The Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Technology IPT develops, together with their partners Phix and Aixemtec, new handling and assembly tools, as well as processes as one of the leading companies in this field. In the self-developed assembly cell, the fiber handling tool-head operations automatically to pick up, manipulate and tack single fibers to a glass plate or fiber to chip. Each fiber is moved by a portal robot within the assembly cell with micrometer accuracy but also can be rotated with a repetition accuracy less than 0.01°. Advanced illumination units observation techniques allow to package fibers arrays much quicker and more robust than before. Therefore, additional camera systems and material characteristics are used to develop smart alignment routines. As a result, the observation of the orientation of the PM-fiber core as well as the fiber layout during the assembly process leads to high quality products within fast production cycles. Due to the flexible construction of the assembly call also PIC packaging and fiber-to-chip coupling is possible.
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