New Single-Axis PWM Digital Drive for Motion Control

Fürth, Germany, July 2019 – Aerotech, provider of high-performance motion control and positioning systems,
is presenting the third PWM digital drive controller within this year: The XC2 PWM is a high-performance,
single-axis motor drive with a narrow compact housing for motion control applications.

The XC2 is compatible with the Automation 3200 motion platform, which uses the HyperWire® motion bus
(fibre optic interface), and controls brushless and brushed DC motors, voice coil or stepper motors with an
operating voltage of up to 100 VDC and peak current capacity of 10 A.
As you would expect from Aerotech, digitally closed current and servo control loops provide the highest level
of positioning accuracy and speed stability. Control bandwidths of up to 20 kHz are possible with
simultaneous control of digital and analogue inputs and outputs, parallel data acquisition, process control
and encoder interpolation – all in real time.
As standard, the XC2 features STO (Safe Torque Off) which means the drive torque is switched off during
maintenance work. Other features include a data array with over 4 million 32-bit elements, dedicated inputs
for reference and limit switch signals, and improved power monitoring. Square-wave, sinusoidal and absolute
encoders are supported. The drive controller accepts square-wave encoder signals with up to 40 million
pulses per second. Sinusoidal encoder signals can be interpolated with a factor of up to 16,384 (14 bits) for
high resolution position feedback.
Optionally, each single-axis XC2 PWM digital drive can be upgraded with an I/O extension board,
significantly increasing the number of I/Os. This add-on board also has a dedicated, position-locked PSO
Further information about the new XC2 can be found here:

Aerotech – Dedicated to the Science of Motion
Aerotech Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, USA. is a private, family-owned, mid-sized company. Founded in
1970 by Stephen J. Botos, Aerotech designs and manufactures the world\’s most powerful motion control
and positioning systems for industrial, scientific and research customers. In the spirit of a family business,
the owners continue to attach the utmost importance to an open and trusting relationship with customers,
business partners and employees. In Germany, the medium-sized company is represented by its own
subsidiary, Aerotech GmbH, headquartered in Fürth near Nuremberg, Franconia. In addition to sales and
service activities, the Fürth office is also responsible for the customized assembly of positioning systems for
the European market.
The innovative and high-precision motion solutions meet all the critical requirements needed for today\’s
demanding applications. They are used wherever high throughput is required, e.g. with medical devices and
life science applications, in semiconductor and flat screen production, in photonics, automotive, data storage,
laser processing, aerospace, electronics manufacturing, as well as in testing and inspection through to
Aerotech provides world-class technical support and service with its advanced analysis and diagnostic
capabilities. If a standard product is not suitable for an individual application, Aerotech’s many years of
expertise and experience enable the manufacturer to supply special motion components and systems. The
manufacturing capacity for custom applications is complemented by experience in supplying systems for
vacuum and clean room operation
Aerotech has full-service offices in Germany (Fürth), United Kingdom (Ramsdell), China (Shanghai City),
Japan (Chiba) and Taiwan (Taipei City). Aerotech currently employs approximately 500 people worldwide.

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