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



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.


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.

A new year full of innovation for the leading DC motor specialist.

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Welcome to a new year full of exciting technological innovation. maxon motor will again lead the technology push for the most efficient, powerful and dynamic DC motors, gearboxes and controllers.

maxon motor continued to grow in 2016 achieving new records, the maxon motor factory is better, faster and more organised than ever before and all production sites are being expanded. A renewed global focus and streamlining will increase our organisations efficiency with more access to experts in specific application areas. With our increase in capacity and knowledge we will produce more and more complete systems and highly complex sub-assemblies offering further benefits to our customers.

We are eagerly awaiting the Hannover Messe in Germany where maxon motor will present over 18 new products in the 2017/18 program as well as new products launched on the maxon online configuration platform.

I wish all our Australian and New Zealand customers a prosperous year and look forward to helping you succeed.

Brett Motum,
Managing Director, maxon motor Australia
Tel. +61 2 9457 7477

A new laser navigation system for image guided medical procedures


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.


Maxon release two new DC motors and EPOS controllers.


Two new configurable DC motors and complementary compact EPOS4 positioning controllers have been released from maxon motor Australia.

maxon motor have added two new miniature 16mm brushless DC motors to their ECX range – the ECX SPEED 16 and ECX SPEED 16 High Power. The standard version, ECX SPEED 16 is a lower-cost option with no compromise on the quality and efficiency of the DC motor. The high speed DC motor is sterilisable and enhanced for applications requiring low heat build-up and low vibrations. These brushless DC motors present more torque and even better efficiency than the current offerings. Configurable online, manufactured in 11 days and with detailed 3D product data available, start designing your DC motor combination at

In addition to the recently released EPOS4 positioning controller, maxon motor have added two new compact, price-competitive controllers. Paying only for what the customer needs, the new EPOS4 is powerful, small and easy to use with maxon’s automatic controller tuning software. In addition to this maxon offers free literature, application examples, support and documentation at

For more information on the new brushless DC motors or positioning controllers contact maxon motor Australia Tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

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New positioning controllers: maxon’s EPOS4 Compact 50/5 (on the left) and the EPOS4 Module 24/1.5 (pictured right). © maxon motor

New DC servo gear motor combinations


Complex processing applications requiring human interaction require absolute precision to ensure operator safety. New zero backlash brushless DC servo gear motors with absolute encoder combinations supply the solution.

When a mineral processing company required an automation process involving high torque levels in close proximity to the machinery operator, new product thinking was required. The heavy equipment being moved generates considerable inertia that would need to hold under brake tension. Position control of the load requires encoder feedback on the brushless DC motor to compliment absolute encoder feedback on the load and zero backlash on the gearhead to ensure the unit is in the exact position that the control system thinks it is.

The solution pictured is the first assembled combination of a maxon 60mm 48V 400w brushless DC motor, 3 channel digital incremental encoder, 24V holding brake and 160:1 zero backlash gearhead. This new motor solution can hold a 400Nm load continuously and withstand shock loading on the output of up to 2200Nm. Speeds of up to 30rpm are capable from the unit and it is easily configured for use with servo amplifiers or position controllers having zero cogging or mechanical detents.

For further information on this new product combination or engineering assistance with complex applications please do not hesitate to contact our Sydney office. Ph. +61 2 9457 7477.


Deakin University unveils a ground-breaking surgical robot that uses maxon DC motors and controllers





When performing microsurgery using the HeroSurg robot, surgeons have an added sense of touch. Fitted with two maxon motors, the DC RE25 & EC-max, and EPOS controllers.

Sat behind a computer or even thousands of kilometres away, using the HeroSurg robot a surgeon is able to operate with specific precision and a new sense of “touch”. Through the use of ground-breaking technology the HeroSurg gives Surgeons a “feel” for the tissue they are working on. Primarily used for laparoscopic and keyhole surgery, this means less aggravation on healthy tissue leading to improved healing time, less blood loss & risk of infection and a shorter stay in hospital. The patient’s overall healing time is generally lessened too.

The HeroSurg is fitted with maxon RE25 and EC-max22 motors. The RE25 DC motor is high-quality, both compact and powerful, equipped with powerful permanent magnets. The centerpiece of the motor is the ironless rotor. The EC-max is a robust, brushless DC motor with speeds up to 20,000 rpm.

For more information please visit Deakin University website or contact maxon motor Tel +61 2 9457 7477.

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Main Pic: the HeroSurg robot © Deakin University
Above: the maxon DC motors and controller as found in the HeroSurg robot © maxon motor

New sizes of DC motor and Planetary Gearheads available for configuration through maxon’s online tool.


Now available for online configuration maxon motor Australia release new sizes of DC motor and planetary gearhead.

Following from maxon motors release of the new ECX DC motor (read about it here), now available are new sizes of the high speed brushless DC motor and planetary gearhead. A complete DC drive system can be tailored to individual demanding applications by adding the EPOS powerful motor controller.

New sizes available include the ECX 8mm and 22mm diameter (in both Medium and Long versions) and eight variations of the GPX planetary gearhead in sizes ranging from 12mm to 26mm.

The benefits of the new ECX range of DC motors include extremely high speeds, low noise, sterilisable and lightweight for applications with compact space constraints.

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

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.

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