Norwegian company Petro-Marker, developed a device that is able to collect data up to 5,000 meters underneath the seabed. The technology scans the bottom of the ocean in great detail providing information as to the location and size of oil reservoirs.
1,000 metres below the sea the environment is harsh, ice cold and very dark with no natural light. An ROV has strong floodlights that identify tri-pod objects anchored to the bottom of the seabed. These are receiver stations for electromagnetic waves transmitted into the seafloor, giving feedback on the seabed itself and finding resource deposits.
When oil companies want to find out whether drilling at depth is worth the cost, they often rely on Controlled Source Electro Magnetic (CSEM) technology. This technology utilises the differences in the electrical resistance of different bottom layers to provide signs of the location and size of oil fields. The CSEM technology uses a very strong power source to generate an electro-magnetic field, as well as several receivers to record the fields. These tripod receivers are placed on the sandy bottom and pick up electromagnetic signals that have been changed by the layers through which they passed.
In 2016 Petro-Marker placed 25 new tripods in the North Sea. What sets this technology apart is a new measuring method that uses a vertical transmitter and receiver to find resources. This enables a much more detailed resolution and data measurement up to 5,000 meters beneath the seafloor.
The tripods are about 4 meters high and made from a combination of glass fibre and special foams. Due to the sensitive electronics, metal parts cannot be used. This far below the surface, the pressure is extreme, and the salt water is hostile. At the center of the tripods (receivers), the antennas are aligned as vertically as possible on the seabed.
The system uses a maxon controller (EPOS) and a compensator. The units are encased in plastic to protect them from salt-water corrosion. Several modifications were required to meet the requirements of this application: An EC-i 40 motor, GP 42 planetary gearhead and compensator that were all customised. A dual seal, that imitates typical submarine technology, ensures the system is able to resist the enormous water pressure. The control electronics of the underwater drive are housed in a pressure-neutral glass ball that is able to resist the pressures of up to 600 bar – one of the challenges of this extreme application.
For more information or to speak to one of our Sales Engineers call tel. +61 2 9457 7477.
Maxon DC motors are found in a massage system that fits to nearly any shower, converting your everyday shower into a wellness experience.
The focus of a Swiss company’s new massage brush system is designed as an overall experience incorporating massage for tired/ sore muscles, brushing away dead skin cells and supporting blood circulation. The system is a rotating brush that moves horizontally and vertically. It automatically travels up and down a rail, with the option to program a personal massage and using a remote control.
Battery operated, the brush rotation is powered by a maxon DC motor, A-max 32, combined with a planetary gearhead, GP32. For the system’s height adjustment, there is a brushed DC motor, DCX 22S, fitted to a GPX 22 planetary gearhead. The DCX combination motor and gearhead can be assembled online using maxon’s online configuration portal.
Overall, the conditions in a shower – steam, cleaning products, water and humidity – are no problem for maxon’s reliable DC motors and Planetary gearheads.
For more information or application assistance please contact maxon motor Australia Tel. +61 2 9457 7477.
The Aglaja Shower System and maxon’s brushed DC motor and planetary gearhead combination © Aglaja and maxon motor
Welcome to a new year full of exciting technological innovation. maxon motor will again lead the technology push for the most efficient, powerful and dynamic DC motors, gearboxes and controllers.
maxon motor continued to grow in 2016 achieving new records, the maxon motor factory is better, faster and more organised than ever before and all production sites are being expanded. A renewed global focus and streamlining will increase our organisations efficiency with more access to experts in specific application areas. With our increase in capacity and knowledge we will produce more and more complete systems and highly complex sub-assemblies offering further benefits to our customers.
We are eagerly awaiting the Hannover Messe in Germany where maxon motor will present over 18 new products in the 2017/18 program as well as new products launched on the maxon online configuration platform.
I wish all our Australian and New Zealand customers a prosperous year and look forward to helping you succeed.
Managing Director, maxon motor Australia
Tel. +61 2 9457 7477
A year of highlights: maxons involvement in technology and innovation throughout 2016.
For more information please contact maxon motor Australia on tel. +61 2 9457 7477.
