Magnetic Innovations

Creating Tomorrow’s Technology Today!

Magnetic Innovations B.V. Develops and manufactures application specific Electromechanical products. Our main emphasis is on Direct-Drive Rotary and Linear Motors & Generators and Moving magnet actuators that require an electromechanical design tailored to and optimized for the customer application.


Headquartered in Veldhoven, The Netherlands, at the epicenter of the Dutch Brainport region, Magnetic Innovations B.V. operates an R&D and Manufacturing facility which is considered a center of excellence for Electromechanical technology.

Market coverage

Magnetic Innovations B.V. is a global supplier for the Semiconductor, Aerospace, Industrial, automotive and Consumer markets. We guarantee High Quality Standards, reliability and advanced technological know-how.


Depending on the concept developed at our R&D facility in the Netherlands, manufacturing of our rotary motors and linear actuators will take place either in the Netherlands, Czech Republic or China. The combination of advanced knowledge, innovative concepts and high quality level manufacturing will benefit our customers to be competitive in their market.


Many years of combined design experience in the field of High-end linear and rotary motors, passive magnetic systems, magnetic shielding and thermal optimization ensures a design that meets or exceeds the customer requirements. Our First-Time-Right design philosophy is supported by our simulation capabilities and allows us to provide the best optimized and cost effective design for the application.

In recent years, we have completed many designs that were successfully commercialized. Some examples:

  • Direct-drive Hub motors for bicycles,
  • Wind turbine generator,
  • Seismic vibrating source,
  • Iron core & Ironless Linear actuators,
  • Moving magnet actuators,
  • High dynamic smart conveyor belt motor,
  • Gravity compensators,
  • Frameless Torque motors in a variety of sizes.

Making the difference!

Magnetic Innovations B.V. distinguishes itself, not only by our own multidisciplinary operation, but also by making use of expertise and experience from its extensive network of partners.

Centered in the Dutch Brainport region we have access to the latest technologies from the academic world through collaboration with the Electro-Mechanics & Power Electronics faculty at the University of Eindhoven (TU/E).

Magnetic Innovations B.V. is also an active technology contributor to Electric Variable Transmission B.V. and Seismic Mechatronics B.V. and LMT systems LLC. Seismic Mechatronics B.V. designs and manufactures state-of-the-art mechatronic vibration sources and geophones for the Oil & Gas industry and Geologic research purposes. Electric Variable Transmission B.V. (EVT) specializes in the design and development of state of the art electric variable transmissions, aiming not only to improve but also to revolutionize the automotive, railway and maritime industry. LMT Systems LLC located in Traverse City, MI, USA designs and manufactures application specific electric motor solutions.



Magnetic Innovations specializes in moving magnet actuators

February 4, 2023

A key advantage of a moving magnet voice coil actuator is that they are very reliable and durable. The moving magnet actuator is also easy to cool. This prevents the coil from overheating, giving it much higher force density. Watch the video

New robot automatically assembles rotors of permanent magnet synchronous motors

February 10, 2022

Magnetic Innovations is the expert in the field of permanent magnet synchronous motors. These motors are typically used for Direct drive Torque motor application which consists of a stator assembly and a rotor assembly. For the stator, there are several automated manufacturing solutions on the market that apply the copper windings fully automated onto the stator. But for the rotors, in order to assemble magnets, mostly customer-specific automation solutions are required, as there is no standard equipment available. Or, it is done by hand. In order to improve the quality of our production line, Magnetic Innovations has developed a robot cell. This robot assembles the rotors automatically and checks the end result for its specified magnetic properties. Read more

Moving Magnet Actuators with a dedicated motor controller

December 2, 2021

If you are designing a linear motion system, there is a lot to gain by using direct drive voice coil actuators (VCA) technology. Our VCA’s shine in applications where precise control is necessary. Because our moving magnet voice coil actuators consist of a stationary coil and a moving permanent magnet assembly, they can create more stroke and force in a compact package. Read more

Voice coil actuators

November 24, 2021

Voice coil actuators (VCA) are single phase linear brushless DC motors that do not require commutation, making it a very reliable electric motor. They allow for easily controllable movement, suitable for high-end industrial equipment and high duty cycle applications. Voice coil actuators can simultaneously achieve high precision, fast acceleration and high speed over a defined  stroke. Making it the ideal motor for engineers who want precise, repeatable and controllable linear motion for their applications. Read more 

Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (pmsm)

November 19, 2021

A direct drive torque motor is a permanent-magnet synchronous motor (PMSM). Hence, the load is directly driven without the use of a gearbox or transmission. This reduces the number of moving parts, and thereby increases the operational lifetime and efficiency of the application. Compared to induction motors with the same volume/weight, the peak point energy efficiency of frameless high torque motors is much higher. Magnetic Innovations offers a wide range of standard frameless high torque motors for many industrial applications. Read more

