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Design Features

  • Network drives through a high-speed serial interface to coordinate up to ten axes of motion
  • Coordinate motion using up to five independent tasks
  • Drive and control linear or rotary brushless, DC brush servo, and micro-stepping motors
  • Command various motion types including: point-to-point, linear and circular interpolation, electronic gearing, and velocity profiling
  • Program in AeroBasic, Microsoft .NET (C#, VB.NET, C, and C++/CLI), LabVIEW, and MATLAB
  • Remotely command drives over Ethernet, USB, or RS-232 with an ASCII interface available for both Windows and non-Windows programs (including Linux)
  • Diagnose, tune, and program through an advanced Windows-based interface
  • CE approved, NRTL safety certification, EU 2015/863 RoHS 3 directive
  • Fully compatible with EPICS set of software tools and applications, making Ensemble ideal for use in synchrotron and general laboratory facilities
  • Allen-Bradley EtherNet/IP interface provides full integration with the Ensemble; program the Ensemble directly from RSLogix 5000

Versatile, Flexible, Stand-Alone Multi-Axis Control

Network multiple Ensemble HPe/CP/MP combination controllers/drives for up to ten axes of coordinated motion, and seamlessly mix and match amplifiers (PWM) and motor types (brush, brushless, and stepper) within the same positioning system using a common programming and control platform. High-accuracy linear motor air-bearing stages can be controlled along with lower precision stages with servo or stepper motors. Each controller/drive can be reconfigured to accept different motors and feedback devices, allowing customers to adapt to changing system needs. Optional on-board encoder interpolation provides programmable axis resolution, including the ability to change interpolation (multiplication) values through software.

Powerful and Intuitive Programming

Monitor and control all aspects of the positioning system, no matter how complex, through the Ensemble GUI Integrated Development Environment software. An Autotuning utility minimizes startup time by allowing easy optimization of motion axes. Functional programs that can be modified and used in customer applications are included in the online Help. Pre-coded LabVIEW® VIs, AeroBasic™ programming functionality, MATLAB® library, .NET tools for C#, VB.NET and C++/CLI or C make the Ensemble even easier to use. See the Ensemble Control home page for detailed information on software capabilities and ordering options.

Advanced DSP Control

The processing power of a 225 MHz double precision, floating-point DSP supplies exceptional performance in a variety of applications including point-to-point motion, linear and circular interpolation, multi-axis error correction, 2D error mapping, direct commutation of linear and rotary brushless servomotors, and on-board servo autotuning. High-speed interrupts and data logging capabilities provide a real-time link to external systems. The Ensemble HPe/CP/MP controller/drive combination also offers highspeed position latching capability and single-, dual-, or triple-axis PSO (Position Synchronized Output), depending on model. Whether the requirement is simple point-to-point motion or complex velocity-profiled contours with output on the fly, Ensemble ensures peak performance for critical operations.

Enhancing a Legacy of Success

Ensemble carries forward a legacy of success that originated in Aerotech’s A3200 and Soloist™ controllers. Enhanced capabilities make it an obvious choice for aggressive motion control applications. The Ensemble motion control architecture builds upon the Soloist™ intuitive graphical user interface, while improving multiaxis control through advanced features.

Allen-Bradley Interface

Combine proven PLC with proven motion control for easier integration, startup, and maintenance of medium- and high-end automation projects. The Aerotech EtherNet/IP™ interface enables AB PLCs (MicroLogix, CompactLogix™, or ControlLogix) to be integrated directly with the Ensemble. Motion can be directly programmed in the RSLogix 5000 environment or separate programs can be written on the controller and triggered from the AB PLC. Aerotech has two interfaces: ASCII and Register. Choose the PLC, motion controller, and interface that best fits your application needs.

EPICS Drivers

Each Ensemble installation includes full compatibility with the EPICS open source distributed control system. EPICS is used worldwide at leading light source (synchrotron) facilities and other government laboratories, allowing Ensemble to seamlessly integrate into applications at all major research institutions.


Ensemble CP, Without -IO Option

Ensemble CP, With -IO Option

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Option Description
ENSEMBLECPEnsemble CP series multi-axis PWM digital controller with USB and Ethernet interface, 5-10 A continuous, 10-30 A peak, 28-240 VAC supply input, and 85-240 VAC control supply input for logic; supports brushless, brush, and stepper motors. Includes:

Four digital outputs (sinking or sourcing)

Four digital inputs (sinking or sourcing)

Two high-speed 5 VDC digital inputs (50 ns delay)

One 16-bit analog differential input; ±10 VDC

One 16-bit analog single-ended output; ±10 VDC

One 24 VDC, 1 A brake relay

Single-axis PSO capability

Two quadrature encoder input channels (primary & auxiliary)

ESTOP sense input

Dedicated Home and Limit inputs

Ensemble CP Power Stage Options

Option Description
1010 A peak; 5 A continuous
20 20 A peak; 10 A continuous
30-S 30 A peak; 10 A continuous; 40 W continuous internal shunt resistor

Ensemble CP I/O and Feedback Options

Option Description
-IOExpansion board with 16 opto-isolated inputs (sinking or sourcing); 16 outputs (sinking); one 12-bit analog input; one 16-bit analog output
-MXUProgrammable encoder software multiplier up to x1024 (x4096 after quadrature); no real-time output

Ensemble CP Drive Options

Option Description
-S Shunt resistor network for Ensemble CP10 and Ensemble CP20
-EXTSHUNTShunt resistor network for Ensemble CP
-5AXEnable Five-Axis Contouring on the master drive; ENSEMBLE-MC software must be configured with the FIVE AXIS CONTOURING option
-EIP Enable EtherNet/IP™ on the master drive; ENSEMBLE-MC software must be configured with the ETHERNET/IP option
-DCT Enable the Dynamic Controls Toolbox on the master drive; ENSEMBLE-MC software must be configured with the DYNAMIC CONTROLS TOOLBOX option
-ETMEnable the Enhanced Throughput Module on the master drive; ENSEMBLE-MC software must be configured with the ENHANCED THROUGHPUT MODULE option
-ETC Enhanced Tracking Control for reduced dynamic following error and settling times; effectiveness may be limited for low-resolution axes
-LCK Locked drive; firmware and calibration data on the drive cannot be modified by the user after the product leaves Aerotech; the drive must be returned to Aerotech if firmware/calibration updates are required; read/write access to parameters and programs is supported

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