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Ingression Protection for Solenoids

Posted by: Magnet-Schultz of America

Mon, Jan 29, 2018 @ 05:50 PM

ingressionprotection.pngIngression Protection for Solenoids

Ingression protection is a commonly requested solenoid feature. As dirt, dust, moisture, and other foreign objects accumulate in a solenoid, the performance and life cycle are dramatically reduced. There are several methods to combat ingression, but before choosing the correct solution it is important to understand the degrees of protection available. International Protection (or IP) ratings are an industry standard used to measure the effective limits of ingress protection for electronic devices. An IP rating is commonly expressed as IPXY, where X represents the number given to the level of protection from solids and Y represents the number given to the level of protection from liquids and vapors.

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Topics: Electromagnetic Actuators, Theory of Operation, Specialty Solenoids, Extreme Environmental Condition Solenoid

DURO-TECH® Solenoids—designed for extreme application performance

Posted by: Magnet-Schultz of America

Wed, May 08, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


Water, dirt, dust, mud, high shock and vibration are all the nemesis of “standard” solenoids when they are asked to perform over a broad range of environmental conditions. Extreme applications can include: 

•  Off-road vehicles

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Topics: Duro-Tech Solenoids, Extreme Environmental Condition Solenoid

Extreme Environment Solenoids: The DURO-TECH® Story

Posted by: Magnet-Schultz of America

Mon, Apr 08, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


Often, prospective solenoid users innocently expect standard solenoids to perform a function for which they were never intended. For example, Magnet Schultz of America (MSA) received a request for a solenoid to lock the steering mechanism on a military vehicle. The customer had tested one of our standard solenoids, which they secured from a distributor, and found that it was functionally sufficient, meaning, the solenoid locked the steering mechanism as desired. The customer then contacted us for additional solenoid samples for further testing.

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Topics: Duro-Tech Solenoids, Extreme Environmental Condition Solenoid, Innovative Collaboration with MSA

6 Basic Steps in Defining What Solenoid Best Suits Your Application

Posted by: Magnet-Schultz of America

Mon, Nov 12, 2012 @ 02:00 PM



Solenoids are used in a wide range of applications from locking doors to shifting the transmission on a motorcycle. Unfortunately there is no “one size fits all” approach to choosing a solenoid, or other eletro-magnetic product. However, there are several basic steps to follow when selecting the right solenoid for the application.

Some may consider a solenoid as just a linear actuator, but solenoids are capable of much more. They can push and pull, hold and block, rotate and vibrate. Within this range of capabilities, the first and most important question is, “how must the solenoid function in your application?”

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Topics: Extreme Environmental Condition Solenoid, Custom Solenoid, Choosing a Solenoid