A new laser navigation system for image guided medical procedures

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Maxon brushless DC motors, gearheads and encoders are at work in a laser system for CT-guided procedures.

Doctors rely upon high-resolution CT images, for example, to guide biopsies, make diagnoses or for pain relief therapies. After identifying an area for biopsy, surgeons ascertain how to reach the area, where to place the needle tip, what angle to follow and how to minimise damage to healthy tissue. To combat these issues with pin-point technology, a German company designed an automated laser-guided system consisting of a ceiling mounted arc-shaped rail on which a motorised laser positioning unit is affixed. The laser guides the entry point, depth and angle for a needle that is 0.7mm thin.

A brushless maxon DC motor combination, selected for the small size and reliability of operation, meticulously drives the unit on the arc’s rail, which holds the rotary laser. The brushless flat EC motor with a diameter of 45mm is fitted with a planetary gearhead and MR Encoder. Two more brushless maxon DC motors control the rotation of the laser mirrors, the EC-max 16 fitted with a GP 16A planetary gearhead and MR encoder. These brushless DC motors allow for exact positioning of the laser beam and are controlled using three EPOS2 Modules.

For more information on medical application technology speak to a maxon motor Engineer on Tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

 

Modern robotic equipment, a lot of hard work and maxon DC motors.

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maxon DC motors can be found in robotic aids, in some cases assisting incomplete paraplegic people to walk again.

Swiss company, Hocoma, is making huge in-roads using robotic equipment to assist in the rehabilitation of people with neurological movement disorders, stroke and incomplete paraplegic patients. There are four different types of equipment that assist with muscular strengthening exercises, exercising joints, sense of balance and improving circulation. In some cases, the equipment has assisted some people to start walking unaided again.

Brushed and brushless maxon DC motors and controllers can be found in all four of Hocoma’s robotic devices. The brushed maxon RE-40 DC motor was selected for its powerful density, ease of control, efficiency level of more than 90% and robust design. The motors ironless rotor delivers low inertia packed with a powerful punch. Also utilised are the maxon brushless EC-60 flat / pancake motors, chosen for their small and compact size and ability to deliver high speeds.

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

Pictured: the maxon RE-40 brushed DC motor; the maxon EC-60 pancake motor and the maxon ESCON 70/10 controller.

maxon DC servo motors’ quality control system equals reliability you can trust.

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A system that tracks and records every component manufactured in maxon DC servo motors.

How does maxon motor guarantee the top quality DC motors, gearheads and accessories that we manufacture? We hold ourselves accountable and our suppliers accountable. To ensure that only the best will do we implement quality control systems to track and trace 95% of the components used in our DC servo motors and drive systems. The tracking system meets customer and Standard Certification (EN 9100, ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 14001) requirements.

maxon DC motors are found in applications across industries such as medical, aerospace, industrial automation & robotics, instrumentation & inspection, consumer and oil & gas applications. For more information please contact a Sales Engineer on +61 2 9457 7477.

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The new maxon motor series X drives. © 2016 maxon motor ag.

maxon motor Australia: now delivering DC servo motors weekly.

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maxon motor Australia will now receive a weekly shipment of DC servo motor customer orders to their Sydney office.

maxon motor Australia has responded to their customer demands and from August 3rd will move to a weekly factory shipment. A steady increase in customer orders of the DC servo motors and gearheads has prompted the shift. As maxon motor Australia approaches their 10 year anniversary, the success of the DC servo motor manufacturer has stemmed from the reliability and quality of their DC servo motors, prompt customer service & support and expansion into growing technological fields such as robotics, medical and aerospace applications.

Customers in Australia and New Zealand will benefit from a reliable and regular shipment pattern as well as faster response times on orders of DC servo motors, gearheads, sensors/ encoders and other accessories.

For further information please contact + 61 2 9457 7477.

drive.tech: maxon motors’ new site for innovation.

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Advancements in drive technology, news items, blogs and stories come together on the drive.tech website created by maxon motor.

The leading manufacturer of DC motors and drive systems has created a new site for technology enthusiasts. Regularly updated to include projects supported by maxon motor, the latest hi-tech trends, global and robotic inventions, advances in medical applications or MARS / Space expeditions. Experts from within maxon motor share their knowledge as well as application examples showcasing the abilities of maxon DC motor capabilities.

For more information visit drive.tech or call +61 2 9457 7477.

 

maxon motor looking ahead with confidence.

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A look at 2015 performance so far and future direction of the DC drive specialist.

Speaking at the annual press conference, Dr. Karl-Walter Braun (Majority Shareholder of maxon motor ag) and Eugen Elmiger (CEO) revealed that so far, the 2015 financial year revenues increased by 6% totalling more than CHF 400 million for the first time. maxon introduced several new products including the ECX-Speed motors, able to reach speeds up to 120,000 rpm and configurable online. Other new products include the ultra-compact brushless 4mm DC motor with medical approvals, powerful High Torque ECX motors and the EPOS4 positioning controllers.

The new Aerospace division was created “Our highly specialised team solves complex challenges for demanding customers who value extreme reliability in their drives” said Karl-Walter Braun.

