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A Step Ahead for 30 Years

12.06.2018

FAULHABER PRECIstep is celebrating its 30th anniversary: in 1988, Messrs Arnoux and Richard founded their company Arnoux Richard SA Porte Echappement or "ARSAPE”, in La Chaux-de-Fonds, one of the world`s capitals of the Swiss watch industry in the canton of Neuchâtel in western Switzerland.

Established as a management buyout for the purpose of taking over the manufacture of clock drives, first 1and then 2phase stepper motors were designed with a performance/volume ratio level and a precision that were a step ahead of conventional drive technology. These motors that could drive larger systems electronically much more precisely than previously possible quickly gained market interest and were sought after not only in the watchmaking industry. The product range was continually expanded, and the workforce grew rapidly with the increasing demand for high-end stepper motors from the 12person staff which initially joined the founders.
 
So in 2000, it was a logical step for FAULHABER to expand its technological portfolio and become a stakeholder in ARSAPE in order to integrate the stepper motor specialist in the company group. ARSAPE was renamed to FAULHABER PRECIstep SA in 2012. After many years in a tradition rich building that was typical for watchmakers, the growth of the company was also mirrored in a relocation: In 2015, the company moved to a larger, modern industrial building in order to continually meet the required production and logistics standards necessary to remain the worldwide leading company on the market for high quality and precision miniature stepper motors.  
 
FAULHABER PRECIstep now produces 2phase permanent magnet stepper motors with diameters from 6 to 22 mm. These micro-drives with an impressive performance volume ratio are contributing to the trend towards miniaturization in many sectors. In conjunction with the zero backlash gearheads from FAULHABER Drive Systems they allow to reach a level of operation that remains unmatched by the other solutions available on the market." The highest quality standards guarantee maximum, durable performance. Another advantage is the fact that FAULHABER PRECIstep can also precisely adapt its drives to customer requirements. The application possibilities are accordingly broad: from optics and photonics, especially in the medical sector, to aerospace, which require, in addition to performance, absolute reliability well beyond 10 years. No wonder then that stepper motors from FAULHABER PRECIstep will be part of the next rover expedition on Mars in 2020. But first, FAULHABER PRECIstep is celebrating its 30 years of success in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, on 22 June 2018.

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