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Motion Control – ADVANCED Motion Controls 60Amp Micro-Sized FlexPro Servo Drives are available from Electromate!

Motion Control – Micro-Sized Servo Drives!

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — ADVANCED Motion Controls has released 7 new micro-sized FlexPro servo drives rated to output 60A continuous. The 60A continuous current rating is 33% higher than previous models for the same size making these our highest power-density servo drives to date. This offering includes PCB Mount, Machine Embedded, and Development Board-factors.

Motion Control – POSITAL Kit Encoders certified for compliance with BiSS interface standards are available from Electromate!

Motion Control – Kit Encoders Meet BiSS interface standards

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motion control - electromate logoHamilton, New Jersey, August 2021 – POSITAL has received certificates of compliance for its family of kit encoders that feature BiSS C interfaces. These encoders are designed to be installed in motors or drives, providing the control system with position feedback to over single- or multi-turn operating ranges. “We have been enthusiastic supporters of open source, non-proprietary communications standards like BiSS,” comments Jörg Paulus, head of POSITAL’s European operations and a board member of the BiSS Association. “We are confident that by supporting the BiSS initiative and offering customers products that have been certified to comply with BiSS protocol standards, we will encourage further use of this versatile and cost-effective interface technology.”

Motion Control – Maxon introduces a multi-axis controller for highly dynamic positioning tasks!

Motion Control – Miniature Multi-axis Controller

Maxon is launching the next generation of Motion Controllers with its MiniMACS6-AMP-4/50/10. The controller is ideal for use in applications where PLC solutions may be too expensive or cannot meet customer-specific requirements.

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Products – Maxon’s new multi-axis controller, the MiniMACS6-AMP-4/50/10, offers precise and highly dynamic control of up to six brushed DC motors or four brushless DC motors (up to 540 W continuous output power and 1.6 kW peak output power).

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The controller is an economical and compact solution for system designers who develop autonomous robots or shuttle systems

A significant advantage of the new multi-axis solution is that it is programmable with the comprehensive ApossIDE automation software and the license-free Motion Control Library (written in C). Integrated bus interfaces enable efficient data exchange with higher-level controllers; however, it is also possible to run complete process sequences autonomously, without a PLC or PC. The MiniMACS6-AMP-4/50/10 will be available in early 2021.

Motion Control – Maxon drives are on the Red Planet with NASA’s Perseverance Rover!

Motion Control – Application – Maxon drives on the Red Planet!

In July, NASA sent its fifth rover to Mars. Its main mission is to collect soil samples that will be analyzed on Earth at a later time. The rover also carried a helicopter that is performing flights on the Red Planet. maxon’s precision DC and BLDC motors are used for numerous mission-critical tasks.

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motion control - maxon motorTaunton, MA — Motion Control Products & Application – maxon drive systems are very familiar with Mars. Our drives have been used in virtually every successful robotic mission over the last three decades. There are now more than 100 of them on the Red Planet and there are likely to be more soon. The launch window for NASA’s next mission opens on July 22nd. An Atlas V rocket will launch the new Perseverance rover on its way to Mars, where it will be searching for signs of previous life on the planet. Its most important job is to take multiple soil samples, seal them in containers and deposit them on the surface of Mars so that a future mission can return them to Earth. Several maxon motors will be used to handle the samples inside the rover. For example, maxon DC motors are installed in the robotic arm, which moves the samples from station to station. Maxon motors will also be used for sealing and depositing the sample containers.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is carrying out the mission, and have asked maxon to produce 10 drives for the rover. As with almost all previous Mars missions, these drives are based on standard products from maxon’s catalog with modifications. For the first time, NASA is using brushless DC motors, including: nine EC 32 flat and one EC 20 flat in combination with a GP 22 UP planetary gearhead. Working closely with JPL specialists, maxon engineers developed the drives over several years and tested them thoroughly to achieve the highest standards of quality. “We’ve learned a lot from this exciting project,” says Robin Phillips, head of the maxon SpaceLab. “We now have very broad expertise in space applications and have established quality assurance processes that meet the expectations of the industry. Customers from other industries such as the medical sector, where requirements are often similar, can also benefit from this know-how.”  Space missions place the highest demands on drive systems. This includes vibrations during the rocket launch, vacuum during the journey, impacts on landing, and the harsh conditions on the surface of Mars, where temperatures fluctuate between -125 and +20 degrees Celsius and dust penetrates everywhere

Maxon DC motors control the Mars helicopter.

