AGS1500 Gantry System


Design Features

  • Optimized design for precise contouring in a compact footprint
  • Velocity to 3 m/s and acceleration to 5 g
  • High power brushless linear servomotors for smooth motion
  • Travels up to 500 mm X 500 mm
  • Optional electroless nickel for ESD protection
  • Customizable Z and theta axes for flexible configurations
  • Noncontact linear encoders
  • Configurable cable management system allows for integration of fibre lasers, cameras, air lines, etc. for multiple applications

The AGS1500 series of Cartesian gantry systems is designed for ultra-precision, high-dynamic contouring, providing outstanding performance and versatility in a wide range of automation platforms. The planar design minimizes dynamic pitch errors at the work-point.

AGS1500 systems can be found in production plants around the world, in applications including precision micromachining, stencil cutting, fuel cell manufacturing, solder-ball placement, printed electronics, high-speed pick-and-place, automated assembly, vision inspection, dispensing stations and high-accuracy inspection. The AGS1500 is based on the industry-leading AGS15000 gantry, and maintains many of the same leading-edge characteristics.

High Speed/High Acceleration

Aerotech's high-performance BLMC and BLM series brushless linear servomotors drive the AGS1500 to speeds of 3 m/s and accelerations of 5 g. Dual linear motors and encoders are included on the lower axis for the highest level of performance and precision. The rugged noncontact optical linear encoders offer resolutions to 1 nm when coupled with Aerotech's controllers.

Rugged Design

The linear motor is a noncontact device, resulting in no backlash, wear or maintenance. The bearings are preloaded linear motion guides with wiper seals and grease fittings, and are mounted to provide optimized dynamic stiffness and load distribution.

The AGS1500 design keeps the linear motors and linear encoders to the outside of the work area. This design makes the gantry less susceptible to debris-induced damage.

Long-Lasting Cable Management System

The cable management system (CMS) is optimized and field-proven as the industry's most reliable design. Large bend radii and high-flex cables ensure that the AGS1500 provides millions of cycles of maintenance-free operation. In the unlikely event of a component failure a modular design ensures that part replacement is fast and easy.

All customer cabling and pneumatics can be routed through the system e-chain. Connectors are provided at the workpiece and at the opposite end of the e-chain, greatly simplifying final machine integration.

Turnkey Operation

Aerotech's years of experience manufacturing precision positioning and control systems can be leveraged by acquiring a turnkey system. Typical options include Z-theta mechanisms, risers to accommodate automated parts handling equipment, brackets for flying optics components, isolation systems and machine bases that are designed to accommodate the entire controls and electronics subsystems.

System Controllers

Aerotech manufactures a wide range of amplifiers and advanced motion controllers that are optimized for high performance automation applications.

Cartesian Robots Brochure

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AGS1500 Specifications

Travel 200 mm x 200 mm 300 mm x 300 mm 400 mm x 400 mm 500 mm x 500 mm
Bus Voltage Up to 340 VDC
Maximum Travel Speed(2) 3 m/s
Maximum Linear Acceleration 5 g (No Load)
Maximum Load(3) 15.0 kg
Accuracy(4) ±1.0 µm ±1.25 µm ±1.25 µm ±1.5 µm
Repeatability ±0.3 µm ±0.4 µm ±0.4 µm ±0.5 µm
Orthogonality 5 arc sec
Moving Mass Lower Axis 29.0 kg 31.0 kg 34.0 kg 37.0 kg
Upper Axis 3.2 kg
Material Aluminum
Finish Stage Black Anodize; ESD Optional
Carriage Black Hard Coat; ESD Optional
  1. Air cooling options available.
  2. Maximum speed based on stage capability; maximum application velocity may be limited by system data rate and system resolution.
  3. Maximum load based on bearing capability; maximum application load may be limited by acceleration and dynamic requirements.
  4. Measured at center of travel, single axis under static conditions.
  • AGS1500 Acceleration Graphs


  • AGS1500

Ordering Information

AGS1500 Direct-Drive Cartesian Gantry System

Option Description
AGS1500-XXX-YYY AGS1500 linear motor gantry system, XXX mm lower-axis travel, YYY mm upper-axis travel

Motor (Required)

Option Description
-M1 Lower axis: dual BLMC-267-A brushless linear motor
Upper axis: single BLMC-192-A brushless linear motor
-M2 Lower axis: dual BLM-264-A brushless linear motor
Upper axis: single BLMC-192-A brushless linear motor

Feedback (Required)

Option Description
-E1 Lower axis: dual incremental linear encoder, 1 Vpp
Upper axis: single incremental linear encoder, 1 Vpp
-E2 Lower axis: dual incremental linear encoder, 0.1 µm digital TTL Upper axis: single incremental linear encoder, 0.1 µm digital TTL

Limits (Required)

Option Description
-LI1 Normally-closed limit switches; 5 VDC
-LI2 Normally-open limit switches; 5 VDC

Lifting (Optional)

Option Description
-LF Lifting hardware provided with system assembly

Performance Grade (Required)

Option Description
-PL2 Standard performance - plots for accuracy and straightness/flatness included
-PL6 Standard performance - plots for accuracy-only included

Integration (Required)

Aerotech offers both standard and custom integration services to help you get your system fully operational as quickly as possible. The following standard integration options are available for this system. Please consult Aerotech if you are unsure what level of integration is required, or if you desire custom integration support with your system.

Option Description
-TAS Integration - Test as system
Testing, integration, and documentation of a group of components as a complete system that will be used together (ex: drive, controller, and stage). This includes parameter file generation, system tuning, and documentation of the system configuration.
-TAC Integration - Test as components
Testing and integration of individual items as discrete components. This is typically used for spare parts, replacement parts, or items that will not be used or shipped together (ex: stage only). These components may or may not be part of a larger system.