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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
  • Output power range of 10 or 20 A peak

Versatile, Flexible, Stand-Alone Multi-Axis Control

Network multiple Ensemble HLe/ML combination controllers/drives for up to ten axes of coordinated motion, and seamlessly mix and match amplifiers (linear and 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 or lower precision stages with servo or stepper motors can be controlled from the linear Ensemble series. 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 HLe/ML 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 ML, With -IO Option

Ordering Information

Ensemble ML

Option Description
ENSEMBLEML10-40 Ensemble ML series digital controller and linear amplifier, 10 A peak, 5 A continuous, ±40 VDC input, with Ethernet interface; supports brush, brushless, and stepper motors. Includes:

Line driver square-wave quadrature encoder input for position and velocity feedback

One 16-bit differential analog input (±10 V)

Dedicated 5-24 V Emergency Stop sense input

±40 VDC motor supply inputs (10 A max)

18 - 36 VDC control supply inputs (700 mA max)

Calibration (refer to the Ensemble Help File for more information)

Camming (refer to the Ensemble Help File for more information)

10/100 BASE-T Ethernet port for use with Ethernet I/O modules

Ensemble ML I/O and Feedback Options

Option Description
-IOExpansion board with eight opto-isolated inputs (sinking or sourcing); eight outputs (sinking or sourcing ); one 12-bit analog input (±10 V); one 16-bit analog output (±5 V); brake relay; one auxiliary quadrature encoder channel
-MXU Programmable encoder multiplier up to x1024 (x4096 after quadrature); no real-time output
-MXH Programmable encoder multiplier up to x4096 (x65536 after quadrature) with real-time output

Ensemble ML PSO Options

Option Description
-DUALPSO Two-axis PSO firing; second encoder input through AUX connection on Ensemble

Ensemble ML Drive Options

Option Description
-5AXEnable Five-Axis Contouring on the master drive; ENSEMBLE-MC software must be configured with the FIVE AXIS CONTOURING option
-EIPEnable 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
-LCKLocked 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

Ensemble ML Power Supply

Option Description
-PS-ML DC power supply for one or two axes; mounted to DIN rail

Ensemble ML Power Supply

Please see below for peak current available for each power supply option and size accordingly. Systems Engineering will set the peak current parameters in the controller to try to prevent the power supply from shutting off due to overcurrent condition.

  • DR-120-24 = 5 A peak
  • DR-120-40 = 2.5 A peak
  • DR-240-24 = 10 A peak
  • DR-240-40 = 5 A peak

Option Description
-DR-120-24-A 120 W; ±24 VDC; 100-120 VAC supply
-DR-120-24-B 120 W; ±24 VDC; 200-240 VAC supply
-DR-240-24-A 240 W; ±24 VDC; 100-120 VAC supply
-DR-240-24-B 240 W; ±24 VDC; 200-240 VAC supply
-DR-120-40-A 120 W; ±40 VDC; 100-120 VAC supply
-DR-120-40-B 120 W; ±40 VDC; 200-240 VAC supply
-DR-240-40-A 240 W; ±40 VDC; 100-120 VAC supply
-DR-240-40-B240 W; ±40 VDC; 200-240 VAC supply

Ensemble ML Axes

Option Description
-1AX1 axis
-2AX 2 axis

Ensemble ML Brake Options

Option Description
-BRAKE-1Power supply for brake on 1 axis
-BRAKE-2Power supply for brake on 2 axis

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