maxon’s ESCON Controllers

Roger Hess, Sales Engineer, discusses maxon’s line of ESCON motor controllers. These controllers were designed for dc brushed and brushless motors. You can configure the drive using maxon’s ESCON studio.


MAXPOS 50/5 Wins Product of the Year

Medical Design Briefs - 2014 Product of the Year

Medical Design Briefs – 2014 Product of the Year

High performance positioning controller

Medical Design Briefs magazine, targeted to medical product design engineers and managers, provides readers with the latest advances in technology, materials, and regulatory issues.

Each month, Medical Design Briefs magazine publishes a Product of the Month deemed to have exceptional technical merit and practical value for its design engineering readers. At the end of the year, readers are asked to vote for one among the 12 Products of the Month that they feel was the most significant new product introduced to the engineering community in 2014.

“This year, maxon precision motors’ MAXPOS 50/5 high-performance positioning controller was a top vote-getter, earning this prestigious honor,” said Beth G. Sisk, Editor of Medical Design Briefs. “We are very proud to present the Product of the Year award to maxon precision motors for providing motion control technology that allows manufacturers to create the next generation of effective, efficient, and safe medical products.”

maxon launches New Products

Our drive portfolio will be expanded in April 2015

At the Hannover Messe in Germany, maxon motor will be releasing a multitude of new products.

maxon 2015/2016 Catalog

maxon 2015/2016 Catalog

The maxon X drives family will be expanded featuring new sizes of dc brushed motors and gearheads. These high efficiency drives are configurable online and ready to ship in 11 working days.

In terms of motor size, one new motor stands out: The EC4 is a brushless DC motor with a diameter of only 4 millimeters. It is especially suited for applications in medical technology, and can be combined with a matching gearhead.

For customers who need higher torques, maxon will also be launching the new brushless EC-i40 high torque micromotor with several power ranges available.

New 2015/16 product catalog

The new German version of the 2015/2016 product catalog will be available at the Hannover Messe. We will also be making the e-Paper catalog available online for your convenience at

Visit us at the Hannover Messe: Hall 15, Booth D 05 to see the latest in drive technology from maxon motor.

Integration made easy.

maxon's EPOS2 Positioning Controllers support additional Platforms.

maxon’s EPOS2 Positioning Controllers support additional Platforms.

EPOS2 Positioning Controllers support additional Platforms.

The maxon motor EPOS2 motion controllers for DC brushed and brushless motors are enhanced by even more possible fields of applications. Deployment of computer-based drive control rather than traditionally used PLC systems are becoming more and more prevalent in practice. To stay ahead of this trend, maxon has updated the EPOS2 libraries to support CANopen interfaces from Kvaser and NI-XNET, in addition to our existing solutions (NI, IXXAT, Vector). In additon, new opportunities unfold for computer platforms with serial communication via USB or RS232 under Windows or Linux. The existing libraries for Intel/AMD (Windows 32/64-Bit, Linux 32-Bit) are further extended with a Linux 64-Bit version. Additional support of 32-Bit ARMv6/v7 solutions allows the broad scale use of trend platforms, such as Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone. True to the principle “Easy-to-use POsitioning System”, simple and fast incorporation into a wide range of solutions with extended, no cost, libraries is supported.

With today’s controller architectures a variety of motion control components from various suppliers are used. Therefore, easy integration into the superior master system plays a crucial role in the success. By means of extensively documented maxon libraries, integration of EPOS2 slave drive controllers takes no time and makes elaborate interface programming obsolete. Customers can fully focus on their main task; the development of their application. A wide range of supported systems permit a selection of the ideally suited master.

For more information on EPOS, maxon motor’s modular positioning controller series, visit

ESCON Module 24/2 Servo Motor Controller

A miniature controller with maximum functionality.

maxon's ESCON module 24/2 servo motor controller

maxon’s ESCON module 24/2 servo motor controller

maxon motor expands its offering of miniaturized controllers with its latest OEM plug-in module. This high-performance 4-quadrant PWM servo motor controller is designed to command permanent-magnet-activated brushed and brushless DC motors with Hall sensors up to 48 Watt continuous output and 144 Watt peak output. Its features include: high usability, exceptional performance and power density in servo motor controller technology. It is unprecedented in functionality, protection, and performance.

