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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.

NEWS

New Rotary Air Bearing Series Achieve High Precision In Any Orientation
New Rotary Air Bearing Series Achieve High Precision In Any Orientation PI (Physik Instrumente), a leader in precision motion control solutions, announces the new A-62x PIglide series of rotary air bearing stages. Air-bearings have no rolling or sliding elements and deliver frictionless, non-contact motion, resulting in negligible reversal error, better straightness, wobble, eccentricity and velocity stability – ideal prerequisites for high-end industrial applications such as inspection, metrology,...  Continue Reading...
66 Lb. Pushing Force In PI's New High Resolution Linear Actuator
66 Lb. Pushing Force In PI's New High Resolution Linear Actuator A linear actuator is a positioning device that provides motion in 1 degree of freedom. Designed for highly accurate and fast repetitive industrial applications, the L-239 compact linear actuator is the newest addition to the suite of motion control solutions available from precision positioning systems industry leader PI (Physik Instrumente).  Continue Reading...
New Motion Controller For Linear And Rotary Air Bearing Stages
New Motion Controller For Linear And Rotary Air Bearing Stages Air bearings provide advantages over mechanical bearings when frictionless vibration-free motion is required, highly constant velocity control is crucial, and when angular repeatability and geometric performance must be optimal. Nanopositioning industry leader PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. has released a new high-performance motion control controller designed to handle 1, 2 or 4-axis of PIglide air bearing positioning stages.  Continue Reading...
1000’s Of Standard Piezo Transducers, Components, And Assemblies In New Piezoelectric Solutions Catalog
1000’s Of Standard Piezo Transducers, Components, And Assemblies In New Piezoelectric Solutions Catalog Industry and research rely on piezoelectric solutions in high tech applications such as medical engineering, mechanical engineering, flow metering, automotive, aerospace, and semiconductor technology. Piezo systems leader PI (Physik Instrumente) introduces a new Piezoelectric Solutions catalog, showcasing piezo components and materials, piezo actuators and transducers, and a piezo actuator tutorial.   Continue Reading...
SiP Alignment Engine Is Lightwave Innovation Reviews Award Winner
SiP Alignment Engine Is Lightwave Innovation Reviews Award Winner When alignment speed is critical and accuracy needs to be at the nanoscale, for projects from planar testing to packaging, PI has the award-winning solution. The FMPA Fast Multichannel Photonics Alignment system received a 2017 Lightwave Innovation Review Award, which acknowledges the most original and innovative products in optical technology.  Continue Reading...
OEM Driver For Miniature Positioning Systems Is Small And Affordable
OEM Driver For Miniature Positioning Systems Is Small And Affordable PI (Physik Instrumente) LP recently announced a new OEM driver for miniaturized piezo inertia positioning stages. Applications include precision opto-mechanical alignment, bio-medical instrumentation, photonics alignment automation, microscopy, micro-manipulation.  Continue Reading...
Multi-Axis Photonics / SiP Alignment Motion Engines Released; Based On Award-Winning Technology Nanopositioning equipment manufacturer PI now offers a new family of automated alignment engines for silicon photonics applications including 3 to 6 axis mechanisms, controllers with firmware based alignment algorithms, and the software tools to meet the high accuracy demands of different markets, such as packing, planar testing, or inspection.  Continue Reading...
E-754 Nanopositioning Controller For Piezo Stages Provides Higher Resolution
E-754 Nanopositioning Controller For Piezo Stages Provides Higher Resolution PI has recently improved its best in class with a new reference-class digital controller / driver offering higher bandwidth and resolution, along with 3 times the driver power of its predecessor. From the nanopositioning systems industry leader, the E-754 is designed for closed-loop piezo mechanisms with capacitive position feedback sensors.  Continue Reading...
Miniature Linear Positioning Stage For Single And Multi-Axis Applications
Miniature Linear Positioning Stage For Single And Multi-Axis Applications The L-402 compact linear stage is the newest addition to the suite of motion control solutions available from precision positioning systems industry leader PI (Physik Instrumente). Delivering performance and reliability at minimized cost, this affordable miniature linear positioner is well-suited for micromanipulation, test systems, and opto-mechanical alignment automation applications.  Continue Reading...
ACS Motion Control Joins Forces With PI
ACS Motion Control Joins Forces With PI Motion control and nanopositioning systems global leader PI (Physik Instrumente) is proud to announce the acquisition of 80% of the Israeli-based company, ACS Motion Control, a well-known developer and manufacturer of controllers and drives for multi-axis systems.  Continue Reading...
New Linear Motor Stages With Magnetic Direct Drives And New Motion Controller From PI
New Linear Motor Stages With Magnetic Direct Drives And New Motion Controller From PI Motion and nanopositioning industry leader PI is expanding its PIMag® series of high dynamics linear motor stages with 2 new models and a new motion controller. Stages are equipped with incremental and absolute-type linear encoders for direct position measurement and ironless 3-phase motors and single-phase voice-coil drives.  Continue Reading...
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...
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PRODUCTS

