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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.

 

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

Customer alert – Discontinuation of spur gearhead GS20A

maxon is discontinuing the GS20 A spur gearhead. Maxons Spur gearhead, the GS 20A was primarily mounted to the brushless EC 20 flat motor. On offer as an alternative is the Planetary Gearhead GP 22A and the GP 22C for use with the EC 20 pancake motor. The last orders will be taken October 31, 2017 with final deliveries 30 April 2018.

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

An alternative to the GS20 A is planetary gearhead GP 22 A – pictured © maxon motor

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.

Fast, reliable DC motors for ice-core drilling in the Antarctic.

Ice-core drilling is nothing new. But maxon motor developed a DC motor gear combination that can drill up to eight times faster than existing drilling, 600 metres below thick ice.

Conventional ice-core drilling takes a long time. The 3.4km deep hole at Dome Concordia in the Antarctic took five years to complete. 800,000 year old ice was retrieved which, up until now is the profoundest look into the history of the Earth’s core.

Using maxon motor DC technology, several small drill-sites of approximately 600 meters are bored to ascertain the correct position to deep-drill. The thickness of the ice and the geothermal heat indicate if it is worth drilling deeper to yield useful scientific results. A process that would previously take two months to complete, but now with maxon DC motors takes seven days.

The DC motor gearhead combination selected for this task was an off-the-shelf, maxon EC 45 250 Watt motor combined with a GP 52 planetary gearhead. Some modifications were made however the basis of the selection was the high power and high torque, with the ability to vary the speed of the motor at a constant torque. Most importantly, the DC motor had to fit into a very compact space within the drill and withstand extreme temperatures.

For application assistance on DC motors for mining, subsea, oil & gas or extreme environments, contact maxon motor Australia on tel. +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.

 

Out now! driven app from maxon motor.

Download the App ‘driven’ for access to all maxon motor magazines.

A refreshed and updated version of maxon’s App driven is out now!  Available in the Apple and Google Play stores (and soon to be available on the Windows Store). driven app contains technical information on DC motor systems, up-to-date & hot off the press stories from industries including Industrial automation & Robotics, Medical and Aerospace applications. Improve your know-how in DC motor and drive technology.

Available in English and German. Find us by entering “driven” and “maxon” in the search field.

For application assistance contact maxon motor Australia on +61 2 9457 7477.

Maxon building a new site focusing on innovation and DC motors for medical devices

An investment of CHF 30 million will see a new center for innovation, R&D and production of maxon’s smallest DC motors and drives for use in medical applications.

At their headquarters in Sachseln, Switzerland, maxon motor are building a new site with construction commencing February 2017 and due for completion by the European Summer of 2018. Keeping in line with maxon’s environmental policy, the new build will have solar installation generating 180 MW hours of electricity per year and a habitat for local plants and animals.

With a focus on the medical industry, to meet future demand projections the maxon medical division will double in size. Producing the successful micro-motor (4mm in diameter) as seen in surgical robots, insulin pumps and medication delivery systems, the demand for this field has grown enormously with the advancements in technology. To meet the strict medical quality mandate, the production area will be equipped with clean rooms including a biocompatible room.

The new facility will also house research & development, complete drive systems in mechatronics and Industry 4.0 networking of production. “The new Innovation Center is a move to strengthen our Swiss headquarters in order to become stronger internationally”, says maxon CEO Eugen Elmiger.

For more information on maxon DC motors in medical applications or for any assistance with your application contact maxon motor Australia on tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

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