Piezo Controls and Software

Aerotech’s A3200 distributed motion control platform allows control of up to 32 axes of piezo, servo, and stepper motor stages with no integration headaches, special communication protocols, or custom software. The powerful A3200 control package includes a host of features and diagnostic capabilities like single- or multi-axis Position Synchronized Output (PSO) for real-time event triggering, and advanced control features that improve tracking error and overall process throughput.

Because piezo stages are treated as just another axis in our control architecture, the end result is simple and less costly integration, higher-throughput systems, and a powerful controller in command of every element of the motion system.

A3200 Distributed Motion Control

The Ensemble QDe, Ensemble QL/QLe, and Ndrive QL/QLe allow you to easily network piezo drives with servo stages AND perform tightly coordinated motion with all of these axes.

Advanced Tuning Tools That Are Simple To Use

Our controllers have many advanced, yet easy-to-use, features and Aerotech’s EasyTune® is just one of these. EasyTune is the most advanced autotuning tool available in a commercial motion controller. Entirely data-driven, the algorithm largely 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 these effects. It assumes no prior knowledge of the system properties, and begins with a system identification operation. It continues with the development of a baseline stabilizing controller followed by progressively more sophisticated compensation via loop-shaping procedures. The final controller has the highest bandwidth practical for that particular stage system.

Simply put, all you need to do is hit “Start” and then sit back and let EasyTune do all of the work for you.

EasyTune

Graphically Create Complex Trajectories With Ease

Creating and programming complex trajectories can be a daunting task. That is why we’ve created a simple and easy-to-use program called Motion Designer. Motion Designer, included with all Q-Series piezo drives, allows the user to create complete trajectories graphically in a very simple and intuitive manner. With plotting and analysis capabilities built-in, the Motion Designer application allows you to program and troubleshoot complex trajectories with lightning speed.

Motion Designer

Trigger Events Based On Actual Stage Position

Using Aerotech’s Position Synchronized Output (PSO), you can trigger external events, such as data acquisition, image capture, or laser firing, based on actual stage position. Many competitive controllers require event-based triggering in the time-domain or based on the commanded stage position. This requires very low-latency, high-accuracy timing as well as very good velocity tracking of the motion system. Using Aerotech's PSO, the external event is triggered off of the actual stage position based on a stored array or window. The end result is a much simpler integration and a more accurate process.

PSO

Whatever your application may be, our extensive experience and expertise developed over decades of studying state-of-the-art motion control is at your service. Contact one of our Application Engineers at any time to discuss how Aerotech can optimize your process.