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BEI Kimco Magnetics


A Leader From the Very Beginning


  • Founded in 1974 Kimco Magnetics
  • Purchased in 1984 by BEI Technologies
  • Design and manufacturing of electromagnetic components & systems
  • Headquarters: Vista, California
  • Production Manufacturing: Moorpark CA and Otay Mexico

Founded in 1974, Kimco Magnetics is one of the original pioneers to commercialize products made with rare earth magnet materials. Kimco Magnetics was acquired in 1984 by BEI Technologies and was subsequently added to the business unit of Custom Sensors & Technologies in 2006. We have merged leading-edge capabilities and cost effective manufacturing know-how with highly personalized applications expertise. This combination has propelled BEI Kimco Magnetics into market dominance where we have remained a leading manufacturer of brushless DC motors and linear and rotary voice coil actuators. In that time, we have put thousands of BEI Kimco motors and actuators into products in markets ranging from medical and automotive to office and factory automation.

With a time-to-market as short as eight weeks, BEI Kimco Magnetics has maintained innovative, high quality products and holds numerous electro-magnetic patents. At BEI Kimco, we never lose sight of the value of personal service, expert design engineering, and product innovation.

Optimizing Motion Control Design

At BEI Kimco Magnetics, we integrate our expertise with customer requirements in motion control devices, providing direct drive actuation for applications from factory automation, to low-bandwidth torquers, ideal for gimbal drives, robotics and other stabilized platform applications. It means faster, quieter, more reliable devices for semiconductor and medical equipment where throughput and life itself are critical to success. We remain deeply committed to solving your application challenges through technological innovation. Take our Spherical Voice Coil Actuator for example – Roll Pitch and Yaw motion in one device. Think of the possibilities. With our brushless DC noise attenuation patent – perhaps you may find it to be the right answer.

Answering Customer Demands

BEI Kimco Magnetics is dedicated to taking technology to the limit. At our Business Development & Technology Center, we challenge ourselves to create innovative ways to meet new application needs. BEI Kimco has developed brushless DC motors to operate virtually noise-free, ideal for user confidence in quiet operating systems and patient care applications.

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Products Include

  • Rotary Voice Coil Actuators
  • Linear Voice Coil Actuators
  • VCA with integrated position Sensor

BEI Kimco Magnetics' brand of voice coil actuators are engineered to fit high performance motion control needs. The hysteresis-free, cog-free operation and high acceleration rate make voice coils ideal for limited stroke requirements. Voice Coil Actuators available in both Linear and Rotary versions. Linear versions offer strokes up to 4” and forces up to 225 Lbs.Rotary versions are available with up to 30 degrees of total excursion angle and a maximum torque of 1000 oz-in. Both offer infinite positioning capabilities for your application.

  • Brushless DC Motors
  • BLDC Motor Controllers

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Discover Custom Sensors & Technologies (CST)

Custom Sensors & Technologies (CST) is a specialist in sensing, control and motion products. Through its brands, BEI Kimco, BEI Sensors, BEI PSSC, Crouzet, Crydom, Kavlico, Newall and Systron Donner Inertial, CST offers customizable, reliable and efficient components for mission-critical systems in Aerospace & Defense, Transportation, Energy & Infrastructures, Medical, Food and Beverage and Building Equipment markets.

Focused on premium value offers and committed to excellence, CST, with 4,400 employees worldwide and sales of $604M US in 2012, is the dependable and adaptable partner for the most demanding customers.

Product Catalog

Technical Articles

Kimco Brushless DC Motor Application Guide (.pdf) (Motors) A brushless motor is a hybrid permanent magnet DC motor. (View Full Article)
Kimco Application Guide for Voice Coil Actuators (.pdf) (Linear and Rotary Motion Components) Voice Coil (VC) Actuators are direct-drive, hysteresis-free devices used for providing highly accurate linear or rotary motion. By virtue of their high acceleration and the absence of commuta- tion,... (View Full Article)

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