Aerotech to show optical alignment systems at ECOC 2019

Created July 3, 2019
Technologies and Products

At this years’s ECOC exhibition, to be held in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, from 23rd-25th September, laser and motion control solutions specialist Aerotech will be showing its automated dual system for optical alignment. Demonstrations will show how optic fibre components with two 3-axes alignment levels and firmware-based alignment algorithms can be aligned with sub-micrometre precision. In this case, all functions can be controlled intelligently via Aerotech’s A3200 motion controller. The alignment process is visualized in real time by a high definition camera coupled with a digital output for optical power distribution.

Aerotech will also be presenting its photonics alignment system FiberMaxHP for optoelectronics at ECOC, based on tried and tested high performance ANT nanopositioners. In high-volume manufacturing, FiberMaxHP can be used to align and test optoelectronic devices and photonics components with sub-micrometre tolerances. The precision mechanics are coupled with the A3200 motion controller, which features low latency and defined optical alignment algorithms. As a result, all automation processes can be programmed through a single control interface. “While alignment tolerances in new silicon photonics devices go down, high-speed and high-precision alignment become more important,” Simon Smith, European Director at Aerotech, explains. “With our photonics alignment system FiberMaxHP, we position ourselves at applications on the nanoscale, both in research and industrial environments.”

Aerotechs photonics alignment system FiberMaxHP for optoelectronics

Contactless direct drive technology ensures extremely precise alignment with minimal incremental movements of up to 2 nm at speeds of up to 400 mm/s without negatively affecting production throughput. According to Aerotech, users whose processes require repeatable and highly accurate alignment of optical components will discover this alignment system to be the perfect equipment for this job.

Aerotech Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, USA. is a private, family-owned, mid-sized company. Founded in 1970 by Stephen J. Botos, Aerotech designs and manufactures the world’s most powerful motion control and positioning systems for industrial, scientific and research customers. In Germany, the medium-sized company is represented by its own subsidiary, Aerotech GmbH, headquartered in Fürth near Nuremberg, Franconia. In addition to sales and service activities, the Fürth office is also responsible for the customized assembly of positioning systems for the European market. Aerotech also has full-service offices in Ramsdell, United Kingdom, Shanghai City, China and Taipei City, Taiwan. The company currently employs approximately 500 people worldwide.

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.