Progressive. has filed a patent for a Grader Apparatus that includes multiple linkages for rotation and control of the blade portion attached to a vehicle. The invention also features adjustable actuators for yaw and roll control, lateral shifting capabilities, and an improved slope sensor. GlobalData’s report on Progressive gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Grader apparatus attachment to vehicle with multiple linkages

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

A patent application (Publication Number: US20240026636A1) describes a grader assembly designed for use on a vehicle. The assembly includes a main body portion that can be attached to a vehicle and a blade body portion that rotates about a vertical z-axis. The two portions are connected by primary load links and adjustable positional links. The blade body portion also features a ground working assembly. The assembly further includes various load link arrangements, yaw controlling linkages, roll controlling linkages, and side-shift controlling linkages to enhance its functionality and performance. Additionally, the assembly incorporates a stabilized slope sensor assembly to ensure accurate slope measurements during operation.

The grader assembly outlined in the patent application offers a comprehensive solution for vehicle-mounted grading operations. By incorporating multiple load links and controlling linkages, the assembly provides enhanced stability and control during use. The inclusion of a stabilized slope sensor assembly further improves the accuracy of slope measurements, ensuring precise grading results. The design also allows for customization and replacement of features on the blade body portion, adding versatility to the assembly's capabilities. Overall, the patent application presents a detailed and innovative approach to grader assembly design, catering to the needs of users in various grading applications.

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