Re-defining the American workshop
TEKNATOOL, a globally renowned manufacturer of woodworking equipment and Striatech joined forces to offer the integration of the NOVA Voyager – a cutting-edge drill press that has revolutionized the industry.
In this short interview Joel Latimer, the President of Striatech is having a chat with Joachim Brakhage, VP of Sales from Teknatool (NOVA brand creators) on the implementation costs, difficulties, and metrics of this collaborative project.
Is your market ready for a revolution?
How Was This A Success For NOVA?
NOVA became the first brand ever to offer a smart drill press with features that would change the expectations of a typical workshop.
The NOVA Voyager is the number one best-selling drill press in its category (18” Drill Presses.)
The market share of drill presses for Nova was 0% and quickly rose to 60% for its class.
Half of all Teknatool Sales are Drill Presses.
The NOVA Voyager won the Pro Tool Industry Innovation Award.
WHERE CAN YOU USE OUR EXPERTISE?
Where Is The Striatech Intuitive Motor Suitable?
Striatech’s smart technology powered by a micro-computer had already driven the transformation of other power tools, namely lathes, drill presses, and bandsaws turning them into market disruptors in the fields of wood and metal working.
We are constantly researching, testing, and putting pilot programs in place.
Why work with us?
Mainly, because we know exactly how!
We could toot our own horn by mentioning our 20+ years of experience in the motor field.
We could pride ourselves in having perfected switched reluctance motors, a technology that for such a long time was met with market resistance because it could not be controlled.
We could brag with the 20k+ hours of research in the United States, New Zealand, former Soviet Union, and China. Or the significant number of motors sold in the last years.
We could simply share the percentage (0.001%) of motors failing inside the warranty period of 10 years (unheard of in the industry).
Yes, we could share all these success stories with you and rest our laurels, but we won’t leave it at that.
Because let’s be honest: We have made ALL the errors in the last 20 years and we learnt all the lessons.
If there is one thing guaranteed, it’s that we have the expertise to build a motor for your specific application.
Every step along the way
Let's Walk You Through The Process
First, we’ll have a chat and see if we can really help. Then we’ll do our due diligence to let you know exactly how our motor systems can improve your applications and if we are a good fit.
In the next step, we’ll establish the protocol, costs, variables and processes.
And in no time, you will have a superior product to start crushing your competition and dominate the market.
… it is as simple as that!
1. Rapid Prototyping Process
We will customize your motor system to fit your application.
2. Testing & Improving
We will develop the required firmware to load your product with unique, next generation features. We will then work with you to test the prototype and make final adjustments.
We will work with your suppliers to bolt-on or integrate your new motor system into your application. Your new Intuitive Motor with possible quantities between 1,000 and 1 MM/annum is ready for production.
WHO ELSE IS DOING IT?
What About Our Partners?
We work with a broad array of stakeholders and partners. From Universities in the United States and New Zealand, via successful wood – and metalworking corporations in the US and Europe, to established market players in the areas of air -, product- and fluid handling, as well as a network of 200+ dealers in the US that sell products equipped with Striatech intuition.
We are here to stay. And we are building things to last. Here are just a few of the products we provided solutions for. You can check their specific case studies on our website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about the Striatech Intuitive Motor System
The Striatech Intuitive Motor System is a composition of a durable and reliable Switched Reluctance Motor that is controlled by a micro-computer, embedded in a control box using a digital display and soft control pad. Decades of research and innovation, as well as trial and error in a large variety of applications have helped optimize Striatech Systems to operate highly energy and cost efficient and adding value to any motor driven application in form of dramatically improved vibration free and quite operation as well as smart and safety features.
