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Motion Control – Linear Bearings – Which Type is Right for Your Application?

Motion Control – Linear Bearings – Comparison: Ceramic Coated vs Linear Ball Bearings

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Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator from Equipment Solutions features 200 Nanometer position Repeatability!

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator features 200 Nanometer repeatability!

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Forestville, CA, – — Motion Control – This Custom LFA-2003 Linear Focus Actuator Features: 20 millimeter clear aperture, 3 millimeters linear motion, 200 nanometer position repeatability, Flexure guidance system, ‘C’ mount lens adapter, integrated coil temperature sensor, direct SCA814 Servo Controlled Amplifier compatibility, 74mm x 61mm, 690 grams.

Motion Control – High Speed, High Force, Sub-micron Positioning, Voice Coil Stage Features 20 mm Aperture!

Motion Control – Sub-micron Positioning Stage

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Forestville, CA, —Motion Control — High speed, high force, sub-micron, >300 nanometer (1.1811 10-6 in.) positioning resolution, cross roller voice coil stages are self contained, compact, and can be mounted in a horizontal or vertical axis. The high speed, 20 mm (0.7874 in.) travel, Equipment Solutions’ Motion Control VCS-2020 Voice Coil Stage features a 20 mm dia. aperture. An integrated Analog position feedback sensor assures 100 nanometer (3.937 10-6 in.) repeatability.

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This compact voice coil stage is ideal for such micro-positioning applications as: Scanning interferometry, disk drive testing, auto focus systems, surface structure analysis, confocal microscopy, biotechnology, and semiconductor test equipment.

Motion Control – Maxon’s Driven Magazine – See the article “Speed or Torque – or Both?”

Motion Control – Maxon’s Driven Magazine

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Motion Control article “Speed or Torque – or Both” in Maxon’s Driven magazine helps in selecting the right motor for an application.  An application that could be on Mars, under water, or even implanted in the human body!

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Fall River, MA — Motion Control – The Maxon catalog contains a large number of brushless motor types that are called EC Motors. The artice in this issue of DRIVEN briefly describes their properties and possible areas of application.   

Motion Control – The Engineering Edge – Lowest Coefficient of Friction Linear Bearings

Motion Control – Low Coefficient Bearings

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Motion Control – The world’s lightest electric mountain bike features maxon BIKEDRIVE AIR

Motion Control – Application – Mountain Bike

Motion Control – With the new Lightrider E Ultimate, Swiss bicycle manufacturer Thömus is launching the world’s first full-suspension cross-country electric mountain bike weighing less than 15 kilograms. This record-breaking weight is made possible by the small and efficient maxon BIKEDRIVE AIR drive in the extremely lightweight Thömus ultra-high modulus carbon frame.

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control – The partnership between Thömus and drive specialist maxon that began in the winter of 2021 is delivering results not only in World Cup racing. Behind the scenes, a lot of work has been done on a new, ultra-lightweight electric mountain bike in recent months, which, together with the maxon BIKEDRIVE AIR drive, heralds a new era for electric mountain bikes.

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Weighing less than 15 kilograms in total and with a slim, rigid frame, the Lightrider E Ultimate is a real racing bike that can be maneuvered easily and agilely over any terrain.

Motion Control – Miniature Voice Coil Stage has 35 mm Travel and Features 200 Nanometer Position Repeatability!

Motion Control – Miniature Linear Voice Coil Stage

Motion Control – VCS-35 Voice Coil Stage: 35mm of linear motion; Optional clear aperture; Recirculating ball bearing guidance system; 200 nanometer position repeatability; 37 G’s acceleration; Direct SCA814 Servo Controlled Amplifier compatibility; 38 x 41 x 102mm, 320 grams
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Forestville, CA – Motion Control – Products – Equipment Solutions, Inc. (ESI) is a provider of engineering and manufacturing services. ESI specializes in the design and production of automation and instrumentation products including motion control components and sub systems.

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Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator from Equipment Solutions!

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator

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Forestville, CA – Motion Control – 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.  

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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.

