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Acutronic Announces Two-Axis Motion Table for MEMS Industry

July 28, 2008

The AC217 is optimized for testing MEMS inertial devices and will enable manufacturers to calibrate and verify the performance of their products.

PITTSBURGH /PRNewswire/ -- Acutronic USA announced the release of the AC217 two-axis motion table, a new product aimed at providing manufacturers of inertial MEMS devices and inertial MEMS-based products a cost-effective solution for product testing. Optimized for the testing of MEMS inertial devices, the table provides MEMS manufacturers a means to mechanically stimulate their products for calibration and performance verification.

"MEMS devices are relatively less expensive and less precise than traditional inertial sensors, creating a need for test equipment that is proportionally less precise than traditional inertial sensor test equipment," stated Steve Bachorski, Engineering Manager at Acutronic USA. "This enables more cost-effective equipment for MEMS manufacturers."

An integrated motion controller allows precise measurement and closed-loop control of position, rate, and acceleration. The controller supports a subset of the industry-standard Acutronic Command Language for communicating with a host computer. An optional Web-browser interface for local control of the table is also available.

"Acutronic created the AC217 to respond to the unique requirements of the MEMS industry," said Larry Zana, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. "It is designed to handle larger production volumes and integrates easily with production lines. This product demonstrates our commitment to providing cost-effective testing solutions for the inertial MEMS industry."

About Acutronic
Established in 1986, Acutronic USA is a recognized world leader in the design, manufacture, and service of motion simulation equipment and inertial-guidance test systems for the automotive, defense, space and aerospace markets. Acutronic USA pioneered the development of the first truly digital motion control system for IGTS and HWIL flight motion simulation applications. Today, the ACUTROL 3000 digital motion controller is "unparalleled for these applications, with more than 220 field-proven units installed worldwide." In 2005, Acutronic acquired the assets of Carco Electronics, consolidating a more than 40-year heritage of motion-system technology and products with the Acutronic product line. Acutronic's intellectual property portfolio now represents approximately 99% of the worldwide installed base of HWIL flight-motion simulation systems.

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