Positioning Equipment

WHITE PAPERS AND CASE STUDIES

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Photonic Array Device Assembly
PI’s Fast Multichannel Photonic Alignment (FMPA) technology was introduced in 2016.  It quickly amassed prestigious honors like the R&D 100 Award and the Lightwave Innovations Award for its revolutionary ability to perform multiple alignment processes in parallel. Download the case study for the full story.  Continue Reading..
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High Resolution Steps For Angular Displacement Using The Nano-MTA2
This application note presents data that demonstrates the Nano-MTA2 ability to take extremely small steps of 25 nanoradians and for these steps to be discerned by an external measurement. This performance is possible due to the low noise and high-resolution capabilities of the PicoQ® sensors that are exclusive to Mad City Labs systems.  Continue Reading..
Controlling Hexapod 6-DOF Alignment Robots Via EtherCAT®
This white paper presents the latest generation of PI hexapod controllers with integrated EtherCAT interface now make it very easy for users to integrate hexapods into automation systems without the need for to perform challenging kinematic transformations.  Continue Reading..
How To Use A Motion Control System For Spiral 3D Tomography Based On Air Bearings, Linear Motors And Piezo Motors
How To Use A Motion Control System For Spiral 3D Tomography Based On Air Bearings, Linear Motors And Piezo Motors
This application note presents the new motion control system and explains how it works based on air bearings, linear motors, and piezo motors.  Continue Reading..
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..

PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

The X-417 from PI is a multi-axis positioning system that delivers an integrated solution for industrial applications with high demands on dynamics and precision. XY or XYZ systems with suitable ACS high-performance controller are available with several travel ranges from 204 to 407 mm.

The V-508 PIMag Precision Linear Stage from PI is designed with 80, 170, and 250 mm travel ranges. It features electromagnetic direct drive linear motors that are dispensed with mechanical components in the drivetrain and transfer the drive force directly and friction-free to the motion platform. The drives reach high velocities and accelerations.

The F-712.HA2 from PI is a high-precision double-sided fiber alignment system ideally designed for applications in silicon photonics applications. These fiber alignment systems feature integrated scan routines for fiber optic alignments, automatic alignment of several fibers in <0.5s, and excellent position sensors for high accuracy and operational reliability.

The NanoCube® Nanopositioner from PI is a compact parallel-kinematic piezo system featuring the highest stiffness in all spatial directions. It is ideally used in a variety of application fields, including fiber positioning, scanning microscopy, 2-photon polymerization, nanotechnology, photonics integrated optics, micromanipulation, and sample positioning.

The Nano-Man5 is a 5-axis piezo nanopositioning system with closed loop feedback control for absolute position measurement. The compact design makes it easy to integrate into existing instrumentation. The Nano-Man5 is designed for alignment applications that require 3 linear axes combined with tip/tilt capabilities. The included position sensors ensure picometer and nanoradian accuracy under closed loop control.

The MMP series comprises precision, stepper motor driven micropositioning systems with up to 25mm of travel.  They are available in 1, 2 or 3 axis configurations but can be employed in a modular design. The proprietary intelligent control scheme results in exceptional stability with high native precision. The MMP series has been designed for use with our closed loop nanopositioners.

The Nano-Bio series offers ultra-low profile XY piezo nanopositioning systems with up to 300 microns of travel per axis. The Nano-Bio Series includes exclusive PicoQ® sensors yielding low noise and high stability performance under closed loop control. These attributes make this series ideal for single molecule microscopy, optical trapping, and atomic force microscopy.

The Nano-MTA Series are piezo nanopositioning mirror tip/tilt actuators. With nanoradian resolution, the Nano-MTA Series is ideal for applications involving laser beam steering, tracking, and scanning. Proprietary PicoQ® technology provides absolute, repeatable position measurement under closed loop control. The Nano-MTA series is capable of high speed, high stability motion and has been used in applications such as gravitational wave detection which need extremely stable and precise movement.

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