- ±45 degrees of rotary positioning with unobstructed 360 degree view of customer load
- Stackable design with common rotation point
- Precision worm-gear drive for outstanding accuracy and repeatability
- Direct encoder option
- Horizontal or vertical mounting orientation
- High load capacity
AGC motorized mechanical goniometers are used in applications where 90 degrees of angular travel is needed with the payload at the center of rotation, or where two axes of rotation are needed about a common point. AGC goniometers are designed to be mounted to standard optical tables, as well as standard Aerotech rotary stages, to provide roll, pitch, and yaw about a common 3-axis intersection. This flexible stage series is ideal for optical alignment, payload tip/tilt, beam steering, sensor calibration, laser applications, automated manufacturing and/or testing, and multi-axis diffractometer systems.
The sizes within the AGC family are designed to be mounted on one another to form a three-axis rotary system with all three axes of rotation sharing a common intersection point. This allows compact pitch/roll/yaw systems to be created easily from a standard stage platform and without special adapter plates or mating fixtures. The drive mechanism for AGC stages is a precision gear and matched worm that are preloaded to reduce backlash. All AGC stages include optical limit switches and hard stops to define a ±45 degree range of travel.
Innovative feedback technology yields stable performance and negligible performance drift over the life of the stage. This is in stark contrast to inferior designs that must be continually adjusted to compensate for worm wear. All stage tabletops feature hardcoated aluminum, with stainless-steel Heli-Coil® inserts to prevent thread wear.
Options include flexible motor selections as well as a direct encoder mounted along the stage travel to offer outstanding repeatability and to minimize hysteresis and backlash. Vacuum-compatible versions, for use in pressures as low as 10-6 torr, are also available.
Motor and Drives
Standard AGC stage configurations feature Aerotech’s brushless servomotors. A full range of matching drives and controls are available for a complete single-source solution.
|Accuracy(1)||±12 arc sec|
|Resolution (Minimum Incremental Motion)||3 arc sec|
|Bidirectional Repeatability(1)||±10 arc sec|
|Unidirectional Repeatability(1)||±5 arc sec|
|Tilt Error Motion||40 arc sec|
|Nominal Radius of Rotation||125 mm||200 mm||300 mm|
|Distance from Tabletop to Rotation Point||85 mm||160 mm||245 mm|
|Maximum Torque (Continuous)||18 N-m||24 N-m||44 N-m|
|Load Capacity(2)||Axial||20 kg||30 kg||50 kg|
|Moment||20 N-m||30 N-m||50 N-m|
|Stage Mass||5.6 kg||12.5 kg||24.3 kg|
|Material||Aluminum Body/Clear Anodize Finish|
|MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure)||5000 Hours|
- Certified with each stage. Requires direct encoder feedback with calibration option and is tested with Aerotech controller.
- On-axis loading is listed.
- Specifications are for single-axis systems measured at the center of rotation. Performance of multi-axis systems is payload and workpoint dependent. Consult factory for multi-axis or non-standard applications.
- Load Center of Mass not to exceed bounding volume of 160 mm in diameter by 80 mm above pivot point.
|Drive System||Worm-Gear Assembly|
|Feedback||Rotary Encoder on Drive Motor and Noncontact Direct Encoder|
|Maximum Bus Voltage||320 VDC|
|Limit Switches||5 V, Normally Closed|
|Home Switch||Near Limit|
|Motor Line Count (cnts/rev)||Analog||1000||1000||1000|
|Direct Encoder Radius (mm)||116.7||195.7||294.2|
|Electrical Resolution||Motor Encoder||Analog-Fundamental
|Multi-Axis||A3200/Npaq||Ndrive CP20||Ndrive CP20||Ndrive CP20|
|Ensemble||Ensemble CP20||Ensemble CP20||Ensemble CP20|
|Single Axis||Soloist||Soloist CP20||Soloist CP20||Soloist CP20|
AGC Series Gear-Driven Goniometers
|AGC85||Gear-driven goniometer, 85 mm radius of curvature|
|AGC160||Gear-driven goniometer, 160 mm radius of curvature|
|AGC245||Gear-driven goniometer, 245 mm radius of curvature|
|-TR010||Limited travel, ±5 degrees|
|-TR015||Limited travel, ±7.5 degrees|
|-TR020||Limited travel, ±10 degrees|
|-TR025||Limited travel, ±12.5 degrees|
|-TR030||Limited travel, ±15 degrees|
|-TR035||Limited travel, ±17.5 degrees|
|-TR040||Limited travel, ±20 degrees|
|-TR045||Limited travel, ±22.5 degrees|
|-TR050||Limited travel, ±25 degrees|
|-TR060||Limited travel, ±30 degrees|
|-TR070||Limited travel, ±35 degrees|
|-TR080||Limited travel, ±40 degrees|
|-TR090||Limited travel, ±45 degrees|
|-M1||Brushless servomotor with digital encoder; AGC85 (BM75 with 2500-line TTL encoder); AGC160 (BM130 with 2500-line TTL encoder); AGC245 (BM200 with 5000-line TTL encoder)|
|-M2||Brushless servomotor with digital encoder and brake; AGC85 (BM75 with 2500-line TTL encoder); AGC160 (BM130 with 2500-line TTL encoder); AGC245 (BM200 with 5000-line TTL encoder)|
|-M3||Brushless servomotor, 1000-line 1 Vpp encoder; AGC85 (BM75); AGC160 (BM130); AGC245 (BM200)|
|-M4||Brushless servomotor, 1000-line 1 Vpp encoder and brake; AGC85 (BM75); AGC160 (BM130); AGC245 (BM200)|
Motor Orientation (Required)
|-2||Bottom cable exit, optional orientation|
|-3||Left-side cable exit, standard orientation|
|-4||Top cable exit, optional orientation|
|-5||Right-side cable exit, optional orientation|
Direct Rotary Feedback (Optional)
|-E1||Incremental encoder, 1 Vpp|
|-E2||Incremental encoder, digital TTL output, x50 multiplication|
Note: Using AGC stages with dual feedback loops will necessitate that the drive motor is outfitted with an amplified sine encoder and appropriate encoder interpolation (MXH, MXU or MXR).
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 that ship together. This is typically used for spare parts, replacement parts, or items that will not be used together. These components may or may not be part of a larger system.