ROTARY ACTUATORS

ROTARY ACTUATORS

Patriot Radar Rotary Actuator
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Superior Motion Control, designed, manufactured and qualified this custom rotary actuator replacing the incumbent resulting in a cost savings to Raytheon.

The custom designed actuator is connected to two of the Patriot Radar Linear Actuators via a flex shaft so the Radar Array for the Patriot Radar System can be raised and lowered.

This rotary actuator passed accelerated life testing and Environmental Testing per MIL-STD-810.

The design consists of a manual drive, slip clutch to limit the load and a dual output.

Specifications:

  • Travel Range: 360 Degrees
  • Output Torque per Shaft: 63.5 in-lbs
  • Output Speed per Shaft: 1630 rpm
  • Manual Drive
  • Dual Output Shafts
  • Size: 10” x 6.75” x 6”
MK-57 Hatch Actuator Unit
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Superior Motion Control's design incorporated a custom motor, controller, worm drive and planetary gear section to create an integrated Hatch Actuator Unit (HAU) for opening and closing the missile hatches on the DDG-1000 (Zumwalt Destroyer).

This is integral to the MK-57 Vertical Launch System (VLS).

Specifications:

  • Travel Range: 160 Degrees
  • Accuracy: + 0.2 Degrees
  • Torque: 15,000 in-lbs
  • Operation: Open or Close in <1 Second
  • Size: 16” x 23” x 10”
  • Supply Voltage: 28 VDC Controller
  • Supply Voltage: 375 VDC Drive
  • Max Current: 60 Amps
  • Bandwidth: 0.5 Hertz
  • Com: Optoisolated RS-422, 115 KBPS
AQS-20 Control Actuation System
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A custom designed Control Actuation System (CAS) was developed for Raytheon in support of the AQS-20 Mine Sweeping Vehicle.

Superior Motion Control’s design replaced the incumbent resulting in cost savings and increased reliability. The Control Actuation System consists of 3 independent actuators and controllers.

The custom designed controller has a frequency response of greater than 10 Hz utilizing analog communication.

The custom designed actuator has a brushless DC motor with a brake is driving a 3 stage spur gear train connected to a ball screw generating linear motion.

A Bell crank is used to convert linear motion to rotary motion. A Potentiometer is directly coupled to ball screw for position feedback.

Specifications:

  • Travel Range: + 25 Degrees
  • Accuracy: + 0.35 Degrees
  • Force: 600 in-lbs
  • Size: 7.5” x 2.5” x 3.3”
  • Supply Voltage: 28VDC
  • Max Current: 6 Amps
  • Bandwidth: 10 Hertz
  • Communication: Analog
(UAV) Control Actuation System
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A custom designed Control Actuation System (CAS) was developed for Boeing’s Phantom works.

The system incorporates a Electronics Control Unit (ECU) that controls 3 fin actuators.

The controller can be commanded to perform Built-In-Test (BIT) for control system readiness.

Each rotary actuator has a failsafe brake, brushless DC motor, geartrain including a worm gearset and a potentiometer for feedback.

This system passed all qualification Environmental and EMI requirements per MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-461.

This is integral to the MK-57 Vertical Launch System (VLS).

Specifications:

  • Travel Range: + 30 Degrees
  • Speed: 160 Degrees / Second
  • Torque: 60 lb-in
  • Size: 2” x 2.5” x 2.5”
  • Supply Voltage: 28 VDC
  • Max Current: 6 Amps per Channel
  • Communication: RS422 Half-Duplex
  • Digital Signal Processor Control
(UUV) Submersible Control Actuation System
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A custom designed Control Actuation System (CAS) was developed for Boeing’s Phantom works for an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV).

The CAS consists of 4 Electronics Control Units (ECU) that independently control the 4 fin actuators.

The actuator is pressure compensated and filled with oil to withstand the ocean depts of up to 11,000 ft or pressures of 5,000 psi.

Each actuator is manufactured with a brushless DC motor, a planetary geartrain, and a potentiometer for feedback coupled to the output shaft.

Specifications:

  • Travel Range: + 30 Degrees
  • Accuracy: + 0.3 Degrees
  • Force: 200 ft-lbs (Nominal)
  • Size: 8.5 “ x 22 “ Diameter
  • Submersible to 11,000 ft or 5,000 psi
  • Supply Voltage: 24 VDC (Controller)
  • Supply Voltage: 250 to 320 VDC (Actuator)
  • Max Current: 2 Amps
  • Communication: Serial CANopen
MK-41 VLS Gearbox
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Superior Motion Control designed this gearbox for the Navy over 30 years ago.

The gearbox is an integral part of the MK-41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) and it operates a 100 lb hatch so that missiles can be fired from naval destroyers.

Over the past 30 years, Superior has supplied over 25,000 units without a field failure.

Mechanical Specifications:

  • 25+ years in production
  • 20,000+ units delivered
  • Anti-backdrive feature
  • Combat Tested
  • Open & Close 150 lb.
  • Missile Hatches in under 1 second
  • Zero Field Failures
  • Input Speed: 3000 rpm
  • Input Torque: 75 in-lbs
  • Efficiency: > 55%
  • Size: 10” x 8” x 13”
MK-30 Fin Actuator
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Superior Motion Control designed, manufactured and tested this rotary actuator to meet the stringent program requirements including low structure borne noise for Raytheon.

