After the start of production in January 2014, Continental produced the ten millionth Multi-application Unified Sensor Element (MUSE) and delivered to different customers worldwide. The assembling takes place in locations in China, Korea, India, Hungary, Brazil and Mexico. The MUSE is targeted for active camshaft and crankshaft position and speed sensors as well as transmission speed sensors. “Throughout the automotive industry, the cost of sensor elements is driven largely by volume. Combining different applications into one design maximises the economies of scale”, said Thomas Jauch, Head of the Speed Sensors segment within Continental’s Passive Safety & Sensorics business unit.
The “true power on” (TPO), twist insensitive camshaft position sensor brings high accuracy and signal repeatability. It is highly reactive at start up and it has superior run out immunity. It can also operate without using rare earth magnet material. The crankshaft sensor can be programmed with or without direction detection within the same sensor design. It supports diverse pulse width protocols, and brings superior robustness to
target wheel oscillations and temperature changes during engine stop and start phases.