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An Industrial Robotic Arm small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

A Canadian company has developed a small robotic arm for industrial applications using brushless pancake motors, zero-backlash gearheads and encoders from maxon.

Introducing the Meca500: An Industrial Robotic Arm that is half the size of a regular industrial robot. Made by Mecademic in Canada and featuring brushless flat motors from maxon, the Arm has six degrees of freedom, weighs five kilos and spans a base around the size of your palm. With a repeatability of 0.005 millimeters, that is, 20 times less thicker than an A4 piece of paper, the Mecas500 has a load capacity of 500 grams.

Maxon’s brushless pancake motors were selected for this application. The EC45 flat brushless motors are renowned for their compact design, long lifespan, top quality and high torque. In the Meca500, the DC motors are combined with zero-backlash gearheads and high-resolution encoders for precise movements. The controller is integrated into the motor and gearhead combination, saving even more space and simplifying the drive operation.

If you would like application assistance or for more information please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

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maxon motor’s brushless pancake motors are available in a variety of sizes and are perfectly suited for robotic applications. The Meca500 has six degrees of freedom and weighs only five kilograms. The controller is integrated into the base.
Images ©Mecademic and maxon motor

New DC motor and drive catalogue

maxon motor have released the digital edition of the new 2017 / 2018 catalogue. Answering the how to’s of motor control it contains valuable motor and motor control reference material.

Containing 480 pages of motor, gearhead and controller information and useful educational material including a technology breakdown, calculation examples and conversion tables the manual is available now for downloading or online reading. New technology listed includes the customisable stainless steel DC motors in 6mm and 8mm. Information on the new very high speed 13mm BLDC brushless DC motor technology that can be sterilised for medical applications. Ultra-small diameter planetary gearing and high speed gearbox designs and the very latest in motion control, explaining modular decentralised DC motor position controllers and high power density DC servo amplifiers.

The link directly to this free information is http://epaper.maxonmotor.com.au/ or contact our Sydney, Australia office on +61 2 9457 7477.

 

More choice from maxon: sterilisable brushless DC motors

Maxon now offer more sizes in their sterilisable range of brushless DC motors, gearheads and an all new encoder.

Now available in a 13mm diameter is the brushless DC motor (ECX SPEED range) with accompanying planetary gearheads (GPX 13 SPEED) and the first of its kind sterilisable Encoder (ENX 13 EASY INT). All fully configurable, sterilisable and optimised for high speeds and low vibration output, making them perfect for demanding speed and positioning control tasks in surgical applications.

A stand-out feature of the sterilisable encoder is the chip used for generating the commutation signals in the Hall sensor version. When coupled with the brushless DC motor ECX SPEED 13 it facilitates extremely precise commutation and reduces heat. The encoder can be integrated within the motor to optimise costs and assists in applications with tight space restrictions. The DC motor combination can be configured online and ready to ship in 11 working days.

For more information please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

New 52mm Brushless DC (BLDC) motor design

Maxon motors new optimisation of the High Torque 52mm brushless motor gives even greater performance.

The EC-i 52mm brushless DC motor from maxon has had the iron-wound internal rotor motor redesigned from 7 pole pairs to 8 pole pairs. This significantly reduces the vibration and noise output of the DC motor. Available in three voltage outputs, 18, 24 and 48V the 52mm 180 W brushless DC motors produce up to 6,000 rpm.

With a correspondingly optimised magnet ring, the brushless EC-i motors with iron windings offer a very high torque density and a low cogging torque. The multi-pole internal rotor is extremely dynamic. It has a solid design, with a welded stainless steel flange and housing, making this brushless DC motor suitable for a wide range of applications such as rotary actuators, valves, robotic joints and process control.

For more information contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

New! Maxon release the first sterilisable encoder.

maxon motor have unveiled the first sterilisable encoder for brushless DC motors. This will create many opportunities for advances in medical technology.

The first steam sterilisable encoder has been released by maxon motor. The ENX EASY is available in two versions, as an incremental (1024 CPT) and an absolute version (4096 CPT). It can be integrated into suitable motors without increasing the length. The encoder has allowed maxon to create the first sterilisable drive system with brushless DC motor, gearhead and integrated encoder.

