Smart Electric Motor Maker Linear Labs Benefits from Supply Chain Independence

The unique attributes of Linear Labs' Hunstable Electric Turbine sets the Fort Worth company apart from other manufacturers of electric motors dependent upon materials sourced from specific regions.

Linear Labs motor

Fort Worth-based smart electric motor maker Linear Labs says its use of accessible materials create supply-chain freedom for its products against turbulence in global manufacturing.

In an announcement, Linear Labs said that unique attributes set it apart from manufacturers of electric motors who are dependent upon materials sourced from specific regions.

Linear Labs manufactures the revolutionary next-gen Hunstable Electric Turbine (HET), which offers high-performance power for sectors such as automotive and generators to HVAC and robotics. All the raw materials and components needed for HET manufacturing are accessible locally and are available around the globe, creating a regionally agnostic supply chain.

“Our motors can be made right here in the USA, in Europe, in South America, in Asia, or in any locality. The raw materials can be sourced, the components can be built, and the product can be assembled, literally anywhere,” Founder and CEO Brad Hunstable said in a statement. “We have a clear manufacturing advantage against our competitors who rely on resources from a singular region.”

In September, Linear Labs launched the newest iteration of its patented high-torque HET motor, one created specifically for micromobility uses, such as e-scooters. The new HET motor, according to Linear Labs, provides 123 percent more torque than its industry-standard competitor, the Segway Ninebot ES4 motor.

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Linear Labs has created the Hunstable Electric Turbine. [Photo: Linear Labs]

Hunstable said the capability for motors (and the electronics, copper and magnets used) to be manufactured within a regional supply chain anywhere in the world has benefits for the diverse industries Linear Labs is integrated with, including EVs, robotics, HVAC and micro-mobility.

“It increases efficiency in production while also providing strength against global disruption of resources,” he said.

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Linear Labs said in regard to raw materials, most electric motors rely upon rare-earth minerals such as neodymium and dysprosium for their magnets to produce the required torque. Linear Labs’ HET motor does not require rare-earth magnets to produce higher efficiency and greater average torque over the full speed range compared to the best performing motors today.

Instead, the company can use more affordable ferrite magnets because of the HET motor’s unique ability to use more magnetic surface area than any other radial or axial flux motor.

Linear Labs’ tech is reproduceable in any region

Linear Labs said that with the HET’s stator surrounded on all four sides there is almost zero flux leakage compared to competitive motors, creating ample torque from ferrite magnets and making obsolete the need for rare or expensive minerals. A stator is a stationary part of a rotary system that’s found in electric generators, electric motors, sirens, and other types of motors. Flux leakage is the magnetic flux that does not follow the intended path in a magnetic circuit.

Being able to source components such as copper coils and electronics from any region, combined with non-rare-earth minerals, makes the company’s technology reproducible by suppliers in almost all geographic locations.

Linear Labs is pushing toward zero-waste with the production of its HET motor. The current design allows for 95 percent utilization of materials, with the HET able to use resources much more efficiently than competitors, who are often at only 40 percent.

Last month, Linear Labs said it was going to move into a space of more than 100,000 square feet in the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone to ramp up production and increase its employees from 100 to 3,000 by 2030.

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[Image: Courtesy Linear Labs]

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