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DC Servo Motor Sizing Made Easy - A Practical 1/2 Day Course

POSTED 02/09/2011

presented by Dr. Urs Kafader, maxon motor ag

Dr. Urs Kafader is the author of “The selection of high-precision microdrives” Textbook

Hilton Garden Inn Dorval Aeroport
St. Laurent, PQ
Tuesday March 29, 2011

Waterloo Inn
Waterloo, ON
Wednesday March 30, 2011

9:00 am –2:00 pm Lunch included

$89 CDN/person + HST* (*Ontario Only; Quebec registrants will be charged 5%  GST only) if pre-registered by midnight March 13th; after March 14th the cost is $109 CDN/person + applicable taxes.

“The selection of high-precision microdrives” To Register:
Visit www.electromate.com  or call us at 877-737-8698 with your credit card information

This half-day seminar provides the practical information you need to successfully select the right DC motor – be it brushed or brushless servo – for your application. You’ll learn about the interpretation of motor data and how you can use this information for motor sizing. Whether you need high speed and dynamics or just high torque, this seminar will teach you to size a drive with just the right power reserves avoiding costly oversized motors.

What You’ll Receive:

  • Textbook:  "The selection of high-precision microdrives" (a $65 US value) -- A complete, easy-to-read reference guide for motor and drive selection OR you'll receive an $89 Can. voucher to be used towards your next Maxon order (voucher expires Dec. 31, 2011)
  • MSP Motor Sizing Software and first step exercises
  • E-Learning software tutorial on USB Stick
  • maxon catalog (both English & French versions)

What You’ll Learn:

  • Basics of DC motor data.  Learn how to interpret motor data sheets and use the speed/torque information for optimum motor sizing
  • Systematic drive selection in the context of your application specific requirements and boundary conditions. This includes optimum power management, control loops, accuracy and ambient conditions
  • Basics of gearhead data and their impact on motor selection
  • Selection criteria for DC motors.  Topics include the characteristics of different commutation types for brushed and brushless DC motors and when to use them
  • maxon selection program.  Find out how this software-tool can help you select a servo motor
  • Application examples.  Learn how to extract the key parameters for drive selection from your application: The examples include continuous operation as well as dynamic operation cycles
  • Motion Control: The main features and application possibilities of maxon EPOS controllers


Motor selection: What is it all about? 09:00 – 09:45
–        The context of motor selection
–        Application and situation analysis
–        Extracting key load parameters

Properties of brushed and brushless DC motors: 09:45 – 10:10
–        Design variants
–        Brush systems
–        Electronic commutation systems
Coffee break 10:10 – 10:20

Motor data sheets: 10:20 – 10:50
–        Characteristic motor lines
–        Operation ranges

Motor selection examples: 10:50 – 11:30
–        Continuous operation

Coffee break: 11:30 – 11:40
Motor selection examples:  11:40 – 12:30
–        Cyclic operation
–        maxon selection program demonstration
Lunch break: 12:30 – 13:00

EPOS Motion Control Systems: 13:00 – 14:00
–        System architecture
–        Introduction EPOS family
–        Demonstrations, Examples