ABOUT US

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 5 decades ago as a supplier to research labs and universities, the company has grown into a leading manufacturer of precision motion components and automation sub-systems for industrial customers and OEMs, with 1200+ employees and more than $150 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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XY Positioning Table Wtih Linear Motors And Encoders Provides High Accuracy And Velocity
XY Positioning Table Wtih Linear Motors And Encoders Provides High Accuracy And Velocity The V-738 XY translation stage is designed to meet the highest positioning accuracy demands, for applications such as industrial automation, laser processing and flat panel display test and manufacturing. The mechanical design is based on a three piece arrangement for improved geometric performance. In contrast to XY-stage assemblies where two single axis translation stages are bolted together, the integrated, planar design of the V-738 provides ...  Continue Reading...
160 Page Catalog n Piezo Linear Motors, Rotation Stages, And Multi-Axis Motion Systems
160 Page Catalog n Piezo Linear Motors, Rotation Stages, And Multi-Axis Motion Systems Piezo motors provide excellent dynamic properties, such as high acceleration and fast start/stop behavior, along with nanometer precision and stability. In contrast to traditional piezo mechanisms, like piezo stacks and piezo flexure stages, piezo motors are not limited to short travel ranges.  Continue Reading...
New Miniature Hexapod For Photonics Alignment Provides Dynamics And Precision, And Automated Alignment Algorithms
New Miniature Hexapod For Photonics Alignment Provides Dynamics And Precision, And Automated Alignment Algorithms PI has added a high dynamics model to its range of compact hexapods. Designed for photonics alignment applications, the hexapod provides 6 degrees of freedom, actuator resolution of 5 nanometers and repeatability as good as 60 nanometers, while providing velocities to 20mm/sec. Sustaining loads to 5kg, the new H-811.F2 features a removable magnetic kinematic plate to accelerate workflow with different fiber optics components. Its compact size,...  Continue Reading...
New High Performance High Load Linear Stages Family, Ballscrew/Linear Motor Options For Industrial Applications
New High Performance High Load Linear Stages Family, Ballscrew/Linear Motor Options For Industrial Applications The new reference-class linear stages family, L-417 and V-417, from precision nanopositioning global leader PI (Physik Instrumente), are available in ballscrew and linear motor configurations, both cost effective designs, offering high resolution with improved tracking performance, smaller tracking error, and improved settling time.  Applications for both include high demands on dynamics, precision, smooth scan motion, short settling times, ...  Continue Reading...
New Industrial Automation/Motion Control Catalog On High-Precision Linear And Rotary Positioning Systems
New Industrial Automation/Motion Control Catalog On High-Precision Linear And Rotary Positioning Systems Motion control and nano precision positioning systems leader PI (Physik Instrumente) released a new comprehensive catalog of linear and rotary positioning systems engineered and manufactured for industrial precision automation. The products covered in the catalog address industries such as semiconductor production/inspection, laser material processing, automated optical inspection (AOI), and precision opto-mechanical alignment and assembly.  Continue Reading...
New High-Speed Optical Power Meter Supports Fast Photonics Alignment Applications
New High-Speed Optical Power Meter Supports Fast Photonics Alignment Applications The new F-712.PM1 high speed optical power meter from precision photonics alignment manufacturer PI (Physik Instrumente) converts optical signals and currents of photodiodes into a high resolution, logarithmic analog voltage signal. Its high bandwidth of 20kHz enables faster optical alignment, when used in conjunction with PI’s high speed FMPA photonics alignment systems for SiP (Silicon Photonics) applications. The extended wavelength...  Continue Reading...
Dr. Thomas Bocher Appointed Physik Instrumente Marketing Head Of Microscopy & Life Sciences
Dr. Thomas Bocher Appointed Physik Instrumente Marketing Head Of Microscopy & Life Sciences Precision motion and nanopositioning solutions industry leader PI (Physik Instrumente) has named Dr. Thomas Bocher as Marketing Segment Head, Microscopy & Life Sciences, in Karlsruhe, Germany.  Continue Reading...
Motion Simulation For Image Stabilization, Mars-Rover Proven Actuators, Smart Flexible Transducers: All At PI’s Aerodef Booth #1053
Motion Simulation For Image Stabilization, Mars-Rover Proven Actuators, Smart Flexible Transducers: All At PI’s Aerodef Booth #1053 PI (Physik Instrumente), a leader in precision motion control solutions, will showcase an application of its 6-axis hexapod for motion simulation such as used to optimize stabilization systems on vessels,  drones and even for cell phone cameras. PI hexapods are available in a variety of sizes with bases ranging from 100mm to 1m, different stiffness configurations, and supportive of loads from 2 kg to 1,000+ kg.  Continue Reading...
New Low Profile Rotary Air Bearing Stages From PI
New Low Profile Rotary Air Bearing Stages From PI PI (Physik Instrumente), a leader in precision motion control solutions, will show its latest rotary air bearing stage series at this year’s LAM/LME (Laser Additive Manufacturing / Laser’s for Manufacturing Event) show on March 27/8 in the Schaumburg Convention Center. PI’s new A-635/A-637 PIglide low-profile stages have no rolling or sliding elements and deliver frictionless, non-contact motion, resulting in negligible...  Continue Reading...
Fast Silicon Photonics Alignment Engine Is A 2018 Photonics Integrated Circuits Awards Finalist – Polls Open Now
Fast Silicon Photonics Alignment Engine Is A 2018 Photonics Integrated Circuits Awards Finalist – Polls Open Now PI has the multi award-winning solution for critical alignment speed and accuracy to a nanoscale level for projects from planar testing to packaging. Honored to be nominated a second year consecutive year, the FMPA Fast Multichannel Photonics Alignment system is a 2018 PIC Awards finalist, which rewards excellence, innovation, and success in the worldwide PIC industry. Voting is open until March 23rd, with the winners of this prestigious award...  Continue Reading...
PI Expands Its Family Of Digital Piezo Nanopositioning Controllers
PI Expands Its Family Of Digital Piezo Nanopositioning Controllers Industry leader in motion control and nanopositioning solutions PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. has expanded its successful E-709 family of low-cost digital piezo nanopositioning controllers with a new plug-in module for the C-885 PIMotionMaster modular controller system.  Continue Reading...
New Catalog For Alignment Of Optics And SiP:  See Live Demo At Photonics West
New Catalog For Alignment Of Optics And SiP: See Live Demo At Photonics West A new catalog on fast automated alignment solutions for silicon photonics and optical components will be available from PI, just in time for this year’s SPIE Photonics West conference. The catalog highlights award-winning multi-axis, parallel alignment systems for industrial requirements where speed is critical and accuracy needs to be at the nanoscale – including wafer-level testing and component packaging.  Continue Reading...
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PRODUCTS

