The addition of Steinmeyer’s range of products will extend the capability of LG Motion and enable it to provide more attractive options to mid-sized OEMs.
Steinmeyer is a leading manufacturer of positioning technology products which operates from its factory in Dresden, where it employs over 120 people.
The high precision positioning systems manufactured by Steinmeyer are particularly suited to applications in laser, metrology, semiconductor and vacuum technology.
Positioning items in a vacuum is a particular challenge. Only certain materials, components and lubricants meet the requirements in terms of low gas emissions. Often, it is not possible to use liquid lubricants. The bake-out process also puts a great deal of pressure on the positioning system; the thermal stresses which occur at temperatures up to 140°C must be considered. All the parts produced by Steinmeyer are vacuum-compatible, cleaned separately after production and assembled in a clean room.
Another area of expertise which LG Motion is now able to offer as part of their comprehensive drive controls portfolio is multi-axis systems.
Some applications require accurate positioning along more than one axis. Steinmeyer has developed a range of combinations which include conventional orthogonal XYZ systems, gantry systems in different precision classes, with and without air bearings, and multi-axis combinations for any degree of freedom when moving items. A controller is selected to match the specification of the system.
High performing linear servo systems can be provided with the Polaris controllers, which are also part of LG Motion’s portfolio, to provide an integrated package.