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Lake Superior State University 2013-2014 Engineering Senior Project Automated Brake Pedal Applier Company Background Project Statement The purpose of this project is to design and build an automated brake pedal applier for Continental Automotive’s hardware-in-loop system. Currently, Continental uses this hardware-in-loop system to test brake systems, but the system must have a human operator to apply the brake pedal. Team ABI’s unit will be used to automate the brake testing process by controlling the position of the pedal and how much force is applied. Continental is the world’s third largest automotive supplier with over 168,000 employees world-wide. The Brakes & Chassis segment of Continental is primarily concerned with the individual optimization and adaptation of existing systems from brake technology, chassis and driver. They design brake electronic control units (ECU) and analyze their responses to various driving situations. Team Members: Benjamin Newland, ME Riley Lytwynec, CE Danial Rutkowski, EE Nicholas Sadro, EE Faculty Advisors: Prof. David McDonald, Prof. David Leach Industrial Contacts: Mr. Travis Smith and Mr. Dan Goodrich – Continental Project Made Possible By: MATLAB Graphical User Interface Specifications Max. Brake Application Force: 2000N Max. Application Velocity: 1.2 m/s Max. Pedal Travel: 12 in. Adjustable for various brake pedals New System Advantages • Braking applications can be repeated for long periods of time. • More cost-effective than a human operator applying brake. • More accurate force and position applications than human operator.