More rovers on Mars

In 2020 the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA will send their rovers to Mars. Here’s a comparison of the two machines.

Both rovers are being deployed to Mars in June/July 2020 to looks for signs of life and take soil samples.

Maxon DC motors feature in both the rovers and here we take a look at the difference between the two rovers.

NASA Mars 2020

Mission start: June/July 2020 aboard Rocket Atlas V-541.

There are nine maxon DC brushless motor and drive systems that help collect the soil samples. The EC 32 flat and EC 20 flat motors fitted with planetary gearhead and customised in commission with NASA/ JPL.

ESA ExoMars

Mission start: June/July 2020 aboard Rocket Proton.

More than 50 actuators from maxon assist with the wheel drive, sample distribution and camera movements. There are 17 different configurations of brushed and brushless DC motors including the DCX 10, DCX 22 and EC 40 combined with gearheads, brakes and encoders.

For more information on maxon’s Aerospace capabilities please contact +61 2 9457 7477.

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Saving the lives of preemie babies.

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Paul is a robotically simulated training model of a 27 week old preemie baby. Created by an Austrian paediatrician to help train medical practitioners, maxon motors replicate the breathing movements of the baby.

Meet Paul. The smallest and most advanced high-end patient simulator in the world. Paul is a 27 week old preemie. He is 35cm long and weighs 1kg. He breathes on his own with a consistent heartbeat. His chest gently moves up and down, veins and arteries are visible under his thin skin. Paul needs artificial respiration and will sometimes turn blue.

Born to train medical staff in emergency situations that occur every day in neonatal intensive care units, the creator of Paul is Jens-Christian Schwindt, an ex-paediatrician in the Division of Neonatology of the Vienna General Hospital. In 2015 Schwindt started his company SIMCharacters, that arose from a need where “Critical situations in preterm care have to be trained time and time again, under as realistic conditions as possible, to ensure that everything goes equally smoothly in a real crisis” says Schwindt. With the ability to evoke emotions and cry, the baby looks exceptionally lifelike and is full of high-technology on the inside. His skull hosts a Linux system, he is charged cordlessly by induction using a customary charging pad. Paul can be operated for up to two hours. When he has difficulty breathing or the oxygen saturation drops, his head turns blue. Sophisticated hardware and software fit into a silicone skin.

maxon DC motors, gearheads and sensors ensure that the thorax and abdomen move in accordance with the programmed test scenarios. Three DCX 12mm motors with gearhead and sensors are used – two for Paul’s thorax and one for the abdomen. Another maxon DCX 6mm motor moves a valve in the lung of the simulator, with a total of 40 motors installed. The motors were selected for their torque, density and quiet running. The robust design and the ironless maxon rotor make these motors a perfect fit for this unique application. Maxon’s DCX motors are brushed and available in sizes from Ø 6 – 35 mm. They can be easily configured online and customer can select from graphite and precious metal brushes, sintered and ball bearings, and many other components.

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

New and improved high-resolution encoder from maxon.

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Compact and housed in robust casing is the improved ENX 16 Encoder that withstands temperatures from -40 °C to +100 °C.

For exceptional accuracy and position control, maxon’s ENX 16 encoder offers resolution up to 65,536 CPT. It is small, packed in a diminutive 16mm outer diameter size and only 7mm in overall length. The housing is mechanically robust and protected from dust due to its injection-moulded construction. Ideal for accurate positioning and speed control of DC motors, it fits the new brushless EC-i 30 motors and 16mm + dia. brushed DCX motors. maxon’s ENX 16 encoder has several aspects that can be configured online or at the factory, including the resolution, counts per turn, the electrical interface, as well as combined and configured with matching DC motors and drive systems online.

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

Driven magazine: out now.

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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.

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

Technical report on energy efficiency in small DC motors.

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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.

Zero Backlash gearhead and DC motor assembly.

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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.

Roboy 2.0.

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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.

For more information please contact +61 2 9457 7477.

Custom DC motor for maximum power density

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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.

Maxon motor posts record revenues

 

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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.

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

Customer Alert – motor control software update.

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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 6.2.1.0 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

Contact maxon motor Australia on +61 2 9457 7477 for assistance with DC motor position control.