Raking And Bundling Patents (Class 56/341)
  • Patent number: 11350572
    Abstract: An agricultural baler including a baling chamber and a pre-compression chamber, the baling chamber including at least one movable wall. The agricultural baler further includes multiple sensors and a controller adapted for controlling operation of the agricultural baler based on inputs of the multiple sensors, wherein a first subset of the multiple sensors is related to a first feature and a second subset of the multiple sensors is related to a second feature. The controller is configured to control the operation of the agricultural baler in a first time period until the first feature is within a first predetermined range, and to control the operation of the agricultural baler in a subsequent time period, until the second feature is within a second predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Bram Rosseel, Dieter Kindt, Jeroen Devroe, Brecht Vermeulen, Thomas Debbaut, Dries Liefooghe
  • Patent number: 11266073
    Abstract: A crop cutting device including knives pivotally mounted below a crop guiding surface. Each knife is pivotable between a retracted position in which it is located below the guiding surface and an extended position. At least a cutting edge of the knife projects above the surface. A selector mechanism selectively holds spring loaded parts of operating members to maintain the corresponding knife in its retracted inoperative position while the operating member is moved to its second position. The selector mechanism includes a shaft carrying a plurality of cam elements which are mounted on the shaft and arranged to be moved to a position for blocking a respective spring loaded part upon rotation of the shaft from a non-holding to a holding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Danny N. O. Claeys, Jeremy Graulus, Marek Bucharzewski, Enrico Giuliani, Jan Vanheule, Hans Joseph De Gersem
  • Patent number: 11259467
    Abstract: A continuous baler having a movable section having an open mode and a closed mode. In the closed mode, the movable section is joined to a baling half chamber and a tying half chamber to form a baling chamber and a tying chamber, respectively. In the open mode, the movable section is moved away from the baling half chamber and tying half chamber, in order to allow passage of a bale formed in the baling chamber from the baling half chamber to the tying half chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventor: Perinchery Narayanankutty Pramod
  • Patent number: 11160213
    Abstract: A baler includes a housing forming a baling chamber. The baling chamber has an inlet that defines an inlet width perpendicular to a central longitudinal axis of the baler. A pre-cutter is disposed forward of the inlet along the central longitudinal axis and includes a cutter width perpendicular to the central longitudinal axis. The cutter width is substantially less than the inlet width. A crop distributor is disposed between the pre-cutter and the inlet and conveys the crop material from the pre-cutter to the inlet. A pick-up head is disposed forward of the pre-cutter and lifts the crop material from the ground and conveys it to the pre-cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Timothy J. Kraus
  • Patent number: 11040789
    Abstract: A system and method of using a combination strapping machine including a wire tying system and a plastic tying system is provided. Embodiments of the strapping machine include a common frame coupled to a wire strapping system, a single wire track, a plastic strapping system, and a single plastic track. Some embodiments of the combination strapping machine include a strapping machine frame having a common track perimeter. Further, the strapping machine includes a plastic tying system configured to apply a plastic strap to a baled material, and a wire tying system configured to apply a wire strap to the baled material. Some embodiments of the strapping machine include a common track for the wire tying system and plastic tying system. Some embodiments of the strapping machine include a common frame for the wire tying system and plastic tying system with a non-common track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Accent Wire Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Vaughn, Timothy Charles Stamps, James R. York
  • Patent number: 10813262
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present subject matter is directed to a method for maintaining a desired amount of residue coverage in a field during a tillage operation. The method includes generating, with a computing device, an available residue map that includes an amount of available residue at each location of the field using a yield map and/or crop biomass. The method also includes generating, with the computing device, a desired residue coverage map that includes a desired amount of residue coverage for each location within the field. Further, the method includes determining, with the computing device, an amount of residue that needs to be incorporated into the surface of the field based on the available residue map and the desired residue coverage map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Scott Shearer, Andrew Klopfenstein, Brittany Schroeder
  • Patent number: 10806083
    Abstract: A unit for conveying agricultural products including a device (3) for conveying agricultural products picked up by an apparatus (2) toward an inlet to a chamber (102) of an agricultural machine (100). The device (3) includes a main rotating shaft (4) facing the apparatus (2) and a plurality of teeth (5), and an auger (6). The auger (6) includes an auxiliary rotating shaft (7) facing the apparatus (2) and contiguous and substantially coaxial to the main shaft (4). A screw (8) is wound around the auxiliary shaft (7) to push the agricultural products toward the teeth (5). Each stem of a series of stems (9) is interposed between a first surface (8a) of the screw (8) and an inner end (7a) of the auxiliary shaft (7), for facilitated movement of the agricultural products propelled by the auger (6) toward the teeth (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: KVERNELAND GROUP RAVENNA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Massimo Baldini
