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Applications

There is a large field of applications for our micro- and nano-positioners. Here we only outline a few examples:

  • Optics & photonics
  • Semiconductor technology
  • Medical applications
  • Automation
  • Astronomy
  • Microscopy
  • Biotechnology & life science
  • Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • Synchrotron-related applications
  • Metrology
  • Data storage technology
  • Material science

Please contact our sales team for an offer for your specific application.

Optics & Photonics

Optics and photonics

We are offering a broad variety of products for optics & photonics applications:

  • Motorized iris diaphragms
  • Motorized optical slits
  • Motorized filter wheels
  • Motorized mirror mounts
  • Lens & mirror positioners
  • Complete systems, e.g. fiber alignment

All components are available for applications in normal atmosphere, high vacuum (HV) and ultra-high vacuum (UHV), and can be equipped with a position sensor.

Semiconductor Technology

Semiconductor Technology

Some typical applications of our products in semiconductor technology are:

  • Failure analysis and testing
  • Exact alignment
  • Beam guiding systems
  • Lithography
  • Compensation & stabilisation

Aeronautics & Astronautics

Aeronautics and Astronautics

SmarAct positioners withstand high accelerations and can be used in very low pressure environments (UHV). Upon request also at low temperatures. These are some of the features which make them ideal for applications within aeronautics and astronautics.

Medical applications

Medical applications

Our products offer features which make them very interesting for medical applications. Some of those features are:

  • Sterilisable via autoclave (upon request)
  • Extremely precise
  • Non-magnetic (upon request)
  • Highly miniaturized
  • Hold their position even in case of a power blackout

Automation

Automation

With SmarAct positioning systems it is possible to get small and very costeffective handling and automation systems, working with highest precision. Some advantages are:

  • Small and space saving
  • High repeatability
  • Modular
  • Easy integration into existing systems

Astronomy

Astronomy

Motion systems are essential for most experimental setups in the field of astronomy. Our products can be used for many tasks:

  • Mirror corrections
  • Alignment
  • Detector positioning
  • Stabilization tasks

Light Microscopy

Light Microscopy

Within the field of optical microscopes SmarAct positioning systems can be implemented for various tasks, like:

  • Microscope stages
  • Micromanipulators
    • Handling
    • Injection
    • Testing
  • Precise alignment
  • Autofocus

Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM)

Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM)

For SPMs our products are used at different levels, like:

  • Scanning of probes or samples
  • Positioning of samples
  • Positioning of probes
  • Adjustment and alignment

The strong miniaturisation and very high precision allows the implementation of new microscope concepts.

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

Scanning Electron Microscopy

To use SmarAct positioners and manipulators inside the chamber of your SEM or FIB we offer different solutions:

  • Sub-stage: on top of an SEM or FIB stage
  • Chamber-mounted: either at the walls or attached to the ceiling
  • Flange-mounted: allows for easy removal / exchange of the manipulator

Typical applications within the chamber of an SEM or FIB are:

  • Positioning of samples under the beam
  • Positioning of detectors
  • Manipulation of samples (bending, indenting, scratching, gripping, etc.)

Biotechnology & Life Science

Biotechnology

Courtesy of FemtoTools

Our manipulators with their advanced control solutions can be used for many applications within biotechnology and life science:

  • Cell handling
  • Injection
  • Patch clamping
  • Counting & Sorting

Synchrotron Experiments

Synchrotron Experiments

SmarAct positioners and manipulators can be prepared to work in UHV environments and, if needed, completely nonmagnetic. We are able to offer:

  • Ready to use positioners
  • Complex motion systems and manipulators
  • Motorized slits, diaphragms and mirror mounts
  • Customization and special solutions

Metrology

Metrology

The high repeatability and stiffness of our products make them ideal for metrology applications.

  • Coordinate measurement
  • Length measurement
  • Thickness measurement
  • Position gauges

Material Science

Material Science

Courtesy of AMIR

Our products can be very useful when material tests must be performed on a small scale. Our team can help you to get ready for:

  • Indentation
  • Micro-tensile tests
  • Micro compression tests
  • Scratch, shear, bending tests

Due to the small size of our products, such setups can be directly integrated into the microscopes.