Piezo Objective Positioners and Scanners For Super Resolution Microscopy

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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News and Announcements

Piezo Actuators – The First Choice for Reliability


100 Billion Cycles Without Failures or Loss in Performance

The service life and reliability of piezo actuators strongly depends on the environmental conditions at the site of application. Humidity, temperature and operating voltage are of considerable influence. The answer lies in optimized materials and manufacturing processes, appropriate design and the choice of suitable insulation.

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PI is the Strategic Partner for ZEISS


Bundled Expertise for the Highest Packing Densities

Graphic or computer applications with high memory requirements, high-resolution digital camera systems, not to mention the need for very low power consumption require increasingly higher packing densities in semiconductor production. Modern lithographic processes are the reason why chips are getting smaller and smaller and why extremely fine structures can be applied to silicon wafers.

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High-Dynamics Hexapod Uses Magnetic Direct Drives


For Motion Simulations and Test Equipment  

At the SPS IPC Drives 2014 trade show in Nuremberg, Germany, PI unveiled its newly developed parallel kinematic Hexapod systems with magnetic direct drives. They offer extremely high dynamics and are intended for motion simulations and test equipment in industry and research.

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Featured Facts

13 Billion Light Years in the Spotlight

50 antennas of the ALMA observatory, the largest ground-based telescope array, use high-precision Hexapods from PI. Under extreme ambient conditions of the Atacama Desert, 5000 meters above sea level, the Hexapods align the sub-reflectors to the large main reflectors of the radio telescopes.

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PI ALMA Hexapod
Breathtaking view through a PI Hexapod onto the Atacama Desert, Chile

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