Motion Control Application- Maxon Drives Help People Walk Again!

At the first Cybathlon in Zürich, researchers are presenting the world’s best exoskeletons – devices that enable paraplegics to walk again. Motors from Switzerland play a central part in this development.

Maxon motion control application - Helping People Walk Again

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Fall River, MA — Motion Control Components Application – On October 8th 2016, people with paraplegia are going on a footrace at the Cybathlon in Zürich. Aided by exoskeletons, they will compete against each other on an obstacle course to show the public how far advanced technology has come in this area.

Switzerland, is playing a central role in this process. Many of the exoskeletons are fitted with components from the canton of Obwalden – components without which there wouldn’t be a lot of movement to be observed.

From the planet Mars to an exoskeleton

Robotic suits have to be both powerful and lightweight. Too much weight would cause the battery to drain in no time. This presents a big challenge to developers. Most of the motors that are strong enough to power an exoskeleton are large and heavy. This is why engineers are turning to the Swiss company that already developed the drives for NASA’s Mars rovers: maxon motor. maxon drives are powerful, lightweight, and energy-efficient, meaning that they can conserve battery power, and be very durable.

“We spent decades perfecting our motors”, says maxon CEO Eugen Elmiger. A lot of money has gone into research and development. It was worth it: These days, the motors from Switzerland can be found everywhere, in robots, airplanes, cars, and medical devices.

Knowledge yields an advantage in the market

Providing competent technical support for customers is just as important as delivering high-quality products. Small businesses and start-ups often approach maxon with specific drive technology problems that they lack the expert knowledge to solve by themselves. maxon motor, in turn is able to help with its extensive experience in the field, a strength that lets the company stand out from the international competition. “Our knowledge and the ability to give expert advice are a great advantage in the market,” says Elmiger. The Cybathlon is a good example: In the field of exoskeletons, the Swiss company has a pretty clear idea about what’s important besides choosing the right motor. As a result, quite a few of the participating teams are using products from Switzerland. The same is true for other disciplines, such as prosthetic arms or legs and electrical wheelchairs.

For examples, read maxon’s exclusive Cybathlon brochure or visit the new site for technology enthusiasts – drive.tech

maxon supports the Cybathlon as a sponsor and partner

The Cybathlon games are organized by the ETH Zürich and are being held for the first time on October 8, 2016 at the Swiss Arena in Zürich. Around 80 teams from all over the world will be participating. The machine-assisted competitors will compete against one another in six disciplines: prosthetic legs, prosthetic arms, exoskeletons, motorized wheelchairs, bicycles with muscle stimulation, and virtual racing using thought control. What’s not allowed at the Paralympics is an absolute must at the Cybathlon: the use of state-of-the-art technology. “Our aim with the Cybathlon is to break down barriers between the general public, people with disabilities, and scientists,” says ETH professor Robert Riener, who invented the Cybathlon.

The Swiss drive specialist maxon motor supports the Cybathlon as a sponsor and partner. The company will be present at the games with a workshop for the teams and a small exhibition about the history of prosthetics.

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 – Direct Drive Linear Motors with Integrated Encoders

Direct Drive Linear Motors with Integrated Encoders Offer High Resolution, Speed, No Backlash, and Zero Cogging!

MOtiCOnt Direct Drive SDLM Series Linear Motors

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Van Nuys, CA – Motion Control – New, patent-pending, SDLM-051 direct drive linear motors with built-in en-coder 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 motion control applications using threaded features on the front and rear faces of the motor, as well as each end of the shaft.

The new Motion Control SDLM-051 direct drive motors have a 1 in. (25.4 mm) stroke with a continuous force of 5.0 lbs (22.2 N) and a peak force of 15.8 lbs (70.2 N). Non-commutated, motors have zero-cogging, and the light weigh of the shaft allows for high acceleration/deceleration for higher thru-put, and direct coupling to the load increases accuracy and resolution. All  SDLM-051 linear motors are available with a spring to retract the shaft to a home position in the event of a sudden shutdown, and they can be quickly customized to meet specific automation needs.

Typical SDLM-051 direct drive motor applications include: Automated assembly, component insertion, fluid dispensing, pick-and-place, robotics, wafer handling, sorting, valve and flow control, labeling, tension control, and laser machining in the processing, manufacturing, medical, inspection, metrology and other industries.

About MOtiCOnt – MOtiCOnt is a manufacturer of motion control products. Their product line includes voice coil motors, three phase brushless motors and positioning stages and slides.

MOtiCOnt is committed to exceeding their customers’ quality expectations and industry standards throughout the design, manufacturing, service and technical support phases. Our modern manufacturing facility, highly controlled processes, committed staff, and extensive testing complement our product design strengths. This enables us to supply our clients with specialized small orders to high volume just-in-time deliveries.

We offer an extensive line of standard products ready to be shipped immediately from stock, and when standard products are not quite right for an application, highly trained design engineers are always available to develop custom motion control products to fit the specific needs or our customers.

For Additional Information About These Direct Drive Linear Motors from MOtiCOnt – Click Here!

For additional information contact MOtiCOnt, “A Motion Company” at 6901 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406, USA; Tel: , Fax: (818) 785-5713, E-Mail: moticont@moticont.com or visit the website at http://www.moticont.com

 

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Motion Control DS-58 Absolute Position Rotary Encoder Features 18 bit Resolution, Available from Electromate!

Motion Control - Electromate offers Netzer 18 Bit Encoder

 

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components –Netzer’s world-wide patented, rugged high performance Electric Encoder™ technology, suits a wide variety of applications ranging from space and avionics, through military and defense, to instrumentation and automotive. Netzer Rotary Encoders feature absolute or incremental position feedback providing analog or digital outputs..

The Non-contact, motion control absolute-position Electric Encoder™ relies on interaction between the measured displacement and an internally shielded, space/time modulated, electric field and offers features unsurpassed by traditional optical and magnetic encoders.

The DS-58 is a member of the DS series of Non-contact, absolute-position Electric Encoders™, based on Netzer Precision proprietary technology. These encoders offer many advantages, some unparalleled:

  • Low profile (17 mm) & low weight
  • 18bit resolution
  • 0.02° accuracy
  • Analog Sin/Cos, Digital SSi , or Digital AqB+I outputs
  • Hollow, floating shaft
  • No bearings or other contacting elements
  • Low power options
  • Analog or multiple digital interface options
  • High tolerance to temperature, shock, moisture, EMI, RFI and Magnetic fields

CLICK HERE to view additional information on the DS-58 Absolute Encoder from Netzer Precision.

For further information on this new product or others in our extensive product portfolio, call 1-877-SERVO99 (737-8699) or e-mail Warren Osak at sales@electromate.com or visit Electromate at: www.electromate.com

 

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