|maxon introduced MARS (Maxon Advanced Robotics & Systems) a new facility dedicated solely to DC motors in mechatronics drive systems|
|300V brushless DC motor for use submerged in oil and designed specifically for Australia’s increasing ROV and subsea market http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIARELEASE_300V_Brushless_DC_motor_Australia|
|maxon released the very popular ROV Thruster Range, with modified control units available for use in water. Including subsea motors, gearheads, thrusters and compensators http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIARELEASE_ROV_Thruster_subsea_motors|
|Brushless frameless flat motors (pancake motors) are available on request in a frameless form. Suitable for high torque and low speed applications http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIARELEASE_Brushless_Frameless_DC_motors_from_maxon_motor_Australia|
|A tiny brushless flat DC motor with a diameter of 10mm that achieves speeds of up to 22,000rpm was used in a Space application http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIARELEASE_Very_small_brushless_DC_flat_motor|
|maxon Australia delivered a company first – a right angle spiroid and planetary inline gearhead fitted either end of a brushless DC motor http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDREL_Brushless_DC_motor_with_two_2_gearheads|
|Sydney’s Iconic Harbour Bridge received a climbing robot that inspects areas of the Bridge for disrepair or damage http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIAREL_maxon_DC_Motors_in_climbing_robot_Sydney_Harbour_Bridge_Australia|
|A new DC motor position controller was released. With tiny dimensions of 60mm x 62mm and able to drive both brushed and brushless DC motors up to 1500W with 98% efficiency http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIARELEASE_New_DC_motor_Position_Controller|
|The new catalogue was released in May with an unparralled number of new DC motors, gearheads and controllers available http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/maxon_launches_unparalleled_number_of_new_DC_drive_systems|
|A custom long ball screw linear actuator, driven by a DC servo motor and gearhead, showed maxon motor’s ability to provide tailored solutions http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIARELEASE_DC_servo_linear_actuation|
|The first ECX DC motor was delivered to an Australian University. The motor has extremely low noise at very high speeds http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MR_New_line_of_high_speed_brushless_DC_motors|
|Doctors are able to assess a patient up to 1,000km away thanks to an Australian University and robotics haptic technology http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDIARELEASE_DC_motors_in_robots_as_an_extension_of_doctors_arm|
|An ROV that takes live video and underwater pictures and streams them directly to your smartphone, tablet or laptop http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/MEDREL_ROVs_with_maxon_DC_motors_controlled_from_your_smartphone|
|Australia’s defence industry received a robust right angle DC servo gear motor, for a very demanding application http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/medias/sys_master/root/8820826144798/MEDIARELEASE-Custom-DC-gear-motor-solution.pdf|
|An ROV fitted with maxon DC motors found the largest submarine built in WWII, lying 190 metres below the ocean. These special DC motor combinations can reach depths up (down!) to 6,000m http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE_maxon_DC_drives_exploring_depths_up_to_6000m|
|An Israeli company, ReWalk Robotics, developed an Exo-skeleton specifically helping quadriplegic people to walk again. Maxon motors control the movement of the hips and knees http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE_maxon_DC_motors_in_Exoskeleton|
|drive.tech a new site for innovation by maxon motor was announced! http://drive.tech/|
|maxon announces a system that tracks and records every component manufactured in maxon DC servo motors http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE_DC_servo_motors_tracked|
|Try before you buy: the maxon motor BIKEDRIVE rental facility opens in Giswil, Obwalden http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE_maxon_BIKEDRIVE_test_facility|
|New sizes of DC motor and Planetary Gearheads available for configuration through maxon’s online tool http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE_new_sizes_of_DC_motor_configurable_online|
|A unique DC motor and gearhead combination was developed for an Australian customer providing solutions for robotic rehabilitation http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE_DC-motor-with-right-angle-gear-and-planetary-gear|
|For use in subsea applications, maxon’s MT-30 thruster is pressure tolerant up to 6,000 meters with oil compensation. The propeller is modified for low noise operation. Other features include: Maximum bollard thrust of 10kgs, Voltage of 27 and weighs slightly over 900gms http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE_maxon_thruster_with_DC_motors|
|A surgical robot gives surgeons the ability to perform microsurgery from thousands of kilometres away, with an added sense of touch http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE-HeroSurg-Robot-with-maxon-DC-motors|
|maxon motor updated their subsea thruster – three sizes received updated performance levels, being the 20, 30 and 40mm diameter units http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/PRESSRELEASE-Brushless-DC-Subsea-thruster-update|
|maxon motor added sterilisable brushless DC motors and gearheads to their online configurator http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/More-to-choose-from-with-maxons-online-custom-design-tool|
|maxon released driven, their bi-annual magazine that focused on developments in the medical industry http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/DC-motors-in-medical-technology|
|Maxon release two new varieties of brushless DC motor – the ECX SPEED 16 and ECX SPEED High-Power DC motors http://www.maxonmotor.com.au/maxon/view/news/New-high-speed-brushless-DC-motors-from-maxon|
maxon motors brushless DC subsea thruster and submersible actuators update.
maxon motor produce a range of underwater actuators and subsea thrusters for the oil and gas industry and general ROV applications. They utilise maxon brushless DC motors and planetary gearheads submerged in oil filled housings to achieve ground-breaking performance when used submerged in water. Three sizes have received updated performance levels. The 20, 30 and 40mm diameter units. The standard propellers are an effective compromise between high bollard thrust and high efficiency. maxon motor can also provide calculations for optimisation of the propeller thrust in each application. Starting with the 20mm thruster, it is fitted with a standard option 50mm diameter 3-blade propeller. It can produce peaks of over 2.5kg thrust and has a weight in air of 290g and 145g in water. The 30mm can produce over 5kg of thrust from an 80mm propeller weighing in at 450g in air and 262g in water. The 40mm with a 110mm propeller achieves over 11kg thrust peaks. All units are recommended for oil filling with Panolin HLP Synth 15 and are fitted with industry standard Subconn connectors. Pressure compensation is achieved vial optional compensation modules recommended for each thruster size.
maxon motor Australia can assist with refining a brushless DC subsea thruster to suit your application requirements. Contact us on +61 2 9457 7477.
