Design features of the Ensemble LAB stand-alone, multi-axis motion controller include:
Up to 4 axes of brush, stepper or brushless AC motors
Aerotech's FlashConfig feature automatically configures axis parameters based on the connected stage type
Touch screen with intuitive menu-driven interface for quick and easy access to system functionality
Joystick input for manual control of motor positions
Ethernet and USB 2.0 communication interfaces
ASCII-based command protocol for Windows or Linux remote control
Advanced Windows-based remote diagnostics, tuning and programming interface software
Program in AeroBasic using Aerotech's IDE or create custom remote interfaces with Microsoft .NET including C#, VB.NET, Managed C++ or LabVIEW
Standard quadrature or optional analog sin/cos encoder feedback with up to 65,536x interpolation
Programmable micro-step resolution of up to 20,000x for smooth low-speed operation
Linear and arc motion with constant velocity or point-to-point interpolation
In addition to the front key-panel the Ensemble LAB comes equipped with a full color, touch-enabled LCD display. An intuitive tabbed interface provides single press access to all setup and operation screens.
Unlike most competitive products that use cryptic two-letter mnemonics, the Ensemble LAB is programmed in an easily readable BASIC-like syntax. The Ensemble LAB is programmed off-line with a graphical user interface in Windows®, featuring an intuitive Program Editor, Variable Output window, Compiler Output window and Task State monitor. After the programs are developed and tested they can be downloaded and stored on the controller for future use.
Aerotech's MPS series of stages includes Aerotech’s "FlashConfig" feature that stores all of the parametric information required to operate the stage on the stage itself. The stage is automatically identified and all operational parameters including axis calibration data are uploaded into the Ensemble LAB, ensuring safe, accurate operation and true "plug-and-play" operation. FlashConfig provides maximum flexibility for laboratory environments where systems are often reconfigured to meet changing application requirements.
Up to 4 programs can run simultaneously on the Ensemble LAB allowing for easy partitioning of complex operations. One task could be used for motion while the remaining tasks are used for process control, or the controller could be configured to operate four separate programs controlling four motors. The Ensemble LAB uses the processing power of a 64-bit, double precision, floating-point DSP to offer exceptional performance in a variety of applications including point-to-point motion, linear and circular interpolation, single- and multi-axis error correction, direct commutation of linear and rotary brushless servomotors, and servo autotuning.
High-speed interrupts and data logging capabilities provide a real-time link to external systems. The Ensemble LAB also offers high-speed position latching capability and optional single-axis PSO (Position Synchronised Output). Whether the requirement is simple point-to-point motion or complex velocity profiled contours with output on the fly, Ensemble ensures peak performance for critical applications.
Lastek | Laser & Optical Based Photonic Technologies
The Lastek Group of Companies was formed in 1988 and operates today from a large, fully-restored factory located in the University of Adelaide's Commerce and Research Precinct at Thebarton, Adelaide, South Australia. The Group offers a unique set of laser and optical technological resources to the Australian and New Zealand photonics industry. With a staff of over fifteen employees, Lastek brings together a wealth of experience in lasers, optics and complementary technologies.
Lastek is the leading distributor in Australia and New Zealand for many of the world's most advanced laser and photonics companies. Our sales and service personnel, including 3 PhDs, are the most experienced in the industry. We support customers in leading edge applications in diverse fields. These range from fundamental research in physics, chemistry, engineering and biology, to industrial applications of photonics technology, to advanced microscopy and imaging systems, and spectroscopy.
The Groups activities are diverse: in addition to the supply and support of advanced laser and optical equipment; we design and manufacture optical instruments and we undertake custom design and optical project management for a wide range of customers and applications.
Well-equipped workshops and laboratories allow Lastek to undertake design and development tasks, system integration and custom manufacturing project. With in-house expertise in areas as diverse as software development, optical system design, high voltage electronics, opto-mechanical design and fabrication, Lastek have the experience and capabilities to develop advanced optical products, from prototyping to market release.