  • Patent number: 10806089
    Abstract: An agricultural baler system has a plunger, a bale chamber, a pre-compression chamber and a stuffer unit, for moving crop from the pre-compression chamber to the bale chamber. The stuffer unit includes a stuffer fork trigger mechanism, an actuator and a controller. The actuator is coupled to the stuffer fork trigger mechanism. The controller is in controlling connection with the actuator. The actuator is configured to arm the stuffer fork trigger mechanism by moving the actuator between a first position and a second position. The actuator is further configured to be held in the first position and/or the second position with substantially no energy use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Patrick Blomme, Didier Verhaeghe, Tom Coen
  • Patent number: 10674673
    Abstract: A bale wrapper and a round baler with such a device are described. The bale wrapper comprises a supply device, extending along the width of a bale chamber of a round baler, for the introduction of wrapping material. The supply device comprises a shielding layer, located on its upper side, for the upper-side shielding of a free end of the wrapping material, to be introduced into the bale chamber. In order to improve the supply operation of wrapping material into the bale chamber, the shielding layer comprises several shielding lips, located parallel to one another along the width of the bale chamber, which extend in the direction of an interior of the bale chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Pascal Gresset, Jean-Francois Fournier
  • Patent number: 10617062
    Abstract: A bale forming device forms a bale in a bale forming chamber surrounded by a casing. A discharge gate actuator moves a discharge gate from a closed position into an opened position. The formed bale is ejected out of the casing and drops onto a ramp. A ramp sensor detects the bale dropping onto the ramp and triggers the discharge gate actuator to stop opening the discharge gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventor: Willem Jacobus Reijersen Van Buuren
  • Patent number: 10588272
    Abstract: An agricultural baler including a bale chamber; a feeder duct communicating with the bale chamber; and a feeder operable within the feeder duct to accumulate a charge of crop material therein and then stuff that accumulated charge into the bale chamber. The baler further includes a conveying channel and a conveyor operable in the conveying channel to convey the crop material along a bottom wall of the conveying channel toward the feeder duct. The bottom wall of the conveying channel is adapted to be moved away from the conveyor; and the lower end part of the bottom wall of the feeder duct is attached to the movable bottom wall of the conveying channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jeroen Devroe, Dieter Kindt, Dries Liefooghe, Bram Rosseel
  • Patent number: 10575470
    Abstract: A repair, conversion or retrofit kit includes at least two continuously closable replacement baler belts which correspond substantially in their combined width to the width of a continuously closed baler belt to be replaced. The replacement baler belts may be closable in a force-fitting and/or form-fitting manner by a connecting means, and the connecting means may be at least partially hook connectors. In some embodiments, the repair, conversion or retrofit kit further includes at least one guide means arranged on the round baler such that at least two replacement baler belts each extend laterally with respect to the at least one guide means, and the at least two replacement baler belts are guided laterally with respect to one another. In some cases, the guide means is an auxiliary guide disk arranged on a rotatable shaft of the round baler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ContiTech Transportbandsysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Carsten Behrens, Lysander Stange
  • Patent number: 10537068
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring agricultural products, for agricultural machines designed for the formation of a bale is provided. The transfer apparatus includes at least one impeller rotor, which can be arranged between a pick-up drum of agricultural products and a chamber for the compression of the agricultural products. The rotor is facing a deck, for delimiting at least partially a channel. The deck is coupled to a fixed frame by way of at least two supports which can move on command. At least one first support includes at least one support pin, which is coupled to a first portion of the deck and moved, in a corresponding guiding slot, by a corresponding actuator. At least one second support includes at least one crank, which is coupled to a second portion of the deck and rotatable about a rotation axis that is perpendicular to the advancement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: KVERNEKAND GROUP RAVENNA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Paolo Ravaglia
  • Patent number: 10485182
    Abstract: An agricultural baler including a bale chamber, a feeder duct communicating with the bale chamber for charges of crop material to be transferred from the feeder duct into the bale chamber; and a feeder operable within the feeder duct to accumulate a charge of crop material therein and then stuff that accumulated charge into the bale chamber. There is an opening in the bottom wall of the feeder duct and at least one door hingedly attached to an edge of the opening, the edge being the edge of an end part of the bottom wall of the feeder duct, and the end part of the bottom wall to which the door is hingedly attached, is movably arranged relative to the top wall of the feeder duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jeroen Devroe, Dieter Kindt, Dries Liefooghe, Bram Rosseel, Didier Verhaeghe
