Micro-automation for handling precision optics in Laser Devices and Photonics Industry


Micro-automation for handling precision optics in Laser Devices and Photonics Industry


Automation in the photonics industry is a unique and challenging process. It deals with small and delicate parts that require clean and precise handling with high levels of consistency, in an environment free of any light reflections. Recognizing these demands, Mecademic has addressed the needs of the industry by developing a solution (currently in Beta) that combines its highly-precise six-axis robot arm with a specialized light-absorbing coating. Explore the features that make the anodized Meca500 robot the perfect solution for automation in the photonics industry.




Unparalleled Light Absorption


The Optical Black anodized version of the Meca500 is the most light-absorbing six-axis industrial robot in the world, with 96.5% light absorption. This robot fills an important gap in the photonics industry by ensuring the  effectiveness of micro-applications where light reflections are to be avoided. 


Unrivaled Precision 


The Meca500 by Mecademic is the world’s smallest and most precise six-axis industrial robot arm, offering an unmatched level of precision and accuracy to the laser optics and photonics industry. Mecademic robots provide a position repeatability of 0.005 mm, enabling the alignment of small and delicate components with micrometer resolution. 


Space, energy, and overall efficiency 


The Meca500’s compact size optimizes space utilization in manufacturing environments, where floor space is often at a premium. By doing so, companies can maximize the efficiency of their production lines, arrange equipment more effectively, and increase their overall productivity. Its size and lightweight construction also reduce energy consumption compared to larger industrial robots. These robots require less power to operate, leading to lower energy costs and a reduced carbon footprint. 


Versatility and Adaptability 


The Meca500 robot is suitable for various applications involving the handling and aligning of lenses and mirrors. The flexibility and small footprint of Mecademic’s robotic arms allow for seamless integration into existing production lines, making it a viable solution for both new installations and retrofits. It can be programmed with almost any PLC or PC and does not require specialized training or software installments.


Combine with residue-free grippers


The Meca500 can be used with a wide range of end-of-arm tools, like the adhesive grippers from INNOCISE pictured below. These grippers offer fine and residue-free handling of delicate parts. The robot’s unmatched precision and the grippers’ advanced adhesive capabilities ensure precise and gentle gripping, minimizing the risk of damage to sensitive components. This level of control and finesse is crucial in cleanroom environments, where even the slightest particle or residue can have detrimental effects on product quality. 



Another ideal gripper for micromanipulation in the photonics industry is the new TulipGripper by Percipio, a robotics company specializing in the development of gripping solutions for components as small as 5 microns with an accuracy of +/- 0.05 microns. The TulipGripper is a compact and robust gripper composed of a piezoelectric stack connected to a motion amplification system, allowing it to reach a gripping stroke of 650 microns. The gripper can be easily adapted for various applications, using end members made of stainless steel, silicon, or even carbide for high-speed applications.


Custom pneumatic solutions and small electric grippers with low force are also commonly used for applications in the photonics industry. To find out which end-of-arm-tool is right for you, check out more options on our website.




With its unparalleled light absorption, precision, efficiency, and versatility, the Optical Black Meca500 solution from Mecademic offers numerous benefits to companies operating in the photonics industry. From improving production throughput and reducing costs to ensuring micron-level accuracy, this sophisticated solution empowers businesses to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving and complex industry. Please note that this product is still in its Beta phase. If you are interested in taking part in the beta testing of this product, please contact us.