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2014

Integrated XY Ball-Screw Stage for Cost-Sensitive Planar Performance

Aerotech’s PlanarSL mechanical bearing, ball-screw-driven XY stages offer exceptional performance in a cost-sensitive, low-profile package. Combining two axes of motion in a compact package, the PlanarSL is the perfect solution for applications ranging from surface metrology to general high-precision automation.

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2014 Control Engineering Engineers' Choice Award Finalist

Ensemble LAB was nominated for a 2014 Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award. Thirty categories of control, instrumentation and automation products were evaluated by automation industry professionals based on technological advancement, service to the industry and market impact. Aerotech’s innovative Ensemble LAB Motion Controller was nominated and a finalist in the Motion Control – Motors category.

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2013 Golden Mousetrap Award Finalist: PlanarDL

With an optimized structure, components with exacting precision, Aerotech’s own direct-drive motor technology and an integrated cable management system, the PlanarDL was a finalist for the Design News Golden Mousetrap Awards: Automation & Control (category: Motors and Mechanical Motion Devices).

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Aerotech United Kingdom Moves to New and Larger Facility

As part of continued expansion in the global precision motion and automation systems arena, Aerotech Inc. - the Pittsburgh-USA headquartered high-technology mechatronic motion products designer and manufacturer - has relocated its UK subsidiary to a new and larger facility in Ramsdell near Tadley. With additional office and operational logistics space as well as considerably more room for customer demonstration, training and conferencing, the well-equipped 500 m2 building will allow Aerotech Ltd to build upon and enhance its position as a premier motion system supplier to the UK and Europe.

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2013

Integrated XY Linear Motor Stage for Unparalleled Geometric Performance

Aerotech’s PlanarDL-series stages offer excellent geometric and dynamic performance in a compact, low-profile and cost-effective package. Available in nine different travel and performance configurations, this stage is the ideal solution for applications ranging from high-accuracy surface profilometry to high-speed semiconductor and LED wafer scribing.

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Custom Systems and Components for Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing and 3D printing are set to revolutionize multiple areas of technology and manufacturing. The dispensing of compounds and coatings requires a 3D motion system to move either the printing head or the substrate with up to six degrees of freedom. Overall system accuracy and throughput are vitally important to creating complex structures with a commercially viable process.

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Easy Laboratory Automation with Aerotech's Ensemble LAB

Aerotech’s new Ensemble® LAB control platform makes it easier than ever to automate laboratory and light industrial manufacturing applications. The full-color touch-screen display enables quick access to all the core functionality while providing deep contrast and exceptional readability, while the intuitive tabbed interface provides single press access to all setup and operation screens. An integral rubberized front-panel interface provides immediate tactile feedback for jogging and manual positioning operations. A front-panel USB port is available for connection of a keyboard and other peripherals to assist in the creation of complex program sequences.

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2012

Generate Motion Programs Directly from Your CAD Drawing

CADFusion bridges the gap between part drawings and motion control. Users need only import a vector-based DXF drawing into this easy-to-use environment to see the resulting tool path graphically on CADFusion’s canvas. Part optimization is easy and intuitive with shape re-ordering, feature scaling, and rotational/translational features at your fingertips. Overall process management, including local and global feed-rate control and lead in/out moves, can be automatically configured in advance so that every import file produces a consistent motion control program.

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Galvo and Controller Combination Offers Infinite Field of View and 24-Bit Resolution

Aerotech’s Nmark AGV-HP advanced galvanometers use innovative optical feedback technology to increase resolution to greater than 24 bits. Both the standard AGV and higher performance AGV-HP series scanners may be directly driven by Aerotech’s Nmark CLS galvo controller, which offers a full suite of advanced application tools that include Position Synchronized Output (PSO) and Infinite Field of View (IFOV).

