AGS10000 Gantry System


Design Features

  • High velocity to 3 m/s and high acceleration to 3 g
  • High-power linear brushless servomotors
  • Customizable Z and theta axes
  • Noncontact linear encoders
  • Optional machine base and risers

The AGS10000 series of Cartesian gantry systems puts Aerotech's core technologies and extensive manufacturing capability to work for you, providing outstanding performance and versatility in a wide range of automation platforms. AGS10000 systems can be found in production plants around the world in applications including high-speed pick-and-place, automated assembly, vision inspection, dispensing stations and high-accuracy inspection.

Linear Motor/Linear Encoder

Aerotech's high-performance BLM series brushless linear servomotors drive the AGS10000 to speeds of 3 m/s and accelerations of 3 g. Both single and dual forcer designs are available. Feedback is from a rugged noncontact optical linear encoder. Resolution options range from 5 nm to 1.0 µm. Optimized to account for thermal expansion, the design ensures high accuracy under all operating conditions.

Rugged Design

Since the linear motor is a noncontact device, there is no backlash, wear or maintenance. The bearings are preloaded linear motion guides with wiper seals and grease fittings and are mounted to provide optimized stiffness and load distribution.

Cable Management System

Extensive R&D has resulted in an optimized cable management system (CMS) that has been field proven to be the industry's most reliable design. Large bend radii and high-flex cables ensure that the AGS10000 provides millions of cycles of maintenance-free operation. In the unlikely event of a component failure, a modular design ensures that part replacement is fast and easy.

All customer cabling and pneumatics can be routed through the system e-chain. Connectors are provided at the workpiece and at the opposite end of the e-chain, greatly simplifying final machine integration.

Turnkey Operation

Aerotech's years of experience manufacturing precision positioning and control systems can be leveraged by acquiring a turnkey system. Typical options include Z-theta mechanisms, risers to accommodate automated parts handling equipment and machine bases that are designed to accommodate the entire electronics subsystem.

Aerotech manufactures a wide range of high-performance amplifiers and advanced motion controllers that are optimized for high-performance automation applications.

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AGS10000 Specifications

Travel 500 mm x 500 mm 750 mm x 750 mm 1000 mm x 1000 mm
Maximum Travel Speed(1) 3 m/s
Maximum Linear Acceleration 3 g (No Load)
Maximum Load(2) 25.0 kg
Lower Axis Air Cooling (20 psi) 316 N
No Air 246 N
Upper Axis Air Cooling (20 psi) 276 N
No Air 207 N
Peak Force(4) Lower Axis 1264 N
Upper Axis 1106 N
Accuracy(5)(6) ±5.0 µm
Repeatability ±2.0 µm
Orthogonality 5 arc sec
Nominal System Weight (Gantry only)(7) 131.0 kg 179.0 kg 227.0 kg
Moving Mass(7) Lower Axis 53 kg 62 kg 70 kg
Upper Axis 9 kg
Material Aluminum
Finish Stage Black Anodize
Table Hard Coating (62 Rockwell Hardness); ESD optional

  1. Maximum speed based on stage capability; maximum application velocity may be limited by system data rate and system resolution.
  2. Maximum load based on bearing capability; maximum application load may be limited by acceleration requirements.
  3. Thermal limitations of positioning stage with respect to performance may limit continuous force output.
  4. Force may be limited by amplifier output.
  5. Measured at center of travel.
  6. Available with Aerotech controllers.
  7. Values shown are approximations only and will vary based on customer requirements including, but not limited to, nominal gantry travel, maximum system velocity, quantity and size of customer cables and hoses, and customer payload mass and size.
  • AGS10000 Acceleration Graphs
  • AGS10000-4


Ordering Information

AGS10000 Series Linear Motor Gantry

AGS10000-xxxx-yyyy AGS10000 Linear Motor Gantry system, XXXX mm lower-axis travel, YYYY mm upper-axis travel

Feedback (Required)

-E1 Lower axis: dual incremental linear encoders, 1 Vpp output
Upper axis: single incremental linear encoder, 1 Vpp output
-E2 Lower axis: dual incremental linear encoders, 0.1 µm digital TTL output
Upper axis: single incremental linear encoder, 0.1 µm digital TTL output

Lifting (Optional)

-LF Lifting hardware provided with system assembly

Performance Grade (Required)

-PL6 Standard performance - plots for accuracy-only included

Integration (Required)

Aerotech offers both standard and custom integration services to help you get your system fully operational as quickly as possible. The following standard integration options are available for this system. Please consult Aerotech if you are unsure what level of integration is required, or if you desire custom integration support with your system.

-TAS Integration - Test as system
Testing, integration, and documentation of a group of components as a complete system that will be used together (ex: drive, controller, and stage). This includes parameter file generation, system tuning, and documentation of the system configuration.
-TAC Integration - Test as components
Testing and integration of individual items as discrete components. This is typically used for spare parts, replacement parts, or items that will not be used or shipped together (ex: stage only). These components may or may not be part of a larger system.