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Aerotech sets up precision metrology offshoot

17 September, 2021

Aerotech, the US-headquartered manufacturer of precision motion control and positioning systems, has set up a subsidiary dedicated to designing and building equipment for accurate surface measurement applications. Called Peak Metrology, and based at Aerotech's Pittsburgh headquarters, it will draw on the company’s expertise in positioning systems, but will focus on surface measurement applications, offering product development, engineering, installation and training services.

“We have the knowledge, experience and equipment to take on customers' complex surface metrology challenges and develop optimal solutions for them,” says RJ Hardt, a long-time Aerotech engineer who has been appointed president of the new business. “Industrial customers who do not specialise in surface metrology are a perfect fit for us, allowing them to focus on what they do best.”

Although many Aerotech customers have a knowledge of motion control and automation equipment, they can struggle to implement systems that involve precision surface measurements. Surface analysis is often integrated into the production chain as a quality assurance process – for example, for inspecting semiconductor wafers, or manufacturing flat panels. The quality is assessed after almost every process step, and it is essential to synchronise the measuring and positioning cycles.

“The positioning and sequence accuracy of the motion system has a decisive effect on the measurement results,” says Hardt. “Therefore, it is a logical consequence for us to now to pull together the know-how gathered over decades around motion systems and metrology in a separate business unit.”

Peak Metrology president RJ Hardt: a logical consequence

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