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WHITE PAPERS AND CASE STUDIES

Engineered Precision Motion Systems – From Laser Machining To Photonics Alignment Benefits From Holistic Approach
Engineered Precision Motion Systems – From Laser Machining To Photonics Alignment Benefits From Holistic Approach A multi-axis precision motion system with higher dynamics and throughput targets must have a more holistic design approach to achieve success. There are many obvious advantages to the user when the mechanics, control electronics, and software of a system are designed by the same team.  Continue Reading...
Motion Control Advances For Laser Micromachining And Microprocessing
Motion Control Advances For Laser Micromachining And Microprocessing Many laser micromachining and micro processing engineers face challenges of delivering laser pulses to a workpiece with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability, among other attributes. This article discusses how these issues can now be solved with PI’s motion/CNC controller technologies.  Continue Reading...
Advanced Camera Manufacturing And Lens Alignment Enabled By Compact 6-Axis Micro-Robotic Hexapod Systems
Advanced Camera Manufacturing And Lens Alignment Enabled By Compact 6-Axis Micro-Robotic Hexapod Systems Hexapod micro-motion robot technologies provide all six degrees of freedom in a stiff, compact, and high-precision structure. This app note discusses how the functionality enabled by a compact 6-axis micro-robotic hexapod system provides precise manufacturing and lens alignment in advanced cameras.  Continue Reading...
How Hexapod Motion Platforms Help Google Engineers Advance Cell Phone Cameras The engineers at Google have taken steps to optimize the motion and image stabilization algorithms in their Pixel 2 camera, which has been integrated with PI’s H-860 high-speed hexapod system that accurately simulates motion with 6 degrees of freedom and results in pinpoint-accurate crisp images.  Continue Reading...
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 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.   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. This white paper describes the major benefits that hexapod 6-axis parallel machines have for conventional robots in automotive precision assembly lines.   Continue Reading...
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PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

High-Load Linear Stage Family With Ball Screw/Linear Motor Options For Industrial Applications High-Load Linear Stage Family With Ball Screw/Linear Motor Options For Industrial Applications

PI (Physik Instrumente) offers a new reference-class linear stage family available in ball screw and linear configurations. With high resolution, improved tracking performance, smaller tracking error, and improved settling time, the L-417 and V-417 are ideal for a variety of applications including laser cutting, scanning, digital printing, electronics assembly and inspection, AOI (Automatic Optical Inspection), automation, and flat panel manufacturing.

High-Speed Optical Power Meter For Fast Photonics Alignment Applications: F-712.PM1 High-Speed Optical Power Meter For Fast Photonics Alignment Applications: F-712.PM1

PI introduces the new F-712.PM1 high-speed optical power meter for converting the optical signals and currents of photodiodes into a high-resolution, logarithmic analog voltage signal. The meter also boasts a bandwidth of 20 kHz and extended wavelength range of 400 to 1550 nm.

Low Profile Rotary Air Bearing Stages With Superior Accuracy: A-635/A-637 PIglide Low Profile Rotary Air Bearing Stages With Superior Accuracy: A-635/A-637 PIglide

PI offers new A-635/A-637 PIglide low profile, rotary air bearing stages designed with superior accuracy for high-end industrial applications such as inspection, metrology, calibration, and scanning. The stages have no rolling or sliding elements and feature frictionless, non-contact motion for negligible reversal error, better wobble, eccentricity, and velocity stability. They also feature a virtually unlimited life, as there are no parts that wear or require maintenance.

New Flagship Newport Digital Motion Controller: XPS-D New Flagship Newport Digital Motion Controller: XPS-D

The Newport XPS-D is a new 8-axis Universal Motion Controller and Driver equipped with the XPS-DRV11 universal digital driver card for controlling a variety of motor types, including stepper, DC, DC brushless and direct drive motors. 

Industrial Vertical Stage With High Load Capacity: Newport IDL280-Z20 Industrial Vertical Stage With High Load Capacity: Newport IDL280-Z20

The Newport IDL280-Z20 is a vertical stage based on a proven and modular web design made for industrial applications that require high load capacities. This stage features high stiffness (10µrad/N-m) with a minimum incremental motion (MIM) of 0.1 µm over 20 mm of travel with smooth motion for fine positioning, making it ideal for advanced XY systems with high dynamic performance.

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 that are used in drones and cameras, and 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.

