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



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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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