A step-climbing attachment for wheelchairs fitted with maxon DC motors.

Developed by Australian researchers and fitted with maxon DC motors, the attachment is suitable for electric wheelchairs and offers a cost-effective functionality without having to purchase an entire new chair.

The step-climbing attachment replaces an electric wheelchair’s wheels with a DC motor drive mechanism that enables the user to navigate kerbs and single steps. Developed by Dr Michael Behrens from UTS:CAS in partnership with Northcott Innovation, the step-climbing wheelchair attachment has been patented. Dr Behrens said “….it’s innovative because the mechanisms are contained inside such a small space. There’s a lot of power required to do a step-climbing action and it was a big challenge but we’ve got it down to a very small compact space.”

Performance of the step-climbing attachment is enhanced by maxon motors drive system. The same technology has been applied from the Mars Rover providing uncompromising dependability where safety and reliability are crucial. A tried and true graphite brushed motor and ceramic gearhead combination provides a rugged, compact drive train base. Controller feedback via a magnetic encoder ensures high resolution and tight drive system control by the user.

For more than 17,000 Australians who rely on electric wheelchairs to get around, a single step up and down curbs, or in and out of buildings presents barriers to what is usually overlooked by non-wheelchair users. Current research and development is focused on producing a commercial-grade prototype for demonstration.

To view the step-climber wheelchair attachment please click here or contact maxon motor +61 2 9457 7477.


The RE40 motor used in the step-climb attachment © maxon motor



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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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