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Veléz Sarsfield 201640 Martinez

Buenos Aires

Tel.: +54 (9) 11 5993 8719

Horne Technologies cc

PO Box 536

Betty's Bay, 7141

Tel.: +27 (0)76 563 2084

Building of FAULHABER MINIMOTOR SA, Croglio, Switzerland


Zona Artigianale 8, Madonna del Piano

6980 Croglio

Tel.: +41 (0)91 611 31 00

Building of FAULHABER MICROMO LLC, Wien, Austria


14881 Evergreen Avenue

Clearwater, FL 33762-3008

Tel.: +1 (727) 572 0131

NRC Engineering & Precision Drives Co., Ltd.

17F., No. 890, Jingguo Rd., Luzhu Dist.

Taoyuan City 33858, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Tel.: +886 (0) 3-316-1838

EDEL Teknoloji Sistemleri Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd.Şti

Folkart TowersAdalet Mah.Manas Blv. No:47B/2809

35530 Bayraklı/İzmir

Tel.: + 90 232 215 08 91

Building of FAULHABER Asia Pacific Pte Ltd., Singapore

FAULHABER Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

Blk 67 Ubi Road 1, #06-07 Oxley Bizhub

Singapore 408730

Tel.: +65 6562 8270

Compotech Provider AP

Gustavslundsvägen 145, 4 tr

167 51 Bromma

Tel.: +46 (0) 8 441 58 00


56 (bldg. 32), Shosse Enthusiastov

111123 Moscow

Tel.: +7 495 2214 052

Building of FAULHABER Polska sp. z o.o., Poznan, Poland

FAULHABER Polska sp. z o.o.

Ul. Górki 7

60-204 Poznan

Tel.: +48 61 278 72 53

FAULHABER Malaysia Sdn Bhd

1A-2-01 & 02 · One Precinct · Lengkok Mayang Pasir

11950 Bayan Baru · Penang · Malaysia

Tel.: +60 4 619 2570

Swiss Amiet Co., Ltd.

W-903, SK V1 Center, 11 Dangsan-ro 41-g

Yeongdeungpo-gu,07217, Seoul

Tel.: +82 (0) 2 783 4774

Shinkoh Electronics Co., Ltd.

Tokyo Sales Office, Motor Sales Division8F, REID-C OMORI building, 6-20-8

Minami-oi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0013

Tel.: +81 (0) 3 6404 1003

Building of FAULHABER Italia S.r.l., Lomazzo, Italy

FAULHABER Italia S.r.l.

Via Cavour 2

22074 Lomazzo CO

Tel.: +39 0236714708

Inteltek Automation JV

S.No. 100/5, Ambegaon

Pune - 411046

Tel.: +91 (0) 20 39392150

Lewenstein Technologies Ltd.

1 Ha'arava St. Givat Shmuel

5400804 Israel

Tel.: +972 3 9780 800

Electro Mechanical Systems Ltd.

Eros House, Calleva Industrial Park, Aldermaston

Reading, RG7 8LN

Tel.: +44 (0) 118 9817 391

Building of FAULHABER France SAS, Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France


Parc d’activités du Pas du Lac2, Rue Michaël Faraday

78180 Montigny-le-Bretonneux

Tel.: +33 (0) 1 30 80 45 00


Passeig Ferrocarrils Catalans 178

Cornellà de Llobregat 08940 (Barcelona)

Tel.: +34 93 422 70 33


Suokalliontie 9

01740 Vantaa

Tel.: +358 (0) 9 5259 230

Routech s.r.o.

Dr. Milady Horákové 185/66

460 06 Liberec

Tel.: +420 489 202 971

Compower ApS

Marielundvej 29

2730 Herlev

Tel.: +45 (0) 44 92 66 20

Marte Científica e Instrumentação Industrial Ltda

Av Fco Andrade Ribeiro 430

37540-000 Santa Rita do Sapucai, MG

Tel.: +55 (11) 3411 4500

Building of FAULHABER Drive System Technology (Taicang) Co., Ltd.,Taicang, China

FAULHABER Drive System Technology (Taicang) Co., Ltd.

Eastern Block, Incubator Building, No. 6 Beijing Road West

Taicang 215400, Jiangsu Province

Tel.: +86 (0) 512 5337 2626

Building of FAULHABER Benelux B.V., Eindhoven, Netherlands


High Tech Campus 9

5656 AE Eindhoven

Tel.: +31 (0) 40 85155-40

Building of FAULHABER Austria GmbH, Wien, Austria


Modecenterstraße 22/C89

1030 Wien

Tel.: +43 1 7963149-0

ERNTEC Pty. Ltd.

15 Koornang Road

Scoresby, VIC 3179

Tel.: +61 3 9756 4000

Fax: +61 3 9753 4000

Building of Dr. Fritz Faulhaber GmbH & Co. KG, Schönaich, Germany



Faulhaberstraße 1

71101 Schönaich

Tel.: +49 7031 638 0

Fax: +49 7031 638 100

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Tel.: +41 (0) 79 570 0814

Rolf Leitner

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Tel.: +41 (0) 79 422 3348

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Brushless motor for Aviation cabin equipment header

Who needs a motorised touchless toilet seat?

