Zikodrive Motor Controllers was launched in 2015 to deliver customised motor control electronics to the UK OEM market. Co-founder Graham Fick had previously worked in the electronics industry and seen how many companies had struggled to develop new products and new ideas either because the motor controls they needed were unavailable or because they were too costly. He therefore set out to develop a range of controllers that would counter this trend by enabling companies to quickly customise them to meet their own requirements.
The guiding philosophy for the Zikodrive range was therefore born. To produce controllers that are intelligent but which can be quickly customised to fit a range of applications. In other words, to create “the perfect motor controller for your application”
Technical Director Graham Fick was shortlisted for ‘Motion Control Engineer of the Year’ at the Motion Control Industry Awards 2016 in recognition of the work put in to develop the range and launch Zikodrive. 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 initial success 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. As a result of these developing relationships and increased market knowledge the company then took the decision to start investing in the development of a range of sensorless brushless motor controllers.
The company spent significant time and money working with companies to understand 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. Sensorless brushless motor control continues to be one of the main areas of research and development for the company.
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.
As of late 2019, the company fulfills regular export orders into Europe, North America and the Middle East and is currently developing it’s potential further afield. Zikodrive has diversified to take on much more bespoke project work for a range of companies in the UK and further afield. Graham was once again nominated to the Motion Control Industry Awards where in 2017 he won the award for Engineer of the Year, something both himself and the company as a whole were very proud of.
Work continues on expanding the Zikodrive range of brushless motor controllers with the ZDBLDC range of four quadrant brushless DC motor controllers being launched later on in the year. The year finished even busier than it had begun with the company’s rapid customisation and bespoke design service becoming hugely popular with a range of companies in a number of industries and the stock range continuing to sell well.
Co-founder Phil Bates was also recognised in late 2018 with an Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Halifax Courier Business Awards.
The company is based in Cragg Vale, a beautiful valley which rolls down from the top of the Pennines to meet the Calder Valley. The valley is known for its impressive scenery but has also featured on the Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France.