With Adjustable Operator Engageable Control Patents (Class 180/334)
  • Patent number: 10612211
    Abstract: A lock mechanism is provided in front of each of left and right consoles to fix the console in an optional position. Each of the lock mechanisms is provided with a lock release lever for selecting a lock state of fixing the console and a lock release state of releasing fixation of the console. Each of the lock release levers is provided to extend outward in a left-right direction from the lock mechanism. The lock state is defined by an inclined posture in which a tip end side of the lock release lever is in an oblique downward direction and the lock release state is defined by a horizontal posture in which the tip end sides of the lock release lever is rotated in an upward direction. A hand hold part is provided in front of each of the consoles and above each of the lock release levers to swing the console in the upper-lower direction in the lock release state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guoliang Yuan, Wataru Isaka
  • Patent number: 10598274
    Abstract: A control device for a vehicle gearbox includes a support casing and a control lever pivotally mounted about an oscillation axis within said support casing. A pivoting body is rotatably mounted within the support casing about the oscillation axis of the control lever and is connected in rotation with the control lever. A connecting member for a gearbox control cable is connected to the pivoting body by an adapter element. The adapter element and the pivoting body are configured so they can be coupled with each other in different relative positions, in order to create different positions and/or different orientations of the control cable with respect to the pivoting body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: FCA Italy S.p.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Contessa, Dario Luvison, Valter Maggiora, Paolo Mancin, Vincenzo Nuara
  • Patent number: 10597851
    Abstract: A left operating tool stand (39) disposed on the left side of an operator's seat (15) in a wheel loader (1) includes a support member (32), an operating tool stand (39) rotatably disposed to the support member (32) between an operating position and a tilt-up position, and an operating tool (53) disposed at a front end side of the operating tool stand (39) to operate the wheel loader (1). The operating tool stand (39) includes a rotating member (40) that is rotatably mounted about a support pin (33) as a rotational pivot, the supporting pin (33) being disposed to the support member (32), and a cam roller (50) that is rotatably disposed to the rotating member (40) and rotates together with the rotating member (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Wataru Isaka, Satoshi Kan
  • Patent number: 10184559
    Abstract: A device for selecting an operating mode of a transmission of a vehicle is presented. The device has a control panel thereby, having at least one selector switch for selecting an operating mode, and one release switch for enabling a function of the at least one selector switch. The release switch has a touch sensitive button, serving as a first interface to a sensor circuit for enabling the function of the at least one selector switch. The sensor circuit has a second interface on an actuator for a driving function of the vehicle thereby. The sensor circuit can be closed by producing an electrically conductive connection between the first interface and the second interface via a driver region of an interior space of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Lemförder Electronic GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Pfeifer, Andreas Peukert
  • Patent number: 10047852
    Abstract: An actuator for selecting shift stages of a vehicle transmission comprises a lever housing, a selector lever, as well as a transfer device for transferring switching commands to the speed change gear. The actuator is characterized by am exchangeable module adapter which is arranged between the lever housing and the transfer device. The module adapter has the purpose of adapting the actuator in such a way that the ergonomic point of the actuator can be changed in vertical and/or horizontal direction and thus be adapted to different situations of assembly. The actuator can be adapted to be installed in different vehicle types primarily by selecting the appropriate module adapter and without requiring considerable structural changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Andreas Giefer, Ludger Rake
  • Patent number: 9764642
    Abstract: An operator station includes a console, a rail, a slider assembly, a suspension mechanism, a platform, a display mounting assembly, and a display. The console includes a lever and at least one locking pin. The rail selectively engages with the lever. The slider assembly slidably engages with the rail. The suspension mechanism operatively associates with the slider assembly and with the rail. The platform operatively associates with the slider assembly, tiltably associates with the console, and slidably selectively engages with the at least one locking pin. The display mounting assembly operatively associates with the slider assembly. The display operatively associates with the display mounting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining America LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Anderton, Gregory Kopp, Joseph Every, Randall E. Davis
  • Patent number: 9181963
    Abstract: An operation lever lock apparatus includes: operation levers; hydraulic control valves arranged at a portion lower than a floor panel; and link members, each of the link members extending downward from a base part of a corresponding one of the operation levers to be connected to a corresponding one of the hydraulic control valves, wherein the hydraulic control valves are operated by causing the link members to move vertically, the apparatus further including: an engagement member provided under the link member; and a stopper member having an engagement part to be engaged in the engagement member, wherein the stopper member is movable between an engaged position at which the engagement part engages in the engagement member and a released position at which the engagement part is released from the engagement member, and arranged to restrict movement of the link member in a vertical direction when positioned in the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinobu Naitou
