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Pancake Motor

Maxon Precision Brushless Pancake Motors

Pancake motors may also be referred to as Ultra-flat dc motors that may have gearing attached for industrial application. Sometimes referred to as flat motors, pancake motors come in both brushed and brushless Dc versions. These motors offer power, precision and adapt well to space constrained applications often working well when coupled with gearing, even right angle gearing.



  • Pick & place machines
  • Robotics
  • Optics
  • Other industrial applications


Pancake motors are used in:

  • Industrial Automation - package handling systems, paper handling systems 
  • Medical - automatic door opening systems, stair lifts, and mobility systems 
  • Robotic Systems - in wheel motors, aerospace and defense
  • Automotive - in wheel motors, autonomous vehicles
  • Marine - some winch applications


Some of our Pancake Motor Sponsors include...

AST Automation Source Technologies

The pancake motors from AST utilize a flat disc armature to offer an ultra flat and low cost motor.

Akribis Systems

Manufacturer of high quality linear servo motors, rotary motors, air bearing stages, xyz stages, voice coil motors and positioning systems.

Electromate Inc.

Distributor of AC & DC Servo and Stepper Motors, Drives, Controls, Positioning Systems & Robots, extensive product selection and JIT inventory

Harmonic Drive LLC

Harmonic Drive products maximize output torque and minimize size and weight, our harmonic gears and planetary gears offer cutting edge advantage.