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1. WO2020107069 - ATTELAGE

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CLAIMS

1. A coupler for coupling an implement having first and second spaced apart parallel pins, to the arm of a vehicle or machine, the coupler comprising:

a body for attaching to the vehicle or machine arm;

a first jaw fixed relative to the body, defining an opening and a seat for receiving the first implement pin,

a movable second jaw, defining an opening and a seat for receiving the second implement pin, the first and second jaws facing away from each other;

an actuator operable to selectively move the second jaw towards and away from the first jaw along a movement axis, between an extended position with the second jaw distal to the first jaw and a contracted position with the second jaw proximal the first jaw;

a first locking member that is pivotable relative to the first jaw between a locking position, in which a portion of the locking member protrudes into the opening of the first jaw, and an unlocked position, in which the locking member is substantially or wholly retracted from the opening of the first jaw, and

a second locking member that is pivotable relative to the second jaw between a locking position in which a portion of the second locking member constricts the opening of the second jaw, and an unlocked position, in which the second locking member is substantially or wholly retracted from the opening of the second jaw;

wherein movement of the second jaw from the extended position, towards the contracted position causes movement of the first locking member from the unlocked position towards the locked position; and

wherein the first jaw includes a lip forward of the seat for the first pin, the lip protruding in a direction generally towards the first locking member.

2. A coupler as claimed in claim 1, wherein the lip of the first jaw is shaped such that, in a vertical orientation of the coupler with the second jaw above the first jaw, weight forces from an implement secured in the coupler are at least partly supported by the lip.

3. A coupler as claimed in claim 1 or 2, wherein the second jaw comprises a flat

extension surface adjacent the second jaw opening, for preventing rotation of an implement attached to the coupler in the event of a failure of the actuator, the extension surface being substantially parallel to the movement axis.

4. A coupler as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein engagement of the first jaw with an implement pin requires a change in direction of the motion of the first jaw or said implement pin, to clear the lip of the first jaw.

5. A coupler as claimed in claim 4, wherein movement of an implement pin onto or off the seat of the first jaw requires movement of the pin or coupler in a direction with a component of motion perpendicular to the movement axis.

6. A coupler as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the movable jaw is provided on a movable member, and the movable member comprises an extension arranged to slidably engage a first cam surface of the first locking member.

7. A coupler as claimed in claim 6, wherein the movable member extension is

substantially solid.

8. A coupler as claimed in claim 6 or 7, wherein the actuator does not nest in the

movable member extension.

9. A coupler as claimed in claim 6, 7, or 8, wherein the engagement portion comprises a projection at or near an end of the movable member extension, the projection having a surface slidable along a surface of the first locking member.

10. A coupler as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the first locking member has a pivot, the pivot defining a jaw side portion of the first locking member on the side of the pivot nearest the first jaw opening, and a release tab located on the opposite side of the pivot.

11. A coupler as claimed in claim 10, wherein the first locking member has a first cam surface that extends along at least a major part of the jaw side portion, and a second cam surface that extends along the release tab, for slidably receiving the movable member extension.

12. A coupler as claimed in claim 11, wherein the first cam surface is substantially flat along at least a major part of the jaw side portion of the first locking member, with a depression at or near the transition from the jaw side portion to the release tab.

13. A coupler as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the portion of the first locking member that protrudes into the opening of the first jaw comprises an angled leading surface that is angled at a non-perpendicular angle relative to the movement axis.

14. A coupler as claimed in claim 13, wherein the angled leading surface is provided by a tapered end of the first locking member.

15. A coupler as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the second locking member is biased towards its locking position, and wherein the biased locking member is sufficient to support the weight of the movable member and any attached

components.

16. A coupler as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the second locking member is comprises an angled leading surface and an angled trailing surface, the leading and trailing surfaces being inclined in opposite directions with respect to the movement axis.

17. A coupler as claimed in any preceding claim, comprising a leaf spring arranged to bias the second locking member into its locking position.

18. A coupler as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the first pivoting locking member is shaped to only contact an implement pin seated in the first jaw at or along a single point on the circumference of said implement pin.

19. A coupler as claimed in claim 18, wherein the first pivoting locking member comprises a substantially planar locking surface for contacting the implement pin seated in the first jaw.

20. A coupler as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the actuator is a linear actuator

21. A coupler as claimed claim 20, wherein the actuator is a hydraulic ram.