Category Archives: Miniature Controllers

Motion Control – Maxon Introduces a New Series of ECX Flat BLDC Motors for a Wide Range of Robotics Applications!

Motion Control – Flat BLDC Motors for Robotics Applications!

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Products –

High-torque External-rotor Motors

Maxon presents another innovation in the area of BLDC motors: the ECX flat product family. These external-rotor motors can be configured online and are optimized for maximum performance thanks to the special winding technology, as well as segmented magnets. The ratio of torque to weight and size is second to none and is ideal for use in UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle) and robotics applications.

Motion Control – Measure Very Small Angular Displacements of Very Small Components with Low Cost Digital Autocollimator!

Motion Control – Miniature Autocollimator

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Forestville, CA,   —  The AC201 Digital Autocollimator is a high performance 2-axis non-contact digital angular displacement sensors. This new series of digital autocollimators builds on the field proven AC400 digital autocollimators previously offered. Like the AC400 series this new generation of autocollimators were specifically developed for companies that produce instrumentation or tooling requiring high precision alignment.

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The AC201 Digital Autocollimator is a high performance 2-axis non-contact digital angular displacement sensors. This new series of digital autocollimators builds on the field proven AC400 digital autocollimators previously offered. Like the AC400 series this new generation of autocollimators were specifically developed for companies that produce instrumentation or tooling requiring high precision alignment.

Motion Control Application – Maxon Motors Are in A New Docking System for Space Rendezvous!

Motion Control Application – Docking System for ISS!

Motion Control Application – The European Space Agency (ESA) is working on a new system to enable easy docking between two spacecraft. maxon developed two special drive systems for this purpose.

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Application – Even though it’s been done many times before, the docking maneuver between two objects in space is always a delicate and potentially dangerous procedure. The speed is extremely high (about 28,000 km/h in case of the ISS), and corrections are difficult. For example, when the two objects are about to meet, maneuvering thrusters can no longer be used, since their exhaust plumes can cause damage. To prevent harm, cargo transporters are caught by a robotic arm installed in the International Space Station (ISS) and berthed manually. Manned spacecraft on the other hand dock directly in a computer-controlled process.

Motion Control SPS15 Power Supply from Equipment Solutions for Voice Coil Actuators!

Motion Control – Voice Coil Motor Power Supply!

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Forestville, CA, – — The motion control SPS15 power supply will power any Equipment Solutions Linear Focus Actuator. With its universal instrumentation cord power entry module you will be able to run power from literally anywhere in the world anywhere.

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Motion Control – Maxon Is Providing Its e-bike Platform and Joining the Thömus Cross-country Team!

Motion Control – Maxon Application!

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In 2022, Olympic silver medalist Mathias Flückiger rides for the Thömus-maxon cross-country racing team.


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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Products – Swiss bicycle manufacturer Thömus and drive specialist maxon are entering into a partnership in cross-country cycling. As part of this cooperation, maxon is providing its e-bike platform to Thömus as the basis for an electric mountain bike for World Cup training. They also plan to make this bike available to the retail trade in the future.

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator from Equipment Solutions!

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator

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motion control - Miniature actuatorsForestville, CA – The LFA-1205 Linear Focus Actuator is a high performance compact positioning system.  It was specifically developed for optical applications requiring both high precision and high-speed positioning over a short to medium stroke.  The LFA-1205 is well suited for optical focusing and other micropositioning applications such as scanning interferometry, surface structure analysis, disk drive testing, autofocus systems, confocal microscopy, bio-technology, semiconductor test equipment.  Note that this motor is normally configured with an analog position feedback sensor and can be optionally equipped with a digital quadrature feedback element.

Motion Control – Mecademic Robotics releases new firmware for its Meca500 robot, available from Electromate!

Motion Control – Mecademic Robotics releases new firmware!

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motion control - electromate roboticsVaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Products — Mecademic is pleased to release firmware version 8.4 for its
Meca500 industrial robotic arm. Mecademic’s firmware releases are provided free of charge, along with complimentary technical support.

Features & benefits

Joint 6 multi-rotation with cartesian moves

Although rotating Joint 6 beyond the ±180° has always been possible with the Meca500 R3, it was limited to Joint-move-commands. With this new firmware, both point-to-point and linear commands can now be used outside of this limit. Apart from the benefit of no longer being limited in Cartesian space and requiring switching to Joint commands, new applications are now easier to implement directly with the Meca500.

Motion Control Application – Maxon Flat Motors Helps in Keeping Muscles in Shape!

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For paraplegic people, rehabilitation is frequently a long process; this is why methods and tech-nology that optimize these measures for the patient are so important. At the Bern University of Applied Sciences, many years of research has led to the development of a recumbent trike with electrical stimulation. The patient’s movements are supported by a maxon flat motor.

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Products – Cycling with a recumbent trike can partially restore lost motor functions of patients with spinal cord lesions. Furthermore, it provides the patients with a very practical and successful basis for cardiopulmonary and muscular training units. The paralyzed leg muscles are reactivated by means of functional electric stimulation (FES) combined with controlled training.

Motion Control – Linear Servo Controller for Non-Commutated Motors!

