US 9,809,937 B2
Automotive milling machine, as well as method for discharging milled material
Christian Berning, Zuelpich (DE); Sebastian Winkels, Windeck (DE); Harald Kroell, Unkel (DE); and Tobias Krista, Bonn (DE)
Assigned to Wirtgen GmbH, (DE)
Filed by Wirtgen GmbH, Windhagen (DE)
Filed on Aug. 17, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/827,573.
Claims priority of application No. 10 2014 216 713 (DE), filed on Aug. 22, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2016/0053448 A1, Feb. 25, 2016
Int. Cl. E01C 23/088 (2006.01); E01C 23/12 (2006.01); B65G 41/00 (2006.01); E01C 23/01 (2006.01); B65G 67/24 (2006.01)
CPC E01C 23/088 (2013.01) [B65G 41/002 (2013.01); B65G 67/24 (2013.01); E01C 23/01 (2013.01); E01C 23/127 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
17. A method of discharging worked-off milled material of an automotive milling machine onto a loading surface of a transport vehicle, the method comprising:
(a) working off milled material with a working drum of the milling machine;
(b) transporting the milled material from the working drum with a transport conveyor and discharging the milled material from the transport conveyor onto the loading surface of the transport vehicle at a conveying speed, the transport conveyor being slewable sideways relative to a longitudinal center line of a machine frame of the milling machine to adjust a slewing angle of the transport conveyor, and the transport conveyor having an adjustable elevation angle to adjust a discharge height of the transport conveyor;
(c) automatically controlling positioning of the milled material on the loading surface of the transport vehicle by controlling at least the slewing angle of the transport conveyor; and
(d) specifying a maximum permissible slewing angle range and monitoring the slewing angle to maintain the slewing angle within the maximum permissible slewing angle range, wherein the specified maximum permissible slewing angle range is unsymmetrical in relation to the longitudinal center line of the machine frame in accordance with a determined non-contaminable space on one side of the machine frame and the transport vehicle.