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We’ve been moving motion forward since 1970.

For more than 50 years, we’ve been advancing precision motion control and automation for customers and industries around the world.

 

HISTORY

We look to our past to change the future.

From our humble beginnings in a garage, we’ve grown into a global, privately held company that remains small enough to forge strong personal connections with our customers but large enough to overcome their biggest precision motion and automation challenges.
 

We were founded by engineers, and we remain an engineering-focused company that builds upon our history as a motion pioneer to move our customers to the next level of growth and success.

2020

We expand into a second Pittsburgh facility, increasing our manufacturing space to 220,000 sq. ft.

Our Singapore office is established.

The Automation1 motion control platform launches.

2017

Our South Korea joint venture is established with ANI Motion Tech Ltd.

We construct a new facility in Fürth, Germany, with integration, metrology and manufacturing capabilities.

2016

We launch the HexGen® hexapod product series – the world’s first hexapod that guarantees micrometer-level positioning accuracy.

2013

Pittsburgh headquarters expands to 180,000 sq. ft.

Our China subsidiary is founded in Shanghai.

2012

We introduce the AGV laser scan head product family – the world’s first galvo scanner to achieve micrometer-level positioning accuracy over large fields of view.

2011

We establish a subsidiary in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

2008

Stephen J. Botos, Aerotech’s founder and President/CEO, retires. Mark Botos, son of Stephen, becomes the new President and CEO.

2004

We introduce the patented Vasculathe® – the industry’s first dedicated motion system for cardiovascular implant machining.

2001

We launch patented ANT-series nanopositioners with embedded motors – an industry first – and the A3200 motion control platform.

1998

Pittsburgh headquarters’ manufacturing facility expands to 121,000 sq. ft.

1995

We achieve ISO 9001 quality certification covering all operations – both products and services.

1994

We introduce our first air-bearing stage – the ABL8000 – for a high-accuracy semiconductor optical inspection application.

1990

We introduce the U500 – the first PC-based motion control platform.

1980

We establish our UK subsidiary. For future expansion, we acquire an additional 8.9 acres adjacent to the Pittsburgh headquarters.

1979

We launch our first international subsidiary in Germany (Nuremberg, Bavaria).

1974

Operations move to the current RIDC Park Pittsburgh site when we build the original facility on 4.57-acres.

1971

We patent a differential screw, which serves as the drive mechanism for many of our early products.

1970

We’re founded in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood by three mechanical engineers – Stephen J. Botos, Dallas B. Perkins and Emery Hornok – who begin operations in a garage.

50+

Years of Experience

Since 1970, we’ve been solving motion control and automation challenges for the most complex applications in the world’s most demanding industries. Our depth and breadth of experience reduces your technical and business risk and total cost of ownership.

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Founder Stephen J. Botos using an autocollimator to measure a system’s performance, pre-Aerotech.

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Full-Service Facilities Globally

Located around the world and with direct representation in more than 15 countries, our precision motion experts support your team from design to delivery to daily production. You’ll get the help you need – when and where you need it.

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220,000 sq. ft.

of Production Space

Our state-of-the-art manufacturing and production space around the world includes cleanrooms, applications labs and temperature-controlled metrology labs that are available to not only our team but our customers as well.

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Capabilities

From drives and controllers to stages and actuators, we have the broadest standard product range in precision motion.

For 50+ years, we’ve solved some of the most complex and challenging motion applications. Using this experience, we developed the industry’s broadest toolbox of standard precision motion products – all designed to integrate together seamlessly. We are a one-stop-shop for all precision automation needs.

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Our precision design and engineering expertise lets you meet your process metrics – no matter the industry or application.

We don’t just build your motion system. We also can custom design and engineer the best solution for your specific need, pulling on our collective expertise in precision automation applications across numerous industries. You get to market faster with a solution that’s easy to implement with lower financial and technical risk.

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From a customized product to a turnkey automation system, we have the industry-leading expertise to engineer precision into your process.

