Mast Latching Sensor
Publication Date: 2017-May-22
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Title: Mast Latching Sensor
Brief Description of the Drawings: Figure 1 is a schematic sectional side view of a mounting frame and loader mast arrangement
with a latching assembly shown in an unlatching condition with the latch member in an unlatching position.
Figure 2 is a schematic sectional side view of the mounting frame and loader mast arrangement of Figure 1 with the latching assembly shown in a latching condition with the latch member in a latching position.
Description: As shown in the attached illustrations and described below, a sensor system for use with a
tractor loader mast‐to‐mounting interface that alerts an operator of an unlatched condition, is disclosed.
Figure 1 schematically illustrates a side view of a loader mast arranged with a mounting frame with a latching assembly shown in an unlatching position. The mounting frame is bolted or otherwise affixed to a frame of a work vehicle, such as a tractor (not shown). The loader is typically provided with a pair of masts (only one of which is shown) and the work vehicle is typically provided with a pair of mounting frames (only one of which is shown). In this view, the near‐side mast side plate is removed for revealing the latch assembly structure. In addition, loader components including the loader arm, loader linkages, and loader cylinders are not shown. The latching assembly is shown in an unlatching condition. A sensor is attached to the loader mast and, in the arrangement shown, will sense when the position of the latching mem...