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 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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New PI Micro-Positioning Components And Solutions Catalog
New PI Micro-Positioning Components And Solutions Catalog Applications for linear and rotary stages with classical DC and stepper motors include the industrial fields and research where precise positioning of measuring tools, processing tools and cameras is mission critical.  Continue Reading...
New PI Medium Load Hexapod 6-Axis Motion Platform
New PI Medium Load Hexapod 6-Axis Motion Platform With the usability of 6-axis hexapods increasing in research and industry applications, PI introduces a new medium load 6-axis precision motion platform, the H-825 hexapod. The H-825 provides a self-locking load capacity up to 30 kg (66lbs). The motion range is up to 55mm (linear) and up to 38 degrees (rotation). High system precision is guaranteed by absolute encoders and an actuator resolution of 8 nanometers – with excellent position...  Continue Reading...
PI's New High-Speed Hexapod Motion Platform For Smartphone Camera Optimization
PI's New High-Speed Hexapod Motion Platform For Smartphone Camera Optimization Google engineers know that a shaky hand can ruin a selfie so they designed the shake out of the Pixel 2 camera using PI’s H-860 high speed hexapod system that accurately simulates motion with 6 degrees of freedom. The high accuracy and bandwidth of the shaker hexapod is a critical tool for optimizing motion and image stabilization algorithms, such as used in drones and cameras. The result is pinpoint accurate crisp images. Renowned...  Continue Reading...
Compact Closed-Loop Motion Controller Provides Nanometer Resolution For Miniature Piezo Motor Micrometers
Compact Closed-Loop Motion Controller Provides Nanometer Resolution For Miniature Piezo Motor Micrometers PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., known industry-wide for nanometer precision motion components, systems, and OEM solutions, announces a new compact closed-loop motion controller. The new E-871.1A1N digital servo controller is the latest model in a series of drivers and controllers specifically designed for inertia-motor based opto-mechanical actuators (piezo ratchet drives) that are widely used in the semiconductor, laser and photonics industry for ...  Continue Reading...
New PI Precision Linear Motor Stage Family With Magnetic Direct Drive And Absolute Encoders With A Variety Of Options
New PI Precision Linear Motor Stage Family With Magnetic Direct Drive And Absolute Encoders With A Variety Of Options PI’s ultra-precise linear motor stages are well-suited for industry and research. Applications include metrology, testing, positioning, scanning, precision automation, micro-assembly, biotechnology, delay-lines, laser beam control, optics, lens testing, and photonics alignment.  Continue Reading...
Compact 6-Axis Motion Controller For High Precision Positioning Applications In Industry And Research
Compact 6-Axis Motion Controller For High Precision Positioning Applications In Industry And Research Precision positioning systems industry leader PI (Physik Instrumente) has released a new 6-axis servo motor controller – the C-884.6DC. Most modern precision motion systems are driven by servo motors, because they provide high torque, fast acceleration, smooth motion with a wide dynamic speed range, and fast start stop performance.  Continue Reading...
New Catalog Released: Custom Engineered Precision Motion Systems
New Catalog Released: Custom Engineered Precision Motion Systems Motion and precision positioning systems expert PI (Physik Instrumente) released a new catalog on capabilities regarding engineered motion and automation solutions for high-tech industries such as photonics, precision optics, semiconductor and medical engineering.  Continue Reading...
Largest Telescope In The World Driven By 2000+ PI Actuators
Largest Telescope In The World Driven By 2000+ PI Actuators High atop the Cerro Armazones in the harsh but extremely dry environment of the Chilean Atacama Desert, more than 2000 custom hybrid actuators will adjust 798 quarter ton segments in the primary mirror of the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). As a leader in precision motion control solutions, PI (Physik Instrumente) designed a new type of actuator that would meet the extreme requirements and win the European South Observatory (ESO) contract.  Continue Reading...
Miniaturized Fast Steering Mirror Platforms (FSM) For Laser Beam Control Are Piezo-Based
Miniaturized Fast Steering Mirror Platforms (FSM) For Laser Beam Control Are Piezo-Based PI (Physik Instrumente), leader in the field of piezo technology and precision motion systems and solutions, broadens its portfolio of piezo steering mirrors. With milli-second response and settling time and high dynamic linearity, the new S-335 fast steering mirror (FSM) platforms are ideal for precision image processing and image stabilization, laser beam steering, materials processing, and lithography.  Continue Reading...
Small And Affordable Precision Linear Motor Stage With Magnetic Direct Drive
Small And Affordable Precision Linear Motor Stage With Magnetic Direct Drive Motion and nanopositioning industry leader PI expands its PIMag® series of high dynamics linear motor stages with a new compact positioner for automation tasks. The new V-408 stage is equipped with an incremental linear encoder for direct position measurement and a high-force 3-phase linear motor drive.  Continue Reading...
Imaging, Endoscopy, And Fiber Optics Applications Benefit From New Piezoelectric Micro-Tubes
Imaging, Endoscopy, And Fiber Optics Applications Benefit From New Piezoelectric Micro-Tubes Piezo ceramics specialist PI Ceramic (a division of PI Physik Instrumente) complements its line of piezo transducers with a new line of ultra-compact tubes, with inner diameters down to 200 microns. These new piezoelectric micro-tubes are suitable for nanopositioning, fiber alignment, and imaging applications in medical, optics/photonics, and microscopy applications.  Continue Reading...
Mini XY Stage Combines 10nm Resolution With 200mm/sec Speed For Precision Scanning And Positioning
Mini XY Stage Combines 10nm Resolution With 200mm/sec Speed For Precision Scanning And Positioning Nanopositioning design and engineering global leader PI delivers a new ultra-compact XY scanner and positioner powered by small integrated direct-drive ultrasonic piezoceramic motors.  The patented drives provide smooth motion with high resolution and the self-locking motor principle is a significant advantage over magnetic drive technologies: once the motor reaches a target position, it acts like a ceramic brake and locks the platform into ...  Continue Reading...
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PRODUCTS