  • Patent number: 8931586
    Abstract: A working vehicle includes a joy-stick lever which operates a front loader, and a main change lever etc., wherein a right side dashboard is located in the right side of the driver's seat, the forward end step part is located beside the steering wheel, and is provided with the joy-stick lever, a grip part of the main change lever is disposed at a lower position than the steering wheel, a grip part of the position lever is disposed at an outside position of the grip part of the main change lever on a plan view, and a grip part of the joy-stick lever is disposed at a front side position of the grip part of the main change lever on a plan view, and is disposed in a range of a height of the steering wheel on a side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Iseki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Wakino, Tomoo Kiyokawa, Satoru Kinoshita, Noboru Sagawa, Takanori Izutani
  • Patent number: 8857549
    Abstract: A mount structure for a control valve unit is provided to permit selective mounting of a small first control valve unit or a large second control valve unit on bodies of construction machines of different models the same family without incurring an increase in the number of kinds of parts or components. The control valve unit may be a small first control valve unit or a large second control valve unit. The mount structure is constructed such that upon mounting the first or second control valve unit on a bracket on which the first or second control valve unit may be selectively mounted, a barycentric position of the bracket with the first control valve unit mounted thereon and a barycentric position of the bracket with the second control valve unit mounted thereon are located on an imaginary line connecting paired hanging-member fixing portions of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junya Kawamoto, Kosuke Moriguchi, Katsuhiro Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8855872
    Abstract: A construction machine includes: a work device; an operation device which receives a manipulation; a hydraulic unit including a hydraulic motor; an electric unit including an electric motor and an energy storage unit; a control device which makes the electric power of the energy storage unit assist the hydraulic unit upon the manipulation for the drive side, and makes the electric motor generate regenerative electric power unit upon the manipulation for the regeneration side; and a power-discharge command unit which issues a discharge command for the energy storage unit. Upon receiving the discharge command, the control device operates the electric motor to lower a voltage of the energy storage unit upon the manipulation for the drive side, and makes only the hydraulic unit decelerate or stop the work device upon the manipulation for the regeneration side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoichiro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8833503
    Abstract: There are provided a forward/reverse switchover lever pivotally operably about, as a pivotal center, a position which is inwardly of an outer periphery of a steering wheel and laterally outer side of vehicle body of a rotational axis of the steering wheel as seen in a direction along the rotational axis and a pivotal support shaft pivotally supporting the forward/reverse switchover lever at a position lower than the steering wheel such that a pivotal end of the forward/reverse switchover lever projects to the laterally outer side beyond the outer periphery of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Kobayashi, Tatsuyuki Kashimoto, Makoto Saegusa, Mikio Ishida, Atsushi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8776941
    Abstract: A road finishing machine includes a control panel that can be selectively swiveled about a first swivel axis and a second swivel axis, where one operational control each is provided for the first and the second swivel axes for separately unlocking and/or locking a swiveling capacity around the respective swivel axis. One counter surface is fixed to the control panel for each of the operational controls. The swivel axes can be unlocked by pulling the respective operational control in the direction of the respective counter surface, and the control panel can be swiveled into the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Joseph Voegele AG
    Inventor: Ingo Herzberg
  • Patent number: 8651220
    Abstract: A position-adjustable, dual-pod control system for a machine, such as a backhoe loader is disclosed. The system includes a horizontal cross beam connected to a pair of brackets. The pair of brackets are mounted to the machine by way of a pair of bearings that enables pivotal movement of the cross beam in the fore and aft directions while the cross beam is positioned perpendicularly to the fore and aft direction or the fore-aft centerline of the machine. The bottom end of each pod arm is pivotally coupled to the brackets thereby enabling the pod arms to be pivoted towards or away from the centerline. Each bracket includes a through hole that accommodates a bearing that is mounted to the machine, such as to the floor of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Robert Connor, Richard Adam Kenneth Heald, Robert Michael Bower, Paul Anthony Sheehan
  • Publication number: 20130248276
    Abstract: Resistance feedback is provided to a machine operator via a joystick configured to steer the machine. An electrically actuated magnetic feedback brake unit is associated with the joystick for selectively resisting movement of the joystick. Haptic feedback is provided by determining a machine speed at which the machine is travelling, mapping the determined machine speed to a corresponding joystick resistance value, and mapping the corresponding joystick resistance value to an actuation current. The electrically actuated magnetic feedback brake unit is then actuated at a current substantially exceeding the actuation current until a predetermined level of actuation is reached. Once the predetermined level of actuation is reached, the electrically actuated magnetic feedback brake unit is driven at the actuation current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR, INC.
