Thinking of Ordering a Custom Motor? Here's How to Do It Right

Ordering a custom one isn't a walk in the park—that's why it's better to follow a custom motor roadmap.

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RDrive by Rozum Robotics

RDrive by Rozum Robotics

Picking an electric drive for robotic applications is a delicate matter—and a real headache. Sometimes it’s easier to order a custom motor for your robot instead of buying a standard one. 

Of course, you can always obtain a conventional drive model from a well-known manufacturer and ask for modifications. However, here comes the downside: such changes are typically expensive, and you’ll probably have to wait longer for them to be made. For a hardware startup building a prototype, long delays can be a dealbreaker. 

Meanwhile, a custom electric motor can save you lots of your time, money, and nerves. What is more, a made-to-order engine is a better fit for an advanced product with peculiar dimensions and specifications. Such a solution may have extra protection to endure specific environmental hazards.

However, when you have no clear picture of what you should get, ordering a custom motor may seem too complicated. To ease your worries, we at Rozum Robotics have come up with a list of recommendations to consider before filling out a custom motor request. 

What You Should Know About Custom Motor Specifications

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 If you want to get a custom electric motor, you’ll have to review some technical specifications for your product first. 

Here's what we suggest paying attention to and put down in a checklist for a tailored drive (you may not know all of them, but that’s no problem—even identifying some of them can be of huge help):

  • Power Supply

Check out your power supply parameters first. Are we talking about single-phase electric power, three-phase one, or DC?

  • Nominal Supply Voltage

Do you know the intended nominal supply voltage of your system? If yes, inform the manufacturer about it.

  • Overall Dimensions

Before ordering a custom engine, you have to think about how it’s going to fit. Take all the necessary measurements, such as height, width, depth, and weight. If known, add to these parameters the diameter and length of the output shaft end.

  • Housing

There are at least three things to consider: the material of your application housing, the insulation class of your stator windings, and the Ingress Protection Rating of the electric motor you want to have. The rating is used to define the protection level against water and dust.

  • Motor Characteristics

One of the most important steps is to identify required motor ratings. To do so, answer the questions below:

  1. How should motor windings be connected?
  2. What should the nominal and maximum engine torque be?
  3. What should the nominal and maximum voltage be?
  4. What should the nominal and maximum rotation speed be?
  5. What should the nominal motor power be?
  6. What should the rotor moment of inertia be?
  7. What is your expected efficiency output?
  8. What is your operation mode, S1, S3, or something else?
  • Environment

The environmental impact determines the life cycle of a drive, so it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of the conditions your drive will operate under. Have you established the operating temperature range? What about humidity? Is the environment corrosive or explosive? All these things matter when developing a reliable custom motor.

  • Control System

When it comes to the control system, you need to take a closer look at your controller. Is it an in-house solution or a purchased product from a third-party provider? If yes, who is the manufacturer? What is the model of this controller? Do you need feedback control? 

Another important thing is to define the commutation type of the motor. Is it trapezoidal or sinusoidal? 

  • Temperature Sensors

Do you require inbuilt sensors to detect temperature changes so that the motor can shut off power and prevent overheating from happening?

  • Additional Requirements

The needs of hardware startups vary. Your custom motor may need some additional features not mentioned in this article. If you’re pressed for time or on a shoestring budget, you may also want to include these facts in the list of demands.

What You Should Check About a Custom Motor Manufacturer

FMI Drives by Rozum Robotics

It’s always challenging to find a credible custom motor manufacturer able to deliver engines on cue.

To avoid pitfalls, we recommend having a detailed conversation with a potential partner and focusing attention on the following points:

  1. Production: Make sure your partner has in-house production and doesn’t outsource projects to unknown third parties. Working with a direct manufacturer gives you more control over the process—and makes it transparent;
  2. Expertise: It’s safer to order custom motors from a vendor who has a proven track record of successful products;
  3. Pricing: Finding a producer with a reasonable price-quality ratio is an entire quest—we at Rozum Robotics went through this themselves when we were looking for a customized solution. Eventually, we decided to produce motors all by ourselves. 

Don’t hesitate to verify all the possible information about prospective suppliers—the precaution will save you from unnecessary trouble down the road.

The Bottom Line

If you’re a startupper trying to take the world by storm, you know how important it is to get a personalized engine for a prototype. In this case, ordering a custom motor can provide you with many benefits since you’re getting a solution adapted for your application. Although it requires some preliminary fieldwork, such a step can help you get ahead of competitors and build something awesome along the way. 

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