(Engineering) The act of putting a part in a certain place with the right orientation; placing or aligning in the appropriate location one component relatively to another.
Positioning can be done manually or automatically by a manipulation system, e.g., linear or rotation axis, robot, and pick-and-place system.
The term is also commonly used in other contexts, such as marketing and telecommunication, with different meanings.
Theory and Application
Positioning is one of the steps of the assembly process, which consists mainly in feeding, manipulating (including grasping, handling, and release), positioning, and joining. It is also a preliminary step for other fabrication processes, such as the positioning of the raw part in a manufacturing machine.
Continuous or raster scanning mirrors
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