In addition, the entire maxon ESCON servo controller line now offers new functionality: an RC servo signal evaluation for speed or current set values, current limiter and offset, or the option to predefine analog speed ramps.

The innovative OEM plug-in module features excellent controller characteristics. The drift-free yet extremely dynamic speed behavior enables speeds up to 150,000 rpm. It provides extensive functionality with free configurable digital and analog inputs/outputs and can be operated in various modes, such as speed controller (closed loop), speed controller (open loop), and current controller. A perfect match for maxon’s motor range, the miniaturized ESCON Module 24/2 suits even the highest-demanding applications and most dynamic drive solutions. Plus, it easily integrates into complex applications with little effort.

A detailed Motherboard Design Guide is available for integration to OEM PCBs and a suitable motherboard makes initial commissioning a simple task. This allows the OEM to focus on the development of their own device and simply rely on maxon’s expertise for the motor control part that is provided in the ESCON module.

The compact servo controller is controlled by an analog set value. It can be specified by means of analog volt-age, by external potentiometer, by defined value, by means of PWM signal, or with RC servo signal with variable duty cycle. Other key features include the ability to enable or disable the power stage depending on the direction of rotation as well as acceleration and deceleration by employment of defined speed ramps. The speed can be controlled by means of digital incremental encoder (2 channel, with/without Line Driver), DC tacho, or Hall sensors.

Startup in no time

Top performance should not be a matter of trial and error. For that reason the servo controller has been designed to be user friendly and with easy startup functionality. No in-depth knowledge of drive technology is required for operating.

When connected to a PC via a USB port, it can easily and efficiently be parameterized with the graphical user interface «ESCON Studio». A variety of functions and user-friendly wizards as well as a well-designed automated fine-tuning controller procedure assist during commissioning, for configuration of inputs and outputs, and diagnostics.

Protection at its best

The ESCON Module 24/2 features protective circuitry against overcurrent, excess temperature, undervoltage and overvoltage, voltage transients and short-circuits in the motor cable. It also is equipped with protected digital inputs and outputs and adjustable current limitation to protect motor and load. Motor current and actual motor shaft speed can be monitored by means of analog output voltage.

Pure flexibility and top efficiency

The wide range of both input voltage and operating temperature of +60°C (140°F) and a surplus derating allow flexible use in almost all drive solutions, such as small electronic appliances and equipment engineering or robotics. With its exceptional efficiency of 92% and miniature dimensions, the ESCON Module 24/2 is a number one choice for mobile, highly efficient yet consumption-optimized applications

For more information on the ESCON servo motor controller range, visit

driven magazine: The operating room of the future

maxon driven magazine

maxon driven magazine

High-tech for health and beauty

The new issue of driven – the maxon motor magazine – is now available. In this issue, we peek over the shoulder of a surgeon using the da Vinci surgical robot, present a new device for cardiac patients and take a look at the world’s first cordless tattoo machine.

The latest issue of driven is all about state-of-the-art medical technology, like the da Vinci surgical robot. Learn why surgeon Daniel Seiler compares his equipment with a sports car, and learn how many maxon DC motors are integrated in the system. You can also read how medical researchers are developing an innovative non-invasive cardiac pump. Anthony Mayr, Senior Project Leader at maxon motor, explains how engineers deal with the tough environmental conditions for drive systems in operating rooms.

driven also ventures into the world of tattoo art. We introduce a Swiss company that has developed the world’s first cordless tattoo machine to the market and show its advantages.

This issue’s technical article looks into the topic of energy efficiency. A suitable controller is not the only requirement for driving minimotors in an energy-efficient way. Mechanical components play a key role in keeping losses low.

driven is published as a tablet magazine and can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store or from Google Play. If you prefer the printed edition, order your personal copy today.

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maxon’s MAXPOS 50/5 Positioning Controller demo Unit

Watch this demo on maxon’s NEW MAXPOS 50/5 positioning controller for brushed and brushless motors up to 250 Watts.

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