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Automation1 Control Systems Demonstrate Significantly Improved PID Loop Bandwidth and Motion Control Performance

Building on over 50 years of motion control expertise, the Automation1 motion control platform contains some of the highest performing drive hardware available on the market today. To demonstrate how Automation1 outperforms Aerotech’s previous generation of drive hardware products, the Automation1-XR3 was compared to the A3200 Npaq. For this comparative test, an unloaded NEMA rotary…

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Automation1 Linear Servo Drive Products Provide Industry-Leading In-Position Stability

Aerotech’s Automation1 linear amplifier products provide industry-leading in-position stability performance. The Automation1 XR3 multi-axis drive rack can be configured with up to six individual XSL3 amplifiers. The Automation1 XL2e enhanced, compact linear servo drive is a single-axis version that uses similar technology. Both the XR3 with XSL3 amplifiers and the XL2e drive use low-noise linear…

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Standard and Custom Motion Solutions: 7 Factors to Consider During the Buying Process

The ultimate success of many advanced manufacturing- and inspection-related projects and processes often hinges on a high-precision motion control solution. Composed of mechanical positioning stages, control electronics and software, the motion solution represents the fundamental platform on which the entire process is based.  Defining a motion system that meets the correct technical requirements and fits…

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Motion Actuator Designs for Electro-Optic Test Systems

This article discusses motorized angular drive mechanisms and performance differences between direct-drive gimbals, indirect-driven gimbals and articulated-arm robots for electro-optic (EO)testing applications. From this article, readers will gain an appreciation for the pros and cons of each drive technology and be able to make better choices when deciding which automated testing system would be best…

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How to Know When Precision Motion Control is the Right Choice

For many engineers working in the automation space, programmable logic controllers, industrial ethernet communication networks and sensors are common tools of the trade. Those tools are used in motor control applications such as controlling fans, pumps and blowers using AC motors; controlling process lines via torque and velocity control with high-powered brushed DC motors; microstepping…

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