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Registered in England No: 4264387

Registered Office:
10 The Bull Ring, Northwich,
Cheshire, CW9 5BS, UK.

Admin, Post & Delivery Address:
Kane Computing Ltd,
1 Verdin Street, Northwich,
Cheshire, CW9 7BX
United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0)1606351006
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Federation of Small Businesses

Pan and Tilt Unit - Model PTU-D46 Series


  • Simple control from host computer via RS-232/485
  • Small form-factor
  • Precise control of position, speed, and acceleration
  • Low cost
  • On-the-fly position and speed changes
  • Rugged design for indoor or outdoor use


Ordering Info: Part No. See Below


PTU-D46 End of Life Notice


The PTU-D46 model family of miniature, computer-controlled pan-tilts are versatile and field-proven across 100's of applications. They are extremely compact and light weight and offer an off-the-shelf solution for positioning of any type of small sensor or other payload.


The PTU-D46 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 payload mounting bracket includes a 1/4 20 bolt for simple attachment to standard cameras and other devices. The base includes multiple mount points including 1/4 20 threaded hole for tripod mount.


The separate controller (4"x3"x1") can be located up to 56' away from the head. Both RS-232 and RS-485 interfaces are provided on the PTU-D46 Controller. An optional side-mount bracket allows positioning payloads for a lower center-of-gravity, and for mounting multiple payloads (top and side).


The built-in command set offers both ASCII and binary formats. This command set supports real-time control at up to 60 commands/second 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 RS-485 interface supports multi-drop networking of up to 127 devices. The optional Geo-Pointing Module also provides an Ethernet/IP interface for control of the pan-tilt units. The Extended I/O option allows a trackball to be connected directly to the pan-tilt unit for direct control without a computer.




Max Payload Weight (nominal)
Pan Position Resolution (°)
0.05143 (1/2 step), 0.0123 (1/8th step)
0.013° (1/2 step), 0.0032 (1/8th step)
0.051° (1/2 step), 0.012 (1/8th step)
Tilt Position Resolution (°)
0.013 (1/2 step), 0.003 (1/8th step)
Min Pan Speed
0.0123° / Sec.
0.0032° / Sec.
0.013° / Sec.
Max Pan Speed
300° / Sec.
60° / Sec.
300° / Sec.
Min Tilt Speed
0.0123° / Sec.
0.0032° / Sec.
0.003° / Sec.
Max Tilt Speed
300° / Sec.
60° / Sec.
60° / Sec.
Pan Range
+/- 180°
+/- 180°
+/- 180°
Tilt Range
3 lbs (not including Controller: 8 oz)
3 lbs (not including Controller: 8 oz)
3 lbs (not including Controller: 8 oz)
Operating Voltage
IP65 (with weatherization option)
IP65 (with weatherization option)
IP65 (with weatherization option)
Operating Temperature
-20°C to +60°C
-20 °C to +60 °C
-20°C to +60°C


  • Robotics & computer vision
  • Laser ranging
  • Security & Surveillance
  • Teleconferencing/Distance learning
  • Industrial Automation
  • Antenna positioning
  • Tracking
  • Photography, video & special effects
  • Webcams


  • Weatherized - weatherization for outdoor use
  • Nodal Gimbal - allows alignment of camera focal point with rotational axes
  • Extended I/O - extra i/o ports for camera, trackball, auxiliary serial device
  • Accessories (all PTU-D46 models):

    • Controller cables - alternate cable lengths from 3' to 56'
    • Trackball - for manual control without computer
    • Power Supply - 110/220VAC International power supply
    • Networking - RS-485 multi-drop network wiring kit

    Related Products

    • PTU-5 (5 lb top mount; 6 lb total side mount, 120˚/s pan, 50˚/s tilt)
    • PTU-D47 (payload up to 12lbs, 300°/sec pan, 60°/sec tilt)
    • PTU-D48E (payload up to 15lbs, 100°/sec pan, 50°/sec tilt)
    • PTU-D100E (payload up to 25lbs, 120°/sec pan, 120°/sec tilt)
    • PTU-D300E (payload up to 90lbs, 50°/sec pan, 50°/sec tilt)
    • PTU-DGPM (geo-pointing module)
    • PTU-DCJ (joystick controller)
    • PTU-ISM (inertial stabilisation module)
    • PTU-CPI (C language programmers interface)
    • Framegrabbers (framegrabbers to get your images into your pc)
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    Options (PDF 379KB)
    Manual (PDF 595KB)


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