place the extracted organic matter into a storage bay for delivery to a packaging or shipment station. The harvester includes one or more of a vacuum, gripper, cutting saw, or clipping shears disposed about a distal end of an extendable or mechanical arm mounted atop a lift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: inVia Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Lior Elazary, Randolph Charles Voorhies, Daniel Frank Parks, II
  • Patent number: 9775293
    Abstract: A harvest sweeper attachment system (10) is provided for attaching to a harvester machine (12) having a collection aperture (14), for use in propelling desired objects (11), such as nuts, toward the collection aperture (14). The system (10) preferably has two sweep units (20) mounted on each side of the harvester machine (12) at a forward angle, each including a rotating rake subassembly assembly (34). The rake subassembly (34) is characterized by having three axially spaced freely rotating tine bars (88), each having a depending array of tines (90), mounted between a proximal rake plate (74) and a distal rake plate (76). The proximal and distal rake plates (74, 76) are mounted at about a forty-five degree angle such that the rake subassembly (34) has an offset parallelogram aspect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Wing Sweep LLC
    Inventors: Mark E. Gilbert, Thomas Van Dixon
  • Patent number: 9554513
    Abstract: A system including a picking apparatus including a plurality of grippers each spaced apart and extending radially from a central axis of the picking apparatus, and each configured to pick a different individual crop of crops of plants. The picking apparatus can be configured to use a first one of the plurality of grippers to pick a first individual crop of the crops at a first time. During a second time period that starts with a second one of the plurality of grippers picking a second individual crop of the crops and ends with a third one of the plurality of grippers picking a third individual crop of the crops, the picking apparatus can be configured to offload the first individual crop from the first one of the plurality of grippers. The second time period can start after the first time. The second and third ones of the plurality of grippers can be configured to hold the second and third individual crops, respectively, at the end of the second time period. Other embodiments are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: HARVEST CROO, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Pitzer
  • Patent number: 9492924
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide for robotic apparatuses that facilitate moving objects within an environment, such as to load or unload boxes or to construct or deconstruct pallets (e.g., from a container or truck bed). One example apparatus includes a horizontal conveyor and a robotic manipulator that are both provided on a moveable cart. A first end of the robotic manipulator is mounted to the moveable cart and a second end of the robotic manipulator has an end effector, such as a grasper. The apparatus also includes a control system configured to receive sensor data indicative of an environment containing a plurality of objects, and then cause the robotic manipulator to place an object from the plurality of objects on the horizontal conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Industrial Perception, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Bradski, Steve Croft, Kurt Konolige, Ethan Rublee, Troy Straszheim, John Zevenbergen
  • Patent number: 9485912
    Abstract: A system for sensing the location of a tree trunk relative to an orchard harvester, which includes a body, including a distance sensor mounted on the body, a boom movably connected to the body, a tree shaker head having two opposed jaws and rotatably connected to the boom and a programmable controller in communication with the distance sensor, the controller programmed to manipulate the angle at which the distance sensor measures distance as determined by a measured height at which the shaker head jaws will clamp a proximate tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: ORCHARD MACHINERY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Duane Lee Needham, Brian Michael Andersen, Tyler Calvin Niday, Donald Paul Mayo
  • Patent number: 9439354
    Abstract: The apparatus for harvesting olives and similar products comprises a support body (2) suitable to be grasped; a shaker unit (3) comprising a containment box (7) suitable to be mounted at the top of the support body (2); at least one comb sector (6) shaping a support structure (9, 90, 99) provided with a plurality of teeth (10), carried mobile by the containment box (7); a motor member to actuate the comb sector (6) in a substantially swinging motion, a motor shaft (12) arranged substantially aligned to the longitudinal axis of the support body (2) and suitable to be actuated in a rotary motion by the motor member. The apparatus also comprises a first kinematic chain (14) actuated by the motor shaft (12), suitable to transmit a first rotary motion, and a second kinematic chain (15) also actuated by the motor shaft (12) and suitable to transmit a second motion of the substantially alternated type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: MINELLI ELETTROMECCANICA
    Inventor: Ermanno Minelli
  • Patent number: 9433150
