Motion control system for power and machine automation in robotics and flight simulation introduced by OES

May 9, 2022
Other applications include linear and rotary stages, motion control camera boom systems, pan-tilt gimbals, and circuit board assembly and inspection.

VAN NUYS, Calif. – Optimal Engineering Systems Inc. (OES) in Van Nuys, Calif., is introducing the FIGARO series motion control system for single and multi-axis positioning stages for use in military, aerospace, astronomy, communications, and motion control.

Applications include machine automation, robotics, flight simulation, linear and rotary stages, motion control camera boom systems, pan-tilt gimbals, circuit board assembly and inspection, pick-and-place, positioning stages, scanners, security cameras, telescope drive mechanisms, time-lapse photography and winders.

The standard 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-axis FIGARO motion control Systems are available as compact counter-top enclosures or 19-inch rack mounts for stepper motors, DC servo motors with quadrature incremental encoders, three-phase brushless DC servo motors with quadrature incremental encoders, hall effect sensors, and voice coil motors with linear encoders.

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Additionally, the FIGARO series can be configured with a combination of drivers for steppers, DC servos, and brushless DC motors.

An external host such as a PC, micro-controller, or programmable logic controller sends commands to the controller via a USB or RS-232 serial port, and the controller processes and executes the commands.

When commands load into the controller's memory, the controller can run the commands without need of the host. The FIGARO series works with host installed programs such as: C/C++, Python, Visual Basic, LabVIEWTM, and MATLABTM.

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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 as much as seven amps per phase current, and as much as 256 micro-steps per step resolution, for stepping motors from NEMA 8 to 42; for DC Servos and brushless DC motors as much as 40 amps per phase, and 18 to 80 volts DC power supply voltage.

These motion control Systems have free software, operate on input power of 115 or 230 volts AC, 50-60 Hz, and can be ordered plug-and-play. For more information contact OES online at

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