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New fast brushless DC motor with diameter of 6mm from maxon

Introducing the new configurable ECX SPEED 6 M brushless DC motor that accelerates from 0 to 100,000 rpm in 5 milliseconds.

The ECX SPEED 6 M is a new brushless DC motor from maxon. With an ironless winding suitable for speeds up to 100,000 rpm and available in 3, 6 or 12 V nominal voltage.  With the option of two power ratings, the High Power version delivers approximately 25% more torque than the standard version. The brushless motor is offered with Hall sensors or as a sensorless version. It is configurable and can be combined with matching gearheads and encoders.

This particular DC motor is useful in applications with space constraints that require high precision positioning tasks such as those found in medical and lab automation and robotics industries.

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

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Tailored DC motors now offered as general catalogue products.

Introducing the Ec-i 52 200W High Power DC motor.

The EC-i 52 200W High Torque DC motor was launched as a customer specific project and is now offered as a standard catalogue product. The DC motor has an extended length from 80mm to 110mm. Compared to the current offering the EC-i 52 180W High Torque DC motor, this version offers a 50% higher torque and speed/ torque gradient with a flux collector rotor providing outstanding torque performance. Suitable for a variety of industrial automation applications, extra power can be achieved at a relatively low speed range. In the maxon modular system, the EC-i 52 200W can be paired with the powerful maxon GP 52 C gearhead as well as various encoders and controllers.

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

Discontinuation of USB sticks for the ESCON and MAXPOS products

maxon are discontinuing the USB sticks supplied with the ESCON and MAXPOS products. The information is instead available online.

When customers purchase MAXPOS or ESCON products they have the option to purchase a memory stick of all the documentation, corresponding firmware and software. The demand has decreased significantly for these USB sticks and therefore maxon will discontinue to manufacture them. Instead this information is available online at the maxon motor website. The current setup, product information and supporting documentation are accessible for free download at:

escon.maxonmotor.com

maxpos.maxonmotor.com

For customers who wish to order the USB stick maxon is accepting orders up until July 31, 2019 and the last dispatch date will be January 31, 2020.

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

Brushless motor with encoder and gear. Customised to perfectly match critical servo motor requirements

Requiring up to 22Nm of intermittent torque with only a tiny amount of available space, only maxon motor could custom build the perfect solution for this application. The brushless DC motor contains an internal 1024cpt encoder and is only 22mm long.

Outrunner style pancake motors have an external rotor which offers both advantages and disadvantages. The brushless DC motor has the rotor magnets mounted on the outside of the stator giving the motor more available torque via the additional distance between where the force is produced and the shaft. Essentially, more leverage. However, having an external rotor leaves the rotating mass exposed to the operating environment where it could potentially be impacted upon and create imbalances on the motor.

maxon motor were able to combine a unique combination of a flat brushless DC motor with an internal 1024 count per turn encoder with a ceramic planetary gearhead to meet a customers’ application requirements, though the exposed rotor was a concern for the engineer. By re-designing the front mounting flange of the motor, maxon were able to build a custom rear cover for the motor to protect it and stay within the maximum 43mm available diameter. This must be designed around the thermal requirements of the motor when working in the application environment under the specific loads and duty cycles.

Customisation processes like this for specific requirements then become available for other applications and eventually catalogue components. The motor is now available for system voltages from 12V to 48V with internal encoders from 256 counts per revolution to 2048 counts. There is a ventilated version for high power density, a standard version and an enclosed version.

Contact maxon motor Australia for application assistance. + 61 2 9457 7477.

maxon motor joins Emirates Team New Zealand as Official Supplier

Current Defenders of the America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand, will be competing in the 36th America’s Cup Match in Auckland from 6-21 March 2021. maxon motors’ technical assistance will be a key factor towards success.

maxon motor is delighted to announce that it will be an Official Supplier to Emirates Team New Zealand for the 36th America’s Cup Defence, including the America’s Cup World Series events and Christmas Race. Three times winner of the America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand were the first non-American competitor to successfully Defend the trophy. Their vigorous defence of the 36th Americas Cup will be assisted with the support of maxon DC motors.  The America’s Cup AC75 Class Rule allows the use of electric motors to operate hydraulic valves, drive clutches, rudders and foils. Teams may also use motors for driving simulator platforms and numerous test jigs.

maxon motor Australia Managing Director, Brett Motum, has been working with key members of Emirates Team New Zealand’s design and engineering team. “The motors selected have high power density and they are configured to operate under extreme conditions. The DC motors are also at the forefront of technology, and like the nation of New Zealand, they are small but powerful. The Emirates Team New Zealand designers and engineers cannot afford any compromise in their vision and maxon motor is excited to assist Emirates Team New Zealand to realise their full potential.

Emirates Team New Zealand Design Engineer, Luke McAllum said “In our search for a compact, and powerful electric DC motor, maxon motor stood out head and shoulders from its competitors. During the initial specification and feasibility studies the team at maxon motor Australia have been outstanding and very knowledgeable. We are looking forward to an exciting and innovative collaboration over the next two years developing key components on the race boat in our quest to defend the America’s Cup.”     

For more information please contact maxon motor Australia tel. + 61 2 9457 7477 and visit the Emirates Team New Zealand site.

Australian invention virtual reality fire-fighting system is first of its kind in the world

The FLAIM Trainer™ is a VR system designed to train firefighters. Maxon motor Australia and Dr Karl Walter-Braun tested the FLAIM Trainer at maxon’s Sydney premises. Maxon DC motors are part of the haptic feedback technology creating a realistic kick-back when the fire hose is “turned on”.

