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More rovers on Mars

In 2020 the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA will send their rovers to Mars. Here’s a comparison of the two machines.

Both rovers are being deployed to Mars in June/July 2020 to looks for signs of life and take soil samples.

Maxon DC motors feature in both the rovers and here we take a look at the difference between the two rovers.

NASA Mars 2020

Mission start: June/July 2020 aboard Rocket Atlas V-541.

There are nine maxon DC brushless motor and drive systems that help collect the soil samples. The EC 32 flat and EC 20 flat motors fitted with planetary gearhead and customised in commission with NASA/ JPL.

ESA ExoMars

Mission start: June/July 2020 aboard Rocket Proton.

More than 50 actuators from maxon assist with the wheel drive, sample distribution and camera movements. There are 17 different configurations of brushed and brushless DC motors including the DCX 10, DCX 22 and EC 40 combined with gearheads, brakes and encoders.

For more information on maxon’s Aerospace capabilities please contact +61 2 9457 7477.

 

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Autonomous delivery vehicles …..coming soon!

Swiss start-up company TeleRetail is testing a prototype delivery robot that delivers groceries/ small packages autonomously.

Called “mobile trunks” these autonomous delivery robots are small containers on wheels equipped with sensors, intelligent software and powerful maxon DC motors. Made and designed to travel autonomously, reliably and without obstructing or endangering anyone, these small robots reduce congestion on the roads and are more economic to run than an electric car.

Maxon brushless DC motors, the EC 90 flat, features in the mobile trunks. Developed in conjunction with maxon engineers since 2016 the vehicle is still in it’s infancy. Before these delivery robots can be produced en-masse, laws need to change. Currently these types of delivery robots can only move around with the use of special permits away from the large bustling cities.

For assistance with your application please contact maxon motor tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

Saving the lives of preemie babies.

Paul is a robotically simulated training model of a 27 week old preemie baby. Created by an Austrian paediatrician to help train medical practitioners, maxon motors replicate the breathing movements of the baby.

Meet Paul. The smallest and most advanced high-end patient simulator in the world. Paul is a 27 week old preemie. He is 35cm long and weighs 1kg. He breathes on his own with a consistent heartbeat. His chest gently moves up and down, veins and arteries are visible under his thin skin. Paul needs artificial respiration and will sometimes turn blue.

Born to train medical staff in emergency situations that occur every day in neonatal intensive care units, the creator of Paul is Jens-Christian Schwindt, an ex-paediatrician in the Division of Neonatology of the Vienna General Hospital. In 2015 Schwindt started his company SIMCharacters, that arose from a need where “Critical situations in preterm care have to be trained time and time again, under as realistic conditions as possible, to ensure that everything goes equally smoothly in a real crisis” says Schwindt. With the ability to evoke emotions and cry, the baby looks exceptionally lifelike and is full of high-technology on the inside. His skull hosts a Linux system, he is charged cordlessly by induction using a customary charging pad. Paul can be operated for up to two hours. When he has difficulty breathing or the oxygen saturation drops, his head turns blue. Sophisticated hardware and software fit into a silicone skin.

maxon DC motors, gearheads and sensors ensure that the thorax and abdomen move in accordance with the programmed test scenarios. Three DCX 12mm motors with gearhead and sensors are used – two for Paul’s thorax and one for the abdomen. Another maxon DCX 6mm motor moves a valve in the lung of the simulator, with a total of 40 motors installed. The motors were selected for their torque, density and quiet running. The robust design and the ironless maxon rotor make these motors a perfect fit for this unique application. Maxon’s DCX motors are brushed and available in sizes from Ø 6 – 35 mm. They can be easily configured online and customer can select from graphite and precious metal brushes, sintered and ball bearings, and many other components.

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

CANOpen based brushless DC motor with position control.

An integrated approach in a decentralised world. maxon brushless DC motor with internal position controller and encoder.

Particularly suitable for manufacturing lines and process control applications the maxon integrated drive features a maintenance free combination of a 54 mNm 12, 24 and 48V brushless DC motor, 4000qc 3 channel incremental encoder with line driver (complimentary channels) and a full digital position and speed control unit. The position control is offered in two versions. One with internal processor and memory for pre-programming and standalone position control operation. This unit also has CANOpen master functionality. The second version is a CAN slave unit. Multiple integrated drives can then be daisy chained off the first and a complete standalone coordinated multi axis drive network can be configured. Alternatively the slave drives can be connected directly with a PLC or FPGA based master. The motor units are supplied with the powerful EPOS studio tool for easy gain configuration and motor tuning. Standardised IEC 61131-3 simplifies development and reduces costs. Planetary gearheads are available in a piece part system allowing adjustment for required application speed and torque.

Contact maxon motor Australia for further information Ph: +61 2 9457 7477.

maxon DC motor control software and firmware updates.

maxon motor have released new software and firmware for the EPOS DC motor position controllers.

