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Motion Control – Maxon Gearheads – Great power in Compact Form!

Motion Control – Maxon Gearheads – Great power in Compact Form!

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motion control - maxon motorsTaunton, MA — Motion Control Products – Maxon has developed a unique upgrade in the form of a new product series for its standard micro gearhead: A wide range of performance improvements offer new opportunities.

The first ideas for the UP-gearhead were inspired by ESA’s Mars project ‘ExoMars’ and NASA’s ‘Mars 2020’ project, where there was a need to ensure the highest possible availability even in extreme environmental conditions.

This also directly affects further parameters of the drive system: Given the same input power, ie. using the same motor and the same motor control system, the gearhead can deliver 30% more torque. Or put another way: the same output power will require 23% less input power for the drive. This results in longer potential action time until the next charge cycle, particularly for battery-driven applications.

As a result of the reduction in the input power required, the used motor can in addition be operated at a more favorable operating point. This factor also improves the efficiency of the motor, and with it the whole drive system.

As an alternative, smaller and/or lighter motors and electronics can be used, with advantages not only in terms of weight but also in terms of cost.

motion control - gearhead groupSignificantly longer gearhead service life: as outlined above, friction in the planetary wheel – axle system could be considerably reduced. At the same time heat generation from operating the drive is noticeably reduced because there is less friction power. Particularly in applications where temperatures should not exceed a certain level (example: medical power tools), there is improved power output.

The durability of the lubricant plays an important part in terms of wear and tear on the gearhead’s mechanical components. The greater the thermal stress, the more quickly its lubricating properties are lost, and the earlier and more serious the abrasive behaviors in the mechanical system. The abraded metal particles also lead to an agglutination of the lubricant, potentially resulting in a breakdown in its lubricating action.

If the heat feed is checked, then in otherwise identical operating conditions a longer service life can be achieved. This effect is an outstanding feature of the GPX UP: the service life is 5 times greater compared with similar traditional maxon gearheads and when compared to competitors’ models currently on the market it is 11 times greater.

As an alternative to longer service life, as a result of significant improvements in the torque to diameter ratio (power density), much smaller and lighter gearheads can be used.

The advantages of the new design are not only producing improvements in the gearhead specification’s individual parameters. Further new applications for the GPX UP gearheads can also be seen, in particular the so-called force-feedback appliations.

With these applications the advantages of the engineering of the GPX UP version come into play. The use of mounted planetary wheels makes smooth inverse rotation of the gearheads possible in normal operation and, if necessary, can provide operator feedback. Quantifiable and tangible mechanical feedback is in fact conveyed to the force and torque elements. To achieve this, the gearhead needs to be reversible, meaning the torque and changes to the torque which are in contact with the output side, need to be conveyed proportionally to the drive side.

The following example demonstrates this application: In electronic flight control (Fly-by-Wire), the pilot’s steering movements are not transmitted to the actuators mechanically or hydraulically, as in conventional systems, but electronically. But with this the operator initially loses all tangible feedback on their steering movements. With the deployment of a drive in the control column, the electronically transmitted feedback is mechanically conveyed to the pilot’s hand. Inverse rotation is particularly necessary in normal operation, because the additional drive installed should not hinder the movements of the control column.

motion control - gearhead applicationA similar process applies to the innovative surgery robots in the micro- and telesurgery range. Here it is also crucial that the operator receives direct and tangible feedback about the movements they have performed or healthy tissue that should be left untouched. Reversible drives are also in demand in plant construction. In setting mode the axles need to be movable from the output side, without current.

The new GPX UP models combine a range of important product advantages, such as: More power, more torque, improved efficiency, considerably longer service life, reduction in heat generation, less weight in the drive system as well as the additional reversibility function in multistate gearheads.

Taking only the first two factors into account, we might refer to them as ultra-power gearheads. But with the other properties listed here, we can easily coin a new title: ultra performace.

Ultra Performance GPX gearheads from maxon are already available in GPX22 UP und GPX32 UP diameters, and like all ‘X-series’ they are customizable and available to order online. The GPX42 UP version will follow in Spring of 2020. In addition, customizable gearheads in the Ultra Performance series are now available in sizes Ø 8 – 58 mm.

For more information, please contact us at: info.us@maxongroup.com or 508-677-0520

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

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Motion Control – COVID-19 … Important Information for Ventilator Manufacturers!

Motion Control – ATTENTION – Ventilator Manufacturers!

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — COVID-19 has caused a significant shortage of ventilators for the most seriously ill patients. We are facing a global shortage of equipment and have precious little time to respond.

Electromate is a mechanical ventilator component supplier and works with a number of manufacturing partners that supply crucial components needed to build more ventilators.

These include:

  • HMI’s
  • Linear guides
  • Linear actuators
  • Screw assemblies
  • Compact gearboxes
  • High efficiency servo & stepper motors
  • Programmable motion controllers and drives

Our team of motion design experts are located all across Canada and are available right now to help you with any electro-mechanical ventilator design. If you are working on a ventilator involving rotary, linear, or any other motion, we will provide immediate help with electro-mechanical engineering and component sourcing. Contact us today.