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Precisely Align and Integrate Your Data Acquisition and Motion Control

Aerotech’s Sensor Fusion is a 3U data acquisition device integrated with our Automation 3200 (A3200) motion controller to provide precise time alignment of motion and data acquisition functions. Integrating the data acquisition into the motion control platform allows for a cost-effective data acquisition solution with quick and easy configuration and setup for shorter development time.

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MPS-GR Miniature, Gear-Drive Rotary Stages for Tight Spaces

Aerotech’s MPS-GR series rotary stages provide accurate, repeatable positioning in a miniature, low profile and economical package. Available in two sizes - the MPS50GR and MPS75GR - they are engineered for the confines and requirements of a laboratory or research and development setting. MPS-GR stages are ideal for optics, measurement, alignment, inspection and other similar applications.

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Rotary Stage's Integrated Collet Chucks, Direct-Drive and High Throughput Equal Lowest Cost of Ownership

Aerotech’s CCS series rotary stages (patent pending) with integrated captured collet chucks provide automated material handling capability for a wide range of materials and applications. Collet chucks used with the CCS family accept C-, D- or Levin-style collets that are readily available from machine-tool component suppliers in sizes supporting tube diameters from 0.1 mm to 27 mm. These collets provide outstanding run-out characteristics for applications requiring high-precision gripping of tubular material.

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Motion and Automation for Test, Measurement and Inspection

Aerotech motion systems’ unmatched precision, accuracy and durability have made us a leader in test, measurement and inspection applications across a wide variety of industries. Our newest catalog, Motion and Automation for Test, Measurement and Inspection, presents our motion capabilities in applications as diverse as sensor testing, surface profiling, nondestructive test and semiconductor inspection and metrology. Our expertise includes systems for factory floor, R&D, vacuum and cleanroom environments.

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Automation 3200 Machine Controller is now Available in an Optimized and Space-Saving Package

Aerotech has introduced a motion control industrial computer option for its Automation 3200 Multi-Axis Machine Controller. The A3200 Automation Controller provides a rugged, compact panel-mount or rack-mount (1U or 4U) computer designed for industrial environments. Its easy front and top connections simplify installation with panel-mount devices, while the compact 183 mm x 183 mm x 70 mm enclosure is a convenient space-saving package.

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Brochure presents Aerotech rotary stages in one useful resource

January 2012: As part of its wide range of motion controls and positioning mechanics, Aerotech manufactures a large selection of rotary stages that provide the essential angular positioning performance for numerous industrial production, test and inspection applications, as well as for advanced laboratory research and development.

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2011

APR Series Direct-Drive Rotary Stages are Ideal for Rotary Testing, Pointing, Optical Calibration and Metrology

Aerotech APR series rotary stages employ precision-machined and ground stage parts coupled with high-precision angular contact bearings and an Aerotech direct-drive motor to produce exceptionally low error motions, accuracy errors, and repeatability errors. The addition of high-resolution optical encoders provides excellent pointing capability with low-jitter velocity tracking.

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Ensemble Epaq MR Series Stand-Alone, Multi-Axis Motion Controllers

The Ensemble™ Epaq MR is Aerotech’s next-generation, stand-alone motion controller for applications from basic laboratory experimentation and general purpose positioning to advanced OEM systems. It is offered in a 4- or 8-axis 3U rack-mount version that contains integrated power supplies and pluggable motor and IO connectors. The integrated PWM or linear amplifiers control brush, brushless, and stepper motors. Higher power external amplifiers may be daisy-chained to the Epaq MR using the high-speed AeroNet serial interface for a total of ten axes of coordinated motion.

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ACT Linear Motor Actuator Offers a High Speed, High Acceleration, Maintenance-Free Alternative to Ball Screws and Belt Drives

The ACT is a high performance, cost-effective linear-servomotor-driven actuator that is faster and more accurate than a ball screw or belt-drive without the costly, time-consuming maintenance ball screw or belt-drives require. Because the ACT is an integrated, assembled mechanical system, it also eliminates the design complexity and guesswork in choosing and assembling individual components.

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