Open Frame Linear Solenoids

The open frame linear solenoid is the simplest linear solenoid design. It uses an open metal frame, a taped or overmoulded coil, and a movable plunger in the center of the coil. Open frame solenoids are more cost-effective than other linear solenoid types and are typically selected for applications in which extremely long life and precise positioning are not so critical.

Open frame solenoids are available in two frame styles: the C Frame [or U Frame] style, in which the coil is enclosed on one side, and the D Frame [or Box Frame] style, where the coil is surrounded on two sides. 

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OPEN FRAME LINEAR SOLENOIDS: Mechanism & Functionality

 

Open frame linear solenoids are a common type of linear solenoids. Linear solenoids are electromagnetic devices that convert electrical energy into a mechanical pushing or pulling force or motion.  

A linear solenoid consists of a cylindrical tube body, an electrical coil wound inside, and a plunger free to slide in and out of the coil’s body. Solenoids can electrically open or close valves, operating mechanisms, and open doors and latches by energizing the coil. 

Open-frame solenoids come in two frame options: C-frame or D-frame. They are devices with air gaps in their metal frames to provide heat dissipation. 

 

LINEAR SOLENOID FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • Fast and safe switching
  • High reliability
  • Low control power 
  • Compact design
  • Designed for long life
  • Low cost
  • Product integrity
  • Many voltages available
  • Encapsulated coils and bearings assist longer life
  • Large variety of connectors

LINEAR SOLENOID APPLICATIONS

Open Frame Linear Solenoids are used extensively in several devices and equipment and a range of industries. This includes industries such as industrial equipment and materials handling.

 

Some application examples include:

  • Switchgear applications
  • Coin mechanisms
  • Mechanical devices

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Open Frame Linear Solenoids are typically divided into two categories:

  • C Frame (or U Frame) 
  • D Frame (or Box Frame)

Open frame linear solenoids are generally secured by mounting screws through a panel in the application and threaded into the solenoid’s frame.

 

C FRAME (U FRAME) LINEAR SOLENOID

C-frame solenoids, also called U-frame, are linear solenoids shaped like the letter 'C' or 'U.’ In C-frame solenoids, the coil is enclosed on one side; therefore, the magnetic field only flows through one side. These solenoids have a basic design and are often the smallest type available. 

 

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D FRAME (BOX FRAME) LINEAR SOLENOID

D-frame solenoids, also called Box Frame, are linear solenoids shaped like the letter 'D' (a Box). The coil is enclosed on both sides, allowing the magnetic field to flow through two sides. D-frame solenoids are of higher quality because of their balance between cost, performance, and size.

 

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FAQS

What are the types of solenoids?

There are many types of solenoid available in the market, and they all differ in material, design, and function. These different factors make them the perfect fit for different applications. All types of solenoids run off the same electrical principles.

  • AC Laminated Solenoid
  • DC C–Frame Solenoid
  • DC D–Frame Solenoid
  • Linear Solenoid
  • Rotary Solenoid

How does a Solenoid produce linear motion?

Linear solenoids consist of an electrical coil wound around a cylindrical tube with a magnetic actuator or plunger that is free to move or slide in and out of the coils. It works by converting electrical energy to mechanical energy using a solenoid and using the magnetic fields to create linear motion. 

What type of energy conservation is a linear solenoid?

A linear solenoid uses electric energy and converts it into mechanical energy that pushes or pulls into a force or motion.

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