SG91R Mini Servo with Gears and Parts (Translucent Grey)

SG91R Mini Servo with Gears and Parts (Translucent Grey)
SG91R Mini Servo with Gears and Parts (Translucent Grey)

8kg - Temperature range: 0~55 degree - Dead band : 10us - Cable length: 25cm - Comes with accessories.8V 1.Model: SG91R - Color: Translucent grey - Material: Nylon + Aluminum - Operating speed: 0.1s / 60 degree - Stall torque: 4

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Not all control boards provide for this, which is potentially a serious lack.It is possible to treat a servo like a stall motor if you really want to, by providing switches to turn it off at the limit. It is, however, larger and more powerful than most servos typically used for model railroad turnout applications. If the servo doesn’t fit snugly, remove it, squeeze the channel slightly with a pair of pliers, and try again. However, this will only help with high-frequency noise, and not noise at a frequency similar to what the servo uses.Finally, keep the servo lines well away from both track and any power bus carrying DCC signals. If this sounds a lot like the kind of stall-motor we’ve been using to throw turnouts on model railroads for decades, that’s because in some ways it is very similar. This could be lightweight brass unless you plan to apply a lot of force. Cheaper servos will likely have more play in the gears, which equates to more noise in operation. You can tape a servo directly to plywood, but it’s apparently better to first coat the wood with a thin layer of epoxy and let it dry to create a smoother surface for mounting tape to grip. They’re in nearly every radio-controlled toy ever built, and in recent years the hobby of robotics has created new users. The weight in grams is used as a rating because they’re often used in airplanes, where weight matters more than size. Using Servos On A Model RailroadA servomotor, or servo for short, is a self-contained motor, controller, and reduction gear system in a box. While smaller supplies will work, mostly, you may have erratic servo response as a result. Running these to stall can overheat the motor and damage the servo permanently. This would have to be very large to be useful, and really large capacitors can be dangerous. This isn’t as much of a problem with smaller turntables and scales. Both have an approximate relation to power, but only roughly. If you use a larger supply, or lots of servos, this is more likely to become an issue. You could modify either to remove the electromagnet and use a servo, but it would be a bit of work. The same will also happen if the servo is not at its limit of motion, but is prevented from moving further by an external force. And servo stall currents are surprisingly high.I measured a number of typical micro-size servos from several different manufacturers.

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. These still have position control, making them a stepper motor, albeit probably not a very precise one. A digital servo can react much faster, since its response time is not related to the input cycle. The wire could also go straight up and simply rotate about the spline’s center. If the two feed opposite polarities halfway through the switch, a short of the power supply will result. The rather hefty force they can apply comes at a cost.As discussed above, that’s going to be peak current, and the average will be lower. However is it possible to reverse the plug and connect the control line to the ground wire on the servo. It is used by the internal control board.Force and DistanceA servo’s output is a rotating lever, called a horn. Normally model railroad applications use wall-current, so sizing the power supply for maximum load is all that matters. However, these often cost twice as much as the Frog Juicer since they are designed to reverse both rails, and the juicer is designed to reverse a single frog. Electrically this should be safe, provided that you use a regulated power supply and don’t simultaneously connect a second power source. It is sold as a set with two actuator wires and some kind of “mounting materials”. This is also affected by other levers, such as the placement of a pivot point. Note, however, that this is DCC only; it won’t work if you want to operate DC trains on the same track. The Arduino should be relatively well isolated from that by its own circuitry, but placing the safety resistor inline in the control line can help. You will likely damage the Arduino’s regulator, the computer’s USB interface, or both. But there are also well-made yet inexpensive servos from brands you many never have heard of. In model railroad track, the frog may be made of plastic or metal, and metal frogs may be powered from the attached point rails, or separately. This should be enough to throw most turnouts, unless they use very stiff springs. This will filter out noise the long wire picks up from other things. More on this subject below.One way to provide for frog switching is to mount the micro SPDT switch to the servo, and use a double-ended horn to press the switch at the same time the actuator wire is moved.

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. Rather than turning continuously, most of them have a limited range of movement, and are normally configured to move a lever from side to side and hold it in position. For analog servos, this is also how often they react to changes in position due to external forces. There are probably better choices for automating a turntable than use of a continuous rotation servo.In a turnout, the “frog” is the part where the outside rail of the curve crosses over the other rail of the straight. However to do this you are using up part of the servo’s force in overcoming the springiness of the wire. The servo power supply should be sized for the servos. One way to size this is to ensure it can provide the necessary power for one cycle of the servo’s power draw with a specified limit on voltage drop. If you use turnouts with a powered frog, external switching will be required. This isn’t shown in the diagram above, because it is only needed in exceptional situations, such as when using very long control lines. With a small dead band and a good controller, adequate positioning may be possible. These should be connected to each other and to the power wires as close to the servo as is practical. But stall current is a measure of maximum current draw by a DC motor, used when starting up or when stalled against and obstruction, so it is an important number to know when sizing power supplies and related components. An alternative solution is to use a larger multi-amp power supply, although this can quickly become expensive. If this is maintained for too long it may burn the motor out. This is available from a number on online retailers.

