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Publication Date: 09/1/2010
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Compact Linear-Motor Gantry from Aerotech
Precision modular gantry system.
Pittsburgh, PA — Aerotech's AGS1500 series Cartesian gantry systems are designed for ultra-precision, high-dynamic contouring, and provide high-level performance in precision micromachining, stencil cutting, fuel cell manufacturing, solder-ball placement, printed electronics, high-speed pick-and-place, automated assembly, vision inspection, dispensing stations, and high-accuracy inspection.

The system is based on the company's AGS15000 gantry, and maintains many of the same characteristics, but in a more compact footprint. The planar design minimizes dynamic pitch errors at the work point, and the design also keeps the linear motors and linear encoders to the outside of the work area, making the gantry less susceptible to debris-induced damage.

Aerotech's high-performance brushless linear servomotors drive the gantry to speeds of 3m/s and accelerations of 5 g. Dual linear motors and encoders are included on the lower axis for the highest level of performance and precision. The bearings are preloaded linear motion guides with wiper seals and grease fittings, and are mounted to provide optimized dynamic stiffness and load


The rugged noncontact optical linear encoders offer resolutions to 1nm when coupled with the company's controllers. The cable management system (CMS) is optimized and using large-bend radii and high-flex cables ensure that the system 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 work piece and at the opposite end of the e-chain, greatly simplifying final machine integration.

Contact: Aerotech, Inc., 101 Zeta Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15238 412- 963-7470 fax: 412-963-7459 Web:

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