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Motion Control – Maxon precision motors Go to Mars AGAIN!

Motion Control – Maxon motors on Mars!

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Products – NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars on February 18th. Was there once life on Mars? This is the question that one of the most complex robotic systems ever built by humankind has set out to answer. Several of maxon’s electric drives are used for handling the soil samples—and to control the first Mars helicopter.

 

Will NASA, the US space agency, successfully land a fifth rover on Mars, allowing it to start its series of missions to bring Mars soil samples back to Earth? The rover named Perseverance will enter the atmosphere of the Red Planet on February 18th—after traveling a distance of more than 470 million kilometers.

Motion Control – Maxon’s trade show experience goes virtual!

Motion Control – Virtual Trade Show!

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Products – 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 Have fun watching! 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

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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Motion Control – Maxon drives are heading to the Red Planet with NASA’s Perseverance Rover!

Motion Control – Application – Maxon drives heading to the Red Planet!

In July, NASA will be sending its fifth rover to Mars. Its main mission is to collect soil samples that will be analyzed on Earth at a later time. The rover will also carry a helicopter that will perform the first flights on the Red Planet. maxon’s precision DC and BLDC motors will be used for numerous mission-critical tasks.

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motion control - maxon drive to marsTaunton, MA — Motion Control Products & Application – maxon drive systems are very familiar with Mars. Our drives have been used in virtually every successful robotic mission over the last three decades. There are now more than 100 of them on the Red Planet and there are likely to be more soon. The launch window for NASA’s next mission opens on July 22nd. An Atlas V rocket will launch the new Perseverance rover on its way to Mars, where it will be searching for signs of previous life on the planet. Its most important job is to take multiple soil samples, seal them in containers and deposit them on the surface of Mars so that a future mission can return them to Earth.

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Several maxon motors will be used to handle the samples inside the rover. For example, maxon DC motors are installed in the robotic arm, which moves the samples from station to station. Maxon motors will also be used for sealing and depositing the sample containers.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is carrying out the mission, and have asked maxon to produce 10 drives for the rover. As with almost all previous Mars missions, these drives are based on standard products from maxon’s catalog with modifications. For the first time, NASA is using brushless DC motors, including: nine EC 32 flat and one EC 20 flat in combination with a GP 22 UP planetary gearhead. Working closely with JPL specialists, maxon engineers developed the drives over several years and tested them thoroughly to achieve the highest standards of quality. “We’ve learned a lot from this exciting project,” says Robin Phillips, head of the maxon SpaceLab. “We now have very broad expertise in space applications and have established quality assurance processes that meet the expectations of the industry. Customers from other industries such as the medical sector, where requirements are often similar, can also benefit from this know-how.”  Space missions place the highest demands on drive systems. This includes vibrations during the rocket launch, vacuum during the journey, impacts on landing, and the harsh conditions on the surface of Mars, where temperatures fluctuate between -125 and +20 degrees Celsius and dust penetrates everywhere

Maxon DC motors control the Mars helicopter.

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The Perseverance rover is expected to land on Mars on February 18, 2021 – but it won’t be alone. A drone helicopter called Ingenuity will be attached to the underside of the rover. It weighs 1.8 kilograms, is solar powered and will perform several short flights, as well as take aerial images. The main goal of this experiment is to test the concept for further drones of this kind. maxon has six brushed DCX motors with a diameter of 10 millimeters controlling the tilt of the rotor blades and the direction of flight. The drives are very light, dynamic and highly energy-efficient. These properties are crucial, because every gram counts on the Mars helicopter. Flying on Mars is not easy. The atmosphere is extremely thin, roughly comparable to the conditions on Earth at an altitude of 30 kilometers. The drone helicopter has flown in a simulated test environment in the JPL laboratory. Whether it will lift off on Mars remains to be seen. First, other obstacles, such as the rocket launch, must be successful. “We hope that everything goes well and that we’ll soon see our drives in action on Mars,” says maxon CEO Eugen Elmiger. “We’re all keeping our fingers crossed.”

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

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/maxon/view/content/index

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.

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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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motion control - maxonJohn 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.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).

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

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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Motion Control Application- Vacuum Compatible Maxon Motors for Extreme Conditions!

Maxon Motor spent several months working alongside Instrument Design Technology (IDT) to customize a small, brushless motor to perform in the extreme vacuum conditions of the synchrotron. This article highlights the challenges in the design.

