Archive | June 2017

Maxon motor posts record revenues.

Throughout 2016 maxon invested significantly in expanding its facilities, bringing a large number of new technologies & innovations to market and expanded on their market leading position.

Sachseln/Switzerland – The maxon motor group further increased its revenues in 2016. Compared with the previous year, revenues grew by 5% to a new record level of CHF 422.5 million (from CHF 402.5 million in the previous year). The number of employees rose to 2,500 and for the first time in company history, maxon employs more people abroad than in Switzerland. The highest revenues were achieved in medical technology (43% market share), followed by industrial automation & robotics (26%) and aerospace industries (6.5%). Investment in R&D rose to CHF 28.5 million in 2016 (up from 27.1 million).

Maxon is increasingly becoming a specialist in mechatronics and systems, launching the first fully sterilisable drive system this year. Drive combination units consisting of brushless DC motor, gearhead and sensor are designed to withstand 1000 autoclave cycles. Maxon’s new DC motor controllers also stand up to extreme ambient conditions. The electronics are protected against contaminants and corrosion by a polymer coating. In addition, the device is highly resistant against vibrations and shocks.

For the e-bike market, maxon motor developed a new S-Peledec motor with a 500 Wh battery and intuitive operation for urban applications. The bike reaches speeds of up to 45 km/h and the device stands out because it can convert any regular bicycle into an e-bike. maxon is also active in the field of autonomous delivery robots. This is a market where the energy-efficient and lightweight drive systems by maxon are in particularly high demand.

For more information on DC motors and accessories please contact maxon motor Australia tel +61 2 9457 7477.

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Maxon DC motors in the world’s fastest elevator

The Shanghai Tower building is the second tallest in the world with a lookout platform 561 metres high. To get to the viewing platform, maxon DC motors will open the lift doors for you.

Three express elevators service the world’s highest lookout platform within the Shanghai Tower. Moving at a speed of 20.5 meters per second the express elevators will bring you to a mesmerising view in less than 30 seconds. A maxon DC motor opens and closes both the doors of the elevator cab and the doors at each individual floor. The DC motors were selected for being small yet powerful, reliable, energy-saving and intelligent. For more information on DC motor technology please contact maxon motor Australia on tel. 61 2 9457 7477.

Customer Alert – motor control software update

maxon Brushed and Brushless DC motor control unit software and firmware update.

With the release of the maxon motor EPOS 4 also comes new functionalities across the range of DC motor position controllers. The new EPOS 4 firmware 0120h is available now and offers a range of new features and changes. Now inclusive of the new EPOS 4 50/5, brushless DC (BLDC) motor commutation is possible with absolute SSI encoders eliminating the need for hall sensors. The upgrade also brings the digital input functionalities of drive enable and quick stop, plus watchdog handling with error signalisation. Performance has been improved on the CAN PDO communication and performance monitoring. To compliment the performance upgrades maxon motor have released the new PC configuration software EPOS studio version 3.2. The new position controller software features a command analyser tool and a CANopen wizard. The new EPOS command library 6.2.1.0 including the Windows DLL 64-Bit and 32-Bit, Net Library, LabView Instrument driver and Linux Library now have support of the new firmware features and support of mixed gateway topologies for windows DLL. Firmware specification, Application Notes, hardware references and command library documentation has all been updated and available at the EPOS microsite epos.maxonmotor.com.au

Contact maxon motor Australia on +61 2 9457 7477 for assistance with DC motor position control.

Brushless flat DC motors going to Mars

Brushless motors from maxon motor are again being used by NASA for the Mars 2020 rover.

For critical tasks you need the best quality. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory have selected nine brushless flat motors from maxon motor for the rover which they intend will take soil samples and seal them in containers for future transport to Earth. Various motion applications are performed. Sample tube holding, the robotic arm, container handling, sample gathering and container sealing. 32mm diameter and 20mm diameter flat brushless motors have been combined with heavy duty 22mm planetary gearheads and modified specifically for the Mars mission in close collaboration with JPL for the difficult conditions experienced with descent, landing, sandstorms and the -130 to +70 degree temperatures.

For information on DC motors and gearheads used in applications operating in harsh environments please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

Discontinuation of maxon EC19 DC motor and GP19 planetary gearhead.

With the introduction of the ECX 19 SPEED brushless DC motors, maxon are phasing out the EC 19 and Planetary Gearhead GP 19.

