05138291 is referenced by 19 patents and cites 13 patents.

An inexpensive type of linear solenoid actuator for moving a plunger along a straight line, while providing a force on the plunger due to the actuator which does not vary greatly over the length of stroke of the plunger; a spring opposes the force exerted on the plunger by the solenoid, so that the plunger will assume any of a range of positions in response to different currents through the solenoid. The plunger has a first larger portion of magnetic material sliding in a first bearing; a tapered second magnetic portion extending forwardly from the first portion; a magnetic third portion of substantially cylindrical form extending forwardly from the tapered portion; and a front non-magnetic portion sliding in a second bearing and supporting the front end of the plunger. The second bearing is in a magnetic end piece having substantial axial width. The stroke of the plunger is preferably such that the forward end of the magnetic third portion moves from a first position near the adjacent end of a magnetic end piece in which the second bearing is mounted, to a second position well within or outside the other end of the magnetic end piece.

Proportional solenoid actuator
Application Number
Publication Number
Application Date
April 10, 1991
Publication Date
August 11, 1992
Eric Day
Synnestvedt & Lechner
AIL Corporation
H01H 7/08
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