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Automotive Small Motors Find Niche Industrial Applications

Automotive Small Motors Find Niche Industrial Applications

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 applications.

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 medical and 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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