The Compact-506 is a galvanometer-based optical scanning system, intended for applications where small package size, low cost, and light-weight are paramount concerns. Although the Compact-506 is very small, it is built upon our VRAD-506 actuator platform, and features a very strong construction and 6mm bearings. This construction allows the Compact-506 galvo to move small mirrors, as well as large mirrors (up to 1-inch in diameter) very easily, without a notch ﬁlter in the servo.
High-Performance, Affordable Price
For clients who need a high-performance optical scanning system at an affordable price, the Compact-506 is an ideal solution. The Compact-506’s low coil resistance allows it to achieve exceptionally fast scan speeds, without producing excess heat inside the galvo. And our patented position sensor design produces ten times the signal-to-noise ratio, offering client’s exceptionally high-quality motion. The Compact-506 provides performance on-par with the most expensive conventional optical scanning systems, at a price point that is one-tenth the cost.
In addition, to help make the Compact-506 even more cost-effective, we have built this galvo in such a way, that it work work with a third-party servo-ampliﬁer. This helps bring the overall cost of a complete scanning system down dramatically. If you have an existing servo-ampliﬁer design, we can offer you the Compact-506 galvos by themselves, and work with you to modify your existing ampliﬁer, so that you will get the maximum performance from the Compact-506.
The Compact-506 galvo is available in two versions: Standard and AW50. The AW50 version has lower coil impedance, which offers better bandwidth and step response when used with servo drivers capable of delivering higher current. The differences are discussed further, inside of the product’s datasheet. The Compact-506 is also available with different mirror and mounting options, and it can be sold as an XY pair, or as a single-axis galvo. Contact us for more information on this product’s different purchasing options.
ABOUT SCANNER SPECIFICATIONS
Thank you for your interest in our galvanometer-based optical scanners and our specifications. We’ve taken a great deal of care in developing our datasheets and ensuring that our scanners meet, and in many cases exceed, the quality level expressed in our specifications. However, if you are interested in comparing our specifications with those of other manufacturers, you should be aware that some specifications might not be directly comparable. This is because some manufacturers might have different measurement and reporting techniques, while others might not exercise the same degree of care and diligence in developing their specifications.
For example, “step response” is often rated differently, and can also be greatly influenced by the drive electronics as well as the servo tuning. Moreover, and most importantly, there are parameters that are not found on any datasheet, but that greatly influence scanning speed and also scanning quality, such as parameters related to resonances and materials used inside the scanner.
The only way to accurately and truthfully compare two scanners, is with side-by-side testing — not by citing claimed numbers on a datasheet. This is why we urge you to try ScannerMAX scanners for yourself.