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Motion Control Application – Finding The dark energy of the universe.

Motion Control Application – Searching for “Dark Energy”!

Motion control Application- The HETDEX project is the first major attempt to find “dark energy” in the universe. With special spectrographs, the three-dimensional positions of one million galaxies are recorded. In the summer of 2012, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope started scanning the universe – aided by maxon motors every step of the way.

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Hobby-Eberly Telescope: View of the mirror. The University of Texas at Austin/ A. Sebring. © 2012 HET


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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Application – The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) is located at the McDonald Observatory in West Texas. Its spherical primary mirror consists of 91 identical hexagonal segments, each one meter in size. Together, these individual mirror segments form a mirror with a diameter of almost 11 m, which makes it the largest in the world. The effective aperture of the primary mirror currently amounts to 9.2 m at an opening angle of four arc minutes*.

Motion Control – Dual Axis Cross Roller Bearing Voice Coil Stage Features 200 Nanometers Positioning Repeatability!

Motion Control – Stage Features 200 Nanometers Repeatability!

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Forestville, CA, – — The motion control – VCS-XY1010 Dual Axis Voice Coil Stage: Cross roller bearing guidance system; Reaction force cancellation system; 10mm of linear motion each axis; 35 G’s acceleration, no load; 200 nanometers positioning repeatability; Non-contact electro-optic position sensor; Direct SCA814 Servo Controlled Amplifier compatibility; 38 x 251 x 254mm, 1120 grams.

Motion Control – Direct Drive Linear Motors with Integrated Encoders

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Van Nuys, CA – Motion control – New, patent-pending, SDLM-051 direct drive linear motors with built-in encoder from Moticont eliminate backlash and provide users with high acceleration, high speed, high resolution, and long life. Available in several off-the-shelf models, these direct drive linear motors feature resolutions of 5.2 µm (0.000206 in.), 1.25 µm (0.000049 in), and sub micron resolution. Compact, only 2 in. (50.8 mm) in diameter and 3.75 in (95.3 mm) long, and with the linear optical quadrature encoder inside directly connected to the shaft for the great-est possible accuracy, these motors can be easily integrated into new and existing applications using threaded features on the front and rear faces of the motor, as well as each end of the shaft.

Motion Control – LCR16 Series Linear Rotary Actuator, 35mm stroke, 24VDC operation with 5 micron encoder

Motion Control – Linear Rotary Actuator

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada –The LCR16 from SMAC Moving Coil Actuators provides precision Z-theta motion within one small actuator, which is ideal for a pick, orient and place applications.  A wide variety of LCR16 linear rotary actuators are available with either direct drive or gearbox equipped rotary units.
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The vacuum-built-in shaft through the rotary motor is available for some models to prevent dust build-up in the unit.

Motion Control Products – High Precision Linear Focus Actuator from Equipment Solutions Features 200 Nanometer Positioning Repeatability!

Motion Control Products – Linear Focus Actuator

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Forestville, CA, – Motion Control Products  — The 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 – Linear Voice Coil Motor Sets A New Standard for Miniature!

Motion Control – Miniature Linear Voice Coil Motor!

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Van Nuys, CA -Motion control – Moticont Introduces their smallest linear voice coil motor! The LVCM-010-013-01 Linear Voice Coil motor is only 0.375 in. (9.5 mm) in diameter and the length at mid-stroke is just 0.81 in. (20.7 mm) long. However, this new miniature voice coil motor has a high force-to-size ratio with a continuous force of 1.0 oz (0.28 N), a peak force of 3.2 oz (0.88 N), and a 0.25 in. (6.4 mm) stroke

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A clean brushless DC linear servo motor which has high acceleration/deceleration and low inertia, the LVCM-010-013-01, is highly efficient, and ideal for: Haptic feed back in medical/surgical instruments, vibration damping, work holding and clamping, laser machining and drilling, assembly, sorting, packaging, sampling, scanning, laser beam steering and filtering, wafer handling, and pharmaceutical applications.

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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Motion Control – Maxon develops ultra-efficient UAV drive with startup Flybotix!

Motion Control – Ultra-efficient UAV drive with startup Flybotix!

Maxon has collaborated with drone startup Flybotix to develop performance-optimized brushless DC motors for a new kind of inspection drone. With the know-how gained from this and other projects, maxon is making inroads into the new UAV market, where the reliability and quality of components are becoming more important..

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Components Application – Two rotors instead of four was the approach used by startup. Flybotix to develop the ASIO inspection drone, which is set to conquer the market. This indoor drone for industrial facilities is built around a patented drive system powered by brushless DC motors from maxon. maxon worked closely with Flybotix to develop electric motors that are optimized for weight and performance and specifically adapted to this application.

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These drives will allow the ASIO to carry out long missions, reach distant locations, and save costs. “This world-class level of performance could not have been reached without the excellent work of maxon,” said Samir Bouabdallah, CEO of Flybotix. “We are very excited about this partnership and will intensify it in order to advance the industrialization of our drone.”

