An Industrial Robotic Arm small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

A Canadian company has developed a small robotic arm for industrial applications using brushless pancake motors, zero-backlash gearheads and encoders from maxon.

Introducing the Meca500: An Industrial Robotic Arm that is half the size of a regular industrial robot. Made by Mecademic in Canada and featuring brushless flat motors from maxon, the Arm has six degrees of freedom, weighs five kilos and spans a base around the size of your palm. With a repeatability of 0.005 millimeters, that is, 20 times less thicker than an A4 piece of paper, the Mecas500 has a load capacity of 500 grams.

Maxon’s brushless pancake motors were selected for this application. The EC45 flat brushless motors are renowned for their compact design, long lifespan, top quality and high torque. In the Meca500, the DC motors are combined with zero-backlash gearheads and high-resolution encoders for precise movements. The controller is integrated into the motor and gearhead combination, saving even more space and simplifying the drive operation.

If you would like application assistance or for more information please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

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maxon motor’s brushless pancake motors are available in a variety of sizes and are perfectly suited for robotic applications. The Meca500 has six degrees of freedom and weighs only five kilograms. The controller is integrated into the base.
Images ©Mecademic and maxon motor

The first of the new breed ultra-small 6mm and 8mm DC servo motors arrive in Australia

Close inspection of the gear motor combination reveals the extent of motor customisations possible, normally for niche hand built servo motor and gearhead combinations that the Swiss engineers have become famous for.

Completely configured by the end user, maxon motors new micro DC motors system of online motor design and fully automated construction is set to change the future of motor manufacturing technology. Without human interference the tiniest of microdrives can be tailored to the application via an online tool. From the shaft length, diameter and flat features to the mounting method, gearhead reduction, winding characteristics, cable length and connector type. All direct from the motor design portal to the automated manufacturing line. Laser welded steel construction, dual stainless ball bearings and integral strain relief on a motor with only 6mm outer diameter beguiles Australian engineers. Over 17,000rpm at much lower noise levels than previously attained and torque levels to 200mNm make the new 6mm and 8mm servo gear motors incredibly power dense.

The ultra-small DC servo motors have linear control characteristics, zero magnetic detent (cogging) making them suitable for applications such as micro pumps, medical and laboratory dosing devices and robotics.

Contact maxon motor Australia for application, engieering or project assistance.
Ph: +61 2 9457 7477.

New DC motor and drive catalogue

maxon motor have released the digital edition of the new 2017 / 2018 catalogue. Answering the how to’s of motor control it contains valuable motor and motor control reference material.

Containing 480 pages of motor, gearhead and controller information and useful educational material including a technology breakdown, calculation examples and conversion tables the manual is available now for downloading or online reading. New technology listed includes the customisable stainless steel DC motors in 6mm and 8mm. Information on the new very high speed 13mm BLDC brushless DC motor technology that can be sterilised for medical applications. Ultra-small diameter planetary gearing and high speed gearbox designs and the very latest in motion control, explaining modular decentralised DC motor position controllers and high power density DC servo amplifiers.

The link directly to this free information is http://epaper.maxonmotor.com.au/ or contact our Sydney, Australia office on +61 2 9457 7477.

 

More choice from maxon: sterilisable brushless DC motors

Maxon now offer more sizes in their sterilisable range of brushless DC motors, gearheads and an all new encoder.

Now available in a 13mm diameter is the brushless DC motor (ECX SPEED range) with accompanying planetary gearheads (GPX 13 SPEED) and the first of its kind sterilisable Encoder (ENX 13 EASY INT). All fully configurable, sterilisable and optimised for high speeds and low vibration output, making them perfect for demanding speed and positioning control tasks in surgical applications.

A stand-out feature of the sterilisable encoder is the chip used for generating the commutation signals in the Hall sensor version. When coupled with the brushless DC motor ECX SPEED 13 it facilitates extremely precise commutation and reduces heat. The encoder can be integrated within the motor to optimise costs and assists in applications with tight space restrictions. The DC motor combination can be configured online and ready to ship in 11 working days.

For more information please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

New 52mm Brushless DC (BLDC) motor design

Maxon motors new optimisation of the High Torque 52mm brushless motor gives even greater performance.

The EC-i 52mm brushless DC motor from maxon has had the iron-wound internal rotor motor redesigned from 7 pole pairs to 8 pole pairs. This significantly reduces the vibration and noise output of the DC motor. Available in three voltage outputs, 18, 24 and 48V the 52mm 180 W brushless DC motors produce up to 6,000 rpm.

