A servo motor is a small device with an output shaft that does not rotate freely. Instead, this shaft can be positioned to definite angular positions by sending the servo a coded signal. As long as the coded signal exists on the input line, the servo will maintain the angular position of the shaft.
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Applications of Servo Motors
Servo motors serve many useful purposes in a wide range of industries. They frequently act as the drive motor in a floppy disk drive, which must maintain an exact rotational speed regardless of the type of floppy disk inserted. The precise voltage and speed of the motor causes the disk to spin at a relatively constant rate, which is required for the critical timing needed in a disk drive. They are also widely used for motion control in items like robots, radio-controlled cars, hard disc drives, puppets, and radio-controlled airplanes. Servo motors provide high strength for their size and have built-in control circuitry, making them convenient and extremely useful.
Points to Consider When Selecting a Servo Motor
Since they tend to be designed more like an alternator than a standard motor, many servo motors need special control circuitry to make them rotate electrically. Some servo motors can be used in reverse to generate alternating current (AC).