Motion Control – Miniature Linear Focus Actuator Features <50 Nanometer Positioning Resolution!

Motion Components – Miniature Linear Focus Actuator

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Motion Components – LFA-1007 Linear Focus Actuator: 10mm clear aperture, 7mm range of motion, <50 nanometer positioning resolution, 50 grams moving mass, 70 x 70 x 50 (600g)

 

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Forestville, CA — Motion Components – Linear Focus Actuator – The LFA-1007 is a high performance compact positioning actuator. It was specifically developed for applications requiring both high precision and high-speed positioning over a short to medium stroke. This product mates the voice coil motor to a perfectly smooth flexure guidance system and a very high resolution position feedback encoder.

Motion Control – Frameless BLDC motor with matching encoder for a wide range of robotics applications!

Motion Control – Frameless BLDC Motor

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motion control - maxonTaunton, MA — Motion Control Products – maxon presents a new frameless BLDC motor with matching encoder that really comes into its own in dynamic applications. This heralds the arrival on the market of several solutions for design engineers grappling with tight spaces.

Innovative motor concepts are the answer to growing market requirements for dynamic response, compactness, and power density. With the EC frameless DT, maxon presents a solution that really packs a punch. The DT50 is the precursor of a new product family developed specifically for dynamic movements. The brushless motor with its frameless concept can be easily integrated into a wide range of applications by design engineers.

Motion Control – Don’t Just Settle! Select the “Right” Miniature Linear Voice Coil Motor for the Application!

Motion Control –  Miniature Linear Voice Coil Motor!

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Van Nuys, CA — Motion Control Components – Moticont has added two miniature linear voice coil motors to its LVCM family of Linear Voice Coil Motors! Sharing the same physical dimensions, each is just 1.000 in. (25.4 mm) in diameter and the housings are 1.500 in. (38.1 mm) long. As every application is different Moticont offers two motor in the LVCM-025 Series of Voice Coil Motors.

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The LVCM-025-038-01 features a continuous force of 2.5 lbs (11.0 N) and a peak force of 7.8 lbs (34.7 N) and the LVCM-025-038-02 features a 1.000 in (25.4 mm) stroke, whereas, the LVCM-025-038-01 features a stroke of 0.37 in. (9.5 mm ) and the LVCM-025-038-02 features a continuous force of 16.4 oz (4.6 N) and a peak force of 51.9 oz (14.4 N).

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator Features, 20 mm Clear Optical Path, <50 nanometer Repeatability, and <3 miliseconds Response Time!

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator

Forestville, CA –The LFA-2010 Linear Focus Actuator from Equipment Solutions is a high performance compact motion control positioner, specifically developed for optical applications requiring both high precision and high speed positioning over a short to medium stroke.

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The LFA-2010 actuator has a 10 mm range of motion with <50 nanometer positioning repeatability, and a small step response of time of <3 milliseconds.

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 – Compact Direct Drive Linear Actuator Has Integrated Encoder and Temperature Sensor for Increased Throughput!

Motion Control –  Linear Actuator features Increased Throughput!
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Van Nuys, CA – Motion Control – The Compact SDLM-051-070-01-01 Direct Drive Linear Actuator with integrated position and temperature sensors is the latest addition to the patented series of zero backlash, zero cogging, high acceleration, high speed, high resolution, long life actuators from Moticont. This direct drive linear Actuator, also referred to as an Electric Cylinder is 2.000 in. (50.9 mm) in diameter and the compact housing length is just 2.750 in (69.9 mm).

Motion Control – Integrated Spindle Drive Motor with Absolute Multi-Turn Encoder from JVL is available from Electromate!

Motion Control – Integrated Spindle Drive Motor

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Products — JVL A/S, one of the world’s leading producers in the field of integrated servo and stepper motors, is announcing a new addition to its ServoStep™ motors, a directly mountable motor for driving spindles. It’s perfect for replacing hand wheels in format change applications.

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ServoStep™ has everything built-in including motor, encoder, drive electronics, control electronics with ePLC™ and optional Ethernet or CAN bus integrated into one compact unit.

Motion Control – Rotational Voice Coil Stage quickly and repeatably steers an optical beam with a diameter of up to 25 millimeters over 90° with 25 microradians of resolution!

Motion Control – Rotational Voice Coil Stage

Quickly and repeatably steer an optical beam with a diameter of up to 25 millimeters over 90° with 25 microradians of resolution!

RVC-9025 Rotational Voice Coil Stage: Up to 25mm wide mirror; Controllable positioning over +/-45 degree optical; 5 arcsec (25 microradians) optical position repeatability; 1 degree optical step-and-settle in less than 5ms; Fully integrated servo controller; USB 2.0 and auxilary user electrical interfaces; X 58 x 28 x 21 millimeters, 30 grams

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Forestville, CA – The RVC-9025 Rotational Voice Coil Stage provides a means to quickly and accurately set an angular position. The frequency is factory adjusted to customer specifications during the manufacturing process. Amplitude of the resonating mirror can be adjusted through either an analog input voltage or the USB interface.

