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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.

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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.

maxon takes another step toward being a provider of complete drive systems

maxon motor is excited to announce the acquisition of British gear motor manufacturer Parvalux Electric Motors Ltd. This expands maxon’s product portfolio and introduces new capabilities within the medical technology and industrial automation fields, amongst others.

maxon motor acquired the British-based Parvalux Electric Motors Ltd. Parvalux has been in operation for more than 70 years and offers brushed DC motors, AC motors and gearheads. Covering three production sites across the UK and with more than 185 employees, Parvalux generated revenues of £23 million annually with exports reaching approximately 40% worldwide.

The new technologies available to maxon include AC motors, worm gearboxes and DC drives with power ranges up to 1.5 kW. maxon is also better placed to serve the industry (robotics and transport systems) and medical technology (stair lifts, electric wheelchairs, etc.) markets.

In turn Parvalux benefits from maxon’s global sales network for its continued growth, and plans to expand the business’s workforce. The management board of Parvalux remains unchanged and an agreement to keep the price of the acquisition will remain confidential.

Another alignment between maxon and Parvalux was their vision to provide highly customised solutions tailored to individual customer requisites. maxon’s strategy of long-term sustainable growth is evident in this partnership. “We want to be a long-term market leader in the drives market and offer our customers the best service possible,” says maxon CEO Eugen Elmiger. Chairman of the board of directors Dr. Karl-Walter Braun adds: “I’m confident that Parvalux will contribute to this goal with its know-how and high quality products, and that the company will prove to be an outstanding addition to the maxon world.”

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

Micro DC motor perfectly adapted

This very small DC micromotor has morphed into a perfect application solution. It is in fact, a brushed DC motor, planetary gearhead and magnetic encoder customised to suit the application.

Being only 10mm diameter it requires close inspection to notice the unique changes that have been made to the motor solution. Through extensive and vigorous testing the design engineers for the end application have individually examined and “tweaked” almost every feature. The first prototypes delivered used a standard maxon RE10 motor and GP10 planetary gearhead. It was found that the extremely space constrained location where the motor is mounted required the assembly technicians to tightly bend the cables where they exited the digital encoder. This caused strain on the solder terminations of the encoder PCB. maxon quickly implemented the customers following request for a resin to be applied at the cable exit to assist with strain relief. This assisted to an extent by making the motor design more robust however it was what is commonly referred to as a “band-aid solution”. Further testing revealed the true cause of the cable strain came about because of an unspecified cable exit angle with relation to the customer fitted custom front flange for the motor. Also further exacerbated by the screw on mounting assembly between the motor and gearhead that allowed for various angle of orientation that were torque dependent. This in a small number of occasions caused the cable to interfere with other components in the machine. A solution offered by maxon motor Australia was that at the point of motor fabrication, the front motor mounting flange and customer drive element be laser welded in place. This is difficult enough to achieve given the motors micro dimensions but additional drastic changes had to be made to facilitate the customisation. This being a completely redesigned gearbox with a stainless steel construction to enable welding of the flange to the motor body. A special jig was constructed to hold the motor and encoder cable exit in specific orientation with the front flange whilst welding takes place to ensure consistent part relationship. Thus, over time maxon motor have morphed a standard catalogue motor and gearhead into a perfectly suited custom solution.

Contact maxon motor Australia at their Sydney office on Ph: +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.

Nature inspiring robotics

For many, many years nature has inspired engineers in evolving and enhancing technology to create powerful and proficient robots. Here are some examples of current creative developments.

Birds, Dogs, Snakes and Elephants are just some of the animals inspiring mechatronic engineers to design state of the art robots. Here maxon takes a closer look.

The bionic bird A French company has developed a bionic bird toy that can be controlled with a smartphone. A lightweight 9 grams, the bird can achieve speeds of up to 20 km/h and has a range covering more than 100 metres. The bird presents an alternative to propeller drones.

bionic bird

ANYmal Engineers at ETH Zurich developed a four-legged robot that was made for very harsh conditions and can move autonomously. Since its inception in 2009, ANYmal has evolved into machine that can conquer inclines, run, jump and press elevator buttons. Using laser sensors and cameras, the robot continuously creates a map of its terrain, knows where it is and navigates through the changing landscape. Weighing around 30 kg it can carry a payload up to 10kg and run for 2 hours on a fully charged battery. The future use for the ANYmal is expected for inspections, rescue operations or the entertainment industry.

anymal

The underwater snake

A modular underwater robot snake has been developed for use in inspections, maintenance and repair work reaching distances and places that conventional underwater robots are unable to reach. The robot is flexible and has moving connecting parts with the option of mounting tools. Inside the connecting modules are maxon brushless DC motors with customised gearheads. The underwater robot has been in constant development for 10 years with the current model reliant on a cable. Future versions include keeping the robot on the bottom of the ocean indefinitely at a docking station from where it can launch into action when needed.

underwater snake

SnakeBot

This robot was named so because it moves like a snake. With a diameter of 6cm it can fit into narrow spaces making it suitable for inspection in unstable environments such as after earthquakes. With independent modules the SnakeBot can also climb up plant legs and posts. There are approx.. 20 maxon EC20 flat brushless motors in the snake, selected for both their high torque and ability to withstand short periods of overload.

snakebot

BionicMotionRobot

This robot is modelled on an octopus’s tentacles and elephant’s trunk. With skin made of innovative fibre technology this robot offers flexible movement that can bend in three different directions at the same time. The robot is pneumatic and lightweight with 12 degrees of freedom and can carry up to three kilos of payload.

octophant

For further information on any of these examples please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

Shining a light on motor applications.

Brushless flat DC motor with hollow bore for air and light transmission.

Today we exhibit a new motor development featuring a Brushless DC (BLDC) flat motor. Flat motors are also commonly referred to as pancake motors. This unit has a body length of just 38mm and an output power of over 157W and 6000rpm at the shaft in the application. The average motor power rating for the series across 6 variants is 100W. The overall motor diameter is 68mm and it can be supplied with or without protective covers for IP rating. The motor is available with an internal encoder with resolutions up to 16,384qc per revolution making it suitable as a rotary stage of robotic joint actuator. The unique feature though is the motors hollow shaft. This is to enable customers to pass light or air through the bore of the motor. Air transmission is a common requirement for packaging and placement machinery and light or fibre is a common requirement for film and camera gimbal applications. This motor was also manufactured with the customers shaft length and bore specifications in combination with a custom rear shaft extension at the rear from the motor rotor.

Contact maxon motor Australia for motor specifications or assistance with a custom solution Tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

New maxon motor catalogue

maxon motor have released the 2018/19 catalogue. Entitled “High precision drives and systems” the new catalogue theme is based on maxon motors focus on building complete drive systems including DC motors, gearheads, sensors and controllers.

maxon motor will continue to be the world’s leading supplier of high precision brushed and brushless DC motors and gearheads but also have expanded into cross-platform system solutions from a single source. In addition to the new capabilities expansion maxon have released a large range of new products. These include: A new square format 16mm brushless DC motor, 13mm and 16mm ECX high speed brushless motors, the new ECi-30 low cost high torque BLDC motor, an entire range of frameless brushless motors that are particularly suitable for wheel hub applications and robotic joint actuation, new encoders and various new motor control units. The first torque levels from a direct drive maxon motor at 1Nm have been achieved with the new 260W flat motor that is less than 40mm long and a series of motors with a hollow bore are handy for applications that require a passage for cables, air or light. Print versions and online e-paper versions have been released.

For customised solutions contact maxon motor Australia Ph: +61 2 9457 7477.

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