    Inventors: Mathew Chacko, Douglas Husted, David Ober, Todd Smith, Lonny Johnson, Sabri Cetinkunt, Shawn Cullen, Wendell Stahl
  • Patent number: 8505646
    Abstract: A cab includes a floor panel, an operator's seat, a handle post, an operating lever and a pedal. The operating lever includes a rod, a lower link member, an upper link member and a handle. The rod has a rod lower end portion, a rod upper end portion and a bent portion connected to the rod lower end portion and the rod upper end portion. The bent portion is formed in a forwardly convex shape. The pedal has a placement surface on which a foot of an operator is placed. A straight line passing along the placement surface in a side view intersecting with the bending point, when the pedal is located in any position within a pivot range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuko Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8434562
    Abstract: A ripper operating device is configured to perform operations of a ripper of a work vehicle. The ripper operating device includes a support portion, an operating lever, and an operating switch part. The operating lever is supported by the support portion to be movable with respect to the support portion in a first direction to perform a first operation and non-movable in a second direction. The first direction intersects a front-and-rear direction at an intersection point corresponding to a neutral position of the operating lever to form an acute angle with the front-and-rear direction on a rearward-outward side of the intersection point. The second direction is substantially perpendicular to the first direction and substantially matches with a direction in which a forearm of an operator extends when operating the ripper. The operating switch part is arranged on the operating lever to perform a second operation other than the first operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuuji Miyasaka, Shigeru Yamamoto, Kazuyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8403101
    Abstract: A user interface for managing energy from multiple energy sources on a hybrid vehicle displays information on the amount of energy available from a battery pack and liquid fuel tank, and allows the user to select when and how much stored energy is used from each energy source. The user interface may include an operator actuated control and a pair of gauges showing the amount of stored energy for the battery pack and the liquid fuel tank. The operator control may move the control between end settings that disable the internal combustion engine or minimize battery pack use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: James William Musser
  • Patent number: 8235161
    Abstract: A steering system includes a steered tire and a steering control device that controls the steered tire from a first operating position. Further including a steering control mount that supports the steering control device and is configured to allow the steering control device to rotate to a second operating position opposite the first position. An interlock is operable to disable the steering control device as it rotates between the first and second operating positions. A method detecting a position of a steering control that is configured to provide a steering function of a vehicle in either of a first or a second operating position, where the first position is oriented opposite that of the second operating position. Further receiving an interlock signal and enabling the steering function and a traction function when the interlock signal indicates that the position of the steering control is in the first or second operator position and disabling when the steering control is not an operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: NMHG Oregon, LLC
    Inventors: Gianni Passeri, Marco Mariani, Marco Betti
  • Patent number: 8235162
    Abstract: A driver interface assembly (10) is provided comprising a controller element (15) mounted to a body (16) which forms an integral part of an armrest (11) associated with a driver's seat (12). The body is rotatable with respect to the armrest between two positions: (a) an operating position, in which the controller element is exposed for operation thereof, and (b) a stowed position in which the controller element is concealed from use. The body remains substantially within the profile of the armrest when in both the operating position and the stowed position. The volume occupied by the armrest (11) can therefore be exploited to mount and stow a controller element (15). This is particularly advantageous in a working environment where space is at a premium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Valtra Oy Ab
    Inventor: Kimmo Wihinen
  • Patent number: 8220577
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide outdoor power equipment including a frame, a seat and at least one leg support angled from a horizontal plane. The outdoor power equipment can include one or more handles, a suspension unit coupled between the frame and the seat. In some embodiments, the seat can be declined with respect to a horizontal plane so that the operator's upper torso leans forward at an angle with respect to a vertical plane when the operator is sitting on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: James F. Marshall, Matthew R. Hatch, Derrick R. Camenga, Joshua S. Williams, William J. Decker
  • Patent number: 8167080
    Abstract: A control system for a construction vehicle, such as a motor grader, is provided. The control system includes a plurality of joysticks supported by an operator seat assembly, or by a console and structure independent of the operator seat assembly of the motor grader. The joysticks are positioned such that they are easy to reach while the operator's arms are supported by armrests supported by the operator seat assembly or structure independent of the operator seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Martin Lavern Ruhter, Michael Eugene Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8167079
