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A pan-and-tilt camera customer has utilised Maxon Motor’s Configurator, an online tool that allows the configuration of the company’s DCX drive range, to combine Maxon DC motors with gearheads and encoders according to specific requirements.

Speed and torque parameters can be entered to determine the operating point of the gearhead in diagrammatical form. The voltage of the winding can also be selected; users can see its speed and torque performance at different applied voltages.

The configurable areas include: shaft (standard or configurable length, diameter and flats and through-hole); flange (pattern and thread size); commutation (precious metal or graphic brushes); winding (voltage, speed and torque); bearings (sintered or preloaded ball bearings); electrical connection (cable length and exit point including connector); and encoder (counts per turn, cable length and outlet angle).

Key benefits of product application

  • The customer’s purchasing manager said the online facility sped up the whole process — it took less than an hour to research the specifications and options available for each motor.
  • Configurator gave information on options available and the customer was able to refine its design as it went through and to produce the CAD drawing instantly.
  • 3D modelling provides instant drawings that can be integrated into the user’s engineering design package.
  • All information is saved under the user’s profile and can be revisited.
  • The lead time is said to be a bonus for prototyping jobs.

maxon motor is the world’s leading supplier of high-precision drive systems.

maxon has earned a reputation for constant innovation and unflinching reliability – seeing the company’s products used by the world’s top engineers in fields as demanding as space exploration, formula 1 racing and sub-sea applications.

The maxon product range is developed on a modular basis, giving literally hundreds of thousands of perfectly compatible motor, gear and controller combinations to suit a huge array of applications. With full customisation possible for almost every product, maxon’s experienced sales engineers are on-hand to assist design engineers select precisely the right solution for their needs.

DC motors with ironless winding and flat motors (up to 500W output power, mechanical and electronic commutation).
Planetary, spur and special gears.
Sensors (encoders, DC tachos, resolvers).
Servo amplifiers, position controllers.
High-tech CIM and MIM components.
Customer specific drive solutions.

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