Innovative Motion Control – Mars helicopter receives Collier Trophy

Innovative Motion Control – Mars Helicopter!

Innovative Motion Control – The Mars helicopter team is awarded the Collier Trophy for being the first aircraft to achieve powered, controlled flight on another planet. NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter flies with electric motors from the Swiss company maxon, a provider of precision drives. This prestigious award was presented on June 9th in Washington DC by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA)

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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 extensively in research and development. Worldwide, maxon has 3,059 employees at nine production sites and is represented by sales companies in more than 30 countries.


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Taunton, MA — Innovative Motion Control – Application – Sachseln, Switzerland – NASA’s Mars helicopter is the first controlled aircraft in history to be used on a planet other than Earth, laying the way for future airborne exploratory missions to other planets. The pioneer project has been developed by a team of engineers, including from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), AeroVironment and maxon.

Motion Control – ZrO2 Zirconia Ceramic Radial Ball Bearings For High Loads available from LM76 are FDA/USDA/3A-Dairy Compliant!

Motion Control – Zirconia Ceramic Radial Bearings
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E. Longmeadow, MA — Motion Control – LM76 has announced the release of their new line of Radial Ball Bearings featuring ZrO2 (Zirconia) Ceramic balls. To Complement LM76’s broad range of Linear Bearings that are FDA/UDSA/3A Dairy compliant, as well as linear bearings for extreme environments; they have added Deep Groove bearings which accommodate radial and axial loads, Angular Contact bearings for simultaneously handling radial and axial loads, Spherical Bearings which are self aligning, and Thrust Bearings for high axial loads. Each of the four types of metric bearings are available in a wide range sizes.

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The advantages of ZrO2 ceramic balls are: FDA/USDA/3A Dairy/Caustic washdown compliant, lighter than steel balls and can be used at extreme RPMs, they withstand higher loads without spalling, have a lower coefficient of friction, are inert to chemicals, have no magnetic signature, and are non conductive.

High Performance Ultra Compact Stepper Motor Positioning Stage From Equipment Solutions!

Motion Control – Miniature Positioning Stage!

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motion control - Miniature actuatorsForestville, CA, – — The motion control SMS12 Linear Stepper Motor stage is an ultra compact stage that provides up to 12 millimeters of linear motion. This stage offers near sub-micron resolution with the ability to accelerate a small load at 2G’s. A non-contact home sensor provides a reference position with repeatability of a couple microns. It was specifically developed for optical applications requiring both high precision and modest-speed positioning over a short to medium stroke.

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

Motion Control – 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 – Motion Control – 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 Innovation – Maxon Flat Motors used in Solar Powered Drone

Motion Control Innovation – Solar Powered Drone

Motion Control Innovation – XSun designs and manufactures a drone that is both energy-independent and can make its own decisions, for fully-automated missions. The company needed reliable, high-performance sub-assemblies to design it’s SolarXOne. This is why the start-up approached maxon for the propulsion system.
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Fall River, MA — Motion Control Innovation -Benjamin David, benefiting from a decade of experience at Airbus Defense & Space, created the company XSun based on a rather simple idea: Adapting space technologies for use at lower altitude. This approach produced SolarXOne: A solar-powered, electrical, self-contained drone with a tandem wing design. SolarXOne, with its dragonfly-like design, has excellent aerodynamic performance and a large surface area of solar panels, to collect as much solar energy as possible. This is all within a very high-performance, fully-electric environment.

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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 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 Application – Lab automation is getting even smaller

Motion Control Application – Lab Automation

Motion Control Application – When you need the accuracy but don’t have the room or the budget.

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Fall River, MA – Motion Control Application – UK Robotics has recently launched a new liquid handler to shake up the lab automation market. Feedback from small biotech companies and big pharmaceuticals has been beyond the company’s wildest expectations.

The Bolton based company specializes in building integrated systems for lab automation for life sciences. They have now used their 15 years of experience in the industry to create a new two valve nanolitre microplate reagent dispenser.>/span>

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,   Motion Control —  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 – 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 – 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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