New Hampshire Patent of the Month – October 2021

Agriculture is an increasingly automated industry as farmers try to keep up with the demand of global food supplies. Part of this automation involves the planting of the seeds, which must be evenly spaced and properly inserted into the soil to maximize the chances of successful growth. Felton, Inc. has developed a conveyor system which effectively delivers seeds promptly.

Their design is an endless seed delivery belt. The belt has multiple peaks and valleys, creating a constant rising and falling pattern. This undulation uses valleys sixed to hold a single seed. There is also a seed ejector positioned between each pair of peaks. The ejector is made of two ejection fingers made of thermoplastics, fabric, or rubber. The system is then installed into a seed delivery system with the belt mounted on two pulleys and positioned within a housing sace. The size and shape of the particular seed will impact the size and width of the peaks and valleys. A seed meter feeds the seeds out along the conveyor belt and ejects once it reaches the desired ejection point. This conveyor system helps to further automate the agriculture industry and ease the burden of labor on the farmers.

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