High Precision Motion Control 101: Tools for Emerging Applications [Stanford Optical Society]

High Precision Motion Control 101: Tools for Emerging Applications
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 1:25pm
Spilker 232
David Steinberg (Aerotech)
Abstract / Description: 

Precision motion control is an important subset of automation, which encompasses a diverse array of applications. Many aspects of optical engineering research and development depend on the appropriate selection and use of sensors, actuators, and controllers. In precision motion projects, the actual needs may vary widely from the originally intended specifications.

Some of the most difficult tasks in optics research require complex multi-axis motion control methods. Some popular examples include Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), Sample Positioning for Crystallography, and Alignment with Silicon Photonics. In this seminar we will address concepts and challenges in selecting actuator and sensing technologies, as well as the appropriate controller techniques. We will provide researchers with an ability to understand and apply the fundamental concepts for R&D precision motion projects and automation systems.


David Steinberg is a Senior Sales & Applications Engineer at Aerotech, Inc. He is based in Southern California and is responsible for supporting Educational Institutions and Government Laboratories in the Western U.S. He received his B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers College of Engineering in Piscataway, NJ. David has worked for over 20 years in scientific and industrial motion control. Some application areas include: Photonics, Synchrotron Light Sources, Additive Manufacturing, Semiconductor Test Equipment, Microscopy, Astronomy, Aerospace, Data Storage, and Spectroscopy.