The Ensemble® LAB control platform from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) enables automation of light industrial manufacturing applications. The full-color touchscreen display enables access to core functionality, while the tabbed interface provides singlepress access to setup and operation screens. An integral rubberized frontpanel interface provides tactile feedback for jogging and manual positioning operations. The platform is programmed in a BASIC-like syntax, and is programmed offline with a graphical user interface in Windows®.
It can run up to 4 programs simultaneously for partitioning of complex operations. One task could be used for motion while the remaining tasks are used for process control, or the controller could be configured to operate four separate programs controlling four motors. Applications include point-to-point motion, linear and circular interpolation, single- and multi-axis error correction, direct commutation of linear and rotary brushless servomotors, and servo auto-tuning.