Motion Control – Linear Servo Controller

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Forestville, CA, – Motion Control – The SCA814 Linear Servo Controller was specifically designed to control single phase, non-comutated devices like voice coil motors. like it’s field proven predecessor the SCA754 is a high performance single axis DC motor controller and amplifier system. It is comprised of a highly integrated single PC board level product with a cohesive interface.

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This card provides current amplification and analog servo control interfaces. The single-phase characteristic of the current amplifier makes it particularly well suited for DC motors such as galvanometers and voice coils.

Motion Control – From soaring heights: Camera stabilization with maxon drives!

Motion Control – Camera stabilization System!

Aerial images can be beneficial for many businesses and industries. Often things are revealed from above that are hidden to the observer on the ground. Drives from maxon are used in camera stabilizer systems.

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Application – Mining companies, for example, survey mines from the air, oil and gas suppliers monitor their drilling rigs, and energy utilities monitor their overland lines. All these applications have one big challenge in common: In these often rough operating environments, the camera needs to be protected against wind, turbulence and the vibration of the carrier aircraft while being kept in a stable position. This is the job of a high-precision stabilization camera gimbal. These gimbals provide users with a stable and level platform that allows them to capture high-quality aerial images.

Motion Control – Linear Stage Features Sub-micron Positioning, 10 mm Clear Aperture, and High Acceleration!

Motion Control – Sub-micron Positioning Linear Stage!
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Forestville, CA – Motion Control – Equipment Solutions’ Series of VCS-10 Voice Coil Stages feature: Sub-micron positioning, high acceleration, digital and/or analog position sensors, and are available with a 10 mm clear aperture! These high acceleration stages (50 G’s no load), have 10 mm of linear motion and < 3 millisecond step response time. The customizable VCS-10 Series of linear position stages are ideal for high speed, high precision optical and laser focusing applications in: Medical, semiconductor inspection and manufacturing, scanning microscopy, and micro machining/manufacturing.

Motion Control – The World’s Most Precise Six-axis Robot by Mecademic!

Motion Control –  Six-axis Robot!

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — Mecademic is a Canadian robotics manufacturer that builds the world’s smallest, most precise, and easy-to-use industrial robotic arm, the Meca500. The Meca500 robot excels in the precise and repetitive manipulation of small parts and tools in a variety of industries.

The six-axis robot can handle payloads up to 500 g with an unmatched accuracy of 0.005 mm (5 µm).

Motion Control – Maxon Expands its range of configurable drives!

Motion Control – Miniature Configurable Drives!

Maxon is once again expanding its range of configurable drives with more brushless DC motors, gearheads, and encoders from the ECX series.


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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Products – The ECX series is growing with the addition of the maxon ECX Speed 4. This tiny powerhouse with a diameter of only 4 millimeters is designed for use in medical technology. The brushless DC motors are available in 2 versions: M (medium) and L (long) and can reach speeds of up to 50,000 rpm. They can be combined with the new GPX 4 C gearheads, which are available as two, three, or four-stage versions. With the GPX planetary gearheads, the pressure angle of the toothing has been optimized to achieve longer uptimes.

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 – Maxon’s UAV propulsion system is Safe, Efficient and Ready for Take-off!

Motion Control – UAV Propulsion System!

Maxon BLDC motors were specifically designed for extreme durability and maximum reliability in professional UAVs.

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Products – maxon actively supports UAV manufacturers with their ambitious designs, up to certification. Our UAV product portfolio offers matched combinations of motors, ESCs and propellers, for optimized propulsion systems providing maximum efficiency and reliability. Hence, operational safety and flight time are maximized, and costs of ownership dramatically cut down

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Motion Control – RVC-1008 Miniature Rotational Voice Coil Stage from Equipment Solutions

Motion Control – Miniature Rotational Voice Coil Stage

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Forestville, CA, – — The RVC-1008 Rotational Voice Coil Stage: Optical element widths up to 20mm; Controllable motion over +/-10 degree optical; Small step response of less than 3msec; Non-contact electro-optic position sensor; Positioning sensitivity of less than 2µrad; Analog and USB control of mirror position; Digital positioning resolution of 6µrad; Fully integrated PID servo controller; Simple USB electrical interface; Extremely compact design.

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Servo Controller for Non-commutated Devices, e.g. voice coil motors, from Equipment Solutions!

Motion Control – Servo Controller for Non-comutated Devices!

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SCA601 Linear Servo Controller: High Performance analog PID Servo Control law; Digital control of PID tuning parameters; Analog Position Sensor input; High current linear amplifier; RS232 interface; 76 x 76 x 25


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Forestville, CA, – — The SCA601 Linear Servo Controller was specifically designed to control single phase, non-comutated devices like voice coil motors. It is a high performance single axis DC motor controller and amplifier system. It is comprised of a highly integrated single PC board level product with a cohesive interface and a compact heat sink.

Motion Control High Precision Linear Focus Actuator, the LFA-2014 from Equipment Solutions Features 200 Nanometer Positioning Repeatability!

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator

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Forestville, CA, – — The motion control LFA-2014 Linear Focus Actuator has a 20 millimeter clear aperture, 14 millimeters of linear motion, 200 nanometer positioning repeatability, non-contact electro-optic analog position sensor, fully integrated SCA814 Servo Amplifier, integrated heat sink, motor coil temperature sensor, and integrated stage motion brake.

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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About Maxon

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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