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Motion Control – Maxon Motors Are in A New Docking System for Space Rendezvous!

Motion Control – Docking System for ISS!

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 Products – 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 – Maxon and Fourier Intelligence join forces to transform rehabilitation technology!

Motion Control – Transforming Rehabilitation Technology!

maxon Group and Fourier Intelligence announce that they are entering into a global strategic partnership. maxon’s precision drive systems and the start-up Fourier’s Intelligence’s rehabilitation robotics are a perfect match and are expected to drive the development of new technologies for patients.

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motion control - maxon motorTaunton, MA — Motion Control Products – Technology plays an increasingly important role in rehabilitation services and healthcare. Therefore, clinicians, engineers and companies recognize that they need to accelerate the development of technological solutions to best meet the needs of patients. This is the main goal of the partnership between drive specialist maxon and start-up Fourier Intelligence, which specializes in exoskeletons and robotic rehabilitation.

Motion Control – New from MAXON, Miniaturized Controller the EPOS4 Micro 24/5 CAN!

Motion Control – Miniaturized Controller

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motion control - maxonTaunton, MA — Motion Control Products – Maxon is launching a new, miniaturized controller with a size of only 32 mm x 22 mm as part of its successful line of positioning controllers. The attractive price-performance ratio, with a functionality that’s virtually identical to the larger units, addresses cost-sensitive single- and multi-axis applications.

Motion Control Application- A wasp shows the way!

Maxon motion control application - Wasp Stinger

What do wasps have to do with brain surgery?  At first glance, not a whole lot. However, one species serves as the model for an innovative brain surgery needle that is being developed by a team of researchers from England.

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Maxon motion control application - Brain

Fall River, MA — Motion Control Components Application – In tumor treatment, neurosurgeons today use a thin, rigid needle to inject medication into the affected brain tissue. This carries a relatively high risk of injuring healthy tissue, because a rigid needle only allows the surgeon to enter a certain region of the brain, following a straight path. The ideal solution would be a flexible operating tool.

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This is where the London Imperial College comes in. In recent years, a team led by Prof. Rodriguez y Baena worked on developing a flexible robotic needle capable of reaching the deeper regions of the brain, while simultaneously avoiding especially sensitive areas. The young researchers sought to imitate the special mechanism employed by female wood wasps that use their thin but very strong drill-like stings to lay eggs inside the wood of trees.

Under the project name STING (Soft Tissue Intervention and Neurosurgical Guide), the scientists developed a prototype consisting of four segments with an overall diameter of 2.5 millimeters, held together by a puzzle-like interlocking mechanism. maxon drives provide the back-and-forth motion of the segments.

“The whole range”

Dr. Secoli is a member of the Mechatronics in Medicine Lab at the Imperial College. He selected the brushless maxon EC20 flat motor with a GP22 planetary gearhead for the application. An EPOS 24/2 positioning controller provides exact positioning. “Easy access to the API (Application Programming Interface) was the major key criterion of selection. On top of that, for fast-prototype system, maxon is the only manufacturer that offers the whole range of products: motor, gearhead, controller” says Dr. Secoli.

Maxon motion control application - Brain

Maxon motion control application - Brain

In early 2016, the team received a grant of 8.3 million euros from the European Union within the funding scheme Horizon2020. The new project codename EDEN2020 (Enhanced Delivery Ecosystem for Neurosurgery www.eden2020.eu), aims to set a new standard in the field of neurosurgical diagnostics and therapy by 2020.

For additional information on the components selected for this critically important project GO TO: https://www.maxonmotor.com/maxon/view/application/brain-surgery-needle-AB

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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.

Motion Control – EPOS4 Position Controller, Compact Power for Your Motion Control Application!

Maxon motor’s EPOS range of controllers has been very successful in the marketplace. Since its launch in 2005, more than 100,000 units are in use worldwide. To build upon this success, the Swiss drive specialist launches the EPOS4 as the next generation of positioning controllers.

Maxon motion control EPOS$ Position Controller

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Fall River, MA — Motion Control – The first product in maxon’s new line is the high-performance EPOS4 module with detachable pin headers and two different power ratings. With a connector board, the modules can be combined into a ready-to-install compact solution. The position controllers are suitable for efficient and dynamic control of brushed DC motors and brushless BLDC motors (EC motors) with Hall sensors and encoders up to 750 W continuous power and 1500 W peak power.

