Newport has introduced the compact Conex-AGP controller, which is suitable for applications in confined spaces that require integrated, single-axis control.
The compact Conex-AGP controller is preconfigured with an Agilis AG-LS25-27P linear stage that includes a miniature built-in direct-read linear encoder.
The Conex-AG-LS25-27P, which integrates both products, offers quick set-up and control with closed-loop positioning performance.
It is the first of two specialised stage products to be released that combines an advanced piezo motor linear stage with the low-cost architecture of the Conex controller range.
The ultra-compact controller delivers sub-micron, bi-directional repeatability of 0.3um, making it ideal for applications in confined spaces that require integrated, single-axis control.
The linear stage is also very compact, capable of 27mm travel and 0.2um metal-insulator-metal (MIM).
'The Conex-AGP closed-loop algorithm is a simplified version of the typical DC servo-loop algorithm and, combined with the stage's linear encoder, provides a highly repeatable bi-directional system,' said Beda Espinoza, Newport's senior product manager, motion control.
The controller's deadband function allows the user to modify the closed-loop parameters to program the acceptable deviation from a position and to hold that position steady.
The controller features the intuitive Conex GUI, which is accessible via USB.
The USB interface also supplies power to the controller, which eliminates the need for additional power supplies and/or cables.