Some passengers in business jets or flying first class place particular importance on not having to touch the seat. This is why an automated toilet seat with sensor and motor was presented at the air trade show in Hamburg last year. This may be a somewhat unusual example of the constantly increasing range of comfort features, but it clearly demonstrates the underlying trend.

How would you characterise this trend?

The trendsetters can be found in private and business jets where there is virtually no financial limit to equipment and features. Here tables and holders for tablet computer are raised and lowered at the push of a button, and window blind systems are automated. Equipment and features that prove successful in this segment are often adapted for use in first class and then later in business class. For example, we saw these years ago when motorised seat adjustment was first introduced. Premium economy class, which is now offered more and more frequently, is likely to be next to adopt a number of comfort technology features.

Brushless motor for Aviation cabin equipment seat adjustment
Reliable and convenient seat adjustment all the way to the "lie-flat" position thanks to lightweight and high-performance FAULHABER drive systems

Which requirements must motors used in aircraft cabins fulfil?

The most important requirement is reliability. Nothing must fail or break during a flight. And, of course, this also means that the maintenance intervals should be as long as possible. Weight is the second most important requirement. Every kilo increases fuel consumption, which is why airlines demand equipment that weighs as little as possible. Electricity consumption is not really an issue for airlines – the fans of the air-conditioning system alone probably use more electrical power than all of the motors in the cabin put together. However, a high power density, i.e. a lot of power from a small mass and therefore also from a small amount of electricity, is of course very important.

Brushless motor for Aviation cabin equipment electric seat
Maximum comfort with electric seat adjustment, motor-operated extendible table or tablet holder
Brushless motor for Aviation cabin equipment internet antenna
Always "online" – Internet access at your own seat thanks to optimum on-board antenna positioning in real time during the entire flight

What does this mean for FAULHABER?

When it comes to drive solutions, the lists of requirements from airlines and cabin outfitters could almost be mistaken for our product brochures. They put in a nutshell how our products stand above those of our rivals, especially with regard to power density, reliability and maintenance intervals. In fact, you could say that normally an aircraft will have been taken out of service long before a FAULHABER drive needs to be replaced. Recently, airlines have tightened their specifications considerably, and that throws open new opportunities for us.

Can you explain that in more detail?

Today, the majority of motors in aircraft cabins are found in the first-class and business-class seats. Originally, the manufacturers of the seats were primarily automotive suppliers. In this branch, the motors used are for the most part mass-produced items that, however, no longer satisfy the new requirements. This is where our motors, which were previously "too good" for this application, come into play. We can deliver precisely that what customers need – particularly as we offer functional drive systems consisting of motor, gearhead, brake and encoder.

Brushless motor for Aviation cabin equipment window blinds
Simple and precise operation of passenger window blinds: quiet and smooth

What are the benefits for the customer?

The individual drive components are optimally matched to one another, work perfectly together and thus achieve a very high level of efficiency. We use, for example, extremely high-quality planetary gearheads. The encoders detect the movement of the shafts in high resolution and therefore allow very precisely regulated and smooth adjustment. The brakes are particularly important in cases where locking is required. And, of course, all components meet our high quality standards. We have 60 years of experience in maintaining a leading position in our particular field of technology.

What experience has FAULHABER so far had in the aviation industry?

We have, for example, been supplying drives used for adjusting first-class seats for more than fifteen years. The window shutter in the business class of the Airbus A 319 is powered by a brushless motor that weighs just 192 grams – our 3242 BX4 model. FAULHABER motors can also be found in many safety-critical applications, such as in the locking mechanisms for cabin doors, for emergency exits or for the pilot's seat which must be fixed at a certain position during take-off and landing. Another application is the adjustment of valves which regulate the pressure in the air-conditioning system.

Where do you see potential for additional motorisation?

The onboard entertainment systems of the business class – individual, fold-down screens – are increas ingly becoming motorised, and something similar may also be in the pipeline for the economy class. In addition, more and more passengers want to use their own tablet for which there are now also motorised holders. In the higher-class area, tables and partition walls, which are being installed more and more, are equipped with motor drives. Lowerable armrests to allow unobstructed access to the seat are also increasingly used. Last but not least: Manufacturers of business jets and especially Arabian airlines are most definitely interested in the motorised toilet seat mentioned previously.

3242 ... BX4
4 Pole Technology
Data sheet (PDF)
Key Features
22 ... 32 mm
33.8 ... 70.2 mm
Nominal voltage:
6 ... 48 V
Speed up to:
29000 min⁻¹
Torque up to:
96 mNm
Continuous output up to:
62 W
Product details


Robert Varonier
Area Sales Manager International

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