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WHITE PAPERS AND CASE STUDIES

Automation And Microscopy: Faster Test And Measurement
Automation And Microscopy: Faster Test And Measurement The world of nanotechnology 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.  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...
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

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.

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.

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NEWS

  • 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.

  • PI's Precision Automation Solutions Featured At 2017 LASER World Of PHOTONICS
    PI's Precision Automation Solutions Featured At 2017 LASER World Of PHOTONICS

    The world’s largest conference and trade show on laser technology and photonics is the backdrop for PI’s most anticipated high performance motion solutions for photonics, robotics, microscopy, and precision industrial automation applications. Held in Munich, Germany from June 26th to 29th, LASER World of PHOTONICS includes lectures and exhibits from the pioneers of the photonics world and anticipates more than 30,000 visitors this year.

  • Motion And Control Industry 2017 Awards Skills And Training Finalist Is PI
    Motion And Control Industry 2017 Awards Skills And Training Finalist Is PI

    Motion control and nanopositioning application solutions expert PI (Physik Instrumente) is celebrating a second consecutive year of recognition at the 2017 Motion and Control Industry (MCI) Awards, receiving finalist status last month for “Manufacturer of the Year” and “Contribution to Skills & Training” at the award ceremony held at the National Conference Centre, near Birmingham, UK. PI was awarded MCI’s 2016 “Manufacturer of the Year”, which recognizes both individuals and companies as the best of the best in the motion control industry.

  • Dynamic Positioning And Scanning Delivered In Integrated XY Linear Motor Drive
    Dynamic Positioning And Scanning Delivered In Integrated XY Linear Motor Drive

    Precision motion control and nanopositioning industry leader PI (Physik Instrumente) now offers a new reference class XY stage in its PIMag® series of high dynamics linear motor stages with the V-731, equipped with incremental linear encoders for direct position measurement and 3-phase electromagnetic linear motors. Fields of application include micro-assembly, biotechnology, precision laser machining, optics, lens testing, and photonics alignment.

  • New Motion Controller For Linear And Rotary Air Bearing Stages
    New Motion Controller For Linear And Rotary Air Bearing Stages

    Air bearings provide advantages over mechanical bearings when frictionless vibration-free motion is required, highly constant velocity control is crucial, and when angular repeatability and geometric performance must be optimal. Nanopositioning industry leader PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. has released a new high-performance motion control controller designed to handle 1, 2 or 4-axis of PIglide air bearing positioning stages.

  • 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.

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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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