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OSA/SPIE, SPRC and Ginzton Lab present "Applications of Precision Motion Control in the Optics and Photonics Industry"

Applications of Precision Motion Control in the Optics and Photonics Industry
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 4:15pm
Spilker 232
Zachary Penrod and David Steinberg (Aerotech)
Abstract / Description: 

Precision Automation has become a rapidly growing industry as manufacturers must develop ways to achieve ever-tightening tolerances. Likewise, research must push the envelope in order to maintain the increasingly advancing pace of technology. Aerotech has been providing assistance and solutions to researchers within academia and laboratories worldwide for 50 years and continues to empower students and technicians to complete and publish their research. In this seminar, we will discuss why automation and motion control is important as well as the various methods by which Aerotech has helped expand the boundaries of research in the field of optics and photonics. The topics we will cover in this session include:

  • What Precision Motion Control is and why it is important
  • How to choose the right set of motion control
  • How Aerotech has helped further research in:
    • Optics design and manufacturing
    • Light sources and beamlines
    • Optical positioning and ultra-fast spectroscopy
    • Fiber alignment
    • Laser Processing
    • Additive Manufacturing

After the presentation, a round-table discussion will be held during which we'd like to hear from you! Please bring with you any topics and - more importantly - any tough issues that you'd like to pose pertaining to automated motion control within your specific research field.


Zachary Penrod is the Business Development Manager focusing on Academia and Research Institutions. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University. David Steinberg is a Senior Sales & Applications Engineer at Aerotech, Inc. He is responsible for supporting Educational Institutions and Government Laboratories in the Western U.S. David has worked for over 25 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.