  • Patent number: 10412897
    Abstract: A square baler including a baling chamber having a floor formed of spaced profiles, side walls and a top wall, and a density belt surrounding the baling chamber. The density belt is formed of a U-shaped frame having three beams welded to one another to define a floor beam for supporting the floor of the baling chamber and two upright beams for supporting the side walls of the baling chamber and a tensioning rod releasably secured to the upper ends of the two upright beams to prevent the upright beams from splaying apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Xavier G. J. M. Bonte, Stefan De Rycke, Frederik Demon, Luigi Forghieri
  • Patent number: 10362733
    Abstract: An agricultural harvester (100) has a control system (166) that is configured to control a biomass harvesting rate based upon electronically calculated soil effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: Deere & Company, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Birrell, Aaron J Bruns, Stephen Michael Patton
  • Patent number: 10342180
    Abstract: An agricultural baler includes a main bale chamber, a plunger, a gear box, and a stuffer unit. The plunger is reciprocally movable within the main bale chamber. The stuffer unit is driven by the plunger and the gear box, and is movable through a stuffer cycle for transferring crop material in charges into the main bale chamber. The agricultural baler further includes a hydraulic brake associated with and configured for acting as a brake on the stuffer unit during a portion of the stuffer cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Alessandro Benevelli, Riccardo Morselli, Didier Verhaeghe
  • Patent number: 10279940
    Abstract: A wrap feed arrangement is disclosed for an agricultural harvester having a module-forming chamber. The arrangement includes a conveyor arrangement, which delivers crop to the module-forming chamber, and a module-forming arrangement which, at least in part, builds the module. The conveyor arrangement has a first roll and a first endless member disposed about the first roll for rotation. The module-forming arrangement has a second roll and a second endless member disposed about the second roll for rotation. At least one of the first and second rolls is movable from a first position in which the first and second endless members are disengaged to a second position in which the first and second endless members are engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott D. Weber, Jeffrey S. Wigdahl, Jeffrey R. Fox
  • Patent number: 10188043
    Abstract: A sensor detects a characteristic of accumulated crop material and a controller manipulates the speed of a baling chamber in response thereto. The speed of a baling chamber of a variable speed baler is manipulated in response to a characteristic of an accumulated crop material. For example, the height of accumulated crop material in an accumulation area may be detected and the speed of the baling chamber manipulated in response thereto. The rate of growth of the bale may also be determined and used in manipulating the speed of the baling chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Olander, Maynard Herron
  • Patent number: 10159193
    Abstract: A rectangular baler comprising a bale chamber delimited by a plurality of walls including a movable wall section, an actuator for exerting a pressure on the movable wall section, a plunger for compressing crop material in the bale chamber, and a density control system including: a position calculating module configured to calculate a new position for the movable wall section based on an input representative for bale density of compressed crop material in the bale chamber, and a position control module configured to control the actuator to position the movable wall section in the calculated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Dieter Kindt, Sven Monbaliu, Didier Verhaeghe, Bram Willem
  • Patent number: 10123488
    Abstract: A system for controlling the speed of harvested crop as it is discharged from a crop accumulator onto a field comprising a discharge mechanism for imparting a desired rearward travel speed to the harvested crop as it is being discharged from the crop accumulator and a speed measurement device for measuring forward travel speed of the crop accumulator. A processor is in communication with the discharge mechanism and the speed measurement device and is operable to adjust the discharge mechanism for imparting the desired rearward travel speed or the forward travel speed of the crop accumulator, to discharge harvested crop with a rearward travel speed that is substantially equal to the forward travel speed such that the harvested crop has a substantially net zero speed as it contacts the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy J. Kraus, Henry D. Anstey
  • Patent number: 10098282
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a sensor detects a characteristic of accumulated crop material and a controller manipulates the speed of a baling chamber in response thereto. In an example method, the speed of a baling chamber of a variable speed baler is manipulated in response to a characteristic of an accumulated crop material. For example, the height of accumulated crop material in an accumulation area may be detected and the speed of the baling chamber manipulated in response thereto. The rate of growth of the bale may also be determined and used in manipulating the speed of the baling chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Olander, Maynard Herron
