Motor Types

At Mainstream, we are proud to offer our clients a variety of efficient, next-generation integrated motor-drive and synchronous reluctance permanent magnet EC fan systems. Browse our motor types below.

AC Induction Motors



  • IE3


  • Long established technology
  • Replaceable and servicable components
  • Abundant supply


  • Low efficiency at part load
  • Requires maintenance
  • Requires VFD
  • Noisey
  • Average power and torque density

EC Motors


  • IE4-IE5


  • Highly efficient at part load
  • No maintenance required
  • No VFD required
  • Require less space lengthwise
  • Excellent power and torque density


  • Poor availability currently
  • Components can not be individually replaced

PMEC Motors


  • IE5+


  • Excellent full range efficiency
  • Smaller than traditional AC motors
  • Replaceable and serviceable components
  • Readily available Synchronous Reluctance technology, no rare earth materials required


  • Not as compact as conventional EC motors

Exploring HVAC Fan Technologies

As technology evolves, so do fan technologies.

First, AC induction motors dominated the air moving industry. Then, scientific breakthroughs led to technologies such as VFD controllers and EC motors. Next, engineers improved VFD technology for greater efficiency, drastically improving EC motor reliability.

So, where are we now?

There is a new technology that has come to the air moving industry: Permanent Magnet EC motor-powered (PMEC) fans.

Permanent Magnet EC (PMEC) motors can achieve IE5+ level of efficiency. This is because of ferrite-assisted synchronous reluctance and permanent magnet technologies.

What’s the result? Highly cost-effective, reliable, and energy-efficient fan motors.

You may be thinking, “What’s the catch?”

Honestly, there is no catch, but still, nothing can be had for nothing. When engineering a product, you can have it be light, strong, and inexpensive, but only two at a time.

In essence, there is always a trade-off.

How does this apply to Permanent Magnet EC fans?

We’ve already established that PMEC fans are:

  • Equally or more energy-efficient than conventional EC fans
  • Equally as reliable as EC fans
  • Less costly
  • And (most importantly) readily available

Unlike Ec motors, PMEC motors don’t contain rare earth materials. You won’t be competing for this scare resource with unpredictable supply lines.

We must warn you, PMEC fans are not perfect. Their motors are bigger and heavier than the pancake-style EC motors produced by manufacturers like Ziehl Abegg and EBM.

PMEC fans also have non-integrated control electronics. Like VFD-controlled AC induction motors, Permanent Magnet EC fans require similar controls. These are both minor shortcomings, but should not go unnoted.

Our experts at Mainstream are confident in this futuristic technology. We can’t wait to work with you to discuss how PMEC is the perfect solution for your application.

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