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Unique Design and Processing Creates Encapsulated Stator for Remote Operated Vehicle
Thermoplastic encapsulation of a 21" brushless DC (BLDC) motor stator for a remote submersible vehicle (RSV). Entire stator is encapsulated to produce a hermetic seal, withstanding hydrostatic pressures of 10,000 psi, at depths of 20,000 feet. The largest size thermoplastic encapsulation program in the world. Learn More.
Encapsulation Leads to Lower Cost, Higher Reliability Stepper Motor
Case study of the use of encapsulation for significant redesign of an existing motor by Danaher. Discussion of components eliminated, reduction in thermal rise, and improvement in manufacturing efficiencies. Learn More.
Encapsulation Yields Revolutionary Spindle Motor Design
Redesign of a spindle motor for computer hard disk drives, from the industry standard of machined aluminum and adhesives into an encapsulated product. Critical issues including concentricity and thermal expansion addressed. Learn More.
Encapsulation Yields Thin Wall Ground Insulation
Manufacturing issues with powder coat epoxy ground insulation eliminated through the use of thin wall encapsulation of a set of loose laminations for this BLDC motor. Multiple processes and components eliminated. Learn More.
Encapsulation Enables More Power in a Smaller Package
Thermoplastic encapsulation of a 0.9 degree stepper motor stator. Improvements in power density, costs, yields, and reliability. Multiple lam stack heights in same tooling. Concept to production in six months. Learn More.
Thermal Rise with Standard Vs. Thermally Conductive Encapsulant
In order to assess the effect of encapsulation with thermally conductive materials, a set of natural gas solenoids was encapsulated with both Rynite, a standard thermoplastic polyester resin, and with Konduit, a thermally conductive thermoplastic. Thermal rise data is shown with different solenoid types and mounting configurations.

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Process Control to Enable High Yield Rates and Tailored Motor Performance in Thermoplastic Encapsulation
This paper details the manner in which process control methodologies can assure high yield rates. It also discusses the use of process control to enhance certain performance related characteristics of the encapsulated assembly - e.g., mechanical robustness, vibratory characteristics, and thermal transfer characteristics, as well as dimensional and air gap control. The dimensional control section of this paper discusses both control of expansion rates and the matching of expansion rates between the thermoplastic encapsulant and the encapsulated motor components. View Paper.
Advances in Motor Construction Enabled by Thermally Conductive Thermoplastic
Discussion specific to thermoplastic encapsulation of motors and the heat transfer, harmonic damping, and dimensional requirements of the applications and the cost/benefit relationships that exist. Discussion of the performance of thermally conductive, electrically insulative ceramic filled thermoplastics highlighting motor designs where these materials offer a competitive alternative to traditional construction techniques. Specific examples cited include a 21" BLDC motor stator for a remote submersible vehicle (RSV) and spindle motors for computer hard disk drives (HDD). Results of thermal transfer analysis using ANSYS also shown. View Paper.
Identification of Material Properties: Damping Ratio and Elastic Modulus
Paper describes a method to determine damping ratio and elastic modulus of various materials using experimental modal analysis. A shaker is used to introduce excitation into the system, and a laser doppler vibrometer is utilized to pick up a velocity signal for the test specimens as a system response. Using mathematical equations describing the mobility (velocity/force) of the system, damping ratio and elastic modulus of the materials are identified. View Paper.
Ceramic Filled Thermoplastic Encapsulation as a Design Feature for a BLDC Motor in a Disk Drive
Paper discusses the use of thermoplastic encapsulation specifically in spindle motors for computer hard disk drives (HDD). Central to the development of these applications is an understanding of the heat transfer and harmonic damping requirements of the applications and the cost/benefit relationships that exist. A simple model will be presented in which the heat transfer requirements for thermally conductive plastics can be understood and their costs can be estimated. Experimental results of non repeatable run out (NRR) on a motor using this encapsulated construction are discussed. Various filler systems and their performance will be discussed highlighting motor designs where these materials offer a competitive alternative to traditional construction techniques. View Paper.
Component Performance Advantages Realized through Thermoplastic Encapsulation
Thermoplastic encapsulation of electrical and electromechanical devices continues to yield improvements in cost, performance, and environmental sealing. Encapsulation opens new, more efficient methods of motor construction. Two alternative motor construction techniques, using "strip lams" and segmented stators, are explored for the functionality and cost benefits enabled by encapsulation.
Additionally, advances are being realized in thermal dissipation, particulate emissions, and the reduction of both structural and audible vibration. Thermoplastic encapsulation enables both reduction of overall noise and attenuation of specific frequencies of concern. Dampening effects of specific resins are shown. The paper includes discussion of both motor manufacturing tolerances affecting noise and vibration and processing techniques to mitigate variation in noise and vibration. View Paper.
Thermally Conductive Thermoplastics: A Viable Alternative for Coil Wound Device and Passive Component Construction
Discussion of advantages of thermoplastic encapsulation using thermally conductive, electrically insulative resins. To understand applicability in various applications, a thermal transfer model and data from actual case studies are given. Cost relationships and effect of different thermal fillers is discussed. View Paper.