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Aerotech has released AGS1500, a X-Y Cartesian gantry micro-positioning system aimed at applications such as precision dispensing and micromachining, machine-vision inspection and automated assembly.

The system is part of its ultra-high precision AGS series, which features direct-drive brushless linear motors, non contact optical encoder feedback and linear motion guide bearings – complete with cable management and optional granite support bases and machine frames.

The small-footprint AGS1500 is available in four X-Y travel range options, from 200 to 500mm, and retains the impressive dynamic performance and accuracy characteristics of Aerotech’s longer-travel AGS15000 model, with nanometre level resolution, velocity to 3m/sec and acceleration to 5g.

Aimed at high-throughput production and test micro-positioning applications, the AGS1500 can be supplied with counterbalanced Z axes and rotary axes as complete customised motion sub-systems for turnkey operation, including customer specified fixtures, cabled services and other special requests that can include an electroless nickel finish for ESD protection.

The AGS1500 X-Y gantry includes dual brushless linear servomotors and non-contacting optical encoders for the base axis, which together with Aerotech’s Halar calibration option, helps to ensure an overall stage accuracy of better than +/-1.5 microns and repeatability to +/-0.5 microns for the 500mm-travel version.

Using Aerotech’s encoder-multiplier technology, resolution can be specified between one micron and one nanometre and X-Y orthogonality is within five arc-sec.

The planar stage design includes a fully preloaded linear-motion-guide bearing system with wiper seals and grease fittings for long-life and low-maintenance operation for lower axis stage loads up to 37kg and payloads on the upper axis to 3.2kg.

Aerotech’s field-proven cable management system (CMS) includes connectors at both payload and opposite ends of the e-chain with large bend radii and high-flex cables used.

All customers’ electrical and pneumatics supplies can be routed through the CMS, simplifying installation and system commissioning.

The AGS1500 is typically supplied complete with Aerotech’s high performance motion controls and servo amplifiers to ensure optimum performance.

These include the A3200 Digital Automation Platform, the new Motionpac, and the Ensemble and Soloist stand-alone motion controllers with integrated drives.

A choice of PC-based software-only controls or standalone solutions in rack and desk mounting options are available to suit a variety of applications.

All Aerotech controllers offer a wide choice of machine controls and sophisticated motion commands that can include IEC61131-3, Microsoft .NET Framework and Labview programming capability, with advanced software and analytical functions that are designed to optimise machine performance, increase precision and improve throughput.

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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