The strongest market for maxon remained in Medical technology, industrial automation and robotics and aerospace. maxon DC drives are found in many and varied applications, for example, space missions to Mars, surgical tools or humanoid robots.

Technology and investment in R&D remain a priority. maxon has partnered in several customer projects involving complex system solutions that, in addition to drives, also required software development. “Under this aspect, the ExoMars project by the European Space Agency, which is planning a Mars landing in 2020, is extremely interesting”, said Eugen Elmiger. “This is a very big development challenge.”

Said Karl-Walter Braun, “Our CTO system (configure-to-order and e-shop) provides sales teams and customers with a tool that enables them to configure and order the optimal drive solution for their needs from anywhere in the world.”

With many new products and noteworthy projects, maxon is confident about its outlook for the remainder of the financial year.

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Pictured: Dr. Karl-Walter Braun (Majority Shareholder of maxon motor ag) and Eugen Elmiger (CEO)

Overview of the maxon motor group
The maxon motor group, with headquarters in Sachseln (Obwalden, Switzerland), specialises in the development, manufacturing and sale of high-quality drive components and systems. The company is present in all key markets and has 2,238 employees. It has production facilities in Sachseln (CH), Sexau (GER), Veszprém (HU) and Sejong (KOR), Neyron (FR), and Enschede (NL). In the 2015 financial year, the group achieved a consolidated revenue of CHF 402.5 million. maxon motor produces the smallest positioning drive in the world, with a diameter of only 4 mm. The development of special motors for low and high temperatures has had far-reaching consequences: maxon products can today be found from deep inside the Earth to distant Mars. More information can be found at www.maxonmotor.com.au

Bring out the best in your DC motor with the right motor control.

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For more than 25 years maxon motor have focused on motion control of brushed and brushless DC motors, evolving from stand-alone functionality to complete integrated drive systems.

Long gone are the days of placing a DC motor to run by itself in an application. Developments in technology, diagnostics, networking and efficient safety have contributed to the evolution of basic motor functionality to present-day complete small systems. To one end, maxon motor offer simple current & speed controllers and at the other end are controllers for high-performance torque, speed or position control as well as motor integrated devices. The new EPOS4 controller, released in April 2016, stands out from every other maxon DC motor position controller before it because of the controllers ability to achieve maximum power density in very small spaces. There is also the option to program the EPOS4 via various interfaces allowing for a tailored DC drive system that furnishes optimum coordination of the individual components. It also negates the need to possess intricate knowledge of brushed and brushless DC motors.

This article originally appeared in the 1//2016 issue of driven magazine. For more information on DC motor control capabilities call maxon motor Australia +61 2 9457 7477.

DC motors for ROV and subsea actuators.

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The new maxon motor magazine delves into the fascinating use of motors in all sorts of equipment used at the bottom of the sea.

Tethered by umbilicals or autonomously controlled, robots, ROV’s and subsea mechanisms use DC motors for positioning, gripping and propelling tasks. The motors need to be manufactured to suit the harshest operating environments and extreme pressure. Learn how design engineers create products for subsea applications and see them in use.

Also in the upcoming edition maxon motor experts cover the important features to look for in a DC motor controller and give a detailed comparison between brushed and brushless DC motors.

Contact maxon motor Australia for your copy. Ph: +61 2 9457 7477.

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Robotically assisted neurosurgery.

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A new article from maxon motor UK reports on an application using a brushless DC motor for brain surgery with some truly strange inspiration.

Nature inspires many technological innovations and this application is an extreme example. Containing a maxon brushless DC motor and position control unit, biomedical engineers were inspired by the egg laying process of wasps to develop a steerable needle.

Enabling deep brain access without harming vulnerable sections in the insertion path, the flexible surgical tool is segmented with an interlocking mechanism and can change directions using a bevel tip that is programmable via the maxon brushless motor position controller.

The full news article can be found on the maxon motor UK website.

For medical tool application or general assistance with brushless DC motors contact maxon motor Australia Ph: +61 2 9457 7477.

A robot that can read your emotions.

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maxon Brushless DC flat motors drive robots that you ‘get to know’.

From factory automation to spacecraft, military to medical, difficult applications are fulfilled with robotic devices. Now the field of robotics expands to the home. Robots that are funny, educational and helpful will soon be commonplace in homes across the world. SoftBank (the manufacturer of the Pepper robot) last year sold 1000 companion robots every month.

Robots capabilities are only limited by human imagination and available technology, and the imagination still spans much further. This is why maxon motor continually develop new motor designs to achieve the highest possible power density and dynamics.

The Pepper robot uses maxon Brushless flat motor technology. Often referred to as a pancake motor in Australia, the flat out runner design gives a high torque per volume ratio. It achieves this by the “lever arm” effect generated by placing the motors rotor on the outside of the stator. It can achieve a continuous output power of over 70W and weighs in at only 141 grams. 24V, 36V and 48V windings are available and custom windings can be produced to perfectly match an application speed and torque requirements.

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The brushless 45mm flat motor 70 W utilised in the Pepper robot. © 2016 maxon motor.

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