From floor care equipment to bank auto tellers to CPAP machines you'll find Allied Motion's reliable, quiet motors and gearmotors hard at work powering much of the equipment we rely upon each day to make our lives better.
Aircraft Emergency Fuel Boost Pump
Many small propeller-driven aircraft benefit from a two-speed pump that maintains fuel pressure while cruising, but boosts fuel delivery for takeoff and landing.
One aircraft pump manufacturer consulted Allied Motion seeking such a two-speed fuel pump motor solution. Allied’s design team engineered a unique solution in which a standard Endurance brush DC motor was modified to accept two different voltages, enabling our customer to supply a reliable two-speed pump that doesn’t stall, as was the case with some other motors they tried previously.
Automotive LPG System Pump
As environmental concerns rise and the use of alternative fuels is encouraged, Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) systems are increasingly being deployed in taxis, transit buses, and similar vehicle fleets. The pump, internal to the LPG tank, is a critical element in LPG (Autogas) systems.
Allied Motion engineers developed custom versions of our small KinetiMax outer-rotor brushless DC motors with integrated drive electronics specifically to meet the unique demands of Autogas systems. These systems are deployed around the globe helping to reduce vehicle emissions.
Bionic Prosthetic Arm
As part of a DARPA program, an Allied Motion customer developed a new anthropomorphic prosthetic limb that gives patients improved, dexterous control of a prosthetic arm and hand, including a sense of touch.
Allied Motion worked with our customer to incorporate 17 different Allied motors (PerformeX and Megaflux) in the joints and fingers of the arm, giving this marvel the size, weight, and strength of a human arm.
Bionic Prosthetic Knee
Allied Motion’s work with bionic limb manufacturers – contributing our expertise in small, efficient motors – helps them develop advanced powered prosthetics.
One example is the Power Knee, the only active prosthesis for above-knee amputees. It employs sophisticated sensor and computation technology plus Allied’s brushless torque motors to give knee amputees, whether the result of combat or other reason, the ability to move more naturally and engage more normally in their daily activities.
Boat Gyro Stabilization System
Vessel roll caused by rough seas is an experience that can take the fun out of boating. With a dynamic gyro stabilization system on board, however, skippers and passengers can focus on pleasant pursuits on the water.
Allied Motion engineers developed a custom Megaflux torque motor and servo drive system to drive the unique Seakeeper Gyro stabilization system. The motor and custom servo drive spin the gyro flywheel, contained in a vacuum chamber, at high constant speed.
Boat Hydraulic Steering Pump
Manual steering of power boats becomes difficult the larger and more powerful the boat, especially those outfitted with multiple engines. That’s when helm hydraulic assist systems become a necessity for good control and safe boating.
Allied Motion supplies reliable, sealed hydraulic DC pump motors engineered to meet the demands of steering assist applications in the marine recreational boat industry.
CO2 & NOx Emission Reduction Pump
Strict emission regulations like Euro 6 and US Tier 2 Bin 5 have lead to the deployment of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology for heavy duty, and even passenger, diesel-powered vehicles. SCR dramatically reduces CO2, NOx and particulate matter in exhaust gases. SCR technology transforms harmful vehicle exhaust gases into harmless nitrogen and water.
Allied Motion engineers worked closely with a pump manufacturer to develop specialized compact brushless DC motors to drive a highly integrated motor-pump used in SCR systems.
Commercial Cleaning Equipment Actuators
The commercial maintenance equipment industry demands motors and drives that are not only able to stand up to hard daily use in inhospitable environmental conditions but that are also cost-effective to apply. One example is the floor scrubber/sweeper shown here in which Allied gear motors are employed to power edge brush wheels.
Allied Motion's engineers have repeatedly met the application challenges for commercial floor maintenance equipment with gear motors and transaxles of uncompromising ruggedness, and long-life, yet are competitive with second-tier supplier products of lesser quality.
