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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Autonomous delivery vehicles …..coming soon!

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Swiss start-up company TeleRetail is testing a prototype delivery robot that delivers groceries/ small packages autonomously.

Called “mobile trunks” these autonomous delivery robots are small containers on wheels equipped with sensors, intelligent software and powerful maxon DC motors. Made and designed to travel autonomously, reliably and without obstructing or endangering anyone, these small robots reduce congestion on the roads and are more economic to run than an electric car.

Maxon brushless DC motors, the EC 90 flat, features in the mobile trunks. Developed in conjunction with maxon engineers since 2016 the vehicle is still in it’s infancy. Before these delivery robots can be produced en-masse, laws need to change. Currently these types of delivery robots can only move around with the use of special permits away from the large bustling cities.

For assistance with your application please contact maxon motor tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

 

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.

3rd Edition. Selection of high-precision microdrives.

3rd Ed. Selection of high precision microdrives

Dr Urs Kafader releases the 3rd edition of the popular educational manual, The selection of high precision microdrives. maxon motor are recognised as an innovator and market benchmark for precision micro DC motors (miniature motors). This comprehensive text book covers all aspects of system selection.

mason’s permanent magnet rare earth DC motors embody quality and power density. Constant technological advancements within the micro and miniature DC motor market require design engineers and roboticists to constantly stay up to date with the newest technologies and processes. The latest edition of the maxon academy reference manual enables just this. A technological overview and step by step processes to assist engineers with full motion system design. The text book gives practical information on micro drives, servo systems, control electronics and sensor solutions.

Contact maxon motor Australia for further information Ph: +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.

maxon establishes collaborative innovation lab.

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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.

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.

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.

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.