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Advanced precision motors empower the IoT and Industry 4.0

18 December 2018

This is an exciting time for the electronic design industry as embedded electronic functionality spreads into every facet of modern society. The disruptive growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and next-generation smart manufacturing (Industry 4.0) is placing demands on designers to develop motion-enabled solutions that are powerful, small, precise and efficient.

The pressure to make products that are both highly functional yet cost-effective means that an electronic engineer must draw the optimum performance out of every system they design. High performance BLDC motors can provide the levels of performance and economy that today’s demanding applications require. 

Industrial applications 

When it comes to industrial applications, the motors in robotic handling and assembly systems must be extremely reliable, cost effective and space-efficient. Much of the technology that has enabled this new generation of motors had been previously used in various scientific and mil/aero applications, but these core technologies have now come down in cost and are being incorporated in a wide range of industrial solutions.

One of the ways to streamline a package design is to incorporate the motor itself into the body of the product. A frameless BLDC motor design, also known as a rotor/stator part set, allows for the motor to become fully integrated within a given assembly, which results in the greatest torque-to-volume possible. For applications with restricted space constraints, developers have a choice of integration options and motor configurations. Depending on the application, either a regular cylindrical format or a flatter pancake-style motor can be used when the motion axis is space-restricted.

Read the full article in the January issue of DPA

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