40 Years of Experience      
Micro- and Nanopositioning, NanoAutomation® Leading-Edge Solutions for Science and Industry
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Where nanopositioning technology and motion control systems of the highest accuracy level are concerned, PI has been a globally leading supplier for many years.
4 Decades of Experience
When PI introduced piezoelectric nanopositioning technology almost 40 years ago, typical customers were research labs and universities working on laser cavity tuning, Fabry-Perot interferometers and filters. Few foresaw that whole industrial sectors like semiconductor manufacturing or biotechnology would become dependent on progress in nanopositioning. Today, not even the precision machining industry can do without nanometer-level positioning systems.

Financially Strong-Great Advantage for OEM Customers
PI is a financially stable, privately owned company with a broadly diversified customer base that spans many fields. This strength has allowed PI to keep investing in the next upswing even during the downturn, instead of laying highly-trained people off — a well established, short-sighted practice in the industry. When the economy rebounds, PI is in a position to ramp up production quickly while maintaining the quality customers expect from an ISO9001 certified company.

Key Technologies In-House-Vertical Integration
PI follows a vertical integration strategy designed to develop and maintain all key technologies in-house. We supervise each and every step from design to delivery in the following areas: software, precision mechanics, digital and analog control electronics, sub-nanometer capacitive position sensors, piezo ceramics and piezo actuators. This assures the highest quality and reduces cost.
Future Technology Solutions
Today PI delivers micro- and nanopositioning solutions for all important high-tech markets:
  • Semiconductors
  • Biotechnology, Medical Design
  • Microscopy, Laser, Optics
  • Data Storage
  • Photonics, Fiber Optics, Telecom
  • Life Sciences
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Precision Machining
  • Astronomy
  • Microsystems Technology
Micron to submicron incremental motion with travel ranges to hundreds of millimeters, typically motor-driven

Nanometer to subnanometer incremental motion with travel ranges of tens to hundreds of microns, typically piezo-driven, no stiction, friction or backlash, extremely low response times.

Nanopositioning on a millisecond time scale.
Integrated Management System
As a modern enterprise PI maintains an integrated management system that unites and co-ordinates the requirements of quality management, environmental protection, industrial safety and health as laid down in the following standards:
ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (QMS)
ISO 14001: 2004 Environmental Management System (EMS)
OHSAS 18001:2007 Health and Safety Management System (HSMS)
This ensures that at PI, customer orientation as well as the orientation towards employees, the environment and results are regarded as interrelated processes, and are essential ingredients for quality and continuous improvement.
PI Vital Statistics

Headquarters in Karlsruhe and PI Ceramic Works, Germany (w/o PI miCos)
~33.000 m² Useable Floorspace
~15.000 m² Manufacturing
~9.000 m² R&D / Administration
~145.000 m² Enclosed Space
~1000 m² Cleanroom
>700 Employees Worldwide

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PI headquarters in Karlsruhe.

PI reception desk:
Our employees look forward to your visit.

One of a number of conference rooms: Training is very important at PI, where all employees keep up with the latest techniques through continuous education

Piezoceramic R&D and production facility:
PI Ceramic in Thuringia.

PI miCos HQ in Eschbach, Germany
PI miCos specializes in motorized precision positioners, vacuum positioners and engineered systems.