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Veléz Sarsfield 201640 Martinez

Buenos Aires

Tel.: +54 (9) 11 5993 8719

Horne Technologies cc

PO Box 536

Betty's Bay, 7141

Tel.: +27 (0)76 563 2084

Building of FAULHABER MINIMOTOR SA, Croglio, Switzerland


Zona Artigianale 8, Madonna del Piano

6980 Croglio

Tel.: +41 (0)91 611 31 00

Building of FAULHABER MICROMO LLC, Wien, Austria


14881 Evergreen Avenue

Clearwater, FL 33762-3008

Tel.: +1 (727) 572 0131

NRC Engineering & Precision Drives Co., Ltd.

17F., No. 890, Jingguo Rd., Luzhu Dist.

Taoyuan City 33858, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Tel.: +886 (0) 3-316-1838

EDEL Teknoloji Sistemleri Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd.Şti

Folkart TowersAdalet Mah.Manas Blv. No:47B/2809

35530 Bayraklı/İzmir

Tel.: + 90 232 215 08 91

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FAULHABER Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

Blk 67 Ubi Road 1, #06-07 Oxley Bizhub

Singapore 408730

Tel.: +65 6562 8270

Compotech Provider AP

Gustavslundsvägen 145, 4 tr

167 51 Bromma

Tel.: +46 (0) 8 441 58 00


56 (bldg. 32), Shosse Enthusiastov

111123 Moscow

Tel.: +7 495 2214 052

Building of FAULHABER Polska sp. z o.o., Poznan, Poland

FAULHABER Polska sp. z o.o.

Ul. Górki 7

60-204 Poznan

Tel.: +48 61 278 72 53

FAULHABER Malaysia Sdn Bhd

1A-2-01 & 02 · One Precinct · Lengkok Mayang Pasir

11950 Bayan Baru · Penang · Malaysia

Tel.: +60 4 619 2570

Swiss Amiet Co., Ltd.

W-903, SK V1 Center, 11 Dangsan-ro 41-g

Yeongdeungpo-gu,07217, Seoul

Tel.: +82 (0) 2 783 4774

Shinkoh Electronics Co., Ltd.

Tokyo Sales Office, Motor Sales Division8F, REID-C OMORI building, 6-20-8

Minami-oi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0013

Tel.: +81 (0) 3 6404 1003

Building of FAULHABER Italia S.r.l., Lomazzo, Italy

FAULHABER Italia S.r.l.

Via Cavour 2

22074 Lomazzo CO

Tel.: +39 0236714708

Inteltek Automation JV

S.No. 100/5, Ambegaon

Pune - 411046

Tel.: +91 (0) 20 39392150

Lewenstein Technologies Ltd.

1 Ha'arava St. Givat Shmuel

5400804 Israel

Tel.: +972 3 9780 800

Electro Mechanical Systems Ltd.

Eros House, Calleva Industrial Park, Aldermaston

Reading, RG7 8LN

Tel.: +44 (0) 118 9817 391

Building of FAULHABER France SAS, Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France


Parc d’activités du Pas du Lac2, Rue Michaël Faraday

78180 Montigny-le-Bretonneux

Tel.: +33 (0) 1 30 80 45 00


Passeig Ferrocarrils Catalans 178

Cornellà de Llobregat 08940 (Barcelona)

Tel.: +34 93 422 70 33


Suokalliontie 9

01740 Vantaa

Tel.: +358 (0) 9 5259 230

Routech s.r.o.

Dr. Milady Horákové 185/66

460 06 Liberec

Tel.: +420 489 202 971

Compower ApS

Marielundvej 29

2730 Herlev

Tel.: +45 (0) 44 92 66 20

Marte Científica e Instrumentação Industrial Ltda

Av Fco Andrade Ribeiro 430

37540-000 Santa Rita do Sapucai, MG

Tel.: +55 (11) 3411 4500

Building of FAULHABER Drive System Technology (Taicang) Co., Ltd.,Taicang, China

FAULHABER Drive System Technology (Taicang) Co., Ltd.

Eastern Block, Incubator Building, No. 6 Beijing Road West

Taicang 215400, Jiangsu Province

Tel.: +86 (0) 512 5337 2626

Building of FAULHABER Benelux B.V., Eindhoven, Netherlands


High Tech Campus 9

5656 AE Eindhoven

Tel.: +31 (0) 40 85155-40

Building of FAULHABER Austria GmbH, Wien, Austria


Modecenterstraße 22/C89

1030 Wien

Tel.: +43 1 7963149-0

ERNTEC Pty. Ltd.

15 Koornang Road

Scoresby, VIC 3179

Tel.: +61 3 9756 4000

Fax: +61 3 9753 4000

Building of Dr. Fritz Faulhaber GmbH & Co. KG, Schönaich, Germany



Faulhaberstraße 1

71101 Schönaich

Tel.: +49 7031 638 0

Fax: +49 7031 638 100

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DC-Motors in mast system for monitoring and surveillance purposes

“Whoever sees the Zippermast for the first time is amazed at how high it can be extended”, says Frank Woodcock, General Manager of progenoX. Because the housing where the mast is hidden is very small: the smallest model, the ZM4, is just 15 centimetres high and the standard model, the ZM8, is 25 centimetres. How far the mast can be extended can be seen from the model number – it corresponds to the height in feet. In the case of ZM8, which is easy to carry with its weight of seven kilograms, the mast extends to around two and a half metres. The mast of the ZM40 reaches a height of more than 12 metres.

