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Motion Control – Maxon’s Driven Magazine – See the article “Speed or Torque – or Both?”

Motion Control – Maxon’s Driven Magazine

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Motion Control article “Speed or Torque – or Both” in Maxon’s Driven magazine helps in selecting the right motor for an application.  An application that could be on Mars, under water, or even implanted in the human body!

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Fall River, MA — Motion Control – The Maxon catalog contains a large number of brushless motor types that are called EC Motors. The artice in this issue of DRIVEN briefly describes their properties and possible areas of application.   

Motion Control – VCDS-051-031-01 Is a High Precision Linear Voice Coil Stages from Moticont!

Motion Control – Voice -Coil Stage
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Van Nuys, CA – Motion Control – Components -– Moticont’s VCDS-051-032-01 series of linear motion control voice coil stages features a voice coil motor, a ball bearing linear slide, home switch, and an integral optical quadrature encoder with differential outputs. Measuring 5.000 in (127.0 mm) long x 2.00 in. (50.8) wide x 2.875 in. (73.0 mm) high, the VCDS-051-089-01 series stages have a linear travel of 0.97 in. (24.6 mm); a continuous force of 6.3 lbs (28.2 N) and a peak force of 20.0 lbs (89.9 N) (at a 10% duty cycle).

Motion Control – Voice Coil Motor with Internal Shaft and Bearing Features High Force to Size Ratio and 2.75 Inch Stroke Length!

Motion Control – Electric Cylinder

Motion Control Electric Cylinder / Voice Coil Motor

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Van Nuys, CA – Motion Control – Components – High speed, high acceleration/deceleration, zero backlash, high accuracy, high repeatability, an internal shaft and bearing are features of Moticont’s GVCM-051-089-05S06 Linear Voice Coil Motor. This compact, voice coil motor has a high force to size ratio with 5.5 lbs (24.6 N) continuous force and 17.5 lb (77.7 N) of peak force with a housing measuring just 2.000 in. (50.8 mm) dia. x 3.50 in. (88.9 mm) long. The stroke of the motor is 2.75 in. (69.9 mm) and the precision ground shaft with a diameter of 0.2360 (5.99 mm) has an internal thread, and the housing has threaded mounting holes for easy integration into current and future applications.

Motion Control – Servo Controller for Non-commutated Devices, e.g. voice coil motors, from Equipment Solutions!

Motion Control – Servo Controller for Non-commutated Devices!

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Motion Control – SCA601 Linear Servo Controller: High Performance analog PID Servo Control law; Digital control of PID tuning parameters; Analog Position Sensor input; High current linear amplifier; RS232 interface; 76 x 76 x 25


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Forestville, CA, – Motion Control — The SCA601 Linear Servo Controller was specifically designed to control single phase, non-comutated devices like voice coil motors. It is a high performance single axis DC motor controller and amplifier system. It is comprised of a highly integrated single PC board level product with a cohesive interface and a compact heat sink.

Motion Control – Select From the S-20-100X Series of 1 Inch Dia. Pull Type Solenoids to Meet Voltage, Duty Cycle, Force, and Stroke Requirements of an Application!

Motion Control – Tubular Solenoids

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Motion Control – Van Nuys, CA – Magnetic Sensor Systems (MSS) has released their S-20-100X model of Pull Type Tubular Solenoids. Their S-20-100X series of solenoids features 18 different solenoids to select from based on the Voltage, Duty Cycle, Force and Stroke requirement of the user.
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MSS Solenoids coils typically utilize Class “F” 23 to 40 AWG (American Wire Gauge) windings with Class “A” insulation for better protection of the solenoid during longer duty cycles.

Motion Control – Application – maxon drives are used in the rover and in the first Mars helicopter

Motion Control – Application – Maxon Goes to Mars!

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The Helicopter is Still Flying …

… 28 Trips and Counting!

Taunton, MA — Motion Control – Application – DC motors from maxon have been used in virtually all successful robot missions on Mars. More than 100 of these drives from Switzerland are already on the Red Planet and the number will go up again when the Perseverance rover starts its work. Its mission is to collect soil samples on Mars that will be analyzed on Earth later. The rover also carried the Ingenuity helicopter drone, which will be performing the first flights on the Red Planet. maxon’s precision motors and gearheads are used in numerous mission-critical tasks.

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator from Equipment Solutions features 200 Nanometer position Repeatability!

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator features 200 Nanometer repeatability!

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Forestville, CA, – — Motion Control – This Custom LFA-2003 Linear Focus Actuator Features: 20 millimeter clear aperture, 3 millimeters linear motion, 200 nanometer position repeatability, Flexture guidance system, ‘C’ mount lens adapter, integrated coil temperature sensor, direct SCA814 Servo Controlled Amplifier compatibility, 74mm x 61mm, 690 grams.

Motion Control – Application – Finding The dark energy of the universe.

Motion Control – Application – Searching for “Dark Energy”!

