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Electro-Optic Sensor and System Performance Verification with Motion Systems

This article describes electro-optic (EO) sensors and how to use motion control equipment for their testing. EO sensors and the type of photonics tests employed to verify their performance are discussed, along with fundamental test design rules, best practices for selecting appropriate motion equipment, different ways to precisely steer the EO sensor line of sight…

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Automation1 Motion Control Platform Improves Laser Scan System Tracking Performance

Precision laser scanning systems are characterized by their ability to perform challenging contoured motion while maintaining the desired path position. One might refer to this as the “minimal tracking error” or “minimal following error.”  Many factors are involved in delivering high-throughput, highly-accurate laser scanning systems. For simplicity, there are two main technical components that must…

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How to Manipulate Objects in Six Degrees of Freedom with Hexapods

Hexapods are incredibly useful tools for manipulating objects in six degrees of freedom. As the name suggests, a hexapod is a robot featuring six independently controlled struts that are coordinated to move an object in six degrees of freedom. Those familiar with robotics will know that an object’s position and orientation in space can be…

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The Basics of Scanner Field of View and Strategies for Improving It

You’ve decided your process requires the speed and precision of a galvanometer-based laser scanner and you’re faced with determining which field of view your application will require. Many questions may come to mind, including: “What is a field of view?” “How will my laser and optical equipment affect my field of view?” “Which strategies exist…

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