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.

CANOpen based brushless DC motor with position control.

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An integrated approach in a decentralised world. maxon brushless DC motor with internal position controller and encoder.

Particularly suitable for manufacturing lines and process control applications the maxon integrated drive features a maintenance free combination of a 54 mNm 12, 24 and 48V brushless DC motor, 4000qc 3 channel incremental encoder with line driver (complimentary channels) and a full digital position and speed control unit. The position control is offered in two versions. One with internal processor and memory for pre-programming and standalone position control operation. This unit also has CANOpen master functionality. The second version is a CAN slave unit. Multiple integrated drives can then be daisy chained off the first and a complete standalone coordinated multi axis drive network can be configured. Alternatively the slave drives can be connected directly with a PLC or FPGA based master. The motor units are supplied with the powerful EPOS studio tool for easy gain configuration and motor tuning. Standardised IEC 61131-3 simplifies development and reduces costs. Planetary gearheads are available in a piece part system allowing adjustment for required application speed and torque.

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

maxon DC motor control software and firmware updates.

 

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maxon motor have released new software and firmware for the EPOS DC motor position controllers.

Available immediately for maxon EPOS 4 motion controllers are the latest firmware and software releases giving additional functionality supporting the new EtherCAT adaptation module. The release support the entire power range of both stand along position controllers and also the range of OEM style controller modules. The files for the latest firmware version 0130h can be found on the maxon motor website along with the new software version 3.3 of maxon motors configuration studio and GUI. New features of implemented with the firmware update include EtherCAT CoE communication for EPOS 4 units fitted with EtherCAT extensions, Cyclic Synchronus Position Mode and a new object for storage of custom values. Anti-windup behaviour has been further improved along with improved automatic bitrate detection. The new EPOS command library 6.3.1.0 including Windows DLL, .Net Library, LabView instrument driver and Linux Library is also available on the maxon motor website. All documentation has been updated to November/ December 2017 edition. New deliveries will include the updates and a leaflet will be included in every shipment.

For further information or assistance contact maxon motor Australia on +61 2 9457 7477.

 

Renewable wind energy harvested from an altitude of 500m.

Clean energy from alt 500m-Kite

A new method of garnering renewable energy is being explored and it’s not from wind turbines.

A Dutch start-up company, KitePower is creating a system to produce green energy from Kites. In collaboration with the Delft University in the Netherlands, the approach consists of a generator on the ground that is connected directly to a cable winch that has a steered kite attached. The kite pulls the cable upward by flying in a figure-8 pattern creating a strong tractive force with the ability to reach heights up to 500 metres. When altitude is achieved the cable is retracted (using very little energy) and the procedure is repeated.

The device offers an attractive alternative to diesel generators and wind turbines. In comparison the kite needs less material for construction, is more mobile and can flexibly use winds up to 500m. Of particular benefit to secluded communities, military camps or remote islands the first commercial version is due for release at the end of 2018.

Maxon motor is one of a few companies assisting KitePower. Maxon’s expertise is in developing the control unit for the steering movement of the kite. This included integrating DC motors, different sensors, transmitters, receivers and batteries while considering extreme radial forces on the gearhead. The device uses maxon’s Ec-i 52 DC motor with planetary gearhead and encoder. This combination is usually found in robotics applications for its high torque and compact design.

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

New DC motor technology released from maxon.

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maxon motor is introducing new miniature brushless DC motors, brushless frameless motors in kit form and EtherCAT positioning controller solutions.

A number of new products are released from DC motor drive specialist maxon motor. More configurable brushless DC motors (from the ECX SPEED range) in both Standard and High Power options are available with diameters of 13mm and 19mm, along with matching planetary gearheads and encoders. This brushless DC motor has very high speeds and is particularly suitable for power tools and demanding speed & positioning control tasks. All components can be configured online. These customised drives are assembled using automated processes and are ready for shipping after no more than 11 working days.

Newly released is the popular high-torque powerful brushless flat DC motor available in a frameless kit. This means that the stator and rotor are delivered separately and joined only during the assembly of the device. This brushless frameless kit is especially suitable for robotics applications where space is constrained.

Maxon have also developed their compact EPOS4 positioning controller to be equipped with an EtherCAT expansion board for integration into any EtherCAT network.

These innovations are on display from November 28 to 30 at the SPS IPC Drives exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany.

For more information on any of the above new products please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

New high resolution encoder for DC motors and when to use them.

 

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maxon motor release its new ENX 16mm RIO encoder with 65,536 counts per turn for DC motor applications requiring fine positioning and constant velocity.

This new encoder has been released with 262,144 quad counts per revolution. But where to use resolutions not seen in such a tiny size encoder? An example would be pick and place machines for the placement of electronic components during pcb manufacture. New microprocessors and FPGA devices can have up to 2601 contact points on a 0.4mm grid. The pick and place machine for this part would need a controllability of nine hundredths of a revolution and the accuracy would require an encoder to be fitted to the positioning motor with ten times this amount. Also applications with demanding constant velocity requirements require high resolution encoders. Enabled by continuously increasing processing speeds new high resolution encoders vastly improve the feedback loop. Each example requires the high resolution and also error free signals at high speeds. The RIO is an Reflective Interpolated Optical design that allows cor compact dimensions of 16mm diameter and 7mm length. Output signals are RS422 differential including an index pulse. Delta robots, Precision manufacturing tools, 3D printers and the semiconductor industry can all benefit from this new product.

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

Maxon expands offering with acquisition of zub machine control AG.

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maxon is expanding its product portfolio to include intelligent multi-axis controllers, taking a step further to becoming a one-stop system provider.

Well respected Swiss company zub machine control AG has joined maxon motor effective immediately. Zub has 30 years’ experience focusing on multi-axis controllers and motion control in the field of industrial automation. The products compliment maxon’s controllers, allowing maxon to offer its customers complete solutions such as power supply (batteries, battery management) from a single source. The first integrated project is with maxon’s BIKEDRIVE, an e-bike solution for pedelecs and s-pedelecs consisting of a rear motor, battery and the controller.

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

New top of the range compact DC motor encoder

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A 16mm encoder from maxon for precise positioning and control of DC motors.

Maxon encoders allow for precise position and velocity control of DC motors. The latest release is a top-of-the-range high-resolution encoder, the ENX 16 RIO (Reflective, Interpolated, Optical). This encoder offers an impressive resolution of up to 65,536 counts per turn in a casing that is robust and compact. The resolution can be configured at the factory, that is particularly useful where the DC motor combination is tailor-made and then resolution can be refined to the respective motor. With 16mm outer diameter and 7mm overall length, the housing is mechanically tough and protected from dust due to its injection-moulded construction. The encoder operates at temperatures ranging between -40 °C to +100 °C.

Requirements on encoders are becoming more and more demanding. This applies particularly to positioning applications with precision constant-speed control, where increasingly compact housings need to accommodate an ever greater number of electrical connections. The encoder can be configured with matching maxon DC motor and gearhead combinations online. It fits the new brushless EC-i 30 motors and the brushed DCX motors (with 16mm diameters plus). The counts per turn and the electrical interface of the encoder can also be configured specifically.

For more information on the encoder combination options and specific product information please call maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

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ENX 16 RIO – in combination with a configurable DC motor (DCX 16 S) © maxon motor

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.