Stainless steel, integrated drive, connection capacity, design: mini motor – from the great success of 2017 to the new projects for 2018

It’s been a year of hard work and great success for Mini Motor, leading company in the electric motors, drives and brushless gear motors based in Reggio Emilia. “Growth has been our keyword for 2017: new products, new functions, a higher integration and new markets”, tells the managing director, Andrea Franceschini. “Our expanded range of products has helped us to establish our presence in the international market”, explains Franceschini, “not only in more traditional markets such as Europe,USA and India, but also in the Middle East, South America, Russia and China, a country that is getting more attentive to quality, innovation and new technology”.

During Simei Drinktec in Monaco and Pack Expo in Las Vegas, Mini Motor presented to the international public the new on going projects, especially the new DR product: an evolution of the single phase and three phase asynchronous motors, the motors of the DR series will feature the integrated drive, connection capacity and especially a brand new design – the motor will be much smaller than the actual options.

Among the available products there is the DBS series, an excellence in the automation and motion control, which has been enlarged in 2017 with some new models: it’s a brushless servomotor with integrated drive and magnetic absolute encoder able to save in its system up to 6 months the last functions used, making it easy to restart after a breakdown.

Every product is easy to fit into an Industry scenario because all models are equipped with outstanding connection capacity, which permits  configuration with the following primary protocols: CanOpen, Ethercat, Modbus, Ethernet/IP, Profinet and Powerlink. Their compact  design is synonymous of small dimensions and makes them easy to install, access and maintain.

In the particularly demanding sector of food&beverage, the motors of IP69K series are important products for the market given their small dimensions and the use of the stainless steel: with a totally smooth surface, these motors are ideal to be used in aggressive environments and where high hygiene standards are required. The stainless steel is similar to glass and porcelain, and it ensures:

  • corrosion resistance, especially to detergents, solvents, and disinfectants;
  • surface consistency with no porosity;
  • effective bacterial removal during the clean ing process and low bacterial retentiveness after the cleaning process.

MiniMotor has always been up to date with the technological evolution, both in terms of production processes and regarding the characteristics of the materials. The constant commitment in looking for innovative solutions has allowed Mini Motor to realize the core concepts of the smart manufacturing: working in an intelligent way with its resources – both human and robotics increasing the speed and the flexibility of the manufacturing process. Mini Motor can guarantee great customization as well as high quality at competitive prices even in standard productions, making each product with high levels of quality, precision and efficiency, and therefore greater performances at lower costs.

Mini Motor is active in more than 55 countries around the world  with 4 branches in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA (a new branch in the Emirates will open soon), and a widespread network of distributors. Today the company can offer thousands of items, including worm gear motors, coaxial geared motors and planetary reduction units, brushless servomotors with integrated drive, brushless servo gear motors, drives and frequency converters.

We have always been living in the future

We have been one step ahead of the others since 1965

 Our future began more than 50 years ago.

Our future began in Bagnolo in Piano, in the heart of the motor valley situated in Italy’s Emilia region, in 1965. That was when Gianfranco Franceschini decided to lay a stake on his passion for mechanics and innovative solutions. The early products were a combination of metal and electricity to achieve the automatic movement of rolling shutters and fixtures with a distinctive trait: design, the ability to make what works beautiful in the best of ways.

The Mini Motor brand was born in 1974, when our production by then was definitely oriented toward electric motors for the industrial sector. We added another two ingredients to metal and electricity: electronics and computerisation.

The concepts of industrial automation and mechatronics emerged between the late ‘70s and the early ‘80s, but according to us at Mini Motor, they are genetic traits. We have had them ever since the very beginning.

Excellence, our fixed idea

Since 1965 we have been doggedly cultivating some fixed ideas: innovation, constant improvement, construction excellence, and collaboration with the customer to together design the best solution. We believe that every motor is a unique piece, even when they are standard products. Motor, reduction unit and electronics are already integrated in the design phase, and all production is in-house, using top quality and zero kilometre materials and components.

Product excellence is achieved only with process excellence: this has always been our philosophy. Today we can offer tens of thousands of items, including worm gear motors, coaxial geared motors and planetary reduction units, brushless servomotors with built-in drive, brushless servo gear motors, drives and frequency converters. Nevertheless, our number one product has always been quality, which we build every day with diligence, enthusiasm and attention paid to the finest detail, and by listening to our customers.

We shorten the distance between us, you and the future

We are active in 55 countries around the world with 5 branches and a widespread network of distributors. We want to be close to our customers and attentively grasp all of their requirements with curiosity. We create customised solutions and standard products with the same attention and the same characteristics of excellence and quality. But we don’t settle for less. We want to always be one step ahead of the others.