    Abstract: The presented system is a full-mechanical system composed of 60 metal parts all of which parts are made of steel and iron metals. This system is placed in the deck of vehicles and over the car mat and connected to clutch and gas pedals such that it connects gas and clutch pedals through levers. This system is fixed in its place through two levers called “fulcrum shafts” such that head of these two levers are placed in a due place avoiding any slide helping to install the system tightly in its due place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Mehdi Zaerin
  • Patent number: 8146704
    Abstract: A control system for a construction vehicle, such as a motor grader, is provided. The control system includes a plurality of joysticks supported by an operator seat assembly of the motor grader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Martin Lavern Ruhter, Brian Joseph Zimmer, Donald Walter Kruger, Neil Vincent Harber, Brent Allen Smith, Julien Le Vely, Josh Dean Graeve, Jed Douglas Polzin, Richard Lee Forest
  • Patent number: 8069927
    Abstract: A control system for a rear-mounted work implement on a work machine operable from a forward-facing operator's station located on the work machine is disclosed. The control system includes a surface adjacent to the operator's station, the surface being fixed in a position. A control device is attached to the surface and includes a grip configured to be gripped by an operator. A position of the grip is fixed relative to the surface during use, and the grip is positioned to stabilize an operator when turned in the operator's station to view the work implement. The control device also includes a switching mechanism disposed between the grip and the surface, and being configured to operate the work implement and configured to be actuatable by a hand on the grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: William Eugene Bachstein, Daniel Edward Shearer
  • Patent number: 8033354
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide outdoor power equipment including a frame, a seat and at least one leg support angled from a horizontal plane. The outdoor power equipment can include one or more handles, a suspension unit coupled between the frame and the seat. In some embodiments, the seat can be declined with respect to a horizontal plane so that the operator's upper torso leans forward at an angle with respect to a vertical plane when the operator is sitting on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: James F. Marshall, Matthew R. Hatch, Derrick R. Camenga, Joshua S. Williams, William J. Decker
  • Patent number: 7970514
    Abstract: A vehicle including a controller with a steering input module and a brake input module is disclosed. The steering input module (11) has a mechanical interface to which the exchangeable operating elements (12) for steering the vehicle can be attached. The brake input module (21) has a mechanical interface with touchless sensors (211a, b), to which the exchangeable operating elements (22) for braking can be attached. Per the steering input module (11) and/or brake input module (21), at least one main controller board (131a, b, 231a, b, 321, 332) is provided. For the steering input module, the main controller board sets the individual parameters with respect to the steering angle and straight-ahead position of the exchangeable operating elements (12) for steering the vehicle. For the brake input module, the main controller board sets the individual parameters with respect to the brake distance of the exchangeable operating elements (22) for braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Bozzio AG
    Inventors: Hannes Aeberhard, Christian Andres, Bernhard Gerster, Daniel Schütz, Linus Rohner
  • Patent number: 7942224
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a lawn mower including a frame, a seat or operator station, one or more handles, and a suspension unit coupled between the frame and the seat or operator station. The lawn mower can include one or more pivot members with a first portion coupled to the frame at a pivot location forward of the seat or operator station and a second portion coupled to the seat or operator station. The one or more pivot members can allow the seat or operator station and the one or more handles to move with respect to the frame while the suspension unit absorbs a portion of shock caused by riding over the uneven terrain. The seat can be positioned at least partially between a first drive wheel and a second drive wheel and at least partially along a drive axis. The seat can be declined with respect to a horizontal plane so that the operator's upper torso leans forward at an angle with respect to a vertical plane when the operator is sitting on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: James F. Marshall, Matthew R. Hatch, Derrick R. Camenga, Joshua S. Williams, William J. Decker
  • Patent number: 7845457
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a vehicle transmission shifter and methods of adjusting the vehicle transmission shifter. The vehicle transmission shifter comprises a stalk, a paddle extending from the stalk, and an adjustment mechanism responsive to a driver input to position the paddle in relation to the steering wheel. The paddle is configured to receive a driver's fingers while manually engaging the steering wheel. The method comprises providing driver input to the adjustment mechanism through a user control and adjusting the adjustment mechanism in response to the driver input to position the paddle in relation to the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen William Baluch, Brandon Dawe
  • Patent number: 7806224
