Today, motors originally built for automobiles and
commercial vehicles as drives for wiping systems, engine cooling, passenger
compartment air-conditioning and for the adjustment of windows, sliding roofs
and seats, are gaining design wins in industrial applications. Manufactured with
high reliability, these motors have been developed using top quality materials
and provide the highest performance with efficient operation. Aided by low
manufacturing costs and easy design in potential, many engineers have begun to deploy
these proven, fully tooled motors in an ever expanding universe of industrial
For manufacturers, these motors provide a capability that
allows engineering imagination the freedom to design higher functionality into
a host of existing and new industrial applications. Moreover, a manufacturer with
relatively limited engineering resources can gain the depth and breadth of
engineering expertise from the manufacturer that originally produced the motor for
demanding automotive applications. The resulting combination of engineering knowledge
enables the independent manufacturer to exploit its existing niche applications
with technologically advanced products, while relying on the supplier's
engineering expertise for technical support. One added benefit: after
partnering with a global motor supplier that already enjoys an established
reputation for high quality, the manufacturers new product carries a built in
stamp of quality that helps penetrate global markets.
In the global marketplace, DC motors are winning more
designs in linear actuators, ergonomic equipment, building automation and in
medical, and dental applications. Outside the United States,
emerging and established markets are turning to the DC motors in niche and
light industrial applications to take advantage of their flexible design
solutions. In Brazil and Europe, DC motors are commonly designed into medicaland
dental applications, such as dental chairs and adjustable hospital beds, which may
have relied on hydraulic systems in the past.
Any manufacturer seeking diversification of product lineups
will naturally consider expanding existing offerings to incorporate innovative
designs with these DC motors. However, manufacturing operations benefit by partnering
with an established motor supplier to gain engineering expertise in product
development, plus a global reputation for quality and reliability. Armed with
these key identifiable characteristics, the manufacturer may extend its reach
into new markets with superior products specifically developed to exploit
select niche applications.
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