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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.

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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.

22mm High Speed Brushless DC gearmotor in DRS system

When you only have 0.2seconds to move your load maxon motors and gearheads are required.

In 2016 the Academic Motor Sports Club Zurich set a world record for electrically powered vehicles by accelerating to 100km/h in 1.513s. Maxon motors are used in the vital race car Drag Reduction System (DRS). The maxon 22mm Brushless DC motor and high powered 22mm planetary gearhead drive rear airfoil. Rotating 165˚ in 0.2 seconds means the gearhead had to withstand very high forces.

To read the full article please visit the applications area of our website. Or contact our Australian office for application assistance. Ph: +61 2 9457 7477.

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Above: maxon GP22 HP – Planetary gearheads are suitable for transmitting high torques of up to 120 Nm.

Main picture: maxon EC22 the EC motors have excellent torque characteristics, high power, and a wide speed range of up to 100,000 rpm.

 

maxon motor online configurator updated

New motors and configuration features available at the touch of a button.

Maxon have added more options to the configuration tool allowing for greater flexibility of DC motor combinations – choose from different motors, add encoders or change gearhead types and reduction.

A new “change” mode has been added that allows replacement in a configuration, for example a brushed DC motor (DCX) can be swapped to a brushless DC motor (ECX). Change the motor windings, bearings and commutation on an existing part number, as well, change the type and reduction in a gearhead. Once your configuration is complete you can buy, add to your wish list, download the specification or create the CAD data.

The guaranteed 11 day turnaround from configuration to manufacture still stands. Visit www.maxonmotor.com.au to take a look at the updates. For application assistance contact maxon motor Australia on +61 2 9457 7477.

Reliable, fast gearheads for robust, sterilisable DC motors

Maxon’s newest planetary gearheads are sterilisable, fast and powerful.

Available in 16mm and 22mm diameter, maxon GPX planetary gearheads are offered to withstand up to 2,000 autoclave cycles (sterilisable) and are just as reliable as the DC motors they are paired with. Perfectly complementing maxon’s newest range of DC motors, the ECX range, these motors have the ability to reach speeds up to 120,000 rpm emitting little-to-no heat and very little vibration. The ECX is available in ceramic, high-power, standard or sterilisable versions. The GPX gearhead can deliver the necessary power needed for applications in the medical, dental, food technology or laboratory sectors.

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

 

Innovation, DC motor technology and the medical industry.

The number of worldwide medical patents filed in 2015 was more than twelve-thousand. The term “innovation” certainly applies to this industry.

In the field of medical technology, surgeon’s tools and machines are becoming smaller. Robotic assistance is commonplace in prostate surgeries. Minimally invasive surgery, surgical tools that can reach sensitive and in-depth parts of the brain once considered too high-risk, are being explored. Machines that aid faster patient recovery times and robots that assist in rehabilitation. Maxon motors are at the forefront of medical technology, working along-side Universities, start-ups and multi-national corporations. Medical applications that have maxon DC motor technology and expertise include the da Vinci Robot, wheelchairs that can climb stairs, aortic pumps for heart patients, implantable dosage systems, robotic exoskeletons, surgical tools and prosthetics.

For more information on DC motors in medical applications speak to a Sales Engineer from our Sydney office Tel. +61 2 9457 7477 or visit http://medical.maxonmotor.com.au for more medical application examples.

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For more stories visit maxon motor’s driven magazine available on-line at maxonmotor.com.au © maxon motor

Maxon DC motors for specialist medical equipment in a biohazard environment.

An Australian company designed and manufactured specialist equipment for use in a mortuary.

An Australian company has designed and manufactured a specialist trolley for use in a mortuary. The design incorporates matching motor and gearbox technologies from maxon partners KAG and Apex Dynamics. The robust DC motor manufactured by KAG was a perfect match with the Apex Dynamics high precision Spiral Bevel Gearbox. Unique considerations for the gear-motor combination such as IP ratings, axial and radial loadings, and corrosive environment were important in this specialist application. The gearbox features a high mechanical rigidity with a single piece construction, precision ground gear sets to optimise efficiency, low backlash and were sealed and lubricated for life.

For more information on DC motors for specialist medical equipment applications please contact maxon motor Australia on Tel +61 2 9457 7477.

 

DC motor with right angle gear and planetary gear.

A unique DC motor and gearhead combination developed for an Australian customer providing solutions for robotic rehabilitation.

When high power levels and tight space constraints are required, maxon motor tailor a solution. maxon motor Australia recently developed this motor and dual gearhead design for a robotic exoskeleton application for rehabilitation of children with disabilities. Gearing with the high efficiency level of over 98% on the right angle transfer has been achieved with the use of an sealed, oil filled helical bevel design. A custom adaptor section has then been specifically manufactured to affix a 52mm 113:1 ceramic planetary gearhead at the helical gearbox input. The use of ceramic components within the planetary gearhead increases the lifespan typically by three times compared to traditional steel planetary gearboxes. The 50mm diameter 48V 200W DC maxon motor also achieves the high efficiency of 94%. maxon motor are renowned for high efficiency DC motors but the careful design and selection of the drivetrain components in this gear motor system has set new benchmarks. A common 500cpt incremental encoder has been fitted to the motor back shaft and when combined with the gear ratio and maxon motor control software quad counting, gives a system positioning capability of 0.001 degree. Such a fine positioning capability is also only possible with the assistance of the patented maxon motor rhombic coreless winding that gives a completely smooth motion void of any mechanical detent or magnetic cogging.

For assistance with the design and supply of customised DC gear motor combinations contact maxon motor Australia Ph: +61 2 9457 7477.

New sizes of DC motor and Planetary Gearheads available for configuration through maxon’s online tool.

Now available for online configuration maxon motor Australia release new sizes of DC motor and planetary gearhead.

Following from maxon motors release of the new ECX DC motor (read about it here), now available are new sizes of the high speed brushless DC motor and planetary gearhead. A complete DC drive system can be tailored to individual demanding applications by adding the EPOS powerful motor controller.

New sizes available include the ECX 8mm and 22mm diameter (in both Medium and Long versions) and eight variations of the GPX planetary gearhead in sizes ranging from 12mm to 26mm.

The benefits of the new ECX range of DC motors include extremely high speeds, low noise, sterilisable and lightweight for applications with compact space constraints.

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

drive.tech: maxon motors’ new site for innovation.

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.

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