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Zikodrive Motor Controllers - stepper motor drivers, brushless ESCs, bldc motor drivers, stepper motor controllers

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Zikodrive Motor Controllers is a trading name of Round Bank Engineering ltd. Registed Company Number 08288866. VAT Number: GB226504428


Zikodrive Motor Controllers was launched in 2015 as a spin-off of Round Bank Engineering ltd. Round Bank Engineering ltd was originally started in 2012 as a part time venture between university friends Graham Fick and Phil Bates but after achieving limited success through 2012-2013, the decision was made to develop a small range of easy to use stepper motor controllers and brushless ESCs which would enable the company to serve OEMs, manufacturers and a range of other motor applications in different markets.

Read on to discover how the Zikodrive story continues to develop…

The original Zikodrive stepper motor drivers (the ZDS and the ZDSP) were developed throughout 2014 and early 2015 and Zikodrive Motor Controllers was formally launched as a company in September/October 2015.

The company worked hard to develop a presence in the motor control market throughout 2015/2016 and was recognised for the technical development work that had gone into the range when Technical Director Graham Fick was shortlisted for ‘Motion Control Engineer of the Year’ at the Motion Control Industry Awards 2016.

This event was the first major recognition the company received and we were very proud of Graham making the shortlist.

The company worked hard throughout 2016 to build on this early recognition and establish its standard range of motor controllers as well as building relationships with a range of companies who required more bespoke motor control electronics.

This ongoing work led to the launch of the ZDBL range of brushless motor controllers in mid-2016 (something both Phil and Graham had experience of from previous design projects).

The company spent significant time investigating the growing use of sensorless brushless motors as a lower cost, more reliable alternative to sensored brushless motors and a longer life alternative to brushed DC motors and the resulting ZDBL range of sensorless brushless motor controllers has been hugely successful, delivering compact, intelligent motor controllers capable of working well in a large range of applications.

Considerable investment was spent developing programmes for the ZDBL range of brushless ESCs which would optimise the startup phase and overall energy efficiency of these brushless motor controllers and the ZDBL range is now the company’s most popular range, being sold all around the world.

Following this development and the successful launch of the ZDBL range the company received further recognition by being shortlisted for ‘Startup of the Year’ at the British Engineering Excellence Awards, a prestigious awards ceremony held in London every year.

Tragically, the company once again fell just short of winning the award but as with the Motion Control industry Awards earlier in the year, we were delighted to be shortlisted, given the intense and high quality of competition for such places.

As of early 2017, the company had begun exporting regularly into Europe and further afield into the Middle East and North America and has new product launches scheduled for early and late 2017 in both the sensored and sensorless brushless motor control markets.

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Zikodrive Motor Controllers shortlisted British Engineering Excellence Awards 2016 - Stepper motor drivers and Brushless ESC designZikodrive Motor Controllers shortlisted Motion Control Industry Awards 2016 - Stepper motor drivers and Brushless ESC designZikodrive Motor Controllers are a member of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce


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