SPIE Photonex + Vacuum Technologies Optical alignment systems and scanning devices in the centre of trade fair presence

Editor: Alexander Stark

UK — At Photonex + Vacuum Technologies 2021 in Glasgow, Aerotech will also be represented. The manufacturer of high-performance motion control and positioning systems will place its optical alignment systems and scanning devices at the centre of the trade fair presentation.

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Aerotech supplies complete solutions for optical alignment and adjustment from a single source, such as the Fiber MaxHP photonic alignment platform for optoelectronics. On display for the first time at the trade fair with the latest Automation1 control software.
Aerotech supplies complete solutions for optical alignment and adjustment from a single source, such as the Fiber MaxHP photonic alignment platform for optoelectronics. On display for the first time at the trade fair with the latest Automation1 control software.
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Photonex + Vacuum Technologies 2021 provides the photonics industry in the UK with a platform to present the latest research results and practical examples from industry. Numerous events surrounding the conference fair offer additional opportunities for exchanging experiences and networking. These include live lectures with top speakers reporting on future developments and the state of research in photonics, biophotonics, quantum technologies, laser technology, optical and nano technologies and in-vacuum technologies. “For us, the conference fair in Glasgow is a unique platform for product presentation in the phontonics environment as well as experience exchange and networking,” emphasises Simon Smith, European Director Aerotech. Incidentally, the UK branch of the specialist for motion control solutions was founded in Newbury (southern England) in 1981 and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Aerotech's trade fair presentation will therefore focus on high-precision, optical alignment systems and scanning devices, using the Fiber MaxHP multi-axis photonic alignment system as an example. The motion system is based on the high-performance ANT nanopositioners. Fiber MaxHP is used in high-volume manufacturing for aligning and testing optoelectronic devices and photonics components with submicron tolerances. The precision mechanics are coupled with Aerotech's A3200 controller, a low-latency motion controller with prescribed optical alignment algorithms. This allows all automation processes to be programmed through a single control interface. “While alignment tolerances are decreasing with new silicon photonics devices, alignment at high speed and accuracy is becoming more important,” explains Simon Smith. “We are positioning ourselves with the FiberMaxHP photonics alignment platform in nanoscale applications, both in research and industrial environments.”

The non-contact direct drive technology provides extremely precise alignment with minimal incremental movement down to 2 nm at speeds up to 400 mm/s, without compromising production throughput. Users whose processes require repeatable and highly accurate alignment of optical components will find the alignment platform the ideal equipment for this purpose, according to Aerotech.

New control system on board

For the first time, the system is also equipped with the current Aerotech Automation1 control system, which also received a new release in February. The advantage for the user: via an integrative portal control scheme, ETM modules and other peripherals can be seamlessly integrated into the processes.

Automation1 functions as a complete machine controller with all components. According to Simon Smith, the system offers much more than a pure “motion controller”. The platform has its own software-based motion controller, which makes it easy to control different positioning systems as well as connected components. Applications include automation systems, precision laser processes and test and inspection processes. A digital output for optical power distribution coupled with a high-resolution camera visualises the adjustment process in real time.

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