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Key Features

  • Daisy-chain signals to minimize cable management
  • Field-mounted axes modules reduce cabinet space
  • Centralized flex controller connects to 4 axis modules
  • Axes modules include power amplifiers & feedback signal processing
  • Low-latency serialized axis feedback
  • High-flex glass optical fiber cables
  • Works with encoder-based position synchronized output (PSO)

Control Without Compromise

Want a sleeker, more innovative design for your Aerotech custom-engineered motion system? Add Automation1 FLEX, which reduces cabling by placing up to four axes modules on your mechanical stages. These modules include your power amplifier and axis feedback signal, enabling complete serialization of your power supplies and axis feedback for a multi-axis custom motion system. The axis feedback runs over the durable high-flex glass optical fiber Hyperwire FLEX network. The protocol enables a low latency, high-speed path that enables encoder-based PSO over a serialized feedback network. 

The FLEX control system requires only a single panel-mounted controller, enabling smaller control panels and more elegant, compact machine designs. FLEX stands out in cleanroom applications, since fewer cables produce fewer particulates.

Key Applications

The FLEX is a part of the user-friendly Automation1 motion control platform, which includes the following:

Cleaner and Sleeker Design

Hyperwire FLEX delivers motion control to customers cleaner than ever before. The high-flex design separates the amplifier from the controller, enabling you to daisy chain the stage amplifiers together. This reduces drag and cable management under a new and novel low-latency design. The Hyperwire FLEX delivers key features including  real-time PSO handling. Hyperwire FLEX is perfect for gantry designs and systems with up to 4 axes of motion. Hyperwire FLEX’s compact drive and cabling design makes it perfect for any system design concerned about cabinet space, cable drag, or particulate generation.

Move With Confidence

Hyperwire FLEX cabling offers a durable low-latency cabling system with a 30mm bend radius. With Hyperwire FLEX’s new technology, the cables in your systems can be serialized: cleaning up your design while still achieving the high-speed and low latency standard in Aerotech products. Cleaning up your cable design improves your mechanics further, reducing both cable drag and particulate generation. Automation1 FLEX’s 4 axis controller design also reduces your cabinet space, giving you room to add to your design or reduce system footprint.

Automation1 FLEX Controller General Specifications

Category
Specification
Maximum Supported Number of Axis Modules 4
Control Supply 24 VDC
Motor Supply(1) Single-phase 0-240 VAC; 50/60 Hz
Bus Supply Voltage(1) 0-340 VDC
Position Synchronized Output (PSO) Standard:


• One-axis PSO (includes one-axis Part-Speed PSO)




Optional:


• Two-axis PSO (includes two-axis Part-Speed PSO)


• Three-axis PSO (includes three-axis Part-Speed PSO)


• Two-axis Part-Speed PSO only (includes one-axis PSO)


• Three-axis Part-Speed PSO (includes one-axis PSO)
HyperWire FLEX Connections 1x HyperWire FLEX Port
HyperWire Connections 2x HyperWire small form-factor pluggable (SFP) ports
Sync Ports 2x Sync Ports
I/O Expansion Boards (Optional) • 1x additional PSO connection point

• 16x digital inputs, optically isolated

• 16x digital outputs, optically isolated

• 3x analog inputs, 16-bit, differential, ±10 V

• 3x analog outputs, 16-bit, single-ended, ±10 V
Internal Motor Supply Capacitance 2400 μf
Maximum Motor Supply External Breaker 20 Amp (Type-D)
Automatic Brake Control With Automation1 Studio, a discrete digital output must be configured as the automatic brake control output. This requires the -EB1 expansion board on the FLEX Controller. You must wire the axis brake directly from the FLEX Controller (an additional device may be required).
Drive Array Memory 67.1 MB (16,777,216 32-bit elements)
High-Speed Data Capture Yes (Limitations apply. See controller help files for more information.)
Safe Torque Off (STO) Please contact Aerotech.
Current Loop Update Rate 20 kHz
Servo Loop Update Rate 10 kHz
Operating Temperature 0 to 40 °C
Storage Temperature -30 to 85 °C
Weight 1.18 kg (2.60 lb)
Compliance CE approved, UKCA approved, NRTL safety certification, EU 2015/863 RoHS 3 directive

Automation1 FLEX Axis Module General Specifications

Feature
-10
-20
Motor Style Brushless, brush, voice coil, stepper(1) Brushless, brush, voice coil, stepper(1)
FLEX Controller-Side Connections: Control Supply 24 VDC 24 VDC
FLEX Controller-Side Connections: Bus Supply(2) 0-340 VDC 0-340 VDC
FLEX Controller-Side Connections: HyperWire FLEX Connections 2x HyperWire FLEX Ports 2x HyperWire FLEX Ports
Axis-Side Connections: Motor Supply 0-340 VDC, 4-pin high-powered D-sub connector 0-340 VDC, 4-pin high-powered D-sub connector
Axis-Side Connections: 25-Pin Motor Feedback Connector - Primary encoder inputs


