Positioning Equipment

WHITE PAPERS AND CASE STUDIES

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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..
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..

PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

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.

The MadPLL® is digital phase lock loop controller designed for use with Mad City Labs nanopositioning systems as part of a DIY resonant probe atomic force microscope (AFM). MadPLL® includes AFMView™2 software, probe boards and sensor amplifier. The supplied software features automated setup, configuration control, auto-Q calculation and automatic parasitic capacitance compensation (PCC) control.

The Nano-OP Series offers a versatile range of compact, single axis piezo nanopositioners. With travel ranges up to 100 microns and a robust design, these nanopositioners are used in many different applications. The inclusion of the PicoQ® sensors ensures low noise performance under closed loop control. The Nano-OP series has been used for AFM probe control, interferometry, and optical microscopy.

The Nano-HS3M is a high speed, 3 axis piezo nanopositioning system with picometer positioning resolution. The inclusion of PicoQ® sensor technology provides absolute, repeatable position measurement under closed loop control. The ultra-low noise floor and the high resonant frequency of the Z-axis makes it ideal for high speed performance. The Nano-HS3M has been used as a tip scanner for Mad City Labs AFM.

The MCL-NSOM is a near field scanning optical microscope using a resonant probe. The MCL-NSOM is built on a microscope platform with access to optical pathways making it ideal to use with optical microscopy techniques. The MCL-NSOM includes 6 axes of motorized positioning and 3 axes of closed loop nanopositioning for exceptional position resolution. The NSOM can be operated in 5 standard NSOM modes and can also be used solely as a resonant probe AFM.

NEWS

  • Vacuum Compatible Miniature Linear And Rotary Stages, New From PI

    PI’s family of miniature micro and nanopositioning stages is expanding with the new RS-40 rotary stage and M-111 linear stages as engineers gave specific consideration to material selection, use of lubricants and coatings, and outbakeing temperatures for high and ultra-high vacuum conditions.

  • Compact, Low-Cost Optical Power Meters For Photonics Alignment Provide High Bandwidth

    The F-712.IRP1 and its two channel sibling, the F-712.IRP2, convert optical signals in the 600nm to 1700nm range with optical power from 230 picowatts to 1.3 milliwatts into an analog output voltage of 0.1V - 1.6V. In order to be useful for fast optical alignment systems, the output signal conversion is logarithmic and optical power changes can be detected and converted with a bandwidth of 6kHz.

  • 5-Axis Stage With Closed-Loop Motors For High Precision Positioning And Fiber-Optics Alignment

    PI (Physik Instrumente) LP offers a compact 5-axis stage for precision alignment and positioning required in fields such as fiber-optics and photonics. The modular, 5DOF motorized stage consists of a 3-axis linear module and two goniometers. A multi-axis controller and software with automated alignment functionality is also available. Sub-micron precision is guaranteed by highly accurate mechanical components and encoder feedback for closed-loop operation.

  • Industrial Automation, Laser Material Processing: Interactive Virtual Tradeshow Booths, New From PI

    With tradeshows and conferences postponed, OEMs, researchers, MEs, and EEs in all fields are challenged to remain abreast of the most responsive, cutting edge motion control solutions. PI (Physik Instrumente) LP, the leading innovator of motion control solutions for 50 years, has launched a series of virtual tradeshow booths on their website, beginning with Industrial Automation and Laser Material Processing solutions.

  • Motorized Miniature Translation Stage Is Affordable And Precise, Newly Released By PI

    The L-408 linear stage strikes a good balance of load capacity, precision, and low cost. It has applications in research and industry including optics, bio-tech, and assembly of miniature components and photonics instrumentation.

  • XY Positioning Table Wtih Linear Motors And Encoders Provides High Accuracy And Velocity

    The V-738 XY translation stage is designed to meet the highest positioning accuracy demands, for applications such as industrial automation, laser processing and flat panel display test and manufacturing. The mechanical design is based on a three piece arrangement for improved geometric performance. In contrast to XY-stage assemblies where two single axis translation stages are bolted together, the integrated, planar design of the V-738 provides better orthogonality (<100µrad) and straightness/flatness (2µm).

  • 160 Page Catalog n Piezo Linear Motors, Rotation Stages, And Multi-Axis Motion Systems

    Piezo motors provide excellent dynamic properties, such as high acceleration and fast start/stop behavior, along with nanometer precision and stability. In contrast to traditional piezo mechanisms, like piezo stacks and piezo flexure stages, piezo motors are not limited to short travel ranges.

POSITIONING EQUIPMENT VIDEOS

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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