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Inventor:
Dix; Peter J.
Address:
Naperville, IL
No. of patents:
33
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8565978 Steering wheel motion and self-cancelling turn signal sensor October 22, 2013
A steering wheel movement sensing apparatus for an agricultural vehicle comprising a magnetic ring configured to fit around the steering column such that it turns in unison with the steering wheel. The minimum number of magnetic poles on the ring is not defined, but a ring having at leas
8296052 Method for avoiding point rows for quadrilateral fields using autoguidance October 23, 2012
A method for generating a swath pattern avoiding point rows for a work vehicle to be driven in a region of a field, which region can be described as having a first side boundary and an opposite second side boundary extending divergently between a first and an opposite second end boun
8145390 Swath finder feature integrated with multipurpose display March 27, 2012
A GPS-based vehicle guidance system method for providing an integrated display for the operator of a vehicle and provides determining the ideal swath path based on predetermined and user inputted parameters. The method is applied to both manual and automatic modes of operation, and i
8060269 Swath line creation including slope compensation for an automatic guidance system of a work vehi November 15, 2011
An apparatus and method for generating swath lines including compensation for sloping terrain in a field for use in an automatic guidance system of a work machine. The swath lines are created as a function of the position, elevation and/or orientation of the work vehicle.
7904226 Correction in position with hitch position sensor March 8, 2011
An automatic guidance system for an agricultural vehicle includes a tractor, a towed implement, an absolute tractor position sensor, a relative implement position sensor, and an electronic control system. The operator inputs the implement geometry and field information into the contr
7877182 Method for creating spiral swath patterns for convex polygon shaped field boundaries January 25, 2011
A computationally efficient method for generating a spiral swath pattern for a region of a field bounded by a convex polygon, the method automatically generating curved portions for the swath pattern having radii of curvature greater than a minimum turning radius based on the minimum
7747370 Method for creating end of row turns for agricultural vehicles June 29, 2010
A GPS-based vehicle guidance system and a method for automatically guiding a vehicle through and end of a row turn. The present invention provides a method and system that automatically guides the vehicle through an end of row turn without manual control. An algorithm using the minimum t
7715979 Nudge compensation for curved swath paths May 11, 2010
A method for adjusting a curved swath path in a swath generation apparatus used in an automated vehicle guidance system to compensate for changes in vehicle position signals.
7715966 Method for creating spiral swath patterns for convex polygon shaped field boundaries May 11, 2010
A computationally efficient method for generating a spiral swath pattern for a region of a field bounded by a convex polygon, the method automatically generating curved portions for the swath pattern having radii of curvature greater than a minimum turning radius based on the minimum
7706948 Method for creating spiral swaths for irregular field boundaries April 27, 2010
A method for calculating spiral swath paths in an area with irregular boundaries and providing automatic guidance of a vehicle along the calculated spiral swath paths. A baseline swath path is generated, and at least one adjacent swath path is calculated based on the minimum turning
7689356 Method and apparatus for creating curved swath patterns for farm machinery March 30, 2010
A method for defining, using, and adjusting curved swath patterns and a swath generation apparatus implementing said method for use in an automated vehicle guidance system.
7591226 Automatic path generation for tramlines September 22, 2009
An apparatus and method for generating and allowing the generation of tramline procedures while planting and/or subsequent agricultural operations is disclosed which benefits from the use of GPS systems.
7580783 Correction in position with hitch position sensor August 25, 2009
An automatic guidance system for an agricultural vehicle includes a tractor, a towed implement, an absolute tractor position sensor, a relative implement position sensor, and an electronic control system. The operator inputs the implement geometry and field information into the contr
7451029 Vehicle direction estimation using transmission control information November 11, 2008
A work vehicle has a transmission controller that is configured to determine the direction of travel of the vehicle based upon the state of the transmission. The transmission controller is also configured to communicate this information to navigation system to assist the navigation s
7318595 Variable ride control January 15, 2008
A skid steer vehicle has a chassis with four drive wheels suspended from the chassis that are damped by four damping cylinders. An electronic controller varies the damping of the cylinders in an automatic mode, based on certain operational parameters of the vehicle, and in a manual m
7121355 Bulldozer autograding system October 17, 2006
A dozer blade control system controls the position of a bulldozer blade, maintaining the blade at a constant position as the dozer travels through a worksite. The control system monitors the angle of the dozer blade with respect to the earth and when it senses that the dozer blade is til
7114747 Work vehicle stabilizer October 3, 2006
A system for automatically moving a stabilizer of a work vehicle is disclosed. A joystick is connected to an electronic controller, which in turn, is connected to valve drivers to drive stabilizer raising and lowering valves. In one mode of operation, the controller is programmed to
7104054 Hydraulic cylinder cushioning September 12, 2006
A system for damping the extension and retraction of a hydraulic cylinder of a work vehicle at the ends of the cylinder's stroke.
