Meritor Automotive has introduced the "shift-by-wire" system--the SureShift(TM) transmission--that it claims will "dramatically increase the ease and comfort of safely shifting a non-synchronized manual transmission" for truckers. The new system offers the ease of an automatic transmission, but keeps manual control at the driver's fingertips. The technology prevents improper shifting by making it virtually impossible for drivers to make a shift that would over-rev or excessively jug the engine. To operate, the driver simply pushes a joystick forward for upshifts and pulls it back for downshifts. Clutch actuation is only required for starts and stops, which further reduces the driver's workload. The module is integral to the seat, ensuring that it's always comfortably within the driver's reach. The design also allows drivers to fold the module down and out of the way when not in use for easy access to the rest of the cab. Phone (800) 535-5560 (P) .
At the Design News webinar on June 27, learn all about aluminum extrusion: designing the right shape so it costs the least, is simplest to manufacture, and best fits the application's structural requirements.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.