SmarAct is well known to manufacture complex, customer-specific positioning and manipulation systems. This includes fully automated microassembly stations, which require accurate positioning in multiple axes, as well as sophisticated gripping, aligning and joining solutions. Active alignment routines with integrated and external positioning feedback are key features to get the maximum performance. Besides manipulators and controllers, SmarAct develops application-specific software and processes. Whether you need individual components, a hand-operated station or a completely automated system, you define the level of automation and we will support you with our experience.
Process control is achieved through our scripting framework. This includes movement sequences and triggering alignment routines. Each script is user-editable, and depending on the level of automation required. In addition to interfacing SmarAct positioning systems third party hardware, such as camera sensors, power meters, as well as digital and analog I/O devices are already supported.
Case study: Automated FAC Alignment Station
The FAC Alignment Station automates the assembly of Fast Axis Collimation (FAC) lenses to laser diodes. The complete process, starting with contacting laser modules up to the final measurements of beam collimation after adhesive curing. The alignment of the lens in front of a multi-emitter laser diode bar is achieved in less than 25 seconds.
Laser diode bars
Visible and near infrared wavelengths
Operation at up to 50 W pulsed
Alignment resolution using SmarPod
Down to 1 nm translational steps
Down to 1 µrad rotational steps
Single and multiple emitters
Alignment in less than 25 seconds
Customized gripper jaws for deterministic gripping