Posts Tagged 'Servo Motor'

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

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

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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

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

Extreme Environment Servo Motor is Ideal for Downhole Drilling

Maxon 480W motor withstands up to 200°C, 1000G, and 1700 bar

Maxon EC-4pole 32 HD Motor

Maxon EC-4pole 32 HD Motor

Maxon Motor released its EC-4pole 32 HD motor, which is designed for operation in air or flooded in hydraulic oil.  The power rating depends on the surrounding medium and amounts to 220W in air and 480W in oil.  In addition, the motors are designed for ambient temperatures of more than 200°C and atmospheric pressures of up to 1700 bar.  The Ø 32 mm motors must also be able to withstand vibrations of up to 25 grms as well as impacts of up to 1000 G.  The motors feature efficiency up to 89 percent in air, more than 80 percent in oil.  For the use of the motor in conjunction with a gearhead, maxon offers the GP 32 HD planetary gearhead.

For more information on the Downhole Drill Motors & Gearboxes from Maxon, click on the link below:

Maxon Downhole Drilling Motor/Gearbox Product Family 

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

Tags:  Downhole Drilling Motor, Extreme Environment, Harsh Environment, Servo Motor, 4pole Motor, Extreme Environment Motor, Harsh Environment Motor

New High-torque, high-performance brushless servomotors from ElectroCraft

The RapidPower Plus Series of high-torque, high-performance NEMA 23 frame brushless servomotors from ElectroCraft Inc. are designed for higher-precision applications.  The low-vibration BLDC motors use M-8 ceramic and rare-earth neodymium magnets, to provide quick acceleration and consistent speed (up to 15,000 rpm).  Sealed ball bearings and reduced torque ripple from skewed magetization also ensure a smooth operation at any speed.

ElectroCraft RPP23 Servo Motor

ElectroCraft RPP23 Servo Motor

These high performance brushless servo motor incorporate the latest electro-magnetic components creating high continuous torques with low inertia for rapid acceleration.   They are available with hall-effect commutation or encoder feedback and a variety of connection options.

Features include:

  • Construction and TENV enclosure design let it handle challenging environments as well as applications where high speed, accuracy and durability are essential
  • Myriad of windings, shaft configurations, and encoder options
  • Peak Torque: to 550 in-oz or 390 Ncm
  • Cost-effective
  • Short-delivery

More information on the NEMA 23 RapidPower Plus Servo Motor Series from ElectroCraft can be viewed at-

For more information, please contact:


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

Tags:  ElectroCraft, Electromate, Servo Motor, Brushless Servo Motor, BLDC Motor, Automation, Motion Control, NEMA Motor

Highly Dynamic Brushless DC motors; Compact yet powerful

In automation and robotics, many applications are characterized by high energy and high torque at the same time.  Spatial restrictions also mean that drives must be short, have a long service life and be maintenance-free.  The newly redesigned EC-i motors from maxon motors offer solutions that fit these requirements perfectly.
Maxon EC-i Motor

Maxon EC-i Motor

These brushless DC motors have several key advantages: low inertia, minimal detent, robust bearings and compact construction.  The use of high-powered permanent magnets ensures high power density, providing great speed stability under load.

These motors are available in 40 mm diameter and in two lengths, namely 26 mm (50 Watt) and 36 mm (70 Watt).  The modular system with gearhead encoders and controllers from the maxon delivery program offers a large number of possible combinations.
EC-i motors are ideally suited for applications that require maximum drive in a minimum space. Typical areas of application are:
  • robotics
  • industrial automation
  • security technology

More information on the EC-i  motors from maxon motor can be viewed at-

For more information, please contact:


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

Tags:  Maxon Motor AG, maxon motor,  Electromate, BLDC Motor, Servo Motor, EC-I Motor, Brushless Motor, Brushless DC Motor, DC Motor

Eliminate Unsightly “Bars” Across your Substrate with Direct Drive Technology

Reprint of Kollmorgen Technical Article posted January 08, 2014, by Tom England

Coating and lamination applications demand precise speed regulation in order to avoid velocity ripple that causes uneven coating and undesirable horizontal bars across the substrate.  The key to achieving the most uniform coating is minimizing the variations in velocity as well as in metering of the coating material.  
Coating and laminating applications are characterized by compliance caused by the elasticity of the web, which in turn produces variations in torque requirements.  Web handling machines face the challenge of handling these loads while avoiding velocity ripple that can cause uneven coating and unsightly horizontal bars across the substrate.  As an example, consider film coating, where depositing a dark film onto the substrate material at varying velocity would result in a series of dark and light “bars” across the material.  As web speed and quality requirements have increased, the inevitable inaccuracies in the mechanical transmission and servo system have become a limiting factor on coating and laminating uniformity. 

