Introduction To Reflective Objectives
Microscope objectives, one of the most recognizable components of a microscope design, magnify images so they can be viewed easily by the human eye via an eyepiece or imaging system. Explore the types of reflective objects and the benefits of reflective vs. refractive microscope objective designs.   Continue Reading..
PILOT - Enabling The Highest Performance Precision Automation Systems In The World
PI has developed PI Lead Optimized Translation (PILOT) Technology to push the bounds of performance into new domains for direct drive stages used in applications with short high acceleration moves requiring rapid settling, and tracking applications with moves following an external signal such as in autofocus systems.  Continue Reading..
P-725 PIFOC® Brochure
Be it in life sciences, materials microcopy, quality assurance, or semiconductor manufacturing – vertical positioning systems for objectives play an increasingly important role in numerous applications.  Continue Reading..
Five Products To Enhance Your Microscopy Work
Looking to upgrade your microscope or support new applications – or develop something unique? If you have a microscope with great optics, but it doesn’t quite meet the needs for your current needs, there are many ways to enhance the way you work. Here are five products from Prior that can improve your microscopy work.  Continue Reading..
Prior Scientific - Your Manufacturing And Development Partner
So, you’ve developed a great new product concept in your lab and now it’s time to develop that product and bring it to market.  You need an optical system, but you don’t want your product to look like a standard off the shelf microscope. What do you do?  Continue Reading..


The P-725.xCDE2 from PI is a high-precision positioner and scanner for microscope objectives.

The A-142 from PI is a high-performance compact voice coil linear stage featuring air bearing guides. This product is maintenance free with an unlimited lifetime, perfect for highly dynamic applications with high duty cycles and tight volumetric constraints.

The filter wheel system can be provided as a standalone unit with a ProScan® controller. A large selection of microscope adapters are available to mount the wheels to either excitation or emission ports.

The NanoSensor® is a non-contact position measuring system based on the principle of capacitance micrometry. Two sensor plates, a Target and a Probe, form a parallel plate capacitor, to be used in metrology, stage control, microscopy, and many other applications.

The Lumen 200 from Prior Scientific retains the spectral output of traditional mercury (HBO) bulbs, yet provides vastly improved light quality. This metal halide lamp is ideal for use throughout a vast array of fluorescence applications, and can replace an HBO bulb with a minimum of both cost and disruption to the existing set-up. 

Prior Scientific's PL-100/PL-200 Slide Loaders are advanced systems for automatic slide handling in a variety of microscope applications. In addition to the slide retaining design of the slide racks, a range of further safety features have been included in the units to minimize the risk of damage to slides. 

Prior Scientific's NanoScan-SP range of Piezo driven stages are compatible with the Prior motorized stage as well as many common microscopes when using appropriate adapter plates. Applications for this series include live cell imaging, surface analysis, water inspection, and more.

Prior Scientific introduces the H101, the latest and most innovative motorized stage for upright microscopes. Benefits of the ProScan H101F include a completely flat top plate design, providing unlimited obstruction free space for objective and nose piece rotation.


BaySpec, Inc., founded in 1999 with 100% manufacturing in the USA (San Jose, California), is a vertically integrated spectral sensing company. The company designs, manufactures and markets advanced spectral instruments, including UV-VIS-NIR-SWIR spectrometers, benchtop and portable NIR/SWIR and Raman analyzers, confocal Raman microscopes, hyperspectral imagers, mass spectrometers, and OEM spectral engines and components, for the R&D, biomedical, pharmaceuticals, chemical, food, semiconductor, health monitoring, human & animal medical devices, and the optical telecommunications industries.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of business-to-business, industrial and consumer digital and optical imaging solutions to the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets with an increasing intent for more customized, localized products.

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Iridian Spectral Technologies is a diversified optical filter manufacturer that is an international leader in filter design and manufacture especially for application in the fields of fiber optic communications, optical spectroscopy, 3D entertainment, and in aerospace. Iridian Spectral Technologies was ranked as one of the top 150 high technology companies in Canada in the 2011 and 2012 Branham300 rankings and won the 2010 Canada Export Achievement Award for the province of Ontario sponsored by Profit magazine together with Export Development Corporation (EDC). Iridian Spectral Technologies is a global supplier with distributors in many countries particularly in Asia.



  • Nanopositioning motion control technologies are key for the advancement of high resolution microscopy, metrology, photonics and semiconductor wafer test. A few examples are explained in the video.

  • This fast, ultra-precise nano-focusing Z-stage with voice coil motor enables faster and higher precision objective focusing, leading to advancements in high resolution 2 photon fluorescence microscopy, image stack acquisition, genome sequencing, digital slide scanning and deep tissue analysis.

  • The HLD117 series of flat top stages with linear motor technology for inverted research microscopes set new standards for convenience and performance. Designed to seamlessly integrate with other items such as micromanipulators and incubation chambers, the top surface of the stage is completely free of obstruction. This provides a highly ergonomic platform with exceptionally easy access to the sample area.

  • Adaptable to most modern inverted microscopes, the simple, rugged and compact PLW20 provides three independently controlled and encoded axes for rotational, vertical and horizontal movement. Combine the PLW20 with a Prior ProScan stage for your inverted microscope and you have a system designed specifically for high content screening applications with a capacity of 20 well plates (two racks of 10 each).

  • Prior Scientific offers several OEM solutions to the most challenging precision positioning devices, optical systems, automation solutions, and components. With over 99 years experience and engineering excellence, Prior is the global leader for many leading scientific instrumentation companies and research institutions.