Happy Holidays 2020
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Happy Holidays 2020

Happy Holidays and a succesful new year

The ongoing pandemic affected the entire world and tested our ability to adjust to a changing landscape. We are happy to say that we have had a good year. We have been working on some ground breaking projects with our customers and have been on-track with growing our busines

The launch of new products in 2021

We are excited about 2021 and are getting ready to launch some exciting new products. We are going to release several new Moving Magnet Voice Coil Actuators and will be launching a new controller to drive our actuators. We will also expand our  Frameless High Torque Motor Family. You will hear more about this in the new year. 

Holiday wishes

For now, the team at Magnetic Innovations wishes you happy holidays and peace, health and prosperity throughout the coming year. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to working with you in the years to come.

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EC Fan Motors as an alternative to AC Fan Motors​
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EC Fan Motors as an alternative to AC Fan Motors​

EC Fan Motors as an alternative to AC Fan Motors

Fans are very important, multiple industries rely on them. Most fans still depend on standard asynchronous (ac) motors, but the landscape is changing. Sustainability and the reduction of energy consumption are becoming more important. To meet these demands and to guarantee the most suitable solution Magnetic Innovations developed a high torque EC Fan Motor with very high power density. EC technology offers a great alternative. They achieve an efficiency level of up to 90%, this mean they use a lot less energy. But it also reduces heat loss, providing longer service life.

The EC Fan motor produces over 4kW of mechanical power at 1200 RPM, while only having a weight of 15,2 kg (33.5 lbs) and building volume of ø261 mm by 116 mm (~10.3 x 4.6 inch). This makes the motor easy to handle and install, plus there is no bulky asynchronous motor blocking the airflow.

Direct drive technology

Furthermore, the EC Fan motor reduces cost of ownership, as it is a direct drive motor. This means that there is no reduction or gearbox. It is also equipped with precautions to prevent ESD on the bearings, ensuring long bearing life time, making it a maintenance free motor. Moreover, it is highly efficient as it falls in IEC5 energy efficiency class, which reduces energy consumption significantly compared to other AC motors as it has a efficiency of 94%.


Key features of the EC motor by Magnetic Innovations are:

  • 4 kW mechanical power (32Nm @ 1200 RPM)
  • Reduced size (only ø261 mm by 116 mm or ~10.3 by 4.6 inch)
  • Lightweight (15,2 kg/33.5 lbs)
  • Maintenance free (no reduction or gears)
  • Easy mounting interface for Fan
  • Extended life due to robust mechanical design
  • Integrated precautions against ESD in the bearing
  • Integrated temperature sensor for active monitoring and control
  • Horizontal and vertical mounting capability
  • Protection class IP65
  • Meets IE5 energy Efficiency class
  • Compatible with industry standard Sensorless 3-phase Motor drives
  • Low Carbon Footprint

Video EC Fan Motors vs AC Fan Motors

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Top 5 industries for direct drive torque motor
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Top 5 industries for direct drive torque motor

Top 5 industries for direct drive torque motor

Magnetic Innovations is a solid global partner for the development and supply of direct drive torque motors. Their international customers come from a wide range of industries. Next to their customers, they also receive daily quote requests for their torque motor. This information was gathered and used to create a list with the top five industries for torque motors. See which industries are leading, when it comes to using direct drive motor technology for their applications.

Direct drive torque and linear motors are alternatives to the more traditional motors with a gearboxes and ball screws. Direct drive motors are seen as a technological step up from standard transmission motors. Although the basic design of the direct drive motors have been around for a long time, it is still considered new technology.

What is a direct drive torque motor?

High torque motors are permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM). They are suitable in a variety of applications where high torque and a high efficiency is required. The high torque frameless motors consist of two parts. The armature assembly (stator) with windings and the rotor assembly carrying the magnets. Torque motors have many size options, they are variable when it comes to their diameter, length and power. The low cogging design makes the motors also suitable for servo control applications.