  • Patent number: 10058033
    Abstract: The present invention is a rake, comprising a tongue assembly and a wheel assembly operably coupled to the tongue assembly and being rotationally shiftable relative to the tongue assembly and the wheel assembly mounting a pair of rake assemblies. Each of the pair of rake assemblies is disposable in a generally horizontal disposition when the rake is in a transport disposition, the generally horizontal disposition being effected in part by the rotational shifting of the wheel assembly when transitioning between a working disposition and the transport disposition. The present invention is further a method of disposing the aforementioned rake in the transport disposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: H & S Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory L. Landon
  • Patent number: 9854744
    Abstract: A bale density adjustment system for adjusting the density pressure on bale during formation comprising: a bale chamber, at least a first density adjuster, at least a first weight sensor, at least a first diameter sensor, at least a first operator interface, and a controller, in operable communication with and configured to process digital and/or analog information from the at least first weight sensor, the at least first diameter sensor, the at least first density adjuster, and the at least first operator interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Kevin M. Smith
  • Patent number: 9832931
    Abstract: A square baler has a baling chamber, a plunger reciprocable at one end of the baling chamber, a pre-compression chamber within which charges of crop are amassed and pre-compressed by a rotor prior to transfer into the baling chamber, and a pickup roller having radially projecting tines for picking up crop from the ground and advancing the crop to the rotor. A torque sensor is connected to at least one tine of the pickup roller to produce an electrical output signal indicative of the torque experienced by the pickup roller, and a processing circuit is operative to estimate the rate of crop flow into the chute by analyzing the electrical output of the torque sensor only at times when the position of the tine lies within a predetermined angular position of the pickup roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Tom Coen, Didier O. M. Verhaeghe
  • Patent number: 9622419
    Abstract: An improved belt tensioning system for an agricultural round baler that increases belt tension to reduce slippage between the belts and the driving rolls during the initial stage of a bale forming cycle when the bale chamber is empty and as the belts are beginning to be rolled. The system includes an accumulator that is pressurized by the tensioning system as a bale is being formed. The accumulator pressure may then be directed to a hydraulic cylinder included in a bale density system to increase tension in the belts after a completed bale is ejected and the bale chamber is being reset for the next bale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Scott C. Simmons, Michael J. Cooper, Kevin M. Smith
  • Patent number: 9609808
    Abstract: Agricultural baler with feeder system arranged for repeatedly feeding crop material towards a baling chamber, the feeder system includes a feeding chamber and a stuffer. The feeder system is arranged for collecting a crop material. The stuffer is arranged for repeatedly carrying out a stuffing cycle and varying an entry position and/or an exit position and/or a stroke depth. The feeder system further includes a sensor arranged for generating a signal indicative of the accumulated crop material in the feeding chamber. A controller that is arranged for triggering the stuffer to start a stuffing cycle wherein the entry position, the exit position, and/or the stroke depth, is adjusted in response to an indication by the sensor signal of the accumulated crop material in the feeding chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Robrecht M. K. Dumarey, Sandor Van Vooren, Pieter Vandevelde, Olivier Arnel Vanhercke
  • Patent number: 9549506
    Abstract: A harvester assembly has a feeder assembly, a bottom floor assembly, and a crop collection channel. The rear portion of the bottom floor assembly is capable of variable movement to facilitate the passage of crop material through the crop collection channel with a reduced risk of clogging or plugging of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: John R. McClure
  • Patent number: 9474212
    Abstract: A web wrap device is provided for a round baler. The device has a web carrier for pulling the web from a roll of web to a bale chamber. In a leading portion the web carrier has two elements at least one of which being moveable towards the other. The moveable element has a leading edge, which engages the web and is pulled by the tensioned web onto the other element, which increases the clamping effect. In addition a guard is provided to cover a knife during the wrapping mode, but to expose the knife to the web, when it should be cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Frédéric Paillet, Pascal Gresset, Jean Viaud, Michel Menetrier, Jean-François Fournier, Frederic Morel
  • Patent number: 9320200
    Abstract: A baler apparatus includes a baling chamber including a channel including an inlet end and an outlet end, a reciprocating plunger adjacent the inlet end of the baling chamber that is operable to compress a body of bale material within the baling chamber, a binding device for binding the compressed body of bale material to form a bale, and at least one adjustable wall for adjusting the compression of the bale material during formation of a bale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: KUHN-GELDROP B.V.
