Warwick Mobile Robotics (WMR) is an on-going group research project carried out by a team of fourth year undergraduate students at the University of Warwick. This project is jointly run by the School of Engineering and Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG). WMG are an institution within the University of Warwick, dedicated to improving organisational competitiveness through the application of technological innovation. maxon motor uk have been involved with WMR on several projects and are delighted to sponsor the team again for 2015.
When we think of a gearhead, we tend to assume that it is incompressible and rigid, the truth is it still bends, compresses and has elastic properties. This has an effect on the difference between the perceived motion (encoder counts) and the actual motion of a drive system –we are not where we are supposed to be!
As an addition to the successful ESCON controller family, maxon motor presents another minia-turised +++OEM plug-in module. The high-performance 4-quadrant PWM servo motor controller, the size of a postage stamp, is designed to command permanent-magnet-activated brushed and brushless DC motors, with Hall sensors up to 48 Watt continuous output and 144 Watt peak output.
Today, the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully landed a small laboratory on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The lander features ten instruments which may provide important clues to the origin of life. Two DC motors made by drive specialist maxon motor are on board the mission.
Two years ago, maxon motor presented a new generation of brushed DC motors – the maxon X drives. These are extremely powerful, easy to configure online, and ready for shipment within 11 days. Now, four more DC motor sizes are being added to the existing portfolio.
The new issue of driven – the maxon motor magazine – is now available. In this issue, we peek over the shoulder of a surgeon using the da Vinci surgical robot, present a new device for cardiac patients and take a look at the world's first cordless tattoo machine.
maxon motor, leading worldwide supplier of high-precision micromotors, is increasing its presence in France. Effective from October 1, 2014, the Swiss drive specialist is integrating its long-time sales partner mdp sas into the corporate group. The employees will remain with the company.
Climate change, its effect on CO2, on the world’s weather and the future of our planet, is a subject of great discussion; but how do you measure the atmosphere from thousands of years ago? Using maxon motors British Antarctic Survey plans to look further than ever before.
Intra-aortic pump powered by miniature brushless DC motors provides heart failure patients an aid to help hearts rest and heal.
A team of life science entrepreneurs in Houston, Texas has developed the first catheter-deployed circulatory assist device intended for long-term use in the treatment of chronic heart failure. Procyrion, Inc.’s Aortix™ provides a minimally invasive treatment option for the more than two million chronic heart failure patients who are too sick for medication. This pre-clinical cardiologist tool dramatically reduces risks associated with circulatory support devices and enables treatment of younger, healthier patients before progressive damage occurs.
A partnership between motor manufacturer, maxon motor uk, and the University of Reading has developed an exciting new green material from food waste.
Saeed Mohan, a post-graduate student at the University of Reading, has been working on a project to research various fibres in order to improve their mechanical properties, funded by the European Union in a collaborative project (under EU FP7) with a variety of other partners who are involved in producing materials for use as polymers and in their subsequent commercial exploitation. Polymers are long chains of repeated unit molecules (called monomers) which are particularly useful as they can be braided together to make a strong and light weight material, like carbon fibre.
After more than ten years of travel through space, the European space probe Rosetta has reached the comet Chury. Three months from now, for the first time in the history of space travel, a lander will touch down on the surface of the four-kilometer-wide comet. DC motors manufactured by maxon are part of this pioneering feat.
In addition to manufacturing ceramic parts as components for their DC motors and gearheads, maxon motor also makes ceramic elements for a wide range of industries, from watch production to the construction of dental implants.
maxon motor Group reports stable revenue and cash flow – Record revenue in Asia – High investments in research and development – Positive development for the current year:.
Sachseln/Switzerland. – The maxon motor Group was able to maintain its revenue level during the 2013 business year, in spite of the strong Swiss franc, the weak development of the economy in some areas and commodity prices that remained high. The revenue amounted to CHF 360.2 million. (Previous year: 360.5). At CHF 36.2 million, the cash flow was similar to that of the previous year (36.9). The number of employees in Sachseln (Switzerland), Sexau (Germany), Veszprém (Hungary) and Sejong (South Korea) stayed largely stable at 2091 (+14). Around 9% of revenue is invested in R&D, where more than 220 highly qualified specialists are at work. Last year, maxon launched many new innovations, and the drive specialist is also participating in the ExoMars Mission of the European Space Agency, which is planning a Mars landing in 2018. For the current business year, maxon motor is cautiously optimistic.
Four new types in the performance range 30 to 90 W.
maxon flat motors are used today in many demanding applications: In pumps for diesel emission control, in valve positioners for aircraft, in lift door drives, in humanoid and industrial robots and much more.
High power up to 120 W, speeds up to 100,000 rpm, sterilizable 1000 times.
The new brushless drive with a diameter of 19 mm has been specially designed for high speeds and features low heat development and extremely quiet and low-vibration running. This little powerhouse has applications in centers for miniaturized processing, hand-held tools and medical technology. When combined with planetary gearheads, many possible variations are available for applications in these key markets.
The newest edition of driven, the maxon motor magazine, is available now. Join Formula Renault 3.5 driver Nico Müller on the racing track. Take a seat in the cockpit with him and learn more about why maxon's DC motors are important for fast laps. The magazine is available for free as an app for tablets and as a print version.
The European Conference on Space Debris recently highlighted an urgent need to start removing redundant objects out of orbit. Unless items are eliminated, collisions will be inevitable and space will become extremely hazardous. maxon motor uk has been working with the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) on their experimental solution.
It keeps going and going and going – with maxon DC motors
Ten years ago, the NASA rovers Opportunity and Spirit landed on Mars. NASA chose maxon motor to supply the 39 brushed DC motors that enable each robot to navigate the surface. Opportunity is still exploring the planet, an extraordinarily long time considering the robot was designed for a service life of only 90 days.
