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Aerotech’s Automation 3200 multi-axis machine controller is available with a compact panel-mount or rack-mount (1U or 4U) computer designed for industrial environments. Front and top connections are designed to simplify installation with panel-mount devices. The 183- × 183- × 70-mm enclosure is designed to save space. Optional peripherals include FireWire(r) ports, USB and serial ports, dual Ethernet and solid-state storage.
Designed for demanding environments, the controller includes active cooling, full functionality on a single PCB, optional SSD and advanced motherboard watchdog technology, the company says. The mounting feet can be rotated to maximize panel space. Standard features include a
2.0-GHz processor; 2-G DDR2 RAM; 160-GB SATA HD or SSD; 12 VDC or 120 VAC power adapter; audio; integrated graphics; and dual Ethernet. A Windows(r) XP Pro or Windows(r) 7 operating system is standard.
The controller is useful for applications in the semiconductor, data storage, medical laser processing, automotive and machine tool industries. The system features a high-performance, software-only controller that offers 32 axes of synchronized motion control.
The A3200 is software based (no PC slots required) and combines a high-performance motion engine with vision, PLC, robotics and I/O in a unified programming environment. The controller utilizes distributed control architecture and the industry standard FireWire(r) network to provide 1 to 32 axes of synchronized control without degrading performance as the axis count increases, the company says.