- Auxiliary encoder inputs


- Hall effect sensor inputs (A, B and C)


- Thermistor motor temperature input (accepts digital)


- Encoder fault input


- CW and CCW limits
- Primary encoder inputs


- Auxiliary encoder inputs


- Hall effect sensor inputs (A, B and C)


- Thermistor motor temperature input (accepts digital)


- Encoder fault input


- CW and CCW limits
Motor Supply Input Current at Full Output Power 5 A 10 A
Peak Output Current (1 sec)(5,6) 10 A 25 A
Continuous Output Current(5,6,7) 3.5 ARMS 5.3 ARMS
I/O Port Not yet available. Provisions exist to add I/O on a FLEX Axis Module. Please contact Aerotech for more information. Not yet available. Provisions exist to add I/O on a FLEX Axis Module. Please contact Aerotech for more information.
Multiplier Options MX0 Option:

Primary Encoder: 40 million counts-per-second square-wave input

Auxiliary Encoder: 40 million counts-per-second square-wave input


MX2 Option:

Primary Encoder: 450 kHz sine-wave input, encoder multiplier up to 65,536

Auxiliary Encoder: 40 million counts per second square-wave input


MX3 Option:

Primary Encoder: 450 kHz sine-wave input, encoder multiplier up to 65,536

Auxiliary Encoder: 450 kHz sine-wave input, encoder multiplier up to x16,384*


*Encoders multiplied with this input cannot be echoed out.
MX0 Option:

Primary Encoder: 40 million counts-per-second square-wave input

Auxiliary Encoder: 40 million counts-per-second square-wave input


MX2 Option:

Primary Encoder: 450 kHz sine-wave input, encoder multiplier up to 65,536

Auxiliary Encoder: 40 million counts per second square-wave input


MX3 Option:

Primary Encoder: 450 kHz sine-wave input, encoder multiplier up to 65,536

Auxiliary Encoder: 450 kHz sine-wave input, encoder multiplier up to x16,384*


*Encoders multiplied with this input cannot be echoed out.
Absolute Encoder BiSS C Unidirectional; EnDat 2.1; EnDat 2.2; SSI BiSS C Unidirectional; EnDat 2.1; EnDat 2.2; SSI
Automatic Brake Control See FLEX Controller specifications. See FLEX Controller specifications.
Operating Temperature 0 to 40 °C 0 to 40 °C
Typical Total Power Dissipated by Axis Module(8) 25W @ 160 VDC


35W @ 320 VDC
25W @ 160 VDC


35W @ 320 VDC
Storage Temperature -30 to 85 °C -30 to 85 °C
Weight 1.18 kg (2.60 lb) 1.18 kg (2.60 lb)
Aerotech Stage Integration Based on size and thermal considerations, the FLEX axis can be installed on the following Aerotech semi-standard gantry designs: AGS1000, AGS1500, AGS10000, AGS15000.




Based on size and thermal considerations, the FLEX axis can be installed on the following Aerotech PRO stages: PRO225, PRO280, PRO560.




For other (specifically smaller) stages, the FLEX axis module heat dissipation may be of greater concern. Please consult with Aerotech for design considerations.
Based on size and thermal considerations, the FLEX axis can be installed on the following Aerotech semi-standard gantry designs: AGS1000, AGS1500, AGS10000, AGS15000.




Based on size and thermal considerations, the FLEX axis can be installed on the following Aerotech PRO stages: PRO225, PRO280, PRO560.




For other (specifically smaller) stages, the FLEX axis module heat dissipation may be of greater concern. Please consult with Aerotech for design considerations.
Compliance CE approved, UKCA approved, NRTL safety certification, EU 2015/863 RoHS 3 directive CE approved, UKCA approved, NRTL safety certification, EU 2015/863 RoHS 3 directive

HyperWire FLEX Communication

Category
Physical Layer(1): Cable type High-flex glass optical fiber
Physical Layer(1): Cable bend radius 30mm
Physical Layer(1): Connectors Small form-factor pluggable
High-speed encoder feedback latency 1.6 μs

Dimensions

AUTOMATION1 FLEX CONTROLLER WITHOUT MOTOR POWER SUPPLY OR EXPANSION I/O



AUTOMATION1 FLEX CONTROLLER WITH MOTOR POWER SUPPLY AND WITHOUT EXPANSION I/O



AUTOMATION1 FLEX CONTROLLER WITHOUT MOTOR POWER SUPPLY AND WITH EXPANSION I/O



AUTOMATION1 FLEX CONTROLLER WITH MOTOR POWER SUPPLY AND WITH EXPANSION I/O



AUTOMATION1 FLEX AXIS MODULE



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