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The Perseverance rover is expected to land on Mars on February 18, 2021 – but it won’t be alone. A drone helicopter called Ingenuity will be attached to the underside of the rover. It weighs 1.8 kilograms, is solar powered and will perform several short flights, as well as take aerial images. The main goal of this experiment is to test the concept for further drones of this kind. maxon has six brushed DCX motors with a diameter of 10 millimeters controlling the tilt of the rotor blades and the direction of flight. The drives are very light, dynamic and highly energy-efficient. These properties are crucial, because every gram counts on the Mars helicopter. Flying on Mars is not easy. The atmosphere is extremely thin, roughly comparable to the conditions on Earth at an altitude of 30 kilometers. The drone helicopter has flown in a simulated test environment in the JPL laboratory. Whether it will lift off on Mars remains to be seen. First, other obstacles, such as the rocket launch, must be successful. “We hope that everything goes well and that we’ll soon see our drives in action on Mars,” says maxon CEO Eugen Elmiger. “We’re all keeping our fingers crossed.”

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maxon is a developer and manufacturer of brushed and brushless DC motors, as well as gearheads, encoders, controllers, and entire mechatronic systems. With over 50 years of experience in drive technology, maxon works closely with engineers designing high-tech innovations. maxon drives are used wherever the requirements are particularly high: in NASA’s Mars rovers, in surgical power tools, in humanoid robots, and in precision industrial applications. Worldwide, maxon has more than 2800 employees at nine production sites and is represented by sales companies in more than 30 countries. www.maxongroup.com/maxon/view/content/index

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Motion Control – maxon celebrates International Women in Engineering Day!

Motion Control – maxon celebrates International Women in Engineering Day!

The women in engineering (WIE) at maxon work eagerly to contribute to the success of advanced technology in the motion control industry. This week in honor of International Women in Engineering Day, June 23, 2021 – maxon wishes to thank these engineering women for their contributions as they continue to help shape the world we live in.

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motion control - maxon motorsTaunton, MA — Around the globe, the maxon women in engineering are working on motion control applications with their customers, they focus on new product designs to implement the latest technologies and continue to research new concepts and ideas for drive systems to be used in motion control applications found in Medical, Industrial Automation, Aerospace and Defense, and Mobility industries.

Motion Control – The Mars helicopter makes history – with maxon’s precision motors!

Motion Control – Mars helicopter has maxon’s motors!

Space fans are thrilled: NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has successfully completed its pioneering flight on Mars. This is the first time in the history of powered, unmanned spaceflight that a device has flown in a controlled manner on another planet.

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motion control - maxonTaunton, MA — Motion Control Products – A short flight for “Ingenuity,” but a big success for unmanned space flight. NASA’s Mars helicopter flew over the surface of the Red Planet for about 40 seconds on Monday, April 19th and landed back on four legs. From NASA’s perspective, this is a historic event similar to the Wright brothers’ first controlled flight in 1903.

With the Mars helicopter, the concept of powered, unmanned, and autonomous flights on foreign planets is being tested. This is comparable to the first Mars rover “Sojourner”, which paved the way for scientific follow-up missions such as “Curiosity” and currently “Perseverance”. “Ingenuity” is about to complete several flights over a period of 30 days, each lasting up to 90 seconds and reaching a maximum altitude of five meters.

Motion Control – Maxon precision motors Go to Mars AGAIN!

Motion Control – Maxon motors on Mars!

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Products – NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars on February 18th. Was there once life on Mars? This is the question that one of the most complex robotic systems ever built by humankind has set out to answer. Several of maxon’s electric drives are used for handling the soil samples—and to control the first Mars helicopter.

Will NASA, the US space agency, successfully land a fifth rover on Mars, allowing it to start its series of missions to bring Mars soil samples back to Earth? The rover named Perseverance will enter the atmosphere of the Red Planet on February 18th—after traveling a distance of more than 470 million kilometers.

Drive specialist maxon, renowned for its Mars motors, is joining forces with the robotics startup ANYbotics!

Motion Control – Maxon and ANYbotics form New Partnership!

