Combine Systems and Methods
Publication Date: 2016-Apr-25
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Title: Combine Systems and Methods
As shown in the attached illustrations and described below, various operational systems and methods of an agricultural combine and/or header, are disclosed.
Belt Pickup Full Fingered Auger, Double Windrows
The concept is to have a feed finger arrangement throughout the full length of a feed auger of a harvesting header, such as a belt pick‐up header. Current feed augers will typically have a non‐flighted (non‐augered) center section with a feed finger arrangement to engage crop material and feed the material into a feed throat or feederhouse. In this disclosure, feed fingers are additionally incorporated into the flighted (augered) areas of the feed auger. This arrangement would provide a means to keep material moving. That is, to keep the material from building up in front of the auger areas and move it into the auger and thus better allows the material to be feed into the center section. This is especially important when operating in conditions such as double windrowing and not taking material directly up into the center section as done in typical (single) windrowing.
Wire Mesh Solution for Preventing Animal Entry and Nesting in Exhaust Systems
Figure 1 illustrates a wire mesh arrangement at an opening of a conduit of a vehicle exhaust system.
The concept presents a hardware method of a metal screen that is sized appropriately to keep nest building animals from entering the exhaust system which effectively prevents them from building their nest into the system.
A wire mesh is utilized to prevent animal entry into the exhaust system while creating minimal back pressure increases and maintaining high durability.
With spark arrestor technology available today there are several wire mesh options that are available in the market today. These range in different opening sizes and wire sizes which make up the mesh to accommodate the mesh size needed to target the smallest animal size which may try to enter the exhaust system to build a nest. There is also a range of materials available in the market to meet the specific needs of a machine exhaust system. The material selection is important as some emissions solutions use different chemical compounds which accelerate corrosion of some metal with lower chromium content.
It is also important to understand the effect of any solution has on the overall system back pressure. The use of a mesh with a small wire diameter will induce a small overall back pressure increase even at high ex...