Motors and Servos

Toshiba TXZ 400x275Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corp. has announced the start of mass production of 12 new devices in the M4K Group for motor control, the first products in the TXZ+ family advanced class. The company said it will start mass production of another 10 products in the M4M group in August 2021. Both groups of microcontrollers will be manufactured in a 40nm process, and belong to the TXZ4A+ series, Toshiba said.


MarsHelicopterCloseup400x275Two companies that provided key components for the Mars Ingenuity helicopter, which this week conducted its first historic flight on Mars, have congratulated the NASA team for its success. Both maxon precision motors, which provided motors for the helicopter, and SolAero Technologies, provider of solar panels, offered statements of support for the NASA team.


Umbratek400x275China’s Umbratek, a new robotic startup, has released its first robotic arm series, called the UTRA, on Kickstarter. The company is offering five different robot arm models to choose from, with a modular design aimed to be powerful and affordable. The UTRA series is available for as low as $2,999 via a Super Early Bird Special on Kickstarter.


HarmonicDrive RSF 5Harmonic Drive has announced its new RSF-5, a miniature actuator with an integrated servo drive. The product eliminates the need for an external drive, greatly simplifying cabiling while retaining high-positional accuracy and torsional stiffness in a compact housing, the company said.


DFRobot Gravity400x275DFRobot has highlighted new open-source hardware modules as part of its Gravity series. With more than 300 standardized modules, including expansion boards, sensors, actuators, functional modules and kits, DFRobot aims to help users of any skill level to connect and mix to realize ideas or develop projects. More than 1 million developers have used the Gravity series in a broad range of applications, including AI, environmental monitoring, smart homes and IoT, the company said.

maxonSailboat400x275Maxon Group, which develops brushed and brushless DC motors, has offered their congratulations to Emirates Team New Zealand, winners of the 36th America’s Cup. The company, an official supplier to the team, provided several motors, controllers and gearbox combinations to the team as an official supplier.


CeleraMotion OmniPlus400x275Celera Motion, which develops precision motion component and sub-system solutions, has launched a new direct-drive motor platform, the Omni+ Series, to its line of direct-drive, frameless motor kits.

PerseveranceParts Maxon400x275NASA’s Perseverance rover is scheduled to land on the surface of Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18, after having traveled more than 470 million kilometers. Included within the most complex robotic systems ever built by humans are several of maxon’s electric drives to handle soil samples, as well as control the first Mars helicopter.

CeleraMotionCapitan400x275Celera Motion, which develops precision motion component and sub-system solutions, has announced its Capitan Series to their line of premium performance Ingenia servo drives. The drives are aimed to deliver maximum performance for applications that include surgical robotics, exoskeletons, robotic joints and end effectors, among others.


 HelixLinear400x275Switzerland-based Delta Line SA and Cleveland-based Helix Linear Technologies have announced a global strategic partnership to further advance its motion solution products. The new partnership will combine “an incredible depth of knowledge” in motors and drives, linear technology expertise, and global sales and support network to support customers in motion projects, the companies said in a statement.

AMC Image FE060 25 EM 400x275Advanced Motion Controls recently uploaded a video to its blog showcasing a closer look at its FE060-25-EM EtherCAT servo drive.

ElmoPlatinumSeries400x275Elmo Motion Control, which develops and manufactures motion control technologies, announced the commercial launch of its Platinum series servo drives, which include “the most advanced servo functionality and functional safety available today.”