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Aerotech has launched a pan-and-tilt positioner with integrated drives and motion controls for high-end camera security, surveillance and defence applications.

The APT series includes built-in electronics using the company’s Ensemble MP series of motion controls and brushless servomotor drives for a completely integrated design with top- or side-mount camera bracket and housing mounted connectors for camera, 24-80VDC power and Ethernet control.

A slip ring mounted in the base of the unit transfers power, motor signal and camera connections through the assembly, enabling a continuous 360 rotation of the pan axis and a tilt-axis travel range of +/-95.

The overall specification for the standard APT-100 model is position resolution of 7.6 arc seconds and accuracy to 120 arc seconds.

Repeatability is 30 arc seconds for bidirectional positioning and 10 arc seconds for unidirectional positioning.

Maximum speed in both axes is up to 180 per second.

The APT-100 has a 625mm diametrical footprint clearance and an overall height of less than 352mm.

With a payload rating of 35kg, the complete assembly is built for high reliability and low maintenance with a black anodised finish and optional sealing to IP66 ratings for harsh environments.

The worm wheel drive mechanism includes a self-adjusting gear preload feature that ensures consistent positioning performance over the life of the product.

The standard unit may be application customised for increased tilt-stage travel, increased payload or alternative camera mounting.

Aerotech can provide an inertial stabilisation option, fitting gyroscopes and sensors to maintain ‘line of sight’ when the unit is operated on moving platforms such as aircraft, ships and land vehicles.

The version of the company’s Ensemble MP multi-axis motion controller built into the APT-100 has a standard 10/100 Base-T Ethernet port to communicate to a PC or other Ethernet device.

The Windows-based Integrated Development Environment software package takes care of setup, programming upload/download, diagnostics and auto-tuning.

The Ensemble may be programmed with Aerotech’s Aerobasic or using Microsoft .Net tools for C#, VB.Net and managed C++ or with Labview VIs.

The Ensemble may be permanently connected to a main control system via Ethernet or operate in standalone mode using its complement of digital and analogue I/O for control interfacing.


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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