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WHITE PAPERS AND CASE STUDIES

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.  Continue Reading...
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.  Continue Reading...
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...  Continue Reading...
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...  Continue Reading...
Motion Control And Precision Positioning In Vacuum Environments
Motion Control And Precision Positioning In Vacuum Environments 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.  Continue Reading...
PI Mini Imaging Drives For Endoscopy With the aim to cause patients as little discomfort as possible, minimal invasive surgery (MIS) techniques use endoscopes integrated with a miniature drive to achieve variable focusing so that objects can be in sharp focus at all times. These endoscopes are used in larynx diagnostics or laparoscopy where optics and special instruments can then be introduced to the abdominal cavity through working trocars. Patients will then experience less...  Continue Reading...
Optimizing Performance Of Galvanometer-Based Laser Beam Steering
Optimizing Performance Of Galvanometer-Based Laser Beam Steering Closed-loop galvanometers, or galvos, offer a combination of speed, accuracy, low cost, and flexibility. To achieve optimal performance in any galvo application, one must understand the parameters for positioning speed and accuracy, plus proper design and selection of the galvo, mirror, and servo driver.   Continue Reading...
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PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

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, such as in drones and cameras, for pinpoint accurate images. Ideal applications include vibration simulation, precision positioning, lens alignment in camera manufacturing, photonic fiber alignment, and image stabilization.

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.

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.

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.

Helium-Neon Laser Modules: OSK Series Helium-Neon Laser Modules: OSK Series

The OSK Helium-Neon Laser Modules are designed with excellent beam quality, a long life span of up to 20,000 hours, and a robust mechanical design for multi-purpose applications such as confocal laser scanning microscopy, spectroscopy, digital imaging, metrology, industrial measurements, positioning, alignment, aiming, testing, code scanning, medical, basic research, education, or entertainment.

High Performance Motorized Stages: HPS Series High Performance Motorized Stages: HPS Series

The HPS Series of motorized stages from OptoSigma are designed to offer middle to high performance at very low costs. The stages are equipped with ball screws with improved durability compared to the existing TSDM series.

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  • 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 fine-tuning of complex systems. The miniature actuators are often employed as “set-and-forget” mechanisms with an option to remotely make adjustments, where manual micrometer screws would necessitate a system-shutdown to allow for corrections. Other application fields include bio-nanotechnology, microscopy, and micro-manipulation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New Nanopositioning Solutions Catalog Debuted At LASER 2017
    New Nanopositioning Solutions Catalog Debuted At LASER 2017

    Motion and precision positioning systems expert PI (Physik Instrumente) issued a catalog on newly introduced precision motion solutions for photonics, robotics, microscopy, and highly accurate industrial automation applications at LASER World of PHOTONICS, held in Munich, Germany last month.

  • PI Offers New X-Y-Tip-Tilt Stage For Rotary Air Bearings
    PI Offers New X-Y-Tip-Tilt Stage For Rotary Air Bearings

    As a leader in precision motion control solutions, PI (Physik Instrumente) introduces the A-60x MTT, stainless steel multi-axis top that combines with its offerings of PIglide rotary air bearing stages and platforms. Air-bearings have no rolling or sliding elements and deliver completely frictionless, non-contact motion, resulting in negligible hysteresis or reversal error, better geometric performance, and velocity stability, which are ideal prerequisites for high-end industrial inspection and manufacturing operations.

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POSITIONING EQUIPMENT VIDEOS

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hexapod 6-Axis Systems for Micro Manufacturing / Fiber Alignment Operation
    Hexapod 6-Axis Systems for Micro Manufacturing / Fiber Alignment Operation

    This video is an introduction of hexapod parallel kinematic 6-axis positioners, and a visual representation of key features of operation.

  • New Detector For Beam Position Monitoring, UV Scanners, And Inspection Tools
    New Detector For Beam Position Monitoring, UV Scanners, And Inspection Tools

    Opto Diode’s national sales manager Stan Duda kept us up to date on some new developments at Opto Diode. Watch the video to learn more about a new EUV compatible position sensing detector covering the 0.1 nm to 400 nm spectral range.

  • How Does Magnetic Levitation Work? Planar 6-Axis Precision Positioning Stage
    How Does Magnetic Levitation Work? Planar 6-Axis Precision Positioning Stage

    The PIMag 6D is a design concept for multi-axis nanopositioning applications where the highest precision is required, e.g. in semiconductor processing and inspection systems. This novel precision positioning system is based on magnetic levitation: The completely passive platform levitates on a magnetic field, which actively positions and also guides it. Objects can be moved linearly or rotationally on a plane with a unprecedented guiding accuracy.

  • Precise Positioning Results in Higher Quality Imaging
    Precise Positioning Results in Higher Quality Imaging

    Stefan Vorndran with PI (Physik Instrumente) gives us a rundown of their precision positioning technology capabilities at SPIE DSS 2013.

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