A complete relaunch of the tendon controlled soft Robot, Roboy, is planned for 2018.
Reported here in 2013, Roboy was the first-of-its-kind Humanoid Robot developed by the University of Zurich. What set Roboy apart was the tendon-operated “soft” robotic features. As a main project partner, maxon motor supplied 48 brushless DC motors, gearheads and controllers that enable Roboy to move in a precise manner. Roboy now lives permanently at the Technical University in Munich where development is focused on enhancing A I. This is where the concept of Roboy 2.0 was born, utilising Roboy as a foundation to create robots that not only move like people but will think like people. At this stage Roboy is unable to stand or walk. Roboy 2.0 will be a complete relaunch and the new version will be able to stand, thanks to development of the legs and components like software, DC motors and technology, it is hoped that by 2018 Roboy 2.0 will stand on his own two feet and interact with us.
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A robot operates the opposing player rods on a Foosball table and has won against human players.
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) has developed a foosball table with autonomously operated robotic rods. The table has a transparent playing surface with a camera that locates the ball by taking up to 300 images per second. These images are immediately evaluated and sent to control the rods, which are powered by maxon EC-4 pole DC brushless motors with gearheads and motor controllers. The rods stop the ball and aim for the goals. The students aim to make the robot even more intelligent by programming the robot to analyse opponents players, find gaps in the defence and predict the ball’s trajectory.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The new robotic system is used in surgery to treat disorders of the retina. © Preceyes
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.
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Maxon’s A-max DC motor and GP22 planetary gearhead maxon motor
The analysis system STAR Max. © Stago
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.
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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
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.
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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
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.
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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.
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