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Engineering and Manufacturing Vacuum Capabilities

Aerotech’s vast application experience, unmatched product scope, and extensive engineering capabilities make us the partner of choice for vacuum-compatible motion systems. Since its inception, Aerotech has designed and manufactured the highest-performance motion control and positioning systems available and our vacuum-compatible platforms are no exception. Aerotech has been building standard and custom vacuum systems for more…

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Coordinated Control

Aerotech’s control technologies can coordinate and synchronize up to 32 axes of motion of any motion technology to sub-microsecond servo-loop synchronization and sub-millisecond path trajectories. This tight synchronization between all motion axes results in higher precision processing and faster process throughput. Examples of Aerotech controller features that enable coordination and synchronization are:

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Electrostatic Discharge Protection in Motion System Design

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) is a serious threat to electronic devices and integrated circuits. ESD is the sudden and momentary electric current that flows between two objects at different electrical potentials. The most recognizable form of ESD is a spark. Common causes of ESD events are static electricity and electrostatic induction where an electrically charged object…

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ThermoComp® Integrated Temperature Compensation

Thermal error management has been a major concern of precision machine designers since the 19th century. To this day, temperature changes and thermal effects are still some of the largest error sources in precision machines. One major reason for this is the difficulty and often extreme expense associated with designing a thermally insensitive machine. Most…

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EasyTune Advanced Motion Controller Autotuning Tool

EasyTune® is the most advanced autotuning tool available in a commercial motion controller. Entirely data-driven, the algorithm mimics the process followed by an experienced controls engineer. Many existing tuning techniques rely on basic model-fitting or “rules-of-thumb” that ignore machine resonances or nonlinear behavior, but EasyTune directly measures and compensates for those effects. It assumes no…

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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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Dynamic Gain Scheduling

Design Features Faster move-and-settle Increased in-position stability Reject disturbances from machine-base Increase machine throughput Increase machine throughput Dynamic Gain Scheduling is available for the Ensemble Stand-Alone Multi-Axis Motion Controller and the Soloist Stand-Alone Single Axis Motion Controller. Schedule Gains Dynamically Based on Threshold Values Aerotech’s Threshold Gain Scheduling tool applies an algorithm that improves positioning…

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Command Shaping

Design Features Increase throughput Faster settle time at the work point No additional sensors required Reduced vibration in point-to-point moves Easy tuning Improve Performance Aerotech’s Command Shaping algorithms improve contouring and move-and-settle performance by modifying the commanded trajectory in order to avoid exciting known vibrational modes in the system. Product Spotlight Aerotech’s gantries targeted at…

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Harmonic Cancellation: Optimize Periodic Trajectories, Reject Periodic Disturbances

Design Features Optimize periodic trajectories Reject periodic disturbances Fast and easy setup Adaptable to changes in error source Harmonic Cancellation is available for the A3200 Software-Based Machine Controller, the Ensemble Stand-Alone Multi-Axis Motion Controller and the Soloist Stand-Alone Single-Axis Motion Controller. Optimize Periodic Trajectories Aerotech’s Harmonic Cancellation algorithm dramatically reduces positioning errors on systems with…

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