GKN says that its transmission park range sensor control bracket has earned the Award of Distinction during the Metal Powder Industry Federation (MPIF)’s Design Excellence Awards ceremony.

The bracket acts as a stopping block to prevent the over-travel of the transmission control rod in an automatic transmission park system. It was made using the company’s CNC press technology and net-shape forming in FLC2-4808-85HT sinter-hardened PM, eliminating the need for the additional machining required in a cast part.

The component also required a tool design that could be reliably pressed at production volume levels of one million pieces annually. The final design required five lower and three upper independent tooling levels.

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