New Mechanical Shifting Devices in Automotive Transmissions Web Seminar RePlay

I.D.# PD331711ON
Access Period: 30 Days
Duration: 0.6 Hours

The Controllable Mechanical DiodeTM (CMD) is a new technology that improves fuel economy, mass and packaging in modern automatic transmissions. In this 40-minute course, participants will gain an understanding of the base construction, function and value of the new Controllable Mechanical DiodeTM innovation. Advantages of its use in new automatic transmissions will be explained along with examples of the CMD’s alignment to electrified transmissions.

Is this Web Seminar RePlay for You?

This course will be especially valuable for engineers who design, calibrate and/or integrate any common style transmission into the following types of vehicles: passenger cars, light trucks, light duty off-highway vehicles, light duty farm machinery, and military vehicles.

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By participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize a One Way Clutch (OWC) and state its basic function in Automatic Transmissions
  • Explain the fundamental construction of a Controllable Mechanical Diode (Controllable One Way Clutch)
  • Explain the basic function of the CMD
  • Explain the value proposition of the CMD
  • Give examples of likely future applications of the technology


  • OWC Fundamentals in Automatic Transmissions
    • OWC base function
    • Types of OWC’s
  • CMD Controllable One Way Clutch
    • Fundamental construction and function
    • Advantages and disadvantages
    • Current use in automatic transmissions
    • Future applications (alignment to electrified powertrains)

Instructor(s): Michael Doherty

Mike Doherty is Vice President of Marketing at Means Industries, where he is responsible for marketing, new business development and strategy. Means Industries is an industry leader in transmission clutching technology, products include – Mechanical Diode (MD)™ One Way Clutches, Controllable Mechanical Diodes (CMD)™ Selectable One Way Clutches, clutch plates, formed metal clutch housings, hubs, carriers and pistons. Mike has worked for Means for 20 years in various roles including Product Engineering, Sales, Operations and Marketing. In his product engineering role he led a team that developed wet disk clutches. He holds a BSME from Saginaw Valley State University and EMBA from Northwood University.

Materials Provided

  • 30 days of online single-user access (from date of purchase) to the 40 minute presentation
  • Course workbook (downloadable, .pdf)
  • Online learning assessment
  • Instructor follow-up to your content questions

About RePlays

SAE Web Seminar RePlays are audio/visual captures of live web seminars. The course sessions are unedited to include the results of interactions with the live participants and to expedite course availability. A learning assessment is available at the end of the course to reinforce learning and retention and gauge your understanding of the topic.

Equipment Requirements

  • Windows 7, 8 (Apple OSX and Unix/Linux are not supported but may work)
  • Pentium 4 PC
  • Minimum 512 MB RAM; recommended 1 GB RAM
  • Internet Explorer 10-11, Mozilla Firefox 37 , Google Chrome 42 (Safari and Opera are not supported)
  • Broadband-1Mbps minimum

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