FLIR PTU-E46 Micro Pan-Tilt Motion Control System

FLIR PTU-E46 Micro Pan-Tilt Motion Control System

FLIR PTU-E46 Micro Pan-Tilt Motion Control System

The PTU-E46 is a family of miniature pan-tilt units that provide accurate real-time positioning of cameras, lasers, antenna, or other small to medium payloads.
  • Compact (3" tall)
  • Light Weight (3 lbs.)
  • Rugged
  • High Duty Cycles

Miniature Computer-Controlled Pan/Tilt Unit

The PTU-E46 family of miniature pan/tilt units provide fast, precise positioning in an extremely small and lightweight package. They are fully computer-controlled and offer programmability of speed, acceleration, power, and other parameters. The included controller, with built-in RS-232, Ethernet, and RS-485 interfaces, handles precise kinematic motion control according to user-set parameters. The PTU-E46 units accept ASCII and binary command formats and is networkable. Commands can be sent at high speeds for demanding applications, such as laser scanning and video tracking.


  • Precise control of position, speed, and acceleration at low cost
  • Simple to use from any RS-232 terminal or web browser
  • Small form factor (<5.2” tall and <3 lb)
  • Single DC power input suited for battery operation
  • Rigid worm gear design; no belts/pulleys· ASCII command mode for simplicity; binary commands available for high-performance


  • Built-in Ethernet interface (web or TCP/IP)
  • Built-in geo-pointing (GPM)
  • Increased command rates
  • PTU-SDK (software development kit) supported
  • Pelco-D supported
  • Backwards compatible with D46


  • Payload brackets (top, side)
  • International AC/DC Power Supply
  • Weatherization for outdoor use
  • Nodal (gimbal) - payload aligned to motion axes
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PTU User Manual 1.0
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PTU E46 Datasheet
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PTU E46 User Manual
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Pan/Tilt Performance




Rated Payload 6 lb (2.72 kg) 9 lb (4.08 kg) 9 lb (4.08 kg)
Max. Unloaded Speed 300º/second 60º/second Pan: 300º/second
Tilt: 60º/second
Resolution 0.013º 0.003º Pan: 0.013º Tilt: 0.003º

Pan/Tilt Features

Tilt Range -47º to +31º from level (78º range)
with limits disabled for 80º down (111º range)
Pan Range +/- 159º (+/- 180º with extended range mode enabled)
Min. Pan Speed <min. resolution>/second
Min. Tilt Speed <min. resolution>/second
Duty Cycle Up to 100% Duty Cycle, or 3-5 million cycles
Acceleration/Deceleration On-the-fly speed and position changes

Power Requirements

Input Voltage 12-30 VDC unregulated (fastest performance and torque @ 30 VDC)
Power Consumption
(Measured at 30 VDC)
13 W continuous peak (full power mode)
6 W continuous peak (low power mode)
1 W continuous peak (holding power off mode)

Connections & Communications

Host Interface RS-232 (DB-9 female connector) RS-422/-485 (RJ-12connector), Ethernet

Control of multiple pan/tilt units from one or more host computers.
Multi-drop RS-485 network using RJ-12.

Control Protocols DP (ASCII, Binary), Pelco-D


PTU Weight 3 lb
PTU Dimensions 3” (h) × 5.13” (w) × 4.25” (d)
Payload Mounting Hole for 1/4-20 screw standard.
Camera mounting plate removes for easy customizing.
PTU Mounting Bottom or front 1/4-20 mounting
Controller Weight 8 oz
Controller Dimensions 1.25” (h) × 3.25” (w) × 4.5” (d)

Packaging & Environmental

Operating Temperature* -20ºC to 60ºC
Humidity 100% relative humidity, non-condensing
Dust/Sand (Operating) Sustained exposure to blowing dust/sand
Color/Finish Black anodized
EMI CE Mark and FCC Part 15, Subpart B, Class A

*Reduced Speeds may be required for low temperature operation.