Effect of Mechanical Transmissions 
Mechanical transmissions can have a negative impact on coating and laminating quality by causing tooth or belt chatter.  Backlash is inevitable in any mechanical transmission system.  Transmission components such as lead screws, gearboxes, and belts and pulleys all contribute error between the motor and the load.  Even when a geared system is tuned very tightly, within a short period of time the gears will wear and backlash will begin to occur.  Backlash causes the roller and cylinder to rapidly accelerate and decelerate as each gear teeth bounce back and forth against each other.  The result is uneven coating of the substrate manifested by the appearance of alternating light and dark horizontal lines on the product.

Traditional Mechanical Setup

Advent of Direct Drive Systems

In some cases these concerns can be adequately addressed by selecting high-quality mechanical transmission components with ultra-precision tolerances.  However, the added expense can become prohibitive and the components will still wear eventually.  The ultimate solution is a direct drive rotary system, which eliminates the transmission altogether.  In direct drive systems, the motor directly drives the load.  The accuracy of a direct drive solution can be up to 60 times better than that of traditional systems and audible noise can fall by more than 20 dB.  Other measures such as servo response (bandwidth), machine parts reductions, and reliability also can improve dramatically.

Repeatability Comparison

When the load is directly coupled, there is no limitation on the inertia mismatch between load and motor (Provided there is no compliance introduced in the coupling method – see blog post Reflecting” on Inertia Ratios).  The servo loop gains can now be increased significantly to provide the necessary servo stiffness to achieve excellent speed regulation to optimize product quality.
When the transmission components such as gearboxes, belts, rack and pinion, and pulleys are eliminated, the servo system becomes free of such negative factors as compliance, backlash, and component wear.  The accuracy increases, inertia-matching requirements relax, acceleration and deceleration improve, maintenance becomes unnecessary, and the product life increases by a significant degree.

Information on Kollmorgen’s family of Direct Drive Motors can be viewed at the link below-

For more information, please contact:


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

Tags:  Direct Drive Motor, Servo Motor, Kollmorgen, Electromate, Automation, Motion Control

DC Servo Motor Sizing Made Easy: A Practical 1/2 Day Course presented by Dr. Urs Kafader, maxon motor ag

Monday February 3rd in Coquitlam, BC  and  Tuesday February 4th in Calgary, AB

This half-day seminar provides the practical information you need to successfully select the right DC motor — be it brushed or brushless — for your application.  You’ll learn about the interpretation of motor data and how you can use this information for motor sizing.  Whether you need high speed and dynamics or just high torque, this seminar will teach you to size a motor + drive with just the right power reserves, avoiding costly oversized motors.  The Calgary seminar features a discussion on the selection and operation of extreme environment servo motors including downhole drilling motors.

Presenter: Dr. Urs Kafader, maxon motor ag, author of the “Selection of High-Precision Microdrives”

What You’ll Receive:

  • maxon Formulae Handbook
  • E-Learning software tutorial on USB Stick
  • maxon Catalog 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Basics of DC motor data. Learn how to interpret motor data sheets and use the speed-torque line information for optimum motor sizing.
  • Systematic drive selection in the context of your application specific requirements and boundary conditions. This includes optimum power management, control loops, accuracy and ambient conditions.
  • Basics of gearhead data and their impact on motor selection.
  • Selection criteria for DC motors. Topics include the characteristics of different commutation types for brushed and brushless DC motors and when to use them.
  • Application examples. Learn how to extract the key parameters for drive selection from your application: The examples include continuous operation as well as dynamic operation cycles.
  • Motion Control: The main features and application possibilities of maxon EPOS and ESCON controllers [Coquitlam Seminar Only]
  • Sizing of DC Servo Motors for Extreme Environment Operation [Calgary Seminar Only]