We are already working with ventilator and respirator companies and encourage any other businesses working on COVID-19 solutions to reach out to us.

All inquiries regarding ventilator components or any other equipment to help battle COVID-19 are given utmost priority. We can help to optimize your design quickly and provide fast turnaround proposals as requested. Additionally, we are able to meet high production demands in a very short time by utlilizing ‘Medical Fast Track Programs’ -info.us@maxongroup.com from maxon, and other vendors.

Many of the products we sell to the medical technology sector have ISO 13485 certification. This certification confirms that these products adhere to the fundamental requirements of medical technology and that all processes and procedures are documented, thereby guaranteeing traceability.

In addition to helping with the design and acquisition of critical components used in ventilators and respirators, we also want to make you aware of initiatives that you may be able to utilize. Please read below to learn more about these programs and how you can assist with the COVID-19 cause.

CODE LIFE VENTILATOR CHALLANGE

The Montreal General Hospital Foundation, in collaboration with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), is launching a global innovation challenge, backed by a prize of $200,000 CAD. They are calling for teams to design a simple, low-cost, easy-to-manufacture and easy-to-maintain ventilator which could be deployed anywhere needed to save lives.

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To learn more, please visit https://www.mghfoundation.com/en/news/code-life-ventilator-challenge/

 

 

MIT EMERGENCY VENTILATOR (E-VENT) PROJECT COPY

MIT has launched an emergency research project with a team of Engineers and American clinicians to address the question:

Is it possible to safely ventilate a COVID-19 patient by automatically actuating a manual resuscitator?

Their process in approaching this question is to first identify the minimum requirements for a low-cost ventilator, based on the collective wisdom of many clinicians, design against these requirements, conduct immediate testing, report the results, iterate and facilitate discussion.

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To learn more, please visit https://e-vent.mit.edu/

 

 

About Electromate:

Electromate’s Core Purpose is to help Manufacturers build better machines using differentiated automation technology. They specialize in Robotic and Mechatronic Solutions for the Industrial Automation marketplace. Respected by customers as a premiere source for High Performance Automation and Motion Control Components & Systems, Electromate® specializes in AC & DC Servo and Stepper Motors & Drives, Motion & Automation Controllers, Positioning Systems & Actuators, Feedback Devices, Gearing Products and HMI’s & Operator Displays, all supported via extensive product selection, just-in-timedelivery, dedicated customer service and technical engineering support.

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Motion Control – John Uzzolino joins Maxon Group to head up the Parvalux product line in the United States!

Motion Control – John Uzzolino joins Maxon Group 

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Taunton, MA — Maxon Group of Taunton, MA has hired John Uzzolino to head up the business development activities for the Parvalux product line in the United States. In December, Maxon Group acquired the British geared motor manufacturer Parvalux Electric Motor, Ltd. (For additional information Click Here)The acquisition expands the maxon portfolio with DC drives in the power range of up to 1.5 kW, as well as an attractive expansion of maxon group’s already broad motor and motion control portfolio including AC Motors and Worm gearboxes. The acquisition and the addition of Mr. Uzzolino to the team demonstrates maxon group’s continuing commitment to becoming a provider of complete systems. Ultimately, the acquisition opens interesting new markets requiring larger drives and motion systems such as patient handling within the medical technology sector (stair lifts, electric wheelchairs, etc.) and industrial applications (robotics and transport systems, conveyors).

John Uzzolino comes to maxon Group with 20 years’ of experience in industrial motion control and mechatronics applications. John started his career as a Sales Engineer working with a high tech distribution company, focusing on solving motion control and mechatronic applications for machine builders in the Northeast U.S. John then went to work for a local machine builder, helping them bring their automated test and measurement products to the North American market. Most recently, John worked for two European control manufacturers, helping them develop customers in the U.S. market.

As the Business Development Manager for Parvalux, John will be responsible for managing and promoting the Parvalux products in the United States, initially focusing on the industrial and e-mobility markets. “I’m excited to be on board and help bring a strong European brand to the U.S. market,” says John Uzzolino. “Parvalux has positioned themselves well to be a high-quality product at a competitive price, while offering both standard and highly customized solutions globally. Combining this with the ability to now manufacture locally in Massachusetts, positions Parvalux well to build a strong brand here in the U.S.”

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About Parvalux

Parvalux is a leading global manufacturer of geared motor solutions with over 70 years’ experience in creating the perfect combination of motor and gearbox to match the customer’s application. Parvalux offer thousands of standard options as well as customization of any motor or gearbox to meet customer requirements. Parvalux products are found in hundreds of applications in healthcare, leisure, mobility, transport, and a diverse range of industrial applications. For more visit www.parvalux.com

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

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

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Motion Control – Application – Maxon Motor’s Exoskeleton Joint Actuator!

Motion Control – Application – Reliable, Powerful, Efficient Actuators

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Fall River, MA — Motion Control – Components – Motion Control Application – Application – Maxon Motor developed an exoskeleton drive for use in robotic limbs. This complete joint actuation unit consists of a pancake brushless DC motor with inertia optimized rotor. Also included is an internal high resolution encoder, planetary gearhead with absolute encoder and a position controller with CAN and RS232 interface. Fitting absolute encoder directly at the joint rotation provides designers increased positioning accuracy.

