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ECM Wins Electronic Design Power Best Award For CAD Customizable Electric Motor Controller That Enables IE5 Efficiency

POSTED 02/07/2024

ECM received distinction for its 5kW Unum Potentia controller that powers ultra-efficient motor systems and greater optimization in a smaller package at a fraction of the cost.   

NEEDHAM, Mass.--US Electric motor design and software company ECM PCB Stator Tech received a 2023 Power Best Award for its 5kW Unum Potentia controller. Hosted by Electronic Design magazine, the Power Best Awards chronicle the previous year’s remarkable advances in power technology.    

Unveiled in October 2023, ECM launched the Unum Potentia controller to maximize the benefits of ECM’s PrintStator Motor CAD platform and PCB Stator innovation. 

“The unit efficiency of this ECM controller is what’s driving greater overall system efficiency. With a near 100 percent efficient controller—vs. one in the 80s or low 90s—you’re drawing less system energy to compensate for an inefficient controller,” said ECM CEO Brian Casey. 

As a unit, the Unum Potential controller delivers a measured efficiency of 98%. When combined with a PrintStator designed PCB Stator machine, ECM’s controller enables IE5 ultra-efficiency performance in electric motor systems. 

In addition to premium efficiency, the new motor controller further advances the form factor and design optimization capabilities of ECM’s PrintStator Motor CAD. 

As a software platform, PrintStator powers the custom design, manufacture, and integration of PCB Stator electric motors to precise performance and form factor requirements. 

ECM’s Unum Potentia motor controller is customizable via PrintStator and fully integrated, both structurally and thermally, to the resulting motor housing. This provides the most compact footprint possible.  

Pairing the controller to ECM’s PrintStator CAD platform enables full motor system optimization. ECM launched PrintStator as a SaaS product in January 2024 at CES.  

ECM’s software is capable of outputting motor tuning parameters and translating those into a code file that uploads to the controller. This makes ECM’s motor system design capabilities truly plug and play. 

The controller schematic is equipped to run motors from 3kW up to 8kW based on components changes; however, the board itself and its footprint stay the same. 

Additional specifications of ECM’s Unum Potentia motor controller include the following: 

  • Operates on a 220 & 480 3 phase AC supply 
  • Offers sensorless control capable of running motors down to ~50rpm 
  • FETs are capable of switching upwards of 100kHz 

ECM’s motor controller is available to ECM’s PrintStator SaaS clients—and partners that work with ECM to create optimized PCB Stator electric motor systems—for roughly 1/10th the cost of controllers that support similar electric motor kW ranges. 

With this controller, ECM customers now have the ability to pursue fully integrated design on our PrintStator platform. Not only can you customize and optimize your PCB Stator motor, you can now design a drive-controller perfectly tuned to your full electric system. 

ECM’s Power Best award distinction adds to a tally of recent technology competition accolades for the US startup. ECM was announced a 2024 SXSW Innovation Awards Finalist, a 2024 CES Innovation Awards Honoree, and a winner in the 2023 Industrial Design, Engineering & Automation (IDEA) Awards for PrintStator.  

In September, ECM took top honors in The 2023 SaaS Awards for PrintStator—winning four awards (including Bespoke SaaS Solution of The Year). In October, ECM won the Design World LEAP Awards’ Software category. 

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 70 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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