Patent Number: 6,167,337

Title: Reconfigurable control unit for work vehicles

Abstract: A reconfigurable control unit is disclosed for providing an operator interface to control units on different types of work vehicles, such as, tractors, combines, sprayers, etc. The reconfigurable control unit stores a plurality of application programs in a memory and selects only the application program needed depending on the work vehicle type that the reconfigurable control unit is coupled to. The type of work vehicle to which the reconfigurable control unit is coupled to is determined based upon a unique configuration message received from a controller on the work vehicle. The work vehicle type may also be determined by scanning a data bus connector that couples the reconfigurable control unit to the work vehicle, or by soliciting operator input to determine which type of work vehicle the reconfigurable control unit is coupled to.

Inventors: Haack; Paul W. (Crystal Lake, IL), Michl; Kurt D. (Homewood, IL)

Assignee: Case Corporation

International Classification: E02F 9/20 (20060101); E02F 9/26 (20060101); G06F 007/70 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017