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1. (WO2001038708) MANUAL CONTROL APPARATUS

Pub. No.:    WO/2001/038708    International Application No.:    PCT/US2000/042191
Publication Date: Fri Jun 01 01:59:59 CEST 2001 International Filing Date: Fri Nov 17 00:59:59 CET 2000
IPC: F02D 11/10
G05G 1/30
Applicants: APTEK WILLIAMS, INC.
Inventors: PINO, Tomas, J.
JOHNSTON, Daniel, U.
Title: MANUAL CONTROL APPARATUS
Abstract:
The invention relates to a manual control apparatus (10), such as a control pedal (10) for a drive-by-wire control systems, and similar applications. According to an aspect of the invention, the manual control apparatus comprises a hysteresis mechanism (24) that provides more precise and controllable hysteresis than previous mechanism. According to a further aspect of the invention, the manual control apparatus comprises an angular position sensor (44), and the angular position sensor may comprise abutments that reduce variation in the sensor. According to a still further aspect of the invention, the manual control apparatus comprises a stop pin (15) that regulates the position of a rotatable member relative to the position sensor with less variation. The stop pin may also be used as a single fastener that holds the manual control apparatus together.