High torque EC Fan Motor

March 6, 2021

Fans are very important for industries where reliability in heating or cooling control matters. Multiple industries depend on standard asynchronous (ac) motors for their fans, but the landscape is changing. Companies within the industry are asking for something new, something smaller, with higher efficiency and a longer motor life cycle. To meet these demands and to guarantee the most suitable solution for your fan, Magnetic Innovations developed a high torque EC Fan Motor. Watch the video

Voice Coil Actuators vs Moving Magnet Actuators

November 28, 2020

Voice coil actuators have been around for many years, it is a type of direct drive linear motor. It consists of a permanent magnetic field assembly (permanent magnets and ferrous steel) and a coil assembly. Actuators are used for a wide range of applications. They compete most directly against moving-magnet rotary motors and pneumatic drives. Voice Coil Actuators can be designed in different ways. The type that most professionals are familiar with are the moving coil type actuators. But another type of actuator is winning in popularity, the moving magnet design. With this actuator the coil is fixed and magnet assembly moves. In this article we will compare the Voice Coil Actuator with a Moving Magnet Actuator. Read more

EC Fan motors as an alternative to AC Fan motors

September 5, 2020

Fans are very important, multiple industries rely on them. Most fans still depend on standard asynchronous (ac) motors, but the landscape is changing. Sustainability and the reduction of energy consumption are becoming more important. To meet these demands and to guarantee the most suitable solution Magnetic Innovations developed a high torque EC Fan Motor with very high power density. EC technology offers a great alternative. They achieve an efficiency level of up to 90%, this mean they use a lot less energy. But it also reduces heat loss, providing longer service life. Read more

Top 5 industries for direct drive torque motor

August 13, 2020

Magnetic Innovations is a solid global partner for the development and supply of direct drive torque motors. Their international customers come from a wide range of industries. Next to their customers, they also receive daily quote requests for their torque motor. This information was gathered and used to create a list with the top five industries for torque motors. See which industries are leading, when it comes to using direct drive motor technology for their applications. Read more

What is the difference between an AC motor and a DC motor?

June 13, 2020

There is a wide variety of electric motors, suited for many industrial applications and equipment. Engineers and designers have a lot of choice when selecting a motor for their application. The table shows an overview of the most common electric motor types. The global classification of electric motors is divided in mainly two different branches: AC motor and DC motors. This article will focus on four different sub groups. Read more

Unboxing in-wheel hub motor for hydrogen car

April 30, 2020

Magnetic Innovations and Green Team Twente designed a highly efficient in-wheel direct drive hub motor. They adapted it to the teams requirements and made it light weight. In this video, you can watch Green Team Twente unbox their hub motors. Take a look at the compact and lightweight aluminium design. Or the system to attach the wheel of the car directly to the motor.

Voice Coil Actuator replacing pneumatic cylinders

April 3, 2020

System efficiency, size and operator comfort are becoming more important every day. Equipment which has traditionally been fitted with a pneumatic system (compressor, valves and bulky fittings) are now being re-evaluated and re-designed. Therefore, Magnetic Innovations has developed a series of compact Voice Coil Actuators with high efficiency. This moving magnet actuator technology has already proven itself in various high-end industrial applications. Read more

University of Twente builds the most efficient hydrogen car with hub motor

March 24, 2020

The biggest change on the inside lies with the drive train, Magnetic Innovations and Green Team Twente decided to join forces and develop an in-wheel hub motor. The previous car had four electric motors with a gearbox. This will be replaced by the direct drive hub motor that is placed in the wheel of the car. This system drives the car without the use of a transmission and eliminates physical contact between stationary and moving parts. Thanks to the hub motor weight, maintenance and costs of the car are reduces. The in-wheel hub motor also increases the efficiency. Read more

Green Team Twente unveils design for their 2020 hydrogen car

January 28, 2020

On Tuesday, December 10, the design presentation of Green Team Twente took place in the Vrijhof at the University of Twente. The team has revealed the design, and with it all the changes, of the hydrogen car in which they will race at the Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) Europe in London in July. They explained all the components separately in their presentation with the biggest changes being the new engine and the internal structure. We, Magnetic Innovations, help built this engine based on our 
torque motors. Read more


October 19, 2019

The MI direct drive drum motors are often used in hygienic environments, such as the food and packaging industry. The drum motors offer a clean and quiet operation without the use of oil and grease. With its unique gearless design and IP69K rated enclosure it offers a perfect solution to drive your conveyors. More info

Smart Conveyor Belt | Motion Control

September 16, 2019

Magnetic Innovations develops and builds smart conveyor belt motors with optimal motion control. These direct drive motors are a new generation of single-side mounted direct drive 3-phase Permanent Magnet Synchronous motors (PMSM). These motors are also called intelligent infeed motors and are specifically designed for high dynamic applications in the packaging equipment and #semiconductor market. For example for, intelligent infeed systems and high dynamic turn tables. Read more

