Patent Number: 6,253,136

Title: Method and apparatus for a limp home mode

Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for controlling a work implement in order to enable an earth moving machine to move to a service area after a failure within an implement control system occurs. The method includes the steps of detecting the failure of the implement control system, enabling a limp home mode in response to the failure, and controlling the implement into a limp home position through operator interaction using a display and either an associated keypad or a touch screen.

Inventors: Stratton; Kenneth L. (Dunlap, IL), Funke; Brian G. (Peoria, IL), Genseal; Steven R. (Chillicothe, IL), Kruase; Steven R. (Chillicothe, IL), Skiba; Richard J. (Peoria, IL)

Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.

International Classification: A01B 63/00 (20060101); E02F 9/22 (20060101); E02F 3/04 (20060101); E02F 3/96 (20060101); E02F 3/76 (20060101); G06F 017/00 (); G06F 007/00 (); G06F 019/00 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018