Oshkosh has been granted a patent for a lift device with a platform and controller. The device adjusts its length based on ground slope, load, and orientation angles to ensure safe operation. The controller limits platform elevation to prevent accidents. GlobalData’s report on Oshkosh gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Oshkosh, HEV transmission control systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. Oshkosh's grant share as of January 2024 was 56%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Lift device with platform elevation control

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Oshkosh Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11884525B2) discloses a lift device designed with advanced safety features and functionality. The lift device comprises a lift assembly that can be extended or retracted along an upwards direction by actuators, with a platform attached at the top. A controller integrated into the device receives data from sensors to determine the slope of the ground surface and the load on the platform. Based on this information, the controller calculates the maximum allowable elevation of the platform to prevent tipping and limits the operation of the lift assembly accordingly. Additionally, the controller can prevent operators from elevating the platform beyond the safe threshold and can activate an alert system to notify users of any potential risks.

Furthermore, the lift device includes features such as a user interface device to display the current and maximum allowable elevation of the platform, as well as leveling actuators to adjust the pitch and roll angles for stability. The load sensor positioned at the coupling between the lift assembly and the platform ensures accurate monitoring of the load, contributing to the overall safety and efficiency of the lift device. With these innovative features and safety mechanisms, the patented lift device offers enhanced functionality and protection for users, making it a valuable addition to the field of lift technology.

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