Pan-Tilt Unit-D48 Models

The PTU-D48 E-Series (PTU-D48E) is a family of compact pan-tilt units that provide accurate real-time positioning of cameras, lasers, antenna, or other payloads up to 15lbs. The PTU-D48E model family are fully weatherized, offer integrated controller and internal wiring with slip-ring for payload signals, and are designed for harsh environments in fixed and mobile applications. The PTU-D48E models offer integrated Ethernet, high-resolution digital encoders, programmable ranges of motion and more. The light weight of the unit (<12 lbs.) makes them ideal for pole-mount or mobile applications.

  • Fully weatherized (IP67)
  • Compact, light weight
  • Rugged
  • High Duty Cycles
  • Ideal for fixed or mobile applications
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PTU-D48 Model Family Description

The PTU-D48E model family of compact computer-controlled pan-tilts are designed for a wide range of outdoor fixed and mobile applications. They are extremely compact, light weight, and rugged and offer an off-the-shelf solution for positioning of any type of small sensor or other payload.

The PTU-D48E models utilize stepper motors with an asymmetrical worm-gear design. The body of the pan-tilt is machined aluminum and provides very rigid, repeatable positioning. The controller is fully integrated and the units provide a single weatherized mil-style connector for power, pan-tilt and payload signals.

Both RS-232 and RS-485 interfaces are provided and Ethernet is available with the PTU-D48E. Payloads can be mounted on the side and/or top (multiple bracket configurations available).

The built-in command set offers both ASCII and binary formats. This command set supports real-time control at very high command rates with very low and predictable latencies. The rich command set provides fine-grained control of position (absolute and relative), velocity, acceleration and other unit functions. The optional Geo-Pointing Module provides a geo-pointing functionality for the units

Features & Benefits

Feature Benefit to OEM’s and Systems Integrators
Complete and proven control interface; Flexible mounting for single and multi-part payloads; Built-in RS-232/485 Reduce development/integration time
Proven system component; headroom for broad feature set Minimize technical risk
High level, full-featured real-time command protocol Speed time to market
Low-cost, off-the-shelf solution readily available; Fast integration with other system elements Minimize development cost
Rugged design; Supports 100% duty cycles Lower cost of operation
Fully sealed, weatherized design (IP67); Wide temperature ranges. Reliable harsh weather operation
  D48E D48E ISM
  D48E D48E-ISM
Max Payload (Lbs.) 15 10
Position Resolution (°)* 1.003/0.006 1.003/0.006
Max Speed (°/Sec) 100/50 100/50
Wiring Internal/Slip-Ring (optional) Internal/Slip-Ring (optional)
Weight (Lbs.) ~11 <13
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* Pan-tilts support 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 microstep modes as well as autostep mode, all software configurable. Quoted resolutions are for 1/8 step mode. Firmware default is 1/2 step. Torque and speeds are somewhat reduced at 1/4 and 1/8 step modes.