Team Members: Justin Darga, Erik Fredericks, Jordan
Grawbarger, Tim Hay, Matthew Slaght and Andy Van Sickle Faculty Advisor: Paul
Duesing Customer: Continental
Automotive Systems, Inc.
Auburn Hills, Mich.
Systems (RCS) is a multidisciplinary team of engineering
students comprised of two electrical engineers, one computer
engineer, and three mechanical engineers.
The team was
assigned the task of designing and building two service
test stands for Continental Automotive Systems (CAS), a
world-wide leader in innovative technologies for vehicle
safety applications. The stands will be used to calibrate
the Sprint 3 Programmable Steering Machine, which is manufactured
by Heitz Automotive. The Steering Machine used by CAS automates
testing applications pertaining to vehicle rollover testing.
has no way to test the calibration and/or service its Steering
Machines after installation in a vehicle. The RCS test stands
would provide a means and a tool for performing static,
functional and dynamic maneuver testing to make sure the
Steering Machines are calibrated properly and operating
correctly. Continental would use the calibrated machine
to assist in the quality assurance and development of its
electronic safety systems.