DC-Motors in mast system for monitoring and surveillance purposes
Innovative and intelligent mast system for the BOS, Homeland Security and security relevant industry markets
DC-Motors in mast system for monitoring and surveillance purposes

Inspiration from the tape measure

The trigger for the development of the innovative telescope technology was a request from the American armed forces. They were searching for a particularly compact and robust system which can be used on unmanned vehicles. For the design of the Zippermast, its developer, George Woodruff, was inspired by the metal tape measure which is under tension due to its curvature and can therefore be extended without kinking. Woodruff used three steel tapes and interlinked them when extending according to the zipper principle. In this way, the flexible tapes become a stable mast.
The three tapes made out of spring-tempered stainless steel are wrapped around coils and arranged in relation to each other at angles of 120 degrees. A guiding spindle, which is in the middle of this triangle, grips the tapes in the bevelled slots provided. The tapes are rolled upwards by the rotation of the guiding spindle. Their jagged outer edges interlock with each other. The Zippermast can be extended to any position in-between. No additional locking mechanism is required to hold this position: the weight of the tapes and the load rest on the guiding spindle’s thread which can only be moved by rotation, like the nut on a screw.
“When I saw the Zippermast for the first time, I was immediately excited by the design principle”, recollects Frank Woodcock. He acquired the technology in the USA in 2012 and brought it to Germany. He reworked the telescopic mast with his team from progenoX and got it ready for series production. Customers are mainly the so-called blue-light organisations such as the fire service, emergency service, disaster control, civil defence and the police. They mostly deploy the masts for monitoring and surveillance purposes – hence in the area for which it was originally designed. But the Zippermast has also proven itself to be useful at other tasks, such as inspecting pipes and shafts. Thus, it is used in nuclear power plants in order to search the ventilation systems for cracks and foreign objects.

Saves space and is stable

Thanks to the coiled tapes, the Zippermast finds space in very small housing. Another advantage of this design: the diameter of the Zippermasts remains constant in any position across its entire length – unlike telescopic masts which consists of components nested into each other. Thus, enough space in the interior of the masts remains to lead the cable through the guiding spindle to the head and be protected from outside influences.
Furthermore, its design principle makes the Zippermast extremely stable. This sturdiness is increased further by heat treatment of the steel tapes. To do this, coiled tapes are heated on the coils and subsequently cooled again. The crystal structure of the steel adapts itself to this position and seeks to adopt it. Tension is therefore generated by rolling up the tapes which further stabilises the mast. Thanks to its stability, the Zippermast can also extend horizontally and be loaded.

DC-Motors in mast system for monitoring and surveillance purposes
The compact and mobile design is more favourable for conspirative use.

Suitable for the high seas and outer space

progenoX has done a lot to make the Zippermast fit for everyday use. The steel tapes are coated with a special surface coating in order to minimise wear. The guiding spindle is hardened in a heating process, the electronics moulded. Furthermore, the originally used spindle motor has been replaced. “When selecting the optimal drive, we received outstanding technical support from FAULHABER”, emphasises Frank Woodcock.
As the Zippermast is often used under the most severe conditions, it must have a particularly robust and long-lasting motor. Furthermore, it was important to achieve very high performance at low volumes. “The motor which drives the guiding spindle, had to find space between two of the three coiled steel tapes and could only have at most a diameter of 32 millimetres”, recollects Andreas Eiler, who supervised the project at FAULHABER. Nevertheless, the DC-micromotor had to deliver high output torque in order to extend the mast quickly even when loaded. They therefore jointly decided to use a FAULHABER DC-micromotor. This provides a rated torque of 120 mNm with its powerful rare-earth magnets. The Zippermast also requires a very powerful drive. Here, the choice fell on a FAULHABER planetary gearhead. “They are made solely from steel components”, emphasises Andreas Eiler.

With this, the motor can also work reliably under the most adverse conditions and it has an extremely robust housing made from highly-resistant plastic. The DC-micromotor thereby fulfils the requirements for protection class IP68, keeps both dust as well as water away and is resistant to chemicals, UV and infra-red radiation. The FAULHABER DC-micromotor also drives the sea-water resistant variants of the Zippermast which can be integrated, for example, in a buoy in the sea. Woodcock even believes application in space is conceivable, he has already applied to participate on two projects. “The Zippermast can be used as a boom for small and medium-sized satellites antennas or optical devices, for example. In addition, we are working together with the company ODGARGO who supply robot vehicles to the space agencies NASA and CSA. We have just installed the Zippermast on one of the ARGO robots which may be used for a planned Mars mission. I figure we have a good chance to be involved in one of these space projects.”

No cogging
Smooth position and speed control
High efficiency
Low Noise
High Torque
Low Weight
Very low rotor inertia
Dynamic start-stop operation

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