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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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Planar, Parallel Motion Basis For New 6-Axis Positioning Systems
Planar, Parallel Motion Basis For New 6-Axis Positioning Systems Worldwide nanopositioning equipment leader PI (Physik Instrumente) has engineered and released two new compact multi-axis positioning stages based on low-profile parallel-kinematic motion devices. Driven by piezo ceramic motors, nanometer precision is achieved along with high stability based on low heat generation and a drift free auto-position-clamping feature.  Continue Reading...
New Nanopositioning Solutions Catalog Debuted At LASER 2017
New Nanopositioning Solutions Catalog Debuted At LASER 2017 Motion and precision positioning systems expert PI (Physik Instrumente) issued a catalog on newly introduced precision motion solutions for photonics, robotics, microscopy, and highly accurate industrial automation applications at LASER World of PHOTONICS, held in Munich, Germany last month.  Continue Reading...
PI Offers New X-Y-Tip-Tilt Stage For Rotary Air Bearings
PI Offers New X-Y-Tip-Tilt Stage For Rotary Air Bearings As a leader in precision motion control solutions, PI (Physik Instrumente) introduces the A-60x MTT, stainless steel multi-axis top that combines with its offerings of PIglide rotary air bearing stages and platforms. Air-bearings have no rolling or sliding elements and deliver completely frictionless, non-contact motion, resulting in negligible hysteresis or reversal error, better geometric performance, and velocity stability, which are ideal...  Continue Reading...
PI's Precision Automation Solutions Featured At 2017 LASER World Of PHOTONICS
PI's Precision Automation Solutions Featured At 2017 LASER World Of PHOTONICS The world’s largest conference and trade show on laser technology and photonics is the backdrop for PI’s most anticipated high performance motion solutions for photonics, robotics, microscopy, and precision industrial automation applications. Held in Munich, Germany from June 26th to 29th, LASER World of PHOTONICS includes lectures and exhibits from the pioneers of the photonics world and anticipates more than 30,000 visitors this...  Continue Reading...
New Compact Hexapod With Higher Performance For Industrial Alignment Applications
New Compact Hexapod With Higher Performance For Industrial Alignment Applications PI has added a higher performance model to its range of compact hexapods. The New H-811.i2 provides twice the velocity along with sensor resolution up to 8 times higher compared to the current H-811.D2 miniature hexapod.  The compact size, robust design with low friction ballscrews brushless motors, and powerful controller with multi-axis alignment capabilities make the new hexapod an ideal tool for high duty cycle alignment applications in ...  Continue Reading...
Motion And Control Industry 2017 Awards Skills And Training Finalist Is PI
Motion And Control Industry 2017 Awards Skills And Training Finalist Is PI Motion control and nanopositioning application solutions expert PI (Physik Instrumente) is celebrating a second consecutive year of recognition at the 2017 Motion and Control Industry (MCI) Awards, receiving finalist status last month for “Manufacturer of the Year” and “Contribution to Skills & Training” at the award ceremony held at the National Conference Centre, near Birmingham, UK. PI was awarded MCI’s 2016...  Continue Reading...
Dynamic Positioning And Scanning Delivered In Integrated XY Linear Motor Drive
Dynamic Positioning And Scanning Delivered In Integrated XY Linear Motor Drive Precision motion control and nanopositioning industry leader PI (Physik Instrumente) now offers a new reference class XY stage in its PIMag® series of high dynamics linear motor stages with the V-731, equipped with incremental linear encoders for direct position measurement and 3-phase electromagnetic linear motors. Fields of application include micro-assembly, biotechnology, precision laser machining, optics, lens testing, and photonics...  Continue Reading...
“V8 Power” And Nanometer Precision Positioning In PI's New Piezo Linear Motor
“V8 Power” And Nanometer Precision Positioning In PI's New Piezo Linear Motor Motion control and piezo systems expert PI (Physik Instrumente) introduces a new robust OEM walking motor drive, the N-331, with its configuration rooted in existing patented piezo actuator technology and a patented piezo stepping motion principle design. Based on the application of historically successful technology, the new design it is ideal for use in high-end applications that require extreme precision and durability.  Continue Reading...
20" Travel, Nanometer Resolution, High Dynamics: New Precise Motorized Linear Stage
20" Travel, Nanometer Resolution, High Dynamics: New Precise Motorized Linear Stage Precision positioning systems industry leader PI (Physik Instrumente) has released an elevated version of its ironless linear motor stage, LMS-180, which is well-suited for precision automation applications in industry and research that require highly accurate linear motion over long travel with high load capacity.  Continue Reading...
2,048 Microstep Resolution Achieved With New Cost-Effective Compact Stepper Motor Controller
2,048 Microstep Resolution Achieved With New Cost-Effective Compact Stepper Motor Controller Precision positioning systems industry leader PI (Physik Instrumente) has released a higher performance model of its successful Mercury Stepper Motion controller. Stepper motors take up discrete positions in a revolution of a constant distance. Typical commercial models provide 200 to 1000 full steps per revolution. Designed to deliver more than 2,000 times the basic motor resolution, the C-663.12 Mercury controller is the newest addition to...  Continue Reading...
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...
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PRODUCTS

  • X-Y-Tip-Tilt Stage For Rotary Air Bearings
    X-Y-Tip-Tilt Stage For Rotary Air Bearings

    PI offers the new A-60x MTT, a X-Y-Tip-Tilt positioning stage, featuring PIglide rotary air bearing stages and platforms with completely frictionless, non- contact motion, and velocity stability, making the stage ideal for high-end industrial inspection and manufacturing operations. With manual adjustment capabilities from the X-Y-tip-tilt rotary air bearings, the stage is able to provide the perfect alignment of a payload to the bearing’s axis of rotation.

