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AMETEK's TMC technology now on seven continents

February 7, 2018  

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One company can lay claim to having its vibration cancellation system technology on all seven continents.

TMC announced that is has successfully completed its first installation at a research project in the Antarctic. With that installation, TMC, a unit of AMETEK Ultra Precision Technologies, now has vibration cancellation systems installed on all seven continents.

“Our CleanTop system ensures the CIRES team’s complex lidar system has the necessary technical performance,” says Kyle Erlandsen, TMC Application Manager, “while efficiently utilizing the limited real estate the team has at its disposal at Arrival Heights.”

The Antarctic installation involved scientists from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado. Led by Prof. Xinzhao Chu, the team is working on setting up a new STAR Na Doppler lidar system at the Arrival Heights Laboratory.

That lidar system will be used simultaneously with the research team’s existing Fe Boltzmann lidar for atmosphere and space research and utilizes a Spectra-Physics Nd:YAG laser and a Toptica DL-TA-SHG 589 nm laser in tandem. A custom CleanTop® steel honeycomb optical top system from TMC with a unique staggered-hole design was chosen by the team to provide the foundation and support hardware for the lasers.

The top provides exceptional flatness, stiffness, damping and thermal stability with a ferromagnetic, stainless steel surface, with a grid of back-sealed tapped holes.

The research team commenced final assembly of the lidar system on Dec. 22, 2017.

Atmospheric research has been conducted at the Arrival Heights laboratory since 1959 because of the location’s unique elevated position and broad viewing horizon of the Antarctic continent.