World leader in integrated motor drives with the MDrive product line.

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Company History

Novanta IMS is a manufacturer of motion control components for automation equipment with a commitment to Excellence in Motion. The company is a proven leader in innovative motion control solutions for stepper motors and electronic controls, and the world leader in integrated motor drives with the MDrive® product line.

Founded in 1986 as Intelligent Motion Systems (IMS), we were acquired by Schneider Electric in 2008 and rebranded to Schneider Electric Motion. We were more recently acquired by Novanta in 2021, and have updated our company name to Novanta IMS (Intelligent Motion Steppers). As an R&D driven company, our experienced team of Connecticut-based engineers continue to develop innovative solutions in brushless motor technology and electronic controls for applications demanding highly precise, controlled movement in areas including medical instruments, lab automation, assembly, robotics, semiconductor manufacturing, packaging, laser marking and pick-and-place. Novanta IMS is a part of Celera Motion and the Novanta Precision Motion Group. Celera Motion’s precision component and subsystem solutions deliver innovative solutions to our customers’ markets. Other Celera Motion products include optical encoders, inductive encoders, direct drive motors, servo drives, and air bearing spindles.

MDrive, as the world leading integrated motor brand, offers the widest range of products and features including: MDrivePlus, MDrive Linear Actuators, and Liberty MDrive. Motor sizes range from NEMA 14 to 34, with standard and custom products available to meet the needs of new and existing applications. Communication options include RS-422/485 serial, CANopen, EtherNet/IP, Profinet and ModbusTCP. Ingress protection ratings from IP20 to IP65 are available. And, while integrated motors benefit machine builders with reduced size, cost and maintenance, closed-loop MDrive products also deliver enhanced performance, energy savings and lower heat.

Novanta IMS is a Connecticut-based manufacturing facility and a division of Novanta, a leading global supplier of core technology solutions. We strive to deliver exceptional products and best-in-class customer service with rapid delivery times and applications/technical support. Field-based personnel are available globally for assistance with customer applications, on-site assistance and technology training.

Management Team

  • Eric Klein, VP Global Sales, Precision Motion
  • James E. Hardiman, Global Applications Engineering Manager, Celera Motion
  • Tom Horan, Director of Finance
  • Steve Henry, Director of Manufacturing
  • Clark Hummel, Custom Product Manager
  • Pam Patenaude, Director of Customer Experience
  • Kelly Hoofer, Director of Engineering
  • John Stevenson, Product Manager

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