    Abstract: The apparatus for picking olives and the like comprises a support rod (2) suitable to be grasped; a shaker unit (3) comprising a containment box (7) suitable to be mounted at the top of the support rod (2); at least one comb sector (6, 60) shaping a support structure (9, 99) for a plurality of teeth (10), carried mobile by the containment box (7); a motor member for actuating the comb sector (6, 60) in a substantially swinging motion. The support structure (9, 99) is constrained rotatably in a sleeve (12, 120, 121) hinged to the containment box (7) at a transverse axis (13), so as to produce a first swinging motion of the support structure (9, 99) about the transverse axis (13). The support structure (9, 99) of the teeth (10) is further constrained to the containment box (7) at a portion distal to the sleeve (12, 120, 121) by means of an articulated joint (18), in such a way as to produce a second swinging motion of the support structure (9, 99) about its longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: MINELLI ELETTROMECCANICA
    Inventor: Ermanno Minelli
  • Patent number: 9393686
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide for robotic apparatuses that facilitate moving objects within an environment, such as to load or unload boxes or to construct or deconstruct pallets (e.g., from a container or truck bed). One example apparatus includes a horizontal conveyor and a robotic manipulator that are both provided on a moveable cart. A first end of the robotic manipulator is mounted to the moveable cart and a second end of the robotic manipulator has an end effector, such as a grasper. The apparatus also includes a control system configured to receive sensor data indicative of an environment containing a plurality of objects, and then cause the robotic manipulator to place an object from the plurality of objects on the horizontal conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Industrial Perception, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Bradski, Steve Croft, Kurt Konolige, Ethan Rublee, Troy Straszheim, John Zevenbergen
  • Patent number: 9357708
    Abstract: A robotic system and apparatus is provided. The apparatus may include a housing having a flexible manipulating mechanism operatively connected with the housing. The flexible manipulating mechanism may include an end effector configured to manipulate an object. The apparatus may further include a first imaging device associated with the housing, the first imaging device configured to indicate a position of an object. The apparatus may also include a computing device configured to receive an imaging signal from the first imaging device and to direct the flexible manipulating mechanism towards the object based upon, at least in part, the imaging signal. Numerous other embodiments are also within the scope of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Energid Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Chu-Yin Chang, James D. English, Pablo A. Valdivia y Alvarado
  • Patent number: 9194666
    Abstract: A terrain disruption device includes an air or gas flow generation device mounted on a remote operated vehicle having an extendible arm, wherein the air or gas flow generation device includes an elongate (optionally detachable) ducting arrangement to direct the air or gas flow and an optional nozzle. The air or gas flow generation device and/or the elongate ducting arrangement may be mounted on the extendible arm. Preferably, the air or gas flow generation device is powered by a fan, more preferably an electric ducted fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventors: Charles William Dennis, Ian Huggett, David Keith Wallington
  • Patent number: 9027319
    Abstract: A nut tree pickup and debris separator comprising three separate but serially interconnected stages, each including optimized structural and functional features for nut harvesting. The first stage includes a rotary pickup brush and an endless conveyor. The conveyor is constructed from a plurality of parallel bars with flights therebetween, the rods being arranged in spaced relation to retain nuts and pass debris. The second stage comprises an inclined rotating drum whose sidewall includes a plurality of elongated apertures passing therethrough, sized to retain nuts and pass debris. An inner side of the sidewall has a helical flight, sized, configured, and arranged to convey and tumble nuts and debris through the drum, with debris falling through the apertures. The third stage includes vertically offset, tandem conveyors and a cleaning fan to remove any remaining debris from the nuts as the stream falls from the end of one conveyor onto the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Guiseppe Di Anna
  • Patent number: 8997446
    Abstract: A decelerator apparatus for mounting at the end of a pneumatic or gravity-fed fruit harvesting or delivery tube. The decelerator comprises a housing with a moving decelerator body aligned with a fruit-receiving inlet connected to the delivery tube. The decelerator body, for example a padded rotating wheel, moves at a speed slower than the speed at which the fruit is delivered into the housing, includes multiple depressions or indentations for receiving and separating fruit, and further defines a compressive deceleration path that moves the fruit in a compressive but protective fit toward a housing exit, releasing the fruit after the fruit has been decelerated to the speed of the moving body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: DBR Conveyor Concepts, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Dietrich, Michael Rasch, Philip A. Brown
  • Publication number: 20150089913
