Power Electronics

Rotary Actuator Delivers Increased Speed, Rotation, Response and Control

Long dissatisfied with the speed and control limitations of rotary actuators used in laser scanning and other optical and lighting applications, Pangolin Laser Systems announced the introduction of a low-power rotary actuator based on an innovative, dual-coil, segmented stator design. The new VRAD-1510 significantly increases the speed, range of rotation, response, and precision of motor shaft movement while reducing the actuator's cost by at least one-third compared to existing devices. According to Pangolin CTO and co-founder William Benner, the VRAD-1510, while conceived for use in high-speed laser scanning and lighting gear, is sufficiently versatile and low-cost that it can be used across a wide range of electro-mechanical applications, including mechanical and automotive systems, industrial and commercial machinery, robotics, vending, HVAC, valve control, and other uses. Rotary actuators are also commonly referred to as rotary solenoids and torque motors.

The VRAD-1510 (pronounced VEE-rad) employs a magnetic spring and pre-loaded precision ball bearings for extreme durability. The new design also precludes the need for mechanical stops on shaft rotation, all but eliminating noise, wear, and vibration, while enabling a wider range of potential applications. The range of shaft rotation is greater than +/-60 degrees from the neutral position.

The actuator's coils may be driven in series, in parallel, or separately. This opens up many options in how the device can be employed. For example, instead of using two coils to produce torque, one can be used for velocity sensing or dynamic breaking.

In another design innovation, Pangolin equips the actuator with front and rear shafts, allowing multiple points of attachment or the use of an encoder or position sensor for closed loop operation. The key innovation is Pangolin's patent-pending stator design, which uses a series of asymmetrical, interleaved laminations that are inexpensive to make, easy to assemble, and which fit together in a way that prevents the introduction of air gaps to the motor's magnetic field.

According to Pangolin, the VRAD-1510 is configurable to customer specifications of all key parameters, including torque factor, magnetic spring stiffness, coil resistance and inductance, shaft diameter and length, bearing pre-load, and temperature operating range The VRAD-1510 has a rectangular-shaped stator with exterior dimensions of 1.5"w x 1.0"h x 1.5"D.

The VRAD-1510 is priced at $99.00; quantity pricing is available from Pangolin.

Pangolin Laser Systems
Part Number: V-Rad

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