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Physik Instrumente (PI) – Well-Positioned All Over the World

PI is the world's leading provider of nanopositioning products and systems. All key technologies are developed, manufactured and qualified in-house by PI: Piezo components, actuators and motors, magnetic drives, guiding systems, nanometrology sensors, electronic amplifiers, digital controllers and software.

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PI positioning systems are employed where technology is pushed forward in industry and research. This is done, for example, in semiconductor manufacturing, in medical engineering, in biotechnology, in plant engineering, in surface metrology, or in astronomy.

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PI combines its long-term experience in micro and nanopositioning technology with in-depth knowledge in the fields of mechanics, electronics, sensor engineering and software. Thus, PI is able to offer its customers the most advanced drive technologies and system solutions.

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Suitable Motion Controller for all Ultrasonic Piezo Motors and Stages


From Precision Positioning to Handling

Piezo-based ultrasonic drives ensure high dynamics and compact dimensions in positioning systems. An integral part of the philosophy behind the PILine® drives from PI (Physik Instrumente) is the flexibility to respond to user requirements. In this context, the range of motion controllers has now been expanded. This makes a wide spectrum of single and two-channel versions available that can be used according to the application from precision positioning (C-867) up to the handling (C-877).

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PI Ceramic Expands its PICMA® Chip Product Range


Rings and Round Chips With Larger Dimensions

PICMA® Chip miniature multilayer piezo actuators with up to 16 mm diameter for dynamic applications in the fields of laser tuning, micro dispensing and life science.

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Suitable for all Piezo Actuator Nanopositioning Systems


The All-Rounder Among the Digital Controllers

Piezo-based nanopositioning systems are known for their high precision. However, this is not self-evident since the motion characteristics of piezo actuators are by no means linear. This must be compensated by suitable control.

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PI Expands its Technological Spectrum


Air bearings are essential for nanometer precision motion with extremely high velocity stability over long travel ranges. In contrast to mechanical guides, the air bearing enables the moving platform to glide over a layer of air with almost no friction at all. This means that no hysteresis or backlash occurs and when combined with linear motors, it is possible to reach very high velocities.

Above all, air bearings ensure excellent guiding accuracy, which means straightness and flatness of motion well below one micrometer. PI has implemented on dual motor axis of PIglide HS Planar XY stage an active yaw control algorithm. Y-Axis and Yaw Axis have separate control loops for linear and rotational motion control.

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