Available immediately for maxon EPOS 4 motion controllers are the latest firmware and software releases giving additional functionality supporting the new EtherCAT adaptation module. The release support the entire power range of both stand along position controllers and also the range of OEM style controller modules. The files for the latest firmware version 0130h can be found on the maxon motor website along with the new software version 3.3 of maxon motors configuration studio and GUI. New features of implemented with the firmware update include EtherCAT CoE communication for EPOS 4 units fitted with EtherCAT extensions, Cyclic Synchronus Position Mode and a new object for storage of custom values. Anti-windup behaviour has been further improved along with improved automatic bitrate detection. The new EPOS command library 6.3.1.0 including Windows DLL, .Net Library, LabView instrument driver and Linux Library is also available on the maxon motor website. All documentation has been updated to November/ December 2017 edition. New deliveries will include the updates and a leaflet will be included in every shipment.

For further information or assistance contact maxon motor Australia on +61 2 9457 7477.

3rd Edition. Selection of high-precision microdrives.

Dr Urs Kafader releases the 3rd edition of the popular educational manual, The selection of high precision microdrives. maxon motor are recognised as an innovator and market benchmark for precision micro DC motors (miniature motors). This comprehensive text book covers all aspects of system selection.

mason’s permanent magnet rare earth DC motors embody quality and power density. Constant technological advancements within the micro and miniature DC motor market require design engineers and roboticists to constantly stay up to date with the newest technologies and processes. The latest edition of the maxon academy reference manual enables just this. A technological overview and step by step processes to assist engineers with full motion system design. The text book gives practical information on micro drives, servo systems, control electronics and sensor solutions.

Contact maxon motor Australia for further information Ph: +61 2 9457 7477.

New size BLDC motor released from maxon: perfect for robotics & hand-held device applications

A powerful and cost-effective BLDC motor in a new 30mm diameter is now available from maxon motor.

Now available in a new size and two versions, is the powerful, high torque and low cogging brushless DC motor. The new size EC-i DC motor has a diameter of 30 millimeters and is available in two lengths, each in a Standard and a High Torque version, with a maximum nominal torque of up to 110 mNm at 75 W.

maxon’s EC-i 30 DC motors are a cost-effective alternative to comparable maxon DC motor offerings. The motors have a compact design but are very powerful, making them especially suitable for hand-held devices and applications in robotics. Like other maxon BLDC motors, this range can also be expanded with encoders, gearheads, servo controllers or positioning controllers from maxon.

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

Renewable wind energy harvested from an altitude of 500m.

A new method of garnering renewable energy is being explored and it’s not from wind turbines.

A Dutch start-up company, KitePower is creating a system to produce green energy from Kites. In collaboration with the Delft University in the Netherlands, the approach consists of a generator on the ground that is connected directly to a cable winch that has a steered kite attached. The kite pulls the cable upward by flying in a figure-8 pattern creating a strong tractive force with the ability to reach heights up to 500 metres. When altitude is achieved the cable is retracted (using very little energy) and the procedure is repeated.

The device offers an attractive alternative to diesel generators and wind turbines. In comparison the kite needs less material for construction, is more mobile and can flexibly use winds up to 500m. Of particular benefit to secluded communities, military camps or remote islands the first commercial version is due for release at the end of 2018.

Maxon motor is one of a few companies assisting KitePower. Maxon’s expertise is in developing the control unit for the steering movement of the kite. This included integrating DC motors, different sensors, transmitters, receivers and batteries while considering extreme radial forces on the gearhead. The device uses maxon’s Ec-i 52 DC motor with planetary gearhead and encoder. This combination is usually found in robotics applications for its high torque and compact design.

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

New DC motor technology released from maxon.

maxon motor is introducing new miniature brushless DC motors, brushless frameless motors in kit form and EtherCAT positioning controller solutions.

A number of new products are released from DC motor drive specialist maxon motor. More configurable brushless DC motors (from the ECX SPEED range) in both Standard and High Power options are available with diameters of 13mm and 19mm, along with matching planetary gearheads and encoders. This brushless DC motor has very high speeds and is particularly suitable for power tools and demanding speed & positioning control tasks. All components can be configured online. These customised drives are assembled using automated processes and are ready for shipping after no more than 11 working days.

Newly released is the popular high-torque powerful brushless flat DC motor available in a frameless kit. This means that the stator and rotor are delivered separately and joined only during the assembly of the device. This brushless frameless kit is especially suitable for robotics applications where space is constrained.

Maxon have also developed their compact EPOS4 positioning controller to be equipped with an EtherCAT expansion board for integration into any EtherCAT network.

These innovations are on display from November 28 to 30 at the SPS IPC Drives exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany.

For more information on any of the above new products please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

Driven magazine: out now.

maxon motors global magazine takes a look at startup companies, service robots and DC motor technology.

Startup companies are exciting and driving the world of innovation and technology. Maxon looks at four companies launched recently that have addressed simple solutions to everyday challenges and interview a founder of one of the startups. The magazine covers service robots and the pros and cons they offer, we visit a delivery service for organic products in Lausanne and take a closer look at soccer robots that played in this year’s RoboCup final.

driven is all about DC motor and drive technology and is published twice a year in three languages. All previous issues are available online in the driven app, which can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play Store.

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

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