    Abstract: A vehicle steering apparatus includes a steering member for rotational operation, and a support mechanism that supports the steering member so as to be movable between a housing position where the steering member is housed in a fixed frame of an instrument panel and a projection position where the steering member projects to an outside of the fixed frame. The steering member includes a main body supported by the support mechanism, a pair of grip sections which are movable between the housing position and the projection position together with the main body, and which are supported so as to be movable between a nonoperating position and an operating position by the main body, and a grip section drive actuator which is supported by the main body, and drives the pair of grip sections to the nonoperating position and the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventors: Shingo Maeda, Ryouhei Hayama, Sadahiro Kawahara, Shiro Nakano, Kou Shiba
  • Patent number: 7748645
    Abstract: A crop sprayer, including: a chassis; a number of wheels which support the chassis; an engine for driving at least one of the number of wheels so as to propel said chassis; a chemical receptacle, supported by the chassis, for receiving and holding a chemical solution therein; a boom arm mounted to the chassis including a plurality of nozzles operable for dispersing chemicals; a control handle for controlling the position of the boom arm and the dispersion of the chemicals through at least a portion of the plurality of nozzles, wherein the control handle has an adjustable position to accommodate various size operators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: ACCO Corporation
    Inventor: Kristy Breese
  • Publication number: 20100140010
    Abstract: A vehicle with a sleeping arrangement includes a vehicle compartment, a driver's seat mounted in the compartment, the driver's seat having a bottom cushion portion and a back portion, and a passenger's seat mounted in the compartment, the passenger's seat having a bottom cushion portion and a back portion. At least one of the driver's seat and the passenger's seat may be pivotable from a normal use position facing a front of the compartment to a sleeping position oriented approximately 90° relative to the normal use position, and the pivotable seat is adapted to recline such that the bottom cushion portion and the back portion of the pivotable seat defines at least part of a generally horizontal surface together with the bottom cushion portion of the other one of the driver's seat and the passenger's seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: Mack Trucks, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce P. Hollenbeck, Clarence A. Greeney
  • Patent number: 7721840
    Abstract: A creep steering control system for a utility vehicle is operable from a rearward-facing position. The creep steering control system includes a pivotable actuator alongside a rearward-facing seat that provides electronic output based on the position of the actuator. A linkage is provided between the pivotable actuator and steering wheel behind the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Christopher T. McCord, John R. Arthur, Julian Sanchez, David G. Reid
  • Patent number: 7712571
    Abstract: A control console for a machine having a seat with a plane of symmetry is disclosed. The machine also has an armrest extending from the seat in a forward direction generally parallel with the plane of symmetry. The armrest has an upper surface intended to support an operator's forearm. The control console includes a base operatively connected to the armrest, and at least one operator interface device operatively connected to the base. The at least one operator interface device has a neutral axis inclined at an oblique angle relative to the upper surface of the armrest. The at least one operator interface device is pivotal in a fore/aft direction to initiate only a single function of the machine, the fore/aft direction being rotated outward away from the seat a predetermined angle relative to the forward direction of the armrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Marc D. Proud, Patrick Andrew Pryor, Timothy J. Silvers
  • Patent number: 7681687
    Abstract: A control console includes a body supporting a plurality of controls, a base, and first and second legs each having a first end pivotably connected to the body and a second end pivotably connected to the base. The legs are shiftable between a first position projecting over a first end of the base, a second position projecting over a second end of the base and a third position between the first and second positions. At least one spring is provided to bias the legs toward the third position, and a motor may included for shifting the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Manitowoc Crane Companies, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin R. Stander
  • Patent number: 7665555
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method to control the operability of a motorized vehicle such as an industrial pallet truck. The apparatus includes a coast control system, a steer arm, and an actuation cylinder attached to the steer arm that maintains the steer arm in an operator selectable position where the coast control system is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: NMHG Oregon, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy L. Rose, Matthew K. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 7661505
    Abstract: A console system (10) configured to support a control module (44) (e.g., a user interface, etc.) operatively coupled to a vehicle system (e.g., a vehicle transmission, etc.), and which can be selectively and conveniently repositioned and/or reconfigured within a vehicle in a variety of positions is disclosed. The control module (44) is operatively coupled to the vehicle system without the use of conventional mechanical linkage. By providing flexibility in the positioning of the control module (44), the console system can be configured and/or reconfigured to meet the desires and/or needs of a variety of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: David J. Spykerman, Craig Flowerday