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Fall River, MA — Motion Control Components Application – The Diamond Light Source particle accelerator in Oxfordshire has been used for projects as diverse as analyzing the effects of strain on aircraft wings, studying the behavior of the HIV virus, and even reading ancient letters without opening them. The 45,000m2 synchrotron facility works by accelerating electrons to 3GeV, generating beams of synchrotron light, up to ten billion times brighter than the sun, in order to understand molecular structures. To prevent electrons being lost in collision with air molecules, the whole process is undertaken in a vacuum; around one billion times lower than atmospheric pressure. Clearly, creating scientific instrumentation for such conditions requires great specialist knowledge, and Widnes-based Instrument Design Technology (IDT) supplies the world’s leading synchrotron facilities.

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Diamond specified that the Double Crystal Monochromator for its new X-Ray Spectroscopy Beamline B18 should drive the crucial Bragg rotational axis with a DC motor rather than the usual stepper motor. IDT managing director Paul Murray explains: “The goal was to achieve higher rotation speeds, with a lower motor temperature and smoother drivetrain than the stepper motor we had used previously. Stepper motors are inherently noisy, and often sources of vibration. Eliminating this issue would immediately improve results from the DCM – but the new motor would have to work flawlessly in a vacuum of 10-8 Torr.” To help solve the problem IDT enlisted the help of Paul Williams, senior sales engineer at maxon motor UK. With experienced engineers handling the project at every stage, and a long history of customizing high-performance motors for applications as demanding as space and surgical robotics, maxon’s teams in Britain and Switzerland were eager to rise to the challenge of creating a cutomized solution. Williams says: “Because the vacuum in the synchrotron must not be compromised, each individual aspect of the motor and its construction had to be analyzed for possible outgassing. The challenge for us was effectively to create a brushless motor with virtually no glues or plastics, an incredibly high temperature tolerance, and excellent performance.”

The starting point for the custom motor was maxon’s EC22 Heavy Duty Motor. Although originally developed for sub-sea oil applications, the 22mm brushless motor’s laser-welded stainless steel construction and broad temperature range already addressed many of the needs of high vacuum applications – and being a brushless DC motor meant it would immediately be more efficient, quiet and responsive than the previous stepper motor.

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When customizing the EC22 HD for use in the synchrotron, maxon accounted for a number of factors. First among these was temperature management. Motors in a vacuum cannot dissipate heat through convection in the normal way, so can be prone to overheating. It is therefore important to choose a motor with high temperature tolerance, stay well within its rated performance in air, and, if possible, position other components in such a way as to spread heat by conduction. A high ratio gearbox was also vital. High vacuums of 10-7 Torr and greater can pull gaseous compounds from materials such as plastics and glues, compromising performance and contaminating the vacuum – a problem known as outgassing.

Each component in the motor was individually tested, and upgraded as necessary. For example, standard PVC cable coating was replaced with a more inert, Kapton version. It was therefore important that the EC22 HD was already substantially made from stainless steel, rather than plastics. Because of the potential for outgassing, the usual glues and epoxies could not be used, and the motor was put together using extensive micro laser welding. From its work with space and aerospace projects, maxon knew how standard, light greases used on motor bearings are affected in low pressure conditions. It was therefore important to specify an extremely inert lubricant which was also thick enough to avoid giving off vapor under high vacuum – and to account for the effect of this change on the motor’s operating characteristics and anticipated life cycle. To finally remove any remaining outgassing threat, motors for controlled vacuum conditions are baked at 120ºC for 24 hours. Already purpose-built for temperatures in excess of 200º C, the EC22 HD proved an ideal starting point.

The Double Crystal Monochromator, incorporating the special maxon DC motor, is now in active service in Diamond Light Source’s Beamline B18, playing its role in key experiments on a daily basis. As an example, a group of Italian scientists used Beamline B18 to study dust in snowflakes that fell some 800,000 years ago – about the time of the first hominid life on Earth. Ice cores drilled from the Antarctic are made up of layers of frozen snow, dating back hundreds of thousands of years… and minute dust particles trapped as the snow fell hold key information about the earth’s climate, atmosphere and volcanic activity at the time. Using X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy, the scientists were able to study the mineral composition of the dust, determining its origin, and unlocking clues to the changes in global climate patterns over hundreds of millennia.

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