MCS-100 Motion Control System
The MCS-100 Motion Control System provides state of-the-art computer control and drive power for the various moving elements of the test equipment. It is configured and tuned to optimize overall performance of the test system. Requirements can range from high accuracy, closed loop control for the most accurate laboratory test systems to high speed drives for high throughput production line measurement systems.
The MCS-100 Motion Control System enables seamless integration of several motion control components, including a DSP-based motion control card, power amplifiers for stepper and servo motors, linear and rotary encoders, the Handheld Controller (MCS-10), and various special elements such as
pneumatic valves and mechanical brakes.
- Motion Controller: Optikos uses a powerful digital signal processing (DSP) motion controller board installed in the test system computer.
- Motors: Both stepper and servo motors are supported by the MCS-100 Motion Control
- Power Amplifiers: Modular power amplifiers and motor power supplies are housed in an electronics rack. Several different power amplifiers are supported, including microstepping stepper motor drivers (both linear and chopped current control) and both brushed and brushless servo motor drivers.A five-phase stepper motor amplifier is also supported to upgrade existing Ealing System 5 and DPS-based benches.
- Encoders: High-precision systems may require the use of encoders to precisely measure absolute position.
MCS-10 Handheld Controller
- Two-axis proportional velocity control
- Two-axis incremental position control
- 9 programmable modes
- High and low sensitivity switch
- Direction switch for each axis
The MCS-10 Hand-held Controller allows for high-speed and fine positioning of the stages driven by the MCS-100 Motion Control System. The Hand-held Controller has a two-axis industrial joystick for proportional velocity control of the selected stages. This allows for high-speed rough positioning. The controller also has two precision incremental control wheels that allow stages to be positioned to a single position increment, either a single microstep or single encoder pulse depending on the motor type.
The MCS-10 Hand-held Controller has multiple positioning modes that allow for convenient use for stages with more than two axes. Each mode assigns the movement of a particular stage to the joystick and incremental positioning knob, with a possible nine different operation modes. The assignment of stages is indicated by LED displays for each control. The modes are factory programmed to provide the most convenient operation of the testing system. This can include combinations of stage control to aid in finding focus, moving to off-axis image positions, or making specific types of measurements.