The innovative motion control platform ‘Automation1’, received a new release 2.2 in March 2022. Replacing Aerotech’s legacy Control platforms (A3200, Ensemble and Soloist), Automation1’s suite of Drive-based and PC-based controllers bring new more powerful features into one common easy to learn and use architecture.

Building on the previous releases, version 2.2 brings new features to the platform including the much anticipated Machine Apps HMI Development tool. Replacing the previous CNC operator interface, this new and fully customisable tool promises to revolutionise user facing interfaces for motion systems.

Automation 1 is also now EtherCAT compatible, which brings new opportunities for interfacing to PLC based systems, and widens the options when considering the needs of high precision motion processes when embedded within a traditional lower precision machine.

Other key developments include:

  • Improved interfacing to Automation1 with the addition of Labview VI’s and a Python API.
  • The Dynamic Controls toolbox (a popular feature in A3200) which brings together Aerotech’s Harmonic Cancellation, Command shaping and Cross-axis feedforward features, newly improved by our world leading experts.
  • Closed-loop Stepper motor control
  • Facility wide backup and restore capability by using Aerotech’s enhanced API functionality.



Caption: Aerotech presents its new release of the user-friendly control platform “Automation1” at the trade fair. Aerotech’s European Director Simon Smith comments: “We have attached great importance to the feedback from our customers in the further development of Automation1. With Release 2.2, we were able to implement some important technological innovations that make the platform as a whole even more integrative and powerful.”

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About Aerotech

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, USA, Aerotech Inc. is a mid-sized, employee-owned company. Founded in 1970 by Stephen J. Botos, Aerotech designs and manufactures the world’s most powerful motion control and positioning systems for customers in industry, science and research. In the spirit of a family business, the owners continue to attach the utmost importance to open and trusting dealings with customers, business partners and employees. In Germany, the medium-sized company is represented by its own subsidiary, Aerotech GmbH, based in Fuerth, Franconia. In addition to sales and service activities, the customised assembly of positioning systems for the European market takes place in Fuerth. The innovative and high-precision motion solutions meet all the critical requirements needed for today’s demanding applications. They are used wherever high throughput is required – including in medical technology and life science applications, semiconductor and flat screen production, photonics, automotive, data storage, laser processing, aerospace, electronics manufacturing, as well as in inspection and testing through to assembly.

With advanced analysis and diagnostic capabilities, Aerotech provides world-class technical support and service. If a standard product is not suitable for an individual application, the manufacturer is able to supply special motion components and systems based on its years of expertise and experience. The manufacturing capability for custom applications is further complemented by experience in supplying systems for vacuum and clean room operations.

Aerotech has full-service offices in Germany (Fuerth), the United Kingdom (Ramsdell), China (Shanghai City) and Taiwan (Taipei City). Aerotech currently employs around 500 people worldwide.