This Control Actuation System (CAS) controls 4 fins on the MK-30 target torpedo.

The actuator consists of a brushless DC motor, integral servo drive amplifier and communication electronics.

This unique design had to be minimized so that four (4) actuators could be fitted into a condensed area with its own build-in servo amplifier.


Specifications:


  • Travel Range: + 35 Degrees
  • Accuracy: + 0.5 Degrees
  • Torque: 200 in-lbs
  • Size: 7” x 5” x 4”
  • Supply Voltage: 24 - 32 VDC
  • Max Current: 5.4 Amps
  • Bandwidth: 4 Hertz
  • Com: Optoisolated RS-485, 38.4 kbaud serial Discrete Enabled
LMRS Control Actuation System
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Superior Motion Control, developed a custom design for this fin control actuator for Boeing’s Long-Term Mine Reconnaissance System (LMRS).

This Control Actuation System (CAS) was designed to be acoustically quiet by using a brushless sine and cosine linear motor drive so no switching noise would be generated.

Specifications:

  • Travel Range: 360 Degrees
  • Force: 50 in-lbs
  • Speed: 20 Degrees / Second
  • Size: 8.5” x 1.7” x 2.7”
  • Supply Voltage: 28 VDC
  • Communication: Analog
Non Line of Sight (NLOS) Elevation
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Superior Motion Control designed this custom gearbox that incorporates a single planetary gear with a service or manual drive to control the Elevation of the Turret for the Non Line Of Sight (NLOS) Cannon.

Specifications:


  • Efficiency: 86%
  • Nominal Torque: 2600 lb-in
  • Power: 22.7 HP (17 kw)
  • Weight: 39 lbs Ratio: 9:1
  • Nominal Output Speed: 600 RPM
  • Size: 7” x 5.25” x 12” Service/
  • Manual Drive
Non Line of Sight (NLOS) Traverse
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Superior Motion Control designed this custom gearbox that incorporates a two stage planetary gear reduction with a bevel input gear and a service or manual drive and bevel input gear to control the Traverse operation of the Turret for the Non Line Of Sight (NLOS) Cannon.

It also includes provisions for an external RTV position feedback device.

Specifications:


  • Efficiency: 70%
  • Nominal Torque: 9560 lb-in
  • Power: 10 HP (7.4 kw)
  • Ratio: 60.3:1
  • Size: 16” x 9.5” x 9”
  • Nominal Output Speed: 90 RPM
Space Gearbox
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This custom gearbox was designed to meet the harsh environmental requirements of space for use on the Space, Universal Waste Management System.

The gearbox spur gear train and is manufactured out of Inconnel and Pyrowear which were machined by Superior.

Specifications:


  • Travel Range: Continuous Rotation
  • Output Speed: 2530 rpm
  • Input Speed: 7700 rpm
  • Input Torque: 48 in-oz
  • Size: 2.4” Dia x 5”
  • Design for Orbital Application
  • Pressure: 0.0 to 18.8 psia
  • Temperature: 35 to 180ºF
  • Gravity: 0 to 1g
MK-57 / MK-41 Hybrid Hatch Actuator Unit
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This custom solution was developed so that MK-57 system could be tested on a MK-41 ship.

It is a more compact design with increased reliability and control when compared to the current configuration.

Specifications:


  • Travel Range: 18,000 Degrees
  • Torque: 200 in-lbs
  • Speed: 2,300 rpm
  • Size: 17” x 16” x 10”
  • Supply Voltage: 28 VDC Controller
  • Supply Voltage: 375 VDC Drive
  • Max Current: 60 Amps
  • Bandwidth: 0.5 Hertz
  • Com: Optoisolated RS-422, 115 KBPS
FMS and MCS Gearbox
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This custom two stage planetary gearbox was designed as an index drive for the Turret Basket Magazine (TBM) for the Future Combat System (FCS) and Mounted Combat Systems (MCS).

Specifications:


  • Backlash: < 5 arc min
  • Peak Torque: 1700 N-m
  • Ratio: 28:1
  • Size: 9.7” x 5.5 ” x 5.5”
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ROTARY ACTUATORS

Superior Motion Control designs and manufactures custom rotary actuators and gearboxes. Below are a few examples of Superior's custom designed electromechanical rotary assemblies developed to meet unique specifications for marine, ground and aerospace military applications.

Patriot Radar Rotary Actuator
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MK-57 Hatch Actuator Unit
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AQS-20 Control Actuation System
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(UAV) Control Actuation System
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(UUV) Submersible Control Actuation System
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MK-41 VLS Gearbox
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MK-30 Fin Actuator
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LMRS Control Actuation System
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Non Line of Sight (NLOS) Elevation
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Non Line of Sight (NLOS) Traverse
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Space Gearbox
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MK-57 / MK-41 Hybrid Hatch Actuator Unit
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FMS and MCS Gearbox
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LINEAR ACTUATORS