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An optional high-resolution position feedback sensor can be monitored by an analog output signal on the User Connector. The RS-25 Resonant Scanner can also be configured with a high-resolution 16-bit Analog to Digital Converter to quickly sample and report the mirror position at any moment if the position sensor is included.

Motion Control – Open Aperture XY Stages from OES Feature: High Resolution and High Repeatability!

Motion Control – Open Aperture XY Stages!

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Van Nuys, CA – — Motion Control – Two new high resolution, high repeatability XY stages have been released by Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES). The AU200-15×15-01 Motorized Stage (pictured) and the AU200-15×15-04 Motorized Stage are powered by Two-Phase Stepper Motors and have high 0.25 micron resolution and high 1.5 micron repeatability.

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The AU200-15×15-04 stage includes Quadrature encoders for position verification. Both stages have a large 3.54 in. x 3.54 in. (90 mm x 90 mm) platform with large open aperture and feature standard 1 mm-per-turn ground lead screws, and precision V-grove and Cross Roller guides.

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 – The first e-road bikes and e-MTBs with the lightweight maxon BIKEDRIVE AIR have arrived!

Motion Control – e-road bikes and e-MTBs!

Italian premium road bike manufacturer, Cipollini and Swiss bike manufacturer, TRANSALPES launch their new lightweight e-bikes with the maxon BIKEDRIVE AIR

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motion control - maxon motorsTaunton, MA — Motion Control Products – The Cipollini Flusso is a performance e-road bike that weighs only 10.7 kg. With a weight of less than 16 kg, the TRANSALPES E1 sets standards in the electrified trail and enduro segment. Both e-bikes put a natural feel at the center of the riding experience.

There is an emerging trend in the e-bike market towards lightweight systems that are almost indistinguishable from standard bicycles. This development is supported by smaller, more powerful motors and improved battery technologies. “Integration is the key word,” says Michele Tittonel, R&D Coordinator at Cipollini. “The second generation of e-race bikes will be powered by electric motors fully integrated into the bike design and complemented with high-end components.”

Cipollini set out to develop one of the lightest e-race bikes in the world without compromising reliability and duration of assistance. Now the Italian bike manufacturer is introducing the new Flusso, which weighs just 10.7 kg

The Cipollini Flusso is equipped with maxon’s BIKEDRIVE Air system, which weighs just 3.5 kilograms including the battery. At its heart is a mid-mounted motor that delivers 30 Nm of torque. Thanks to a special free-wheel technology it’s easy to pedal even without electric assistance. Michele Tittonel says, “The natural feeling of riding is absolutely crucial; after all, physical effort should remain part of the experience.”

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Integration of the drive is also a top priority for the Swiss bike manufacturer TRANSALPES. “With the BIKEDRIVE AIR system from maxon, we want to build perhaps the lightest e-bike for demanding mountain bikers,” as co-owner Michel Juhasz explains. “The new TRANSALPES E1 rides as naturally as a mountain bike without a motor.” TRANSALPES’ lightest e-bike, with a carbon frame, weighs less than 16 kg.

The Cipollini e-road bikes and TRANSALPES e-MTBs can be configured and pre-ordered on the manufacturers’ websites.

For additional information, please visit: www.maxonbikedrive.com or contact us at info.us@maxongroup.com or 508-677-0520.

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About Maxon

The Swiss specialist for quality drives maxon 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 the 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 has more than 3000 employees at nine production sites and is represented by sales companies in more than 30 countries.

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

Contact maxon for more details https://support.maxongroup.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

Comprehensive documentation and software are included with every delivery, and are also available for you to download from our website at www.maxonmotor.com.

Maxon’s trade show experience goes virtual
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This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of nearly all trade shows. Despite this, maxon is offering a digital trade show experience to all of its customers and anyone who’s interested in learning about the latest in drive technology. Visitors to maxon’s virtual booth will discover the benefits of our latest products such as the MiniMACS6 master controller, learn about high torque brushless DC motors as well as flat motors for robotics, and get to know the Mars rover. Visit virtualbooth.maxongroup.com and contact us to get your ideas moving.

If you prefer watching an entertaining video introducing all the latest products maxon brought to the market this year, you will find it here: https://youtu.be/Jtw7Hwxbdr4 a> Have fun watching! For more information please contact us at info.us@maxongroup.com or 508-677-0520.

For Information on Maxon’s Virtual Trade Show CLICK HERE

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Motion Control -What To Consider When Specifying A Linear Slide

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Considerations when specifying a linear slide for a new or existing application.

By Mike Quinn • LM76

When a design engineer has fully defined a linear-motion application’s requirements regarding travel length, speed, force, and accuracy as well as repeatability, the next question to answer is this:

Does an off-the-shelf linear slide (or a stock linear slide from a catalog) fully satisfy the application?

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Off-the-shelf linear slides are advantageous for their quick delivery and lower cost than that of custom components. No wonder most linear-motion designs do in fact employ off-the-shelf linear slides from various component and system suppliers.

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