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Mission Critical Applications Requires 'Ironman' Actuator
Mission Critical Applications Requires 'Ironman' Actuator
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BEI Kimco Magnetics
1499 Poinsettia Ave.
Vista, CA, 92081

Press release date: January 28, 2014

Life critical applications like ventilators, heart valves, military smart weapons platforms and high speed target tracking, require devices that possess indestructible ironman endurance and a guaranteed life span impervious to failure. Equipment manufacturers developing these types of devices need to know that their equipment will last millions of cycles to ensure viability in real-life applications.

50 million cycles is a big number but was exactly the challenge BEI Kimco engineers undertook to validate their Voice Coil Actuator as a true triathlon champion of actuators for customers where millions of life cycles are required.  To accomplish this, BEI Kimco built a permanent life testing station to assess and substantiate actual actuator life cycle capabilities.  Initial testing included two of BEI Kimco's Linear Voice Coil Actuator families and resulted in successful completion of over 50 million life cycles.

"High life cycle operation is a key requirement for countless types of equipment in mission-critical applications," explains to Jim McNamara, BEI Kimco Senior Applications Engineer.  "Many customers have been seeking linear actuators that can withstand long and continuous running life.  Our test results can now assure them that these actuators will meet or exceed their life cycle requirements."  

Actuators tested were the LAS 13 and LAS 16 housed actuators with built-in feed back sensors.  Flexible circuits and bushings, both potential causes of failure, as well as materials of construction, passed the high-speed oscillation, weighted load test. The load consisted of the actuator being placed on its side so that the weight of the coil and shaft would wear against the bushing.  The objective was to run the actuator at full stroke at maximum continuous duty cycle rating without overheating.  With the successful test validation, design engineers now know they can depend on these actuators to fulfill long life cycle requirements for not only mission critical applications, but other applications requiring long life cycles, such as environmental stress testing, semiconductor and industrial automation.

Each BEI Kimco actuator family includes an unhoused actuator, housed actuator, semi-housed actuator and actuator with integral sensor, bringing the total number of actuators capable of 50 million life cycles to eight.  BEI Kimco's new testing station will be in continuous operation to further test other actuators in the line.

BEI Kimco's voice coil actuators features all the inherent advantages of voice coil technology including direct-drive, hysteresis-free operation for highly accurate motion.  Other advantages of this type of technology include high acceleration, absence of commutation, and excellent resolution limited only by the encoder used for feedback.

For further information contact BEI Kimco Magnetics, 1499 Poinsettia Ave., Suite 160, Vista, CA  92081, USA, Tel: (760) 597-7042; Toll-free: (800) 572-7560; Fax: (760) 597-6320; email:;

About BEI Kimco Magnetics:
BEI Kimco Magnetics is a brand of Custom Sensors & Technologies (CST). BEI Kimco Magnetics was founded in 1974 and specializes in rotary and linear motion control products.  The company's precision motion control products include high-speed performance Brushless DC motors, Cylindrical and Flat Voice Coil Actuators, and Linear Motors. These products are used across a wide range of applications including medical and scientific, factory and office automation, optics, semiconductor/electronics, military, aviation, space systems, and security. Kimco merges leading-edge capabilities and cost-effective manufacturing know-how with highly customized applications expertise.

About Custom Sensors & Technologies
Custom Sensors & Technologies (CST) is a specialist in sensing, control and motion products.

Through its brands, BEI Kimco, BEI Sensors, BEI PSSC, Crouzet, Crydom, Kavlico, Newall and Systron Donner Inertial, CST offers customizable, reliable and efficient components for mission-critical systems in Aerospace & Defense, Transportation, Energy & Infrastructure, Medical, Food and Beverage and Building Equipment markets.

Focused on premium value offers and committed to excellence, CST, with 4,400 employees worldwide and sales of $604M US in 2012, is the dependable and adaptable partner for the most demanding customers.

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