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Trioptics: New Alignment Turning Station
17 October 2017, 14:32 pm – OptoIndex

Following the successful launch of the high-precision ATS 200 from TRIOPTICS in the market for turning stations for optical components, the company is now officially presenting the compact and efficient ATS 100 alignment turning station.

Increasing demands on high-quality lenses have led to a change in production conditions in recent years. The lenses of an objective are now individually mounted and joined together in a tube to form the objective. The objective quality depends to a large extent on the centration of the lens in a fitting mount.

TRIOPTICS offers the perfect solution, with its ATS family of alignment turning stations, which machine the mount in such a way that the lens centration and the air gaps between the individual optical components fit together perfectly. The ATS 200 is characterized by its flexible workpiece holder and high-precision repeatability.

The ATS 100 version of the turning station is now explicitly designed for serial production of optics with a diameter of up to 100 mm and a weight of up to 3 kg. The ATS 100 can be easily integrated into existing production areas thanks to its small footprint. 

As in the larger version, the quality of the manufacturing results is based on the integration of the proven TRIOPTICS OptiCentric® measuring technology, which checks the lens centration. The exact alignment of the workpiece can be achieved by means of an automatic alignment chuck, exactly and independently for each user. This provides the basis for the subsequent machining. 

One innovation is the consistent consideration of environmental conditions, which are measured in the station during machining. Fluctuations are taken into account directly and included in the machining process calculations. "This means that all workpieces have the same size under the same temperature conditions – with a repeatability of 2.5 µm," explains Dr. Buss. 

As with the ATS 200, the system-specific ATS Control software is also used. One special feature is that all measuring and machining steps can be carried out via one interface. The user is actively guided through all the steps and receives intelligent suggestions for the tool and turning paths. Once all parameters have been defined, the machining is automatically calculated and the result monitored. Finally, the traceability of the individual machined lenses is ensured by the test report.