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  1. 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. This white paper describes the major benefits that hexapod 6-axis parallel machines have for conventional robots in automotive precision assembly lines. 

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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. 

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.