maxon DC motors exploring ocean depths up to 6,000m.
An ROV fitted with maxon DC motors found the largest submarine built in WWII, lying 190 metres below the ocean. The DC motors and drives have the ability to reach depths up to 6,000m.
A powerful maxon DC motor and planetary gearhead fitted with ceramic components, was the driving system behind an ROV that found the I-402 Japanese Submarine, destroyed by US forces at the end of WWII. Fitted with sonar, depth gauge, scanner, high-res camera and powerful LED lights the ROV is controlled by an operator using a compass and real-time video stream. The maxon DC drives are also fitted to the underwater gripper and camera adjustment mechanism.
The motors and gearheads were selected for their high power, small size, low noise and ability to withstand vibrations to prevent the seals failing when underwater. The DC motors ability to reach depths of up to 6,000 metres was crucial in determining appropriate drive systems for the ROVs. Re-discovered in mid-2015, the submarine was able to be identified thanks to the ROVs powerful lights illuminating its unique features.
For more information on ROVs or motor drive systems for underwater exploration please call maxon motor Australia Tel +61 2 9457 7477.
Above: comparison of the highest & lowest points on Earth. Below: The Seamor ROV © 2016 maxon motor ag