Autonomous robots reaching new heights.

Driven by two maxon brushed DC motors is an electronically powered robot that glides vertically up, or horizontally along, a specially created rail.

An engineering firm based in Zurich has developed a brushed DC motor powered robot to climb up transmission towers. With an integrated motor control unit the robot carries out work in half the time and without personal risk as was previously encountered by technicians.

It is powered by two maxon brushed DC motors mounted with planetary gearheads. Selected for their energy-efficiency of more than 90%, their small size, ironless windings and powerful torque allowing for a load of up to 60kgs. The robot is controlled via the maxon ESCON 50/5 servo motor controller, using software downloaded onto a PC, tablet or smartphone. Equipped with a rotating camera, images and videos are sent back to the technician allowing identification of problems in real time. The robot is fitted with sensors for collision protection and low-battery warning signals. This particular autonomous robot can also be used to fight fires in buildings, cable ducts or wind turbines.

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


The view inside the robot with maxon drives visible.  © 2014 HighStep Systems AG


Two maxon RE40 motors are used in the climbing robot together with planetary gearheads.


The maxon ESCON 50/5 servo controller.


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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.

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