Metal Additive Manufacturing: The State of the Industry

Metal additive manufacturing has tremendous promise to enable the production of components previously too costly or impossible to produce. However, technical challenges abound in the pursuit of quality parts from powder-bed processes. Many of these challenges are interdependent, frequently forcing compromises to be made, resulting in an additive machine with mediocre resolution and build volume. … Continue reading Metal Additive Manufacturing: The State of the Industry

Optimized Mechatronics for Silicon Photonics Alignments

In the rapidly growing realm of silicon photonics, precision alignment of optical components is a crucial part of the fabrication process. If a fiber-optic component is misaligned, this misalignment can prevent the device from functioning properly. Signal strength can be reduced with just a single micron of misalignment, so having equipment capable of quickly and … Continue reading Optimized Mechatronics for Silicon Photonics Alignments

Combined Galvo and Servo Motion Made Easy with IFOV Configuration Guide

Infinite Field of View (IFOV) is an intelligent motion control technology that many leading-edge technology companies use to produce best-in-class laser processing systems. IFOV allows users of galvo scan heads to reduce part error, increase throughput, and improve quality. Implementing IFOV has never been easier, as it is now fully described in the How to … Continue reading Combined Galvo and Servo Motion Made Easy with IFOV Configuration Guide

Line Following in the Packaging Industry

Sophisticated control capabilities and servomotors are the next logical advances to replace stepper motors in typical line following packaging applications. There are many variations of line following applications within the packaging industry including labeling, cut-to-length, fly cutting, lane diversion, rotary knife, and many others. All of these line following applications have the same machine functions … Continue reading Line Following in the Packaging Industry

How to Reduce Deployment Risk in Machine Design

The extremely rapid pace of changes brought about by globalization – pricing and delivery time pressures, competition from unexpected or unknown players, new manufacturing techniques and technologies unveiled daily – are driving machine builders to invest in the latest technologies and skilled partners to maintain competitiveness in current and penetrate emerging markets.  Failure to do … Continue reading How to Reduce Deployment Risk in Machine Design

Motion Control with Precision Noncontact Displacement Sensors

Introduction Noncontact displacement sensors are used in measurement applications where surfaces or processes do not allow contact and demand high precision. Capacitive, confocal, eddy-current, and laser triangulation sensors have proven themselves in applications that incorporate motion systems. Noncontact sensors are available in many different versions. However, sensor range decreases significantly as the required precision increases. … Continue reading Motion Control with Precision Noncontact Displacement Sensors

Aerotech is profiled in a new report examining the U.S. galvanometer industry

Aerotech is profiled in the newly released “United States Galvanometers Market Report 2017” that examines the current state of the industry with development trends and forecasts through 2022. The report covers sales volume, revenue, product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into Circle Galvanometers, Impact Galvanometers, and Photoelectric magnification Galvanometers. … Continue reading Aerotech is profiled in a new report examining the U.S. galvanometer industry

Recently Announced: Aerotech joins the University of Pittsburgh’s MOST-AM research consortium

Aerotech is pleased to announce its recent membership in the University of Pittsburgh’s Modeling and Optimization Simulation Tools for Additive Manufacturing (MOST-AM) Research Consortium. The Consortium will work to develop the most industry-relevant simulation and optimization tools for additive manufacturing, transition developed tools to industry as quickly as possible, and focus R&D on topology optimization, … Continue reading Recently Announced: Aerotech joins the University of Pittsburgh’s MOST-AM research consortium

Galvanometer-assisted stent processing increases next-generation device throughput

by Scott Schmidt and David Gillen Originally published on 10/13/2016 in LaserFocusWorld Ultrashort-pulse lasers and galvanometers support production requirements for drug-eluting polymer stents. Cylindrical laser micromachining has been a standard means of stent production for some time. The typical motion control solution applied for this application uses two servo-controlled stages-namely, a rotary axis carried by a linear … Continue reading Galvanometer-assisted stent processing increases next-generation device throughput

Aerotech profiled in new report examining global linear motors industry

Aerotech is profiled in the newly released Global Linear Motors Industry 2017 Market Research Report that examines the current state of the industry with development trends and forecasts through 2021. With around 150 tables and figures, this report provides key statistics on the state of the industry and is a valuable source of guidance and … Continue reading Aerotech profiled in new report examining global linear motors industry