FLIR Motion Control Systems has recently introduced its E-Series pan/tilt models that are computer-controlled.
These models include a 32-bit microcontroller that facilitates increased command rates, expandable payload I/O, lower jitter, and built-in Ethernet interface for web control and IP. The models also have integral digital recorders that offer user-configurable motion ranges and more sturdy operation in environments that are unpredictable. FLIR is a leading maker of enhanced products that are used to control and position the sensors.
The architecture of these models include enhanced microstep control, higher command rate and lower jitter, user-programmable motion ranges, higher speed, acceleration and torque based on configuration/model.
These models offer a better pointing solution for a large range of environments and applications, such as night-vision applications, tower-mounted surveillance cameras, military force protection systems, police and military ground vehicles, border and perimeter surveillance, and antenna tracking systems, and so on.
The available models are the PTU-D300 E-Series with multiple wiring options, maximum of 15 lbs payloads, and integrated slip-ring; the PTU-D100 E-Series with IP67 for mobile and fixed applications, and payloads up to 25 lbs, and the sturdy, compact, PTU-D48 E-Series with integrated slip-ring and maximum pay loads of 15 lbs.
A worm gear is part of the mechanical design of these models to ensure rigidity and better dynamics. The patent for this design is pending. The models do not need pulleys or belts for functioning.
Important features of these models include single MIL-type of connector for all payload and pan/tilt signals, sophisticated control of power consumption, position, speed, and acceleration, On-the-fly changing in command for supporting changes in stabilization and dynamic tracking applications, multiple in-built control interfaces like the Ethernet,
RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485, and payload capacity range from <15 lbs to >90 lbs based on the model.