apt™ Modular Rack System (Page 1 of 2)

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Overview
DC Servo
Stepper Motor
Piezo/Strain
Gauge
Auto-Alignment
Solenoid
apt Control
Software
Tutorials
apt™ Modular Rack System (Page 1 of 2)
The apt™ modular rack system is a sophisticated,
self-contained, expandable, motion control platform for
applications with a large number of channels. This new system
deploys the same advanced high-speed, digital signal processing
(DSP) technology and low-noise analog circuitry pioneered in the
apt™ benchtop controllers. It also provides a highly functional
12-channel platform within the footprint of a 4U (7") high, 19"
wide enclosure. With a unified power supply and a single node
USB communications interface, the apt™ rack system is easily
incorporated into larger custom applications. Module
functionality is identical to the corresponding apt™ benchtop and
T-Cube™ controllers, allowing a common software solution and
learning curve for both benchtop and rack-based apt™
controllers. Multiple user development environments are
supported (e.g., Visual Basic, LabVIEW™, HP VEE, C++,
MATLAB, and .NET).
MMR601
Building Larger Scale Systems
The two-channel apt™ stepper motor (see page 634), piezoelectric actuator driver
(see pages 644 - 645), and NanoTrak™ controllers (see pages 650 - 651) all have
functionally identical benchtop and rack-module equivalents. The unrestricted
configuration flexibility offered by the apt™ rack-based products allows any combination
of modules to be fitted for specific nanopositioning and alignment applications. For
example, a system configured to operate our MAX606 (see page 569) nanopositioning
stage that has six stepper motors and six piezoelectric actuators with displacement
sensors, would require 12 channels of motion control. Using three stepper motor
modules, each with two channels, the motor control necessary can be provided; using
two piezoelectric controller modules and one NanoTrak™ controller module would
power all 6 of the piezoelectric actuators while also taking advantage of the position
sensors. Additionally, the NanoTrak™ module would provide the full range of features
offered by a fully operational auto-alignment system. All this functionality fits into the
rack chassis that measures just 4U (7") in height.
Stepper Motor Driver
See Page 634
Custom User Application
VIEW
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Typical
System
Architecture
Engineered for Ease of Use
The rack system architecture, hardware, and software has been engineered to provide
an efficient solution for complex, high-channel-count nanopositioning applications.
Whether these applications are found in a modern high-volume optoelectronic
component manufacturing facility or in a leading R&D facility, the MMR601 or
MMR602 system is easy to implement and can be adapted to rapidly changing
requirements.
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Two-Channel Piezo Driver
See Pages 644 - 645
Auto-Alignment Module
See Pages 650 - 651
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apt™ Modular Rack System (Page 2 of 2)
The apt™ rack presents a clean, uncluttered front panel with six rear mounting
bays for the plug-in modules. This arrangement greatly simplifies the cable
management issues that arise as the number of channels expands.
Each module is equipped with an on-board digital signal processor (DSP), which
allows processing power to be increased as modules (channels of operation) are
added. Hence, the system is able to maintain maximum operating efficiency, even
when fully loaded.
Manual Stages
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Furthermore, additional racks can be added to the USB bus as required, thus
allowing multiple, fully automated, 6-axis positioning stages to be combined into
a single unified motion control system.
The PC-based software that drives the rack system operates from the same kernel
of ActiveX® multi-threaded server code used to drive the stand-alone benchtop
controllers and includes the same collection of high-level user applications. All of
our ActiveX® software is rigorously engineered using modern object-oriented
techniques, which ensures independence of programming environment and
compatibility with a large number of third-party development tools. See pages
654 - 656 for more details on the apt™ software suite.
The apt™ modular rack system provides unsurpassed ease of installation and use.
In addition, it offers seamless third-party integration,
scalability, flexibility, and reliability.
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Supports up to 12-Channels
of Operation in a Single Chassis
Three Plug-In Modules Available:
• Dual-Channel Piezoelectric
Controller with 75 V of Low-Noise
Output (See Pages 644 - 645)
• Dual-Channel Stepper Motor
Controller with Peak Power
of 50 W per Channel (See Page 634)
• Dual-Channel NanoTrak™
Auto-Alignment System
(See Pages 650 - 651)
6 Module Slots per Chassis,
Access from Rear Panel
Advanced ActiveX®
PC Control Software Suite
USB Plug-and-Play
USB Interface Allows Multiple Systems to
be Connected and Controlled via One PC
Motorized Stages
Multi-Axis
Platforms
Actuators
Controllers
SECTIONS ▼
T-Cube Overview
Benchtop
Overview
Rack System
Overview
DC Servo
Stepper Motor
Piezo/Strain
Gauge
Auto-Alignment
The MMR601 is designed to be
mounted in a standard 19"
instrument chassis. The
MMR602 includes a
cover and is intended
for benchtop use.
Solenoid
apt Control
Software
Tutorials
MMR601
Rear Panel
Modules Sold
Separately
Specifications
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Standard 19" Rack, 4U High
Power Input:
• Voltage: 85 - 264 VAC
• Frequency: 47 - 63 Hz
• Power: 800 W
• Fuse: 15 A
Dimensions (W x D x H):
19.0" x 17.6" x 7.0"
(480 mm x 448 mm x 183 mm)
Weight:
MMR601: 24.2 lbs (11.0 kg)
MMR602: 30.8 lbs (14.0 kg)
ITEM #
RMB
DESCRIPTION
MMR601
$ 3,579.00
$
£
2,576.88
£
€
3.113,73
¥ 28,524.63
apt™ Modular Rack for 19" Instrument Chassis
MMR602
$ 3,705.00
£
2,667.60
€
3.223,35
¥ 29,528.85
Benchtop apt™ Modular Rack with Cover
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