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Precision optical motion is critical for a wide range of applications sharing similar needs: they require smooth and extremely accurate movement, often in tight spaces. 
To address these challenges, Haydon actuators are available with captive designs to provide optimal accuracy and nanometer precision. Our miniature lead screws are available in multiple pitches to balance speed, force, and backlash. 

Haydon Kerk Pittman is committed to rigorously testing its products in the applications they're meant for to ensure our customers get the results they need. Read below to learn more about our actuators and lead screws for optical motion.

Focus – Extremely fine movement of an optic to clarify the view in a camera or monocle
Pan – Rotary, horizonal movement of a camera or lens system
Tilt – Angular, vertical movement of a camera, lens, or mirror system
Zoom – Linear movement of an optic relative to another to gain magnification
Aperture – A controllable opening or hole between the light source and an optic
Lighting – Adjustment of light beam, including throw distance, beam output, color mixing.

Common applications

    Lights used to illuminate a the front or sides of an entertainment stage.
  • Spot lights or a large circular light with high brightness are used to focus attention
  • Wash lights can illuminate large areas of a stage to create mods or themes
  • Beam lights are highly collimated lights that are focused to a small point  
  • Moving lights can be any style of light above, however, often include colors for effects or other requirements where movement is wanted
  Linear guide element  |  lead screws 
  The use of various wavelengths of light and fluorescing as used to determine the chemical make up of a substance.  This is typically done through the use of ionizing of a molecule with a reagent.
  MiniSlide with Size 8 hybrid motor  |  ball guided rail systems  |  Z-theta multi-axis system
  The movement of a microscope lens group as used to study an area or object.
  • Focus of the lens groups
  • Movement of the studied area either in Y or X axis
  • Rotation of the lens groups to other groups 
  • Zoom or a lens group
  Hybrid stepper linear actuators SRA series screw rail linear actuators

The movement of a object or target as used to actively or passively test a weapon system’s ability to stay pointed at the object.  This can include movements in the 3 Cartesian coordinates.

  RGS motorized linear rail  |  WGS motorized rail  |  lead screws
Film Production Optics
  The use of various linear and rotary systems used to move a camera and/or operator to capture a sequence of actions.
  Brushed DC motors  |  brushless DC motors  |  linear rail systems

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