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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, and developing a strong human machine interface (HMI) software through CAD/CAM post processing, motion profile generation, user interface and host programming, motion programming, laser control, and real-time IO control. This article discusses how these issues can now be solved with...  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 such as coordinate measuring machines (CMM) 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. They are inherently frictionless, highly stable, and feature geometric precision straightness and flatness for linear bearings.  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. Many traditionally used articulated-arm robots are fast and can handle heavy loads, but they lack positioning accuracy. In the past, hexapod parallel kinematic robots were considered overkill for the automotive industry. Now, however, the situation is rapidly changing. This white paper describes the major benefits that...  Continue Reading...
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PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

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.

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.

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NEWS

  • 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.

  • MKS Introduces Newport Industrial Vertical Stage With High Load Capacity
    MKS Introduces Newport Industrial Vertical Stage With High Load Capacity

    MKS Instruments, Inc. announces the release of the Newport IDL280-Z20 vertical stage for industrial applications that require high load capacities. Based on a proven and modular wedge design, the IDL280-Z20 provides a minimum incremental motion (MIM) of 0.1 µm over 20 mm of travel with smooth motion for fine positioning. A precision ball screw drive with 2mm pitch is able to move loads up to 500N with a speed of 5 mm/s.

  • New Catalog On Piezo-Mechanic Nanopositioning Motion Systems For OEM, Industry And Research Released
    New Catalog On Piezo-Mechanic Nanopositioning Motion Systems For OEM, Industry And Research Released

    Motion and nano precision positioning systems leader PI (Physik Instrumente) released a new 250 page catalog on precision mechatronic actuators and nanopositioning systems based on piezo drive technology and frictionless flexure guiding systems.  Products covered in this catalog use PI’s in-house designed and manufactured Mars Rover-tested piezo ceramic actuators as their drive principle.

  • New Direct-Drive Linear Motor Stages Deliver Sub-nm Resolution
    New Direct-Drive Linear Motor Stages Deliver Sub-nm Resolution

    Motion and nanopositioning industry leader PI released a new precision feedback option for its linear stages equipped with direct-drive ironless 3-phase motors.

  • New PI Micro-Positioning Components And Solutions Catalog
    New PI Micro-Positioning Components And Solutions Catalog

    Applications for linear and rotary stages with classical DC and stepper motors include the industrial fields and research where precise positioning of measuring tools, processing tools and cameras is mission critical.

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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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