    Abstract: A harvesting machine for picking up fruit on the ground has a structural frame for supporting elements of the harvesting machine including a first rotating brush adapted to be held at ground level, having an axis of rotation perpendicular to the ground level, and adapted to push fruit towards a main sweeping brush. A main sweeping brush having an axis of rotation parallel to the ground level, and adapted to push fruit upwards and onto a first conveyer. A first conveyer adapted to transport the fruit in a horizontal direction to a second conveyer. A second conveyer adapted to transport the fruit in an upward direction to thereby be dropped within a collector bin and transported to a desired location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Maisonneuve
  • Publication number: 20150068186
    Abstract: Apparatuses for and methods of moving the ends of windrows inward are disclosed. The apparatuses of the present invention include a front end, a rear end and two opposing sides, the front end configured to be wider than the rear end, two skids attached to the two opposing sides, a gate rotatably attached to the rear end and configured to cover an opening in the rear end, a gate cylinder operably attached to the gate and configured to close the gate to collect fruit and/or nuts within the apparatus, and open the gate to distribute the fruit and/or nuts outside of the apparatus, thus eliminating the need to hand rake the ends of the windrows inward or to blow the ends of the windrow inward with a hand blower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas C. McIlhatton
  • Publication number: 20140331629
    Abstract: A fruit harvesting machine that includes a bin storage compartment into which multiple produce bins can be received and collected for transport out of an orchard or field. Bins may be moved about the storage compartment via rollers and lifted via a bin lift system. Filled bins may be replaced by new bins with minimal interruption to the harvesting operation. The machine may also include drive components, hydraulics, an operating console, and other systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: AUTOMATED AG SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: John J. Dagorret
  • Publication number: 20140250852
    Abstract: Automated rotary brush harvesters that reduce or prevent damage to fruit or other crops (“produce”) when they are removed from trees or bushes, and methods of using such harvesters are disclosed. The harvesters may include a brush having flexible radiating members (e.g., filaments or bristles) for removing crops from trees or bushes and a conveyor paired therewith for receiving the produce from the brush. The brush and conveyor may be angled to aid in collecting the produce and preventing damage to the produce. The conveyor may be configured to deliver the produce to one or more bins, which may be mounted on a bin elevator system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Ryan S. Palm
  • Patent number: 8801061
    Abstract: A rolling collection tool allows for retrieval of ground objects including pine cones by a user while standing erect. A method for construction of the device is provided in which a plurality of wires are formed into a generally oval shaped chamber and covered in a flexible covering in sets of two or more wires. The chamber is connected to a bail and handle and rolls to pick up and store objects in the chamber until emptied. The objects enter the chamber as the device rolls by temporary separation of the covered wires for the object, and the device retains the objects by resilient return movement of the covered wires to their original position. The flexible covering on the wires rotates around sets of the wires as the device retrieves objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Cecil Holt
  • Publication number: 20140144118
    Abstract: A motorized conveyor for moving a flow of harvest coming from a fruit harvesting machine, said conveyor comprising a plurality of rollers spaced longitudinally, said rollers being driven in rotation to move the flow of harvest on said rollers in a longitudinal direction between upstream and downstream transverse axes, each roller having a surface of revolution comprising grooves that extend transversely and continuously over its entire length, so as to enable transverse routing of said flow of harvest while it is being conveyed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: CNH FRANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Daniel H.A.M. Le Neve, Vincent Rico
  • Patent number: 8635845
    Abstract: Automated rotary brush harvesters that reduce or prevent damage to fruit or other crops (“produce”) when they are removed from trees or bushes, and methods of using such harvesters are disclosed. The harvesters may include a brush having flexible radiating members (e.g., filaments or bristles) for removing crops from trees or bushes and a conveyor paired therewith for receiving the produce from the brush. The brush and conveyor may be angled to aid in collecting the produce and preventing damage to the produce. The conveyor may be configured to deliver the produce to one or more bins, which may be mounted on a bin elevator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Ryan S. Palm
  • Patent number: 8479484
    Abstract: The invention includes the steps of disposing at least a portion of the stream containing leafstalks (P) and berries (G) on a continuous conveyor belt (5) in a longitudinal direction (L2), disposing the portion on a discontinuous conveyor belt (6) longitudinally aligned with the continuous belt. The discontinuous belt has vertical (7) openings with a geometry that is configured for enabling berries (G) to pass through them and to retain leafstalks (P) on the discontinuous belt, thereby eliminating leafstalks (P) remaining on the discontinuous belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: CNH France S. A.
