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Design Features

  • Continuous 360 degree rotation of azimuth and elevation including built-in slip ring
  • High accuracy angular position and rate capability
  • Direct-drive brushless servomotors result in zero backlash
  • Cog-free design for outstanding velocity stability
  • Accommodate loads up to 600 mm diameter
  • Low maintenance and high reliability provide the lowest cost of ownership

Typical applications include missile seeker test and calibration, LIDAR, electro-optical sensor and FLIR testing, airborne target tracking, optical testing of space-based sensors in a vacuum and angular testing of inertial sensors such as gyros, MEMS, accelerometers and inertial reference units. The AMG gimbal design incorporates recent Aerotech rotary stage design improvements to provide high performance at an affordable price. The finest quality motors, bearings and encoders are integrated into precision-machined housings to ensure peak performance. The AMG position and rate gimbals provide precise angular motion with the high performance customers expect from Aerotech products.

Accurate 360° Positioning and Rate Generation

Direct-drive brushless torque motors, with rare-earth magnets and high-accuracy angular transducers, are coupled directly to precision shafts for accurate and smooth 360° continuous motion. The absence of gear trains and other drive mechanisms eliminates position error contributions due to mechanical hysteresis and backlash. Directly-coupled high-resolution position transducers ensure highly accurate and repeatable positioning.

A wide-range of performance feedback grades is available. Typical line gimbal resolution ranges from 1.0 to 0.13 µrad with Aerotech controls. The built-in azimuth slip ring provides for continuous rotation with no cable wrap up.

Direct-Drive Motors for Outstanding Control

To maximize positioning and velocity performance, AMG gimbal mounts utilize Aerotech’s high torque S-series brushless, slotless servomotors. These motors have all of the advantages of a brushless direct-drive motor — no brushes to wear, no gear trains to maintain and high acceleration and high speeds. Since it is a slotless, ironless design, there is zero cogging, meaning that there is absolutely no torque ripple. This results in smoother motion throughout travel and more precise positioning. These motors are available in different winding configurations to work with high or low voltage power supplies.

Superior Mechanical Design Features

Large diameter, matched-set ABEC-7 bearings maximize performance with respect to wobble, moment stiffness and rotating friction. The large diameter bearing permits large payload capacity without compromising performance. Casting gimbal yokes provide high stiffness to maintain gimbal accuracy under dynamic conditions. Travel limits, hardstops and brakes are available as standard options.

Mirror and Alternate Payload Accommodation

A variety of mirror cell diameters are available for standard optic applications. We also provide for custom payload attachment solutions to accommodate various device interfaces. Each gimbal mirror cell can be modified or replaced with different shaped cells to accommodate sensors or other odd shaped payloads. We understand customer payloads vary and our engineers have a variety of solutions to implement offset CG payloads.







Ordering Information

AMG Series Direct-Drive Gimbals

Option Description
AMG200AMG200 direct-drive gimbal, 200 mm nominal aperture
AMG300AMG300 direct-drive gimbal, 300 mm nominal aperture
AMG400AMG400 direct-drive gimbal, 400 mm nominal aperture
AMG500AMG500 direct-drive gimbal, 500 mm nominal aperture
AMG600AMG600 direct-drive gimbal, 600 mm nominal aperture

Feedback (Required)

Option Description
-E1Incremental encoder, 1 Vpp
-E2Incremental encoder, TTL, x5 interpolation
-E3Incremental encoder, TTL, x50 interpolation

Metrology (Required)

Option Description
-PL1Metrology, uncalibrated with performance plots
-PL2Metrology, calibrated (HALAR) wtih performance plots

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.

Option Description
-TASIntegration - 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.
-TACIntegration - 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.