Motion Control Drive specialist maxon, renowned for its Mars motors, is joining forces with the robotics startup ANYbotics and will in future supply the drive systems of the autonomous ANYmal inspection robot. The robot will soon be marketed in large quantities. This cooperation will also benefit maxon, since ANYbotics provides important robotics know-how and is currently the most successful young company in this field.

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motion control - maxon logoThe maxon Group contributes 60 years of experience in drive technology to the partnership, as well as a global production infrastructure and validated processes, and will help to advance the industrialization and commercialization of ANYmal – with competitive, high-performance drive systems, twelve of which are used in each robot. “In maxon, we have found the ideal partner for taking care of our drive technology as we transition from small series to mass production.

Motion Control – Introducing the World’s Smallest Multi-Turn Absolute Kit Encoders!

Motion Control – Miniature Encoders

Miniaturized device features accuracy, robustness and a zero-maintenance rotation counter – all in a 22 mm diameter package

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — Size matters, and in the world of industrial automation, providing exceptional performance in a highly compact package can be an enormous advantage. With this in mind, encoder manufacturer POSITAL has unveiled a fully functional prototype of their new miniature multi-turn kit encoder for integrated motor feedback. With a diameter of only 22 mm and a height of 23 mm (0.87”/0.9”), the new device is the world’s smallest multi-turn kit.

Motion Control Application – Twenty-twenty Vision – Maxon Components Allow Surgeon to Not only See But to Feel!

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While robotic assistance systems are available for most types of surgery today, eye surgery used to be an exception. A Dutch company has changed that. A world first in eye surgery.

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Fall River, MA — Motion Control Components Application – Worldwide, about 50 to 70 million people are suffering from visual impairment due to disorders of the retina. Adequate treatment is still impossible in many cases.

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Eye operations are always a big challenge for a surgeon, and steady hands are a key requirement. Surgeries like those for treating a detached retina require extreme precision. And when it comes to precision, human hands can’t hold a candle to robotic systems.

Motion Control – Maxon EC-i 30 20W Motor with Integrated Electronics is available from Electromate!

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — Maxon have released the new EC-i30 20W Brushless Servo Motor with Integrated Electronics. With an integrated 4 Quadrant speed controller, this latest addition to the EC-i portfolio is available as a 5-wire motion control - electromateversion.

 

Both enable and direction versions of the motor are offered.

Motion Control Application – Maxon Drives Power – Hull Cleaning Robot for Large Ships!

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Motion Control Application – Specially designed robotic crawler navigates around the underwater portion of a ship to remove the biofilm layers that accumulate there. As a battery operated, autonomous vehicle, component selection made up a highly critical part of the design and manufacture.
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The HullBUG provides grooming of the biofilm that collects on the underwater portion of ships.

The HullBUG provides grooming of the biofilm that collects on the underwater portion of ships. © 2011 SeaRobotics

Fall River, MA — Motion Control Components Application – Toxic paint is used on the bottoms of large ships to prevent fouling, which is when a biofilm layer develops, decreasing the ship’s efficiency in moving through the water.

New EC-i 52XL 200W High Torque Brushless Servo Motor from Maxon!

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The new EC-i 52XL 200W Brushless Servo Motor from maxon is a powerhouse.  When space is limited but high torque and dynamics are required, the maxon EC-i 52XL motor is the ideal motor choice.. 

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — With its extended length (80 ? 110mm), this motor with flux collector rotor provides outstanding torque performance compared to the existing EC-i 52 180W High Torque that is often needed, especially on the industrial automation front. Its extra power can be even more significant at relatively low speed which makes it a powerful fit to a variety of industrial applications including material handling & transport systems.

Motion Control – Maxon Opens Manufacturing Facility in Taunton, Massachusetts!

New Facility Expands Maxon’s Operations & Capabilities to Service US Customers.

 

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Taunton, MA – Maxon precision motors, a division of maxon motor of Sachsein, Switzerland, has announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Taunton, MA. The two-story, 59,000 sq. foot facility is located within the Myles Standish Business Park in Taunton at 125 Dever Drive.

Company officials led by Chris Blake, mpm President welcomed state/local officials and invited guests to a grand opening event at the facility this morning which included a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the building.

