CNH America issued US patent for 'slat for a material moving system for an agricultural harvesting machine'

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , April 23, 2014 () – United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent no. 8,701,870 on April 22, 2014, to CNH America LLC (Pennsylvania), titled as "Slat for a material moving system for an agricultural harvesting machine"

Inventors: Farley; Herbert M. (Elizabethtown, PA), Lauwers; Andrew V. (Stevens, PA), Boyd, III; Robert Stewart (Mount Joy, PA)

Assignee: CNH America LLC (New Holland, PA)

According to the abstract released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A slat for use in an agricultural harvester including a web securable to a material moving system. A first and second leg extending outwardly from one side of the web, the first leg providing primary impetus for movement of crop material in a first direction by the material moving system. A third leg extending outwardly from an opposed side of the web and providing secondary impetus for movement of crop material by driven movement of the material moving system. In response to the slat encountering a foreign object that becomes wedged between the first leg, the third leg and structure of the material moving system and preventing driven movement of the material movement system in the first direction, upon application of force urging movement of the material movement system in an opposed second direction, the third leg facilitating a rotational movement of the slat for dislodging the foreign object."

The patent was filed on October 17, 2012 Application no. 13/653,444

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