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Control Systems

SmarAct Control Systems

We offer several lines of control systems. Furthermore all control systems are customizable upon request in order to match your specific application requirements (e.g. OEM solutions).

Simple Control Units (SCU)

The Simple Control Units (SCU) are stand-alone devices for small micropositioning systems. They can control positioning systems with microsensor feedback (closed-loop) and without sensor feedback (open-loop). There are two main lines available – the HCU with integrated hand control unit and the CU as OEM or table top unit.
The controller line SCU comes with a USB interface. A basic stand-alone control program, Windows drivers as well as LabVIEW support are part of the included software package. Alternatively, an RS232 interface is available to communicate with the controllers via simple ASCII commands.


HCU-1D, CU-1D

The CU-1D and HCU-1D are simple devices for controlling any SmarAct open-loop positioner with sub-µm resolution.

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HCU-3C

The HCU-3C controller is a stand-alone device to control up
to three SmarAct positioners.

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CU-3C

CU-3C

The CU-3C controller is a single board version of the HCU-3C controller without knobs and joysticks. It is available in an OEM-card or table-top version.

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Modular Control System (MCS)

The Modular Control System (MCS) is a more advanced control system and it is the perfect choice for all positioning tasks up to sub-nm resolution. It is capable of controlling large positioning systems with up to n*3 positioners with sensor (microsensor, nanosensor) feedback or without sensor feedback.
The controller line MCS comes with a USB or Ethernet interface. A basic stand-alone control program, Windows and Linux drivers as well as LabVIEW support are part of the included software package. Alternatively, an RS232 or Ethernet ASCII interface is available to communicate with the controllers via simple ASCII commands.


Modular Control System (MCS2)

The follow-up model of the MCS is a compact motion controller and suitable for high-resolution positioning applications from the meter down to the picometer scale.

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Modular Control System (MCS)

Modular Control System (MCS)

The MCS controller is an advanced control system and it is the perfect choice for all positioning tasks up to sub-nm resolution.

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MCS Sensor Module

MCS Sensor Module

The MCS sensor module is nessecary to digitize the sensor values which are provided by the nanosensor. Various housing and plug options are available for the MCS sensor module.

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Sensor Reader

Sensor Reader

For high position data bandwidths the Sensor-Reader is an ideal extension for SmarAct control systems such as MCS or SDC.

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MCS Hand Controller

MCS Hand Controller

The MCS controller offers the possibility to connect an external hand controller which allows an easy operation.

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Control Systems

The Step-Direction Controller (SDC) is a low-level control system, which allows to move SmarAct’s positioners in a stepper motor like manner, but with a very high resolution. Therefore, only two TTL signals are required in order to define the steps and the direction. The SDC2 control unit provides a quadrature signal feedback.
With the Analog Voltage Control (AVC) SmarAct positioners can be controlled by an analog voltage between -10V and 10V which defines the speed and direction of the movement.
The Embedded Microsensor System (EMS 2D/3D) SmarAct provides an optimized OEM control unit for integration into your own control units. With the EMS it is possible to control axes with inductive microsensors.

SmarPod and universal Hand Controller

SmarPod and universal Hand Controller

The SmarPod Hand Controller makes it possible to control the SmarPod as well as any other SmarAct motion system in a convenient and easy way in all six degrees of freedom.

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Analog Voltage Controller

Analog Voltage Control

The AVC controller is a low-level controller, which enables you to build your own external closed-loop control system with high resolution for SmarAct positioners by utilizing a suitable feedback signal.

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Embedded Control Module

Embedded Control Module

The ECM offers an easy integration of SmarPods into existing control environments (e.g. EPICS, TANGO, etc.) without the need of an additional PC.

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Embedded Microsensor System

Embedded Microsensor System

The EMS controller for two or three channels are SmarAct‘s smallest control boards, perfectly suited for an integration into your own control systems.

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SDC / SDC2

SDC / SDC2

With the Step-Direction Control SDC and SDC2 we offer a low level control system to use SmarAct positioners like stepper motors.

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SmarAct software

Precision Tool Commander

Precision Tool Commander

The PTC is a graphical user interface for controlling SmarAct positioning systems. It allows e.g. automatic alignment and scanning.

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SmarPod Control Software

SmarPod Control Software

The SmarPod Control Software is a graphical user interface, included with every SmarPod to control all the features of SmarAct‘s 6D parallel kinematics.

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