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The New Ultra-fast Brushless DC Motor by Maxon Precision Motors

Maxon ECX Product Family

Maxon’s New ECX Product Family

maxon motor launches new high-speed motors that are configurable online.  The new ECX brushless motors are quiet and feature very high efficiency.  These brushless drives are ideal for use in hand-held surgical tools and industrial spindles.

With a few clicks of your mouse you can configure your drive online and place your order.  With maxon motor’s configurator, it is easy to put together a customized DC motor – including gearhead, encoder and controller, to your specifications.  Now, in addition to the brushed motors, you can also configure these three new high speed brushless micro motors.

The ECX motors are available with diameters of 8, 16 and 19 mm achieving speeds of up to 120,000 rpm. They run very smoothly and are highly efficient. They are available with different power stages and in standard or sterilizable versions (up to 2,000 autoclave cycles).

Ready in 11 Days

All three high-speed motors are now available in maxon’s online shop, where customizing the drives is easy.  This means that customers can fit the drives with specific mechanical and electrical components specific to their application needs. For example, with the ECX 8 mm, the GPX planetary gearheads and ENX 8 encoders are available. It is also possible to customize the shaft lengths, winding types, ball bearings and much more. Lean, automated processes ensure that all configurable motors are ready for shipment within 11 working days.

Click on the image below to watch a short 30 second video on the benefits of the new ECX motor.

You can find performance data and more information on the new high-speed ECX motors at: .

Detailed product information can be found at the following link-

ECX Servo Motor Catalog


Tags:  maxon, maxon motors, Electromate, ECX, ECX Speed, GPX, ENX

Ethernet or EtherCAT for Motion Control Webinar: Choosing the Right Network for Your Applications

JANUARY 26, 2016  |  11:00 AM ET

With the increasing presence of EtherCAT in the motion control industry, choosing between EtherCAT and Ethernet is becoming an increasingly important question. This presentation will cover the technical differences between both methods and provide advice on how to choose between them based on application requirements.  Strengths and weakness of both Ethernet and EtherCAT will be discussed including development time, ease of use, cost, and complexity.

Additionally, Galil’s DMC-500×0 EtherCAT Master and DMC-40×0 Ethernet controller will be reviewed with regards to the capabilities and advantages they can offer.  This presentation is geared towards system developers looking to understand the differences, costs, and capabilities of both Ethernet and EtherCAT.

Can’t make the live webinar?  Register today and we will send you a recorded copy after the live presentation.

Meet the Speaker:
 Matt Klint pic Matt Klint
Applications Engineer
Galil Motion Control
Matt Klint joined Galil in 2013 as an Applications Engineer. Before coming to Galil, he worked as a development engineer in the Physics department at UC Davis where he was involved in developing hardware and software solutions for experiments in Condensed Matter and Astrophysics. Matt has brought this expertise to Galil and has worked with numerous research institutions on motion control and data collection projects. At Galil, he has worked closely with other Applications Engineers and R&D on development of Galil’s EtherCAT compatible controllers. Matt holds a BS in Physics from the University of California at Davis.


New Torque Motor Family from Tecnotion

Tecnotion adds QTR Frameless Torque Motors to its direct drive product offering.  With low axial height and high torque density, the QTR bridges the size-performance gap.

Direct Drive Motors, also know as Torque Motors, are permanent-magnet direct drive motors that rotate along an axis.  They can be used wherever a rotary movement is required and offer numerous advantages over conventional servo drives.

Torque Motors from Tecnotion are extremely compact, provide an extremely stiff drive train, eliminate the need for time-consuming mounting procedures, are virtually maintenance free and can be integrated directly into the machine structure, while the spacious open inner diameter enables wire and cable feedthrough.  To top things off the entire series comes with completely sealed stators and integrated temperature protection and measurement sensors.

Tecnotion QTR

The direct drive technology of brushless torque motors is an ideal way to enhance productivity, accuracy, and dynamic performance of applications.  This technology lowers costs, shrinks space requirements, and reduces wear and tear.  Torque motors eliminate the need for mechanical transmission components such as gearboxes, belts and speed reducers.  This reduces transmission losses and eliminates the cost and maintenance required for additional components.  And because there is no contact between rotor and stator, there is no mechanical wear, meaning less maintenance and longer life.

Tecnotion QTR Product Overview

Tecnotion QTR Product Overview

At first glance the QTR series stands out because of its cast design, which differentiates it from other torque motors by providing a low thermal resistance and very high torque density, as seen in the QTR’s very flat design, large inner diameter and low stator and rotor mass.  All motors come equipped with integrated temperature sensors and high voltage insulation.  Rather than flying leads, the QTR series is provided with braided power and sensor cables with strain relief integrated in the stator housing, reducing the rate of wear and potential failure.

The QTR motor series offers a very flat design for lower axial height and high torque density.  Features such as a large inner diameter, strain-relieved cable exit, integrated temperature sensors, low thermal resistance, and low stator and rotor mass differentiate the QTR products from other torque motors currently available.

With three outer diameters – 105, 133, and 160 mm – and five build heights, ranging from 17 mm to 92 mm, the QTR series suits applications in markets such as Semiconductor, Medical, Machine Tool, Printing, Rotary tables, Factory Automation, and Robotics. Continuous torque ranges from 1.4 to 63.5 Nm, and speed ranges from 190 rpm to 6918 rpm.

