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PI (Physik Instrumente) provides the world’s broadest range of precision motion technologies for both micro- and nano-precision applications. PI is the world’s first and largest manufacturer of piezoelectric nanopositioning technology.  Started 4 decades ago as a supplier to research labs and universities, the company has grown into a business of 700+ employees and more than $100 million in global sales. 

PI is a privately-held, financially stable company with a broadly diversified customer base. We offer Micro- and Nano-positioning solutions to the Semiconductor, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Data Storage, Aeronautics, Astronomy, Laser-based Metrology, Precision Machining, Telecom and Integrated Optics markets. PI is present worldwide with 11 subsidiaries and maintains R&D and production centers as well as metrology labs on 3 continents.  Piezo positioners from our own piezo ceramics plant and motorized positioners from vacuum positioning specialist PI miCos were selected for the current Mars mission based on parameters such as exceptional quality and reasonable pricing.   PI USA is also compliant with US laws for export controlled technologies.

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Two New High-Load and Compact 6-Axis Motion PI Hexapods
Two New High-Load and Compact 6-Axis Motion PI Hexapods As the usability for hexapods increase, PI is responding with new hexapods to meet those project needs - the H-850KML, 500kg high-load hexapod and the H-825KLL, compact hexapod with load capacity to 35kg. Both systems provide sub-micron precision.  Continue Reading...
PI’s Award-Winning Fast Multichannel Photonics Alignment Engine
PI’s Award-Winning Fast Multichannel Photonics Alignment Engine The FMPA Fast Multichannel Photonics Alignment Engine is an advanced alignment system based on a highly specialized digital motion controller with embedded advanced alignment and tracking functionality and a hybrid precision scanning and tracking mechanism combining the advantages of piezoelectric on servo-motorized drives. From motion control and nanopositioning solutions expert PI (Physik Instrumente) LP, the FMPA system is a 2016 R&D...  Continue Reading...
New Multi-Axis Positioning Family: Vertical, Rotary, Linear Stages From PI
New Multi-Axis Positioning Family: Vertical, Rotary, Linear Stages From PI PI recently developed its new family of linear, rotary, and Z-axis stages to meet those demanding requirements. The new motorized positioning stage family is available with high-resolution encoders and a choice of stepper and servo motors. Lower cost open loop models are also offered, as well as vacuum versions. The use of high performance components makes these stages ideal for industry and research, especially in high duty cycle applications. ...  Continue Reading...
Scott Jordan Named Head Of Photonics By PI
Scott Jordan Named Head Of Photonics By PI PI recently appointed Scott Jordan as Head of their Photonics Market Segment.  Continue Reading...
PI’s Compact Linear Piezo Stages Offer Nanometer Resolution And Extended Travel Ranges
PI’s Compact Linear Piezo Stages Offer Nanometer Resolution And Extended Travel Ranges PI offers its compact linear piezo positioners – P-620.1 to P-629.1 – of the PIHera family consisting of 60 stages available in a large variety of travel ranges. These flexure-guided piezo positioning stages deliver vibrationless motion, with virtually unlimited resolution, and fast response in comparison to mechanical bearing-guided motorized systems.  Continue Reading...
PI Launches 2nd Generation PInano® Piezo Stage For SR Microscopy
PI Launches 2nd Generation PInano® Piezo Stage For SR Microscopy PI has recently released a 2nd generation of its successful PInano® product line of high resolution XY/XYZ multi-axis positioning systems. The digital servo piezo controller offers the advantage of higher linearity, simple operation, and easy access to advanced features in comparison to conventional analog piezo controllers. It provides responsive real-time tracking, and it supports PI's unique Fast Focus & Freeze capability, where...  Continue Reading...
2016 Neuroscience Conference Debuts PI's Ultra-Stable Microscope XY Stage Packages
2016 Neuroscience Conference Debuts PI's Ultra-Stable Microscope XY Stage Packages Physik Instrumente will introduce two new compact XY microscope stages based on ultrasonic piezo direct-drive motors. Model U-761 provides 25 x 25 mm travel and is equipped with 10nm resolution linear encoders, model U-780 provides 135 x 85 mm.   Continue Reading...
PI's New 4-Channel Dynamic Cost-Effective Digital Piezo Controller
PI's New 4-Channel Dynamic Cost-Effective Digital Piezo Controller PI (Physik Instrumente) recently announced a new, 4-channel version of its high-performance E-727 digital piezo controller. This controller is well-suited for multi-axis applications from microscopy to semiconductor metrology.  Continue Reading...
New High-Speed, NanoCube 3-Axis Piezo Motion Stage From PI
New High-Speed, NanoCube 3-Axis Piezo Motion Stage From PI The new P-616 NanoCube® XYZ piezo scanner is a redesign of PI’s successful P-611, 3D positioning stage. Now based on a parallel-kinematic design, with only one lightweight moving platform for all 3 axes, higher precision and dynamics are available in a more compact package. As the newest miniature multi-axis stage from PI, the P-616 NanoCube is also the smallest and lightest system with capacitive feedback delivering 100µm travel ...  Continue Reading...
White Paper Explains Design And Preparation Of Nanopositioners For High Vacuum
White Paper Explains Design And Preparation Of Nanopositioners For High Vacuum The newest catalog from PI - Precision Motion and Positioning Solutions for High Vacuum and UHV – demonstrates PI’s expert design capabilities as most standard products are created with vacuum compatibility in mind, from linear and rotary stages to 6-axis hexapods.  Continue Reading...
PI’s SiP Test And Production Alignment Engine Is Named 2016 R&D 100 Award Finalist
PI’s SiP Test And Production Alignment Engine Is Named 2016 R&D 100 Award Finalist The FMPA Fast Multichannel Photonics Alignment Engine from PI has been named a 2016 R&D 100 Awards Finalist, which honors the most innovative technologies. This engine is an advanced alignment system based on a highly specialized digital motion controller with embedded advanced alignment and tracking functionality and a hybrid precision scanning and tracking mechanism combining the advantages of piezoelectric on servo-motorized drives.  Continue Reading...
Value Added Piezo Element Assembly Speeds Up OEM Integration And Saves Cost
Value Added Piezo Element Assembly Speeds Up OEM Integration And Saves Cost PI, a leader in piezo ceramic and motion control solutions, offers value added piezo components by adhering flexible printed circuits for easy application integration.  Continue Reading...
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  • Precision Micro-Translation Stage For Single And Multi-Axis Positioning: M-122
    Precision Micro-Translation Stage For Single And Multi-Axis Positioning: M-122

