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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New advancements in computer performance comprise the shrinking of feature sizes and the shift to 10 nm technologies. As these enhancements 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. This white paper discusses the silicon photonics alignment automation technology and how it is a key element in the mass production of SiP components.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.