This section provides an overview for fan motors as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 11 fan motor manufacturers and their company rankings. Here are the top-ranked fan motor companies as of September, 2023: 1.SANYO DENKI EUROPE S.A., 2.ebm‑papst Inc., 3.Air Control Industries Ltd.
A fan motor is a component used to create airflow by rotating a fan or other device in the shape of blades or wings utilizing a motor to ventilate or cool the inside of a device.
Fan motors are classified into axial fans, blowers, and centrifugal fans, depending on the shape and principle of airflow. There are also AC fan motors, DC fan motors, etc., depending on the driving power source.
There are various types of fan motors with different functions, such as those that can control the number of rotations, those that can detect the number of rotations, and those that are quiet to suppress the noise caused by fan rotation.
Fan motors are often used to cool the inside of electronic equipment. As the performance of electronic equipment improves, the integration of the equipment increases and the amount of heat also generated increases. Continued high heat generation causes the internal electronic components to malfunction and shortens their service life, so fan motors are used to remove heat.
Fan motors are used for air cooling of electronic equipment such as PCs, servers, projectors, and game consoles, as well as for air cooling of machine tools and various industrial equipment in various scenes to create airflow.
Fan motors are divided into axial flow fans, blowers, centrifugal fans, etc., depending on their shapes.
The most commonly used type is the axial flow fan. Axial fans have a motor and blades mounted in the center of the fan, which draws air in from the front and discharges it out the back. There are various types of axial fans with different characteristics, such as high airflow, high static pressure, and low fan noise, and they are used for various purposes, such as blowing air, ventilation, and cooling by airflow.
Blowers differ from axial flow fans in the shape of their blades. The centrifugal force of the cylindrically arranged blades expels air in a direction perpendicular to the axis of rotation. Blowers are also called sirocco fans. They are often used in recessed fans and are sometimes used for ventilation fans in toilets and bathtubs in the home.
Centrifugal fans, like axial fans, have a motor and blades mounted in the center, but they generally lack the frame found in axial fans. While axial fans channel the air drawn into the rear, centrifugal fans are characterized by the fact that they radially channel the air drawn into the sides.
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Air Control Industries Ltd, founded in Axminister, Devon, in 1969 is a manufacturer of industrial fans and blowers. The company's product portfolio includes Centrifugal Fans, Radial and Axial Fans, ATEX Fans, Air Knife Systems, and DRI-Line Series. The company serves industries such as Oil and Gas, Aerospace and Defense, Automotive and Transportation, Construction, and Power Generation. The company provides services such as Product Selection Guidance, Engineering Support, and Custom Manufacturing.
ebm-papst is a manufacturer of fans and motors, established in 1963 and headquartered in Mulfingen, Germany. They offer a diverse range of products, including axial fans, centrifugal fans, propeller fans, AC motors, DC motors, and brushless motors, as well as various components like bearings, seals, and housings. These products cater to a range of applications in industries such as ventilation, cooling, industrial automation, and medical devices. ebm-papst is a member of several organizations, such as the German BAHNVERBAND and the European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA).
Nidec Corporation was founded in Kyoto, Japan in 1973 and is a conglomerate with over 200 subsidiaries. Primary products are hard-disk drive motors and automotive parts, and specializes motors ranging from miniature to gigantic. Nidec’s products are used in robotics, automotive, home appliances, agriculturel equipments well as molding, cutting, and machining equipment and sensors.
MinebeaMitsumi Inc. was incorporated in 1951in Japan and manufactures and supplies machined components, and electronic devices and components globally. It operates through four segments: machined components, electronic devices and components, MITSUMI Business, and the U-Shin business segment. MinebeaMitsumi specializes in bearing products including spherical, roller, rod end, and ball bearings for aerospace. MinebeaMitsumi also produces products including precision mechanical assemblies, fasteners, other special components including clutches and brakes, motors, blowers, sensors and lighting devices. Additionally, MinebeaMitsumi offers its products for use in PCs and peripheral equipment, information and telecommunications equipment, household electrical appliances, automobiles, and aerospace.
Oriental Motor, established in 1885, and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a manufacturer and supplier of motion control and motor solutions. The company offers a range of products, including stepper motors, servo motors, and motorized actuators, catering to industries such as automation, robotics, medical, and semiconductor manufacturing. The company offers UKCA compliant products for the UK market, and holds ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications for their quality management and environmental management systems.
SANYO DENKI Europe was established in 1988 in France as the European subsidy of SANYO DENKI CO., LTD of Japan. The company is a manufacturer of components used in mechanization, computing, and public utilities. The company operates in three operating segments: Cooling Systems, Power Systems, and Servo Systems. Cooling Systems develops, manufactures, and sells cooling fans and cooling systems. Power Systems develops and manufactures UPS, engine generators, and solar energy power conditioners. Servo Systems develops, manufactures, and sells servo motors, stepping motors, drive units, and control systems.
Panasonic Industry Europe is the European branch of Panasonic, a global manufacturer of electronics and houseware, originally founded in 1918. Panasonic Industry Europe manufactures in 4 categories: components, devices, energy & building, and automation devices & solutions. Components include relays, capacitors, resistors, sensors, switches, connectors, couplers. Devices include wireless connectivity, e-bike systems, motors, compressors, thermal solutions, GPS antennas, as well as electronic materials. Energy & building includes batteries, fuel cells, solar sells, power tools, and home IoT. Automation devices & solutions include sensors for factory automation, industrial motors, laser welding, and more.
Protechnic Electric, founded in 1996, is a manufacturer of thermal modules for various applications, including computers, electrical devices, telecommunication systems, server and storage systems, instrumentation equipment, energy supplies, and transportation. Headquartered in Hsinchu City, Protechnic also has representative offices in Taipei City, Shanghai, and Dongguan, China. The company provides after-sales services and collaborates with customers' existing service partners, integrating with their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) activities, to deliver customized, real-time solutions.
OMRON Industrial Automation is the UK branch of OMRON, originally founded in Japan in 1933. OMRON Industrial Automation serves food and beverage industry, panel board design, automotive manufacturing industries among others. OMRON Industrial Automation products categories include automation systems such as industrial PCs and human machine interfaces (HMI), safety such as safety switches and safety logic control systems, switching components such as solid state relays, motion & drives such as motion controllers, sensing such as photoelectric sensors, software, robotics, quality control & inspection systems, as well as control components including power supplies and digital panel indicators.