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Aerotech Adds Motion Control Industrial Computer Option

By DE Editors

Aerotech has introduced a motion control industrial computer option for its Automation 3200 Multi-Axis Machine Controller. The A3200 Automation Controller provides a rugged, compact panel-mount or rack-mount (1U or 4U) computer designed for industrial environments.

The controller’s front and top connections simplify installation with panel-mount devices, while the compact 183 mm x 183 mm x 70 mm enclosure save space. A variety of optional peripherals can enhance operation, including FireWire ports, USB and serial ports, dual Ethernet and solid-state storage.

The controller includes active cooling, full functionality on a single PCB, optional SSD and advanced motherboard watchdog technology. The mounting feet can be rotated to maximize panel space. Standard features include 2.0 GHz processor, 2G DDR2 RAM, 160 GB SATA HD or SSD, 12 VDC or 120 VAC power adapter, audio, integrated graphics and dual Ethernet. A Windows XP PRO or Windows 7 operating system is standard.

The A3200 is software-based (no PC slots required) and marries a high-performance motion engine with vision, PLC, robotics and I/O in one unified programming environment. The unit utilizes distributed control architecture and the industry standard FireWire network to provide from 1 to 32 axes of synchronized control with no degradation in performance as the axis count increases, according to the company.

For more information, visit Aerotech.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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