    PI’s new M-122 is a palm-top-sized micro-translation stage designed with small dimensions and high speeds for single and multi-axis precision positioning. Due to its low-friction, preloaded, precision-ground ball-screw and a non-contacting optical linear encoder, these stages provide higher accuracy and enhanced repeatability in a variety of applications including photonics packaging, fiber positioning, metrology, quality assurance testing, testing equipment, and micromachining.

  • Q-Motion® Server Controller
    Q-Motion® Server Controller

    PI’s new Q-Motion® Server Controller is designed as a digital servo controller for positioning systems with piezo inertia drives. It is a benchtop device with options for control cabinet mounting, and has three channels with integrated power amplifiers and an interpolator. The device features a point-to-point motion and actuator mode for nanometer precision positioning at the target position.

  • NEXACT<sup>®</sup> PiezoWalk<sup>®</sup> Stepping Drive With Subnanometer Encoder Resolution: N-565
    NEXACT® PiezoWalk® Stepping Drive With Subnanometer Encoder Resolution: N-565

    The N-565 is an ultra-precision linear positioner stage with NEXACT® PiezoWalk® technology, and designed with a subnanometer encoder resolution for high-end applications in bio-nanotechnology, fiber-optics, microscopy, semiconductor testing, metrology, and scientific research in beamlines and laser labs. With long 13 mm, 26 mm, or 52 mm travel ranges, high forces, and stiffness, this stepping drive does not subject to sliding friction or wear.

