FiberMaxHP 3-6 axis photonics alignment platform

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

FiberMaxHP is a second-generation 3-6 axis photonics alignment platform built on Aerotech’s ANT nanopositioning product line. It is designed for critical photonics alignment in a highly automated production environment with no compromise in speed, accuracy, and resolution. This reliable, unique drive and control technology is said to ensure many years of maintenance-free service in a high throughput manufacturing environment.

Noncontact direct-drive technology is claimed to give high-precision alignment without sacrificing production throughput. It is capable of 2nm linear and 0.05µrad rotary minimum incremental motion, with speeds to 400mm/s.

Aerotech’s 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 is claimed to assist 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. Since many applications require manual adjustment of fixtures and parts for a one-time initial alignment, 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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