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Motors Meet Tough Demands for Inspection Class ROV Applications

Motors Meet Tough Demands for Inspection Class ROV Applications

Product News Tuesday, September 15, 2015: BEI Kimco

VISTA, Calif., − Sept. 15, 2015 – Advancements in the remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) industry are steadily growing, creating many new applications for Inspection Class ROVs.  Inspection Class ROVs are the smallest, most portable class of ROVs and are easy to deploy. They operate on less than 10 horsepower, and use compact thruster motors that attach directly to the propeller for positioning and navigation. 

Current and emerging Inspection Class ROV applications include: search and rescue, maritime security, military, hydro industry, offshore oil rig inspection, and science and research. These applications require a low profile design with the capabilities of operating reliably in water and occasionally oil.  To meet these demands, BEI Kimco has developed several new Brushless DC Motors that not only meet ROV Inspection Class requirements, but also provide high efficiency and low acoustical noise design configurations.  BEI Kimco’s customizable motors for this unique market segment feature compact design, low horsepower, both housed and frameless mounting mechanical configurations, voltage options, and can include the added benefits of low noise, which is critical to certain ROV applications.

 “BEI Kimco has developed motors within the 10 horsepower range that the ROV Inspection Class needs,” explains Walter Smith, Applications Engineer/Project Manager for BEI Kimco.  “We have been collaborating with leading OEMs on designs that offer significant improvements on the motor functionality offered by other motor manufacturers.” 

BEI Kimco is also able to provide higher motor efficiencies – ranging from a 10% to 30% improvement – compared to what customers have previously experienced.  Higher efficiency motors translate into capabilities for supporting continuous duty cycles and extending battery life for remote applications. BEI Kimco’s high efficiency motor performance has been achieved by using proprietary low magnetic circuit design techniques,  leading edge manufacturing process technologies and expertise in material selection.

“We recently produced an array of solutions from one base motor model for a large thruster manufacturer in the ROV market,” adds Smith.  “With these recent successes, we fully expect to make major in-roads in this fast-growing area.”

For further information contact BEI Kimco Magnetics, Tel: (760) 597-7042; Toll-free: (800) 572-7560; Fax: (760) 597-6320; email:;


About BEI Kimco Magnetics

BEI Kimco Magnetics specializes in the design and manufacture of high performance rotary and linear motion components, including Brushless DC Motors and Voice Coil Actuators.  These products are designed for applications where performance, precision, and reliability are critical.  Using proprietary magnetic design methodologies, BEI Kimco Magnetics has the ability to produce custom, cost efficient products within multiple manufacturing locations.  BEI Kimco Magnetics is a leader in medical, industrial, aerospace & defense markets.

BEI Kimco Magnetics is a brand of Custom Sensors & Technologies (CST).


About CST

Custom Sensors & Technologies (CST) is a global specialist in designing and manufacturing sensors, controls and actuators.

Through its brands, BEI Kimco, BEI Sensors, BEI PSSC, Crouzet, Crydom, Kavlico, Newall and Systron Donner Inertial, CST offers a wide range of reliable and efficient components dedicated to the Aerospace & Defense, Transportation, Industrial, Medical and Energy & Infrastructure markets.

Through the expertise, diversity and agility of its 4,400 employees worldwide, CST is focused on the satisfaction of its customers. Committed to excellence, with sales of $590M US in 2014, CST is the dependable and adaptable partner for the most demanding applications.