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Bridging the Divide Between Iterative Optical Polishing and Automation

Walker, DL, Ahuir-Torres, JI, Akar, Y, Bingham, PA, Chen, X, Darowski, M, Fähnle, O, Gambron, P, Jackson, FF, Li, H, Mason, L, Mishra, R, Shahjalal, A and Yu, G (2023) Bridging the Divide Between Iterative Optical Polishing and Automation. Nanomanufacturing and Metrology, 6 (1).

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Several recent business reports have described the global growth in demand for optical and photonic components, paralleled by technical reports on the growing shortage of skilled manufacturing staf to meet this demand. It is remarkable that producing ultraprecision surfaces remains so dependent on people, in contrast to other sectors of the economy, e.g., car manufacturing. Clearly, training can play some role, but ultimately, only process automation can provide the solution. This paper explores why automation is a challenge and summarizes multidisciplinary work aiming to assemble the building blocks required to realize automation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Engineering
Publisher: Springer
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2023 09:24
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 09:24
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/s41871-023-00197-3
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20530
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