Modular production line
As a basis for the total production line we built and delivered, we use our IMS ProMu modular automation platform. On top of this platform, multiple process units take care of the process steps. This platform is very suitable for this type of manufacturing because of its pre-positioning accuracy of 0.02 mm, with fine positioning to sub-micron accuracy. We can achieve such high accuracy since positioning is unaffected by temperature and vibration variations or differences, which remain under tight control within the platform. The built-in clean air environment allows for clean assembly of delicate product parts. With a vision check after every assembly step, we check for errors, contamination, and scratches. Whenever the machine discovers such an error, the product is taken out of the production process.
A modular platform means that multiple platforms can be connected to each other. Another aspect of this modularity is that process units are interchangeable, one can shuffle around with the assembly steps. We can extend platforms to enlarge the number of process steps performed on the production line.
We have delivered a total of 50 production lines for micro-optics to this day.