Here at Striatech, we pride ourselves in our wood- and metalworking roots. Originally the Striatech Intuitive System was designed to revamp Lathes within the renowned Teknatool Nova brand, introducing unmatched performance, precision, user-friendliness as well as numerous safety features to a very outdated technology. Over the years we started equipping other power tools like Drill Presses, Bandsaws, Routers, and Multipurpose machines with our intuitive systems, all the while being painfully aware of the fact that power tools are just a small fraction of the applications that our technology can improve. Since our beginnings we have integrated our systems into a variety of applications outside the tool business, namely in the areas of air handling, liquid pumping, winches, home appliances and product handling, growing into a innovative motor solutions provider.
No matter the application, our Striatech Systems are capable of driving down energy consumption and operating costs by up to 98% under no/light load and up to 50% under variable operating conditions, facilitating sustainable operations for our customers and adding the bonus of unseen smart and safety features depending on the application.
Our motors have no internal parts that make contact besides 2 bearings. There are no brushes or electrical connection to any moving parts, and no current flow to the rotor. This prevents the wear on the motor and results in a much longer lifespan. We are very confident in our motors as we have yet to replace one. Our Striatech motors have been in the field for 20+ years and we had virtually none of them fail.
We are therefore very confident that you will not have to replace your Striatech motor for at least a decade! A 10-Year Warranty is unheard of in the motor industry, as most induction motors have to be replaced within their first 5 years of operation.
We additionally offer a 2-year warranty on the electronics in the Controller.
Frequently Asked OEM Questions
Please fill in the Striatech OEM Customer Specification Sheet and our team will contact you within 3 – 5 business days.
Once your first production batches (which usually require a minimum quantity depending on the application and type of motor required) have been deemed satisfactory we can ramp up production effortlessly and supply up to 1 million motors per annum.
We can alter the spindle in diameter, length, and form. We can provide different base speeds and adjust the mounting to your application. We can also customize firmware to match your requirements and add features to your application. These are the simple customizations that we offer for bolt-on motor systems.
When it comes to motor integration our team of engineers can work with you to customize housing or the HMI. We offer different screen sizes and touch screen options.
There definitely is. Several of our partners have taken advantage of this option to add another quick and easy income stream. While we are currently working with other customers to offer this option, you can already find retrofit motors for applications from RIKON, Shopsmith, and NOVA.
This very much depends on your project. If you only require a firmware update with a standard motor the development time can be as short as a couple of weeks. If bigger customizations are required, the process can take up to a few months.
Depending on the application there are a lot of extra features that our intuitive Striatech systems would add.
The biggest and most essential benefit that the intuitive system will bring is large energy savings! The motor is also very quiet, so you can hear the work processes instead of loud motor noise, which helps with fault detection and makes it safer to use the application.
Striatech motor systems generally have more torque in smaller frames. Our motors are more durable, as we have no moving parts on the inside. This prevents wear and tear. We also use no rare earth magnets.
We are happy to go into more detail on what benefits Striatech Motor Systems will bring to your application if you fill in your specs in this motor datasheet.
Get A Quote and one of our engineers will get back to you within 48 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions on Website Orders
Direct motor sales are currently dispatched from our Florida warehouse and can be sent to anywhere in the continental United States. Potential OEM customers can contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a motor sample based on their requirements and regardless of their location.
This very much depends on the application that you are planning on retrofitting our motor with. The general answer is that Striatech Systems can achieve energy savings up to 98% under no/light load and up to 50% under variable operating conditions.
When ordering your motor on our website please download the Mounting Templates in downloads/templates in this link: 1-75-hp-motor to determine whether you are in need of B14 or NEMA frame.
Each winding speed represents a different torque curve to better suite your application. We offer 3 standard ones for our 1250W motor. You can find this product information in the respective product section in shop
If you need a custom torque curve, please contact us with your requirements at email@example.com.
NEMA and IEC have industry standard for motor shafts and face mounting. Please see out PDF drawings or CAD models for more information. We can offer custom mounting solutions, please contact us with your requirements.
Our 750W and 1250W run at either 110VAC or 220VAC. You can simply change the voltage by changing the plug. There are no internal wiring changes required. Our 2200W motor is strictly 220VAC. Out controllers limit the current draw to 15A regardless of the voltage.