  • Miniature Hexapod 6-Axis Positioner With Dynamic, Vacuum, High Resolution Options
    Miniature Hexapod 6-Axis Positioner With Dynamic, Vacuum, High Resolution Options

    PI’s H-811 miniature hexapod 6-axis positioner is designed with the options of standard, high-speed, vacuum, and high resolution configurations for research, industry, standard, vacuum, micro-manufacturing, medical, and tool control applications. 

  • Magnetic Direct Drive With High Travel Accuracy And Stability: V-731 XY Stage
    Magnetic Direct Drive With High Travel Accuracy And Stability: V-731 XY Stage

    PI introduces the new V-731 reference class XY stage in its PIMag® series of high-dynamics linear motor stages. This XY stage includes incremental linear encoders for direct position measurements, and 3-phase electromagnetic linear motors. Ideal applications for this stage include micro-assembly, biotechnology, precision laser machining, optics, lens testing, and photonics alignment.

  • Ultra-Stable XY Motorized Microscope Stage With Controller And Joystick: U-780
    Ultra-Stable XY Motorized Microscope Stage With Controller And Joystick: U-780

    The U-780 from PI is a new low-profile precision positioning stage with a controller and joystick for high-resolution microscopy applications. With technology based on PI’s patented ultrasonic ceramic linear motors, this motorized stage provides extremely high stability, which is vital for high-resolution imaging.

  • Piezo-Z Microscopy Scanner: P-736 PInano®-Z
    Piezo-Z Microscopy Scanner: P-736 PInano®-Z

    The P-736 PInano®-Z is a low profile, low cost, high-speed piezo-Z slide scanner with extremely fast step and settling times from 5 msec at target position. With an exceptionally low profile for easy integration and travel ranges of 100 or 200 µm, this scanner is ideally used for scanning microscopy, 3D imaging, laser technology, interferometry, metrology, biotechnology, and micromanipulation.

  • High Precision XYZ Piezo Stage For Super-Resolution Microscopy: P-545 PInano® II
    High Precision XYZ Piezo Stage For Super-Resolution Microscopy: P-545 PInano® II

    PI offers the new P-545 2nd generation PInano® high-resolution XY/XYZ multi-axis positioning system with higher linearity, simple operation, and easier access to advanced features in comparison to conventional analog piezo controllers. This PInano® II device features an easy-to-integrate low profile (20 mm), a long travel distance of 200 µm, and millisecond step time, making it ideal for super-resolution microscopy and imaging applications.

  • 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.

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VIDEOS

  • Video – Piezo Nano Positioning Stage For Microscopy: P-563 PIMars XYZ-Stage
    Video – Piezo Nano Positioning Stage For Microscopy: P-563 PIMars XYZ-Stage

    Piezo nanopositioning stages offer high-resolution and scanning speed, making them useful for super-resolution microscopy and optical trapping. The P-563 PIMars XYZ-Stages are designed with a parallel-kinematics arrangement with higher precision and responsiveness compared to nested or stacked multi-axis positioners.

  • 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.

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DOWNLOADS

  • Using 6-Axis hexapod Motion Platforms In Dental Research
    Using 6-Axis hexapod Motion Platforms In Dental Research

    As hexapod motion and positioning platform become more mainstream technologies, their applications have expanded into medical fields such as dental biomechanics. The growth into these new dental applications and research requires a solution for the challenges in dealing with the combinations of small forces with large deflections, as well as large forces and extremely small deflections. In order to deal with this challenge, the HexMeS (Hexapod Measuring System) was designed. This article details the use of the HexMeS and highlights the key reasons for choosing hexapod motion systems in dental research applications.

  • High Precision Piezomechanic Scanners Improve Laser Control In Ophthalmology
    High Precision Piezomechanic Scanners Improve Laser Control In Ophthalmology

    Vision defects have been successfully corrected with optical glass dating as far back to medieval times, and the first clinical studies investigating surgical methods to “shape” the cornea started in the last century. Now, a number of different laser methods are used to influence the curvature of the cornea and correct visual acuity. These systems with high laser beam control and focusing require high-precision positioning systems. This article discusses the benefits of piezo-based mechanisms that are precise, fast, reliable, and can be integrated into today’s laser systems due to different and compact designs.

  • Precision Nanopositioning Solutions Catalog
    Precision Nanopositioning Solutions Catalog

    PI presents their innovative products for photonics, robotics, microscopy, and highly accurate industrial automation applications in the new Nanopositioning Solutions Catalog that was released at LASER World of PHOTONICS, 2017. The catalog provides an overview of each of their products, including photonics alignment engines, linear motors, air bearings, nanopositioning stages, hexapods, and high performance motion controllers.

  • Automation And Microscopy: Faster Test And Measurement
    Automation And Microscopy: Faster Test And Measurement

    The world of nanotechnology now uses the concept that constant velocity will get you to the destination faster than constantly stopped traffic. One technique puts this concept into practice through the use of a fast nano-focus device based on a piezo-ceramic actuator embedded in a flexure guided lens positioning mechanism.

  • 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. 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.

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