    Inventors: Christine Nakas, Christophe R. Defurne
  • Patent number: 8402729
    Abstract: A vehicle for harvesting espalier fruit, such as berries or grapes, and for further processing to a must on the vehicle. The vehicle comprises a frame configured to reach over a row of plants to be harvested in an area of a u-shaped recess of the vehicle. Also included are wheels on both sides of the u-shaped recess and arranged on the frame. Further included is a picking device to separate the fruit from a remainder of the plants. A solid-bowl screw-type centrifuge is arranged directly on the vehicle, which solid-bowl screw-type centrifuge separates and clarifies a fruit mash into at least a solids phase and a liquid phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignees: Westfalia Separator AG, Ero-Geratebau GmbH, Hochschule Wadenswil
    Inventors: Jochen Hamatschek, Frank Schauz, Peter Schöttler, Hans-Joachim Beyer, Dominik Zielke, Michael Erbach, Tilo Hühn
  • Patent number: 8402728
    Abstract: A draper assembly for a crop pick-up has an endless draper belt assembly wrapped around a smaller front roller and a larger rear drive roller where the endless draper belt assembly is formed by four endless belts connected side by side at spaced positions along their length for common movement around the rollers. A tracking guide device is defined by a plurality of plastic guide elements mounted in a row on an inside surface of one belt at longitudinally spaced positions along the belt length which cooperates with a groove in the drive roller so that there are least two guide elements in the groove at any point in time. The guide elements are wider than their length and can be fastened through the belt so as to connect to the mounting of some of the fingers on the exterior of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: MacDon Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Bruce Kidd
  • Patent number: 8347595
    Abstract: A system for removing particles from an air stream includes a housing having an air stream inlet at a first end thereof and an air steam exhaust at a second end thereof. The housing defines a flow path between the air stream inlet and the air stream exhaust. At least one liquid introduction jet disposed between the air stream inlet and the air stream exhaust injects liquid droplets into the air stream. A scrubber disposed between the at least one liquid introduction jets and the air stream exhaust for removes smaller particles from the air stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Exact Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan J Flora, Douglas W Flora, Adam Benedict
  • Publication number: 20120279194
    Abstract: A nut gatherer includes a hollow drum formed by a plurality of wires. Each of the wires has a bowed middle segment and two end portions. The end portions are preferably hooked. A pair of hubs secures the hooked ends of the wires to form the drum there between. A handle is rotatably mounted to the hubs and a handle extension is removably coupled with the handle. In use, the handle or handle extension is used to rotate the drum into contact with an object, such as a nut, where the object then forces the wires to separate and permit the object to move from outside the drum to inside said drum. Once contact between the object and the wires is terminated, the wires return to their original position thereby trapping the object within the drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen M. Pope
  • Publication number: 20120255270