  • Patent number: 7635045
    Abstract: A control console for a work machine having at least one work tool has a rest and a plurality of operator control devices. The plurality of operator control devices are adjustable relative to the rest and configured to control at least one function of the at least one work tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Edward Shearer, Craig B. Kelley, Royce E. Leaders
  • Patent number: 7568406
    Abstract: An adjustable control pedal includes an upper arm and a lower arm carrying a pedal. The lower arm can be selectively moved relative to the upper arm to adjust the position of the pedal between a forward position and a rearward position. A control pin is operably connected to the upper arm for rotation with the upper arm to supply a control signal when force is applied to the pedal. An adjuster is operably connected to the control pin to adjust the position of the control pin relative to the pivot axis so that a ratio of a distance between the pivot axis and the pedal and a distance between the pivot axis and the control pin remains constant as the pedal is adjusted between the forward position and the rearward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Dura Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Allen Booher, James Robert Allen, Brian John Eckerle
  • Patent number: 7520567
    Abstract: A vehicle seat arrangement is provided for a working vehicle comprising an operator's seat having an adjustable feature. A first control element is arranged such that a first work operative position is defined. A seat adjusting element is further provided for enabling the operator to set the adjustable feature of the operator's seat. The seat adjusting element is positioned relative to the first control element such that the operator may selectively control the adjustable feature of the seat without significantly interrupting the first work operative position or without significantly interrupting a transition from a first task to a second task and/or from a first work operative position to a second work operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Steven C. Billger, Michael P. Gallagher, Kevin A. Gilliland, Eric J. Hanson, Leroy M. Kluver, Jay G. Pollack, Steven R. Pulskamp, Adam M. Ruppert, Gary L. Topp
  • Patent number: 7484587
    Abstract: In order to enhance an operator's ability to control a work machine, an operator control station includes a seat assembly that is moveably mounted to a body of the work machine. The operator can control, at least in part, primary operator controllable aspects of the work machine by manipulating work machine operating controls attached to move with the seat assembly. The operator can monitor a work machine operating condition, at least in part, via a work machine operating condition display panel also attached to move with the seat assembly. In addition, the operator control station is interchangeable among a plurality of work machines of different types and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: James I. Portscheller, Sukhwinder S. Guron, Wayne J. Wulfert
  • Patent number: 7458439
    Abstract: An adjustable control pedestal for a work machine. The control pedestal may include a base configured to be rigidly mounted to a chassis of the work machine. The control pedestal may also include an armrest portion having a joystick mounted thereto configured to control at least one function of the work machine, the armrest portion being connected to the base and configured to enable an operator to rest an arm on the armrest portion while operating the joystick. The armrest portion may be linearly movable relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Chase Catton, Daniel Edward Shearer
  • Publication number: 20080217091
    Abstract: A speed limit assembly for a vehicle includes a cam member having varying thickness, a frictional member, and a handle. The frictional member maintains sufficient frictional forces to resist movement of the cam member during ordinary operation of the vehicle. The handle may be manipulated by an operator of the vehicle to overcome the friction created by the frictional member and move the cam member into a desired position. A portion of a speed control handle on the vehicle abuts against the cam member to define an end of the range of motion of the speed control handle. A desired permitted range of motion may be set by moving the a portion of the cam member having a corresponding thickness into the path of the portion of the speed control handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventor: Timothy J. Bock
  • Patent number: 7395894
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a safety lever system in a cab of an excavator, which is capable of preventing an unintended descending of a control box without the operation of the safety lever, and promoting a safer tilting of the control box through a limit means that controls the power application/short-circuit. According to the present invention, if the operator tilts the control box to get in or get out of the cab, the safety lever system shunts (i.e., short-circuit) the power of the control lever or the control box. Therefore, the possibility of malfunction of the excavator due to the miss-operation of the operator is very slim, and the control box cannot be returned to its original position unless the operator operates the safety lever again. This structural improvement of the safety lever eliminates a possibility of the malfunction of the excavator due to the operator's mistake, and markedly increases the reliability of the excavator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Volvo Construction Equipment Holding Sweden AB
    Inventors: Sun Oh Jang, Hak Shin Kim
  • Patent number: 7389845
