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Item # F-712.HU1, F-712.HU1 Fast Multi-Channel Photonics Alignment Systems

System with 6 Degrees of Freedom for Aligning Fibers and Optical Components

Integrated scan routines for fiber optic alignment

Ideal for applications in silicon photonics

Extensive software package

Position sensors for high accuracy and operational reliability

Automatic alignment of several fibers in <0.2s

Freely selectable virtual pivot point

Fast and high-precision drives
The basis of the fiber alignment system is a very stiff setup with an H-811 hexapod and an P-616 NanoCube® Nano positioner. The parallel-kinematic design for motion in six degrees of freedom ensures high system stiffness. The motorized drives make long travel ranges possible and at the same time, the NanoCube® Nano positioner allows fast scanning motion and dynamic compensation of drift effects. Flexure guides and all-ceramic PICMA® actuators guarantee a long lifetime. Because all drives are equipped with position sensors, the system works precisely and reliably with high repeatability.

Extensive software package
The software package supplied in the scope of delivery allows integration of the system into virtually any environment. All common operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and macOS as well as a large number of common programming languages including MATLAB and NI LabVIEW are supported. Thanks to sophisticated program examples and the use of software tools such as PIMikroMove, the time between starting integrating and productive operation is shortened considerably.

Application fields
Alignment of optical components and parts, assembling technology in silicon photonics, packaging.

High-performance scan routines
The sophisticated scan routines are integrated directly into the controller, which considerably improves the performance and simplifies integration. The system can manage all tasks in the field of fiber alignment. The integrated rotational scans enable fiber arrays to be optimized on all channels very easily.

High-resolution analog input
The controller receives the optical intensity signal directly via a high-resolution analog input. Complex setups with cameras are not necessary. Various distribution functions are available for determining the maximum intensity.


Number of Active Axis


Active Axis






Min. Incremental Motion in X, Y

0.1 µm

Min. Incremental Motion in Z

0.05 µm

Max. Velocity

10 mm/s

Sensor Type

Incremental rotary encoder
Incremental linear encoder

Drive Type

Brushless DC motor

Closed Loop Travel Range X, Y, Z,

100 µm

Min. Open-Loop Incremental Motion

0.3 nm

Min. Closed-Loop Incremental Motion

2.5 nm

Linearity Error for the Entire Travel Range

2 %

Bidirectional Repeatability 10% Travel Range

2 nm

Scanning Time of Spiraled Area Scan 500 µm ∅

<2 s

Scanning Time of Spiraled Area Scan 100 µm ∅

<0.3 s

Scanning Time of Spiraled Area Scan 10 µm ∅

<0.2 s

Signal Optimization with Gradient Search, Randomized With ±5 µm (repeatability < 0.01 Db)

<0.3 s

Operating Temperature Range (Mechanics)

0 to 50 ºC

Operating Temperature Range (Controller)

5 to 40 ºC

Cable Length

2 m

Output Signal

Analog output, ideally converted from linear to logarithmic

Output Voltage Range (max.)

-5 to 5 V

Bandwidth (min.)

1 kHz

Noise Level (max.)

-60 dBM


Technical data specified at 20±3 ºC.

Travel Range X

±17 mm

Travel Range Y

±16 mm

Travel Range Z

±6.5 mm

Travel Range θX

±10 º

Travel Range θY

±10 º

Travel Range θZ

±21 º

Note for Travel Range

The travel ranges of the individual coordinates (X, Y, Z, θX, θY, θZ) are interdependent. The data for each axis in this table shows its maximum travel range, where all other axis and the pivot point are at the reference position.
See the dimensional drawings for the default coordinate system and pivot point coordinates of the hexapod. Changing the pivot point will reduce the travel range in ∅X, ∅Y, ∅Z. Changing the orientation of the coordinate system (e.g., when the optical axis is to be the Z axis), will change the travel range in X, Y, and Z.

Note for Scanning Time

Typical time span for scanning the entire area and moving to the highest intensity

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