Transmission Shift Control

It is possible to sense two motions on a single shaft with C-Series magnetostrictive technology. For example, in a manual transmission shift, the shaft rotates to select a set of two gear options from a set of 5 or 6 and moves axially to select one of the two (i.e., a H pattern).

By placing two sensors parallel to the shaft that is rotating and moving axially, both motions can be detected by two separate magnets located on the shaft. The first magnet would be a ring type for axial motion and the next, a helical pattern for the rotation. Many of the MTS sensor outputs can accommodate two magnet positions so it is possible to do with one sensor as well with some limitations.