• Getting to Know: Rebecca Saunders, Warwick Mobile Robotics

    By Karen Whittaker

    A student’s insight to studying engineering, building search and rescue robots and encouraging women into the field.

  • I will probably never use another motor manufacturer

    This tool takes all the donkey work out of the process of selecting a DC motor, Delta Motorsport

  • New miniature rescue robot

    Another first for Warwick Mobile Robotics

    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.

  • Positioning control: Not where you should be?

    By Mark Gibbons, Technical Engineer

    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!

  • Client showcase

    Introducing Mike, Lawton, Founder and CEO, Oxford Space Systems

    Oxford Space Systems is an award-winning space technology business developing a range of its deployable structures for space.

  • Integration made easy.

    EPOS2 Positioning Controllers now support additional Platforms.

    The successful maxon motor EPOS2 motion controllers for brushed and brushless DC motors are being enriched by even more possible fields of application.

  • Getting to Know: Kevin Rathbone, Robotae Ltd

    maxon customer interviews

  • ESCON Module 24/2 DC Servo Motor Controller

    Mini from outside – maxi from within.

    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.

  • Touchdown on comet successful – congratulations from maxon motor!

    Rosetta mission employs Swiss drive technology.

    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.

  • Manufactured in just 11 days - Configure To Order introduces new DCX motors and GPX gear-boxes

    New additions to the maxon family of X drives

    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.

  • Driven magazine: The operating room of the future

    High-tech for health and beauty

    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 expands its global network.

    New sales company in France.

    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.

  • Drilling to new limits

    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.

  • Circulatory Support without Surgery for Heart Failure Patients

    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.

  • Turning food waste into nano-fibres

    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.

  • maxon motor takes part in chase to catch up with a comet

    Rosetta mission

    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.

  • Increasing performance and reducing costs with CIM

    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.

  • Getting to Know: Matthew Tongue, Norbar Torque Tools Ltd

    Introducing maxon’s new series of customer interviews.

    by Karen Whittaker

  • maxon motor reports good results and many new innovations

    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.

  • Compact servo motors with inductive encoders.

    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.

  • New from maxon: BLDC motor EC 19 and planetary gearhead GP 19 M.

    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.

  • New configurable DC motors, gearheads and encoders from maxon motor

    The maxon X drives family is being expanded to include two additional motor sizes: 16 mm and 32 mm.

  • New faster MAXPOS 50/5 EtherCAT Positioning Motor Controller

    More than 20 years of experience in motion control have been incorporated into this product.

  • Intelligent prosthetics

    Using two brushed DC motors from maxon motor, prosthetic specialist Endolite, have developed a new award winning foot and ankle system that will revolutionise amputees walking abilities.

  • driven 1/14: Exhilarating speed – Man and machine at their limits

    maxon drive systems in motor sports

    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 big Space spring clean

    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.

  • Orbital welding bug launched

    Gridweld Welding Systems has developed a new automatic pipeline welding crawler. This advanced unit uses online configurable DC motors from maxon motors DCX family.

  • Opportunity celebrates 10 years on Mars

    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.

  • Cryogenic desserts

    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.

  • ESCON Module 50/4 EC-S Servo Motor Controller for sensorless Operation of BLDC Motors

    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.

  • New, configurable DC motors and gearheads from maxon motor.

    The maxon DCX series is being expanded with two new DC motors. The GPX 22 gearhead is now also available in a version with reduced noise level and with ceramic axes.

  • driven 3//13: High-tech cameras – lightning-fast and ultra-sharp

    maxon drive systems in the communication sector.

    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.

  • maxon motor wins Aerosuisse Award 2013

    Aerosuisse, the umbrella organisation for the Swiss aerospace industry, chose maxon motor ag as the winner of this year's award in recognition of their achievements in the aerospace industry.

  • driven 2//13: Aircraft technology of today and tomorrow. maxon motors in the aerospace industry.

    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.

  • The Medical Automation Revolution - Suture Processing

    An automated surgical suture machine invented by PharmSouth Ltd and using maxon motors, gearheads and controllers, is greatly improving the suture processing industry.

  • maxon motor Group: A difficult year well-mastered

    maxon motor Group increases 2012 revenue again

    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.

  • Oxford to Minsk on a pint of petrol

    The many months of hard work paid off for the University of Oxford at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon challenge when they won the coveted Technical Innovation Award.

  • World Rescue Robot Competition – First for UK team

    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.

  • Pioneering device could double the number of human organs available

    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.

  • New servo motor controller – The ESCON 70/10

    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.

  • Innovation for robotic drilling – Passive input gearbox

    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.

  • Extreme heat, extreme pressure, extreme performance

    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.

  • Small spindle drives are now also available in wearproof ceramic

    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 32 mm planetary gearhead for high radial loads

    New design ensures smooth and true running.

    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.

  • The RE 30 EB 15 W maxon DC motor for fine rotary motions

    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 future vision of sustainable mobility

    Shell Eco-marathon 2013

    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 Extends its ESCON Range of DC Motor Controller Products

    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.

  • driven 1//13: Strong Replacements in Medical Technology

    maxon motors in implants and prosthetics

    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..

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