Surface Mount (SMT) vs Through-Hole (TH) Assembly

Surface Mount (SMT) vs Through-Hole (TH) Assembly What are SMT components? Surface mount components – sometimes referred to as SMT or SMD components – are components which sit on the surface of a PCB, bridging pads to form an electrical connection. Such components are the most popular form of components for electronics as they enable […]

Reshoring – a Rebirth for British Manufacturing?

Reshoring – a Rebirth for British Manufacturing? The last 18 months have been exceptionally hard for British manufacturing. Whatever one thinks about more controversial issues such as Brexit, there can be no doubt that they’ve caused significant disruption. Coupled with this, there has been the colossal impact of Covid-19 with the nationwide shutdowns seeing unprecedented […]

Creating Opportunities for Young People in Calderdale

Creating Opportunities for Young People in Calderdale For those of who you have had a look around the website you will (perhaps) have noticed us make reference to one of our aims being to create as many opportunities as we can for young people in the surrounding area. In part this stems from the co-founders […]

Acting Environmentally

Acting Environmtentally Like all companies we are constantly aware of the difficulties the world is facing in relation to climate change and the amount of energy we use is something that we consistently look to address. At the same time, there is often a feeling of being unable to really contribute significantly and almost being […]

Inductance and Motor Control

Inductance and Motor Control Understanding motor inductance is a key part of successful motor control as it can have a major bearing on the potential performance of a motor. Equally, it can render certain types of controller unable to work. The 3 types of inductance At Zikodrive, we have divided motors into 3 different brackets […]

Component Shortages in the Electronics Industry

Component Shortages It’s impacting the electronics industry! As you may have read in numerous national papers or trade journals, the electronics industry is currently beset by component shortages. This has had a major impact on the supply of components used in many of our controllers and has particularly affected the use of microcontrollers, mosfets and […]

What do we mean by Optimised Motor Control?

What do we mean by Optimised Motor Control The keener eyed amongst you may have noticed our slogan referring to “Optimised Motor Control” and wondered what exactly what we meant by this. Well, wonder no more… Our aim from the outset One of the founding aims of Zikodrive was to reduce the amount of work […]

Overview of the Manufacturing Process

Overview of the Manufacturing Process Customers often ask us about the manufacturing process for the motor control electronics we make so we thought we’d do a short blog article on this to give you a little more information. Keep an eye on our Youtube channel as we have a few behind the scenes factory tour […]

The Value of Vertical Integration

The Value of Vertical Integration It is firstly worth clarifying what we mean by vertical integration. A vertically integrated company is one that takes responsibility for all aspects of its delivery from sales, through design and manufacturing to all other aspects of the company’s processes. Rather than relying on others for marketing, manufacturing, sales or […]