  • 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

    The new S-255 piezo fast steering mirror (FSM) from PI is designed with millisecond response settling time, high dynamic linearity for precision image processing and image stabilization, laser beam steering, materials processing, and lithography. These piezo steering mirrors are based on parallel-kinematic designs with coplanar rotational axes and a single moving platform driven by two pairs of differential actuators that enables 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.

  • 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.

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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

  • How Hexapod Motion Platforms Help Google Engineers Advance Cell Phone Cameras

    An unsteady hand can ruin the most epic picture moment. The engineers at Google understand this and have taken steps to optimize the motion and image stabilization algorithms in their Pixel 2 camera. The Google Pixel 2 has been integrated with PI’s H-860 high speed hexapod system that accurately simulates motion with 6 degrees of freedom and results in pinpoint accurate crisp images.

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

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

  • Keeping Up With Moore’s Law: Mass Producing SiP Components With Silicon Photonics Alignment Automation

    As advances in computer performance are implemented, extraordinary performance levels will come from the use of silicon photonics, or the integration of optical circuits on semiconductor wafers, instead of the use of electronics. 

  • Frictionless Precision Motion Control Based On Air Bearing Stages - Key Element In Coordinate Measuring And Surface Metrology Applications

    The performance of precision metrology equipment such as coordinate measuring machines (CMM) depends on highly accurate, repeatable, and controllable motion systems and position sensors. Air bearings have played a critical role in the development and construction of CMMs and other metrology tools. They are inherently frictionless, highly stable, and feature geometric precision straightness and flatness for linear bearings.

  • Automotive Precision Assembly: Hexapod 6-Axis Parallel Machines Add High Precision To Conventional Robots

    The need for advances robotics with high precision and alignment requirements continues to grow in the automotive industry. Many traditionally used articulated-arm robots are fast and can handle heavy loads, but they lack positioning accuracy. In the past, hexapod parallel kinematic robots were considered overkill for the automotive industry. Now, however, the situation is rapidly changing. This white paper describes the major benefits that hexapod 6-axis parallel machines have for conventional robots in automotive precision assembly lines. 

  • Engineered Precision Motion Design Benefits From Systems Approach

    When controlling motion at the sub-micrometer or nanometer levels for alignment and handling applications, it is imperative to have high reliability, robustness, minimized latency, and high-speed synchronization with external devices to reach sub-micrometer path accuracy. The higher the dynamics and throughput targets of a multi-axis precision motion system, the more holistic the design approach must be in order to achieve success. A systems approach where the mechanics, control electronics, and software are designed by the same team provides a great amount of benefits for the user.

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

    As hexapod motion and positioning platforms become more mainstream technologies, their applications have expanded into medical fields such as dental biomechanics. 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 as medieval times, and the first clinical studies investigating surgical methods to “shape” the cornea started in the last century. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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