Metal Matrix Composite End Effectors

July 13, 2006
CPS Technologies introduces its new end effectors for automated wafer fabrication machinery.

Made from CPS' metal matrix composite, AlSiC (aluminum silicon carbide), the end effectors have the strength and stiffness of steel at one third the density.

CPS' end effectors are more cost-effectively manufactured. They offer a lower inertial response, higher stiffness and higher strength than more traditional end effector materials, such as Stainless Steel, Molybdenum, graphite composites, and ceramic. This makes them both ideal for the robotics and automation industries as well as hermetic vacuum compatible.

Using CPS' unique QuickCastTM process, the manufacturer is able to integrate functional components, such as fiber optic feeds, wafer shoes, and location pins, into the end effector during production. The CPS AlSiC near and net-shape fabrication process both produces the composite material as well as fabricates the product geometry, resulting in a cost-effective product and that allows for rapid prototyping.

AlSiC end effectors may be coated with functional coatings including Ni plating, anodization, and Teflon impregnated anodization. All CPS parts are custom-made to meet customer specifications.

Elizabeth Firger
Gray & Rice Public Relations
Phone: (617) 367-0100, ext. 119
E-mail: [email protected]

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