Peoria, IL, United States
Peoria, IL, United States

Caterpillar Inc., is an American corporation which designs, manufactures, markets and sells machinery, engines , financial products and insurance to customers via a worldwide dealer network. Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and miningequipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. With more than US$89 billion in assets, Caterpillar was ranked number one in its industry and number 44 overall in the 2009 Fortune 500.Caterpillar stock is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.Caterpillar Inc. traces its origins to the 1925 merger of the Holt Manufacturing Company and the C. L. Best Tractor Company, creating a new entity, the California based Caterpillar Tractor Company. In 1986, the company re-organized itself as a Delaware corporation under the current name, Caterpillar Inc. Caterpillar's headquarters are located in Peoria, Illinois, United States.Caterpillar machinery is recognizable by its trademark "Caterpillar Yellow" livery and the "CAT" logo. Wikipedia.

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Patent
Caterpillar Inc. | Date: 2017-02-08

A power system (30) for a machine (10) is provided. The power system (30) includes an operator interface (78) for entering an operator command relating to one or more functions of the machine (10). The power system (30) includes a hydraulic pump (36, 38, 40, 42) and an engine (32) configured to provide power to the hydraulic pump. A controller (80) is in communication with the operator interface (78), the hydraulic pump (36, 38, 40, 42) and the engine (32). The controller (80) is configured to consider operator skill level information relating to a skill level of the operator of the machine and to determine at least one desired power system operating parameter based on the operator command and the operator skill level information and to adjust at least one of the hydraulic pump (36, 38, 40, 42) and the engine (32) based on the desired power system operating parameter.


The present disclosure relates to a method of determining whether a frame (11) of a work machine (10) is approaching a tip over point. The frame (11) includes first and second support arrangements (20) each supporting a portion of the load of the frame (11) on a surface. A first load upon the first support arrangement is detected using first sensing means (34) and a second load upon the second support arrangement is detected using second sensing means. Signals are generated indicative of the first and second loads. The signals are communicated to a controller. The controller is configured to generate an alert based upon the first and second loads when the first and/or second load signals indicate that the orientation of the work machine is approaching a tip over point.


Patent
Caterpillar Inc. | Date: 2017-03-15

The present disclosure relates to a braking system and, more particularly, to a braking system for engaging a brake mechanism as a waiting brake for a load carrying vehicle. The braking system comprises first and second brake mechanisms. A controller is configured to control the operation of the second brake mechanism such that, if a predetermined fault condition is determined whilst the first brake mechanism is engaged, the controller automatically engages the second brake mechanism.


Patent
Caterpillar Inc. | Date: 2017-03-15

The present disclosure relates to a vehicle having a braking system and a method of engaging the braking system. The braking system engages a brake mechanism as a waiting brake. The vehicle has a dual function device which is configured such that when the dual function device is activated when the vehicle transmission system is in a drive mode, the transmission system is maintained in that drive mode, and when the dual function device is activated when the transmission system is in the neutral mode, the brake mechanism is engaged.


Patent
Caterpillar Inc. | Date: 2017-01-25

A controller (102) monitors groundspeed in an articulated machine (10) and selectively disables an automatic articulation control function when the groundspeed is at or near zero. If there is an indication that an operator may not be aware that the automatic articulation control function is active by comparing when a mode selector (110) was activated compared to a machine power cycle or an operator not being present, the automatic articulation control function may be inactivated until the mode selector (110) is toggled. If the articulated machine (10) is in neutral and the groundspeed is at or near zero, the automatic articulation control function may disabled. If the groundspeed is at or near zero but the transmission is not in neutral, the machine (10) may simply be stalled to due working conditions and the automatic articulation control function may be maintained.


A system for improving safety in use of a machine of a kind comprising a body and an implement movable relative to the body is disclosed. The system may use sensed data to define a safety zone around an implement to assist a user in avoiding an object of interest. The system may provide functionality to change control of the machine or implement in the event that an object of interest is detected.


Patent
Caterpillar Inc. | Date: 2017-05-17

A fixture (120) for locating the position of an antenna (118). The fixture includes a base (130) having a target mounting structure (138), a target rod (132) defining a target (146) and an engagement structure (128) for mounting the base on the antenna. The engagement structure is configured to align the target mounting structure of the base with a center of the antenna. The target mounting structure configured to support the target rod with the axis of the target rod aligned with a center of the antenna. The target mounting structure further configured to allow axial movement of the target rod.


Patent
Caterpillar Inc. | Date: 2017-03-22

A wheel (10) is disclosed for use with a compactor machine. The wheel may have a rim (12) with a first edge zone (22), a second edge zone (26), and a center zone (24) located between the first and second edge zones. The wheel may also have a first plurality of plus tips (20) protruding radially outward from the rim at the first edge zone, and a second plurality of paddle tips (18) protruding radially outward from the center zone.


Patent
Caterpillar Inc. | Date: 2017-10-11

A control system for a work machine having an upper frame rotatably mounted to a lower frame is provided. The upper frame includes an arm assembly. The system includes a controller. The controller is responsive to a first user command to lock or substantially restrict movement of the upper frame relative to the lower frame while allowing user control of the arm assembly.


Patent
Caterpillar Inc. | Date: 2017-09-06

A roller (130) of an undercarriage track system (100) for a machine (50) is disclosed. The roller (130) includes a body (133) and a sensed feature (135). The body (133) is a solid of revolution formed about a roller axis (123). The body (133) includes a bore surface (136) and a roller contact surface (129). The bore surface (136) defines a bore (128) extending through the body (133). The bore surface (136) is a radially inner surface of the body (133). The roller contact surface (129) is located outward from the bore surface (136). The sensed feature (135) is located at the body (133). The sensed feature (135) is configured to rotate with the body (133) and to be detectable by a sensor (150).

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