The new building will provide design engineering and production operations, significantly advancing maxon precision motors presence and capabilities in North America. Its opening is an integral component in an ongoing global growth strategy underway by the privately owned Swiss company, in business since 1961.

maxon motor is the leading provider of precision DC motors and drive technology with distribution and sales in 40 countries worldwide. maxon’s products include brushed and brushless DC motors, gearheads, sensors/encoders and customized drives. Its highly engineered products are used in a wide range of industries and applications including medical technology, industrial automation, robotics, security and communications, aerospace, automotive, and measurement/testing.

The new facility replaces a former sales/distribution and assembly operation at 101 Waldron Road in Fall River, MA, and will significantly expand maxon precision motors capabilities and employment. USA customers will benefit from closer collaboration that will provide value added opportunities with faster turnaround. Plus, a localized supply chain with domestic vendors will help build stronger customer relationships while reducing lead times.

“Our vision is to be an integral part of maxon’s global growth strategy,” explained Mr. Blake, who heads up the US management team. “With expanded engineering services in place, our customers will enjoy a closer collaboration on design and manufacturing and have a more direct line to our team during concept development, which will include rapid prototyping to better execute customer-specific products.”

The new Taunton facility will include offices and conference areas, space for warehousing, and significant manufacturing space. PIt will integrate engineering with true high-volume manufacturing capabilities.

About maxon motor maxon motor is a developer and manufacturer of brushed and brushless DC motors, as well as gearheads, encoders, controllers, and entire mechatronic systems. maxon drives are used wherever requirements are particularly high: in NASA’s Mars rovers, in surgical power tools, in humanoid robots, and in precision industrial applications, for example. To maintain its leadership in this demanding market, the company invests a considerable share of its annual revenue in research and development. Worldwide, maxon employs some 2,600 workers at eight production sites and is represented by sales companies in more than 30 countries. www.maxonmotor.com

For More Information Contact: Debora Setters, National Marketing Manager, maxon precision motors, inc. Taunton, MA, dsetters@maxonmotorusa.com/508-916-6602

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Motion Control – ENX 16 RIO Encoder from Maxon Motor!

Motion Control – Maxon Motor presents a top-of-the-range high-resolution encoder. The ENX 16 RIO offers an impressive resolution of up to 65,536 counts per turn in a compact and rugged housing.

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Fall River, MA –Motion Control Components – Miniature Encoders – 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 contacts. maxon motor solves this problem with its new ENX 16 RIO optical encoder. It is a mere 16 millimeters in size and offers a resolution of up to 65,536 counts per turn, making it ideal for the precise position and velocity control of DC motors

The new maxon ENX 16 RIO encoder (Reflective, Interpolated, Optical) fulfills all the requirements for a high-resolution optical encoder in a compact design. The resolution can be configured at the factory or online. With 16 millimeters outer diameter and 7 millimeters overall length, the housing is mechanically robust and protected from dust due to its injection-molded construction. The operating temperature range is -40 °C to +100 °C.

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Easily configured online for combinations with maxon motors

The encoder can be combined and configured with matching drives online. It fits the new brushless EC-i 30 motors and the brushed DCX motors (diameters of 16 millimeters and up). The counts per turn and the electrical interface of the ENX 16 RIO encoder are also configurable online. All combination options and detailed product information is available in the maxon online shop: shop.maxonmotorusa.com

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Motion Control – Electric drives … … invisible helpers in our everyday lives!

driven magazine reveals where they are commonly used.

Precision drive systems can be found in the home, in vehicles, and at work, making our lives simpler and safer. The current issue of driven, the maxon motor magazine, provides interesting insights into the world of drive technology. It also goes in search of an old friend.

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Fall River, MA — Motion Control Components- Online Magazine – Most people have nothing to do with drive systems in their work. However, without being aware of it, they come across them everywhere: in cars, buses, elevators, and even within their own four walls. Drive systems are invisible to ordinary people, but they play an important role in our lives. driven, the maxon motor magazine, spends a day with a family and discovers some exciting uses for them.

What’s Roboy doing these days?

driven readers can find out what the popular robot known as Roboy has been doing over the last few years and what the future holds for him. We also take a look at the hot topic of women in technical careers. Two female engineers from maxon describe their experiences in a male-dominated world and give young women some useful tips.

driven focuses on drive technology and is published twice per year in three languages. The print version is available free of charge at magazine.maxonmotor.com.

All issues are also available on the driven app, which can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play Store.

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