Patent Number: 7,086,342

Title: Standardized receiver for bulk seed containers

Abstract: A standardized receiver for bulk materials containers such as seeds for the quick and efficient loading of seed into a planter with bulk handling capability. Delivery mechanism associated with the receiver is disposed to accept materials discharged from the container after it has been placed on the planter frame and to transport such materials to the opener rows. A manifold of the mechanism is fitted with output pipe fixtures for the discharge of the seed to individual rows via flexible hose. The inlet of the manifold is on the top surface of the structure and aligned with the slidegate opening of the shipping container. Air pressure is created within the manifold by a fan assembly. Airflow exiting the manifold carries seed through the pipe fittings, into the hoses and on to the planter rows. The receiver mounts to the planter frame above the mechanism. The receiver conforms to the general dimensions of the bottom of a shipping container. The frame of the receiver is of suffecient integrity to support the weight of a loaded container as the planter is drawn over a tract of land. The receiver frame is fitted with appropriate guides to insure proper alignment as the container is loaded and unloaded from the receiver frame. Once loaded onto the receiver frame, the slidegate is opened to discharge the contents of the container into the mechanism.

Inventors: O'Neall; Donald L. (Downs, IL), Follmer; Richard L. (Hudson, IL)

Assignee: Great Plains Manufacturing Incorporated

International Classification: A01C 7/00 (20060101); A01C 9/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018