Click on the following link to download the Tecnotion Torque Motor Catalog

For more information, please contact:


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


Tags:  Tecnotion, Electromate, Torque Motor, Direct Drive Motor, Servo Motor, Automation

New TM12 Iron Core Linear Motor by Tecnotion BV

Almelo, Netherlands – The rare earths present in the permanent magnets of linear motors are a cost-intensive factor.  Against this background, the linear motor specialist Tecnotion expands its product portfolio with a new iron core motor: the TM12 is the third in the TM series, producing the same force as motors containing larger, more expensive magnets.

Tecnotion TM12 Iron Core Linear Motor

Tecnotion TM12 Iron Core Linear Motor

With the addition of the TM12 even applications which require the force from larger motor series are now covered by this new motor.  These applications no longer need wider and therefore more expensive magnet plates.

With the 241mm long coil unit of the TM12, a continuous force of 240N and an ultimate force of 480N can be achieved.  In addition, there is the possibility to couple two motors on the magnet track, which increases the available continuous power to 480N.  The dimensions of the motor are compact: the total installation height including magnet plate is only 40mm, the width of the magnet plate is only 50mm. Speeds of 10 m/s are possible.

Especially in applications with long strokes that require long magnet tracks the TM12 represents a cost-effective alternative.  The potential applications are endless: due to the low cogging one can think of use in industrial printers. But machine tooling or cutting systems are also perfect examples where the TM12 can be used.

For more information, please contact:


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


Tags:  Tecnotion, Electromate, Linear Motor, Iron Core Linear Motor, TM, TM12

Ultra-Flat, Zero-Backlash Gear by Harmonic Drive LLC

Ultra Flat Harmonic Drive Gearing

Ultra Flat Harmonic Drive Gearing

Harmonic Drive LLC, a leader in high precision motion control introduces new, ultra-flat, zero-backlash gear unit.  The CSF-2UP gear unit is the newest model in the CSF mini-series product line.

These new high-torque, zero-backlash gear units have an ultra-flat configuration and feature a large cross-roller bearing with high-moment stiffness.  Complete with a housing and precision output bearing, Harmonic Drive® gear units are lightweight and extremely compact.  The CSF-2UP gearheads are ideally suited for robots or manipulators requiring an ultra-compact solution.

Harmonic Drive® gear units are comprised of a zero-backlash gear integrated with a housing and precision output bearing.  These new models are very lightweight and extremely flat.  Utilizing a large cross-roller bearing at the output flange allows direct mounting of the load without the need for any additional support, enabling compact robot designs.  These bearings have excellent axial and radial run-out characteristics and provide high load capacity as well as high-moment stiffness to achieve precise, repeatable positioning of the robot arm.

Gear Ratios of 30:1, 50:1, and 100:1 are available in each size, offering the machine designer a wide selection of speed and torque specifications.  Motor mounting adapters are also available to match the designer’s choice of motor.

Like all Harmonic Drive® gear units, the CSF-2UP mini gears are highly reliable and maintain zero backlash for the life of the gear.

Features include:

  • Zero Backlash
  • New Ultra Flat Configuration​
  • High Positioning Accuracy
  • Compact Form Factor​
  • High-moment stiffness cross roller bearing
  • Motor mounting flange available

As the trend towards developing more compact robots gains momentum, these Harmonic Drive® units are uniquely positioned to provide designers the affordability and flexibility to meet the increasing demands and performance expectations posed by the robotics industry.

New Stainless Steel Rotary Sensors by POSITAL – FRABA

POSITAL Stainless Steel Rotary Sensors – The Right Flavor for the Food and Beverage Industries

POSITAL Stainless Steel Rotary Sensors – The Right Flavor for the Food and Beverage Industries

POSITAL’s IXARC rotary sensors are available with V4A-rated stainless steel housings and IP69K-level environmental seals.  These rugged and versatile encoders are ideal for applications in the food and beverage industries since they can stand up to highly aggressive cleaning procedures and still deliver the reliability and measurement performance demanded by motion control systems.

The stainless steel housings are also available in explosion-proof (ATEX-rated) designs that can operate safely in environments with potentially dangerous levels of explosive dust or gases.  These models are ideal for grain or flour-handling facilities.

POSITAL encoders are available with a wide variety of output interfaces, ranging from analog to industrial Ethernet. The analog-output devices (also known as programmable potentiometers) are designed to function as a ‘drop-in’ replacement for conventional multi-turn potentiometers in simple control systems.  Because they are based on a magnetic sensor technology that requires no physical contact between measuring components, POSITAL encoders are immune from the wear and corrosion that can degrade the accuracy of conventional resistance-type pots.  Programmability means that they can be readily configured to meet each application’s exact requirements.

Industrial Ethernet connectivity, such as EtherNet/IP, provides a solid base for complex multi-sensor, multi-controller systems. POSITAL EtherNet/IP connected rotary sensors are ODVA-approved and are available in single or multi-turn versions with 16-bit resolution (65,536 steps/turn).

Click on the link below to download the Posital product catalog.

Why Does My Step Motor Get Hot? – The Why? Series YouTube Video

New 4 minute YouTube Video

Can my step motor get hot enough to cook an egg?  In this segment of The Why? Series, Bob White, Manager, Training and Digital Marketing at Kollmorgen, explains why a typical step motor may get hot.  Learn why a step motor will heat up, and what can be done to reduce this heating…unless of course, you are looking to cook an egg!

Click on the link below to view this 4 minute YouTube Video.

Tags:  Step Motor, Stepper Motor, Kollmorgen, Electromate



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