Field transplant systems and methods and components thereof
Detection apparatus and method of use Patent #: 4408414
ApplicationNo. 335109 filed on 04/07/1989
US Classes:294/61, SPEARS111/101, Excavating transplanter111/104, Plant dispensing (i.e., singulation from a bulk source)294/907, SENSOR CONTROLLED DEVICE901/31, Gripping jaw901/46SENSING DEVICE
ExaminersPrimary: Focarino, Margaret A.
Assistant: Kramer, Dean J.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassesA01C 011/02
AbstractA gripping apparatus has at least two elongated piercing elements which slide in elongated collars or sleeves between open retracted positions and closed gripping positions. The piercing elements define an angle and they move toward the vertex of the defined angle when they move from the open position to the closed position. The orientation of the piercing elements and their path of travel are such that objects are reliably and securely held when the piercing elements are in their closed positions and positively released when the piercing elements are in their open positions. A sensor may be provided with the gripping apparatus to sense the presence or condition of the gripped object. The gripping apparatus is especially useful in grasping the root masses of plants for transplanting purposes.
Field of SearchSPEARS
With movable cooperating load-engaging member
Fixed and movable members
SENSOR CONTROLLED DEVICE
Plant dispensing (i.e., singulation from a bulk source)
Supply in organized array
SPECIAL TRANSPLANT RELATED FEATURE
PLANT CONTAINER WITH FLATS, FILLING, PLANTING, OR CONVEYING