  • PIMag® Motion Controller: C-891
    PIMag® Motion Controller: C-891

    The C-891 from PI is a digital motion controller for PIMag® three-phase linear motors. The controller offers extensive functionality in operational data recording, wave generation, ID chip support, and extensive software support. With one motor and one sensor channel, the device is capable of sine-commuted operation, field-oriented current control, and automated detection of the motor phase.

  • 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.

  • Controller for Miniature Piezo Stages – E-873
    Controller for Miniature Piezo Stages – E-873

    PI’s new E-873 controls miniature piezo stages of the Q-motion series for microscopy and photonics applications. Q-motion stages provide nanometer resolution at an affordable price. The E-873 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.

  • Piezo Nanopositioning Stage Features Up To 52mm Travel
    Piezo Nanopositioning Stage Features Up To 52mm Travel

    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.

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VIDEOS

  • High-Speed 12-Axis Automated Silicon Photonics Alignment System FMPA
    High-Speed 12-Axis Automated Silicon Photonics Alignment System FMPA

    The FMPA is a high-speed 12-axis automated silicon alignment system based on a highly specialized digital motion controller (E-712) and a hybrid alignment mechanism to achieve the required long travel ranges without sacrificing stability, resolution, or alignment speed. FMPA is implemented in the E-712’s modular firmware to enable fast, simultaneous alignment and tracking of multichannel couplings in multiple degrees of freedom.

  • Beamline Instrumentation - Double Hexapod For X-Ray Spectrometer
    Beamline Instrumentation - Double Hexapod For X-Ray Spectrometer

    This video features Dr. Markus Simon, head of the PI miCos beamline instrumentation group, who explains a special double hexapod PKM system used for synchrotron x-ray spectroscopy for material testing in fields such as semiconductor and medical applications.

  • Scaling For The World's Appetite For Data
    Scaling For The World's Appetite For Data

    Our world is becoming more and more nano, and silicon photonics technology is helping us all facilitate this change, offering new parallelism, more data throughput capability, the ability to make distributed data centers, and more.

  • Video: Nanopositioning Applications For Microscopy, Neuroscience, And Metrology
    Video: Nanopositioning Applications For Microscopy, Neuroscience, And Metrology

    PI provides a large variety of fast Z-Stages and collar piezo objective positioners for 3D imaging (Z-stack acquisition), deconvolution, and fast focusing applications. These Piezo nanopositioning stages & positioners are essential tools for high-resolution metrology and microscopy applications due to their sub-atomic resolution and extremely fast response times.

  • Hexapod 6-Axis Systems for Micro Manufacturing / Fiber Alignment Operation
    Hexapod 6-Axis Systems for Micro Manufacturing / Fiber Alignment Operation

    This video is an introduction of hexapod parallel kinematic 6-axis positioners, and a visual representation of key features of operation.

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DOWNLOADS

  • PI Piezoelectric Solutions Catalog
    PI Piezoelectric Solutions Catalog

    PI (Physik Instrumente) introduces a new Piezoelectric Solutions Catalog showcasing piezo components and materials, piezo actuators and transducers, and a piezo actuator tutorial. These solutions are designed to assist in high tech industry and research applications such as medical engineering, mechanical engineering, flow metering, automotive, aerospace, and semiconductor technology.

  • Fast Optical Alignment For SiP Production
    Fast Optical Alignment For SiP Production

    Testing and packaging of silicon photonics elements requires nanoscale alignments that cannot be performed using visual or mechanical references. This article presents PI’s solution  for fast, parallel, nanoscale-accurate, multi-DOF global optical alignment optimization.

  • 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.

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