The cost of photonic components is dominated by assembly and packaging processes. This is a drag on adoption at a time when rapid global scaling of connectivity is required. To break this chicken and the egg problem, a fast, flexible, accurate and cost-effective solution for automated photonic-component assembly has been needed.
TEGEMA-Etteplan has developed a configurable machine platform focusing on the assembly of photonic devices, which shows in its potential a roughly ten times higher throughput than with currently available solutions. The already proven industrial micro-robotic solutions from PI form the heart of this scalable automated photonics assembly platform, where modules are added for further automation of the required assembly steps.
Arno Thoer is Project solutions director at Tegema. He is an experienced technical professional working 15+ years in the machine building industry. His experience is in specifying and designing complex automated machines, where product-handling is essential combined with several different micro joining solutions like dispensing, laser welding & marking, resistance welding and hot bar technology.
Tegema is a multidisciplinary system integrator. We focus on production optimisation and automa-tion in the high tech industry. Founded in 1976, we have over 40 years of experience in the field of precision mechanics and mechatronics and combine this with the latest robotics, software and as-sembly technologies.
Since 2020 we are part of Etteplan, a multinational engineering company with over 3000 employ-ees in engineering, software and technical documentation.
Arno Thoer is a speaker at the 2021 edition of the Photonic Integration Conference.