    Inventor: Leonardus Hendricus Maria Van Amstel
  • Patent number: 9295198
    Abstract: An improved belt tensioning system for an agricultural round baler that temporarily bypasses a bale density, belt tension increasing system while the baler tailgate is moved out of a closed position thereby allowing the tailgate to be opened without encountering resistance form the belts and the belt tensioning system. Bypass operation is coordinated with the tailgate position so that the bypass is not activated when such activation would frustrate operation of the belt tensioning system. In balers equipped with a belt tensioning pre-tensioning system, the bypass operation is further coordinated with the pre-tensioning system to maintain proper pre-tension function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Scott C. Simmons, Filip Wijffels, Michael J. Cooper
  • Patent number: 9241443
    Abstract: An agricultural round baler has an electronic control unit (ECU), a bale diameter sensor, a gate position sensor, and an electro-hydraulic valve that controls the flow to the gate lift cylinder. The ECU determines the height to which the gate must be raised based on the bale diameter. When the gate reaches the desired height, the ECU closes or restricts the electro-hydraulic valve for a brief period of time thereby momentarily slowing or stopping gate the gate. Momentarily trapping the bale between the gate and ground allows the bale to come to rest before the bale is released from the baler. The gate can then be fully opened so that the tractor and baler can be moved clear of the bale before closing the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Henry D. Anstey, Timothy J. Kraus
  • Patent number: 9237691
    Abstract: A combined baler/bale wrapper (1) comprises a chassis (5) on which a baler (10) and a bale wrapper (11) are mounted. The baler (10) comprises a stationary segment (18), a lower segment (19) and an upper segment (20) which together define a bale forming chamber (15) within which a round bale (2) is formed. The lower segment (19) and the upper segment (20) are pivotal from a bale forming position (FIG. 5) to a discharge position (FIG. 1) for transferring a bale of the bale forming chamber (15) onto bale supporting rollers (50) of the bale wrapper (11). The bale supporting rollers (50) rotate the bale (2) about a first wrapping axis (53) while a carrier ring (55) simultaneously revolves a pair of wrapping material dispensers (54) about a second wrapping axis (56) for dispensing wrapping material onto the bale (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: WELMOUNT LIMITED
    Inventors: Padraic Christopher McHale, Martin William McHale, James John Heaney, Gerard Patrick Sheridan, Patrick Thomas O'Connor, John Patrick Biggins
  • Patent number: 9173347
    Abstract: An improved baler and a method of using the improved baler to produce high density bales. The baler comprises a pick-up assembly configured to pick-up crop material; a compression assembly comprising at least one pair of opposing compression rollers configured to generate a pressure on the crop material sufficient to crush the nodes as it passes between the compression rollers; and a bale chamber, wherein the crushed crop forms a bale. The compression rollers define an adjustable gap therebetween. By adjusting the gap, a pressure sufficient to crush the nodes of the crop may be exerted on the crop material as it passes between the compression rollers may be controlled, resulting in bales of higher density than conventional bales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: John Henry Posselius, Christopher A. Foster, Edward H. Priepke, Kevin M. Smith, Scott Allen Shearer, Michael David Montross, William C. Adams
  • Patent number: 9155250
    Abstract: A baler comprises a pick-up assembly configured to pick-up crop material; a compression assembly comprising at least one pair of opposing compression rollers configured to generate a pressure on the crop material as it passes between the compression rollers; and a bale chamber, wherein the pre-compressed crop forms a bale. The compression rollers define an adjustable gap therebetween. By adjusting the gap, pressure exerted on the crop material as it passes between the compression rollers may be controlled, resulting in bales of varying density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: John H. Posselius, Christopher A Foster, Kevin M. Smith, Edward H. Priepke
  • Patent number: 9107346
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wrapping device to wrap an object in foil material including a frame, a wrapping table mounted on the frame and configured to support the object during wrapping, one or more roll support devices to support one or more rolls of foil material to be rotated about the object during wrapping, a carrying structure mounted on the frame and configured to carry the one or more roll support devices, and a clamping and cutting device to clamp the foil material after wrapping of an object, and to cut the clamped foil material, wherein the clamping and cutting device is mounted on the carrying structure, and wherein the carrying structure is pivotable about a substantially horizontal pivot axis with respect to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventor: Willem Jacobus Reijersen Van Buuren