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  • New Miniature Hexapod For Photonics Alignment Provides Dynamics And Precision, And Automated Alignment Algorithms
    New Miniature Hexapod For Photonics Alignment Provides Dynamics And Precision, And Automated Alignment Algorithms

    PI has added a high dynamics model to its range of compact hexapods. Designed for photonics alignment applications, the hexapod provides 6 degrees of freedom, actuator resolution of 5 nanometers and repeatability as good as 60 nanometers, while providing velocities to 20mm/sec. Sustaining loads to 5kg, the new H-811.F2 features a removable magnetic kinematic plate to accelerate workflow with different fiber optics components. Its compact size, large travel range of up to 34mm for linear motions and up to 42° for rotary motions, and a user programmable pivot point facilitate work with fiber optic and photonics components. 

  • New High Performance High Load Linear Stages Family, Ballscrew/Linear Motor Options For Industrial Applications
    New High Performance High Load Linear Stages Family, Ballscrew/Linear Motor Options For Industrial Applications

    The new reference-class linear stages family, L-417 and V-417, from precision nanopositioning global leader PI (Physik Instrumente), are available in ballscrew and linear motor configurations, both cost effective designs, offering high resolution with improved tracking performance, smaller tracking error, and improved settling time.  Applications for both include high demands on dynamics, precision, smooth scan motion, short settling times, and low tracking error, such as laser cutting, scanning, digital printing, electronics assembly and inspection, AOI (Automatic Optical Inspection), automation, and flat panel manufacturing.

  • New Industrial Automation/Motion Control Catalog On High-Precision Linear And Rotary Positioning Systems
    New Industrial Automation/Motion Control Catalog On High-Precision Linear And Rotary Positioning Systems

    Motion control and nano precision positioning systems leader PI (Physik Instrumente) released a new comprehensive catalog of linear and rotary positioning systems engineered and manufactured for industrial precision automation. The products covered in the catalog address industries such as semiconductor production/inspection, laser material processing, automated optical inspection (AOI), and precision opto-mechanical alignment and assembly. PI’s in-house designed and manufactured PIMag linear motor stages and PIglide air bearing technologies and high performance EtherCat®-based industrial precision motion controllers are some of the technologies featured in this catalog.

  • New High-Speed Optical Power Meter Supports Fast Photonics Alignment Applications
    New High-Speed Optical Power Meter Supports Fast Photonics Alignment Applications

    The new F-712.PM1 high speed optical power meter from precision photonics alignment manufacturer PI (Physik Instrumente) converts optical signals and currents of photodiodes into a high resolution, logarithmic analog voltage signal. Its high bandwidth of 20kHz enables faster optical alignment, when used in conjunction with PI’s high speed FMPA photonics alignment systems for SiP (Silicon Photonics) applications. The extended wavelength range of 400 to 1550nm allows working in both the visible and infrared range without switching.

  • Motion Simulation For Image Stabilization, Mars-Rover Proven Actuators, Smart Flexible Transducers: All At PI’s Aerodef Booth #1053
    Motion Simulation For Image Stabilization, Mars-Rover Proven Actuators, Smart Flexible Transducers: All At PI’s Aerodef Booth #1053

    PI (Physik Instrumente), a leader in precision motion control solutions, will showcase an application of its 6-axis hexapod for motion simulation such as used to optimize stabilization systems on vessels,  drones and even for cell phone cameras. PI hexapods are available in a variety of sizes with bases ranging from 100mm to 1m, different stiffness configurations, and supportive of loads from 2 kg to 1,000+ kg.

  • Fast Silicon Photonics Alignment Engine Is A 2018 Photonics Integrated Circuits Awards Finalist – Polls Open Now
    Fast Silicon Photonics Alignment Engine Is A 2018 Photonics Integrated Circuits Awards Finalist – Polls Open Now

    PI has the multi award-winning solution for critical alignment speed and accuracy to a nanoscale level for projects from planar testing to packaging. Honored to be nominated a second year consecutive year, the FMPA Fast Multichannel Photonics Alignment system is a 2018 PIC Awards finalist, which rewards excellence, innovation, and success in the worldwide PIC industry. Voting is open until March 23rd, with the winners of this prestigious award announced on April 10th at the PIC International Conference in Brussels, Belgium. An R&D Top 100 Most Significant Products of the Year winner and Lightwave Innovation Reviews award winner, the FMPA was recently showcased at Photonics West 2018 in San Francisco.

  • MKS Introduces New Flagship Newport Digital Motion Controller
    MKS Introduces New Flagship Newport Digital Motion Controller

    MKS Instruments, Inc. announces the release of the Newport XPS-D Universal Motion Controller and Driver, the new flagship of the  Newport high-performance 8 axis motion controllers. Equipped with the new universal digital driver card, XPS-DRV11, the XPS-D is capable of controlling a wide variety of motor types including stepper, DC, DC brushless and direct drive motors. The XPS-D controller is compatible with all Newport electromechanical stages and provides backward-compatibility to the Newport XPS-Q driver cards and API’s.

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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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