Creating real time scenarios to train firefighters is dangerous, expensive, difficult to reproduce, time consuming and not environmentally friendly. But these are necessary to prepare firefighters for the situations they face. To mitigate the risk of these factors, Dr James Mullins, a volunteer fire fighter and a fundamental part of the team within the Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) at Deakin University, developed the FLAIM Trainer™. This world first invention is an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) system comprising of 14kgs of breathing apparatus including a head mounted VR headset, personal protective clothing with heat generation components, a hose-line with branch/ nozzle and a patented haptics feedback system. Incorporated in the FLAIM Trainer™ is hitoe, a wearable, bio-sensing nano-fibre vest which tracks electrocardiogram readings and transmits these signals to provide real time fitness analysis of the wearer during the exercise. This intimate feedback of the wearer’s reaction to the unstable environment widens the applications reach across emergency services, disaster training, upskilling and education options.

Maxon motor Australia have been working with Dr Mullins to develop the haptic feedback system. Two maxon DC motors are used in the FLAIM Trainer™ system. The DC motors are a compact size providing high power and low torpidity. At their annual board meeting, Dr Karl Walter-Braun and Sales Director Felix Herger from maxon HQ in Switzerland, along with Australian Managing Director Brett Motum and new R&D Robotics Software Integration expert at maxon Australia, Dr Carlos Bacigalupo, got to trial the system with a visit from Dr Mullins. Also fortunate to try out the equipment were some local Berowra NSW Fire Brigade and RFS members. The impressive technology got the thumbs up with the benefit of the system instantaneously recognised by those who’ve experienced on the ground real life situations that the FLAIM Trainer™ simulates. The system is garnering global accolades cementing Australia as a real player in the haptics arena.

For more information on the FLAIM Trainer™ visit the website https://www.flaimsystems.com/ or for information on the DC motors in the application call maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

Brushless DC motor with integrated controller

Unique 5 wire Brushless DC motor with integrated BLDC controller provides a new and more conveniently packaged solution.

New from maxon motor is a brushless DC motor that takes a turn away from the Swiss motor company’s traditional designs. The EC-I 30IE motor features a five wire connection to simplify implementation and still give a wide functionality. An independent set speed value connection allows for a greater motor operating speed range over the common two wire approach to integrated brushless motor control. Additional features are a disable, direction and speed monitor output. It is an enclosed design that does not require any airflow through the body for cooling which makes it suitable for harsh environments typical of various industries such as food, packaging, manufacturing, mining & deep sea drilling and aerospace. Despite the internal motor control board the motor has still been designed with a shaft on both ends of the body for orientation convenience and is still part of the modular construction program allowing the addition of ceramic planetary gearheads (reduction gearboxes). The motor is 30mm diameter and 41mm long including the control unit. It has four quadrant control meaning it can control dynamic acceleration and deceleration in both directions. The controlled top speed is 6000rpm from a 24V supply and the 20W power rating indicates a high power density ratio.

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

Let light shine down on Opportunity.

Almost one year to this day 15 years ago, NASA Rover Opportunity embarked on its journey to Mars.

NASA Engineers have been trying to reach the Opportunity Rover in recent weeks, however due to a heavy and persistent sandstorm they haven’t been able to make contact. It’s assumed the batteries have fallen below 24V causing the machine to enter into standby mode. It needs sunlight to recharge the batteries to “wake up” the computer and resume communications.

Opportunity’s six wheels are driven by maxon DC motors. There are 35 drive systems with diameters of 20mm and 25mm for the rover. The maxon motors in the wheels, for example, did more than 78 million revolutions each, under extreme environmental conditions and temperature fluctuations from -120 to +25ºC. The practicalities and knowledge from this successful project are being transferred across developments of new motors that will soon fly to Mars on forthcoming missions by NASA and ESA. “Opportunity has braved many minor and major sand storms over the years and has always managed to recover its energy. We have no doubt that our motors will also run without trouble afterwards,” says maxon CEO Eugen Elmiger.

For more information on DC motors to suit harsh environment applications please contact maxon motor tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

2017: a year of record growth for the maxon motor group

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.

Ambulance E-bikes in a remote African village

In first world countries we take for granted how easy a journey can be to access emergency health care. In a small town in Mozambique, Health Organisation SolidarMed has teamed up with maxon motor to retrofit two Ambulance bikes with maxon’s BIKEDRIVE.

Across dirt roads in a remote town in Northern Africa, pushbikes with special trailers are what is used to transport pregnant women and other patients to the closest health centre. Ambassador for SolidarMed and Olympic Mountain Bike Champion, Nino Schurter, visited the town and tested the bike trailers “I’m an elite athlete, but even I would find it hard to pull the heavy trailer with the patient on it” he said. Maxon motor is supporting SolidarMeds E-bike Ambulance project with two BIKEDRIVE retrofitting kits. The kits are fitted to prototypes that will be tested & developed over two years, and evaluated at the end of 2019. If the project is a success, SolidarMed is looking to expand the E-bike Ambulance project across the entire region.

For further information on maxon’s BIKEDRIVE visit www.maxonbikedrive.com/ or call +61 2 9457 7477.

For more information on SolidarMed’s project in Mozambique, please visit www.solidarmed.ch/en/countries/mocambique

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