Robotic & Automation

Electric drive solutions for robotic and automation

Plettenberg is a leading provider of drive solutions for battery-powered robots and automation equipment.

With more than 30 years of experience, we are among the leading suppliers to OEMs of robots and automation equipment. The applications of our customers range from sewer restoration robots to logistic robots and equipment.

Our customers come to us with the strictest requirements regarding size, power-to-weight ratio, energy efficiency and durability. Based on these requirements, our engineers have spent years in developing the ideal drive solution. Our NOVA family of inrunner BLDC motors was specifically developed to withstand the harshest environments, including desert, snow and underwater operation. At the same time, the NOVA motors were deigned to be extremely efficient and have market leading power-to-weight ratios.

All our motors are made-to-order and tailored to the specific requirements of our customers. This can include adjustments to housing, shaft, number of poles, winding, cooling, IP rating, potting material, magnet material, adding gearbox, etc. These adjustments allow us to build the most efficient, lightest, most robust but at the same time most powerful motors for the specific application of our customers. Our motors are ideally suited for applications with constraints in space, weight and energy supply.

The complexity of drive system integration is often underestimated. Customers should think about thermal management, air flow and power supply early in the development phase. Our engineers have strong experience and stand ready to provide you with development and system integration support.

All our products are manufactured in Germany and our firmware is written inhouse. We assure full secrecy and confidentiality to our customers.

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Sewer Robot Project

Plettenberg developed and manufactured an electric drive system for a restauration robot

The Challenge:

A customer approached us for the development and manufacturing of a drive solution for a sewer restauration robot. All parts of the robot had to withstand in harsh operating environments, including water and chemicals. In addition, due to limited cooling possibilities, the efficiency of the motor needed to be extraordinarily high. The customer asked us for support in drive system integration, including motor & ESC configuration, ideal power supply, thermal management, etc.

Our Solution:

We work hand in hand with our customers to develop a tailored motor and ESC solution. We supported the sewer robot manufacturer with drive engineering as well as integration of the into the final product. We also wrote a specific firmware for the ESC.

Customer Benefit:

The customer received all required engineering as well as integration support and finished all project milestones within schedule. All motor related challenges could already be mitigated in development phase. The full series is in production and has been a full success. Given our high vertical integration and production in Germany, there was no shortage of supplies or supply chain challenges.

Ready for an electric drive system tailored to your use case?

Please reach out to us to receive a proposal for your use case.