Our undertaking for our future and yours today is branching off into three directions: materials and design, smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

  • Every single day we endeavour to make our electric motors more and more compact and resistant, suitable for even working in extreme conditions by using stainless
  • We are engaged in a search for innovative solutions for production Smart manufacturing and lean production have always been part of our organisation, and they allow us to work in a smarter way by integrating and optimising resources – human labour together with manlike robots – and by increasing both the speed and the flexibility of the process,without any waste.
  • Every one of our products is able to easily fit into an Industry 0 scenario because they are equipped with outstanding connection capacity, with the support of all the most widely used industrial communication protocols: CanOpen, Ether- cat, Modbus, Ethernet/IP, Profinet.



Quality is not a sheet of paper, but  rather a way of being and working that guides every action toward excellence. Quality is not a duty. It is a passion that we cultivate every day, in every moment, with diligence. We don’t settle for being compliant with the requisites requested. Instead, we try to always be one step beyond certification alone. We constantly work to keep up the highest levels of quality and safety for all of our products and all of our services. It is only in this way that the certifications stop be- ing sheets of paper and turn into a guarantee of true excellence.

We are certified ISO 9001:2000, standard of reference for those who want to subject their production processes to complete quality control, starting from gathering the requirements of the customers and ending with the monitoring of every step of the production process. All of our products have obtained the CC- SAus (Canadian Standards Association) mark for both the Canadian and US markets, and the IP65 protection rating, in compliance with the CEI EN 60529 standard, thanks to our manufacturing solutions and the high-quality components used. The stainless steel IP69 series is, on the other hand, compliant with the IP69 international protection rating that identifies products totally protected from dust, sand and any small solid particle in general, and suitable for permanent immersion in water and for high pressure and high temperature jets of water.


Born for action, born for protection Our motors are born for action. Packaging, packing, bottling, palletizing, boxing, stacking and wrapping are actions that demand a compact design, precise movements, always the right speeds, resistance, easy programming. All in one word: absolute reliability.

Packaging means taking care to wrap up a product in the most appropriate and resistant packing to be sure it reaches the end user intact. We take care of your products with our motors.

We like challenges, and we want you to put us to the test

To get truly smart production, the logistics have to efficiently integrate with the entire production process, and not just with the end of line. Logistics is the true strategic area, the one that can make the difference. We have always worked in the food & beverage sector, and this has taught us a lot. Very high health standards to be met, considerable customisation requirements, and a need for quick and safe product changeovers are only a few of the obligations that push us to constantly improve our entire range of electric motors and geared motors. These improvements affect not just the body, but the mind of the motor as well owing to smart drives and ease of integration via the most widespread industrial communication protocols.


Able to withstand everything Our motors are tough and they withstand everything: sanitization with aggressive products, washing with high pressure and high-temperature water, lengthy immersion in liquids, contact with chemical agents.

Critical environments are our natural habitat. Treatment plants for food, pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetic and chemical products demand design follow- ing the principles and guidelines of Hygienic Design: considerable attention is paid to contact surfaces, geometries used to prevent substances from accumulating, ease and safety in washing and sanitization, necessary stratagems on fixed and moving joints and on welded parts.

IP69K: the series made of steel, inside and out

 IP69K is the Mini Mo- tor series capable of anything. These are geared motors that combine small size with the superior character- istics of stainless steel. With their completely smooth and groove-free surfaces, these motors comply with the IP69K protection rating, ideal for use in aggressive environments or those that demand very high health standards, such as in the food and chemical-pharmaceutical sectors.


Quick to learn, in all subjects Our motors learn fast: they can be programmed easily, flexibly and can be customised, plus they are able to control speed and power with extreme accuracy. In the world of Industry 4.0, speed in learning is an essential quality, especially when it is combined with integration speed.

Automation does not mean only replacing human labour. It is something more radical. Automation means opting for an integrated system logic based not on single machines or on groups of machine, but on the entire production process. Top of the class, in every sector. The quality of an integrated system depends on the quality of every single component and on the ability to integrate the parts.

Our motors are sociable. They speak several languages and feel comfortable with everyone. Wherever there is automation, our electric motors and geared motors contribute toward increasing the overall level of quality of the system. That is because they offer precision, efficiency, high performance, flexibility of use and simple configuration.

Our offer numbers thousands of items, including worm gear motors, coaxial geared motors and planetary reduction units, brushless servomotors with built-in drive, brushless servo gear motors, drives and frequency converters. It is a range complete in terms of characteristics and performance, as well as its ease of integration in production processes and support of the most widely used protocols for industrial communication networks.