  • PILine<sup>®</sup> Linear Positioning Stage With Ultrasonic Piezomotor: U-521
    PILine® Linear Positioning Stage With Ultrasonic Piezomotor: U-521

    The U-521 is a PILine® stage with an ultrasonic piezomotor designed particularly for applications requiring fast precision positioning such as micromanipulation, automation, biotechnology, sample manipulation, and sample positioning. The positioning stage features a self-locking mechanism, when switched off, for keeping the stage mechanically stable and reducing energy consumption and heat generation.

  • High-Load Hexapod For Motion Simulation, Stabilization, And Cancellation: H-900KSCO
    High-Load Hexapod For Motion Simulation, Stabilization, And Cancellation: H-900KSCO

    The H-900KSCO is a reference-class, 6-axis positioning system designed for dynamic motion in all degrees of freedom (X, Y, Z, pitch, roll, yaw). This compact hexapod provides linear travel ranges up to 200 mm and rotation to 66 degrees for applications such as motion simulation, industrial production, precision machining, automotive industry, and stabilization of motion on moving vehicles and vessels.

  • Compact High-Speed Linear Motor Stages With 5, 10, And 20mm Travel: V-52X Family
    Compact High-Speed Linear Motor Stages With 5, 10, And 20mm Travel: V-52X Family

    PI presents the new V-52X family of compact high-speed, voice-coil linear motor stages as part of its PIMag series. These stages are equipped with a linear encoder for direct position measurement and choice of cable exit direction, and achieve significantly higher dynamics than stepper or servo motor-driven positioners. They are ideal for industry and research scanning applications such as biotechnology, laser beam control, optics scanning, lens testing, and fiber optics.

  • Piezo-Nanofocus Stage And Controller Package For Microscopy And Metrology
    Piezo-Nanofocus Stage And Controller Package For Microscopy And Metrology

    PI (Physik Instrumente) offers several controller and Z-stage value packages designed to deliver higher performance and lower costs for microscopy, metrology, 3D imaging, screening, autofocus systems, surface analysis, and wafer inspection applications. The systems feature 100, 250, and 400 μm travel ranges, and are comprised of a PIFOC® high performance fast piezo focus mechanism, a compact digital servo controller, a comprehensive software package, and an M32 threaded QuickLock insert.

  • Miniature Linear Air Bearing Stage: PIglide MB
    Miniature Linear Air Bearing Stage: PIglide MB

    The PIglide MB is an air bearing stage that is linear servo motor driven, and features fully preloaded air bearings and an integral optical linear encoder. The stage has a non-contact design for frictionless, high-quality performance within a miniature package.

  • PIMag<sup>®</sup> Precision Linear Stage: V-551
    PIMag® Precision Linear Stage: V-551

    The V-551 is a PIMag® Precision Linear Stage with a travel range up to 230mm and a velocity up to 0.5 m/s. The stage employs an ironless magnetic drive for high velocity & acceleration, has a high position resolution by sine-commuted control, and includes a modularly configurable push/pull force.

  • Electromagnetic Positioning System: PIMag® 6D
    Electromagnetic Positioning System: PIMag® 6D

    The PIMag® 6D is an electromagnetic positioning system with a passive platform levitating on a magnetic field generated by only six planer coils in the stator, with the magnetic field being actively controlled using a 6D sensor. Due to the absence of any mechanical contact in the drivetrain or the guides, there is no friction or wear to contaminate the workspace.

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  • Hexapod For Beamline Instrumentation Combines 6-Degrees Of Freedom With Extreme Accuracy And Repeatability
    Hexapod For Beamline Instrumentation Combines 6-Degrees Of Freedom With Extreme Accuracy And Repeatability

    Within synchrotron-based, sub-micrometer, hard X-ray tomography applications, the sample rotation axis must be aligned with high stability and within five degrees of freedom with respect to its field of view, lens, detector, or the beam itself. A hexapod-type parallel kinematic machine (PKM) is able to provide six degrees of freedom, an arbitrary pivot point option, and a compact, stiff design that is well suited for this purpose. This blog article discusses a tomography application challenge and how a hexapod positioning system is used to provide the solution.

