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ECM Releases Electric Motor Sustainability Video at SXSW Innovation Awards

POSTED 03/13/2024

ECM’s new video calls attention to the world’s electric motor sustainability crisis and the need for disruptive innovation to resolve it.   

NEEDHAM, Mass.--US Electric motor design and software company ECM PCB Stator Tech debuted its Designing Sustainable Electric Motors video at South by Southwest’s (SXSW) Innovation Awards Showcase—where ECM was a finalist in the Climate Change category for PrintStator motor CAD. 

Electric Motor Sustainability Crisis  

ECM’s video underscores that within the world’s energy sustainability challenge there’s an electric motor sustainability crisis.   That’s because outdated motor systems—used in millions of everyday devices—consume over 50% of global electricity.    

And without disruptive innovation, this sustainability problem will only get worse. Electrification and automation are propelling global market demand for electric motors to over a billion a year.  

PrintStator and PCB Stator Technology   

ECM’s Designing Sustainable Electric Motors video illustrates how PrintStator motor CAD could shift this equation using PCB Stator technology.   

PrintStator is ECM’s award-winning software platform that powers the design, manufacture of PCB Stator electric motors that are lighter, quieter, and more energy and space efficient  

PCB Stators replace the bulky copper windings in traditional motors with an ultra-thin disc. PCB Stator motors designed via PrintStator are up to 70% lighter than conventional options, achieve efficiencies in excess of 90%, and require ≈ 80% less raw materials to produce. ECM released PrintStator as a public SaaS product in January 2024.     

MEPs and Motor CAD   

Boosting average efficiency in the world’s billions of electric motors could cut over 100 million tons of carbon emissions annually and save citizens over $30 billion in utility costs each year, according to the European Commission and US Department of Energy. To move in this direction, both the US and EU will aggressively pursue Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards—or MEPs—for electric motors.  

The question is how to achieve these standards rapidly across multiple verticals and millions of motors?  

ECM is confident that PrintStator, offered as SaaS, can provide a solution at scale. To enable these gains, ECM is working with global electronics companies to incorporate PrintStator design solutions into IE5 efficiency rated products and devices.  

“ECM is excited to release this video on designing sustainable electric motors. We’re also grateful to receive SXSW Innovation Awards recognition for PrintStator Motor CAD. In a world that will require over a billion optimized and sustainable electric motors a year, PrintStator offers both a market and environmental solution,” ECM CEO Brian Casey said.  

About ECM  

ECM PCB Stator Tech uses advanced Motor CAD and patented PCB Stator—printed circuit board—technology to create next generation electric motors for multiple applications. ECM’s award-winning PrintStator  software powers the design, manufacture, and integration of PCB Stator motors that are lighter, quieter, and more energy and space efficient across a broad range of use cases. ECM designed motors achieve efficiencies in excess of 90 percent while requiring up to 80 percent less raw materials to produce.   

ECM has collaborated with multiple organizations to create optimized motor solutions across a variety of verticals: HVAC, Consumer Electronics, E-Mobility, Fitness, Medical, Robotics, Renewable Energy, Aerospace, Defense, and more.  

ECM’s design partners include aerospace and defense innovator L3 Harris, global electronics manufacturer Celestica, and consumer electronics startup Nodo Film Systems.  

ECM is a 2024 CES Innovation Awards Honoree and winner of four International SaaS Awards—including SaaS Solution of The Year, Best SaaS Product For CSR, Sustainability And ESG, and Best SaaS Product For Engineering Management, PLM Or CAD. ECM’s PrintStator software is also a Machine Design IDEA Awards and Design World LEAP Awards winner.  

ECM maintains offices in Boston (MA), Bozeman (MT), and two locations in Europe.  

You can learn more about ECM’s PCB Stator technology and PrintStator Motor CAD platform at www.pcbstator.com and via this video: “How Does a PCB Stator Work?” For inquiries regarding PCB motors and custom solutions contact [email protected].  

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Jake Bright, [email protected]