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Host controlled FIGARO motion control systems for 1,2,3 & 4 axis of motion

Don Horne   

The FIGARO series is a NEW motion control system introduced to complement Optimal Engineering Systems’ growing line of single and multi-axis positioning stages.  The FIGARO series is an easy-to-use, plug-and-play, cost effective solution motion controller.

The standard 1, 2, 3, and 4 axis FIGARO Motion Control Systems are available as compact, countertop enclosures or 19 inch rack mounts (shown) for Stepper Motors, DC Servo Motors with Quadrature Incremental Encoders, three-phase Brushless DC Servo Motors with Quadrature Incremental Encoders and Hall Effect Sensors, or Voice Coil motors with linear encoders. Additionally, the FIGARO series can be configured with any combination of drivers for Steppers, DC Servos, and BLDC Motors.

An external host such as a PC, micro-controller or PLC sends commands to the Controller via a USB or RS-232 serial port, and the Controller processes and executes the commands. When commands are loaded into the controller’s memory, the controller is capable of running the commands without need of the host. The FIGARO series works with host installed programs such as: C/C++, Python, Visual Basic, LabVIEW, and MATLAB.  Also, the System can be operated using an analog joystick or a trackball. Options include: HOME and LIMIT switches, TTL/CMOS Inputs and Outputs, Quadrature Encoder Feedback, and an Ethernet interface.  

The FIGARO Motion Controllers can provide up to 7 Amps per phase current, and up to 256 micro-steps per step resolution, for stepping motors from NEMA 8 to 42; for DC Servos and BLDC motors up to 40 Amps per phase, and + 18 VDC to 80 VDC power supply voltage.

Easy to install and use these Motion Control Systems are totally integrated solutions featuring free software. The FIGARO Motion Control Systems operate on an input power of 115 or 230 VAC, 50-60 Hz, and can be ordered Plug-and-Play when ordering any one of the many single or multi-axis positioning stages that are available from OES.

About OES – Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) is a manufacturer of motion control products including: Stepper motor controllers and drivers, solenoid electronics, and positioning stages and slides.  Applications include: Animation, automated assembly systems, automation, CNC machines, flight simulation, inspection systems, linear and rotary stages, machine tools, medical devices, motion control camera boom systems, optical comparators, CMMs, pan-tilt gimbals, PCB assembly & inspection, pick-and-place, positioning stages, robotics, scanners, security cameras, telescope drive mechanisms, time-lapse photography and winders.

Some of the industries OES serves are: Aerospace, Astronomy, Chemical, Communications, Educational Institutes, University, Colleges, Government Agencies, National Labs, Manufacturing, Medical, Metrology, Military, Motion Control, Museum, News Agencies, Semiconductor and Test Equipment.  Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc’s. competitive advantage is its state-of-the-art in-house manufacturing facility in North America enabling OES to supply clients with custom designed orders or high volume just-in-time deliveries globally.


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