Could brushless DC motors build themselves?

All this talk about artificial intelligence, swarm technology and autonomous systems poses the question – Could a robot make itself? As reality often follows science fiction any fan of Terminator or Transformers has already thought about it, but what they may not realise is, …..it has already started.

It is starting at a component level. As I walk around the maxon motor factory in Switzerland I see much of the manufacturing equipment like robotic arms, actuators, rotary stages, test equipment and so on are often custom designed machines full of maxon motors. -motors making motors-. But it goes even further. Modern warehousing systems that contain fully autonomous vehicles that can obey traffic rules and calculate the fastest, least congested route are also driven by maxon brushless DC motors. -motors getting the parts to build motors with motors-! The latest manufacturing systems feature direct communications with customers via online portals. All we need now is an assistant robot or software or both to interact with the portal and we have gone full circle. And I will probably be out of a job 🙂

: Brett Motum

www.maxonmotor.com.au

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About maxon motor Australia

maxon motor is the world’s leading supplier of high-precision drive systems. More than 40 years’ experience, constant innovation, top-quality products and competent customer service make maxon motor a reliable partner in the drive technology sector. We are driven by your specific requirements. The product range incorporated in the modular system is comprehensive: Brushed and Brushless DC motors with the unique ironless maxon winding Flat motors with iron cores Planetary gears, spur gears and special gears Sensors (encoders, DC tachos, resolvers) Servo amplifiers, position controllers and control electronics High-tech CIM and MIM components Customer specific drive solutions. maxon motor is a Swiss company headquartered in Sachseln (Central Switzerland) that employs more than 2000 staff worldwide. With 14 sales companies based in over 30 countries, sales partners in another 10 countries and with six production sites, maxon motor are able to provide locally-based and competent customer service. maxon motor helps provide innovative solutions at competitive prices for numerous applications in various markets, such as Medical technology, Industrial automation and robotics, Aerospace industry, Automotive industry, Communication, Consumer applications, Inspection and Instrumentation and Safety engineering. maxon motor Australia is based in Mt Kuring-Gai NSW and our staff will be happy to help you with all your DC motor and technical enquiries. www.maxonmotor.com.au

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