Laser — World of Photonics Laser scan systems make debut at Munich trade fair

Source: Press release

Manufacturer of high-performance motion control and positioning systems Aerotech will present its motion control solutions at the 25th world's leading trade fair “Laser — World of Photonics” in Munich from 26 to 29 April 2022.

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Aerotech presents its new release of the user-friendly control platform Automation1 at the trade fair.
Aerotech presents its new release of the user-friendly control platform Automation1 at the trade fair.
(Source: Aerotech)

At “Laser — World of Photonics”, Aerotech will present a demo system with four linear stages, as well as the small Hexapod HEX150 and the highly dynamic 2-axis laser scan head AGV-XPO for the first time. Another highlight of the trade fair presentation is the new release 2.2 of the Automation1 control platform.

“We are very pleased that Laser can take place again this year; after all, for us it is the most important trade fair worldwide for everything to do with laser and scanning technology," emphasises Aerotech European Director Simon Smith.

The new highly dynamic 2-axis laser scan head, which enables higher processing speed with better dynamic accuracy.
The new highly dynamic 2-axis laser scan head, which enables higher processing speed with better dynamic accuracy.
(Source: Aerotech)

Among other things, Aerotech's motion control experts will be showing the new AGV-20XPO highly dynamic 2-axis laser scan head at the exhibition stand. This enables higher processing speeds with better dynamic accuracy compared to solutions on the market today, the company states.

The newly conceived galvo motor design achieves almost 30 percent lower inertia than the standard AGV-HPO motor. Another benefit is the optimised drive electronics, which have a higher bandwidth and improved current loop.

According to the manufacturer, the AGV-XPO has excellent point stability and tracking performance even at long focal lengths. Furthermore, it enables faster execution of aggressive trajectories while minimising tracking errors in parallel. Trajectory accuracy can thus be optimised even for difficult environments. Seamless, coordinated movements can be achieved via servo stages, hexapods and piezos, and only one control architecture is required for an entire motion system or subsystem.

Highest precision in the submicrometre range

The HEX150-140HL will be on show live for the first time. This is a miniature hexapod positioning system with six degrees of freedom (DOF) that enables precise translation in the X, Y and Z directions as well as rotation around each of these axes. “The HEX150-140HL offers not only significantly better minimum incremental motion, but also greater linear travel than any of its competitors - all in a compact yet rigid platform,” says Simon Smith. “The combination of small size, high precision and excellent load capacity also allows for a much higher degree of flexibility. Users can rely on consistent, reliable six-DOF movement in every application.”

The HEX150-140HL is ideal for space-constrained applications with multiple DOFs that require fine positioning resolution, such as alignment, assembly and interconnection of photonic components, optical inspection and alignment, optical wafer probing, aerospace and satellite sensor testing, and sample alignment in synchrotron and beamline applications.

Other important features are the high load capacity of up to 7.5 kg with the ability to resist backdriving with force up to 100 N, the large range of motion for easy integration into complex applications, and the simple control and programming with virtual pivot point adjustment.

Included in the trade fair luggage: the most precise Hexapod on the market. With travel ranges of up to 55 mm linear and 50 degrees rotation, the small HEX150-140HL can move up to 7,5 kg payload almost completely freely in space.
Included in the trade fair luggage: the most precise Hexapod on the market. With travel ranges of up to 55 mm linear and 50 degrees rotation, the small HEX150-140HL can move up to 7,5 kg payload almost completely freely in space.
(Source: Aerotech)

According to Aerotech, the HEX150 is currently the most precise hexapod on the market. Fast settling times allow high throughput with Bidirectional repeatability of less than 2 μm, with minimum incremental motion of less than 20 nm in XYZ and 0.2 μrad in Θx Θy Θz also allow a wide range of applications.

The Hexgen Hexapod simulation software integrated in the Automation1 control platform also enables easy programming and control of the Hexapods in any user-defined coordinate system. The user can visualise and simulate the available working space in order to perform collision analysis with his Hexapod. In addition, users can also directly select preconfigured models from a stored library of standard designs.

Pro-Series linear motor stages live in action

The PRO-LM linear tables controlled by Automation1 can also be seen at stand 245 in hall A6. The tables of the PRO series are optionally available with direct drive by a linear motor or with ball screw. At Laser, no less than four of the direct-drive ones will be on show: a PRO115LM installed on a PRO165LM, and a PRO190LM installed on a PRO225LM.

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“The setup allows us to demonstrate our extensive know-how in the design of these linear tables, including cable management,” explains Simon Smith. “The tables are able to travel at high speeds with very good speed control. But it is not only the speed and positioning performance that are characteristic, but also their robustness.”

The sealed mechanical bearings also make the PRO-LM linear tables insensitive to any kind of contamination. The tables are equipped with a low-friction sealing system that sustainably reduces the maintenance effort in industrial use.

Trade visitors can also expect to see the motion control platform Automation1, which received a new release in March 2022, at stand 245 in hall A6.

Replacing Aerotech's previous control platforms (A3200, Ensemble and Soloist), the Automation1 Suite offers new, more powerful features in an easy-to-learn and use architecture.

Version 2.2 builds on previous versions and impresses with features such as the highly anticipated "Machine Apps HMI development tool". This new and fully customisable tool replaces the previous CNC user interface and promises to revolutionise user interfaces for drive systems, according to Aerotech.

In addition, the Automation1 is now Ether CAT compatible, enabling connection to PLC-based systems, expanding options for high-precision motion processes when embedded in a conventional lower-precision system.

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