Moline, IL, United States
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A system for residue detection and implement control is disclosed. The system comprising: an agricultural implement (10) with access to a source of environmental data (220, 222, 236, 234, 238, 310) having an indication of environmental factors; a sensor (54, 58, 74, 82) that obtains image data of a field (14); a data store (210) containing image processing methods to detect residue; a controller (70) operatively coupled to the sensor (54, 58, 74, 82) and to the source of environmental data (220, 222, 236, 234, 238, 310) and to the data store (210), the controller (70) processing the image data according to one or more of the image processing methods; wherein the controller (70) is configured to: select one or more of the image processing methods based on the environmental data (220, 222, 236, 234, 238, 310); process the image data using the selected one or more of the image processing methods (500) to determine a value of residue coverage in the imaged area of the field (14); and generate one or more control signals that includes an adjustment to the agricultural implement (10) based on the value of residue coverage. Further, a method (400, 500) to detect residue and control an implement (14) is disclosed.


Methods and systems are disclosed for reducing engine flywheel power reduction of an engine while protecting a drivetrain. The method includes monitoring transmission gear selection; determining reduction in flywheel power to protect the drivetrain; and monitoring engine power consumption by other engine power loads. When other engine power loads consume less power than the reduction in flywheel power to protect the drivetrain, the method includes reducing flywheel power by the power difference. When other engine power loads consume the same or more power than the reduction in flywheel power to protect the drivetrain, the method includes not reducing the flywheel power. Engine power can be consumed by both on-vehicle and off-vehicle power loads. Engine power can be consumed by an electric generator and/or a plurality of inverters, and their power consumption can be monitored. Information and commands can be communicated over a controller area network (CAN) bus.


A method of and arrangement for monitoring the collection of plant material comprise the following steps and means for executing these steps, respectively:collecting plant location and attribute data with respect to plant material, before and/or during and/or after harvesting the plant material;providing the plant location and attribute data on a collecting vehicle (30) adapted to collect the harvested plant material;moving the collecting vehicle (30) to the harvested plant material based on the plant location data;collecting the harvested plant material;sensing attribute data of the harvested plant material before and/or during and/or after the collecting;comparing the sensed attribute data with the plant attribute data and generating an output dependent on the result of the comparison


A system and method for determining information related to a rotation of a shaft. The method includes receiving a signal associated with a plurality of targets and gaps passing by a sensor. The targets and gaps are positioned around a circumference of a wheel that is fixed for rotation with the shaft. The method incudes forming a sensed target-and-gap sequence based on the signal, wherein the sensed target-and-gap sequence represents a subset of the targets and gaps. The method further includes comparing the sensed target-and-gap sequence to a set of known target-and-gap sequences stored in memory. Each known target-and-gap sequence is associated with a respective known circumferential portion of the wheel. The method also includes determining which respective, known target-and-gap sequence is identical to the sensed target-and-gap sequence.


Patent
Deere & Company | Date: 2017-03-15

An agricultural machine (20) is disclosed. The agricultural machine (20) comprising: a center section (25); a wheel supporting the center section (25); a wing section (24, 26) coupled to the center section (25); and a hinge (50) positioned between the center section (25) and the wing section (24, 26) to permit the wing section (24, 26) to pivot about the center section (25), the hinge (50) comprising a first part (52) including a first protrusion defining a first aperture extending therethrough, the first part (52) coupled to or integrated in the center section (25), a second part (54) including a second protrusion, the second protrusion defining a second aperture extending therethrough, the second part (54) coupled to or integrated in the wing section (24, 26), a pin (82) having a first end and a second end, the pin (82) positioned to extend through the first and second apertures to couple the first part (52) and the second part (54) such that the wing section (24, 26) is pivotably coupled to the center section (25), a first fastener positioned adjacent the first end of the pin (82), the first fastener operable to couple the first part (52) to the center section (25) and to abut the first end of the pin (82) to thereby retain the pin (82) in the first and second apertures, and a second fastener positioned adjacent the second end of the pin (82), the second fastener operable to couple the first part (52) to the center section (25) and to abut the second end of the pin (82) to thereby retain the pin (82) in the first and second apertures.


Patent
Deere & Company | Date: 2017-04-05

An agricultural seeding machine (100) is disclosed. The seeding machine comprising: a seeding system (114, 116) configured to meter and deliver seed from the mobile seeding machine, the seeding system comprising: a motor (202, 204) that drives the seeding system; and at least one sensor (206, 208, 210, 212) configured to sense a characteristic of the motor and generate a sensor signal indicative of the characteristic; a jam detection component (214, 216) configured to receive the sensor signal and detect a jam in the seeding system and generate a jam signal; and a motor control system (200) configured to receive the jam signal and reverse an operating direction of the motor based on the jam signal. Further, a method of controlling such seeding machine is disclosed.


A control system for controlling a planting machine (100) towed by a towing vehicle (152) is disclosed. The control system comprising: a rate of change identifier component (194) that receives a sensor signal (200, 202) from a sensor (117, 130, 132, 134, 136, 162, 164, 178, 180) placeable on a planting machine (100) or on a towing vehicle (152), the sensor signal (200, 202) being indicative of a sensed variable, the rate of change identifier component (194) identifying a rate of change of the sensed variable based on the sensor signal (200, 202); and a control signal generator component (196) that generates a set of control signals (204, 206) to control a subsystem (111, 158, 157, 168) on a planting machine (100) or on a towing vehicle (152) based on the identified rate of change of the sensed variable. Furthermore, a computer implemented method and a planting machine (100) with a towing vehicle (152) is disclosed.


A method for injecting a reductant into an exhaust gas of a power system. The method includes injecting the reductant at a commanded flow rate, while simultaneously oscillating a supply pressure of the reductant between a higher supply pressure and a lower supply pressure.


Patent
Deere & Company | Date: 2017-04-05

A corn head row unit gearbox (100) includes an input shaft (102), that rotates about a first axis of rotation and that drives a set of bevel gears. The bevel gears transfer rotation of the input shaft into rotation of a set of gathering chain output shafts about a second axis of rotation, generally transverse to the first axis of rotation. The gathering chain drive shafts (114,116) each rotate within a bushing (122,124) mounted within a frame structure of the gearbox. The frame structure defines a bore that communicates with a bevel gear cavity, in which at least one of the sets of bevel gears rotates, and an interior of the bushings (122,124) mounted on the gathering chain drive shafts. Rotation of the bevel gears carries lubricant to an inlet aperture on the bore and drives the lubricant through the bore into the bushings.


Patent
Deere & Company | Date: 2017-03-29

An agricultural harvesting machine (200) is described. In one example, the machine comprises a header (202), a feed system (203) configured to feed material from the header through a threshing section (210) along a conveyance path, the feed system including a conveyance mechanism (206, 208) that conveys the material from the header to a rotating feed mechanism, and a drive system (100) configured to rotationally drive the feed mechanism during a first state to convey the material along the conveyance path, and to reverse rotation of the feed mechanism during a second state. In one example, a drive system comprises first and second drive mechanisms, and a coupling mechanism configured to selectively couple one of the first or second drive mechanisms to an output mechanism, such as, but not limited to, a rotating feed mechanism in an agricultural harvesting machine.

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