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Aerotech has added an ANT linear positioning stage to its high-precision nano-Motion Technology (nMT) range.

The ANT130-L brings higher load capacity and increased travel of up to 160mm, while maintaining precision, rapid acceleration, high speed and 1nm resolution.

The ANT130-L employs a similar advanced design to other ANT (Aerotech NanoTranslation) series linear stages benefiting from anti-creep cross-roller bearings, a centre-driven brushless/non-cogging linear servomotor and 40MHz linear encoder processing.

With zero-backlash and no hysterisis, this friction-free drive method is combined with real-time axis calibration using a choice of Aerotech’s motion controllers to provide dynamic performance advantages and improved precision over traditional lead-screw and ceramic, motor-driven stages.

The ANT130-L has a nominal width of 130mm and is available in four travel ranges of 35, 60, 110 and 160mm – each with a choice of two certified accuracy grades between +/-2um and +/-250nm to suit high- or ultra-high precision performance.

In-position stability is measured at 3nm; positioning resolution is 1nm and repeatability to 50nm.

In terms of speed and acceleration, the ANT130-L returns up to 350mm/sec and 1g.

The robust aluminium two-piece stage includes a durable black hard-coat finish to provide high stability with a load carrying capacity of up to 12kg across the range.

Long working life with minimum maintenance is assured with non-contacting linear servomotors and encoders, plus a moving magnet track design that eliminates the need for cable management – leading to a 30,000 hour MTBF life specification.

The ANT130-L may be supplied as a single-axis solution or with other Aerotech ANT series high-precision stages for complete multi-axis systems along with goniometric, rotary and vertical translation stages.

Options include the A3200 Automation Platform with Npaq drives or the Ensemble series for multi-axis positioning systems and the Soloist series for single-axis applications.

A choice of servo-drive technologies includes PWM amplifier stages for highest dynamic performance and Aerotech has developed its own wide-bandwidth linear servo amplifier technology for low jitter, zero crossover distortion and ultra-quiet EMC characteristics.

Aerotech’s PC-based A3200 Automation Platform is a software-only multi-axis controller with machine control modules for HMI, Vision and PLC for up to 32 axes.

The deterministic, high-speed architecture is based on the IEEE-1394 Firewire protocol network delivering distributed and tightly synchronised motion and I/O control in combination with Aerotech’s Ndrive digital servo amplifiers.

For a fully integrated desktop or 19in rack-mounted motion control solution, Aerotech’s Ensemble combines up to nine axes of motion and machine controls with Ethernet and USB.

Soloist is a single-axis, panel-mount, integrated motion-control and servo amplifier that may be networked for multi-axis applications with full I/O sequencing.

All Aerotech motion controllers feature software commands that are designed to optimise performance, along with diagnostic, commissioning and programming options that include AeroBasic, Visual Basic C, C++, with higher level Windows-based ActiveX components with C++, VB and .NET class libraries.

Aerotech motion systems are delivered with documentation and test calibration information included, and supplied fully tested and pre-commissioned with setup parameters pre-loaded into the controller.

Aerotech

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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