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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...
Automation And Microscopy: Faster Test And Measurement The world of nano-technology now uses the concept that constant velocity will get you to the destination faster than constantly stopped traffic. One technique puts this concept into practice through the use of a fast nano-focus device based on a piezo-ceramic actuator embedded in a flexure guided lens positioning mechanism from PI. This technique allows a comprehensive examination of micro well plates within seconds. This application note...  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...
From Patterned Wafer To Packaged Device: Optical Alignment For Packaging and Test In SiP
From Patterned Wafer To Packaged Device: Optical Alignment For Packaging and Test In SiP As photonic and electronic devices began to converge, bandwidth, efficiency, and functionality improved significantly. On the flip side, testing and packaging these silicon photonic (SiP) devices has proven to be a challenge. Testing conventional microcircuits can be done through physical contact, conventional positioning control devices, and visual inspection. On the other hand, photonic devices require non-contact and nanoscale alignment...  Continue Reading...
Achieving Double-Sided Fiber Optic Alignment with the H-206 Hexapod Positioning System
Achieving Double-Sided Fiber Optic Alignment with the H-206 Hexapod Positioning System PI’s H-206 positioning system uses fast alignment algorithms, six-axis positioning, virtualized rotation and fast optical or analog metrology to achieve double-sided fiber optic alignment.  Continue Reading...
Improved Automated Manufacturing of Opto-Mechanical Components
Improved Automated Manufacturing of Opto-Mechanical Components Hexapod systems can be used to provide precision movement and positioning in the manufacturing process of opto-mechanical components. Often times though, this type of manufacturing process calls for precise motion in all six degrees of freedom.  Continue Reading...
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PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

PIMagĀ® Motion Controller: C-891 PIMagĀ® 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.

Translation Motorized Stages With Five Phase Stepping Motors: OSMS Series Translation Motorized Stages With Five Phase Stepping Motors: OSMS Series

The OSMS Series of translation motorized stages are designed for use in applications where the positioning of measuring instruments or inspection tools require high stiffness and high precision. These five-stage stepping motor driven stages are equipped with lightweight, U-shaped rails that minimize deflection and achieve high stiffness.

Z-Axis Steel Extended Contact Slide Stages: TSD-UD Z-Axis Steel Extended Contact Slide Stages: TSD-UD

The TSD-UD stages from OptoSigma are inverted stages designed to enable the configuration of optical systems or camera alignment on walls or ceilings. Stable in every direction, these stages allow for precise height adjustment via steel balls contracting the R groove of the guide at four points during travel.

X-Axis Steel Extended Contact Slide Stages: TSD-651 X-Axis Steel Extended Contact Slide Stages: TSD-651

The TSD-651 from OptoSigma is a hardened steel linear stage with integrated bearing ways for superior stiffness, accuracy, and durability. These 65 mm stages use M6 size or ¼ inch size screws for fixing the stage to the top of a table with tapped holes.

Tabletop Vibration Isolation System: Onyx Series Tabletop Vibration Isolation System: Onyx Series

The Onyx Series is comprised of tabletop vibration isolation systems designed to isolate sensitive microscopes and research equipment from the vibrations caused by foot traffic, HVAC systems, nearby operating machinery, etc. These systems are ideal for use in optical microscopes, precision inspection stations, highly sensitive lab equipment, micromanipulation, interferometry, and profilometry.

Precision Micro-Translation Stage For Single And Multi-Axis Positioning: M-122 Precision Micro-Translation Stage For Single And Multi-Axis Positioning: M-122

PI’s new M-122 is a palm-top-sized micro-translation stage designed with small dimensions and high speeds for single and multi-axis precision positioning. Due to its low-friction, preloaded, precision-ground ball-screw and a non-contacting optical linear encoder, these stages provide higher accuracy and enhanced repeatability in a variety of applications including photonics packaging, fiber positioning, metrology, quality assurance testing, testing equipment, and micromachining.

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  • SiP Alignment Engine Is Lightwave Innovation Reviews Award Winner
    SiP Alignment Engine Is Lightwave Innovation Reviews Award Winner

    When alignment speed is critical and accuracy needs to be at the nanoscale, for projects from planar testing to packaging, PI has the award-winning solution. The FMPA Fast Multichannel Photonics Alignment system received a 2017 Lightwave Innovation Review Award, which acknowledges the most original and innovative products in optical technology.

  • E-754 Nanopositioning Controller For Piezo Stages Provides Higher Resolution
    E-754 Nanopositioning Controller For Piezo Stages Provides Higher Resolution

    PI has recently improved its best in class with a new reference-class digital controller / driver offering higher bandwidth and resolution, along with 3 times the driver power of its predecessor. From the nanopositioning systems industry leader, the E-754 is designed for closed-loop piezo mechanisms with capacitive position feedback sensors.

  • Miniature Linear Positioning Stage For Single And Multi-Axis Applications
    Miniature Linear Positioning Stage For Single And Multi-Axis Applications

    The L-402 compact linear stage is the newest addition to the suite of motion control solutions available from precision positioning systems industry leader PI (Physik Instrumente). Delivering performance and reliability at minimized cost, this affordable miniature linear positioner is well-suited for micromanipulation, test systems, and opto-mechanical alignment automation applications.

  • New Linear Motor Stages With Magnetic Direct Drives And New Motion Controller From PI
    New Linear Motor Stages With Magnetic Direct Drives And New Motion Controller From PI

    Motion and nanopositioning industry leader PI is expanding its PIMag® series of high dynamics linear motor stages with 2 new models and a new motion controller. Stages are equipped with incremental and absolute-type linear encoders for direct position measurement and ironless 3-phase motors and single-phase voice-coil drives.

  • Two New High-Load and Compact 6-Axis Motion PI Hexapods
    Two New High-Load and Compact 6-Axis Motion PI Hexapods

    As the usability for hexapods increase, PI is responding with new hexapods to meet those project needs - the H-850KML, 500kg high-load hexapod and the H-825KLL, compact hexapod with load capacity to 35kg. Both systems provide sub-micron precision.

  • New Multi-Axis Positioning Family: Vertical, Rotary, Linear Stages From PI
    New Multi-Axis Positioning Family: Vertical, Rotary, Linear Stages From PI

    PI recently developed its new family of linear, rotary, and Z-axis stages to meet those demanding requirements. The new motorized positioning stage family is available with high-resolution encoders and a choice of stepper and servo motors. Lower cost open loop models are also offered, as well as vacuum versions. The use of high performance components makes these stages ideal for industry and research, especially in high duty cycle applications.

  • Scott Jordan Named Head Of Photonics By PI
    Scott Jordan Named Head Of Photonics By PI

    PI recently appointed Scott Jordan as Head of their Photonics Market Segment.

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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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