The EC 19 and the GP 19 M were officially introduced in 2014. They will be replaced with brushless DC motors – the ECX SPEED 19 series. Final orders will be received up to December 22, 2017 with last delivery scheduled for March 30, 2018.

The alternative is the brushless ECX range of DC motors. Configurable online, these brushless DC motors are sterilisable, have ceramic bearings and are available with or without hall sensors. With an ironless winding these DC motors have an exceptionally large speed range, high power, excellent control characteristics and are highly durable. Choose from matching gearheads and with the option to configure the electrical connection.

For more information on an alternative DC motor or for application assistance, please call maxon motor Australia on tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

World First: robotic system for eye surgeries

Dutch company Preceyes developed a world first robotic system for retina disorders, using haptic feedback and maxon DC motors.

Detached retina surgery requires precision to an nth degree where the stability of human hands are no match compared to robotic systems. This is why Dutch company, Preceyes, developed a completely new robotic system for eye surgery. Especially designed for the treatment of retina disorders, the robotic device improves precision up to 20 times more than a Surgeons hand, making operations once deemed impossible due to lack of precision now being successfully performed.

Surgeons operate via a joystick while looking through a microscope. The joystick controls a robotic arm, controlled by maxon DC motors, assisting surgery in millimeter increments. A haptic feedback function allows the surgeon to see and feel their actions and the robotic system supports quick retooling. This is an important factor because it reduces operation time bringing a multitude of benefits to the patient.

For more information on DC motors and drive systems in robotic medical applications, please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

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The new robotic system is used in surgery to treat disorders of the retina. © Preceyes

DC motors in blood analysis machines

High-tech machines analyse human blood samples and detect coagulation disorders. Maxon motor France supplies the DC drives as well as builds entire conveyor modules especially for a customer.

Analysis devices in laboratories and hospitals run 24/7, autonomously pipetting samples to deliver quick results. Such industrial automation equipment must work with high accuracy and reliability. This in turn places high demands on all components of the machines.

Stago is a French company that specialises in analysis instruments for haemostasis diagnostics (for testing blood clotting). Maxon DC motors are found in Stago’s StarMax machine. A fully automated analysis system, the StarMax is equipped with a three-axes robot with space for 215 samples and 1,000 test containers. Working autonomously the machine checks results, compares them and monitors the processes.

There are several varieties of maxon’s brushed A-max DC motor combined with planetary gearheads, that are used for the movements of the rack. With varying diameters between 16 and 26mm, these DC motors were selected for being highly dynamic and easy to control. The DC motors have an ironless rotor and are manufactured autonomously giving them an attractive price-performance ratio.

For more information on applications involving mechatronics and automation please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

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Maxon’s A-max DC motor and GP22 planetary gearhead © maxon motor

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The analysis system STAR Max. © Stago

 

 

Mechatronic drive system in elevator doors

Maxon brushless DC motors and encoders drive lift doors open and closed.

Schindler is a well-known manufacturer of elevators and lifts, moving more than one billion people every day. When we take the lift, we press the button, the cab arrives, we enter and disembark at the desired floor. What is a simple event has alot of technology in the undertaking – in the elevator shaft, motor chamber, control box and in the lift compartment itself.

A motor installed in the cab opens and closes both the doors of the cab and the doors at each particular floor. The requirements of the motor are very specific: small yet powerful, reliable, energy-saving and intelligent. Maxon developed two Door Drives alongside Schindler, using a brushless DC motor with a diameter of 90 millimeters, a MILE encoder combined with the motor and a customised EPOS2 positioning controller. With two power levels, the more powerful version uses a belt drive and is able to move doors weighing up to 400 kilograms. The smaller and latest version is more compact and moves doors weighing up to 120 kilograms.

Encased in a housing, the Door Drive can be mounted directly onto the lift cab. And this is where its real work starts. The ability to adapt to the many different types of elevators, with differently sized cabs, different materials and, depending on the country, different safety standards. After a calibration procedure, the controller of the Door Drive detects the size and weight of the doors, autonomously calculates the optimal parameters corrects them if necessary and drives the doors open and closed.

For more information on applications where DC motor technology needs to be powerful, compact, reliable and intelligent please contact maxon motor Australia on tel. 61 2 9457 7477.

Mechatronic system: The drive solution for elevator doors consists of a brushless flat DC motor (90 mm diameter), an integrated MILE encoder and a customer-specific positioning controller based on the EPOS 2 series. © maxon motor

 

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