    Abstract: The invention relates to a huller device for hulling bunches of grapes after the harvest, or other fruits harvested in bunches, in other words, for separating the fruit from the stalks. The invention includes two shaking units, arranged side by side, defining a vertical space into which the harvest is intended to be directed by gravity. The invention also includes a means for collecting the fruits and the stalks arranged under said shaking units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: SOCIETE OCCITANE DE MAINTENANCE (SOCMA)
    Inventor: Joseph Ferrandez
  • Publication number: 20120192539
    Abstract: Selective harvesting of a parcel of land by a harvesting machine including a motorised support structure on which are mounted a harvesting assembly adapted to deliver a harvested stream, at least two receptacles (1) for storage of the stream and a system for respectively feeding a receptacle (1) with the stream as a function of the location of the machine in the parcel. The parcel is divided into distinct geographical areas and each receptacle is dedicated to an area. The machine comprises upper conveyor means (3) for feeding the receptables (1) along respective feed paths, a lower conveyor (6) and a device for guiding the harvested stream by opening and closing the feed paths and varying the conveying direction of the lower conveyor, as a function of the receptable to be fed with the harvested stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Berthet, Thierry Le Briquer
  • Patent number: 8191346
    Abstract: A mobile harvesting unit which utilizes a high volume fan to separate crops from foreign matter, has a dust suppression system which substantially reduces particulates which are discharged with the fan exhaust. The dust suppression system has two stages. The first stage separates larger particles of foreign matter by deploying an air stream cleaning chain upstream of the fan. The second stage is contained within a air stream discharge duct. Within the air stream discharge duct, a liquid, such as water, is sprayed into the dust entrained air stream. The moistened air stream flows through a plurality of collection members which extend radially from a brush drum, where the moistened dust particles are accumulated on the collection members, such that the volume of dust particles contained within the air discharged from the harvesting unit is substantially reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Exact Corp.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Flora, Douglas W. Flora, Adam Benedict
  • Publication number: 20120131894
    Abstract: A sorting table with grading rolls supported by end supports and positioned to form a sorting plane. The rolls are rotated in the same direction and configured to create at least one opening between adjacent rolls to permit the pass-through of only the products to be sorted or calibrated. Larger products remain at the surface and are evacuated downstream. The gap between rolls can be modified. Elastic elements are interposed between said end supports and means of actuation for are provided bringing said end supports and the rolls supported by the latter closer together or moving them farther apart, in opposition to the antagonistic action exerted by said elastic elements to decrease or increase the cross section of the openings, displacements in the opposite direction of said end supports and of the grading rolls being achieved by the action of extension or compression of said elastic elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: PELLENC (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Roger PELLENC, Jean-Marc Gialis
  • Publication number: 20120110971
    Abstract: An agricultural machine for the selection of fruits from loose material collected from the ground comprises a frame and a rotating roller screen selection device mounted on the frame and configured to impart to the loose material a component of sussultatory movement and a component of translational movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: MONCHIERO & C. S.n.c.
