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Tiny drive shows a lot of bottle

14 July 2010

Bottle caps – the foil coverings on corks of wine and spirit bottles – are taken for granted, even overlooked. But the procedure to create one is complicated, involving complex, precise stages.

Now, a compact drive system from maxon motor is said to have revolutionised the process, making it simpler, more reliable and cheaper – and it’s only the size of a remote control.

In addition to controlling local inputs and outputs, program selection, start and stop signals and many other processes, a prime benefit MCD offers is a high level of reliability – something for which maxon has become known.

This is especially important on a factory line, where breakdowns are not just costly in terms of mechanical repairs, but much more so in lost production time.

Beyond the trademark maxon reliability, the MCD also reduces the number of parts necessary to perform the role. The drive‘s small size disguises a 60W brushless DC motor combined with a maxon ceramic gearhead GP 32 C (reduction ratio 18:1), to further reduce wear.

It also uses a small motion controller from maxon’s popular EPOS range to ably deal with the range of instructions required – and more, if necessary – greatly reducing the amount of space the drive as a whole takes up.

At one time this approach would have been impractical, since so-called ‘compact’ drives were very large – but advances made in maxon’s laboratories have made it possible to localise power and control in a single package.

Senior sales engineer Paul Williams says: “By removing any excess parts and keeping things simple, a compact drive reduces the number of parts needed. Fewer parts mean fewer breakages and lower costs.

“The compact drive system is a single low-maintenance box operating in a space not much bigger than the caps it makes. It’s smaller than any previous controlling package, but able to deliver even better results than ever.”

“The MCD is proof that good things really do come in small packages!”


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