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DC motors power Amazon eco-robot

29 March 2011

The new robot, which is powered by maxon’s DC motors, has been developed to explore and analyse areas of the Amazon rainforest which are under threat from increased excavation of oil and gas.

The robot minimises its own impact on the environment by using solar power and energy efficient motors to travel unaided through the mud and swamps of the Amazon. This includes eight compact DC motors that are able to deliver high performance in a compact space, with minimal energy usage.

maxon’s RE 40 and RE 35 motors power the wheels and adaptive suspension respectively, while two planetary gearheads provide the necessary torque.

Brushes made of precious metal allow the motors to ensure constant, low contact resistance with the commutator, as well as low start-up voltages and minimal electrical interference.

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