Computer-to-Plate Laser Focus System
Constant correction of the writing laser in a fast, high resolution (2400 DPI, 340 LPI) direct computer-to-printing plate system requires an optics focusing system with very high dynamic response capability.
Allied Motion responded to this demand with a custom brushless linear motor actuator featuring a 1.52 mm focus range and high 150 Hz dynamic bandwidth.
Construction Equipment HVAC Systems
Off-road vehicles like construction equipment require high levels of reliability and durability. Equipment downtime is a very costly event for machines that oftentimes must run 16 hours per day, or more, seven days per week.
Allied Motion's design team developed specific product lines of DC brush and brushless motors that meet the extreme operating requirements of fan and blower systems in construction equipment HVAC systems, and that provide extended life, improved noise suppression, excellent shock and vibration resistance, and improved water sealing characteristics, as well.
CPAP Respiratory Ventilation Air Pump
Sleep apnea treatment often involves the assistance of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) respirators. All PAP systems (APAP, CPAP, IPAP/EPAP) control a stream of compressed air (4 to 20 cm H2O) to keep the patient’s airway open, which assists their breathing and greatly diminishes occurrences of closure of their airway during sleep that results in episodes of apnea and snoring.
Allied Motion’s compact KinetiMax brushless DC motors like the KMX24 are used in CPAP systems to quietly and efficiently drive the system air pump precisely at commanded variable rates.
Dialysis System Pump
Hemodialysis (HD) therapy systems require reliable peristaltic pumps to accurately control the flow of patient’s blood and the dialysis solution through the machine’s dialyzer.
Dialysis system manufacturers rely on Allied Motion’s precision brushless KinetiMax outer rotor motors with on-board drive electronics to provide reliable, quiet, long-service life motor solutions for their HD pump subsystems.
Drive-by-Wire Control System
Drive-by-wire technology, such as used in the Novanta concept car shown here, replaces the heavy, cumbersome power-hungry traditional mechanical and hydraulic components with accurate, efficient electro-mechanical control systems.
Allied Motion worked with the developers of the Novanta to engineer customized brushless torque motors for application in the steering and braking systems of the Novanta.
Fuel Cell Cooling System
Allied Motion has helped to develop advanced vehicle propulsion systems, such as Ford's Focus FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) prototype shown here. We supplied custom brushless torque motors and digital drives for the cooling pump and fan systems in the Focus FCV.
GPS-based Agricultural Vehicle Steering
One of the most successful tools available for modern precision farming is the GPS-based steering system. The EZ-Pilot® system by Trimble provides high-accuracy steering of agriculture equipment utilizing a compact electric motor actuator directly mounted to the vehicle steering wheel. The EZ-Pilot responds to commands from a GPS-based guidance system. The system is employed in both broadacre as well as high-accuracy row crop farming applications.
An Allied Motion Megaflux brushless torque motor with integrated drive electronics is at the heart of the EZ-Pilot system.
Heavy-Duty Truck HVAC Air Moving Systems
HVAC systems in “million-mile” trucks are required above all else to be reliable and quiet. The heart of these systems is motor used to power the blower or fan subsystem, which needs to be unquestionably reliable and provide very long service life.
Allied Motion custom-designs and manufactures fan and blower motors in both brush and brushless DC versions specifically to meet the demands of the air-moving and condenser subsystems in both over-the-road and off-road vehicles.
High Performance Racing Fuel Pump
High performance vehicles such as drag racers require consistent high rates of fuel delivery to avoid mid-track “lay down” due to a lack of sufficient fuel. For example, an 800-HP engine needs more than 0.1 gallon every second of a run.
Allied Motion works with fuel pump manufactures to provide custom DC motors for their high performance electric fuel pumps that must meet the voracious fuel appetites of high performance sport racing vehicles.