From student project to Oscar winning sorbet, with the help of maxon’s DC brushless motor, gearhead and motor controller.
Brad Smith studied industrial design at Brunel University and, for his final year project, looked at specialty chilling for beverages, using liquid nitrogen. After working in industry for a few years, he came back to the idea and changed the design to support a more commercially viable venture – producing ice-cream.
Straightforward commissioning, excellent motor control characteristics, and peak performance.
As addition to the ESCON servo controller family, maxon motor now presents a miniaturised OEM plug-in module for sensorless BLDC applications. The compact, powerful 4-quadrant PWM servo motor controller offers efficient control of permanent-magnet activated sensorless BLDC motors (brushless DC motors, so-called EC motors) with-out Hall sensors up to approximately 200 Watts. As part of the ESCON family it stands for high usability, exceptional performance, and unprecedented power density in servo motor controller technology. Sensorless operation offers the best conditions for a high reliability at low system costs.
In the new edition of “driven”, the maxon motor magazine, everything revolves around high-tech cameras: From professional SLR cameras and camera stabilization systems to modern projection devices for telescopes. All these applications have one thing in common: they all use high-precision drives by maxon motor. The tablet magazine is available free of charge for Apple iOS and Google Android.
The new issue of “driven”, the maxon motor magazine, brings stories and applications from the field of aerospace technology to your tablet, interactive and easy to understand. In particular, the focus is on aviation engineering of today and tomorrow: from the use of drive systems in modern airliners to the aircraft of the future. The tablet magazine is available for Apple iOS and Google Android.
Sachseln/OW. – The maxon motor Group looks back on a successful business year 2012. In spite of modest market development, high commodity prices and the strong Swiss franc, maxon increased its revenue to CHF 360.5 million (+6.2%) in comparison to the previous year. The cash flow remained practically unchanged at CHF 36.9 million. At the end of 2012, the company employed 2,077 employees (+58) in Sachseln (Switzerland), Sexau (Germany), Veszprém (Hungary) and at the new location in Sejong (South Korea). The investments in research and development, which represent approx. 10% of the total revenue, reached a new record value. In 2012, maxon introduced a completely new DCX motor and gearhead series, with the option of configuring and ordering motors, gearheads and encoders directly online. As the market development is currently difficult to predict, maxon is assuming a 2013 revenue similar to 2012.
maxon motor uk have been working with the Warwick Mobile Robotics team on their entry for the World RoboCup Rescue Championships 2013. Of the 2500 individuals participating in this competition, from 40 countries, this is the only UK entry.
In a world first, a donated human liver has been 'kept alive' and successfully transplanted.
Since transplants commenced organs have been preserved and transported in cold ischemic storage. The organs during this stage are not functioning and at risk of being damaged and becoming unusable. A technology developed at Oxford University, using maxon motor brushless DC motors and gearheads, could preserve a functioning liver outside the body for 24 hours which would dramatically increase the numbers of organs available for transplant. About 700 liver transplants are carried out in the UK each year, but more than 100 patients die each year while on the waiting list.
High performance, easy to commission, outstanding motor control characteristics, and top performance.
maxon motor’s new range of servo controllers continues to expand. Just like the existing motor control units in the range, the new maxon motor ESCON 70/10 possesses incredibly easy usability and peak control properties. The high power density 4-quadrant pulse width modulated (PWM) servo motor controller gives efficient control of permanent-magnet brushed DC motors (PMDC) and brushless DC motors (BLDC motors) using Hall sensors with a power rating to ~700 W.
Engineers in the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s (AMRC) new Design & Prototyping Group have developed a compact gearbox for an innovative robotic drilling system. Using maxon motor’s EC-4pole brushless DC motor the automated system can quickly adjust its parameters when drilling complex aerospace structures containing both metal and composite materials.
maxon motor’s new 480 W Heavy Duty brushless motor and gearhead can withstand 200 °C, 100 G and 1700 bar
maxon motor specialises in producing Heavy Duty (HD) motors that deliver exceptional performance for use in the world’s harshest environments. The latest product to join the HD family is the EC-4pole 32 HD, designed for extremely rough operating conditions, particularly for applications in downhole tools and geologging devices.
Two new complete systems composed of spindle, axial bearing, and gearhead.
With the GP 8 S and GP 16 S spindle drives, maxon motor is expanding the program and simultaneously launching the ceramic spindle. The ceramic spindle is an extraordinary product, with several advantages.
maxon motor, the worldwide leader in high precision drives, has added two new gearheads to the already successful GP 32 program. Significant improvements have been made to the single-stage planetary gearhead: The planetary carrier has been reinforced, the bearings have been repositioned, and a ceramic version is now available.
maxon motor windings and precious metal brushes generate higher torque.
Haptic applications are well known in medical engineering, robotics and aeronautics. For example, an active helicopter sidestick generates forces that provide tactile feedback to the pilot of a conventional system. Such applications require a special drive. maxon's ironless winding and precious metal commutation were designed for these requirements.
The Shell Eco-marathon is a unique global competition that challenges students to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car. maxon motor uk have been working with the University of Oxford on this year’s entry.
maxon motor have expanded their ESCON controller family with 2 new products - the ESCON 70/10 and the ESCON 50/5 module for OEM integration. The series stands for unprecedented power density controller technology. It’s built-in functionality, protection and performance are hard to beat.
The latest issue of “driven”, the maxon motor magazine, brings stories and applications from the field of medical technology to your tablet. This issue is all about implants and prosthetics, ranging from a state-of-the-art motorised prosthetic hand to an implanted medication pump. The interactive and easy to understand tablet magazine is available for Apple iOS and Google Android..