High precision drives specialist, maxon motor introduces high-end solutions for underwater applications.
Today’s modern technology must be equipped to withstand extremely harsh conditions found deep in the ocean. These conditions often include high pressure and high oxidation levels. maxon motor as a world leader in drive systems has worked closely with research institutes and universities to provide solutions that meet the many demanding challenges for electrical and mechanical components required for underwater systems.
Electrical actuated underwater vehicles like ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicles) and AUVs (Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles) require drives which are light weight, highly efficient and compact design. maxon’s program of aquatic solutions offer these features and much more. The core element is a motor-gear combination based on a brushless DC-motor and a planetary gearhead. These underwater drives are designed with a high quality polymer housing to ensure protection against the harsh underwater elements.
maxon’s MT-30 thruster is pressure tolerant up to 6,000 meters with oil compensation. The propeller is modified for low noise operation. Other features include: Maximum bollard thrust of 10kgs, Voltage of 27 and weighs slightly over 900gms.
For more information on underwater drives for subsea applications, please contact maxon motor Australia tel +61 2 9457 7477 or email email@example.com
An ROV fitted with maxon DC motors found the largest submarine built in WWII, lying 190 metres below the ocean. The DC motors and drives have the ability to reach depths up to 6,000m.
A powerful maxon DC motor and planetary gearhead fitted with ceramic components, was the driving system behind an ROV that found the I-402 Japanese Submarine, destroyed by US forces at the end of WWII. Fitted with sonar, depth gauge, scanner, high-res camera and powerful LED lights the ROV is controlled by an operator using a compass and real-time video stream. The maxon DC drives are also fitted to the underwater gripper and camera adjustment mechanism.
The motors and gearheads were selected for their high power, small size, low noise and ability to withstand vibrations to prevent the seals failing when underwater. The DC motors ability to reach depths of up to 6,000 metres was crucial in determining appropriate drive systems for the ROVs. Re-discovered in mid-2015, the submarine was able to be identified thanks to the ROVs powerful lights illuminating its unique features.
For more information on ROVs or motor drive systems for underwater exploration please call maxon motor Australia Tel +61 2 9457 7477.
Above: comparison of the highest & lowest points on Earth. Below: The Seamor ROV © 2016 maxon motor ag
An ROV that takes live video and underwater pictures and streams them directly to your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
The brainchild of Aquabotix Technology Corporation, the HydroView ROV was designed with user friendly functionality for widespread accessibility. Operated by tilting the device similar to playing a video game, the ease of control with accurate underwater movement was a blueprint essential, as well as intuitive operation and user-friendly interface for quick uptake. Weighing less than 5kg total the motion system consists of thee propellers each run by a separate brushed maxon DC motor. The maxon A-max DC motor has low vibration and is smooth running. The specifications were tailored to a longer motor shaft which typically would intensify vibrations created from within the motor. Vibrations compromise the video recording, can trigger system leaks and deteriorate the electronics and drive functions. Not only does the A-max DC motor withstand vibrations but it provides high torque and is physically small. The 26mm motors are lightweight and proficient, operating from 10 volts for up to three-hours operation on a full battery. The two DC motors placed on either side of the ROV control the speed up to 3 knots. The third DC motor is on the back of the ROV providing depth control up to 45 metres.
For more information on DC motors for use in ROV applications please contact maxon motor Australia on +61 2 9457 7477.
The maxon A-max 26 Ø26 mm graphite brushes 7w and the HydroView ROV © 2016 maxon motor ag.
With the successful launch of the MT30 subsea ROV thruster from maxon motor, the drive specialist is expanding the range of ROV thruster sizes and submersible motors with pressure compensation vessels.
The MT30 subsea ROV thruster from maxon motor created a huge impression with 10Kg of bollard thrust from a 30mm diameter submersible brushless DC motor. Soon it will become just one option in the range of thrusters from the DC motor manufacturing marque. With a natural affinity suited to harsh application requirements the maxon range of heavy duty brushless motors (HD motors) were designed originally for use in down hole drilling rigs where extremely high shock, vibration and temperatures are experienced. The brushless HD motors in each power level have a version designed for submersion in oil. It is natural progression for the oil filled motors to be encased and pressure compensated for use submerged in seawater. This can be in the form of a thruster for underwater craft propulsion, an actuator for underwater instrumentation or a combined motor, gearhead and sensor feedback assembly totally sealed and pressure compensated for underwater tools and subsea valve control. The thruster sizes will range from 20mm through to 70mm diameter and will be available with the option of subcon connectors or custom cable (umbilical), compensators and control electronics.
Contact maxon motor Australia for further information: Ph +61 2 9457 7477.
Main Image: MT20 Subsea thruster with maxon submersible brushless DC motor.
Above Left: MT30 Subsea thruster with maxon submersible brushless DC motor and pressure compensator.
Above Right: MT70 Subsea thruster for ROV with maxon submersible brushless DC motor.