Aerotech’ Automation1 Motion Control Platform


Aerotech inc. has developed new products and features for Automation1 precision machine and motion control platform. Recent upgrades affect all parts of the Automation1 technology stack – from servo drive enhancements to core motion control technology enhancements, new application features and support for the Programming API (application programming interface).

Recent developments in the Automation1 motion control platform include:

Additional hardware product support – More systems can use Automation1 as their primary motion controller due to the growing number of compatible hardware products. New servos include the more powerful XC6e PWM servo, XL5e and XL2e linear amplifier servos, XI4 servo controller, and GI4 galvo laser scan head controller, which supports XY2-100 and XY3-100. Additionally, the Automation1-iSMC motion controller is flexible enough to run on an industrial PC (such as Automation1-iPC) or on Automation1 drives, including the iXR3, iXC4e, iXC4, iXC2e, iXC2, iXL5e and iXI4.

Ability to create custom human-machine interfaces – The new MachineApps tool allows users to quickly create and deploy new graphical user interfaces for their machines and motion systems. Predefined layouts and super-fast drag-and-drop functionality allow users to quickly add and configure machine interface modules such as programming interfaces, jog pads, data viewers, and customizable push buttons . Users can customize icons and color schemes to suit their organization’s branding style.

Additional API tools – The Automation1-iSMC controller connects to larger lab and factory automation systems using the new Python API and LabVIEW VIs, which build on existing .NET and C APIs as well as the EPICS drivers.

Industrial Ethernet connection options – The Automation1 controller extends automation solutions by connecting to PLCs and other automation devices using common industrial Ethernet protocols. PC-based Automation1 controllers now support MODBUS/TCP, and drive-based Automation1 controllers support EtherCAT.

Improved user experience – Users can develop solutions faster and easier than ever. Studio development software includes several new tools that streamline the development process, including configuration checklists, engine homing and phasing help modules, and compare/copy tools of parameters. Enhanced servo tuning and data visualization tools also come standard.

Additional Controller Features – Aerotech’s Dynamic Controls (DCT) Toolkit is now available for the Automation1 controller. DCT features include harmonic cancellation, control shaping, and transverse lookahead. Recent versions of Automation1 include enhancements to gantry control, current drive coupling for high torque/force systems, unique output waveforms, and data capture features.

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