(19)
(11)EP 3 480 363 A3

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(88)Date of publication A3:
26.06.2019 Bulletin 2019/26

(43)Date of publication A2:
08.05.2019 Bulletin 2019/19

(21)Application number: 18197997.2

(22)Date of filing:  01.10.2018
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
E01C 23/088(2006.01)
G01G 19/12(2006.01)
G01G 3/14(2006.01)
G01L 1/22(2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
KH MA MD TN

(30)Priority: 07.11.2017 US 201762582715 P
24.09.2018 US 201816139273

(71)Applicant: Roadtec, Inc.
Chattanooga TN 37405 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • Avans, Todd
    Soddy Daisy, TN Tennessee 37379 (US)
  • Bevill, James H.
    Lookout Mountain, GA Georgia 30750 (US)
  • Swearingen, David
    Ooltewah, TN Tennessee 37363 (US)

(74)Representative: Murgatroyd, Susan Elizabeth et al
Baron Warren Redfern 1000 Great West Road
Brentford TW8 9DW
Brentford TW8 9DW (GB)

  


(54)MILLING MACHINE WITH A SYSTEM FOR DISABLING THE MILLING DRUM


(57) A milling machine (20) for milling a roadway surface includes a frame (22) and a milling drum (32) that is mounted for rotation with respect to the frame (22). A primary drum drive assembly is operatively attached to the milling drum (32) and adapted to rotate the milling drum (32), and a ground-engaging drive assembly that is adapted to drive the milling machine (20) along the roadway surface. A lifting column (26) is attached at its upper end to the frame (22) and at its lower end to the ground-engaging drive assembly (24). The lifting column (26) includes a linear actuator which can be operated to raise and lower the frame (22) of the machine (20) with respect to the roadway surface. A sensor that is associated with the lifting column (26) is adapted to determine if the lifting column (26) is not supporting a portion of the weight of the milling machine (20) sufficient to insure that the milling drum (32) is not supporting any part of the weight of the milling machine (20). A controller (47) is operatively attached to the primary drum drive assembly and to the sensor. The controller (47) is adapted to receive from the sensor a signal indicating that the lifting column (26) is not supporting the portion of the weight of the milling machine (20) that is sufficient to insure that the milling drum (32) is not supporting any part of the weight of the milling machine (20), and upon receipt of such signal, to stop the rotation of the milling drum (32).







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