How to make a motor “Heavy Duty” and how do key motor data change with ambient temperature and environment they run in [Calgary Seminar Only]


BEST WESTERN PLUS Coquitlam Inn Convention Centre
Coquitlam, BC
Monday February 3, 2014
Phone: (604) 937-1345
Directions to the Best Western Plus Coquitlam Inn can be viewed at the following link: Best Western Plus Coquitlam Inn Directions


Holiday Inn Express Airport Calgary
Tuesday February 4, 2014
Phone: (403) 769-1888
Directions to the Holiday Inn Express can be viewed at the following link: Holiday Inn Express Airport Calgary Directions

9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Lunch included

$59 CDN/person + GST

To Register: The Seminar requires pre-registration & payment by Credit Card or PayPal. Click on the link below to be directed to our Online Payment Registration Form.

Maxon Seminar Registration Online Link

OR call Electromate at 877-737-8698 with your credit card information.

download: Calgary Seminar Agenda.pdf
download: Coquitlam Seminar Agenda.pdf

Tags:  maxon, maxon motor, Dr. Urs Kafader, DC Motor, Servo Motor, Automation, Motion Control, Motor Seminar, Heavy Duty Motor, Downhole Motor, Drilling Motor, Seminar

Live Webinar: Extreme Environment Operation of DC Servo Motors

Join us for a Live Webinar presented by maxon motors on January 21, 2014

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now.

Register now to watch this webinar live or anytime after January 21, 2014.

This webinar will include a general discussion on DC Servo (brush and brushless) Motor Technology and the benefits of using maxon’s EC HD (electronically commutated heavy duty) motors in extreme environment applications, including a brief introduction to maxon’s EC HD motor & gearbox family. A technical discussion will follow on the operation, construction and modification of EC HD motors and gearboxes for extreme environments such as: vacuum, downhole, high temperature, submersible, space rated, high shock/vibration, low temperature, etc.), including the following discussion topics:

  • EC HD operation in air vs. in oil
  • How extreme temperature operation affects motor performance
  • Why the maxon winding is critical in battery powered applications and how this benefits MWD (Measurement While Drilling) tool service life
  • Consideration of IR losses (IR drop) when running EC HD motor cables up to 5000 meters
  • Suitability of the EC HD motor for backdriveability
  • Using the EC HD motor as a generator in downhole applications
  • Spindle applications using the EC HD motor platform
  • EC HD operation in ultra-high vacuum: Outgassing, Heating and Performance Derating considerations?

Title: Extreme Environment Operation of DC Servo Motors
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Presenters: Dr. Urs Kafader & Dr. Robin Phillips, maxon motor AG

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

What is different about direct drive motors?

Some slight differences in their magnetic design.

There are several factors that define the type of motion or motor that is best for an application.  Directly driving a shaft is not new technology.  Moving slow, smooth and accurate while positioning in fine increments takes the right combination of technology.  The selection of a motor, encoder, bearing system, and motor controller all contribute to the end result.

Kollmorgen Cartridge DDR Motor Family

Kollmorgen Cartridge DDR Motor Family

Motors that are designed for direct drive applications tend to be optimized for lower mechanical speeds.  This is done by increasing the magnetic pole count so that the electrical frequency remains at a level for good control and efficiency while the mechanical speed of the motor is slower.  It is not uncommon to see 16, 24, 36, even 60 poles (magnets) in a motor.  A higher pole count also reduces the iron cross section required and also allows for larger through-holes (very common on direct drive motors).  Direct drive motors with large through-holes allow you to run optics, cables, and other items through the center of the motor.

Other advantages to this high pole count configuration is slightly higher torque output for a given diameter, approximately 20-30% increase.  Historically high pole count has meant reduced speed output, but recently advanced processors are allowing higher encoder frequencies.  It is not uncommon to see a direct drive motor operating at 2000-3000 rpm with the right set of bearings and the proper motor controller.  Direct drive motors tend to be shorter in axial length than diameter, this is a design choice rather then an attribute of the motor.

For more information on Electromate’s family of direct drive rotary motors, please contact:


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

Tags:  Servo Motor, Direct Drive Motor, Electromate, magnetic pole count, Brushless Motor, Electric Motor, DC Motor

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