Minimizing Brush Noise in PMDC Gearmotors
An OEM manufacturer of pharmaceutical dissolution testing instruments incorporated a Bodine130 Volt permanent magnet DC gearmotor in their design (click here for more about dissolution testing, which measures the time required to dissolve tablets in liquid).
Our gearmotors work flawlessly in their instruments. Naturally, the manufacturer turned to Bodine for a gearmotor in a new application. This new dissolution test instrument was a complete redesign of an existing model with a major emphasis on powering all electrical components by 24 Volts DC to allow for a more global instrument.
When the OEM tested our 24 Volt gearmotor, they noticed slightly higher brush noise. All brush-type motors emit noise because of the contact between the brushes and the commutator (click here for more about brushes from our Handbook). However the noise they heard was somewhat elevated compared to that of our original 130 Volt gearmotor.
Understanding that brush noise from a 24 VDC system is typically louder than that of a 130 VDC system, the engineers at Bodine quickly presented both an explanation and a solution. For our customer’s new test instrument, the Bodine engineers recommended changing to less abrasive electro-graphite brushes.
With the new brushes installed, the difference was obvious. Our customer was now satisfied that our 24 Volt gearmotor was just as quiet as our 130 Volt gearmotor.