MOONS’ Stepper Motors & Drives Will Apply in FAST - The World’s Largest Spherical Radio Telescope

MOONS’ signed contract in November, 2014 to officially participate in the grand project of FAST, the world’s largest Spherical Radio Telescope. MOONS’ will support this giant Telescope in its active reflector system through the outstanding performance of MOONS’ stepper motors & motor drives, providing all-weather assurance and reliable, accurate motion control underneath the 500 meter aperture active spherical reflector, which could realize to form a transient 300 meter parabolic dish under real time control.

Initiated in 1994, the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is a key national scientific and technological infrastructure project in China. Standing in a region of typical Karst depressions in Guizhou province, the dish-like telescope will be as large as 30 football fields. FAST's main spherical reflector will be composed of thousands of panels and Its observation sensitivity will be 10 times more powerful than the 100m aperture steerable radio telescope in Germany along with its overall capacity to be 10 times larger than what is now the world's largest (300 m) Arecibo radio telescope developed by the United States, according to Nan Rendong, the chief scientist of the project and an NAO researcher.

Such outdoor application in the particular mountainous area is a huge challenge to motor and motor drive products as they are susceptible to temperature extremes and moisture buildup leading to internal corrosion that quickly shortens product life, causing early motor and drive failures. MOONS’ patented technology, exceptional customized design capacity along with its world class manufacturing capability enable its stepper motors and motor drives to beat the harsh environment and deliver expected stable, precise performance as a critical motion control component in the giant FAST.

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MOONS’ and PBC Linear Announce Joint Venture

PCP - MOONS' Linear Motion

Earlier in November 2014, MOONS’ and PBC Linear announced a joint venture together at China International Industry Fair 2014, which aims to develop and deliver integrated mechatronic solutions for linear motion applications.

PBC Linear, located in Roscoe, IL, is a world leading developer and manufacturer of linear motion solutions for a broad range of applications while developing a solid market in North America. MOONS’, headquartered in Shanghai, is a world renowned developer and manufacturer of stepper motors, servo motors, BLDC motors and related motor drives & solutions serving various industrial automation fields globally. The establishment of the JV will bring expertise in manufacturing precision linear rails, multiple bearing types and drive options, and creating robust linear actuators along with experience in stepper and smart stepper motors, control solutions, and network connectivity to provide a global, simplified approach to integrated mechatronics for single axis robot modules and multi-axis systems.

The composite of world class linear motion from PBC and the world class motors and controls from Moons’ will simplify the selection process for designers, streamlines engineering and application, and makes maintenance manageable by bringing together the pieces of mechanical, electrical, and controls to create a complete mechatronics solution for linear motion.