In a typical automation application, the corresponding Cartesian target positions, or trajectories, are generated by a master controller (e.g., a standard software PLC with TwinCAT) and transmitted to the Hexapod system, via the EtherCAT protocol or similar, and in return, the actual positions and status information can be polled. System parameters, such as the center of rotation and the coordinate systems, can also be conveniently configured. The Hexapod system behaves as an intelligent multi-axis drive on the bus.
Examples of Use in Manufacturing and Quality Assurance
The areas of application for the versatile Hexapods are broad-ranging, because there is no difference between precision positioning of semiconductor components or mechatronic components or heavy loads.
For example, automated 6D alignment systems take care of important tasks during testing and manufacturing of accessories for MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems) camera sensors and photonics components, including the alignment of optical fibers and fiber arrays, the production of optical lenses.