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Challenges for the packaging industry

The packaging world needs solutions that offer greater profitability and meet environmental requirements.
A prosthetic hand that feels
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A prosthetic hand that feels

A small start-up is set to turn the market for hand prostheses on its head – with an innovative spirit, compact DC motors, and a touch function.
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High-altitude wind energy from kites

A Dutch team is currently changing an entire industry. With a new method to make use of wind energy.
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Expert Blog

From motor to drive system

Complete mechatronic drive solutions offer many advantages over individual components. Yet to reach the goal, some important questions first need to be answered.
Urs Kafader
Urs Kafader Head of Training at maxon
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Run, dino, run...

The Raptor walking robot, developed by researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) can run at up to 46 km/h. He is therefore the fastest two-legged walking robot in the world. The robot design was based on the model of a velociraptor dinosaur. Raptor is just under 50 centimeters in height and weighs just 3 kilograms. He can balance him­self and jump over obstacles of up to 10 centimeters in height with ease. Each leg of the robot is driven by a brushless maxon motor. The drive systems consist of a high-performance EC-4pole 30, combined with a planetary gearhead GP 32 HP and an MR encoder. The controller consists of a maxon ESCON module 50/5. The robot was developed by Prof. SooHyun Kim, Prof. KyungSoo Kim, Prof. Daigil Lee, Dr. JongWon Park, Jinyi Lee and Jinwoo Lee.
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These robots crawl into every nook and cranny

It started as a project by two engineers who were close to retirement. Today, the modular inspection robots by Canadian company Inuktun are successfully in use all over the world.
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The invisible door opener

Elevators travel up and down all day long. Who actually stops to think about the little motors that open and close the doors?
Young Engineers Program
Young Engineers Program

Engineers revolutionize the helicopter landing system

Helicopters hit their limits when faced with steep or uneven terrain. A group of engineering students aims to make this a thing of the past.
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The first sterilizable drive system

maxon motor introduces the world's first steam sterilizable encoder ENX EASY. It is available in an incremental (1024 counts) and an absolute version (4096 steps) for diameters of 13 and 16 mm and is designed for 1000 autoclave cycles. The encoder can be integrated into the brushless drives ECX 13 and ECX 16 SPEED without increasing the length. When the gearheads GPX 13 and GPX 16 SPEED are added to the combination, engineers receive a fully sterilizable positioning system.
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This arm lends a strong hand

A collaborative robot takes care of the heavy lifting.
Europe is searching for life on Mars
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Europe is searching for life on Mars

Was there once life on Mars? Or does it perhaps still exist under the surface? The ExoMars rover may hold the key to solving this great puzzle.
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Young Engineers Program

Active rear wheel steering

A formula student team from Germany wants to improve the handling and the overall driving stability of their race car.
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On the road with the mechanical herd

A German artist group made moving mechanical animals from used bicycles. Now they are traveling throughout Europe with a herd of them.
Maxon Inside
Maxon Inside

Taking a closer look at blood

High-tech machines analyze human blood samples, detect coagulation disorders and thus help to save lives.
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Expert Blog

Comparing Spur vs Planetary Gearheads

The two most common and most readily available gearhead designs are spur and planetary gearheads. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks depending on what your particular application may require.
Angelica Perzan
Angelica Perzan Sales Engineer
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