High Performance Racing Motorcycle Alternator
Minimizing total engine mass In racing motorcycles is of paramount importance because ever extra ounce reduces acceleration, and, hence, performance. Designers are therefore very keen to shed any unnecessary mass.
Allied Motion engineers helped by redesigning one of our HT brushless torque motors for use as a racing motorcycle alternator. The new design enabled a reduction in mass of nearly 90% and inertia of about 80%, resulting in a substantially more compact and lighter generator.
Patient Handling Equipment
Patient comfort is enhanced, especially for children and the elderly, when they are better accommodated by powered patient handling equipment such as the exam table shown here, where patients can sit as in a chair and then are gently oriented for examination.
Allied Motion’s durable, quiet brush DC motors power the linear actuation devices used in modern, more accommodative exam tables like these.
Patient Transport Equipment
Developers of a new-concept patient transfer bed – a motorized gurney with a built-in transfer belt that enables a single caregiver to transfer a patient within a medical facility without having to physically lift the patient – sought Allied Motion's assistance to motorize the 1400 lb. bed. Two traction drive wheels, a steering drive and two height adjusters were needed.
Allied Motion responded with custom versions of our EnduraMax brushless integrated motor-drives for traction and our Endurance brush DC-based gear motors for the steering and height adjustment.
Power Wheelchair Drive
Medical mobility equipment such as power wheelchairs, scooters, stair lifts, and elevators require dependable, quiet DC or brushless DC motors and gear motors for reliable, long life operation.
That's why manufacturers of medical mobility equipment like the powered wheelchair shown here rely on Allied Motion's proven gear motors to perform over many years of hard, daily use in their products.
Powered Pusher/Puller Cart Assistant
Small, powered pusher and tugger vehicles are being used increasingly in commercial and industrial settings for their productivity gains, and the worker safety and injury reduction they afford.
Allied Motion’s custom-designed gear motors provide manufacturers of these types of vehicles with the highly reliable and durable traction drives they demand.
Powered Stair Lift
All powered medical access and mobility equipment like the stair lift shown here is expected to operate quietly and reliably over many years of numerous daily cycles. That’s why the manufacturers of this type of equipment demand rugged, reliable motors that are also quiet.
Allied Motion's brush DC gear motors in both right-angle and parallel-shaft versions have been engineered into equipment like residential and commercial stair lifts applications.
Recreational Vehicle Convenience Systems
Modern RVs and personal luxury buses pack a lot of “at-home” conveniences into a small space through the use of electrically-powered systems like slide-outs, bed stows and lifts, jacking and awning systems, and heating/cooling and water pumping systems.
To power these RV conveniences, Allied Motion engineers custom design dependable, quiet brush DC motors, brushless DC motors, and gear motors that meet the demands of bus, RV and mobile convenience system manufacturers.
Train Door Operators
Allied Motion is a leading supplier of actuator motors and gear motors to tough applications such as door operators in the light rail and passenger train market. These modern, electrically-powered actuators must possess the ruggedness and long life demanded by transit system engineers.
Allied’s brush and brushless DC gear motors are cost-effective, yet offer the durability required by door system designers. They are also prized for their high performance and compact size, making them especially suited for use in space-restricted door system applications.
Vessel Engine Oil Change System Pump
Changing crankcase oil for inboard mounted marine power plants, whether in a large yacht or smaller pleasure boats, is a difficult, dirty job. But closed-loop engine oil change systems that both remove old oil and add new reduce this task to the activation of a few switches and valves.
Allied Motion supplies our Endurance 30 DC motor for this gear pump-based oil change system, providing the superior performance and dependability the marine industry demands.
Wheelchair & Scooter Auto Lift
Transporting and handling medical equipment is made easier using specialized equipment designed for the purpose such as the wheelchair/scooter lift shown here.
Allied Motion's motors and gear motors, such as the RAB DC right-angle gear motor, are used in medical mobility equipment like this lift to provide trouble-free, long-life service for durable medical equipment OEMs.