Global DC motor and drive specialist maxon motor has recorded growth across innovation, markets, revenue and production in 2017.
Sachseln/Obwalden (Switzerland) – The maxon motor group accomplished record revenues in 2017reporting a rise by 8.6% to CHF 459 million (up from CHF 422.5 million in the previous year). All markets contributed to the growth. Cash flow increased to just under CHF 50 million (up from 41.7 million). The number of employees globally increased to 2577. At a 40% revenue share, medical technology continues to be the strongest sector, followed by industrial automation at 28%. With R&D investments of CHF 34 million and more than 360 employees in our R&D sites worldwide, maxon has succeeded in bringing more than 20 new motors and gearheads to market and expand the company’s position as a leading manufacturer of high-quality drive components and systems. maxon looks to the future with confidence.
The impetus of growth behind maxon is mainly from the innovative precision DC motors and drives with high efficiency as well as the matching electronics for controlling complex motion sequences. The company produces in Sachseln/CH, Sexau/GER, Veszprém/HU, Cheonan/South Korea, and soon at its new factory in Taunton near Boston/USA. In addition to the sites above, R&D facilities are also located in China, France, and the Netherlands.
Growth in all markets worldwide
The biggest market in Europe is Germany, followed by Switzerland and the UK. Italy and the Iberian peninsula also grew markedly. After some years of stagnation, a strong growth has also picked up in the US. In Asia, maxon achieved new records in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. In China, maxon has seen double-digit growth over the past years. “The revenue increase by 100 million over four years has posed a great challenge to us as a company in regard to quality and service. Owing to our highly trained employees, we have been able to master this challenge successfully,” says majority shareholder Karl-Walter Braun.
20 + new products released in 2017 alone
One in seven maxon employees works in research and development. As a result of these steadily expanding capabilities, maxon launched more than 20 new electric motors, gearheads, encoders and controllers in the past year. In aerospace, the motors work at temperatures as low as -130°C, while ESA’s Mercury Planetary Orbiter space probe has to withstand temperatures of more than 350°C on its flight toward the sun. In 2020, high-performance maxon motors will be used in two rover missions by ESA and NASA, after having run for more than 15 years in the hostile Mars environment despite a scheduled service life of only a few weeks.
“Our ‘Mission 2020’ strategy for growth, which we launched years ago with the goal of achieving forward integration of drive systems, is showing some initial success,” says Eugen Elmiger, CEO of maxon motor group. “For example, we’ve been able to secure a large order for pump systems to reduce nitrous gas emissions in Diesel cars in the highly competitive automotive market. We also drove forward the development of complete surgical power tools, as well as micro-pump systems used in minimal invasive cardiac surgery.” Eugen Elmiger also expects healthy growth for the user-friendly and efficient high-performance multi-axis controllers made by zub, a company acquired by maxon last year.
Looking ahead: a strong start
The first months of the new year were characterised by strong growth across the group. Pending orders and revenues exceed the figures of the previous year. Due to the overall economic development, the company expects growth to slow down somewhat in the second half of the year. “We will approach further expansion with the necessary caution,” says Karl-Walter Braun.
For further information please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.
Maxon’s miniature high speed electric DC motors align perfectly with German manufacturer KAGs larger BLDC and Brushed DC motors.
maxon motor works closely with Hannover based, German manufacturer KAG motors. KAG produces heavy duty, innovative, reliable EC and DC motors for off-the-shelf or customisable drive system solutions to the transport sector. The industry is heavily legislated with regards to access rights for the general public. KAG DC motors can be found in automatic bus and train doors, sliding steps, access ramps, doors for WC facilities in trains, switchgear, sanding systems, mirror adjustment and auxiliary compressors. The designs are vandalism-proof, vibration-resistant, cogging-torque and noise optimised, and have a slim design where needed. For more information on DC motors for transport systems please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477. Visit http://www.kag-hannover.com/en/ for more information on KAG DC motors.
Close inspection of the gear motor combination reveals the extent of motor customisations possible, normally for niche hand built servo motor and gearhead combinations that the Swiss engineers have become famous for.
