US 9,810,314 B2
Rotary shifter assembly
Jeff Behounek, Macomb, MI (US); Thomas Blicharz, Livonia, MI (US); Jeffrey Dulzo, Novi, MI (US); Terrentha Hill, Redford, MI (US); Jonathan Love, Waterford, MI (US); Kenneth Shepard, Troy, MI (US); and Harry Edward Koontz, Troy, MI (US)
Assigned to KONGSBERG DRIVELINE SYSTEMS I, INC., Novi, MI (US)
Filed by Kongsberg Driveline Systems I, Inc., Novi, MI (US)
Filed on Feb. 25, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/630,971.
Prior Publication US 2016/0245396 A1, Aug. 25, 2016
Int. Cl. F16H 59/08 (2006.01); F16H 61/24 (2006.01)
CPC F16H 59/08 (2013.01) [F16H 61/24 (2013.01); F16H 2059/081 (2013.01); F16H 2061/247 (2013.01)] 22 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A shifter assembly for changing gears in a vehicle transmission, said shifter assembly comprising:
a housing;
a shift rod rotatably supported in said housing and selectively movable between a plurality of radial positions;
a disc in rotational communication with said shift rod for concurrent movement with said shift rod between said radial positions with said disc defining a plurality of elongated gates each defining respective spaced first and second ends; and
a plurality of solenoids disposed in said housing adjacent said disc with each of said solenoids having a plunger selectively movable between a first position spaced from said disc and a second position disposed within one of said gates;
said gates being spaced equally from each other and all of said gates of said shifter assembly being radially aligned about a common reference circle such that said plungers are located about said common reference circle, with rotation of said shift rod being selectively limited by at least one of said plungers in said second position engaging one of said ends of one of said gates; and
including G gates and S solenoids wherein G refers to the quantity of said plurality of gates and S refers to the quantity of said plurality of solenoids, wherein said shift rod is selectively movable between N discrete radial positions, wherein N=[(G)*(S)], and wherein N<30 discrete radial positions.