More performance and additional functionality

Maxon motion control EPOS$ Position Controller

The Swiss drive specialists at maxon motor has equipped its product offering of CANopen positioning motor controllers with even more power, better control performance, and additional functionalities. The modular concept also provides for a wide variety of expansion options with Ethernet-based interfaces, such as EtherCAT or absolute rotary encoders. All these innovations are based on the successful principle of our Easy to use POsitioning System.

The combination of a wide variety of operating modes and state-of-the-art control characteristics like Field Oriented Control (FOC) with multiple analog and digital I/O along with various command options enables applications in a large number of fields from medical technology to robotics. As always, maxon relies on integrated protective devices like the Safe Torque Off (STO) functionality.

Intuitive parameterization!

Start-up and parameterization are performed with an advanced, intuitive graphical user interface called “EPOS Studio” and user-friendly menu-controlled wizards. A sophisticated automatic process for controller tuning has also been part of the package for years. Customers are free to fully dedicate themselves to their real task – developing their devices. Motor control becomes a secondary concern, as the EPOS comes with maxon’s comprehensive know-how in drive technology. Together with the three freely available libraries and programming examples, this makes the integration in a wide variety of systems very easy.

Up to 98% efficiency

All these characteristics are combined with a large input voltage range of up to 50 VDC, extremely high power density, and up to 98% efficiency. This makes EPOS4 position controllers the first choice for your drive application.

For more information on the EPOS position controller series of maxon motor, please see http://epos.maxonmotor.com

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

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One to Three-axis Stand-alone Motion Control Systems for Any Combination of Servos or Steppers!

Low Cost, Plug-and-Play, One to Three-axis Stand-alone Motion Control Systems for Any Combination of Servos or Steppers from OES!

OES -Sonata Controller, Keypad, Joystick and Trackball

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Van Nuys, CA -Motion Control System – The Sonata series of motion control systems from Optimal Engineering Systems (OES) is a stand-alone, easy-to-use, plug-and-play, cost effective solution for motion control applications. The systems in this series support up to 3 axes of motion, in any combination of steppers, DC servo and brushless servo motors, and voice coil motors.

Each system includes the power supplies, the motion controller, the micro-stepper and/or servo motor drivers. The operator interface terminal makes the system totally stand-alone and allows the operator to interact with the motion controller without needing an additional PC. The system can also be operated using an analog joystick or a trackball. The speed of the motor is proportional to the tilt angle of the joystick or the rotational speed of the trackball. Using the 4-line LCD and 32 button keypad, the user can enter motion parameters and select different modes of operation.

Power supply options include: 115 or 230 VAC (standard) and 12 VDC to 80 VDC (Optional). The power supply will be selected to meet the customer’s requirements. The available wattages are 80 W, 160 W, 240W, 400 W and 500 W. Options available for these Plug-and-Play systems include, motors, encoders, drivers, and cabling. Measuring just 10.0 in. (265 mm) x 10.8 in. (265 mm) x 4.875 in. (124 mm), or in a 19 inch (482.6 mm) rack mount enclosure, the Sonata motion control systems are easy to install.

About OES – Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) is a manufacturer of motion control products including: Stepper motor controllers and drivers, solenoid electronics, and positioning stages and slides. Applications include: Animation, automated assembly systems, automation, CNC machines, flight simulation, inspection systems, linear and rotary stages, machine tools, medical devices, motion control camera boom systems, optical comparators, CMMs, pan-tilt gimbals, PCB assembly & inspection, pick-and-place, positioning stages, robotics, scanners, security cameras, telescope drive mechanisms, time-lapse photography and winders

Some of the industries OES serves are: Aerospace, Astronomy, Chemical, Communications, Educational Institutes, University, Colleges, Government Agencies, National Labs, Manufacturing, Medical, Metrology, Military, Motion Control, Museum, News Agencies, Semiconductor and Test Equipment. Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc’s. competitive advantage is its state-of-the-art in-house manufacturing facility in North America enabling OES to supply clients with custom designed orders or high volume just-in-time deliveries globally.ve advantage is its state-of-the-art in-house manufacturing facility in North America enabling OES to supply clients with custom designed orders or high volume just-in-time deliveries globally.

