Motion Control – Successful Landing on Comet Chury!

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Rosetta mission employs Swiss drive technology.

Today, the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully landed a small laboratory on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The lander features ten instruments which may provide important clues to the origin of life. Two DC motors made by drive specialist maxon motor are on board the mission

Motion Control – For the first time in the history of space exploration, scientists have access to substantial data from a comet’s surface. The European space probe Rosetta successfully guided its lander Philae to touch down on the four-kilometer Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a.k.a. Chury. The Philae lander has a mass of 100 kg and features ten instruments.

maxon motor is proud to be part of this mission. The Swiss-based drive specialist provided two motion control DC motors, with a diameter of 13 mm each. These motors will be used to lower the APXS instrument to the ground. The APXS is an alpha x-ray spectrometer, developed by the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz to be used to record the chemical composition of Chury and provide information on the presence of key elements such as carbon and oxygen

Traveling through space for more than ten years

Never before has a DC motor been exposed to vacuum for this long. However, the motors have now passed an initial motion test, which is a promising sign. The individual instruments on the lander will start being automatically activated in sequential order. Within a day or two, the micromotors will lower the APXS from the lander’s belly to the surface of the comet.


The Rosetta project is expected to continue until the end of 2015, when Chury returns to the outer reaches of our solar system. Until then, researchers want to collect as much data as possible from the comet’s core and tail – and maybe answer the question of whether comets once brought water or even life to Earth.

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Motion Control – See JVL at SPS/IPC Drives 2014

Visit JVL at SPS/IPC Drives 2014

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Hall 4 – Stand no. 4-301 25. -27. November 2014

JVL is the market leader within motion control integrated servo and stepper motors. Visit our stand and see many industrial Ethernet solutions in combination with our integrated servo and stepper motors.

We offer a complete range of integrated stepper motors from NEMA17 up to NEMA43, and integrated servo motors from 50 W to 3000 W, both with built-in controllers.

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About JVL – JVL is recognized as a leader for its development of modern, compact stepper motor drivers and VAC and VDC controllers as well as MAC motor series of integrated VAC servo motors (up to 3000W), and the QuickStep integrated stepper motors (up to 25Nm). Both the servo motor and stepper motor series includes the controller and encoder integrated into one compact unit.

JVL with more than 20 years of motion control experience enjoys a reputation for the development of specialized, customized equipment. They work together with their customers and representatives to find an economic, yet technically advanced solution to complicated control applications.

JVL’s wide selection of quality products for motion control components include: Integrated VAC Servo motors, Integrated Stepper motors, VAC Servo motor controllers, VDC Servo motor controllers, Motor drivers (Stepper, VAC and VDC), Keyboard/Display (Input/Output- and Counter Modules).


JVL USA • Att: Mike Fisher • National Sales Manager
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MICROMO Launches Powerful New E-Commerce Offering!

Motion System SelectorTM simplifies specification and analysis to help OEMs speed time to market.

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Clearwater, Florida – In a day and age when you can shop for everything from fasteners to centrifuges over the Internet, shouldn’t you be able to buy a fully optimized micro motor system online? MICROMO thinks so. That’s why we’ve launched our Motion System SelectorTM. It’s an extremely powerful, interactive parametric search tool that helps OEMs and design engineers quickly and easily specify and analyze hundreds of thousands of different micro motor systems and purchase with the click of a mouse. With 24/7 access, users can instantly find their ideal solution from our on-site inventory of over 104,000 product configurations and, in many cases, expect delivery within three days or less. Featuring real-time simulations of performance and temperature rise for FAULHABER coreless brush and brushless DC motors, the Motion System SelectorTM gives users the ability to compare the performance of different motion component technologies and complete solutions based on specified constraints and operating points while exploring the widest range of micro motion options on the market today.

With today’s lean staffing and even leaner budgets, design engineers find themselves pressured to deliver fully optimized designs with shrinking resources. They need to focus their time on their organization’s core competencies and value proposition, not on optimizing component technologies like motion and feedback. They need to focus on system level innovation. Developed by engineers for engineers, MICROMO’s Motion System SelectorTM delivers a more comprehensive, system-focused experience than any other offering today. “It’s a simple, intuitive interface,” says sales team leader Bob Kish. “It allows users and our application engineers to simultaneously search hundreds of thousands of different systems consisting of thousands of different motors, gearheads and encoders and identify multiple optimized solutions – all in a matter of seconds.”

This impressive search tool allows users to choose from a wide array of rotary and linear motion options, including coreless brush DC motors, brushless DC motors, stepper motors, and piezo motors. They can augment the system with a variety of gearheads and encoders. Another critical aspect is the ability to view the results in a sophisticated product comparison chart that displays systems-level performance characteristics.

OEMs don’t want to scan through pages of specification sheets. They want a solution. The Motion System SelectorTM lets them quickly and easily arrives at the optimal solution for their specific application requirements. Primary performance selection points include speed (min/max), required torque (min), applied voltage, diameter, length, and encoder resolution. The comparative performance and technology scope points displayed in the results tables include:

  • Diameter
  • Length
  • Gearhead ratio
  • Encoder resolution
  • Speed at required torque
  • Current at required torque
  • Maximum continuous torque
  • Delivery lead time
  • Price

Decades ago, the FAULHABER coil paved the way for a new industry. Today, the MICROMO Motion System SelectorTM has changed the game with an unparalleled approach to online micro motion technology selection, comparison, and purchase. With today’s lean staffing and tight budgets, every design engineer out there has half a dozen projects, a dozen deadlines, and twice that many people competing for their time and attention. Shouldn’t buying their motors, at least, be easy? With the MICROMO Motion System SelectorTM, it is.

About MICROMO and the FAULHABER Group

Headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, MICROMO Inc. is the North American source for the world’s smallest high precision DC drive systems, components, and controls. MICROMO is a member of the FAULHABER Group which offers the world’s largest consolidated portfolio of miniature and micro drive system technologies available from one partner in the world today. The Group specializes in the design and manufacture of complex, high precision miniature and micro drive systems for challenging areas of application like medical devices, handling automation, telecommunications, and precision optics.

For additional information contact MICROMO, Clearwater,FL ; Tel: 800-807-9166, E-Mail: or visit the Website at

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