Melles Griot, a manufacturer of automated manufacturing solutions for the fiber-optic telecommunications industry, has signed a $500,000-plus contract to provide an automated, ribbon-fiber, pigtailing workstation to a photonics component manufacturer. The Melles Griot workstation was chosen for its versatility, complex alignment capability and ability to optimize multiple single-mode waveguides. This initial order is expected to lead to additional orders over the next 12 to 18 months.
This custom system is designed around multiple units of the NanoMax six-axis nanopositioning stage. The system uses Melles Griot Invaritar telecentric machine-vision optics in combination with optical distance-measuring software to quickly and accurately prealign components; then a high-speed NanoTrak autoalignment system optimizes optical coupling in real time. All vision, motion control and characterization processes are controlled by an industrial PC running the Melles Griot ActiveX Automation server, an open platform server designed for efficient process development and optimization. The workstation is fully furnished with services to support ancillary equipment with electrical, air, and mechanical connections.
About Melles Griot:
Melles Griot is a designer and manufacturer of automated manufacturing solutions for fiber-optic applications. For more information, visit www.mellesgriot.com.