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling selected functions of a machine is provided. The machine includes a seat having at least one armrest supportably positionable adjacent to the seat. An interface module has a connecting portion connectable to the armrest and adapted to shift a working portion laterally between a retracted position and an extended position relative to the armrest. This permits placing the interface module in either a stored mode or a working mode such that it is available to an operator as needed and conveniently out of the way when not needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Liesbeth M. Longueville, Patrick J. Haest
  • Patent number: 7363131
    Abstract: A vehicle control assembly and a method and system for controlling a vehicle. The assembly includes a controller. A steer-by-wire component, a brake-by-wire component, and an accelerator-by-wire component are each operably attached to the controller. A track is operably attached to the vehicle. The controller is laterally re-positionable with respect to the track. The method includes the steps of providing a controller, and steering, braking, and accelerating the vehicle by-wire with the controller. The method further includes the step of re-positioning the controller between a first vehicle side to a second vehicle side. The system includes controller means, and means for steering, braking, and accelerating the vehicle by-wire with the controller means. The system further includes means for reversibly positioning the controller means from a first vehicle side to a second vehicle side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Chrysler LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Howell, Stephen T Lim, Stuart P Macey
  • Patent number: 7334658
    Abstract: A steering system is provided for a work machine. The steering system may include at least one hand-operated work implement control device and a steering mechanism configured to control a direction of travel of the work machine. The system may also include a first steering device operatively coupled to the steering mechanism and configured to control at least one component of the steering mechanism based on operator input. The system may further include a second steering device mounted on the work implement control device. The second steering device may be configured to be selectively operatively coupled to the steering mechanism to thereby control a direction of travel of the work machine based on lateral movement of the second steering device relative to the work implement control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Torsten Berg, Knuth Kressin, Thomas Spindler, Thorsten Parketny
  • Publication number: 20080022804
    Abstract: An adjustable set of pedals for a motor vehicle provided with at least two pedals for acceleration and, respectively, braking of the motor vehicle, which are mounted on a supporting element. A position of the supporting with respect to a fixed frame of the motor vehicle is controlled selectively by a regulation device defined by a crank mechanism set between the supporting element and the frame itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Applicant: Ferrari S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giovanni Stefani
  • Patent number: 7314103
    Abstract: A re-locatable operator station device designed to be used to control walk-behind or stationary machinery and to be repositioned by an operator while maintaining a constant orientation with respect to the machinery. This means that the X and Y axis of the operating station remains the same as the X and Y axis of the vehicle. Such re-locatable operator station is being suitable for use on machinery such as pallet trucks, long load transporters, aircraft engine handling devices, scissors lifts, and other industrial machinery, especially omni or multi-directional machinery or vehicles, as well as with fixed machines in applications places where the operator cannot or does not remain in a single location or is better served at another location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Airtrax, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Edward Fenelli, Donald B. Harris, Robert Alan Mullowney
  • Patent number: 7275615
    Abstract: A walk-behind self-propelled apparatus having a mobile structure and a handle assembly coupled to the mobile structure. The handle assembly includes a pair of grip portions. A ground engaging traction member is rotatably coupled to the mobile structure and imparts traction movement to the mobile structure for movement on the ground. A power source outputs drive power and a drive system, coupled between the power source and the ground engaging traction member, selectively transmits the drive power to the ground engaging traction member. A speed control actuation system is then coupled to the drive system and includes a control member pivotable about an axis. The axis is generally parallel to a plane extending between the pair of grip portions of the handle assembly to permit an operator to operate the control member merely through thumb actuation without removing their hands from the pair of grip portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Harry L. Derby, V, Bryan E. Holby
  • Patent number: RE42767
    Abstract: An adjustable control pedal apparatus is used in a motor vehicle. The pedal apparatus includes a pedal assembly mounted to a support bracket mounted to the vehicle by a pivot shaft. The pivot shaft contains a worm gear. The pedal assembly includes a pedal arm pivotally mounted to an inner arm. A jack screw extends between the inner arm and pedal arm. The jack screw has a pinion portion on one end which is driven by the worm gear of the pivot shaft. A threaded portion of the jack screw is threadably received in a slide block mounted to the pedal arm. Rotation of the pivot shaft by a motor correspondingly turns the jack screw to adjust the position of the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: KSR Industrial Corporation
    Inventors: Larry Willemsen, Gregory Scott Kolwich