  • Patent number: 9101089
    Abstract: In a method for operating a round baler, the harvested crop flow is controlled at any time of the bale forming process by time control with the control and governing device of the round baler, based on a stored theoretical minimum time for pressing a harvested crop bale defined by predetermined parameters and based on actually determined harvested crop parameters, such that the harvested crop bale defined by the predetermined parameters is produced at maximum baler utilization in a nominal press time determined for the harvested crop bale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Bernard Krone GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Horstmann
  • Patent number: 9084394
    Abstract: A conveyor system that may be used with an agricultural harvester, such as a round baler, waste baler, combine, sugarcane harvester or cotton harvester. More particularly, the conveyor system utilizes at least a first and a second conveyor belt of which at least one of the conveyor belts is independently movable in the forward and backward directions. The speed and direction of the conveyor belts can be controlled to perform continuous baling of harvested crop in the agricultural baler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, LTD
    Inventor: Martin J. Roberge
  • Patent number: 9078398
    Abstract: A baler for agricultural material including a reciprocating plunger that compresses crop material in a channel into flakes which are stacked to provide a bale length of the desired size. The baler is towed from and powered by a steerable tractor having an operator display. The channel receiving the plunger has right and left walls which support star wheels having points projecting into the channel for the flakes and bale. The relative movement of the bale from right to left is determined and indicated to the operator of the vehicle to steer right, left or straight to ensure that bales have thickness that is uniform across their width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Eric Ryan Lang
  • Patent number: 9055716
    Abstract: A crop harvesting system for continuous round baling is described that comprises a first and second bale chamber and a conveyor system in operable communication with the first and second bale chambers. The crop harvesting system can comprise at least three bale carriers, at least two serpentine systems to facilitate movement of the bale into and out of the first and second bale chambers. The crop harvesting system can be integrated into an agricultural harvester such as a baler or combine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, LTD.
    Inventor: Martin J. Roberge
  • Publication number: 20150143791
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hydraulic circuit mechanically linked to a panel and agricultural harvesters comprising the same. The hydraulic circuit of the present invention can be used to facilitate the transition of hydraulic states from a quick speed to a slow speed, when opening and closing the panel. The hydraulic circuit comprises a fluid stop valve comprising a restrictive orifice which, when narrowed, reduces the rate of pressurized fluid flow into a hydraulic actuator during the actuator's extension. The reduced flow of pressurized fluid into the hydraulic cylinder substantially reduces the speed at which the panel opens or closes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: CNH AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Kevin M. Smith, Luke J. Harris
  • Publication number: 20150135676
    Abstract: A square baler having a baling chamber of which the side walls are movable by respective hydraulic cylinders. The supply of hydraulic fluid to and from the two hydraulic cylinders is effected by a common control circuit that ensures that the two sides walls are displaced in synchronism with one another by equal and opposite amounts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Jolan Heyns
  • Publication number: 20150128551
    Abstract: A bale forming apparatus and a bale forming method for forming cylindrical bales of material are provided. An intake device conveys material through an outlet into a bale forming chamber which is surrounded by a bale forming mechanism and which is situated adjacent to the outlet. A front housing part and a rear housing part are adapted for being connected with each other to form a bale forming housing. The rear housing part together with a bale on a bale carrying member can be pivoted with respect to the front housing part around an angle of at least 90 degrees. The rear housing part can be pivoted from a bale receiving position into a bale ejecting position where the bale is ejected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: FORAGE INNOVATIONS B.V.