Motion control – Application- The HETDEX project is the first major attempt to find “dark energy” in the universe. With special spectrographs, the three-dimensional positions of one million galaxies are recorded. In the summer of 2012, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope started scanning the universe – aided by maxon motors every step of the way.

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Hobby-Eberly Telescope: View of the mirror. The University of Texas at Austin/ A. Sebring. © 2012 HET


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Taunton, MA — Motion Control – Application – The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) is located at the McDonald Observatory in West Texas. Its spherical primary mirror consists of 91 identical hexagonal segments, each one meter in size. Together, these individual mirror segments form a mirror with a diameter of almost 11 m, which makes it the largest in the world. The effective aperture of the primary mirror currently amounts to 9.2 m at an opening angle of four arc minutes*.

Motion Control – Miniature Voice Coil Servo Motor Features: 12.7 mm Stroke, High Force-to-Size Ratio, and 1 Micron Resolution!

Motion Control – Voice -Coil Stage
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Van Nuys, CA – Motion Control – Components -– Moticont has released the miniature GVCM-016-019-01M Linear Voice Coil Servo Motor.  Smaller in diameter than a US Dime this 15.9 mm (0.625 in.) diameter Servo motor, also called an Electric Cylinder, features a high force-to-size ratio of 1.5 N (5.3 oz) continuous force and 4.6 N (16.6 oz) of peak force.  The compact housing is just 19.1 mm (0.63 in.) long and in the fully extended position the shaft extends 20.0 mm (0.79 in.) beyond the face of the housing.  The end of the shaft has an M2.2X0.45 thread by 4.0 mm long for backlash free connections.

Motion Control Application – Lab automation is getting even smaller

Motion Control Application – Lab Automation

Motion Control Application – When you need the accuracy but don’t have the room or the budget.

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Fall River, MA – Motion Control Application – UK Robotics has recently launched a new liquid handler to shake up the lab automation market. Feedback from small biotech companies and big pharmaceuticals has been beyond the company’s wildest expectations.

The Bolton based company specializes in building integrated systems for lab automation for life sciences. They have now used their 15 years of experience in the industry to create a new two valve nanolitre microplate reagent dispenser.>/span>

Motion Control – Low Cost, High Precision 3 Axes Linear Voice Coil Actuator!

Motion Control – XYZ Axis Voice Coil Actuator

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Van Nuys, CA – Moticont has released a new three axis XYZ linear actuator the XYZ-10. The X and Y axes of the actuator each has a 0.97 in. (24.6 mm) of travel and the Z axis has a stroke of 0.500 in. (12.7 mm).
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The high speed, high acceleration, zero cogging, brushless voice coil motors provides 6.3 lbs (28.2 N) of force and peak forces of 20.0 lbs (89.9 N) at a 10% duty cycle for the X and Y axes. The Z axis linear actuator has a continuous force of 21.2 oz (5.9 N) and 67.0 oz (18.6 N) peak force.

Motion Control – Application – Maxon Motors in Surgical Robots for Minimally Invasive Procedures!

Motion Control – Motors for Surgical Robots!

Motion control – The latest, next generation surgeries are being performed today using Intuitive Surgical Inc.’s (Sunnyvale, CA) da Vinci™S HD Surgical System, which allows surgeons to perform the most minimally invasive procedures to date. The system incorporates the height of motion control technologies so that every motion provides the smooth, accurate movements reminiscent of a skilled surgeon – even at slow, calculated speeds.

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Products – The surgical system itself requires only the use of two 8- and one 12-mm wide hole in a patient, for insertion of the two surgical manipulators and a camera. Only the robot and surgical assistants stand over the patient, while the surgeon, the system operator, can be across the room at the Surgeon’s console where even the look and feel of the open surgery is duplicated with precision.

Motion Control – Choose the Right, High Precision, Low Cost Linear Stage to Suit Your Motion Control Application!

Motion Control – High Precision Linear Stages


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Van Nuys, CA – — Motion Control Components – OES (Optimal Engineering Systems) offers ten high precision, low cost linear positioning stages that can be easily integrated into new and existing applications. Choosing the best slide for the application is easy. The five AQ120 and five AQ130 series of linear motorized stages are available in travel distances of: 50 mm (1.969 in.), 100 mm (3.937 in.), 150 mm (5.906 in.), 200 mm (7.874 in.), and 300 mm (11.811 in.).

Motion Control – Akribis Systems Voice Coil Motors & Voice Coil Position Actuators Available from Electromate!

Motion Control – Voice Coil Motors &  Actuators!

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control – A “voice coil” is a generalized term that refers to any galvanometer-like mechanism that uses a solenoid to move an object back-and-forth within a magnetic field.

Motion Control Voice coil actuators, or non-commutated DC linear actuators, consist of a permanent magnetic field assembly (permanent magnets and ferrous steel) and a coil assembly. The current flowing through the coil assembly interacts with the permanent magnetic field and generates a force vector perpendicular to the direction of the current. The force vector can be reversed by changing the polarity of current flowing through the coil.