Customizing our products and creating new motion designs for a specific application are at the heart of our business. We can help as much or as little as you need to be confident that motion and precision will never be limiting factors in your success.

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Whether you need help building a one-off system or thousands of a specific motion product, we have the bandwidth and precision.

We produce some of the most precise motion control products on the market because of our ability to achieve precision tolerances and alignments down to the sub-micron level throughout our manufacturing process. While the number of products you need may vary from one to many, the precision of each will not.

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You focus on taking your products to the highest level. We’ll focus on measuring them to the smallest.

Within our dedicated 4,000-square-foot metrology lab that’s temperature controlled to +/-0.2 °C, we can perform measurements at your application functional point with standard and custom instruments that are traceable to international standards. For ultraprecision processes, we have cell-specific control to +/-0.03 °C.

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We can help you minimize your implementation risk and maximize process performance to hit your deliverables.

Our highly skilled applied technology experts can help you develop and prove a solution before it’s built and deploy it successfully once it is. In addition, our service technicians and support engineers are located around the world to ensure your process performs as designed.

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Like our precision, we take our cleanliness to the extreme when manufacturing products for low-particulate applications.

Many motion applications for semiconductoraerospaceresearch and precision manufacturing call for extreme cleanliness. We have more than 3,100 square feet of ISO Class 6 cleanroom space with cell-specific areas of ISO Class 5 space to manufacture ultra-clean automation systems.

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When it comes to ultra-high vacuum systems, we believe that less is more.

We produce some of the most precise motion control products on the market because of our ability to achieve precision tolerances and alignments down to the sub-micron level throughout our manufacturing process. While the number of products you need may vary from one to many, the precision of each will not.

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Responsible Supply Chain

Our trusted suppliers use robust modern slavery prevention practices and only work with supply chains that have satisfied global guidelines regarding modern slavery.

Awards

Aerotech’s longtime commitment to research and development has resulted in many patents and awards for our innovative products.

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AGV5D, Laser System Innovation Product Award by Laser Fair China

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Aerotech China, Most Competitive Brand Award by Motion Control Association China

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Automation 1, Control Engineering China Recommendation Award 2022

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2022 Top Places to Work, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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2022 Laser Focus World Innovators Award: AGV-XPO High-Dynamic Laser Scan Heads

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2020 Ringier Innovation Technology Award: AGV5D 5-Axis Laser Micromachining Precession Scanner

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2019 Innovator of the Year Finalist, Pittsburgh Technology Council

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2018 Top Places to Work, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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2018 CMCD Most Competitive Brand

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2018 Control Engineering Engineer’s Choice Finalist: QNP3 3-Axis Parallel Kinematic XYZ Piezo Nanopositioning Stages

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2017 Automation Inside Readers’ Choice Award: QNP3 3-Axis Parallel Kinematic XYZ Piezo Nanopositioning Stages

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2017 Leadership in Engineering Awards Finalist

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2017 Control Engineering Engineer’s Choice Finalist: HexGen HEX500-350HL Hexapod 6-DOF Positioning System

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2016 Design News Golden Mousetrap Finalist Product: QNPHD Series Single-Axis High-Dynamic Piezo Nanopositioning Stages

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2016 Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award Finalist: Ndrive QL & Ndrive QLe Digital Panel-Mount Piezo Drive

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2015 Design News Golden Mousetrap Finalist Product: QNP-L Series Single-Axis Linear Piezo Nanopositioning Stages

Certifications

Aerotech’s manufacturing operations meet all industry requirements to ensure you receive the highest quality products, services and support.

ISO 9001 Quality Standard

Our products and services have been certified to the ISO 9001 Quality Standard since 1995 (registration certificate).

RoHs & REACH Compliance

All of our produced products comply with the RoHS EU Directive (compliance statement) and the REACH EU Directive (compliance statement).

TÜV SÜD Certifications

Our products exceed the minimum requirements of the German Equipment and Product Safety Act (certificates).

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You’ll Find Us Wherever You Are

No matter where in the world you need our products and services, our representatives and experts are nearby to ensure your process performs as designed from start to finish.

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