    Inventors: Willem Jacobus Reijersen Van Buuren, Rudy De Jong
  • Publication number: 20150113935
    Abstract: A bale turning apparatus for attachment to a baler to generally align the cylindrical of the bales in each row as the bales are released from the baler. Using the disclosed invention, the bales are essentially turned ninety degrees from the orientation of bales from the position that they are typically released from a round baler. By accomplishing this general alignment of the cylindrical axis of each bale in each row, when baling corn stover or other row crops, the bale loading operation can later be done more efficiently by driving down the rows in the same direction as the combine and baler have traveled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Kent L. Thompson, Justin D. Olmstead, Darin L. Dux
  • Publication number: 20150101519
    Abstract: The use of self-powered, autonomous vehicles in agricultural and other domestic applications is provided. The vehicles include a self-propelled drive system, tracks or wheels operatively connected to the drive system, a power supply operatively connected to the drive system, an attachment mechanism for attaching equipment to the vehicle, and an intelligent control operatively connected to the drive system, power supply, and attachment mechanism. The vehicle is configured to connect to the equipment to perform agricultural operations based upon the equipment. Multiple vehicles can be used in a field at the same time. Furthermore, the invention includes the ability to move one or more of the autonomous vehicles from field to field, home to field, or from generally any first location to a second location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Blackwell, Rhett Schildroth, Michael J. Myers, Merlan J. Rolffs, Derrick Becker
  • Publication number: 20150096281
    Abstract: A bale forming apparatus and a bale forming method form cylindrical bales. A bale forming chamber is surrounded by a bale forming mechanism. A bale is formed in this bale forming chamber. This bale is pushed onto a bale supporting construction. This bale supporting construction buffers the bale. A further bale is created in the bale forming chamber. One pushing member pushes the old bale from the bale forming chamber onto the bale supporting construction. This pushing member is connected with a holding device and performs a movement on a circular path for pushing the bale. The drive rotates the holding device around a rotating axis. A pivotal guiding member is pivoted into a guiding position and contributes to provide a bale forming chamber for the new bale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: FORAGE INNOVATIONS B.V.
    Inventors: Willem Jacobus Reijersen Van Buuren, Rudy De Jong
  • Patent number: 8991308
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a baler ejection system that may be used with an agricultural harvester, such as a round baler, waste baler, combine, or cotton harvester. More particularly, the bale ejection system uses the motion of two pairs of parallel arms that extend transversely from the sidewalls of a bale chamber at two sets of distinct pivot points. When activated by the operator of the bale ejection system, the two pairs of parallel arms raise simultaneously to expose an outlet through which the bale may be ejected. The bale ejection system is designed to allow a larger outlet for the bale evacuation as compared to existing bale ejection systems that employ circular motion to expose the bale outlet. A formed bale may become ejected by one or more conveyer belts that exert a rearward force on the bale within the bale chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin J. Roberge, Chance Peutert, Evan Brinkman
  • Publication number: 20150075130
    Abstract: A round baler comprising a bale-forming chamber with a belt assembly for rolling a bale, the assembly comprising a plurality of parallel side-by-side belts trained about rollers transverse to the belts, wherein the rollers comprise a shaft with a plurality of belt-driving sleeves mounted thereon. The belt-driving sleeves have a circumferential groove and the belts have a longitudinal protrusion configured to track the belt in the groove of the belt-driving sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jakub Ryz
  • Patent number: 8978549
    Abstract: A bale turning apparatus for attachment to a baler to generally align the cylindrical of the bales in each row as the bales are released from the baler. Using the disclosed invention, the bales are essentially turned ninety degrees from the orientation of bales from the position that they are typically released from a round baler. By accomplishing this general alignment of the cylindrical axis of each bale in each row, when baling corn stover or other row crops, the bale loading operation can later be done more efficiently by driving down the rows in the same direction as the combine and baler have traveled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Forage Innovations B.V.
    Inventors: Kent L. Thompson, Darin L. Dux, Justin D. Olmstead
  • Publication number: 20150068187
    Abstract: A bale forming apparatus and a bale forming method form cylindrical bales. An intake device conveys material into a bale forming chamber surrounded by a bale forming means. A bale in this bale forming chamber is formed by means of the bale forming means. A pivotal guiding member (28.1, 28.2) is mounted at a free end of a guiding member arm (26.1, 26.2). The guiding member arm (26.1, 26.2) is pivoted in a guiding direction and in a parking direction. This causes the guiding member (28.1, 28.2) to be pivoted into a guiding position and into a parking position. An actuating means (42) pivots a guiding member arm pivoting element (41) in a pivoting direction that is the guiding direction or the parking direction. This pivoting step causes the guiding member arm (26.1, 26.2) to be pivoted in the pivoting direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: FORAGE INNOVATIONS B.V.
    Inventors: Willem Jacobus Reijersen Van Buuren, Rudy De Jong