    Inventors: Mauro MONCHIERO, Massimo MONCHIERO
  • Patent number: 8146337
    Abstract: Harvesting head for picking fruit-bearing hedges, including a chassis in the form of a portal structure supporting, on the one hand, a shaking system including two fruit-detaching assemblies, mounted opposite each other and separated by a vertical space, and, on the other hand, two conveyor systems for receiving and transporting the harvested fruit to a receiving container, the lower horizontal portions of these two conveyor systems also providing tightness, below the shaking units. This harvesting head being supported by a mounting frame which is meant to be rigidly fastened, preferably in a removable manner, at the rear of a self-propelled straddling vehicle, including a height-adjustable chassis. The position of said harvesting head is height-adjustable in relation to said mounting frame, so that when said harvesting head is fastened to the chassis of the self-propelled straddling vehicle, it is mounted in a height-adjustable fashion in relation to said self-propelled straddling vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Pellenc (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Roger Pellenc, Jean-Marc Gialis, Christian Rolland
  • Publication number: 20120017560
    Abstract: A mobile harvesting unit which utilizes a high volume fan to separate crops from foreign matter, has a dust suppression system which substantially reduces particulates which are discharged with the fan exhaust. The dust suppression system has two stages. The first stage separates larger particles of foreign matter by deploying an air stream cleaning chain upstream of the fan. The second stage is contained within a air stream discharge duct. Within the air stream discharge duct, a liquid, such as water, is sprayed into the dust entrained air stream. The moistened air stream flows through a plurality of collection members which extend radially from a brush drum, where the moistened dust particles are accumulated on the collection members, such that the volume of dust particles contained within the air discharged from the harvesting unit is substantially reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: Exact Corp.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Flora, Douglas W. Flora, Adam Benedict
  • Patent number: 8069641
    Abstract: A shaking system for a harvesting head used in picking fruit from orchards has a fruit separating assembly with a lower subassembly and an upper subassembly. The upper subassembly is positioned rearwardly of said lower subassembly at a higher level than the lower subassembly. First and second oscillating drive shafts are independently and drivingly connected to the respective first and second subassemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Pellenc (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Roger Pellenc, Jean-Marc Gialis, Christian Rolland
  • Patent number: 8056313
    Abstract: A mobile harvesting unit which utilizes a high volume fan to separate crops from foreign matter, has a dust suppression system which substantially reduces particulates which are discharged with the fan exhaust. The dust suppression system has two stages. The first stage separates larger particles of foreign matter by deploying an air stream cleaning chain upstream of the fan. The second stage is contained within a air stream discharge duct. Within the air stream discharge duct, a liquid, such as water, is sprayed into the dust entrained air stream. The moistened air stream flows through a plurality of collection members which extend radially from a brush drum, where the moistened dust particles are accumulated on the collection members, such that the volume of dust particles contained within the air discharged from the harvesting unit is substantially reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Exact Corp.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Flora, Douglas W. Flora, Adam Benedict
  • Publication number: 20110232256
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fruit-harvesting machine including a motorised support structure (1) and a harvesting assembly mounted on the structure by a suspension frame (2), the harvesting assembly comprising two shaker devices adapted to detach the harvest from the plant stocks and a system for recovering the detached harvest, the shaker devices delimiting transversely between them a harvesting space into which the stocks to be shaken are introduced successively to move in the space between a front opening and a rear opening of said space, wherein the suspension frame (2) includes a rear part (6a) that is mounted on the support structure (1) with at least one degree of freedom in the transverse direction, a front part (5a) of the frame being mounted on the support structure (1) enabling transverse displacement of the rear part relative to the front part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Berthet, Thierry Le Briquer
  • Publication number: 20110209239
    Abstract: The invention provides seed and plants of tomato hybrid PS01533588 and the parent lines thereof, such as inbred tomato line FDR 15-2090. The invention thus relates to the plants, seeds and tissue cultures of tomato hybrid PS01533588 and the parent lines thereof, and to methods for producing a tomato plant produced by crossing such plants with themselves or with another tomato plant, such as a plant of another genotype. The invention further relates to seeds and plants produced by such crossing. The invention further relates to parts of such plants, including the fruit and gametes of such plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: DOUGLAS HEATH