A stationary servo with no load draws very little power. The servo may be made by Graupner, but does not appear to match any of their standard models. However, you can add a feedback mechanism to a stepper motor or a continuous-rotation motor made from a servo.Assuming that there is feedback control, this takes two forms: potentiometers and rotary encoders. This can be problematic with a frog that is also powered from the point rails. The horn can come in many shapes, and can also be a gear, but for most uses it can be thought of as a lever of some kind. This helps to reduce noise induced in the system via the ground. Change the distance, and you change the force. They’re still often recommended for DCC beginners, simply because they are easier to work with than powered frogs.The other option is to use a powered frog, often known by PECO’s “electrofrog” name. At present, I don’t have a solution for this. This is normally described as the stall torque, the force against which the motor will stop moving. It does not include a switch for reversing frog polarity.Arduino ControlWhen using servos with an Arduino, power is very important to get right. However, per this site the “male” end is a plug with three female sockets, and the “female” end is actually a set of male pins hidden within a protective shroud. Stylish Windproof Motorcycle Handlebar Guard Protector - Red. These resistors should be located close to the Arduino. It’s also worth noting that stall current is likely drawn only very briefly when starting the motor from a stopped position, unless you jam it against something. As yet, I have done only minimal testing of these, and am mostly reporting catalog information and other things I’ve read. Use one source at a time for the Arduino; it’s a good habit.Also: The official Arduino statement on wiring regulated power to the VCC pin is that this is “Not recommended”, although people have done it. Some people recommend putting a large capacitor at the power supply rather than individual ones at the servos. Horns are held on by short screws that lock them in place.Most servos have a limited range of motion. A moving servo under light load draws a moderate amount, and a stopped servo with some back-pressure will draw more. This takes up minimal space, which can be important with a crowded yard lead. Or a relay driven separately by the control board could also be used. Industrial velcro has also been suggested by some, although I’d think it would tend to let the servo shift position somewhat.In addition to double-sided tape, some RC hobbyists use “Shoe Goo” to attach servos. All of this also means that they have a significantly higher cost.Another way to compare digital versus analog is by reaction time. Different manufacturers use different tooth counts, so horns are specific to a manufacturer. That’s generally a bad idea anyway, but still it is something that many people, including me, sometimes do. It’s less efficient than either of the other two methods. This can be used with their own or some third-party servos. Keep in mind that torque converts to force based on the length of the lever used. Its average current likely is higher than the others, but I didn’t measure for that.Now these weren’t precision measurements. So some caution is required to use powered frogs with an external switch, but it can be done.With servos, you don’t get a built-in switch. However, online experience seems very limited so far. The problem is that methods to limit this will also affect the ability of the capacitor to recharge and can limit power to the servo, causing erratic behavior. And for some reason they are filed under “Boats” rather than “Servos”, probably because metal mounts are too heavy for airplane use. If you attach a large enough capacitor across the servos + and ground wires, this will average out the power load to something closer to the rated “typical” current. That’s fairly large, but not unreasonable. I’ve also seen brass tubing used, although this would be very stiff. In particular, most are not designed to keep running at stall current. Putting these in isn’t required, but they can prevent damage to the Arduino when something goes wrong, so they’re cheap insurance and always recommended. This will avoid risk of the Arduino rebooting due to a brown out. Turnout control tends to be the most common application, due to potential cost savings and because it is relatively easy to do. The choice of material depends more on the force that will be provided; even nylon gears will last a long time in normal use. The other reason to place a resistor in the control line is, as mentioned above, safety: if something happens and the servo shorts to ground, a resistor can limit current to avoid damaging the control board. At rest without a load, they draw next to nothing. Metal gears can deliver more force with less wear on the gears, but this isn’t likely to be an issue in most model railroad use.Some more expensive servos have bearings, but most simply have a plastic shell that holds the drive shaft in position. It’s probably not a good choice: although inexpensive, you’ll spend part of the savings on a larger power supply. Instead it depends on the force against which it is pushing. But it’s important to understand the peak, since that’s what you have to size supplies for if you want reliable operation.It’s also clear that powering most of these off an Arduino is simply asking for trouble. Although they have holes for mounting screws, the normal mounting is not the sideways mounting you’d use on the underside of a layout, so some kind of bracket would be required to use the screw mounts. Their dimensions aren’t always given the same way, and may even differ from site to site. The best solution is to use separate power supplies. Sometimes an “idle” or “operating” current is given, which matters for battery use, but not otherwise. If you use an external pivot point, you should allow the wire to pivot where it attaches to the horn also.Note: some servo mounts place the servo lengthwise up/down from the layout rather than horizontal. Servos once mounted need to be calibrated so that they move their actuator wire to the desired position short of actually stalling, and then stop. This means that their average power draw is considerably less than their peak power draw. This is a flexible adhesive sold for repairing running shoes, among other things. Includes built-in frog polarity reversing switch. This can not only affect radios, and radio controls, but also be picket up by other circuitry and affect it. In motion at reasonable speeds usage is probably a few hundred mA. On the Pro Mini, the RAW pin is used to connect a non-regulated supply, but the FTDI connector’s VCC pin may not be protected against power supplied via RAW. Sideways or vertical, the orientation of the servo itself doesn’t matter.Usage NotesUnlike typical turnout stall motors, servos have no built-in switch for reversing frog polarity. The following is a small subset of the ones that appear to be both low-cost and appropriate for small-scale model railroad use. This controls up to four servos using DCC or wired switches. Insulated frogs, often known by PECO’s name of “insulfrog”, are simpler to work with but may not provide sufficient contact for short-wheelbase locomotives, leading to stalling, flickering lights, or DCC decoders rebooting. All of that means that servos are manufactured in volume by competing companies, and that helps pull prices down. The fact that part of the wire extends down past the pivot point is irrelevant.

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. Three wires connect to the servo, ending in a standardized plug. The control board could provide this, although many do not. Servos provide an output torque, which is simply the product of a force and distance from the axis of rotation. They mostly seem to be providing the warning for hobbyists who may not exercise sufficient caution to get the voltage right and to not mix simultaneous supplies. That’s precise enough for many things, but not everything. This allows either rail to be fed to the frog. Quality can vary considerably, so doing business with a known seller who provides a warranty is probably a good idea, to ensure a minimum level of quality. This can also help suppress some electronic noise in the control line from the servo


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