Motion Controller Selection Guide

Aerotech offers three different controllers for your unique motion needs.

Automation 3200 Multi-Axis Machine Controller. Learn More »
Ensemble Stand-Alone Multi-Axis Motion Controller. Learn More »
Soloist Stand-Alone Single-Axis Motion Controller. Learn More »
 A3200 Ensemble Soloist
Multi Axis Up to 32 axes coordinated Up to 10 axes coordinated Single axis
Architecture PC-based software controller Stand-alone Stand-alone
Number of Tasks / Threads 32 4 4
Coordinated Motion Yes Yes No
CNC Functionality/RS-274 Yes No No

Controls Comparison

 A3200 Ensemble Soloist
Point to Point Motion Yes Yes Yes
Velocity Blending Yes Yes Yes
Electronic Gearing Yes Yes Yes
Electronic Cam Profiling Yes Yes Yes
Arbitrary Path Generation Yes Yes Yes
Velocity Profiling Yes Yes Yes
Sinusoidal Commutation Yes Yes Yes
Analog Power Control Yes Yes Yes
Voice Coil, Servo, Stepper, or DC Motor Controller Yes Yes Yes
Expanded IO Available Yes Yes Yes
Encoder Tuning Yes Yes Yes
Dual Loop Control Yes Yes Yes
Axis Calibration Yes Yes Yes
Gantry Mode Yes Yes No
Cutter Compensation Yes No No
Multi-Block Look-Ahead Yes No No
Acceleration Limiting/Look-Ahead Yes No No
Jog and Offset, Jog and Return Yes No No
Retrace (Block by Block) Yes No No
3D Error Mapping Yes No No
Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Yes Yes Yes
.NET, AeroBasic Yes Yes Yes
Fast Position Capture Yes Yes Yes
High-Speed Registration Yes Yes Yes
On-the-Fly End-Point Modification Yes Yes Yes
Orthongonality Correction Yes Yes Yes
Harmonic Cancellation Yes Yes Yes
Directional Gain Scheduling Yes Yes Yes
Inertial Damping Yes Yes Yes
Loop Transmission Yes Yes Yes
Advanced Diagnostics and Tuning Yes Yes Yes
Linear Drive Amplifiers Yes Yes Yes
Iterative Learning Control Yes Yes Yes
Seven Segment Acceleration Profile Yes Yes Yes
Position Synchronized Output (PSO) Yes, up to 3 axes Yes, up to 3 axes No
Coordinate Transformations Yes With PlugIn No
Kinematics Yes With PlugIn No
Parts Rotation Yes No No
Intra-Block Retrace Yes No No
Friction Compensation Yes No No
Machine Retrofit Hardware Available Yes No No
Galvo Integration Yes No No
Slice Move Yes No No
Corner Rounding Yes No No

Network Connectivity

 A3200 Ensemble Soloist
Supported Connectivity

Ethernet TCP/IP

EtherCAT

FireWire

Analog

Digital

 

Ethernet TCP/IP

USB

RS-232

RS-485

EtherNet/IP

Modbus TCP

Aeronet

Analog

Digital

Ethernet TCP/IP

USB

RS-232

RS-485

EtherNet/IP

Modbus TCP

Analog

Digital

Platform Components

 A3200 Ensemble Soloist
Hardware
Software
Accessories