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Penny and Giles, with support from its Swedish distributor AB Elwia, has supplied SRH280DP rotary position sensors and TPS280DP throttle position sensors to the Chalmers Formula Student team, which competes in the Formula Student racing car series.

The Formula Student team, from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, finished this year’s UK event — the largest in Europe — with 850.5 points to win the 2012 title. The team was also placed third overall in the German competition.

The Penny and Giles sensors were specified for gearbox and throttle body applications. The SRH280DP and TPS280DP sensors use Hall-effect technology and are designed to work in arduous environments.

Key benefits of product application

  • According to Andreas Andersson, a project manager with responsibility for vehicle electronics within the Chalmers Formula Student team, the Penny and Giles sensors were chosen thanks to their ruggedness and ability to cope with the arduous environment caused by hot oil and vibration.
  • The SRH280DP rotary position sensor provides feedback to the engine management system and monitors gear position and selection on the team’s electronic gearshift system to ensure that, as shifting occurs, the ignition is cut to create as short a shift time as possible.
  • Adopting the SRH280DP and introducing a closed-loop system enabled the team to achieve the shortest shift time possible, making the system more dynamic.
  • The TPS280DP is said to be more durable than any throttle position sensor the team has ever used before and was integrated and mounted in the AT Power throttle body easily thanks to its small size.
  • The drive and body of the TPS280DP are IP69K rated and provide excellent protection against the ingress of dust and fluids.
  • Andersson said that both Penny and Giles sensors have performed extremely well and that the team did not experience a single sensor failure throughout the 2012 season.

Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group

The Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group is formed from a number established specialist companies who are experts in the design, testing and manufacture of a range of components and systems for the safe and reliable operation and control of mobile and static machinery – especially off-highway vehicles, heavy trucks, buses, military vehicles and motorsport. Within the business are four market leading brands — Penny & Giles Controls, PG Drives Technology, William Controls, and Arens Controls.

The Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group is formed from a number established specialist companies who are experts in the design, testing and manufacture of a range of components and systems for the safe and reliable operation and control of mobile and static machinery – especially off-highway vehicles, heavy trucks, buses, military vehicles and motorsport. Within the business are four market leading brands — Penny & Giles Controls, PG Drives Technology, William Controls, and Arens Controls.

Penny & Giles Controls
Delivers rugged component level solutions using the latest non-contact sensing technologies, and specialises in rotary, linear and tilt position sensors; joysticks; solenoid actuators and associated electronic signal conditioning. The business was first established in 1956 and pioneered aerospace sensing and data recording technologies with a reputation for quality, performance and reliability. The aerospace business continues today within other Curtiss-Wright business units. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2002.

PG Drives Technology
Delivers rugged subsystem solutions including programmable controllers and drives used in a wide variety of advanced electric-powered vehicles such as forklifts, pallet loaders, mobility scooters and wheelchairs, serving the industrial and medical markets. These products deliver precise variable power from batteries to electric drive motors, and are fully programmable to suit various motor profiles, voltages and power levels. The business was first established in 1976 and was originally part of the Penny & Giles group of companies. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2012.

Williams Controls
Delivers rugged component level solutions and is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly-engineered electronic sensors and electronic throttle controls for off-road equipment, heavy trucks, and military vehicles. The business was first established in 1937 and pioneered the development of the first electronic throttle control for large diesel engines, quickly becoming the world leader in the design and manufacture of electronic throttle controls for trucks and buses. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2012.

Arens Controls
Delivers rugged component level and subsystem solutions and is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly engineered electronic shift controls for automatic transmissions used on heavy trucks and buses. The company also designs and manufactures power management and traction systems for the emerging Hybrid Electronic Vehicle (HEV) market. The business was first established in 1939 and pioneered the development of “by-wire” vehicle control technology, and more recently power electronic drivetrain components and systems for the HEV market. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2013.

Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group has manufacturing sites in the US, Europe, India and China. Total customer service and support is assured via a global sales network with CWIG offices in the US, UK, Germany, India, Taiwan and China, as well as a network of distributors and agents covering other regions.

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