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Simply stated, a current carrying conductor placed in a magnetic field will have a force (or torque) exerted upon it. This force is proportional to the direction and magnitude of the current and the flux density field. Since the permanent magnet flux density field is fixed, the direction of the rotation depends on the polarity of input current and the amount of torque that is produced is directly proportional to the magnitude of the input current.

A DC linear servo amplifier is required to provide power to the torquer.

Rotary voice coil actuators are supplied unhoused without bearings.

Coupling the rotary voice coil actuator to your bearing system and a rotary encoder or other feedback device yields a system that is capable of intricate angular position, velocity, and acceleration control.

Low moving inertia of the moving coil assembly allows for high angular acceleration of the payload.

Advantages:

  • No Torque Ripple
  • High Angular Acceleration
  • No Commutation
  • Zero Cogging
  • Brushless
  • Low Profile

Applications:
  • Aerospace
  • Semiconductor
  • Medical
  • Military

 



Rotary Voice Coil Motor – is an arc segmented multipole permanent magnet stator with a low inertia copper magnet wire rotor. Angular excursions are typically less than 90º. This torquer is supplied with out a shaft or bearing.

 TWR Series Limited Angle Torque Motor

The TWR Series is comprised of a stationary, arc segmented, multipole permanent magnet stator assembly with a low inertia wound wire rotor.

Rotor: The rotor is made up of a single coil of bondable copper magnet wire. The coil is wound and preformed into the desired shape. It is held together with the bonding agents in the wire. It can be encapsulated with aluminum or plastic brackets in order to provide a means for mounting the rotor to the bearing system and payload. The maximum angular excursion is less than 90º.

Stator: The stationary stator assembly consists of multipole permanent magnets that are bonded to steel plates. The 2 opposing steel plates are spaced apart to provide a gap using end plates. The coil rotor assembly moves angularly within this gap. There is no magnetic attractive force between the stator and the rotor.

The TWR Series Torquers are available in 2 configurations.

The low profile (Type L) configuration has a smaller overall height which allows it to fit in a more compact space, but has less angular rotation for a given stator arc segment.

The second configuration (Type S) has a larger overall height but has typically twice the angular rotation per given stator arc segment when compared to the Type L torquer.

  • No Torque Ripple
  • High Angular Acceleration
  • No Commutation
  • Brushless
  • Low Profile


Torquers can be ordered for any angular excursion up to 360° and continuous torques up to 1000 ounce-inches. The torquers are built as the orders are placed, they are not stocked, as each customer requirement is different. 

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Required Electronics

Because of the very low inductance of the actuator, a DC linear servo amplifier is required to provide power to the Voice Coil. A programmable motion controller is required to close the position loop on the system.


Environmental Considerations:

The NC Actuators should not be mounted in an environment that is wet or excessively dirty or in an environment with ambient temperatures (>50ºC).


Mounting

Mounting holes are provided on the housing, shaft and / or coil assemblies for mounting the actuator to customer supplied base and payload


Maintenance:

No maintenance is required.


General Description:

Bi–directional DC linear motor consisting of a moving wound coil assembly and a stationary magnet assembly.


Construction:

Plated steel magnet housing assembly, nylon or like material wound bobbin assembly. Your motor may or may not be supplied with a mounting flange or other mounting provisions refer to documentation included with shipment for custom motors.


Bearing type:

Bearings are not provided with standard models. It is the purchaser’s responsibility to supply bearings on standard models. With the magnet assembly secured, the bearing must support the coil assembly so that it is mechanically centered in the magnet assembly. Failure to center the coil assembly may lead to mechanical contact between the coil and magnet assembly. If this occurs, motor electrical shorts are possible. If your motor is supplied with bearings, refer to documentation included with shipment for additional information.


Maintenance:

Motor should be kept dry and relatively free of contamination. This motor is NOT WATER PROOF. Avoid submersion. Avoid contact with petroleum– based solvents. Alcohol can be used to remove contaminants.


Motor specifications:

Refer to catalog or outline drawing supplied with motor for mechanical dimensions and electrical specifications.


Motor Mounting:

Refer to catalog or outline drawing supplied with motor for mounting details and hole dimensions. If you motor is supplied with drilled and tapped mounting holes, refer to the recommended seating torque for screws in this document. It is recommended that a thread locking compound be used with mounting screws. Motor wires must be strain relieved.


Electrical Connections:

For voltage and current specifications, refer to product drawings or to documentation enclosed for custom motors. Your motor is supplied with 18 inch flying leads*. These wires can be cut to remove excess length if required. Connectors are available; contact a H2W representative for more information.


Motor Wire
Function Color
-DC Black
+DC White
Ground Motor Housing

* Some motors are supplied with custom cables; refer to documentation included with this shipment for any custom motor designs.

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