For additional information contact Customer Service at Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) , 6901 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406; Tel: 888-7071-1826, +1 (818) 222-9200, E-Mail: sales@oesincorp.com or visit the website athttp://www.oesincorp.com

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1-Axis Motion Controller Has Onboard Brushless/Brush Servo Drive

1-Axis Motion Controller Has Onboard Brushless/Brush Servo Drive

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Greenville, DE — Servo2Go.com has just added Galil Motion Control’s New Econo Series Motion Controller with Ethernet & Onboard Servo Drive, the CDS-3310, to its broad range of high performance cost effective Ethernet based Motion controllers.

Galil Motion Control recently released the CDS-3310 single-axis controller and drive system designed to provide high performance and precise control of a single brush or brushless servo motor. According to the company, it combines a programmable motion controller and 500-Watt drive in a single, compact package that eliminates the external wiring between the controller and drive.

The CDS-3310 includes PID compensation with notch filter and velocity/acceleration feedforward, non-volatile program memory with multitasking, uncommitted digital and analog I/O, and advanced modes of motion such as electronic gearing and teach-and-playback. Galil says the product accepts differential encoder inputs up to 12 MHz, and provides dual encoder inputs that are designed to enable it to accommodate electronic gearing or dual-loop applications.

More information on the CDS-3310 Ethernet Motion Controller from Servo2Go.com can be viewed at-

http://www.servo2go.com/product.php?ID=101242

An abridged copy of this Press Release can be viewed online at –

http://www.servo2go.com/news.php?id=65

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – CONTACT:

Warren Osak
warren@servo2go.com

Toll Free Phone: 877-378-0240

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New Motion Control Econo Servo Motion Controller with Ethernet from Servo2Go!

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Greenville, DE — Servo2Go.com has just added Galil Motion Control’s New Motion Control Econo Series Motion Controller with Ethernet, the DMC-41×3 Series, to its broad range of high performance cost effective Ethernet based Motion controllers.

The DMC-41×3 is the latest product in Galil’s Econo series which are high performance motion controllers at a lower price. The new product offers many enhancements compared to the prior Econo motor controllers including Ethernet 100Base-T, a USB 2.0 port, higher speed performance, larger program memory, analog inputs, and optically isolated I/O. “Compared to the older DMC-21×3 Econo Ethernet controller, the new DMC-41×3 controller offers many speed improvements and can accept encoder inputs up to 15 MHz and close-the-loop as fast as 62 microseconds,” said Lisa Wade, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Galil. “It also offers twice as much memory for user-programs and arrays.”

The DMC-41×3 operates stand-alone or interfaces to a PC with Ethernet 10/100Base-T or USB. An auxiliary RS232 port is also provided. The product is available in one through eight axis formats, and each axis is user-configurable for stepper or servo motor operation. The controller can be connected with external drives of any power range or with Galil’s multi-axis (500W per axis) servo drives or 60V, 3A microstepping drives. Galil drives install directly onto the DMC-41×3 controller, fitting inside the metal enclosure and saving space, cost and wiring.

Standard I/O of the DMC-41×3 controller includes 16 optically isolated inputs and outputs for the 1-4 axis models and 32 I/O for the 5-8 axis models. Eight analog inputs are provided in addition to optically isolated forward and reverse limits and a home input for each axis.

Other controller features include PID compensation with velocity and acceleration feedforward, memory for user programs, multitasking for simultaneously running up to eight programs, and I/O processing for synchronizing motion with external events. Modes of motion include point-to-point positioning, position tracking, jogging, linear and circular interpolation, contouring, electronic gearing, ECAM and PVT. The DMC-41×3 is available as a card-level product or packaged in a metal enclosure.

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Like all Galil controllers the DMC-41×3 controllers are programmed with Galil’s intuitive, 2-letter command language, making them easy to program. GalilTools software simplifies system set-up with automated servo tuning and real-time display of motion information.

Pricing for the 4-axis DMC-4143 controller is $1,495 US in quantity 1 and $995 US/ea in quantity 100.

More information on Galil’s New Motion Control Econo Series Motion Controller with Ethernet, the DMC-41×3 Series available from Servo2Go.com can be viewed at-http://servo2go.com/product.php?ID=105297

For further information on this new product or others in our extensive product portfolio, call 1- 877-378-0240 or e-mail Warren Osak at warren@servo2go.com or visit Servo2Go.com at: www.Servo2Go.com