ASCO Sintering Co, based in Los Angeles, California, USA, has announced it will begin supplying a number of new sintered components to a tier one automotive supplier for use in “Shift by Wire” gear systems.
The compound gear, output gear, trigger arm, trigger link and couplings are net shape and were custom engineered and produced using a broad spectrum of advanced Powder Metallurgy solutions and materials ranging from copper infiltrated steel, bearing grade steel, 316 stainless steel and sinter hardened steel.
ASCO production processes maintain specification and quality levels above 5 sigma for these critical parts that are linked to the performance and safety features of the vehicle’s effortless shifting mechanism. All of the parts have successfully passed PPAP requirements and will be primarily used in luxury higher end vehicles.
The Shift by Wire system is becoming increasingly popular with OEM’s as automotive companies look for ways to reduce weight, save space, improve reliability and better integrate the drive train and shift mechanisms into increasingly electronic vehicles.