Pneumatic, PLC Controlled, Automotive Gear Shifting Mechanism
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This study describes in detail in an understandable
way to how to convert the traditional manually gear
shifting mechanism to a semi-automated gear shifting
mechanism by using the Programmable Logic Controller
Increasing demands on performance, quality and cost
are the main challenge for today's automotive industry, in
an environment where every movement, component and
every assembly operation must be immediately and
automatically recorded, checked and documented for
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Steps, components and analysis: This work was
achieved at the Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Faculty of Engineering Technology, Al-Balqa' Applied
University within 2009.
For some drivers, the gear shifting can cause some
confusing at driving specially at critical situations.
According to the achieved results, the suggested
mechanism is realizable and workable.
Using the simplest PLC and required hardware
enables to convert the old traditional gear shifting
mechanism to semi utomatic one.
The application of this mechanism leads to make the
driving process easier, reduces the risk of
destabilizing the car, the lap/stage time, and the
chance of miss shifting.