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.
PI (Physik Instrumente) LP
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The world of nano-technology 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 from PI. This technique allows a comprehensive examination of micro well plates within seconds. This application note provides an overview of this new approach and the equipment used in this very repeatable process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.