Motion Control Innovation – Maxon Flat Motors used in Solar Powered Drone

Motion Control Innovation – Solar Powered Drone

Motion Control Innovation – XSun designs and manufactures a drone that is both energy-independent and can make its own decisions, for fully-automated missions. The company needed reliable, high-performance sub-assemblies to design it’s SolarXOne. This is why the start-up approached maxon for the propulsion system.
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Fall River, MA — Motion Control Innovation -Benjamin David, benefiting from a decade of experience at Airbus Defense & Space, created the company XSun based on a rather simple idea: Adapting space technologies for use at lower altitude. This approach produced SolarXOne: A solar-powered, electrical, self-contained drone with a tandem wing design. SolarXOne, with its dragonfly-like design, has excellent aerodynamic performance and a large surface area of solar panels, to collect as much solar energy as possible. This is all within a very high-performance, fully-electric environment.

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Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator Features, 20 mm Clear Optical Path, <50 nanometer Repeatability, and <3 miliseconds Response Time!

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator

Forestville, CA – Motion Control – The LFA-2010 Linear Focus Actuator from Equipment Solutions is a high performance compact motion control positioner, specifically developed for optical applications requiring both high precision and high speed positioning over a short to medium stroke.

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The LFA-2010 actuator has a 10 mm range of motion with <50 nanometer positioning repeatability, and a small step response of time of <3 milliseconds. This high force, low noise voice coil motor is typically configured with an analog position feedback sensor and can be optionally equipped with a 1um resolution digital quadrature feedback element.

Motion Control – Integrated Spindle Drive Motor with Absolute Multi-Turn Encoder from JVL is available from Electromate!

Motion Control – Integrated Spindle Drive Motor

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Products — JVL A/S, one of the world’s leading producers in the field of integrated servo and stepper motors, is announcing a new addition to its ServoStep™ motors, a directly mountable motor for driving spindles. It’s perfect for replacing hand wheels in format change applications.

All-in-one unit

ServoStep™ has everything built-in including motor, encoder, drive electronics, control electronics with ePLC™ and optional Ethernet or CAN bus integrated into one compact unit.

Motion Control – 1 Inch Diameter Open Aperture Voice Coil Motor Has 1 Inch Stroke and High Force-to-Size Ratio!

Motion Control – Open Aperture Voice Coil Motor!

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Van Nuys, CA — The 1.00 inch body diameter open aperture voice coil linear motor, the HVCM-025-038-003-02, featuring an open aperture and high force-to-size ratio is introduced by Moticont. This small brushless servo motor is capable of high acceleration, deceleration, high speed, zero cogging, and zero backlash when connected directly to a load. All HVCM open aperture brushless servo motors are extremely quiet, clean room compliant, and capable of high precision when used in closed loop applications. This DC voice coil servo motor has a continuous force rating of 1.0 lbs (4.6 N) and a peak force of 3.2 lbs (14.4 N) at a 10% duty cycle.

Motion Control – Linear Voice Coil Motor Tolerates Tilting

Motion Control – Linear Voice Coil Motor Tolerates Tilting

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motion control - moticontVan Nuys, CA — Motion Control – Moticont has added a new 1.25 in (31.8 mm) stroke linear DC motor to its series of LVCM Linear Voice Coil Motors. The new LVCM-051-051-06 Linear Voice Coil Motor has been designed with a larger radial air gap to tolerate the tilting and misalignment that can be experienced when clamping out of parallel objects or moving off-center loads. This compact linear motor is 2.000 in (50.8 mm) in dia. with a 2.00 in. (50.8 mm) long housing and at mid stroke is just 2.88 in. (73.0 mm). 
Peak force is 9.5 lb (42.2N) at a 10% duty cycle and continuous force is 3.0 lb (13.3 N). Features of this low inertia, high acceleration / deceleration, clean, efficient, zero cogging, brushless voice coil servo motor makes it ideal for: Sorting, packaging, sampling, work holding and clamping, laser machining and drilling, wafer handling, and medical and pharmaceutical applications.

Motion Control Components – Linear Stage Features Sub-micron Positioning, 10 mm Clear Aperture, and High Acceleration!

Motion Control Components  – Sub-micron Positioning Linear Stage!
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Forestville, CA – Motion Control Components – Equipment Solutions’ Series of VCS-10 Voice Coil Stages feature: Sub-micron positioning, high acceleration, digital and/or analog position sensors, and are available with a 10 mm clear aperture! These high acceleration stages (50 G’s no load), have 10 mm of linear motion and < 3 millisecond step response time. The customizable VCS-10 Series of linear position stages are ideal for high speed, high precision optical and laser focusing applications in: Medical, semiconductor inspection and manufacturing, scanning microscopy, and micro machining/manufacturing.

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