Completely configured by the end user, maxon motors new micro DC motors system of online motor design and fully automated construction is set to change the future of motor manufacturing technology. Without human interference the tiniest of microdrives can be tailored to the application via an online tool. From the shaft length, diameter and flat features to the mounting method, gearhead reduction, winding characteristics, cable length and connector type. All direct from the motor design portal to the automated manufacturing line. Laser welded steel construction, dual stainless ball bearings and integral strain relief on a motor with only 6mm outer diameter beguiles Australian engineers. Over 17,000rpm at much lower noise levels than previously attained and torque levels to 200mNm make the new 6mm and 8mm servo gear motors incredibly power dense.
The ultra-small DC servo motors have linear control characteristics, zero magnetic detent (cogging) making them suitable for applications such as micro pumps, medical and laboratory dosing devices and robotics.
Contact maxon motor Australia for application, engieering or project assistance.
Ph: +61 2 9457 7477.
A year of highlights: maxons involvement in technology and innovation throughout 2016.
For more information please contact maxon motor Australia on tel. +61 2 9457 7477.
|maxon introduced MARS (Maxon Advanced Robotics & Systems) a new facility dedicated solely to DC motors in mechatronics drive systems|
|300V brushless DC motor for use submerged in oil and designed specifically for Australia’s increasing ROV and subsea market http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIARELEASE_300V_Brushless_DC_motor_Australia|
|maxon released the very popular ROV Thruster Range, with modified control units available for use in water. Including subsea motors, gearheads, thrusters and compensators http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIARELEASE_ROV_Thruster_subsea_motors|
|Brushless frameless flat motors (pancake motors) are available on request in a frameless form. Suitable for high torque and low speed applications http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIARELEASE_Brushless_Frameless_DC_motors_from_maxon_motor_Australia|
|A tiny brushless flat DC motor with a diameter of 10mm that achieves speeds of up to 22,000rpm was used in a Space application http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIARELEASE_Very_small_brushless_DC_flat_motor|
|maxon Australia delivered a company first – a right angle spiroid and planetary inline gearhead fitted either end of a brushless DC motor http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDREL_Brushless_DC_motor_with_two_2_gearheads|
|Sydney’s Iconic Harbour Bridge received a climbing robot that inspects areas of the Bridge for disrepair or damage http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIAREL_maxon_DC_Motors_in_climbing_robot_Sydney_Harbour_Bridge_Australia|
|A new DC motor position controller was released. With tiny dimensions of 60mm x 62mm and able to drive both brushed and brushless DC motors up to 1500W with 98% efficiency http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIARELEASE_New_DC_motor_Position_Controller|
|The new catalogue was released in May with an unparralled number of new DC motors, gearheads and controllers available http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/maxon_launches_unparalleled_number_of_new_DC_drive_systems|
|A custom long ball screw linear actuator, driven by a DC servo motor and gearhead, showed maxon motor’s ability to provide tailored solutions http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIARELEASE_DC_servo_linear_actuation|
|The first ECX DC motor was delivered to an Australian University. The motor has extremely low noise at very high speeds http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MR_New_line_of_high_speed_brushless_DC_motors|
|Doctors are able to assess a patient up to 1,000km away thanks to an Australian University and robotics haptic technology http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIARELEASE_DC_motors_in_robots_as_an_extension_of_doctors_arm|
|An ROV that takes live video and underwater pictures and streams them directly to your smartphone, tablet or laptop http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDREL_ROVs_with_maxon_DC_motors_controlled_from_your_smartphone|
|Australia’s defence industry received a robust right angle DC servo gear motor, for a very demanding application http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/medias/sys_master/root/8820826144798/MEDIARELEASE-Custom-DC-gear-motor-solution.pdf|
|An ROV fitted with maxon DC motors found the largest submarine built in WWII, lying 190 metres below the ocean. These special DC motor combinations can reach depths up (down!) to 6,000m http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE_maxon_DC_drives_exploring_depths_up_to_6000m|
|An Israeli company, ReWalk Robotics, developed an Exo-skeleton specifically helping quadriplegic people to walk again. Maxon motors control the movement of the hips and knees http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE_maxon_DC_motors_in_Exoskeleton|
|drive.tech a new site for innovation by maxon motor was announced! http://drive.tech/|
|maxon announces a system that tracks and records every component manufactured in maxon DC servo motors http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE_DC_servo_motors_tracked|