  • Publication number: 20110203247
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine and method for selective harvesting of a parcel of land by means of a harvesting machine including a motorised support structure on which are mounted a harvesting assembly adapted to deliver a harvested stream, at least two receptacles (1) for storage of said stream and a system for respectively feeding a receptacle (1) with said stream as a function of the location of the machine in the parcel. The parcel is divided into distinct geographical areas and each receptable is dedicated to an area. The machine comprises upper conveyor means (3) for feeding the receptables (1) along respective feed paths, a lower conveyor (6) and a device for guiding the harvested stream by opening and closing the feed paths and varying the conveying direction of the lower conveyor, as a function of the receptable to be fed with the harvested stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Berthet, Thierry Le Briquer
  • Publication number: 20110126505
    Abstract: A mobile system for improving the picking and preliminary processing of apples, citrus, stone fruit and the like is disclosed and claimed. The system comprises a mobile chassis upon which can be mounted picking stations, pneumatic tube transport subsystems, receiving and conveying subsystems, object scanning subsystems, cull diverter subsystems, labeling subsystems, and subsystems for relatively gently placing the objects in a predetermined location in a receiving bin. The system can also include a subsystem for gently placing diverted objects in a receiving bin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: Picker Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Vincent E. Bryan, JR., Vincent E. Bryan, III, Alex E. Kunzler, Randy Allard, Anthony Finazzo, Marc Bommarito, Jeffrey A. Cleveringa
  • Patent number: 7937922
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for harvesting a grape cluster. The method includes providing a grape cluster hanger clip and passing a stem of the grape cluster through a portion of the grape cluster hanger clip. The method further includes conveying the grape cluster and packing the grape cluster in a box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Sunview Marketing International
    Inventor: John F. Etcheverry
  • Patent number: 7926252
    Abstract: A decelerator apparatus for mounting at the end of a pneumatic fruit harvesting or delivery tube. The decelerator comprises a housing with a moving decelerator body aligned with a fruit-receiving inlet connected to the pneumatic delivery tube. The decelerator body, for example a padded rotating wheel, moves at a speed slower than the speed at which the fruit is pneumatically delivered into the housing, and further defines a compressive deceleration path that moves the fruit in a compressive but protective fit toward a housing exit, releasing the fruit after the fruit has been decelerated to the speed of the moving body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: DBR Conveyor Concepts, LLC
    Inventors: Charles E. Dietrich, Philip Brown, Michael Rasch
  • Publication number: 20110047951
    Abstract: An agriculture vehicle has a mobile body and an arm. The arm has a first end supported upon the mobile body and a second end movable relative the mobile body. A cutting tool is operatively supported upon the second end of the arm. The cutting tool includes a blade configured for rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Francis Wilson Moore
  • Publication number: 20110047955
    Abstract: A decelerator apparatus for mounting at the end of a pneumatic fruit harvesting or delivery tube. The decelerator comprises a housing with a moving decelerator body aligned with a fruit-receiving inlet connected to the pneumatic delivery tube. The decelerator body, for example a padded rotating wheel, moves at a speed slower than the speed at which the fruit is pneumatically delivered into the housing, and further defines a compressive deceleration path that moves the fruit in a compressive but protective fit toward a housing exit, releasing the fruit after the fruit has been decelerated to the speed of the moving body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Charles E. Dietrich, Philip Brown, Michael Rasch
  • Patent number: 7882686
    Abstract: A mobile system for improving the picking and preliminary processing of apples, citrus, stone fruit and the like is disclosed and claimed. The system comprises a mobile chassis upon which can be mounted picking stations, pneumatic tube transport subsystems, receiving and conveying subsystems, object scanning subsystems, cull diverter subsystems, labeling subsystems, and subsystems for relatively gently placing the objects in a predetermined location in a receiving bin. The system can also include a subsystem for gently placing diverted objects in a receiving bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Picker Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Vincent E. Bryan, Jr., Vincent E. Bryan, III, Alex E. Kunzler, Randy Allard, Anthony Finazzo, Marc Bommarito, Jeffrey A. Cleveringa
  • Patent number: 7870712
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically pruning vines grown in a row in a cordon-leading manner has a chassis, a pre-pruning module, a clear-cutting module and a position sensor. The clear-cutting module is positioned behind the pre-pruning module and has cutters thereon. The position sensor is forward of the clear-cutting module so as to locate the cordon and to position the cutter so as to achieve a clear cut from a periphery of the cordon. The clear-cutting module has upper cutters, lower cutters and lateral cutters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Pellenc (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventor: Roger Pellenc
