ThinGap makes the cut: Control Engineering’s Top 20 Articles for 2010

The most-read Control Engineering articles of 2010 at follow, based on the number of site visits per month. Energy-efficient motor technology topics, pushed by a Dec. 19 regulatory deadline and increased sustainable engineering efforts, ranked very high. Also very popular were industrial communications technologies, wireless and Ethernet, various Tips and Tricks tutorial-type advice, as well as awards recognition. Read the full article in Control Engineering..

Brushless Permanent Magnet Ring Motor, 14-Inch Diameter, 60 KW

ThinGap 14050 Ring Motor Was Developed Under DARPA Contract Using Patented ThinGap Technology. The 14-Inch Diameter Dc Motor Produces Up To 60 KW, With Smooth Torque And Speed Because The Design Produces No Rotor-To-Stator Magnetic Forces, No Cogging, No Eddy Current Losses, And No Hysteresis, Company Said. It Has Stainless Steel Rotor And Up To 10,000 Rpm. Read the full article in Control Engineering…

Unique Ring Motor for DARPA Unmanned Vehicles

A high-efficiency brushless ring motor based on patented electromotive coil technology is reducing energy consumption and increasing operational time for DARPA Unmanned Vehicles. For ground and underwater vehicles, the ring motor can eliminate transmissions, allow larger payloads, and provide an ability to move faster, farther, or longer between battery charges. Read All

Non-Cogging Motor Improves Grinding

Mating a non-cogging motor with an ultra-precision air-bearing spindle enabled a micro-grinder spindle/indexing system for outside diameter (OD) grinding and profiling of parts with diameters as small as 25 microns. The non-cogging motor eliminated flat spots caused by conventional brushless motor cogging, while improving accuracy, repeatability, and surface finish. Read All

ThinGap Lands $750K DARPA SBIR

Ventura-based ThinGap has landed a $750,000 DARPA contract for developing components for unmanned electric-drive vehicles. The Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Contract (SBIR II) focuses on developing an electric drive stator and armature for use in electric vehicles. The technology has the promise of a wheel hub-mounted motor assembly, eliminiating the weight of motors and a drive train in the vehicle, dramatically simplifying drive rains and increasing reliability. The company said that U.S. military is investigating the use of electric-drive unmanned ground vehicles for a variety of applications. Read All

Slotless, Brushless PM Motor Is Efficient

Despite Some Declarations That Electric Motors Have Become “Commodity Items,” New Motor Innovations Continue To Reach The Market Via Novel Hardware Refinements And New Software Tools. For Instance, TG3600 Series Slotless, Brushless PM Motors From ThinGap Motor Technologies (Ventura, CA) Incorporate New Winding Technology That Promises To Eliminate Eddy Current And Hysteresis Losses, And Obtain … Read All