|Try before you buy: the maxon motor BIKEDRIVE rental facility opens in Giswil, Obwalden http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE_maxon_BIKEDRIVE_test_facility|
|New sizes of DC motor and Planetary Gearheads available for configuration through maxon’s online tool http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE_new_sizes_of_DC_motor_configurable_online|
|A unique DC motor and gearhead combination was developed for an Australian customer providing solutions for robotic rehabilitation http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE_DC-motor-with-right-angle-gear-and-planetary-gear|
|For use in subsea applications, maxon’s MT-30 thruster is pressure tolerant up to 6,000 meters with oil compensation. The propeller is modified for low noise operation. Other features include: Maximum bollard thrust of 10kgs, Voltage of 27 and weighs slightly over 900gms http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE_maxon_thruster_with_DC_motors|
|A surgical robot gives surgeons the ability to perform microsurgery from thousands of kilometres away, with an added sense of touch http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE-HeroSurg-Robot-with-maxon-DC-motors|
|maxon motor updated their subsea thruster – three sizes received updated performance levels, being the 20, 30 and 40mm diameter units http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE-Brushless-DC-Subsea-thruster-update|
|maxon motor added sterilisable brushless DC motors and gearheads to their online configurator http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/More-to-choose-from-with-maxons-online-custom-design-tool|
|maxon released driven, their bi-annual magazine that focused on developments in the medical industry http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/DC-motors-in-medical-technology|
|Maxon release two new varieties of brushless DC motor – the ECX SPEED 16 and ECX SPEED High-Power DC motors http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/New-high-speed-brushless-DC-motors-from-maxon|
Maxon brushless DC motors, gearheads and encoders are at work in a laser system for CT-guided procedures.
Doctors rely upon high-resolution CT images, for example, to guide biopsies, make diagnoses or for pain relief therapies. After identifying an area for biopsy, surgeons ascertain how to reach the area, where to place the needle tip, what angle to follow and how to minimise damage to healthy tissue. To combat these issues with pin-point technology, a German company designed an automated laser-guided system consisting of a ceiling mounted arc-shaped rail on which a motorised laser positioning unit is affixed. The laser guides the entry point, depth and angle for a needle that is 0.7mm thin.
A brushless maxon DC motor combination, selected for the small size and reliability of operation, meticulously drives the unit on the arc’s rail, which holds the rotary laser. The brushless flat EC motor with a diameter of 45mm is fitted with a planetary gearhead and MR Encoder. Two more brushless maxon DC motors control the rotation of the laser mirrors, the EC-max 16 fitted with a GP 16A planetary gearhead and MR encoder. These brushless DC motors allow for exact positioning of the laser beam and are controlled using three EPOS2 Modules.
For more information on medical application technology speak to a maxon motor Engineer on Tel. +61 2 9457 7477.
The EC 45 flat brushless flat motor Ø45 mm, GS45 planetary gearhead and EPOS2 Module 36/2 © maxon motor
Complex processing applications requiring human interaction require absolute precision to ensure operator safety. New zero backlash brushless DC servo gear motors with absolute encoder combinations supply the solution.
When a mineral processing company required an automation process involving high torque levels in close proximity to the machinery operator, new product thinking was required. The heavy equipment being moved generates considerable inertia that would need to hold under brake tension. Position control of the load requires encoder feedback on the brushless DC motor to compliment absolute encoder feedback on the load and zero backlash on the gearhead to ensure the unit is in the exact position that the control system thinks it is.
The solution pictured is the first assembled combination of a maxon 60mm 48V 400w brushless DC motor, 3 channel digital incremental encoder, 24V holding brake and 160:1 zero backlash gearhead. This new motor solution can hold a 400Nm load continuously and withstand shock loading on the output of up to 2200Nm. Speeds of up to 30rpm are capable from the unit and it is easily configured for use with servo amplifiers or position controllers having zero cogging or mechanical detents.
For further information on this new product combination or engineering assistance with complex applications please do not hesitate to contact our Sydney office. Ph. +61 2 9457 7477.
Advancements in drive technology, news items, blogs and stories come together on the drive.tech website created by maxon motor.
The leading manufacturer of DC motors and drive systems has created a new site for technology enthusiasts. Regularly updated to include projects supported by maxon motor, the latest hi-tech trends, global and robotic inventions, advances in medical applications or MARS / Space expeditions. Experts from within maxon motor share their knowledge as well as application examples showcasing the abilities of maxon DC motor capabilities.
For more information visit drive.tech or call +61 2 9457 7477.
A look at 2015 performance so far and future direction of the DC drive specialist.
