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Customized Relationships and Coordinated Motion with StatusGetAxisItemFast()

Many applications require custom coordinated relationships between a system parameter or ancillary motion equipment and the motion of the primary machine mechanics. Likewise, it is common to need custom kinematic transformations between a virtual programming coordinate frame and that of the real mechanics. Aerotech’s AeroScript programming language includes the StatusGetAxisItemFast() function as an ideal tool…

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Automation1 Servo Drives Improve In-Position Stability

When it comes to characterizing precision mechatronic systems, a meaningful system performance test is the measurement of in-position stability or in-position jitter. In this test, the axis is commanded to hold a target position and the small motion of the mechanical positioning axis is measured. Many applications require nanometer-level positioning and little-to-no motion when commanded…

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Maximizing Optical Alignment Precision by Choosing the Correct Positioning Architecture

Advancements in silicon photonics and micro-optic technologies are driving automated alignment tolerances down to nanometer levels. Misalignment between optical components in today’s photonic devices directly impacts the quality of light transmission, and only a few micrometers of misalignment can result in final device power losses of 50% or more (Figure 1). Photonic device manufacturers are…

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Top 3 Ways to Increase Your Positioning System’s 3D Accuracy

Positioning systems are used to automate almost every high-precision manufacturing process. Many of these processes occur in 3D. Some examples include positioning a part’s surface in 3D to be 100% inspected and laser cutting a feature along a complex 3D path. For these types of processes, it’s exponentially harder to achieve manufacturing tolerances in terms…

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Nanometer Scale Industrial Automation for Optical Device Manufacturing

Manufacturers of optical devices know the importance of mature industrialized processes built around the cost savings of automation. These processes have made manufacturing optical devices economical in a number of speed and bandwidth-sensitive markets such as data communications, telecommunications, and commercial sensing. The technology that goes into these devices is constantly evolving to meet the…

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Improving Automation Performance

At some point automation hardware inevitably becomes obsolete. It’s hard to know exactly when to retrofit or redesign, but there are indications that cannot be ignored. Quite simply, when the system’s tolerances and throughput can no longer meet market demand, it is time to upgrade. If the tolerances of the previous generation system can only…

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Advanced Motion Control for Durability, Part Characterization and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)

This white paper reviews technologies used to produce motion and exert forces on a test specimen using Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) and related testing applications. Refer to Figure 1 for typical types of DMA testing. Generally, there is an interest when studying materials to understand their dynamic modulus (elasticity, tensile strength, etc.) that describes the…

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