At this time, we don't recommend more than 2M distance. Customized motors can exceed this distance, however, for off the shelf sales we recommend to stay within the 2M.
At this stage, Striatech offers motors motors from 1 – 3 hp as off-the-shelf substitution motors.
For select OEM applications we have designed a fractional motor (60Hz) that we can further customize. We are very interested in working with an OEM to jointly develop a 10HP. If you have an application that would require a 10HP in higher quantities please do not hesitate to fill our customer specification sheet (Adrian insert link) and/or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re into any kind of shop work, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the Nova Voyager DVR Drill Press. It’s a smart drill press that goes way beyond adding electronics to its feature set. One of the most talked-about features is the fact that this is a direct drive system. There aren’t any belts turning the chuck. That also means there aren’t any belts to change drilling speeds. So how does it accomplish that?
Industry Innovation Award
A re-imagination of the American workshop
Every passionate woodworker will agree that there is nothing more relaxing than stepping into your workshop to create something with your own hands and creativity. But who doesn’t know the frustration of setting up and adjusting your workspace and machines repeatedly? Some machines make it feel like your shop is working against you instead of for you.
The quality of your creations very much depends on the capabilities of your machines! For a long time, attempts to improve the overall capabilities of woodworking machines always ended in superficial exterior adjustments. Never had there been an incentive to change machines from within their most rudimentary core component: their Motor.
Could a motor really be more than just the power train? “Yes!” decided Teknatool Inc., a family-owned Kiwi (New Zealand) woodworking equipment manufacturer and exporter at the beginning of the new millennium.
After equipping their traditional lathe technology with a micro-computer controlled switched reluctance motor system Teknatool’s team of engineers was blown away by the transformation of their lathes.
A motor that senses, thinks and powers had never entered the realm of workshops and could really change the picture of what machines in this environment should be capable of.
With the invention of this smart motor system, they would re-define the American workshop! And they started by creating the world’s first smart drill press.
Unbiased end-user Reviews
Our Production Capabilities
- Procedures and processes in place
- Quality Control by Striatech staff at all stages
- Striatech motors have a very low rate of failure (hence, we offer a 10-year warranty)
- Electronics are diligently tested at Florida headquarters
- Strong and lasting relationship with manufacturers
- No use of rare earth magnets
- Rapid ramp-up of quantities possible – from 100 units up to 1M units/year
- LTL shipments available
- Direct Shipments to your premises or manufacturer
Despite Supply Chain Issues caused by Covid-19, our Engineers have strived to improve access to scarce electronic parts and have found reliable solutions.
NEW REVENUE STREAMS
Retrofit Opportunities For Older Products
Clients who have customized and integrated a Striatech Motor System and created a superior product. They experience such great success that it came as a natural decision to offer a retrofit upgrade option for legacy machines.
While NOVA did not yet release a retrofit kit for drill presses, it did for its NOVA 1624 lathe! Easy to operate, the Striatech motor system transforms the NOVA 1624 into a smart lathe, using Adaptive Control™ Software.
This bolt-on retrofit version boasts a large array of improvements over the standard product including improved precision turning and computerized adjustment of performance, power, fault/safety sensing, forward/reverse motor function, and much more!
How Can Partnering with Striatech Increase your Revenue?
These are a couple of paths to success, that our OEM customers chose:
1. Go-to-market with a new, innovative, upgraded product (repeatedly a game-changer).
2. Extend the warranty of your product’s motor to 10 years (2 years for the electronics) – more happy customers!
3. Offer a retrofit motor system for previously released products (RIKON offered an upgrade kit as a supplementary revenue stream).
4. Reduce your overall costs (including freight, cost of repairs, handling of returns, etc).
5. Improve your brand’s quality and public perception.
6. Possibility to enhance pricing and engage your upper cohort of customers.