Speaking at the annual press conference, Dr. Karl-Walter Braun (Majority Shareholder of maxon motor ag) and Eugen Elmiger (CEO) revealed that so far, the 2015 financial year revenues increased by 6% totalling more than CHF 400 million for the first time. maxon introduced several new products including the ECX-Speed motors, able to reach speeds up to 120,000 rpm and configurable online. Other new products include the ultra-compact brushless 4mm DC motor with medical approvals, powerful High Torque ECX motors and the EPOS4 positioning controllers.
The new Aerospace division was created “Our highly specialised team solves complex challenges for demanding customers who value extreme reliability in their drives” said Karl-Walter Braun.
The strongest market for maxon remained in Medical technology, industrial automation and robotics and aerospace. maxon DC drives are found in many and varied applications, for example, space missions to Mars, surgical tools or humanoid robots.
Technology and investment in R&D remain a priority. maxon has partnered in several customer projects involving complex system solutions that, in addition to drives, also required software development. “Under this aspect, the ExoMars project by the European Space Agency, which is planning a Mars landing in 2020, is extremely interesting”, said Eugen Elmiger. “This is a very big development challenge.”
Said Karl-Walter Braun, “Our CTO system (configure-to-order and e-shop) provides sales teams and customers with a tool that enables them to configure and order the optimal drive solution for their needs from anywhere in the world.”
With many new products and noteworthy projects, maxon is confident about its outlook for the remainder of the financial year.
Pictured: Dr. Karl-Walter Braun (Majority Shareholder of maxon motor ag) and Eugen Elmiger (CEO)
Overview of the maxon motor group
The maxon motor group, with headquarters in Sachseln (Obwalden, Switzerland), specialises in the development, manufacturing and sale of high-quality drive components and systems. The company is present in all key markets and has 2,238 employees. It has production facilities in Sachseln (CH), Sexau (GER), Veszprém (HU) and Sejong (KOR), Neyron (FR), and Enschede (NL). In the 2015 financial year, the group achieved a consolidated revenue of CHF 402.5 million. maxon motor produces the smallest positioning drive in the world, with a diameter of only 4 mm. The development of special motors for low and high temperatures has had far-reaching consequences: maxon products can today be found from deep inside the Earth to distant Mars. More information can be found at www.maxonmotor.com.au
Available in the maxon online catalogue is a bounty of new DC motors, gearheads and controllers.
@maxonmotorUK summed it up perfectly in the latest edition of e-news. R&D is a crucial component of maxon’s innovation strategy and we invest heavily in researching, developing, manufacturing and bringing to market new products. April is a bumper month and we are proud to present the following new designs:
NEW The family of ECX SPEED brushless DC motors is being expanded to include the ECX SPEED 22 and ECX SPEED 22 High Power BLDC motors and the GPX SPEED 19 and 22 planetary gearheads.
NEW EC-I 52 high torque motor. Diameter of 52 mm and a length of 80 mm provides an impressive continuous torque of 417mNm.
NEW High Power planetary gearheads. We recently launched the High Power versions of the GPX 22 and GPX 32. This is now followed with the 12 mm, 14 mm, 16 mm, 19 mm and 26 mm versions.
NEW brushed DC-max 26 S available with graphite or precious metal commutation.
These products are available in the online catalogue http://epaper.maxonmotor.com.au
If you’re based in Australia, speak to a sales engineer locally for information on any of the above products Tel. +61 2 9457 7477.
For more than 25 years maxon motor have focused on motion control of brushed and brushless DC motors, evolving from stand-alone functionality to complete integrated drive systems.
Long gone are the days of placing a DC motor to run by itself in an application. Developments in technology, diagnostics, networking and efficient safety have contributed to the evolution of basic motor functionality to present-day complete small systems. To one end, maxon motor offer simple current & speed controllers and at the other end are controllers for high-performance torque, speed or position control as well as motor integrated devices. The new EPOS4 controller, released in April 2016, stands out from every other maxon DC motor position controller before it because of the controllers ability to achieve maximum power density in very small spaces. There is also the option to program the EPOS4 via various interfaces allowing for a tailored DC drive system that furnishes optimum coordination of the individual components. It also negates the need to possess intricate knowledge of brushed and brushless DC motors.
This article originally appeared in the 1//2016 issue of driven magazine. For more information on DC motor control capabilities call maxon motor Australia +61 2 9457 7477.