Brushless DC motors drive a wheelchair that will climb stairs.

Climbing stairs at a speed of one step per second. Powered by two maxon brushless DC motors this electric wheelchair is safe, maneuverable, fast and easy to operate.

This remarkable wheelchair is widening the landscape for those who rely on wheelchairs for everyday use. University engineers wanted to remove the hurdle that stairs present for a wheelchair user.

Upon approaching a set of stairs, the person will select a function on a touch screen. With sensors and cameras that measure the incline of the stairs, the wheelchair automatically turns around and reverses up the stairs. The person stays upright at all times and is stabilised by the design of the caterpillar wheels.

The wheels and the caterpillars are equipped with two maxon brushless DC motors fitted with ceramic gearheads. The modified gearheads give a longer service life. Selected for their durability, precision movements, quiet operation and lightweight at 3.2kgs the brushless DC drives unite two motion principles in one. Upon reaching the top of the stairs, the chair stabilises and retracts the caterpillar wheels under the chair thus continuing the journey on two wheels. Controlled by a maxon EPOS2 70/10 controller, the digital positioning of the EPOS2 ensures perfect control for both brushed and brushless DC motors.

For more information please contact a Sales Engineer. Tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

Right main pic: Raffael Kϋnzi tries out the Scalevo wheelchair

Top: the Scalevo wheelchair

Middle: The EPOS2 70/10 digital positioning motor controller

Bottom: maxon GP52 C Ø52 mm ceramic version 

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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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