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Advanced Motion Control Optimizes Mechanical Micro-Drilling

In micro-drilling process equipment, the most popular ways to create microvias (blind or buried vias with a diameter ≤150 µm) are mechanical drilling and laser drilling. Mechanical drilling is mainly used in larger apertures such as PCBs or IC substrates. Laser drilling is mainly used in finer apertures such as silicon wafers, ceramic substrates and…

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Coordinated Control

Aerotech’s control technologies can coordinate and synchronize up to 32 axes of motion of any motion technology to sub-microsecond servo-loop synchronization and sub-millisecond path trajectories. This tight synchronization between all motion axes results in higher precision processing and faster process throughput. Examples of Aerotech controller features that enable coordination and synchronization are:

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Fiber and Photonics Alignment Algorithms

Precision motion mechanics, such as Aerotech’s FiberMaxHP, are a critical component for high-quality results with efficient throughput in modern fiber alignment and silicon photonics alignment processes. However, the hardware for your precision motion equipment is not the only part of the system to consider for alignment applications. The control software that optimizes the motion is just…

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Using the Automation1 Transformation Function for Five Axis Systems

The transformation functions in Automation1 implement rotation, mirror, and translation matrix operations. The functions can be used to transform coordinates on mechanical actuators that include rotary motion. Multiple rotation matrices can be configured using the TransformationConfigure() function for systems that have more than one rotary axis. A five‐axis system consisting of two rotary axes and…

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ThermoComp® Integrated Temperature Compensation

Thermal error management has been a major concern of precision machine designers since the 19th century. To this day, temperature changes and thermal effects are still some of the largest error sources in precision machines. One major reason for this is the difficulty and often extreme expense associated with designing a thermally insensitive machine. Most…

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EasyTune Advanced Motion Controller Autotuning Tool

EasyTune® is the most advanced autotuning tool available in a commercial motion controller. Entirely data-driven, the algorithm mimics the process followed by an experienced controls engineer. Many existing tuning techniques rely on basic model-fitting or “rules-of-thumb” that ignore machine resonances or nonlinear behavior, but EasyTune directly measures and compensates for those effects. It assumes no…

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