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Small DC motors promise `European quality at an Asian price`

01 December, 2005

Small DC motors promise `European quality at an Asian price`

Crouzet has introduced a range of low-power brushed DC motors with the claim that they will offer European quality at Far Eastern prices. The 1W, 2.5W, 6.5W and 11W motors are aimed at a market worth about €250m in Europe alone, which is growing by about 2% a year.

Crouzet has developed the new motors in collaboration with the Hong Kong motor-maker Johnson Electric, which will produce them. The motors have been designed to provide a service life of up to 4,000 hours, compared to the 1,000 hours typical of small motors made in the Far East. They incorporate Class A EMC interference suppression (with Class B filters as an option), and have built-in 48 pulse/rev optical encoders.

Another factor that will differentiate the motors from most others produced in the Far East, is that Crouzet will customise the machines for customers needing as few as 1,000 motors a year. Asian manufacturers typically demand minimum orders of at least 150,000 motors a year before they will customise them to users` requirements.

Cédric Errard, Crouzet`s business development manager for sensors and actuators, says that customised designs represent about 80% of the company`s motors business. In the UK, this is backed up by a team of three sales people and an applications engineer dedicated to micromotors. There is a 12-strong adaptation and customisation department in France.

Available options include gearboxes, special shafts and connectors, special housings and controllers.

Later in 2006, Crouzet is planning to launch a new range of brushless motors and a new version of its Motomate integrated motor and controller.




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