Custom Solutions

August 15, 2019

Do you have an electromechanical challenge and you can’t find anyone who can solve it for you? Look no further! Magnetic Innovations has a long history of designing electromechanical custom solutions for Semiconductor, Aerospace, Industrial, automotive and Consumer markets. We have a strong design team ready to develop a custom solution for your electromechanical challenge, whether it is a lineair or rotary motor, a shielding issue, or something completely different. Feel free to have a look at our examples

Moving Magnet Actuators

June 1, 2019

The designs of the Moving Magnet Actuators have been proven in various high-end industrial equipment. These actuators can be applied frequently where high speed, high force density and a high reliability/lifetime are required. These actuators are also suitable for application in vacuum environments. Read more


March 20, 2019

Based on our high torque frameless motors this water cooled PMSM outrunner was developed. A high efficiency motor with a very high power density of >1.2 kW/kg is obtained by implementing water cooling in combination with an optimized electromechanical design. The sensor-less motor can be driven with off the shelve inverters suitable to support PMSM motors. This configuration provides a cost efficient overall solution. Read more


January 4, 2019

By a patented design Magnetic Innovations has succeeded in developing a geophone which significantly increases the bandwidth while maintaining very compact dimensions.

The geophone uses the principle of the moving magnet which eliminates the problems of the connecting wires and associated crosstalk. The large stroke of the sensor ensures that, for example by starting up a system, much margin for movement is possible so that ‘end of stroke’ problems with the sensor element will be avoided. Read more


December 8, 2018

The high speed motor is used in polygon drive applications in industries like the semicon and imaging industry.


•  Runs 60.000rpm
•  High efficiency
•  High reliability and lifetime
•  Maintenance free
•  Quiet operation

More info

Moving Magnet Voice Coil Actuator replacing pneumatic cylinders in dynamic applications!

November 24, 2018

Magnetic Innovations B.V. Is introducing the MMB1555 Moving Magnet Voice Coil actuator.
The MMB1555 is the first in a range of low voltage (48V) single phase DC Moving Magnet Voice Coil actuators that includes its own slide bearing system. Read more

Magnetic Innovations received their Eurostars award

October 6, 2018

On the 4th of October at the Innovations Expo in Rotterdam, Magnetic Innovations received their Eurostars award. The award was granted by the Dutch Enterprise Agency (RVO) and State Secretary of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy, Ms. Mona Keijzer. We received our award for the development of innovative direct drive motors that will be implemented in a large electric seismic source for mineral exploration. The project is still in progress and involves several partners (Seismic Mechatronics BV, Synterra Technologies Ltd.) We are looking forward to bring the new direct drive motors and E-vibe to the market in Q4 2019.

Servo motor, how it works?

September 21, 2018

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A servo motor is a general term used for a specific kind of linear or rotary actuators. Basically, the name servo motor is related to the term servomechanism, which means that the motor is constantly monitored to control its motion.  In principle, a servo motor uses a sensor, feedback encoder and controller to create a  closed-loop feedback system, allowing accurate control of its speed, torque, acceleration and position. Read more

DC Motor, How it works?

September 1, 2018

The first DC motor was developed around the 1830’s-1840’s but was commercially unsuccessful. These motors were primary battery powered. Poor batteries and high costs resulted in no practical markets around the mid 1800’s. The first commercially viable DC motors entered the market in the late 1800’s due to inventions to the electrical grid and possibilities to build rechargeable batteries. Read more

Torque motor requirements

June 9, 2018

When you know your torque motor requirements and you would like to receive a quotation, please fill out the torque motor requirements form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

The torque motor requirements are divided in three categories: 1. performance 2. size and 3. environmental. To be able to sent you an representative quotation, please fill out the form as completely as possible. The requirements with a red dot are necessary.

Torque motor, how it works?

May 26, 2018

A torque motor is an EC motor, or in other words a brushless AC motor. In particular, there are two type of direct drive torque motors. One is the outrunner torque motor and the second type is the inrunner torque motor. Considering the outrunner motor, the rotor (the permanent magnet ring) is located on the outside of the stator (the electromagnet and lamination). In case of a inrunner motor, the rotor is located on the inside of the stator.  Both type of torque motors, each with their own advantages, function in a similar way.

Magnet Array

April 28, 2018

A Magnet Array for fully contactless xy-positioning systems. The magnetically levitated planar actuators consist of a single carrier with permanent magnets that is levitated above an array of coils and can move fast and accurately over long distances in the xy-plane. Because the magnets are moving, there are no cables or cooling hoses connected to the moving part. Nevertheless, data and energy can still be transferred, using contactless links. More information coming soon.