The motion control miniature actuator unit delivers 54Nm of continuous torque and 120Nm on a 20% duty cycle and may be operated on supplies between 10 and 50V DC and the actuation speed is up to 22rpm. Other key features include: compact housing, integrated controller and reduced weight and cost. The ideal choice for use in Hip and Knee Exoskeletons.

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Motion Control – MAXON Says, “Customize Your Drive System Online!”

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Maxon motors introduces a NEW product line of innovative brushed DC motors, planetary gearheads and encoders. customers will find the new motors available for easy online configuration in the online shop. Within 11 working days, the finished drives are ready for shipment. Profit from these fast delivery times now!

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Fall River, MA — Maxon motor is introducing new high-speed drives for you to configure. The brushless ECX motors with diameters of 8, 16 and 19 mm achieve peak values of 120,000 rpm, run very smoothly and develop hardly any heat. They are available with different power stages and in standard or sterilizable versions (up to 2000 autoclave cycles). That makes the drives an attractive option for hand-held surgical tools as well as industrial spindles.

Configurable drives: dynamic, high power, and low noise

Configure and combine the DC motor (DCX, DC-max) or BLDC motor (ECX SPEED) and planetary gearhead (GPX) and sensor (ENX) according to your individual requirements, easily and online. After only 11 working days, the drive systems are ready for shipment from Switzerland. Detailed product data can be viewed online immediately and 3D data for the configuration is available for download. Discover the world of maxon X drives!

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Maxon motion control X-Drives Configure online

High power density, high efficiency, smooth running and available for online configuration.Configure sizes from Ø 10 – 35 mm. Choose between precious metal or graphite brushes, ball or sintered bearings, and much more.

 

Maxon motion control X-Drives Configure online

The DC motors with the best price/performance ratio can be configured online. Configure Ø 16 and 22 mm sizes. Choose between graphite and precious metal brushes, sintered and ball bearings, and many other components.

 

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Super-fast, configurable brushless DC motors. The brushless ECX series of motors has been optimized for high speeds (up to 120,000 rpm) and withstands up to 2000 autoclave cycles

 

Maxon motion control X-Drives Configure online

Configurable planetary gearheads for high torques in the smallest of spaces. Maxon GPX gearheads are low-noise and low-backlash. Ideal for when high torques and speeds are needed.

 

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Configurable digital encoders. 3-channel encoders with inverse signals for interference free function. The counts per turn may be easily programmed at production.

 

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

Motion Control – EC-4 Pole 32 HD with Planetary Gearhead!

The new maxon EC-4pole 32 HD motor has been designed for extremely rough operating conditions, particularly applications in deep drilling. This 480 W motor can withstand 200 °C, 1000 G, -5000 m and 1700 bar.

Maxon motion control EC32 Hight Temp Motors are Ideal for Deep Hole Drilling

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Fall River, MA — Deep drilling technology (called “downhole drilling” in the field of oil and gas exploration) makes it possible to recover oil and gas from depths of more than 2500 m. By combining deep drilling with directional drilling (dynamic position alignment of a bore in the earth), previously unreachable oil reserves are being opened up, with drilling depths of approx. 5000 m and drill lengths of up to 11000 m. The development of specialized electronics and drives has made it possible to better monitor and control many functions across the entire drilling process. For instance, it is now possible to dynamically measure and adjust the position of the drill head during the drilling process. Diverse deep drilling tools also use hydraulic valves or flaps that are operated by electromechanical drives. The temperatures and pressures at these depths, combined with the strong vibrations that occur during the drilling work, present unique challenges for the use of electronic drives.

The different versions of the EC-4pole 32 HD are designed for operation in air or in oil (flooded in hydraulic oil). The power rating depends on the surrounding medium and amounts to 220 W in air and, due to the much higher heat flow, 480 W in oil. They are designed for ambient temperatures of more than 200 °C and atmospheric pressures of up to 1700 bar. The Ø 32 mm motors must also be able to withstand vibrations of up to 25 grms as well as impacts of up to 1000 G (1000 times the acceleration due to gravity at the earth’s surface). As an example, a Formula 1 vehicle is exposed to approximately 2 G and fighter jets are exposed to approximately 13 G. The motors feature high efficiency (up to 89% in air, more than 80% in oil), making them ideal for use in battery-operated applications. With their detent-free running properties, they have excellent control characteristics and are suitable for high-precision positioning tasks in outer space, even at low speeds.

Maxon motion control EC32 Hight Temp Motors are Ideal for Deep Hole Drilling

The EC-4pole 32 HD is ideal for use in environments with extreme temperatures, subject to high vibration, or under ultra-high vacuum. This means the motors can also be used in aerospace applications, e.g. for gas turbine starters, for the generators of jet engines, for regulating combustion engines, or for exploration robots. For the use of the motor in conjunction with a gearhead, maxon offers the GP 32 HD, a powerful and robust planetary gearhead.

 

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

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