The end of an era – Last delivery of the maxon S motor.

Pictured here on the 1978 maxon motor catalogue front cover, the S series DC motor finally retires.

The last S type maxon DC motor delivery (also shown) heads out into the field. It seems like a trivial thing to pay homage at the discontinuation of a DC motor product, though this small DC motor has been an exception. Just like many classic technologies that we remember fondly from our past, to their creators they are part of the companies foundations. The apple 111 from 1981, The VCR from Phillips in 1972, The Sony Mavica camera and who can forget the classic 1973 Motorola mobile phones (bricks). These iconic products helped to create global brands for their inventors but none of them were manufactured for the almost 40 years that the maxon S motor can claim. Sure the motor has been surpassed by its modern replacements in terms of power density and production costs, however the quality and longevity of the motor even by today’s standards would still set a benchmark for many DC motor manufacturers.

The motor has been reliably used in far reaching applications from aerospace and medical devices to basic pumping and conveyor belt products. To many, just another product retirement; to maxon motor, it is the end of a fantastic era. But as always, the old fades away and in steps the new generation – the DCX motor. The old 2332 S motor achieving a modest 15W is today compared with a motor achieving 110W from the same diameter. We can only imagine the performance levels that will be achieved in the future.

Contact maxon motor for assistance:  Ph. +61 2 9457 7477.


32mm S type DC motor on the 1978 catalogue cover © 2015 maxon motor


Last delivery in 2015 of the 32mm s type DC motor © 2015 maxon 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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