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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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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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Metal Additive Manufacturing

The State of the Industry Metal additive manufacturing holds tremendous promise in how it will enable the production of components that were previously cost prohibitive or could not be produced with conventional manufacturing processes. As a result, industry and academia are making a concerted effort to further the development of metal additive processes. An increasing…

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Piezo Controller Thermal Stability Comparison

Piezo controller design can have a significant effect on thermal stability, causing excessive error in precision motion applications. In this technical note, we briefly describe some techniques used for controlling thermal effects and compare the thermal stability of Aerotech’s piezo control electronics with a competitive design. Thermal stability is paramount in any precision process. Thermal…

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