Engineered Subsystems for Automation

Precision components, stable control and a great deal of experience in engineering are essential for high-precision complex motion and positioning solutions. PI is a supplier of technologically sophisticated motion-centric solutions and therefore makes use of own drive components and high-precision positioners. All levels of integration can be offered up to multi-axis combinations that use different drive technologies including motion control.

Engineering designs of motion subsystems have been a part of PI's core business for many years. Customized solutions, fitting seamlessly into existing processes, advance automation in manufacturing and inspection processes for chip production or photonics packaging as well as major research installations.

Core Competencies

  • Support and consulting for motion and positioning applications
  • Reliable and prompt series production even for large quantities
  • Economic design
  • Complex multi-axis designs and parallel kinematic robotics
  • Broad spectrum of in-house technologies: Drive, guide, and sensor technologies
  • In-house development of motion control electronics and software platform
  • Software support with libraries and drivers
  • Commissioning

Engineered subsystems are an essential approach to support our OEM and system integration customers. We also offer integration to our highly capable families of PI and ACS motion controllers.

Dr. Cliff Jolliffe, Head of Market Segment Industrial Automation

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Engineered Precision Systems Use Top-Quality Components

The key to success is that the entire knowledge and experience of the PI Group is used for creating customized products for individual applications. Customized solutions are made easy with the broad portfolio of standard products available from one supplier. PI provides all the components for the system and configures the multi-axis structures.

Steps Towards Success

  1. Define together what the exact purpose of your question or application is
  2. Cooperate closely with you on an engineering design level during the concept phase to find the perfect solution
  3. Provide a technical and business proposal
  4. Detail the complete system
  5. The system is assembled, tested, approved by the customer and then delivered

To make new business fields profitable requires automated assembly technologies capable of achieving otherwise impractical combinations of throughput and precision across multiple degrees of freedom. On the basis of our broad product and technology portfolio, our experienced and creative engineers strive to develop the technically best possible motion solution for your process.

Scott Jordan, Head of Market Segment Photonics

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Production Capacity for Customized Products

The production spectrum ranging from integrated systems, a two-ton hexapod to a 10-gram nanopositioner requires that PI has available equipment and technologies with which these systems can be manufactured, assembled, and qualified.

  • 5,000 m² clean room for production
  • Climate- and vibration-isolated measuring conditions
  • Vacuum technology for environments to 10-10 hPa


  • Metrology with traceable, calibrated external measuring equipment
  • Monitoring of piezo actuator technology from material composition to final inspection
  • In-house manufacturing of positioning sensors

The professional production, assembly and qualification has top priority, starting from the first prototype.

Ralf Fütterer, Head of the Manufacturing Fractal for Customized Products

Levels of Integration

PI is a leading supplier of high-precision devices in various states of integration. Components like piezo drives, sensors and compact motion controllers can be adapted to fit into OEM machines and production equipment. Manufacturing capacity for volume production is granted. The classical positioning system provides easiest set-up and allows for individual integration into an application. Fully integrated motion systems offer full functionality designed according to unique market requirements.

Products & Projects

Gantry Systems

Gantries are normally equipped with linear motors. Travel ranges of up to 2 meters in XY are possible. If preferred, DC or stepper motors can be used for the Z axis. If nanometer precision is required, piezo actuators take care of dynamic fine adjustment.

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Beamline Projects

Beamline-Projects benefit from installation and qualification on site until the full acceptance of the delivered solution. This includes also UHV-ready delivery.


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