Check out our VRAD series of actuators!


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Hi Everyone and welcome to the ScannerMAX forum!

I'd like to invite you to check out our VRAD series of rotary actuators. Rotary actuator is another word for rotary solenoid or torque motor.

VRAD is an acronym for Versatile Rotary Actuator Device, and these things are indeed versatile! VRAD actuators have a "passing shaft" which allows multiple things to be simultaneously controlled, or alternatively for the use of an encoder or position sensor. VRAD actuators also give you access to two drive coils, so you can drive them in a variety of ways. Perhaps the most unique aspect is that VRAD actuators offer a linear angle-versus-current profile, which simplifies control and the high coil resistance eases drive requirements.

Currently there are three VRAD models -- the 1510, the 0516 and the 0506. The 1510 is 1.5 inches by 1.0 inches and having a 1.5 inch depth. The 0516 is half inch round, and having a 1.6 inch depth. The 0506 is half inch round, and having a 0.6 inch depth. All of these actuators work in the same way and have similar attributes.

Note that we can easily and practically instantly (on an order-by-order basis) customize the magnetic return spring aspect for the 1510, so this means we can customize the angle-versus-current profile to suit your needs.

The VRAD actuators can be used for a variety of jobs including optical-related tasks such as shutters, choppers, filter positioners, etc. We are also very excited to see their adoption in vending machines, mail sorters and automobiles!

Please let us know your challenges and we'll be happy to answer any questions.

All datasheets and other application information can be found at the ScannerMAX web site:

Best regards,

William Benner