With a correspondingly optimised magnet ring, the brushless EC-i motors with iron windings offer a very high torque density and a low cogging torque. The multi-pole internal rotor is extremely dynamic. It has a solid design, with a welded stainless steel flange and housing, making this brushless DC motor suitable for a wide range of applications such as rotary actuators, valves, robotic joints and process control.

For more information contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

New! Maxon release the first sterilisable encoder.

maxon motor have unveiled the first sterilisable encoder for brushless DC motors. This will create many opportunities for advances in medical technology.

The first steam sterilisable encoder has been released by maxon motor. The ENX EASY is available in two versions, as an incremental (1024 CPT) and an absolute version (4096 CPT). It can be integrated into suitable motors without increasing the length. The encoder has allowed maxon to create the first sterilisable drive system with brushless DC motor, gearhead and integrated encoder.

Ideal for demanding medical / surgical applications where speed and positioning control tasks are performed. Available with ball bearings or in a ceramic version. The encoder delivers high speeds, extremely precise commutation, low vibration and reduction of heat build-up. To optimise costs and space restrictions, the encoder is integrated in the brushless DC motor.

For more information please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

New! Brushed DC micro motors and gearheads in 6mm and 8mm diameters.

For applications requiring a DC micro motor that is robust, powerful and delivers high performance.

maxon have released two new brushed DC micro motors available in 6mm and 8mm diameter as part of their DCX range. The DC motors have a robust design with maximum power density from the high-performance neodymium magnets.

Also available are matching gearheads, the planetary gearhead 6mm and planetary gearhead 8mm, as well as two motor controllers, the ENX 6/8 OPT (optical) and ENX 6/8 MAG (magnetic). The matching planetary gearheads are welded directly to the motor and offer reduction ratios of up to 1000:1. Both are able to transmit short-term torques of 60 and 150 mNm respectively. The motor encoders are available in two versions for each diameter and work with voltages as low as 3V, therefore making them highly suitable for medical devices. The encoders come in a magnetic version and for magnetically sensitive applications, the optical encoder is available.

These micro motors are configurable online and available for dispatch in 11 working days from date order placed.

For more information please contact maxon motor Australia on tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

Ready for RoboCup 2017?

Maxon motor Japan is proud to be a sponsor of RoboCup 2017!

Held in Nagoya, Japan from July 27 to 31, more than 3,500 scientists and robotic developers from around the world gather to test and demonstrate their robots at the annual RoboCup competition.

With five main events being the RoboCup Soccer match, RoboCup Industrial (focusing on logistics & warehousing systems), RoboCup Rescue (using a major disaster scenario, participants showcase their Disaster rescue robots), RoboCup @Home (where Robots assist everyday life in the home, such as kitchens, opening & closing doors etc) and RoboCup Junior (for children between 11-19 years of age) each event highlights the abilities of not only the robots themselves but the brains behind them.

Maxon is proud to be a Silver sponsor of RoboCup with many of our motors utilised in robotic applications. For more information please contact maxon motor Australia on tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

 

NEW! DC motor controller built for Harsh Environments

For applications withstanding tough environments particularly suited to defence, marine, aerospace, scientific research and oil & gas industries.

Excessive humidity, condensation and airborne pollution can cause corrosion, reduce surface resistance, and trigger metal migration. maxon’s new DC servo motor controller is not affected by these conditions, due to the polymer-coated circuit board. Even silicon or lubricant oils do not stick. The controller withstands ambient temperatures from -40 °C to +92 °C. The vibration and shock endurance comply with the high requirements of the Environmental Engineering Considerations & Laboratory Tests (MIL-STD 810F).

This results in a wide range of applications in fields like defence, marine, aerospace, scientific research, oil refineries and automotive systems.

Available to order online from May onwards, the DC motor controller is designed for both brushed and brushless (with Hall sensors) DC motors up to 400 W of continuous power and 750 W of peak power. The Servoamplifier has configurable digital and analogue inputs along with current limits and speed ramp settings.

For more information contact maxon motor Australia on +61 2 9457 7477 or visit our website’s ESCON motor controller page.

Customer alert: discontinuation of DC motor EC25 High Speed

The brushless DC motor EC25 from maxon is being discontinued.

Developed for high-speed spindle applications, the EC25 High Speed brushless DC motor is being phased out and replaced with the ECX High Speed series of DC motors. For example, the ECX SPEED 22 L performs almost identical to that of the EC25, but with a 3mm smaller diameter and offered at a significantly lower cost. The last orders will be taken October 31, 2017 with final deliveries 31 December 2017.

For more information please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

Maxon offer a more affordable and smaller brushless DC motor – the ECX SPEED 22 mm diameter is an alternative the EC25 © maxon motor

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