Focus on Fundamentals – How to Select Drives for Robotic Applications

maxon motors would like to take this opportunity to announce that we will be sponsoring three FREE 45 minute online classes with interactive chat sessions on How to Select Drives for Robotic Applications presented by Dr. Urs Kafader, author of: The selection of high-precision microdrives.

At maxon motor we understand that selecting the right drive technology is crucial in any application.  These three short classes will provide a review of general requirements for drive selection. Learn More and Register Today!  Classes begin on April 29th.

  • April 29th – A Systematic Approach to Drive Selection
  • April 30th – DC Motor Data Sheets & Selection Rules
  • May 1st     – Multi-Axis Control Architectures


Tags:  Maxon, Maxon Motor AG, Servo Motor, Servo Drive, Motion Control, robot, robotics, webinar, Automation, Motion Control Systems

90 Second Video on Maxon’s New ESCON 50/4 EC-S Servo Controller

Maxon ESCON 50/4 Video

This powerful OEM plug-in servo controller module is designed for DC brushless motors up to 200 watts.  Click on the image above to view this video.

Click on the link below for more information on the ESCON servo amplifiers from Maxon-

For more information, please contact:


Warren Osak
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699

Tags:  Maxon, Maxon Motor, Electromate, ESCON, Video, ESCON 50/4, Speed Controller, Servo Amplifier

The new issue of “driven” is here!

The newest edition of driven, the maxon motor Magazine, is now available.  Join Formula Renault 3.5 pilot Nico Müller on the racing track.  Take a seat in the cockpit with him and learn more about why maxon’s DC motors are important for fast laps.  The Magazine is available for free as an app for tablets and as a print version.

Experience drive technology interactively!  Click below to download your copy.



Full throttle
Fast, competitive, spectacular: The Formula Renault 3.5 is seen as a crucial stepping stone on the way into the premier class, the Formula 1.  Ambitious racers do not just bring their talents – they also have maxon motors on board to control the throttle of their 530-HP V8 engines. read more


Earth’s hot sister planet
Venus is called our Earth’s sister planet but although the two have a similar diameter and mass, there are very large differences in their history and atmosphere.  At temperatures up to 470 °C, Venus is a true hell.  maxon motor has developed motors to withstand this extreme heat. read more


Contest: Win two Formula1 tickets
Who is winning?  Tell us the right race car number and win two weekend tickets for the Formula 1 „Grosser Preis Santander von Deutschland“ from July 18 to 20, 2014 on the Hockenheim Ring. Join now!


Tags:  Maxon, Maxon Motor, Driven Magazine, Electromate


Debunking the Myths of Hydraulic to Electric Actuator Conversion

Debunking the Myths of Hydraulic to Electric Actuator Conversion

With rugged and reliable operation, simple installation, and lower costs, electric actuators are paving the way for significant control and productivity improvements in off highway machinery.  A new White Paper from Al Wroblaski, Linear Actuator Product Manager, Thomson Industries, Inc.

Many manufacturers of off-highway equipment have replaced hydraulic cylinders with electric actuators in order to eliminate pumps, hoses and valves, and make vehicles smaller, lighter and quieter.  They have taken advantage of the flexibility in interfacing with control systems to provide a wide range of new features and capabilities.  For example, electric actuators can easily interface with a vehicle controller for complex motions such as cycling for a specified number of times at various positions, resulting in improved off highway machine performance and productivity.

Today the benefits of electric actuators can be realized in applications with static loads up to 5000 lbs and dynamic loads up to 3000 lbs., with load ratings increasing each year.  For now, hydraulic cylinders are required for higher loads or when moving loads at 100% duty cycle.

But certain myths have arisen about electric linear actuators that have slowed their adoption in many applications where they potentially offer substantial OEM and end-user advantages.  The rest of this article will take a close look at these myths and discuss the opportunities for integrating electric linear actuators in off-highway vehicles and machinery including recreational vehicles, sprayer booms, snow blowers, turf, garden, construction and agricultural equipment.

