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Aerotech has launched a range of high-precision linear-positioning stages for high-throughput industrial production and test applications.

The PRO165LM series features and improves upon Aerotech’s hard-top and side-sealed stage design with a direct-drive brushless linear motor, micron-level linear-encoder feedback and long-life linear-motion guide bearings for smooth motion and servo-system sensitivity.

With a nominal width of 165mm and 10 travel range options from 100mm to 1m, the stages can handle payloads up to 45kg, speeds to 2m/sec and acceleration to 3g with sub-micron-level repeatability.

Available in standard accuracy grade to +/-4um or with Aerotech’s certified Halar option to +/-1.5um, the PRO165LM series is aimed at challenging applications such as laser processing and MEMS micromachining.

A choice of standard linear encoders includes 0.1um line driver or amplified sine-output alternatives to provide a system resolution down to 250nm.

Aerotech’s cog-free brushless servomotors provide high-force output combined with smooth motion and in-position stability.

Matched performance servo drives with +/-320V DC bus voltages are available across Aerotech’s range of motion controllers.

Sealed linear-motion guide bearings and a high-stiffness base-plate system help to guarantee the load-handling capability, rigidity and long-service-life capability of the PRO165LM series.

MTBF life is specified at 20,000 hours across the range.

The rugged Teflon-impregnated tabletop and hard-top way cover provides full protection from hot sparks and machining debris, while tensioned side straps effectively seal the internal bearing system, motor and encoder.

The hard-top sealing system has been used extensively across Aerotech’s range of linear-positioning stages and has proven to be more effective than bellows-type stage sealing.

The PRO165LM series can be supplied in X-Y, XZ or YZ configurations with orthogonality certified to 5arc/sec.

The stage design includes a selection of tabletop plates that include mounting patterns with steel inserts for Aerotech ADRS and AGR series rotary stages, as well as standard metric (or inch) plates.

All stage travel and mounting configurations have a chain-type cable management option for ease of installation.

Aerotech manufactures a range of advanced motion controls and servo amplifiers.

The A3200 Digital Automation Platform is a Windows-based software-only controller for up to 32 axes of Firewire-interfaced high-performance motion and machine control and includes optional HMI, PLC and vision-control modules.

It is programmable in a choice of languages including .NET, RS-274 G-code, high-level Aerobasic or optional Labview.

The A3200’s distributed control architecture delivers fully deterministic motion updates to Aerotech’s Ndrive servo drives that process motion and I/O commands at bandwidths up to 20KHz.

Additional Ethernet 10/100 Base T interfaced third-party I/O and PLC’s may be added to Ndrives for further system expansion.

The PRO165LM is also available for use with Aerotech’s multi-axis Ensemble Epaq – a desktop or 19in rack-mounted system with integral linear or PWM stage amplifiers, or stepper drives and a full complement of machine I/O.

It is capable of controlling up to six axes of motion and machine control internally with the possibility of adding a further three external drives.

For single-axis applications, Aerotech’s Soloist can provide high-performance motion control with integrated servo drive and the possibility for Ethernet-based multi-axis control.

Aerotech motion systems are delivered fully tested with all motor-power and encoder cables plus performance and calibration-related documents.

For commissioning, a delivery pack with interconnection drawings and all motor parameter setup data for the system is provided along with product training and online technical support.


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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