As the impact of climate change and land use continue to harm aquatic environments, it is becoming increasingly important to measure and monitor changes in water quality.
Ceramic at its best
Depending on the requirements, ceramic components are usually made of zirconium and aluminum oxides.
Opening of maxon France
maxon France is dedicated to the design, development, and production of customized mechatronic systems and modules, as well as motorized multi-axis systems for robotics.
Driven pays a visit to the robot on four legs
Inspection robots can be found everywhere, whether in sewer systems, on wind turbines, or at the bottom of the ocean. And their numbers are expected to increase dramatically in coming years.
Drone powered by solar energy
XSun designs and manufactures a drone that is both energy-independent and can make its own decisions, for fully-automated missions. The company needed reliable, high-performance sub-assemblies to design its SolarXOne.
Robotics designed for harsh environments
How one company employs creative design techniques and online configuration tools to provide customized motors and gearheads for its latest robotic arm and gripper.
Next generation of moon rovers
CubeRover needed to be compact and lightweight, handle extreme climate fluctuations, and maximize mobility for instruments operating on the rover.
The 4th industrial revolution
We are at the beginning of the 4th industrial revolution. So, what do the changes hold for business and the workforce?
The future is AGV
The automated guided vehicles (AGV) market is booming. According to a study by Research and Markets, the global market for AGVs is set to grow by 10.8% by 2026, reaching USD 3.64 billion. The fields of application are manifold, but we show you the Top 3 highest growth markets for AGVs. 1. Logistics An essential…
Smart floating arms
They move like snakes and reach places that are too narrow or dangerous for humans. The robust robotic arms of the Tokyo-based company HiBot take inspection, maintenance and repair to new levels. In the past, maintenance was not given much consideration in the construction of industrial plants, buildings or bridges. As a consequence, the maintenance…
AGVs: The solutions for logistics?
AGVs (automated guided vehicles) are essential tools in the current commercial and industrial transformation. But what challenges do they need to address? The AGV market: why are we seeing such a boom today? Back in the 1950s, car manufacturers used guided vehicles in their factories to distribute mechanical parts. Since then, different methods have been…
The field of the future
We are witnessing the start of a robotic evolution that is sweeping through all aspects of agriculture. This includes drones that monitor fields, spray specific plants, or send information to other robots on the ground that pull-out weeds and harvest fruit. The current edition of driven, the maxon magazine, is dedicated to agriculture and it…
5 challenges a motor has to overcome on Mars
Outer space is unforgiving. This is why precision drives embarking on a trip to other planets need to meet extremely high quality standards. Every Mars drive from maxon is based on a catalog product and is modified for the specific mission. That’s because the DC motors, gearheads, and encoders face brutal conditions during liftoff, the…
The people behind the Mars drives
Years of collaboration between maxon and the space experts at JPL led to the development of the BLDC motors which handle the valuable soil samples on Mars during the Perseverance mission. Meet maxon’s specialists behind those actuators and find out what drives them. Was there once life on Mars? To answer this question, NASA has…
In search of signs of life on Mars
Mars once had liquid water and an atmosphere—was there life too? To answer this fundamental question, NASA sends the Perseverance rover, a robot of unparalleled complexity. Mars missions may seem to be routine now, yet it’s still the case that only a few craft make it to the planet’s surface intact. The European Space Agency…
Precision drives on the Red Planet
More than 100 electric motors from maxon have been used on the Red Planet and have withstood cosmic radiation, dust storms, and temperature fluctuations. With the Perseverance rover, precision drives are once again flying to Mars. The key to success is the same as before: standard industrial products. Mars missions without maxon drive systems? Unthinkable!…
Smart ArM team develops prosthetics to compete in Cybathlon 2020 Global Edition
The Smart ArM project, in which researchers developed specialized prosthetic arms, was among the teams participating in the Cybathlon 2020 competition that used maxon motors.
Unlimited Tomorrow designs personalized prosthetics to empower amputees
Among the tradeoffs in designing robotic prosthetics is the one between cost and function. Unlimited Tomorrow uses innovative production methods and maxon drives to help children gain function.
How to design an exoskeleton
An exoskeleton must be lightweight, compact, powerful, reliable, and easy to use – what could be easier? Many developers around the world dabble in this discipline with different degrees of success. Christian Bermes, head of the VariLeg enhanced team explains what it all comes down to. Mechanics “Emulating the human gait with mechatronic systems is…
At Cybathlon 2020 Global Edition, all of the attention will be focused on our main players: The teams. They are competing all around the world to be part of a unique event. Every fifth team uses maxon products. A small selection: SoftHand Pro The team from the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and the Centro E.…
Trap the trash
A spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) has been given responsibility for a EUR 100 million project by the European Space Agency, ESA. ClearSpace SA now heads a consortium developing the first debris removal mission in the Earth’s orbital field. Our lives are becoming more and more dependent on space technologies.…
Uncovering the secrets of Mars
Our fascination with Mars is stronger than ever. At this very moment, yet another robot called Perseverance is on its way to uncover the secrets of Mars. The mission will also involve the first helicopter flight in space. This issue of the driven magazine is dedicated to Perseverance and all of the other explorative missions…