Cost effective transmission input shaft development
Customer: Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry
Market: Light duty on highway - Asia
BRACE execution: Powertrain domain cluster
Location: BRACE Offices and Customer site
The goal of the development is to make a cost effective design for a transmission input shaft. This input shaft has to fulfill lots of functions (bearing raceways, spline connections, etc.) and therefore manufacturing it out of one part was not very cost effective.
Different concepts were generated in cooperation with a team at the client containing development, project, manufacturing and process engineers. A concept was chosen in which the input shaft is manufactured out of 2 parts, a turned part and a stamped part, which almost halved the price of this component.
The detailed design consisted of:
- Technical drawing
- Welding specification
- Test procedure for the weld
- Tolerance study
- Design FMEA