- Networkable with any Ensemble drive to control up to ten axes of piezo and/or servomotor stages
- Single or multi-axis Position Synchronized Output (PSO) for real-time triggering of events
- Available with high-precision (to 20-bit) sensor resolution for capacitive sensor feedback
- Thermally-stable feedback circuit design option
- Configurable analog input (to 18-bit) for external feedback sensor integration or command generation
- Advanced control features such as learning control, harmonic cancellation and command shaping improve tracking error and overall process throughput
- Ethernet and USB 2.0 communication interfaces
- Advanced Windows®-based remote diagnostics, tuning, and programming interface software
- Program in AeroBasic™ using Aerotech's IDE or create custom remote interfaces with Microsoft .NET including C#, VB.NET, C++/CLI, LabVIEW®, MATLAB®, EPICS, or TANGO
- CE approved; follows the 2011/65/EU RoHS 2 Directive
- OEM versions available
The Ensemble QL/QLe™ panel-mount nanopositioning piezo drive family is designed for seamless use with the Ensemble family of drives and controllers. The QL/QLe connects to any Ensemble controller network enabling coordinated motion between piezo stages and servo axes at much higher rates than other controller or drive products. This power, versatility, and affordability make the Ensemble QL/QLe drives ideal for applications ranging from the most demanding fundamental scientific research to advanced OEM machine systems.
Featuring a dual-core 456 MHz, double-precision, floating-point DSP, the QL/QLe drives provide extreme processing power over a wide variety of applications including point-to-point motion, linear and circular interpolation, multi-axis error correction, and autofocusing. High-speed interrupts and data logging capabilities provide a real-time link to external systems. The QL/QLe also offers high-speed positioning latching capability and single-axis (QL) or multi-axis (QLe) position synchronized output (PSO) for generation of pulses based on actual position feedback in applications ranging from laser firing to data acquisition system triggering.
Ultra-Precision Feedback Options
Using the latest technology and high-resolution A/D and D/A converters, the QLe enables sub-nanometer positioning resolution at high bandwidths. The QLe capacitive sensor feedback circuitry provides ultra-low noise performance over the full travel range. In applications requiring less than maximum positioning resolution, the QL drive offers lower-resolution A/D and D/A converters providing the benefits of high-speed feedback and command generation at a more economical price point. The QLe employs a proprietary capacitive sensor feedback circuit resulting in industry-leading thermal stability and exceptional long-term holding stability. An Aerotech developed linearization method achieves linearity better than 0.01% over the full travel range in closed-loop mode with both the QL and QLe.
In addition to the four optically-isolated digital inputs, two high-speed digital inputs and four optically-isolated digital outputs, both the Ensemble QL and QLe are equipped with analog inputs and outputs (one each for QL, two each for QLe). For ultra-precise applications, the QLe offers an 18-bit analog input that can be programmatically configured to accept an external feedback sensor or position command. This analog input also allows the high-voltage power amplifier to be controlled directly by an external low-level analog input. Also, the QLe has one 20-bit analog output that can be programmatically configured for position or voltage monitoring at very high resolutions. The QL drive offers the same analog input/output functionality at 16-bit resolutions.
Advanced Software and Control Features
The Ensemble software uses advanced PID servo loops with advanced feedforward and multiple integrators coupled with eight programmable filters to supply the user with all necessary tools needed to optimize motion performance. Additional software options such as the Dynamic Controls Toolbox and Motion Designer packages make available a host of advanced, yet easy-to-use, tools that can improve tracking errors and provide faster step-and-settle times. These tools include Learning Control, Harmonic Cancellation, Command Shaping, and Cross-Axis Feedforward.
Learn more about our controls and software HERE.
Powerful Programming and Software Drivers
The Ensemble GUI Integrated Development Environment software allows monitoring and control of all aspects of the positioning system regardless of complexity. Advanced tuning utilities minimize startup time by allowing easy optimization of motion axes. Functional programs that can be modified and used in customer applications are included in the online Help. Pre-coded LabVIEW® VIs, AeroBasic™ programming functionality, MATLAB® library, .NET tools for C#, VB.NET and C++/CLI or C make the Ensemble even easier to use. See the Ensemble Control home page for detailed information on software capabilities and ordering options.
Automatic Parameter Configuration
Aerotech’s piezo stages include our time-saving “FlashConfig” feature that stores all of the parametric information required to operate the stage. Upon plug-in, the Ensemble QL/QLe automatically identifies the connected stage. All operation parameters, including axis calibration data and software parameters, are uploaded into the Ensemble QL/QLe. This ensures faster setup and avoids errors that can result in substandard performance. “FlashConfig” provides true “plug and play” operation of your Aerotech stage.
Thermal Stability ComparisonPiezo controller design can have a significant effect on thermal stability causing excessive error in precision motion applications. See our Technical Note where we briefly describe some techniques used for controlling thermal effects and compare the thermal stability of our piezo control electronics with a competitive design.
Ensemble QL and QLe Specifications
|Processor||Dual-Core 456 MHz, Double-Precision, Floating Point DSP|
|Power Supply||100-240 VAC; 50/60 Hz|
|Voltage Output||-30 to +150 V|
|Sensor Type||Capacitive Sensor|
|Cont. Power Output||10 Watts|
|Peak Current Output||250 mA||500 mA||250 mA||500 mA|
|Cont. Current Output||50 mA||130 mA||50 mA||130 mA|
|Digital Inputs||(4) Optically Isolated, (2) High Speed, and (1) ESTOP|
|Digital Outputs||(4) Optically Isolated|
|Analog Inputs||Qty. 1, 16-bit ±10 V differential||2 Total, ±10 V Differential(1) 16-bit General Purpose, (1) 18-bit High-Resolution Configurable for External Feedback or External Command Input|
|Analog Outputs||Qty. 1, 16-bit ± 10 V Single-Ended||2 Total, ± 10 V Single-Ended(1) 16-bit General Purpose, (1) 20-bit High-Resolution Configurable for Position or Voltage Monitoring|
|High-Speed Data Capture||Yes (50 ns Latency)|
|Position Synchronized Output (PSO)||Single-Axis||Two-Axis|
|Communication Interfaces||10/100 Base T Ethernet, USB 2.0|
|Servo Loop Update||20 kHz|
|Programming Environment||Multi-Tasking AeroBasic™|
|Weight||1.3 kg (2.8 lbs)|
|Standards||CE approved, 2011/65/EU RoHS 2 Directive|
Ensemble QL and QLe Panel-Mount Piezo Drive
|Ensemble QL250-C||Cost-effective networkable, standalone panel-mount piezo drive with capacitive sensor feedback, 250 mA peak current, 50 mA continuous current, -30 to +150 V output. Features include:
|Ensemble QLe250-C||High-performance networkable, standalone panel-mount piezo drive with capacitive sensor feedback, 250 mA peak current, 50 mA continuous current, -30 to +150 V output. Features include:
Ensemble Software Options
|-DYNAMIC CONTROLS TOOLBOX||The Dynamic Controls Toolbox provides control algorithms that increase system performance such as settle time, accuracy, in-position stability, and/or velocity stability.|
|-LABVIEW||LabVIEW® VI samples|
|-MATLAB||Includes MATLAB® library for motion, parameters, and data collection.|