Sensors give feedback
 on skidpan system.
A driver training system that can simulate the driving hazards of a skidpan, has been designed and built by DTM Consultants. Skidmaster is a hydraulically-activated and computer-controlled four-wheel steering system that can be fitted to any type of vehicle to control the front and rear wheel steering of the vehicle's own wheels. Using the system's electronic controls, driving hazards such as braking and power under/oversteer, front or rear wheel skids, and four wheel skids, can be simulated. SLS19O linear sensors from Penny & Giles are fitted to the hydraulic ram to provide continuous position feedback to the system's computer - effectively telling the computer where the wheels are, and enabling it to move Skidmaster's wheels in the desired direction. The sensors are mounted using machined nylon blocks with small pinch bolts to hold the sensor body, and small pins on the end of the piston road, which actuate the moving parts of the sensor. There are three on each vehicle, one on each front track rod ram, and one on the rear wheel steering central ram. "We wanted the best available, and Penny & Giles sensors have a reputation for quality and reliability," said David Wedge of DTM. "The SLS19O offers excellent 'inservice' life." __________________________________________________ For more information, please contact:- Penny & Giles Controls Ltd. 15 Airfield Road, Christchurch BH23 3TJ. UK Tel: +44(0)1202-409409 Fax: +44(0) 1202-409475 Email: Website: January 2001

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