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Aerotech has introduced a 280mm-wide version of its Pro-LM series of direct-drive, brushless linear servomotor-driven stages for precision positioning applications in harsh environments.

The 280mm-wide version – the Pro280LM – is available in eight travel options from 300mm to 1.5m.

The side-sealed, hard-top and fully protected stages feature heavy-duty linear motion guide bearings, submicron-level encoder feedback and optional cable management and are now available in nominal widths of 165mm, 225mm and 280mm, which may be mixed to optimise application load and travel requirements.

The Pro280LM is built on the side-sealed design that Aerotech has developed over several generations of linear motor- and ballscrew-driven stages.

The aluminium hard-top cover, finished in a protective scratch-resistant hard coat, is an alternative to soft fabric or plastic bellow stage covers, especially for applications such as laser machining.

The vertical tensioned side straps fully seal the internal stage components from machining or process debris.

A selection of optional tabletops with steel inserts allows X-Y, X-Z or Y-Z configurations with other Pro series stages with orthogonality certified to five arc-secs.

Tabletop plates are also available for Aerotech ADRS, ADRT and AGR series rotary stages or to suit customer workpiece mounting in metric and inch hole patterns.

Cable management is available for single-axis up to customer-specified XY, XYZ and XYZ+Rotary stage configurations.

The Pro280LM has a positioning resolution of 250nm from a choice of 0.1-micron line driver or amplified sine output encoders.

Other specifications include HALAR calibrated accuracy to +/-3 microns for the 1.5m travel version (+/-2 microns for the 300mm travel stage) with speeds to 2m/sec and acceleration to 3G.

With complementary high specifications for stage flatness, pitch, yaw and roll, and with a maximum horizontal and side-load capability to 150kg, the Pro280LM is suitable for heavy-duty industrial applications where no-compromise manufacturing quality and a fast production throughput are important, according to the company.

Aerotech’s brushless direct-drive linear servomotor technology ensures smooth motion with exacting speed control and precise in-position stability, allowing the Pro280LM to be equally effective for scanning or step/repeat applications or for compound axis contouring.

The use of non-contacting motors and feedback encoders combines with long-life wiper sealed linear motion guide bearings for a rated meantime-between-failures life of 20,000 hours with low maintenance.

Aerotech manufactures advanced motion controls that optimise the performance capability of the Pro-LM series with motion-specific and machine-interfacing commands.

These include the Position Synchronised Output (PSO) command that completely synchronises real-time multi-axis position with laser firing, camera capture, data acquisition or non-destructive-testing triggering to produce high-quality parts or ultimate accuracy test procedures, with minimal cycle times and fast production throughput.

The company’s advanced controls include setup, diagnostics and features that reduce position errors, improve settling times and provide other production and commissioning time-saving benefits.

Aerotech’s motion systems include motor power and encoder cables plus performance- and calibration-related documents.

Complete machine frames and bases can be included in the scope of supply.


Aerotech — manufacturer of high-precision motion control components and systems

Aerotech — manufacturer of high-precision motion control components and systems

Aerotech manufactures the highest-performance motion control components and systems for our customers in industry, government, science and research institutions around the world. Our products include automated nanopositioners; planar and rotary air-bearing stages; high-speed gantries; mechanical-bearing linear, rotary and lift stages; brushless linear and rotary servomotors and drives; standalone and software-based motion controllers; goniometers; and gimbals/optical mounts. Custom, vacuum-prepped and cleanroom-ready positioning systems and components are available. Aerotech’s precision motion control products provide the critical performance for demanding applications in markets including medical devices and life sciences, semiconductors and flat panels, photonics, automotive, data storage, laser processing, military and aerospace, electronic manufacturing and test, assembly, research and development and others requiring high-precision, high-throughput motion solutions.

Motion controls, drives and motors

From our award-winning Automation 3200 32-axis machine controller to our Soloist series single-axis and Ensemble series multi-axis standalone motion controllers, Aerotech provides a controller solution to fit almost any need. Aerotech complements our controllers with our large selection of high-performance brushless linear and rotary servomotors and PWM and linear drives.

Linear and rotary stages, nanopositioners and gantries

Aerotech positioning stages range from economical ballscrew and gear-driven linear and rotary stages to the highest-performance direct-drive linear and rotary stages available, linear-motor-based Cartesian gantry systems, single- and multi-axis air-bearing systems and our complete range of ANT series long-travel nanopositioners.

Custom, vacuum and cleanroom-ready motion systems

If you don’t find a standard product suitable for your application, our expertise and ability to provide custom motion components and systems is unmatched. Our custom manufacturing capability is further augmented by our long history of providing systems for vacuum and cleanroom operation.

Since 1970, Aerotech has been committed to supporting our customers worldwide. We maintain a growing number of direct field sales and engineering offices throughout the US, as well as representatives across the globe. We also operate full sales and service facilities in the UK, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and China.

We’d be happy to assist you with your motion control application. Please use the contact information below to enquire about our services.

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