Project Code: 16042
Project Title: Laser-Guided Robotic Terminal for Prebonding Part Alignment
Project Type: Industry
Project Intellectual Property: Company Controlled
Project Citizenship Restriction: No
Sponsor Company: Quartus Engineering Inc.
Description: The team’s objective is to develop and build a closed-loop alignment terminal to align a small glass tube with a brass ferrule. The team designed a robotic alignment terminal that only requires an operator to load the ferrule and cartridge holding the glass tube into mounts. The mounts hold the cartridge and ferrule in the correct position ready for bonding. The terminal is capable of sensing and adjusting for concentricity to within 0.005 millimeters, axial alignment to within 0.05 millimeters, and parallelism alignment between the cartridge and ferrule. The robotic terminal uses active image processing and micropositioners to align the cartridge and ferrule to the specified requirements. Once the operator loads the cartridge and ferrule, the process is completely automated and requires no further operator input.