February 21, 2018

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In november 2017 plaatste Ad spijkers, hoofdredacteur bij AT aandrijftechniek een artikel over Magnetic Innovations. Dit artikel geeft een introductie van Magnetic Innovations en zoomt daarna meer in op de “manier van werken” binnen ons bedrijf. Voor degene die het artikel hebben gemist, je kunt het hier lezen.

IEC Standards for Electric Motors – What can you expect?

October 20, 2017

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In 1999, the European Commission established different efficiency classes for electric motors to reduce energy consumption and to create awareness among various industries to the importance of a more sustainable environment. These efficiency classes were called the EFF standards. However, in 2008 these EFF standards changed to the current IEC standards for electric motors to overcome the international inconsistencies in regulations between electric motor standards and efficiency classes. For example, the US established the NEMA standards for electric motors, which differed a lot from the EU standards. These standards were set by a new commission called the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). 

Gravity Compensator

September 15, 2017

The art of Magnetic Gravity Compensation is well known in terms of biased or non-biased magnetic bearings. The gravity compensator technology used in this area is usually based on reluctance forces and yields a high passive or active stiffness. For high end 6-DOF controlled Mechatronic applications however it is sometimes more beneficial to obtain a low stiffness between the static and the moving part, since this avoids direct cross talk of parasitic forces from the environment disturbing the accurate controlled moving part.

What is an Outrunner Motor?

August 26, 2017

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An outrunner motor is a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM). Therefore, the motor consists of a stator with coils and a rotor with permanent magnets. As a result, the rotor lacks any mechanical reduction nor gearbox. In other words, the motor directly receives its torque from the stator. This is done vy Electromagnetic fields generated by the stator coils.

Storm Electromechanical Seismic Vibrator

June 29, 2017

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University of Technology. Cooperatively we developed an extremely low frequency electromechanical vibrator for research in  Full Waveform Inversion, pseudo random sweeps and ground coupling effects. Repeatability and low harmonic distortion were focus points in the design stage. This innovative prototype vibrator is the  basis for a currently developed new type of seismic vibrator, called the Storm.

High Acceleration Linear Actuator

June 2, 2017

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A novel limited stroke actuator design was developed to enable a new generation high accuracy stages, the high acceleration linear actuator. The moving magnet principle was implemented to reduce the disturbance effects of power cables on the moving part and to improve the thermal path of the stator part. The lightweight moving part is directly propelled in the centre of gravity, which strongly reduces all kind of dynamic disturbance forces and torques felt in high precision stage.

Winner Shell Eco Marathon

April 29, 2017

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This high efficiency traction motor was developed for the Hydro Cruisers team that entered and won the 2011 Shell Eco-marathon race. Based on Magnetic Innovations frameless torque motors the design was optimized for the specific working conditions of the customers vehicle during the race. This design optimization led to custom specific magnet and lamination grade selection as well as optimizing motor length and customized windings. With this customized design a proven efficiency of >90% was realized.

Kosten en Machine downtime reduceren in Intelligente Infeed conveyors?

April 14, 2017

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Het reduceren van onderhoudskosten, machine downtime en de product kosten van intelligente infeed conveyors voor de verpakkingsmachine industrie waren de belangrijkste parameters toen Magnetic Innovations startte met de ontwikkeling van de SBM125 “Smartbelt” motoren. Het gaat hier om enkelzijdig gemonteerde Direct-Drive koppelmotoren die volledig geïntegreerd zijn in de aandrijfrol. Lees meer

Electric Variable Transmission

April 6, 2017

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The Electric Variable Transmission, EVT, is an innovative transmission concept consisting of two concentric electrical machines, meaning only two moving parts. It has two mechanical ports and one electrical port. It can function as a fully variable transmission with the possibility to be hybridized when using the electrical port. It is a fully scalable system with a range from light duty to very heavy duty applications.

Torque Motor | Direct Drive | 110 mm

March 11, 2017

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Our frameless high torque motors, the MI-F series, range from three outer diameters, 110, 250 and 485mm. In addition, each standard direct drive motor has motor heights ranging from 25 to 75mm. Furthermore, combined with various winding designs and cooling options, we offer you a wide range of direct drive frameless motor designs. Also for your special requirements, we offer customized direct drive motor designs.

Best technology in Geophysics

November 24, 2016

Recently, Magnetic Innovations together with our subsidiary, Seismic Mechatronics, were awarded the number one price of best technology in Geophysics by the SEG.

Moving magnet actuator

October 31, 2016


This moving magnet actuator is a clean room product used to perform critical wafer handling.


  • Moving magnet
  • Air bearings
  • Hysteresis
  • μm level positioning accuracy
  • Improved thermal behavior
  • Forced water cooling