US Patent No. 10,921,171

ARRANGEMENT FOR DETECTION OF THE AMOUNT OF MATERIAL IN A SUPPLY CONTAINER OF A MACHINE FOR APPLICATION OF MATERIAL TO A FIELD


Patent No. 10,921,171
Issue Date February 16, 2021
Title Arrangement For Detection Of The Amount Of Material In A Supply Container Of A Machine For Application Of Material To A Field
Inventorship Martin Kremmer, Mannheim (DE)
Valentin Gresch, Kaiserslautern (DE)
Assignee

Claim of US Patent No. 10,921,171

1. An apparatus for detection of coverage of a machine based on material in each of first and second supply containers of the machine, the apparatus comprising:a data entry device for receiving fill level data concerning an amount of material present in each of the first and second supply containers at a specific time point;
outflow sensors to detect an amount of material that has flowed out of each of the first and second supply containers; and
a computer device receiving information from the data entry device and the outflow sensors, the computing device programmed to:
calculate a current amount of material in each of the first and second supply containers using the fill level data and information from the outflow sensors obtained after the specific time point;
calculate a path length or area which can be covered by each of the first and second supply containers based on an amount of material in the first and second supply containers;
identify a shortest path length that can be covered by the first and second supply containers based on the amount of material in the first and second supply containers; and
display an indication of the supply container with a shortest path length.