Top 5 industries torque motors

Nowadays, engineers have a lot options when deciding which type of motor to use. Companies large and small really understand they have a lot to gain by using high torque pm-motors. Most companies and engineers switch to torque motors because they are looking for ways to increase overall performance and quality.

  1. Machine Tool Industry 
    Machine tools are used at the starting point of almost every manufacturing activity. A significant reduction of costs can be achieved by installing direct drive motors in various machines and systems. Torque motors are also a good match because they offer more size options than traditional motors with a gear system. This and low maintenance operations are often the motivations for industry leaders to choose a direct drive torque motor.

  2. Robotics & Semicon Industry
    Robotics have long been an important part of the electronics and semiconductor industry. Manufacturers need speed, accuracy and flexibility to profitably tap into the market. The torque motors from magnetic innovations are characterized by low cogging values, high torque and a high accuracy. This results in smooth operations where errors are minimized. This is why they are also suitable for medical technology applications.

  3. Industrial HVLS Fans
    A quiet environment and high efficiency operation is essential in many fan applications. Multiple industries depend on standard asynchronous (ac) motors for their fans, but the landscape is changing. Driving the fan blades directly with a direct drive fan motor instead of an induction motor with a gear or belt, will assure high efficiency, quiet operation and longer operational life in addition to a reduced motor size by a factor of 2 to 3.

  4. Energy Industry
    The ongoing trend towards sustainability leads many industries to use permanent magnet synchronous motors. Thanks to the increasing customer demand, the renewable (green) energy industry is growing. This growth drives companies to look for solutions that are more cost competitive, innovative and efficient. That is why companies within this industry look towards the direct drive technology, to offer them a more efficient system. Nowadays, torque motors are used in various green energy applications such as wind-and water turbine generators.

  5. Production Industry
    In industries where space is limited, hygiene is important and maintenance cost are high, direct drive torque motors offer an opportunity. Magnetic Innovations developed belt drive motors and drum motors especially for those industries. Combining these motors with a smart infeed conveyor system, will result in high dynamic applications that will help to boost productivity. Several production plants invested in these direct drive motors, to lower maintenance and save on cost.

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Committed to the future as a donor to the Heart Foundation
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Committed to the future as a donor to the Heart Foundation

Donor to the Heart Foundation

At Magnetic Innovations, we constantly work toward the future. We look at the latest developments to produce even more efficient direct drive motors. The choice to become a donor to the Dutch foundation for heart diseases (hartstichting) is a logical step for us. Nowadays, health and technology go hand in hand. And just like the heart foundation, we both have our eyes on the future. With our donation we support research into the genetic causes of heart disease.

Research into heart disease is a necessity for the future

More than 100 people die of cardiovascular disease in the Netherlands every day. And that number is only increasing. Heart disease research is imperative to change this in the future. Fortunately, the Dutch foundation for heart diseases has been investing a lot of money in research to find solutions to detect and treat heart diseases earlier.

An inherited heart disease is caused by a small change/deviation in the genetic material (DNA). Such a deviation is called a mutation. Most carriers of a genetic mutation will experience complaints sooner or later in life. Someone with such a mutation is called a carrier. A carrier can pass the mutation on to his or her child with a 1 in 2 chance.

Detection of genetic heart diseases

Dr. Peter van Tintelen, Clinical Geneticist, and his team are behind the research of the heart foundation says: “There is a lot of unfamiliarity with heart diseases, even among relatives of people with heart diseases. If we can detect people with an inherited predisposition to fatal heart disease earlier, they can get treatment sooner. ”

The research consists of 5 parts:

  • How can we detect people with a genetic predisposition early?
  • How can we better identify who has the gene within family?
  • Can we better predict how the disease will develop in people with inherited heart disease?
  • Can we better predict how the disease will behave through detection in cells?
  • Can we store data for future research?

Would you like more information or would you like to become a supporter? Contact us for more information.