7042333 Central access control system May 9, 2006
An access control system for work vehicles has a display, an operator input device and a computer configured to program individual vehicles keys to operate individual vehicles or groups of vehicles.
6998956 Access control system for a work vehicle February 14, 2006
A system and method for controlling access to a work vehicle includes limiting an unauthorized operator's access to the work vehicle by disabling an engine subsystem and additionally limiting access to another vehicle system such as an auxiliary fluid actuator, by disabling at least
6971463 Energy recovery system for work vehicle including hydraulic drive circuit and method of recoveri December 6, 2005
A work vehicle having a hydrostatic drive system provides for the recovery and reuse of the vehicle's kinetic energy by conducting pressurized hydraulic fluid out of the hydrostatic drive system into an accumulator during vehicle deceleration, and conducting the pressurized fluid back
6952156 Transponder communication and control system for a vehicle October 4, 2005
A method and system for controlling the operation of a vehicle is disclosed that includes a radio frequency transponder and a vehicle configured to respond to data stored in the transponder by preventing or disabling operation of the vehicle under certain conditions indicated by data sto
6766236 Skid steer drive control system July 20, 2004
A control system for a skid steer vehicle reads a load height sensor, a load amount sensor, and a vehicle speed sensor to derate the otherwise commanded acceleration, deceleration and turning rate on the vehicle when the vehicle has too great a load, too high a load, or the vehicle is go
6718244 Skid steer vehicle having an anti-diving system April 6, 2004
A skid steer vehicle has sprung suspensions, variable displacement pumps and motors connected to those pumps that drive the wheels on the vehicle as well as an electronic controller that receives signals that indicate fore-and-aft acceleration of the skid steer vehicle. Based on these
6677854 Remote vehicle diagnostic system January 13, 2004
A method for determining whether vehicle servicing or maintenance is required is disclosed. Vehicle information is downloaded to a remote maintenance computer via a wireless link. The information includes sensor data such as temperatures and pressures of fluid in the vehicle. The rem
6663114 Manual suspension locking of a skid steer vehicle having a sprung suspension December 16, 2003
A skid steer vehicle has sprung suspensions that can be locked to prevent vertical movement with respect to the chassis of the vehicle. The operator controls include a switch that the operator can manipulate to lock the suspensions on command. The switch is mounted on a joystick that is
6634445 Skid steer vehicle having suspensions that are locked based on vehicle speed October 21, 2003
A skid steer vehicle includes a chassis mounted on four sprung suspensions that are controlled by an electronic controller. The controller monitors the speed of the vehicle and locks the suspensions when the vehicle falls below a predetermined speed.
6633804 Skid steer vehicle with self-leveling suspension October 14, 2003
A skid steer vehicle has a sprung suspension system including four wheels mounted on four swing arms that are pivotally coupled to the chassis of the vehicle. An electronic controller is connected both to position sensors coupled to the swing arms to sense the position of the swing arms
6584710 Skid steer vehicle with suspension locking by manipulation of loader or bucket controls July 1, 2003
A skid steer vehicle with sprung suspensions is configured to lock the suspensions whenever the operator manipulates a manual control that generates a signal to move the loader arms or the bucket of the vehicle. The operator control, such as a joystick, sends a signal to an electronic
6571902 Backhoe auxiliary hydraulics control system June 3, 2003
A method of automatically setting an auxiliary hydraulic valve's flow rate and returning to that flow rate automatically is disclosed. The work vehicle such as a backhoe has two hand controls, one of which has a button, and the other has a thumb wheel. To set the hydraulic flow rate,
6498973 Flow control for electro-hydraulic systems December 24, 2002
In a work vehicle that has several hydraulic actuators a system and method for controlling and scaling flow between the actuators includes an electronic controller that is connected to several hand controls that provide a proportional signal indicating how far the operator has moved
6233511 Electronic control for a two-axis work implement May 15, 2001
A loader of the type controlled with an electronic digital controller is disclosed herein. The loader may include conventional mechanical components. However, the hydraulic valve is electronically controlled to provide improved motion control. In particular, the operator controls the
5996342 Hydrostatic drive train controller December 7, 1999
An anti-stall and bias control for a hydrostatic drive train system is disclosed. The system is used on a hydrostatic drive vehicle with an engine coupled to a first and second hydraulic pump. The first and second hydraulic pumps are coupled to first and second drive motors which drive










 
 
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