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Advanced Laser Controls – Features to Improve Your Process

Untangle Your Parameters for Consistent, High-Quality Processing Eliminating the dependency of laser processing parameters on motion trajectories improves the quality of material interactions and increases part yields. Aerotech laser control features allow users to untangle the process parameters forcing critical design compromises in many laser machining centers.  Aerotech’s A3200 controller gives users complete control over optimized spot…

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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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Infinite Field of View (IFOV) Synchronizes Linear or Rotary Servo Axes with Laser Scanners

Design Features Easy-to-use setup parameters and effortless execution on every profile Real-time simultaneous trajectory generation from one controller Automated dynamic error correction of servo stage tracking by the scanner Supports use of advanced laser control features such as Position Synchronized Output and Analog Vector Tracking Optimize order of execution for combined motion paths with Aerotech’s…

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Iterative Learning Control (ILC)

Design Features Optimizes your part profile Increase throughput Eliminate tracking error Increase Throughput and Eliminate Tracking Error ILC is an advanced feature which examines the following error from previous trajectory runs and then calculates an optimal commanded trajectory such that the desired part geometry is achieved. After you run the trajectory a number of times,…

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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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Enhanced Tracking Control (ETC)

Aerotech’s unique Enhanced Tracking Control (ETC) feature improves move-and-settle times in point-to-point positioning and reduces tracking errors during contoured motion. It is available on all Aerotech controllers (A3200, Ensemble® and Soloist®) including our Nmark® CLS high-performance galvo controller. The Enhanced Tracking Control algorithm works in parallel with a conventional Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) control architecture and increases the…

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