A solenoid driver is a device most often responsible for regulating the activity of the solenoid. In general, solenoid drivers operate through circuitry that can be programmed to maintain optimal operating conditions for the solenoid. There are several applications for these devices, often in industrial processes that cause high voltage across different types of solenoids. Variations of these devices typically accompany different voltages and solenoid designs. In many cases, a solenoid driver can offer some significant advantages, while having few disadvantages other than initial cost.
Solenoid drivers work through circuitry that can be programmed to maintain optimal operating conditions for the solenoid.
The purpose of a solenoid driver is normally to control electrical signals. To achieve this goal, direct or indirect connections to the solenoid mechanisms allow the circuit to regulate voltages. In addition, the circuit can interact with a computer which can allow user interaction and process programming.
Diverse applications for a solenoid driver make it an important part of many industrial processes. For example, some solenoid drivers can reduce voltage once a solenoid has been activated to reduce electrical stress while still keeping a device activated. Some solenoid drivers can be used to control multiple solenoids that need to work in unison. Others can be used to monitor and control hydraulic or pneumatic devices that require precise solenoid voltages over time.
Variations can include solenoid drivers intended to handle high or low voltages. Differences between them can include security mechanisms and robust circuit designs when necessary. Other variations may include direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) solenoid drivers, which will often have different designs based on the regulation of these types of power. In some cases the circuit may be exposed in a solenoid driver and may also be included in case of high usage solenoid variations.
The advantages of using a solenoid trigger often come from improved solenoid activity, especially over time. By regulating the voltages necessary to maintain normal operations, a solenoid driver can extend the life of the solenoids by reducing electrical stress. They can also provide a buffer between direct energy sources, which can further reduce stress. In addition, users’ ability to interact with the solenoid can positively affect the lifespan.
The downsides are generally considered few, aside from the initial cost. Installation can be difficult on pre-existing systems, although the integration of a solenoid driver is usually standard for newer devices. Another downside is that circuits can be difficult to repair without special equipment, and many solenoid drivers become disposable over time. This can reduce cost, but it can also produce lost circuits that are difficult to recycle.