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Key Industry Expertise

  • Sample and Detector Positioning
  • Tomography, Crystallography
  • Precision Goniometer Positioners
  • X-Ray Focusing Mirror Inspection Systems
  • Monochromator Positioning Components
  • Vacuum-Compatible Positioning Systems

Let There be Light

At Aerotech, our passion has always been to help scientists, engineers and designers to reach their goals in cutting-edge beamline research, improving productivity or developing a new technology. Aerotech’s industry-leading technology helps enable breakthroughs in fields like genome sequencing, laser processing, diffraction, tomography and crystallography. We do this by making the most advanced and precise motion control and positioning systems in the world and maintaining the highest possible degree of quality control and product performance. No one else understands the intricacies of electromechanical systems the way we do.

The following are examples of Aerotech's electromechanical systems used in beamline research:

Beamline Sample Positioning for Crystallography
BeamlineSamplePositioningforCrystallography
  • 4 axis (X, Y, Z, and rotary) for precisely positioning samples
  • ABRT air-bearing rotary stages have minimal sphere of confusion and error motion to keep the sample within the X-ray beam to provide higher quality images and data
  • Minimizing spatial errors including accuracy, repeatability, and sphere of confusion to the nanometer-level allows for more accurate imaging and higher quality data
Beamline Sample Positioning for Tomography
Beamline Sample Positioning for Tomography
  • 4 degrees of freedom for sample positioning
  • Vertical, tip, tilt, linear, and rotary axes provide high degree of flexibility in sample positioning
  • Integral rotary slip-ring assembly for passing power and signals to fine adjustment stages
Detector Positioning for Tomography and Laminography
Detector Positioning for Tomography and Laminography
  • Positioning of diffraction detectors in X, Y, Z, Pitch, and Roll directions for flexibility in multiple tomography and laminography experiments
  • 1.5 m travel in vertical direction
  • Virtual Pivot Point functionality for transformation of part coordinate space in programming environment to position detector in its own reference frame relative to the sample

Inspection of X-Ray Mirrors
X-ray_focusing_mirror_inspection
  • Air-bearing stages with minimum angular errors and up to 2 m of travel provide an optimal platform for qualifying characteristics of X-ray mirrors
  • Granite stage, stainless-steel carriages
  • 1 m travel for each carriage
  • ±2.5 arc-sec roll, pitch, yaw
  • ±1 µm accuracy (calibrated); ±0.6 µm repeatability
  • 50 kg load capacity per carriage

Inspection2
  • Air-bearing stages with minimum angular errors and up to 2 m of travel provide an optimal platform for qualifying characteristics of X-ray mirrors
  • Granite stage, stainless-steel carriage
  • ±5 arc-sec roll, pitch, yaw
  • Accuracy ±1 µm (calibrated); ±0.6 µm repeatability
  • 35 kg load capacity
  • <40 nm in-position stability
  • 1.2 m travel stage shown
Inspection3
  • Air-bearing stages with minimum angular errors and up to 2 m of travel provide an optimal platform for qualifying characteristics of X-ray mirrors
  • Granite stage, aluminum carriage
  • ±5 arc-sec roll, pitch, yaw
  • Accuracy ±1 µm (calibrated); ±0.6 µm repeatability
  • 35 kg load capacity
  • <40 nm in-position stability
  • 500 mm travel stage shown

UHV Compatible Monochromator Positioning at ESRF
Monochromator_Positioing_Systems
  • Minimum step size of 0.5 μrad provides ultra-fine positioning of monochromator crystals
  • X and Z linear screw-driven stages provide horizontal and vertical adjustment via stepper motors
  • Direct-drive technology minimizes step size as well as heat generation
Vacuum-Compatible Motion Systems
Vacuum
  • Aerotech manufactures motors, stages, and systems for use in high vacuum environments
  • Low Vacuum Option (10-3 Torr)
  • Standard Vacuum Option (10-6 Torr)
  • High Vacuum Option (10-8 Torr)
  • See more here

 

Custom System Design
research systems
  • Custom motors, stages, amplifiers, and software tailor-made to the individual project
  • People: Aerotech employs over 300 personnel and our research and development groups include more than 60 engineers -- all with BS, MS, or PhD degrees
  • System Analysis: We have a high level of vibration, control, system modeling, and metrology capabilities which give us the ability to predict and evaluate system performance to a very high degree   
  • Quality: All of Aerotech's design and manufacturing processes are rigorously controlled for quality, and we have been ISO-9001 certified since 1995

Every Step of the Way

From vacuum-compatible motors and stages, to basic goniometers to fully integrated electromechanical systems, Aerotech's engineering staff has the experience and expertise to design, build and test a system to your exact requirements. From concept design to final sphere of confusion measurements, a dedicated project engineer will work step-by-step to fulfill your requirements. Sophisticated multi-axis systems are completely customized to suit user needs and specifications. Most systems incorporate linear, rotary, vertical and goniometric motion for vacuum or air environments. These are all integrated with a granite base and welded steel substructure. Precision metrology operations like alignment, calibration and sphere of confusion measurements are carried out on the complete, assembled system.

Multi-Axis Motion Requires Control

Multi-axis motion is the foundation for a high-end system, and such a system will include advanced controls like PSO (Position Synchronized Output) and our Dynamic Controls Toolbox. Aerotech's graphical software suite is designed for ease of use, increased performance and reduced setup time. The Ensemble motion controller has been used in protein crystallography, diffraction and a variety of test, inspection and positioning applications, and includes EPICS and TANGO drivers for easy integration and programmability. Setup wizards, detailed help files and manuals make everything faster and easier, so you can spend less time doing setup and more time getting real data from your experiments.