Reading Thrust Curves

Understanding Thrust Curves

Actuator Thrust Curves are very similar to Servo Torque Curves, but relate to linear motion performance instead of shaft rotation performance. All thrust curves show continuous and peak performance based on the coupled system of Servo and Actuator together. The following examples show the 2 exceptions to the previous statement, where the actuators limitations are taken into account.

Note: The continuous thrust region is where the system should be operated, except for short hard accelerations required in your motion profile. Sustained Operation outside the continuous region will reduce the rated life on the actuator/integrated motor system. Please check the specifications of each actuator for limiting factors such as mechanical critical speed and thrust limits.

Limitation on Thrust Output

The curve to the right shows that there is a maximum amount of thrust the actuator can put out continuously and peak. That is why the curve abruptly flattens out (horizontal line) at speeds less than 150 mm/sec. This curve shows that the motor can provide more input torque than the actuator can handle at speeds less than 150 mm/sec.

Note: In this example, the maximum allowable thrust is limited to 550 N. Exceeding that could potentially damage the actuator even if the motor limits are not exceeded.


Limitation of Actuator's Speed

The curve to the right shows that at 500 mm/sec, the thrust abruptly goes to zero (the vertical line). This means that the actuator has a maximum carriage velocity of 500 mm/sec usually due to ball screw limitations.

Note: This speed limitation is mechanically based. It is possible to command a servo speed in excess of the Critical speed limits of the actuator. Doing so increases risk of damage and will shorten the life of the actuator.


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