App note: Securing vibration motor leads and wires

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App note from Precision Microdrives on how to properly connect wires on to vibration motors for reliability. Link here

Vibration motors require electrical power, which must be delivered by wires or PCB tracks to the motor. Precision Microdrives vibrating motors are available in a range of connector forms. From stock, they are available with factory installed leads, terminals, PCB solder pins, or as PCB SMT / SMD options. Solder pins and SMT motors have the advantage of being mounted directly onto the PCB which simplifies the connection process.

App note: Vibration Motors – Voltage Vs Frequency Vs Amplitude

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All about vibration motors and how its frequency and amplitude be controlled in this app note from Precision Microdrives. Link here

We’re often asked how to adjust the vibration amplitude or frequency of our various vibration motors. In this article, we’ll look at how simple it is, why it can be useful, and how we can predict the behaviour of a motor using the driving voltage and Typical Performance Characteristics graph.

App note: Lifetime of DC vibration motors (MTTF & FIT)

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DC vibration motors failure analysis by Precision Microdrives. Link here

Reliability is an important consideration for engineers and product designers. It is also very context specific. For example consider a car, which is made from lots of individual components. If the radio antenna should fail, the car still operates. However this is not the case if the engine stops working. Some features are more important than others, especially with safety systems such as the car’s brakes.

In relation to vibration motors and their typical applications we can consider them as individual components or entire systems. Haptic feedback on a user interface is comprised of the input system (such as a touchscreen), the microcontroller, the motor drive circuit, and the vibration motor. If any one of these should fail, then the vibration feature will no longer work.

As with any component, our vibration motors will eventually stop working. The key therefore is accurately estimating when, and determining if it is an acceptable period of time. To do this, we can use one of a number of different methods for calculating the probability of a component’s life expectancy.