Ideal for demanding medical / surgical applications where speed and positioning control tasks are performed. Available with ball bearings or in a ceramic version. The encoder delivers high speeds, extremely precise commutation, low vibration and reduction of heat build-up. To optimise costs and space restrictions, the encoder is integrated in the brushless DC motor.

For more information please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

Customer alert: discontinuation of DC motor EC25 High Speed

The brushless DC motor EC25 from maxon is being discontinued.

Developed for high-speed spindle applications, the EC25 High Speed brushless DC motor is being phased out and replaced with the ECX High Speed series of DC motors. For example, the ECX SPEED 22 L performs almost identical to that of the EC25, but with a 3mm smaller diameter and offered at a significantly lower cost. The last orders will be taken October 31, 2017 with final deliveries 31 December 2017.

For more information please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

Maxon offer a more affordable and smaller brushless DC motor – the ECX SPEED 22 mm diameter is an alternative the EC25 © maxon motor

16mm brushless DC motors now available online

All maxon 16mm brushless DC motors are available to order online & ready in 11 working days.

The 16mm diameter brushless DC motors (or ECX 16 SPEED) have been optimised for high speeds (up to 120,000 rpm). Depending on the application requirements, there are various versions of the DC motors available: Standard, High Power, sterilisable (up to 2000 cycles), sensorless or with Hall sensors, or with ceramic bearings for high speeds. The 16mm dia. brushless DC motors in Standard and High Power versions were released in November 2016, representing more torque and better efficiency.

Configurable online, manufactured in 11 days and with detailed 3D product data available call maxon motor Australia on tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

A first: complete sterilisable motor, gear and encoder drive system.

The first of its kind! Brushless DC motor (BLDC motor), Planetary Gearhead and a choice of incremental and Absolute encoder all assembled to order in sterilisable form.

This is the first time a sterilisable encoder has been offered and it opens up new possibilities for the medical automation, laboratory automation and dental fields. A full position controllable system that is sterilisable.

The new encoder will have the optional output formats of both incremental to 1024 counts per revolution or Absolute with a 4096cpt (12 Bit). In standard combination with high speed brushless motors in 13mm and 16mm diameter speeds of 120,000rpm are possible and power levels over 100W. The high input speed gearheads can be selected with the correct ratio so match the applications speed and torque requirements and are of a robust stainless steel laser welded construction. Medical hand tools and specialist tools for controlled environments will benefit from this new development.

For more information please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

New issue of driven out now

The latest issue of the maxon motor magazine, driven, contains interviews, technological insights and the latest from maxon’s DC motor experts.

maxon motor’s first issue of 2017 looks at:

  • Electric motors and the role they play in our day to day life
  • Roboy! Where is he now?
  • Women in engineering: an interview with two maxon motor engineers
  • Examples of the latest applications containing maxon DC motors.

driven focuses on drive technology and is published twice per year in three languages. The print version is available free of charge at magazine.maxonmotor.com

All issues are also available on the driven app, which can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play Store.

For more information on DC motor technology please call maxon motor Australia on +61 2 9457 7477.

Zero backlash brushless DC motor and Harmonic Gearhead combination with internal encoder.

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New levels of torque and position capability are now possible with the development of adaptive hardware for maxon low profile brushless DC motors and harmonic planetary gearheads.

Pictured is a combination showing the maxon brushless DC 70W 24V motor, 2048 counts per turn internally integrated encoder and the new harmonic light weight low profile zero backlash gearhead. The gearmotor assembly increases the torque and reduces the size of previous solutions using planetary gearbox technology. The output capability is 19Nm repeated and 31Nm intermittently, which is ground-breaking for a combination just 55mm diameter and 59mm long for all three components. Having and internal encoder and a zero backlash gear makes the unit ideal for robotic joint and positioning applications in industrial automation, process control and also for precision laboratory and scientific equipment.

Contact maxon motor Australia on +61 2 9457 7477 for further information or assistance.

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