I have one more question about the mechanism I'm working on (see 'Running a Linear Actuator at a Higher Voltage' topic).
Can a solenoid be used to lock an arm that will handle 200+ lbs? So what this means is that there will be 200+ pounds of force perpendicular to the plunger of the solenoids. Is a solenoid the right device to use for this application?
I have no experience with solenoids and I couldn't find any information about how much force can be applied perpendicular to the plunger of the solenoid. I've also read that if you leave solenoids energized for long enough, it can ruin the coil. In minutes, how long is 'long enough'? An hour? Two minutes? I dont know..
If anything is unclear, let me know.