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Using the A3200 ROTATION Command for Five Axis Systems

The ROTATION command in the Automation 3200 (A3200) implements a rotation matrix operation. The function can be used to transform coordinates on mechanical actuators that include rotary motion. Multiple ROTATION commands can be configured to work with systems that have more than one rotary axis. A five‐axis system consisting of two rotary axes and three…

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Position Synchronized Output (PSO) – Coordinate Part Position with Process Control

Design Features Trigger your process tool based on distance traveled, avoiding trigger errors based on acceleration, deceleration, or any other velocity instability Integrates well with fast-pulsed lasers, enabling next-generation display and medical device manufacturing Includes versatile, process-enhancing features Aerotech’s Position Synchronized Output (PSO) feature coordinates your motion with output that triggers lasers or data acquisition…

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Machine Positioning Uncertainty with Laser Interferometer Feedback

The purpose of this discussion is to explain the major contributors to machine positioning uncertainty in systems with laser interferometer feedback near the work point. We will use an example to quantify these uncertainties in a real implementation of a laser-feedback-driven machine. Laser interferometers are used as a measurement reference for machine correction and accuracy…

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Motion Control with Precision Noncontact Displacement Sensors

Introduction Noncontact displacement sensors are used in measurement applications where surfaces or processes do not allow contact and demand high precision. Capacitive, confocal, eddy-current and laser triangulation sensors have proven themselves in applications that incorporate motion systems. Noncontact sensors are available in many different versions. However, sensor range decreases significantly as the required precision increases.…

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Customized Relationships and Coordinated Motion with AXISSTATUSFAST

Many applications require custom coordinated relationships between a system parameter or ancillary motion equipment and the motion of the primary machine mechanics. Likewise it is common to need custom kinematic transformations between a virtual programming coordinate frame and that of the real mechanics. Aerotech’s AXISSTATUSFAST command is an ideal tool to program these relationships and…

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Automation1 Servo Drives Improve In-Position Stability

When it comes to characterizing precision mechatronic systems, a meaningful system performance test is the measurement of in-position stability or in-position jitter. In this test, the axis is commanded to hold a target position and the small motion of the mechanical positioning axis is measured. Many applications require nanometer-level positioning and little-to-no motion when commanded…

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Nanometer Scale Industrial Automation for Optical Device Manufacturing

Manufacturers of optical devices know the importance of mature industrialized processes built around the cost savings of automation. These processes have made manufacturing optical devices economical in a number of speed and bandwidth-sensitive markets such as data communications, telecommunications, and commercial sensing. The technology that goes into these devices is constantly evolving to meet the…

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Improving Automation Performance

At some point automation hardware inevitably becomes obsolete. It’s hard to know exactly when to retrofit or redesign, but there are indications that cannot be ignored. Quite simply, when the system’s tolerances and throughput can no longer meet market demand, it is time to upgrade. If the tolerances of the previous generation system can only…

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