maxon motors global magazine takes a look at startup companies, service robots and DC motor technology.
Startup companies are exciting and driving the world of innovation and technology. Maxon looks at four companies launched recently that have addressed simple solutions to everyday challenges and interview a founder of one of the startups. The magazine covers service robots and the pros and cons they offer, we visit a delivery service for organic products in Lausanne and take a closer look at soccer robots that played in this year’s RoboCup final.
driven is all about DC motor and drive technology and is published twice a year in three languages. All previous issues are available online in the driven app, which can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play Store.
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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.
Achieving a combination of zero magnetic cogging and zero backlash in a 24V gearmotor assembly.
This new motor and gearhead from maxon motor Australia achieves over 60Nm on a continuous basis at only 10A current draw with a 24V DC supply. New achievements in the 94% efficient motor which features a coreless zero cogging winding (detent free) coupled with a zero backlash gearhead that features high stiffness levels make the drive suitable for robotics and process applications that require completely smooth motion with high power density. Sealed and lubricated for life the combination can handle harsh industrial environments and a -30 +100C ambient temperature range. Gearhead ratio reductions up to 160:1 can also be multiplied by large amounts by stacking planetary input stages and high resolution encoders allowing for accurate positioning tasks. maxon motor Australia now have the ability to configure zero backlash solutions to suit the application requirements. Contact our application engineers for configuration assistance tel. +61 2 9457 7477.
A complete relaunch of the tendon controlled soft Robot, Roboy, is planned for 2018.
Reported here in 2013, Roboy was the first-of-its-kind Humanoid Robot developed by the University of Zurich. What set Roboy apart was the tendon-operated “soft” robotic features. As a main project partner, maxon motor supplied 48 brushless DC motors, gearheads and controllers that enable Roboy to move in a precise manner. Roboy now lives permanently at the Technical University in Munich where development is focused on enhancing A I. This is where the concept of Roboy 2.0 was born, utilising Roboy as a foundation to create robots that not only move like people but will think like people. At this stage Roboy is unable to stand or walk. Roboy 2.0 will be a complete relaunch and the new version will be able to stand, thanks to development of the legs and components like software, DC motors and technology, it is hoped that by 2018 Roboy 2.0 will stand on his own two feet and interact with us.
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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.
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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.
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maxon Brushed and Brushless DC motor control unit software and firmware update.
With the release of the maxon motor EPOS 4 also comes new functionalities across the range of DC motor position controllers. The new EPOS 4 firmware 0120h is available now and offers a range of new features and changes. Now inclusive of the new EPOS 4 50/5, brushless DC (BLDC) motor commutation is possible with absolute SSI encoders eliminating the need for hall sensors. The upgrade also brings the digital input functionalities of drive enable and quick stop, plus watchdog handling with error signalisation. Performance has been improved on the CAN PDO communication and performance monitoring. To compliment the performance upgrades maxon motor have released the new PC configuration software EPOS studio version 3.2. The new position controller software features a command analyser tool and a CANopen wizard. The new EPOS command library 184.108.40.206 including the Windows DLL 64-Bit and 32-Bit, Net Library, LabView Instrument driver and Linux Library now have support of the new firmware features and support of mixed gateway topologies for windows DLL. Firmware specification, Application Notes, hardware references and command library documentation has all been updated and available at the EPOS microsite epos.maxonmotor.com.au
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High-tech machines analyse human blood samples and detect coagulation disorders. Maxon motor France supplies the DC drives as well as builds entire conveyor modules especially for a customer.
Analysis devices in laboratories and hospitals run 24/7, autonomously pipetting samples to deliver quick results. Such industrial automation equipment must work with high accuracy and reliability. This in turn places high demands on all components of the machines.
Stago is a French company that specialises in analysis instruments for haemostasis diagnostics (for testing blood clotting). Maxon DC motors are found in Stago’s StarMax machine. A fully automated analysis system, the StarMax is equipped with a three-axes robot with space for 215 samples and 1,000 test containers. Working autonomously the machine checks results, compares them and monitors the processes.
There are several varieties of maxon’s brushed A-max DC motor combined with planetary gearheads, that are used for the movements of the rack. With varying diameters between 16 and 26mm, these DC motors were selected for being highly dynamic and easy to control. The DC motors have an ironless rotor and are manufactured autonomously giving them an attractive price-performance ratio.
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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.
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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.