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Photonics Alignment Platform


Motion Control Aerotech

Aerotech's FiberMaxHP non-contact direct-drive technology enables high-precision alignment.

Aerotech fibermaxhp photonics platformAerotech’s FiberMaxHP is a second-generation 3-6 axis photonics alignment platform designed for critical photonics alignment in a highly automated, 24/7 production environment. FiberMaxHP non-contact direct-drive technology enables high-precision alignment without sacrificing production throughput. It is capable of 2 nm linear and 0.05 µrad rotary minimum incremental motion, with speeds to 400 mm/s, to meet the challenges of aligning next-generation photonics packages. The direct-drive technology employed in FiberMaxHPoffers a significant precision and throughput advantage over other alignment platforms. Aerotech’s controllers work with a variety of smart cameras and machine vision systems to help facilitate first light. The power servo scanning algorithms can be called to optimize power coupled through the devices. Standard scanning routines include fast align, hill climb, spiral, and raster searches in up to six axes of motion. The advanced kinematics enable a virtual pivot point where rotation can occur at any user-defined point in space rather than the physical rotation point of the FiberMaxHP axes. This assists the speed and accuracy of active alignment. The FiberMaxHP is available with 3-6 axes of direct-drive alignment allowing the platform to be specified with the exact number of axes needed for the application. The FiberMaxHP comes with 1-3 axes of manual angular alignment with ±2° of motion. These manual adjustment axes mount directly to the direct-drive platform and offer a more economical approach to alignment when adjustment is not frequently required.


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