US Patent No: 5,635,911

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Apparatus and method for monitoring an article dispensing device such as a seed planter and the like

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An apparatus and method for accurately counting the number of articles passing along an article path. A light beam is transmitted across an article path to a sensor, which light beam is interfered with by the passage of articles along the article path and the received light beam is converted to electrical signals that are conditioned, amplified and input to a logic unit which, based on derived amplitude, duration and area of the input signals, determines the number of articles that passed along the article path. A system is also described which accurately counts the number of articles passing along a plurality of article paths by employing a plurality of such devices each of which accurately counts the articles passing along each article path and, upon instructions from a master console, sends its counts to the master console for summation. The system further includes a network architecture with simplified wire harnessing and enhanced operation.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
DICKEY-JOHN CORPORATIONAUBURN, IL7

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Holmstrom, Scott A Springfield, IL 1 32
Landers, David J Rochester, IL 1 32
McEnaney, Kevin P Springfield, IL 1 32
Miller, Gregry C Taylorville, IL 2 32

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
* 6,073,427 Method and apparatus for counting crops 9 1998
* 2012/0106,694 SEED COUNTING DEVICE 0 2012
 
CDS-JOHN BLUE COMPANY (1)
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DICKEY-JOHN CORPORATION (1)
6,373,057 Infrared reflective article counting/detecting device 7 1998
 
GARY W. CLEM, INC. (3)
* 8,175,212 Seed counting device 0 2010
* 2011/0182,397 SEED COUNTING DEVICE 0 2010
* 8,218,710 Seed counting device 0 2012
 
DEERE & COMPANY (2)
* 5,936,234 Seed planter monitoring system with optical sensors 13 1997
8,775,689 Electronic modules with automatic configuration 0 2011
 
Raven Industries, Inc. (2)
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Ag Leader Technology, Inc. (1)
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CNH AMERICA LLC (11)
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CNH INDUSTRIAL CANADA, LTD. (5)
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VANSCO ELECTRONICS LP (1)
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PRECISION PLANTING LLC (2)
* 7,086,269 Apparatus and method for testing seed singulation of a seed meter 15 2004
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DUBOIS, JERRY (1)
* 6,078,635 Seed or particle-counting device 10 1998
 
BLUEBROOK ASSOCIATES LLC (1)
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* Cited By Examiner