Press Release

Neat and complete X-Y positioning and control solution from Heason Technology

Heason Technology Limited, the leading precision motion specialists have combined positioning mechanics, integrated stepper motor/drives and motion controls from two of its distribution partners to provide a unique range of ready-to-run single-axi

The cost-competitive range combines Danaher Motion-Dover’s XY range of precision positioning tables in a wide choice of travel, accuracy and stage configurations with ABB’s innovative DSMS series high-torque stepper motors that include integrated micro-stepping drives. Multitasking motion and machine control is also available with ABBs NextMove ESB-2 panel mounted controller. The wide and versatile new range is aimed at open loop positioning applications across all areas of research and manufacturing and is easily adapted to match customer performance requirements.

The low profile positioning stages feature heavy-duty precision crossed-roller bearings in both open frame and solid top designs in single axis or X-Y travel ranges from 50 mm to over 600 mm, Stages are supplied complete with overtravel and datum limit switches.

For medium duty applications, leadscrew driven tables feature an anti-backlash nut mechanism that reduces wear whilst maintaining high repeatability to provide a combination of high precision positioning and moderate speed capability.  For higher dynamic performance, 2 mm/rev or 5 mm/rev precision ballscrews are available to provide high acceleration and optimum speed with micron precision for fast production or test applications.

The DSMS integrated stepper motor and drive is available in NEMA 17, 23 or 34 frame mounting with a wide choice of microstepping resolutions from 200/400 steps/rev to 51,200 steps/rev – to provide a sub-micron linear resolution on the stage if required. The integral design removes the need to include separate stepper drives – reducing system wiring, saving space and improving reliability. Interconnection for drive power and motor control is available via flying leads or connectors and the drive is easily set-up with a PC utility and USB configuration cable.

The NextMove-ESB-2 is a compact panel mount motion controller supplied to match the customers’ application with a combination of up to 4 axes of stepper and, if required 4 axes of servo control plus ample digital and analogue I/O, memory and optional HMI – allowing the control of other process, additional linear or rotary positioning devices, and potentially the complete standalone machine control for the customers’ application.

The 32-bit/120Mhz DSP based controller features the widely used MintMT multitasking BASIC programming language and also offers embedded ‘C’ or ActiveX component programming for host controlled applications. MintNC provides a comprehensive Windows front end for axis synchronised contouring or electronic gearbox applications. It is also available for generating real-time motion commands from imported industry-standard CAD formats.

This combination of precision motion control equipment from world-class distribution partners and a proven capability in motion systems design is a prime example of the value-added service Heason Technology is able to provide its customers. 

Article published on: 20/06/2014