French company Symetrie has launched Joran, a positioning hexapod with high stability, designed for demanding optical applications.

Developed at the request of the European synchrotron ESRF, Joran hexapod is for adjusting mirrors or vacuum chambers on beamlines. The configuration and integration of precision actuators and joints enable the Joran hexapod to position a payload of up to 1,500kg with a resolution of 0.5μrad.

This new hexapod generation contributes to meeting the increasingly sophisticated requirements of scientists in terms of beam quality. The hexapod comes with its controller and ergonomic software developed by Symetrie with LabView, which allows the rotation centre to be virtually configured. The hexapod can be easily integrated into a control system such as EPICS, TANGO or SPEC via an Ethernet or RS232 link.