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maxon establishes collaborative innovation lab

maxon motor have formed an innovation lab with the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts has entered a partnership with maxon motor headquarters by setting up an R&D lab on campus. Perfectly married where the University contributes its R&D expertise in the fields of robotics, mechatronics and embedded systems; and maxon motor will supply DC motors and accessories alongside practical experience. The aim is to develop intelligent mechatronic systems at the grass-roots level.

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

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New 30mm brushless DC motor range

maxon motor have released a new range of 30mm diameter brushless DC motors in versions that offer increased torque or increased speed.

The new range will initially consist of 4 power versions ranging from 30 to 75W. They feature uncompromised quality with all stainless steel laser welded flanges and body. Stainless steel large dimension preloaded ball bearing system and a hardened stainless steel shaft. They integrate into the maxon modular system with a range of encoder and gearbox selections allowing engineers to create a dedicated mechatronic solution for each application. The range uses the latest production technologies offered by maxon motors new manufacturing facility in Korea which achieves a cost competitive solution suitable for general automation, power tools, seat actuators and process control machinery. Maximum speeds of 15,000rpm and selectable winding configurations allowing for use on 12V, 24V and 48V DC systems add versatility and this is coupled with torque levels over 100mNm from a 30mm diameter motor. These features give the new product series a unique offering compared with traditional maxon brushless DC motor products, further expanding application possibilities.

Contact maxon motor Australia for assistance or information. Ph: +61 2 9457 7477.

Technical report on energy efficiency in small DC motors

The maxon academy have released a new two part technical report into the energy efficiency of small DC motors, micro drives and subsystems.

The maxon motor academy headed by Dr Urs Kafader provides acclaimed technical reports, educational textbooks and technical training on all aspects of DC motor drive systems and associated control devices. The latest technical document authored by maxon motor technical trainer Jan Braun focuses on energy efficiency and highlights how motor efficiency requirements have affected the design of many products. Application examples and selection processes are given throughout. Topics include motors operating in the no-load range, motors operated at standstill, control, load mechanics, pulse width modulation and motor chokes. In an increasingly battery powered and greener world high efficiency design and the correct selection of components are becoming more and more important. maxon motor strives to further educate not only its own engineers but also the designers of the future. Contact maxon motor Australia for a full copy of the technical report and other resources that are available from the maxon academy. Ph: +61 2 9457 7477.

Brushless DC motor – pushing it to the limit

When prototyping for applications with extreme requirements for brushless DC motors, fast condition monitoring is critical.

Motor applications with limited space available and comparatively large power requirements can push a motor very close to burning out. In theory, it is possible to use temperature calculations for the motor winding with the help of thermal resistance rating from the motor data sheets, ambient temperatures, heat sinking details and housing characteristics. This is always considered first and then tolerances and safety margins are considered. Following this thermal modelling software and imaging can be evaluated. However some applications push a motor so close to the edge, that only real product prototype testing can be relied upon. Simply installing motors and testing how hard you can push them can also be a costly exercise and does not give enough reliable data. Actual winding temperature sensing on the motor is a solution maxon motor offer for these extreme cases. By inserting sensors through ports in the magnetic return stack and in direct contact with the winding, maxon motor can give customers a device that monitors winding temperatures without the thermal time constant delays experienced when measuring winding resistance and using housing thermal time constants.

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

Play foosball against a robot!

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.

For more information on DC motor technology please contact maxon motor Australia on tel. 61 2 9457 7477.

Custom DC motor for maximum power density

New brushed DC motor design from maxon motor.

maxon motor Australia have configured a combination of brushed DC motor, planetary gearhead and digital incremental encoder with completely customised features for a prominent medical manufacturer and have produced it in 11 working days.

An interactive 3D model of the entire assembled combination showing all modifications and final production part numbers can now be generated within an hour of specification request along with data sheets showing the working points of the application. The new process eliminates large amounts of traditional internal procedures, with the robotic production line and parts procurement all linked together with the new design tool. The new motor pictured below shows a unique stepped planetary gearhead that uses a 26mm diameter on the high speed input stage and a 32mm on the high torque output stage. Focusing the wear and strength attributes by placing components specific to their role also increases the motors power density. In order to allow for the full use of shaft length that is tailored for the application, a new process of laser welding the inner race of the output bearing directly to the shaft material has been used over the traditional methods of c-clips and shaft collars. This is also naturally stronger than glue and press fit methods. The motor is capable of producing over 10,000rpm and the gearhead up to 12Nm with ratios to 1526:1. Zero cogging and linear characteristics combined with new encoder resolutions up to a staggering 65,536cpt open new position control possibilities for automation, tool and robotics applications.

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

More DC motors on Mars in the 2020 Rover

Maxon motor have supplied DC motor and gearhead combinations for NASA’s fifth Rover mission – the 2020 Mars Rover.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is building a Rover that will travel to Mars in 2020. The purpose of this operation is to collect dozens of soil samples, seal them and leave them on Mars for future pick-up. Nine brushless (flat) pancake DC motors and gearhead combinations from maxon’s standard range – that have been heavily customised to withstand the harsh conditions on Mars – are used in the sample handling arm, specifically developed for this mission.

The sample handling arm moves the containers from station to station within the sampling system. Additional DC motors are also in the Rover and assist with obtaining the samples and sealing the containers. Maxon’s brushless DC motors and gearheads need to survive the powerful entry, descent and landing sequence as well as the harsh daily conditions on Mars with sandstorms and temperatures ranging from -130 to +70ºC.

From the outside, the Mars 2020 rover looks similar to its precursor Curiosity, that is still operating on Mars. The 2020 mission will have several new instruments on board to deliver unique new data. A key objective will be to search Mars for bio-signatures. Another instrument on board will test whether it’s possible to generate oxygen from the atmosphere for possible future human visits. However, the most significant innovation is the ability to take rock samples in several locations and prepare them for return to Earth.

For assistance on customised DC motor technology for applications in harsh environments please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

Maxon motor posts record revenues.

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.

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

Maxon DC motors in the world’s fastest elevator

The Shanghai Tower building is the second tallest in the world with a lookout platform 561 metres high. To get to the viewing platform, maxon DC motors will open the lift doors for you.

Three express elevators service the world’s highest lookout platform within the Shanghai Tower. Moving at a speed of 20.5 meters per second the express elevators will bring you to a mesmerising view in less than 30 seconds. A maxon DC motor opens and closes both the doors of the elevator cab and the doors at each individual floor. The DC motors were selected for being small yet powerful, reliable, energy-saving and intelligent. For more information on DC motor technology please contact maxon motor Australia on tel. 61 2 9457 7477.

Discontinuation of maxon EC19 DC motor and GP19 planetary gearhead.

With the introduction of the ECX 19 SPEED brushless DC motors, maxon are phasing out the EC 19 and Planetary Gearhead GP 19.

The EC 19 and the GP 19 M were officially introduced in 2014. They will be replaced with brushless DC motors – the ECX SPEED 19 series. Final orders will be received up to December 22, 2017 with last delivery scheduled for March 30, 2018.

The alternative is the brushless ECX range of DC motors. Configurable online, these brushless DC motors are sterilisable, have ceramic bearings and are available with or without hall sensors. With an ironless winding these DC motors have an exceptionally large speed range, high power, excellent control characteristics and are highly durable. Choose from matching gearheads and with the option to configure the electrical connection.

For more information on an alternative DC motor or for application assistance, please call maxon motor Australia on tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

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