Dark Matter Sensor Module Assembly Using AGS10000 Gantry System


Purdue University uses an Aerotech AGS10000 Cartesian gantry system in their sensor module assembly for the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment, a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The gantry system will help scientists make new discoveries about the basic forces that have shaped our universe, such as dark matter, as well as evidence of alternate dimensions and the origins of mass.

In this video, the Purdue gantry system demonstrates the procedure for next-generation sensor module assembly featuring improved epoxy dispensing and a vacuum pickup tool sized for 2x8 pixel module assembly to pick-and-place a Kapton HDI onto the silicon sensor. This process represents a significant advance over the first generation assembly, which was done by employing a completely manual process.

The AGS10000 series of Cartesian gantry systems showcases Aerotech’s core technologies and extensive manufacturing capability, providing outstanding performance and versatility in a wide range of automation platforms. AGS10000 systems can be found in laboratories and production plants around the world, in applications including high-speed pick-and-place, automated assembly, vision inspection, dispensing stations, and high-accuracy inspection.

The Purdue system also incorporates an ATS150 ball-screw linear stage for vertical translation for the pick and place operations and an ADRS-150 direct-drive rotary stage for component alignment. A custom cable management system provides safe and efficient routing of cables and hoses for power, signal, air, and vacuum for instruments and other devices required for the process. The cable management system was designed by Aerotech to ensure millions of cycles of maintenance-free operation.