Cartesian Gantry uses brushless linear servomotors.

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Used in pick-and-place, automated assembly, and vision inspection applications, AGS1000 series is driven to speeds of 2 m/s and accelerations of 2 g by BLMC series servomotors. Feedback is provided from non-contact optical linear encoder, and resolution options range from 10 nm to 1.0 µm. Design accounts for thermal expansion and results in no backlash or wear. Along with customizable Z and q, modular product integrates cable management system.

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AGS1000 Cartesian Gantry Uses Brushless Linear Servomotors

Linear brushless servomotors for superior performance and longevity

Customizable Z and q for increased flexibility

Optional machine base and risers

Optional electroless nickel for ESD protection and medical applications

Compact design reduces overall machine size

Ideal for die bonding, wire bonding, WLP, and DNA profiling

AGS1000 series Cartesian gantry systems put Aerotech's core technologies and extensive manufacturing capability to work for you, providing outstanding performance and versatility in a wide range of automation platforms. AGS1000 systems are ideal for applications such as high-speed pick-and-place, automated assembly, vision inspection, dispensing stations, and high-accuracy inspection. The AGS1000 is based on Aerotech's industry leading AGS10000 gantry, and retains many of the same leading-edge technologies.

Linear Motor/Linear Encoder
Aerotech's high-performance BLMC series brushless linear servomotors drive the AGS1000 to speeds of 2 m/s and accelerations of 2 g. Feedback is from a rugged, noncontact optical linear encoder. Resolution options range from 10 nm to 1.0 µm. The design of the AGS1000 is optimized to account for thermal expansion to ensure high accuracy under all operating conditions.

Rugged Design
Since the linear motor is a noncontact device, there is no backlash, wear, or maintenance. The bearings are preloaded linear motion guides with wiper seals and grease fittings and are mounted to provide optimized stiffness and load distribution. Standard lubrication is clean-room compatible.

Cable Management System
Extensive R&D has resulted in an optimized cable management system (CMS) that has been field-proven to be the industry's most reliable design. Large bend radii and high-flex cables ensure that the AGS1000 provides millions of cycles of maintenance-free operation. In the unlikely event of a component failure, the modular design ensures that part replacement is fast and easy.

All customer cabling and pneumatics can be routed through the system e-chain. Connectors are provided at the workpiece and at the opposite end of the e-chain, greatly simplifying final machine integration.

Turnkey Operation
Acquiring a turnkey system can leverage Aerotech's vast experience manufacturing precision positioning and control systems. Typical options include Z-theta mechanisms, risers to accommodate automated parts handling equipment, and machine bases that are designed to accommodate the entire electronics subsystem. In addition, Aerotech manufactures a wide range of high-performance amplifiers and advanced motion controllers that are optimized for use with our high-performance gantries to provide a complete electromechanical solution.

For more information, please contact Steve McLane at Aerotech, Inc., 101 Zeta Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238; e-mail:; direct phone: 412-967-6854.

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