  • High-Load Linear Stage Family With Ball Screw/Linear Motor Options For Industrial Applications
    High-Load Linear Stage Family With Ball Screw/Linear Motor Options For Industrial Applications

    PI (Physik Instrumente) offers a new reference-class linear stage family available in ball screw and linear configurations. With high resolution, improved tracking performance, smaller tracking error, and improved settling time, the L-417 and V-417 are ideal for a variety of applications including laser cutting, scanning, digital printing, electronics assembly and inspection, AOI (Automatic Optical Inspection), automation, and flat panel manufacturing.

  • High-Speed Optical Power Meter For Fast Photonics Alignment Applications: F-712.PM1
    High-Speed Optical Power Meter For Fast Photonics Alignment Applications: F-712.PM1

    PI introduces the new F-712.PM1 high-speed optical power meter for converting the optical signals and currents of photodiodes into a high-resolution, logarithmic analog voltage signal. The meter also boasts a bandwidth of 20 kHz and extended wavelength range of 400 to 1550 nm.

  • Low Profile Rotary Air Bearing Stages With Superior Accuracy: A-635/A-637 PIglide
    Low Profile Rotary Air Bearing Stages With Superior Accuracy: A-635/A-637 PIglide

    PI offers new A-635/A-637 PIglide low profile, rotary air bearing stages designed with superior accuracy for high-end industrial applications such as inspection, metrology, calibration, and scanning. The stages have no rolling or sliding elements and feature frictionless, non-contact motion for negligible reversal error, better wobble, eccentricity, and velocity stability. They also feature a virtually unlimited life, as there are no parts that wear or require maintenance.

  • High-Speed Hexapod Motion Platform For Smartphone Camera Optimization: H-860
    High-Speed Hexapod Motion Platform For Smartphone Camera Optimization: H-860

    PI introduces the new H-860 high-speed hexapod system designed to accurately simulate motion with six degrees of freedom. The platform features high accuracy and bandwidth that optimizes motion and image stabilization algorithms that are used in drones and cameras, and for pinpoint accurate images. Ideal applications include vibration simulation, precision positioning, lens alignment in camera manufacturing, photonic fiber alignment, and image stabilization.

  • Piezo-Based Miniaturized Fast Steering Mirror Platforms (FSM) For Laser Beam Control: S-335
    Piezo-Based Miniaturized Fast Steering Mirror Platforms (FSM) For Laser Beam Control: S-335

    PI's new S-255 piezo fast steering mirror (FSM) offers millisecond response settling time, high dynamic linearity for precision image processing and image stabilization, laser beam steering, materials processing, and lithography. These FSM's are based on parallel-kinematic designs with coplanar rotational axes and a single moving platform, driven by two pairs of differential actuators that enable jitter-free, multi axis motion with excellent temperature stability.

  • Small, Precision PIMag® Linear Motor Stage With Magnetic Direct Drive: V-408
    Small, Precision PIMag® Linear Motor Stage With Magnetic Direct Drive: V-408

    PI offers the V-408 PIMag® Linear Motor Stage with magnetic direct drive and an incremental linear encoder for direct position measurement, high-force 3-phase linear motor drives, and general automation applications. With high load capacity precision crossed roller elements and an anti-creep cage assist prevents roller creep, offers zero-wear, and makes the device capable of long life in high duty cycle industrial applications.

  • 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.

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  • 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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