  • Nanopositioning Stages Help Create And Characterize Laser-Written Waveguides Inside Silicon
    Nanopositioning Stages Help Create And Characterize Laser-Written Waveguides Inside Silicon

    Silicon photonics circuits are gaining importance in new techniques for testing and production of SiP related technologies for the future of computing and data communications. A crucial part in the waveguide characterization is the measurement of the refractive index with a customized Mach-Zehnder-type phase-shift interference microscope.

  • Concept For High-Speed Interstellar Travel With Directed Energy Includes Hexapod Platform
    Concept For High-Speed Interstellar Travel With Directed Energy Includes Hexapod Platform

    Researchers at the University of California are exploring the concept of a new interstellar drive system that could accelerate a small spacecraft close to the speed of light. The technique involves laser light as the driving force, and a PI H-824 hexapod 6-axis positioning platform carrying a 19 element laser phased array.

  • Improving Accuracy Of Long Travel Linear Positioning Stages With Error Mapping
    Improving Accuracy Of Long Travel Linear Positioning Stages With Error Mapping

    A linear encoder can be used to significantly improve the accuracy and repeatability of stepper or servo-motor positioning stages, but even the high-end linear encoders have linearity errors. To reduce these errors, a laser interferometer measures them and uses a motion controller with the capability to store a dynamic error map.

  • Hexapod For Drone Testing: 6 Axis Motion Simulator To Improve Image Stabilization
    Hexapod For Drone Testing: 6 Axis Motion Simulator To Improve Image Stabilization

    Analog and digital image recording technology has always been bombarded by motion and vibration. Techniques for compensating for unwanted motion include electronic algorithms and active opto-mechanical motion compensation systems. This article presents methods for using hexapod 6-axis motion systems for reducing image blur from a drone due to vibrations.

  • Piezo Flexure Nanopositioning Stages: Frequently Asked Questions
    Piezo Flexure Nanopositioning Stages: Frequently Asked Questions

    PI offers many types of nanopositioning stages - positioning devices capable of nanometer or sub-nanometer resolution -  such as air bearing stages, linear motor stages, and magnetic levitation stages. This blog article covers a list of frequently asked questions regarding nanopositioning stages, and includes in-depth answers on each topic.

  • Motion Control And Precision Positioning In Vacuum Environments
    Motion Control And Precision Positioning In Vacuum Environments

    Vacuum applications, and technologies that can only be applied in vacuum or cryogenic environments have grown in importance within scientific research and industry applications. Optics technologies use vacuum environments to manufacture components such as fiber laser optics and sensitive detectors. Other applications that use vacuum environments include small epitaxy processes, semiconductor manufacturing, and X-ray or UV applications.

  • Precision Motion And Positioning Solutions For High Vacuum And UHV Catalog
    Precision Motion And Positioning Solutions For High Vacuum And UHV Catalog

    The design principles for vacuum-compatible positioning systems include selecting suitable materials, handling, assembling, and testing conditions, and quality control. This catalog covers the technologies and product solutions for high vacuum and UHV applications in scientific research and industrial production.

  • Patterned Force Generation – A Precise Touch In The Time Domain

    Devices with touch-sensitive interfaces not only sense pressure, but are position-sensitive and force-sensitive. Producing devices with touch-sensitive interfaces requires highly precise test equipment with the ability to repeatedly generate fine-grained motions of exacting force and time profiles. The V-273 family of voice-coil actuators, coupled with the C-413 digital controller, offers developmental and test engineers the perfect tool for quantitatively qualifying touch-enabled devices.

  • The Right Piezo Transducers, Actuators, And Motor Drive Solutions For Medical Engineering
    The Right Piezo Transducers, Actuators, And Motor Drive Solutions For Medical Engineering

    Numerous applications in medical engineering and life sciences have requirements for motion and positioning equipment. With a wide range of options from ultrasonic transducers to simple low-energy drive components to high precision systems and actuators, it may become a challenge to figure out which solution is best. PI’s Piezo technology within transducers, actuators, and motors provides advanced solutions to many motion, dosing, measuring and positioning challenges. This article covers the basics of piezo technologies, and highlights its benefits for bio-medical applications.

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