We have all been there. The new design is perfect with one exception. The "off the shelf" product just won't cut it. In solenoid terms, it can be for a number of reasons. The force is too low. The mounting or interface won't work. The voltage range is incorrect. Or maybe the plating or materials are insufficient for the environment. This is where your special needs demand a special product. GW Lisk makes custom solenoids to meet your specific needs.
The concept is simple. A coil of copper magnet wire is placed inside a steel housing with end iron and a steel armature. An electrical current is applied to the coil and a magnetic field is created, moving the armature to close a preset air gap. With varied geometry, that linear force can be turned into a rotational torque. That is where the simple ends and the customization begins.
The success of GW Lisk lies in the imaginations of our customers. As they continually push the envelope, we have to push even further to accommodate their innovative designs. The options are seemingly endless...
Function - An electromagnetic actuator exists for one reason - to perform work. How one wants that work performed is another story. Do you want to push your load or pull it? Do you need high forces at a large or small air gap? Do you want your force profile to be linear or asymptotic? One of our experienced engineers can lend a hand in all of these crucial decisions.
Interface - Lower part counts mean lower cost almost every time. Eliminate additional components by consulting with Lisk's engineers early in the design process. We regularly add value to a project by incorporating the mating features of not only solenoid mounting, but armature interface into our custom products.
Environment - Nobody provides products to a wider range of markets than GW Lisk. From military to automotive, heavy duty to medical, and oil field to aerospace, we have done it all. When it comes to harsh environments and difficult specs, we have the supply base and expertise you need to offer the most robust product.
Size - It's rare that a component is allotted a generous space to perform its function. More typically, every bit of space is critical to the application, especially with today's energy prices. Lisk can design and manufacture custom solenoids to fit in your exact package window and perform at the highest level.
A quick glance at all the engineering expertise spanning our 5 product groups will quickly reveal we're heavily infused into every major market.
Heavy Duty / Diesel - Long standing relationships with the biggest names in the industry characterizes our infiltration into this growing market. From wet pin solenoids with pressure tight bores to spool lock solenoids for safety latches, we know your specs and components.
Military / Aerospace - We have the expertise to get your projects in these super critical applications off the ground. Controlled processing and stringent qualification testing is routine on nearly all of our custom military and aerospace solenoids.
Medical - When human life is at stake, companies have trusted the experience and expertise of GW Lisk for decades. From blood transfusion machines to dental drills, you bring us the application and we'll give you the solenoid to fit.
Automotive - With auto manufacturers looking to move away from traditional combustion engine and mechanically driven components to electromagnetically actuated systems, Lisk is currently partnering with some of the biggest names in the industry.
Commercial - From optical shutters to door latches, our solenoids are peppered all over the commercial market. UL certification and RoHS compliance capabilities are key for our customer's products.