  • Patent number: 7841160
    Abstract: Shaker with adjustable stiffness for harvesting machines, especially grape harvesters, includes two berry detaching assemblies, facing each other. Each assembly includes a plurality of vertically spaced out flexible shakers, having the general shape of a hairpin and two branches connected through a curved portion. The end of one of these branches, the activation branch, connects to an actuation system while the end of the other branches connects to a fixed support. The activation branch is equipped with a mechanism to modify the degree of stiffness or flexibility of the branches over at least a portion of length, and thereby, to adjust the degree of stiffness or flexibility of the shaker assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Pellenc (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Roger Pellenc, Jean-Marc Gialis
  • Publication number: 20100275566
    Abstract: The invention relates a device (1) for sorting a harvested stream of fruit in bunches, said device being intended to be mounted in a harvesting machine. The sorting device comprises at least two transverse sorter bars (3) driven with a cyclic relative movement, said movement enabling longitudinal displacement of the stream over said bars, while opening passages (4) between them, said passages being adapted to allow detached berries to drop under said sorting device. The invention also relates to a separation system including such a sorting device and a destemming device, and a harvesting machine including such a separation system and possibly such a sorting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Berthet, Christophe R. Defurne, Christine Nakas
  • Publication number: 20100269477
    Abstract: Manual grape harvesting system for fine wines production, which improve the laborers conditions avoiding the lumbar lesions and possible accidents caused by working tools, the system comprising: a) a constriction lumbar belt with length adapting means and lumbar straightening means; b) a frontal modular piece with closing means, accessories store means and adjust belt means to constraint the laborer lumbar back area; c) a curved container to store the grape bunches, temporally fixed to the frontal modular piece through said belt adjust means
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventor: Ramiro Ivan CORNEJO ROJAS
  • Patent number: 7748205
    Abstract: A crop harvesting machine configured to separate crop, particularly pomegranates, from a tree by straddling the tree as the machine moves along a row of trees. The machine has an inverted u-shaped main frame that supports a sub-frame that defines a harvesting area configured to receive the canopy of a tree therein. A motor supported by the main frame propels the machine along the row of trees. A pair of picking assemblies supported by the sub-frame each comprise a crop separating mechanism having a plurality of rods configured to engage the tree canopy and separate the crop from the tree, a motion inducing mechanism to impart a short duration, snap-like whipping motion to the rods and a canopy engaging mechanism to move the rods in and out of the canopy. An operator area allows the operator to drive the machine along the row of trees and operate the various mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: MAA, LLC
    Inventor: Vernal A. Amaro
  • Patent number: 7748206
    Abstract: The harvester incorporates a system and method for detecting rigid standing objects such as reinforced posts in the harvester's path and responsively reducing forces exerted by harvesting apparatus of the harvester against the object. The harvesting apparatus including at least one member movable in contact with the plants by a drive for exerting forces for detaching the fruit. At least one sensor is disposed and operable for sensing a rigid object in advance of being contacted by the member or members. In response, the movements of the member or members will be reduced or altered at an appropriate time and duration for reducing forces exerted against the object while protecting harvest yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: John H. Posselius, David W. Larson
  • Publication number: 20100139235
    Abstract: Harvesting head for picking fruit-bearing hedges, including a chassis in the form of a portal structure supporting, on the one hand, a shaking system including two fruit-detaching assemblies, mounted opposite each other and separated by a vertical space, and, on the other hand, two conveyor systems for receiving and transporting the harvested fruit to a receiving container, the lower horizontal portions of these two conveyor systems also providing tightness, below the shaking units. This harvesting head being supported by a mounting frame which is meant to be rigidly fastened, preferably in a removable manner, at the rear of a self-propelled straddling vehicle, including a height-adjustable chassis. The position of said harvesting head is height-adjustable in relation to said mounting frame, so that when said harvesting head is fastened to the chassis of the self-propelled straddling vehicle, it is mounted in a height-adjustable fashion in relation to said self-propelled straddling vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: PELLENC (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Roger PELLENC, Jean-Marc Gialis, Christian Rolland