The Melroe M-700 BOBCAT is a small capacity, rigid-frame, skid-steer front end loader. Two independent hydrostatic transmissions propel and steer the loader. A separate hydraulic system controls all the motions of the loader's boom and bucket. It is an extremely versatile vehicle, and is potentially useful in some environments hostile to humans. To accommodate these applications, a remote control system was designed and installed on a vehicle. This system allows the operator complete control of the vehicle from a remote location. Control line between the operator and vehicle is a multi-wire electrical cable. Major objectives accomplished were:
Remote control system installation with minimum modification to the basic vehicle.
Minimum changeover when switching between remote and on-board control.
Dead man concept in remote operation….i.e., hands off of controls returns all systems to off or stop condition.