Myth #1: Electric actuators can’t handle a harsh environment…

Click on the link below to download this complete White Paper.

For more information, please contact:

Warren Osak
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699

Tags:  Electromate, Thomson Industries, Linear Actuator, Electric Linear Actuator, Electric Actuator


Automation and Food Safety Webinar: IP69K Products to meet new FDA FSMA standards.

New YouTube Video-   54:01 min.  

Automation and Food Safety Webinar

Automation and Food Safety Webinar

View our on-demand Webinar anytime!



You can watch a recording of this webinar and previously recorded webinars on our YouTube channel:

Tags:  IP69K, FDA, FSMA, Automation, Electric Actuator, Linear Actuator, Stainless Steel Motor, Servo Motor, Stainless Steel Gearbox, Planetary Gearbox, Tolomatic, Kollmorgen, Micron Gearbox

5 Key Tips for Linear Bearing Maintenance

A White Paper from Al Ng, Director, Engineering — Thomson Linear Bearings and Guides

How a $25 Investment Now Can Prevent Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Unplanned Downtime.   5 Key Tips for Proper Linear Bearing Maintenance.

Now is the time to start avoiding expensive unplanned downtime by implementing a regular schedule for bearing lubrication and replacement. Proper lubrication is required for rolling element bearings to last, even under light loads. The dynamic load capacities listed in the catalog depend upon appropriate lubrication intervals. For low loads or higher speed low drag applications, machine oil may be sufficient. Oil flows more freely through the bearing, flushing out contaminants but also requiring more frequent re-lubrication. Grease should be used for moderate to high load applications. The higher viscosity provides better adhesion and the channeling properties allow for less frequent lubrication.

A typical minimum lubrication cycle is once a year or every 100 km of travel, which ever comes first. More frequent lubrication may be required based on application specifics, like the duty cycle, usage, and environment…

Click below to download this complete White Paper.

For more information, please contact:

Warren Osak
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699

Tags:  Thomson, Thomson Linear, Linear Bearings, Guides, Linear Guideways, Electromate

maxon’s EC 40 mm brushless motor features 170Watts of power

40mm diameter motor produces 170Watts of power

maxon’s new EC 40 is characterized by high quality materials and high performing specifications.  The motor features a neodymium permanent magnet, stainless steel housing and welded flanges.  It features a very flat speed/torque gradient (about 3.6 rpm/mNm), mechanical time constant 2.1 ms, permissible speed 18’000 rpm, and efficiency of 89%.  The ironless winding offers extra quiet running and high stall torque.

Maxon EC 40 Brushless Servo Motor

Maxon EC 40 Brushless Servo Motor

As all maxon motors, the EC 40 can be combined with a multitude of components, such as encoders or gears.  As a new member, the permanent magnet brake AB 32 joins the maxon modular system.  It is designed for operating temperatures of 40 to +100°C and is the EC 40′s perfect match.  A wide range of compatible controllers, from 1-quadrant and 4-quadrant servo amplifiers to programmable positioning controllers, make the EC 40 a multi-talented high-power unit.

This new EC 40 is an excellent choice when it comes to industrial applications, logistics equipment, mobile robotics, packaging machinery and power tools or aerospace.

EC series brushless motors are particularly noteworthy for their excellent torque handling characteristics, high performance, extremely wide speed range and unsurpassed service life. Most motors are available with optional optical encoder, spur gearhead, planetary gearhead, resolver or brake.  Motors come with either ball (high performance) or sintered sleeve (economical) bearings.  Features include:

  • No mechanical commutation
  • Zero cogging
  • Long service life
  • High speeds at low voltages
  • Good heat dissipation
  • High overload ability
  • Motor characteristics are mainly linear
  • Low inductance
  • Low electrical time constant
  • High efficiency

Click on the link below for additional information-

EC40 120Watt and 170Watt Motor Series

For more information, please contact:

Warren Osak
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699

Tags:  Servo Motor, BLDC Motor, Brushless Motor, EC Motor, Electronically Commutated Motor, Maxon, maxon motor, Electromate

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