Mini Motor wireless technology: COA – Can Over Air
New patented technology known as COA to become the benchmark in the field.
Mini Motor was established in 1965 but it wasn’t until 1974 that the company came into being as the industrial electric motor manufacturer it is today. The company started with metals and electricity, later adding electronics and computer engineering to its competencies. Industrial automation and mechatronics were then introduced in the late Seventies and early Eighties. These were two strategic traits for Mini Motor and already in its DNA at the time of its inception.
Research, development, and innovation: COA – Can Over Air, Mini Motor’s new wireless technology
In 2012, Mini Motor set on a road of R&D and design innovation with the introduction of on-board drives on gearmotors and servomotors. As a result of this, a wide range of products were designed and developed for several years. At the same time, the company was working with various types of FIELDBUSES, initially with analogue fieldbuses (Canopen and Modbus) and then the more advanced ethernet buses (Profinet, Ethercat, Powerlink and Ethernet IP). All this led to a considerable reduction of wires and drag chains but, most importantly, to greater electrical panel efficiency, as the drive system was delocalised and built into the motors.
In 2018, at the end of this phase, the focus shifted to a new, ambitious, and exciting project: Mini Motor wanted to do more for the general economy of a machine. And so, it created COA – Can Over Air.
Mini Motor has developed a proprietary wireless bus based on ZIGBEE technology at 2.4 Mhz that enables wireless control of the motor. The information is simply sent via a coordinator provided by Mini Motor that acts as a transparent wire, making it possible to remotely manage format changeovers or speed and torque changes.
This new patented technology, known as COA, is set to become the benchmark in the field, just like the wire had been. The new range will be identified with the letter “W” at the beginning of the code and can be adopted on all Mini Motor products with built-in drives in the DBS and DR series and on the very latest FC – Fast Change range for high-speed format changeover. Mini Motor always has a foot in the door of the future. Join us in this road to innovation.