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Electro Mechanical Systems (EMS) continues to develop and evolve the manufacturing arm of its business.

The company has announced plans to extend its UK manufacturing facility based in Poole, Dorset by a further 20 per cent, providing a total area of around 2,000m.

‘When we started out, we were making remote handling equipment for the nuclear industry, and were only just turning our thoughts to design ideas for a range of gearboxes to manufacture that would complement our range of DC motors,’ said Martin Seedall, manufacturing director.

‘In the period that followed, the remote handling business was expanded and alongside this the concept of a 38mm diameter 2Nm spur gearbox was conceived.

‘The early spur gearbox designs were aimed at applications in instrumentation and medical devices, but the technology was soon applied to more customer-specific designs across a range of industries.

‘During the 1990s, sales of these gearboxes grew, but to this day the SG38 gearbox remains the only standard product in the range,’ he added.

EMS has evolved into a specialist company providing a design, development and in-house manufacturing capability, committed to delivering bespoke drive solutions for a diverse range of industries.

In 1996, EMS became involved in the design and manufacture of drive solutions for disability aids and care in the community products.

This required a drive solution several times more powerful and robust than anything it had produced before.

As senior design engineer at the time, Seedall took up the challenge, even if it meant the purchase of a new CNC mill to fulfil the first order.

EMS is currently equipped with 14 CNC mills and lathes.

The latest addition in November 2008 was a driven tool lathe, allowing several machining operations to be carried out in one set-up, reducing manual handling and set-up times.

Other resources include a suite of Mikron gear cutting machines, a coordinate measuring machine, a CNC servo press and a pick-and-place PCB assembly.

All of EMS’s resources are dedicated to design, development and manufacture of bespoke solutions.

This philosophy also applies to the design office where three Solidworks 3D CAD stations are utilised.

‘The use of 3D CAD really has enhanced the design phase, promoting a rapid exchange of information with the customer whereby we can integrate our mechanism model directly into the customer’s own model, resulting in much faster visualisation of the design concept, and ultimately reducing the time to market,’ said senior design engineer, Ian Williamson.

EMS continues to distribute an extensive range of precision miniature DC motors, stepper motors and linear actuators from manufacturers such as Faulhaber and SKF.

‘We have a large portfolio of motors and actuators at our disposal but we are able to differentiate ourselves by adding value for the customer,’ said sales and marketing director Stewart Goulding.

‘This can take the form of a simple pinion or pulley, lead-wire assembly or suppression cap, leading right up to a complete bespoke drive solution,’ he added.

EMS is accredited to ISO9001:2000 and has applications in the medical, healthcare, aerospace and defence industries.

EMS (Electro Mechanical Systems)

EMS was founded in mid-1985 and quickly established itself as the leading supplier of high-quality precision small DC motors and linear actuators. We are sole UK distributors for the whole Faulhaber Group, including Minimotor, Precistep, MPS and Piezomotor; manufacturers and suppliers of precision micro-drives, including DC motors; brushless motors; stepper motors; linear motors and associated gearheads and encoders.

EMS was founded in mid-1985 and quickly established itself as the leading supplier of high-quality precision small DC motors and linear actuators. We are sole UK distributors for the whole Faulhaber Group, including Minimotor, Precistep, MPS and Piezomotor; manufacturers and suppliers of precision micro-drives, including DC motors; brushless motors; stepper motors; linear motors and associated gearheads and encoders.

Complementary products include iron-core DC motors from KAG, stepper motors and brushed DC motors from Nidec Servo and brushed and brushless gear motors from Nidec Motors & Actuators. In addition we distribute high quality linear actuators and telescopic columns from SKF and Mingardi, used extensively in medical; healthcare; agriculture; building automation and many other industries.

With sustained growth we looked to diversify our product offering and in 1990 established our own manufacturing facility. Growth has been maintained with repeated expansion culminating in the acquisition of an eighth unit in 2010 resulting in an overall floor area to 2,200m². We have a large capacity machine shop equipped with the latest CNC machine tools and a dedicated gear cutting suite, as well as substantial assembly area. EMS offers design engineers a complete service; our scope of supply stretches from the supply of proprietary motors, gearheads, encoders and actuation devices, right the way through to added value in the way of pinions and wiring looms, to bespoke design and manufacture of complete drive mechanisms and actuation systems to meet your exact applications needs.

Located across two sites, our Head office, design and manufacturing is based in Poole, Dorset and sales, order processing, administration and warehousing located in Aldermaston, Berkshire.

Our commitment to quality and service remains as strong as ever and is reflected in our management system and strong emphasis on continuous improvement, resulting in our accreditation to EN ISO9001:2008 at both sites.

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