Cost Effective IP rating of brushless DC motors.

Often the cost of IP rated brushless DC motors is not justifiable in an application.

A full IP rated brushless DC motor is often required for open operation in a food or pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. When all of the factory automation equipment is mounted in an open environment with the manufactured product, a full washdown capability, sealed or even motors with full food grade lubricants is required. However, there is a current trend to over specify a motors IP rating requirement when designing an automation device for use in these environments. For example, a brushless motor might only be a single part of a complex device being used in the environment. It could be a Gripper, automated guide, check weighing device or even a complete robotic arm. All these devices usually contain their drive motors in a casing that is itself a sealed housing. The only exposed part of the motor outside of its protective mounting flange is the shaft and the bearing. This is where this new style of brushless motor excels. A brushless DC outrunner style motor taking full advantage of a conventionally cooled winding that gives unprecedented power per volume characteristics combined with a completely sealed flange, rubber sealed bearing and stainless steel shaft. This style of brushless motor construction can provide an effectively sealed unit at a fraction of the cost of a full IP rated motor and also provide a much higher power to volume ratio.

Pictured here is a version of this style of brushless DC motor in 90mm diameter achieving up to 0.5 Nm with a custom configured winding to suit the speed requirements of direct drive joint actuations. Contact maxon motor Australia for assistance specifying a motor to suit your application. Sydney +61 2 9476 4777.


EC 90 flat, 90 Watt  DC motor


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.

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