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Advantages of digital servo amplifiers for control of a galvanometer based optical scanning system
Author(s): D. A. Sabo; D. Brunner; A. Engelmayer
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Paper Abstract

Long-standing industry demand for "extended status messages" from galvanometer-based scan heads and ever-increasing dynamical requirements in industrial laser materials processing, e.g. due to advancing laser sources, have lead to the development of digital servo controls for galvanometers. The advanced control algorithms of a digitally controlled scan system lead to highly improved dynamics compared to an analog type where only a very limited number of parameters are used to tune the system to a certain dynamical requirement. Additionally, the abundant data acquired during control with a digital scan system are available for further processing. This paper discusses advantages of having such real-time feedback in laser-based materials processing applications and how e.g. process parameters like scan-speed and velocity can be used for quality control, applications development, or advanced laser control.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5873, Optical Scanning 2005, (1 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.625310
Show Author Affiliations
D. A. Sabo, SCANLAB America Inc. (United States)
D. Brunner, SCANLAB AG (Germany)
A. Engelmayer, SCANLAB AG (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5873:
Optical Scanning 2005
Stephen F. Sagan; Gerald F. Marshall, Editor(s)

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