Five Building Blocks for Your Customized Positioning Solution



Cost Effective, Modular XYZ Photonic Alignment

Submicron Features and Rising Quantities Require Automated, Fast Alignment Procedures

In the field of Silicon Photonics, a challenge is the exceedingly fine alignment required to couple inputs and outputs. PI’s new F-131 Modular XYZ Photonic Alignment System provides an excellent foundation for developing, studying and pursuing manufacturing and testing of photonic components.


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New Whitepaper: Piezo Tip/Tilt Systems

Design – Performance – Tuning

Piezo tip/tilt systems from PI (Physik Instrumente) are versatile positioning systems ─ they are ideal for dynamic operation in applications such as scanning, tracking, for suppressing drift oscillation or dynamic image stabilizing. Piezo tip/tilt systems and scanners offer greater acceleration and dynamic bandwidth than similar actuators such as for example, voice coil or galvanometer scanners....


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Precision Motion and Positioning due to High-Resolution Measuring Technology

External Interferometer vs. Internal Sensor

Read more on „Controlling PI Positioners with External Zygo Interferometer“ in the new whitepaper!


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Precision and Throughput for Electronics Manufacturing Applications

Find high-performance positioning solutions in the new brochure “Motion Systems for Electronics Manufacturing”

PI offers positioning systems for different production steps, for example to place, process or test parts and components.


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Just Three Steps to the Positioning Solution for your Automation Tasks

Not only are automated production processes to be found on assembly lines, but also in the subsequent inspection and testing steps. Motion and positioning systems providing several degrees of freedom are gaining in importance for increasing throughput with at least with the same or improved quality. PI has both the experience and know-how for high-precision solutions.


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Positioning Heavy Loads with Nanometer Precision over Long Travel Ranges

Is That Feasible?

Hybrid drives combine two different drive concepts into a high-performance and precision positioning system. They take advantage of both drives. These types of solutions are always in demand when one drive alone is not in a position to meet all of the requirements of applications. An example of this is nanometer-precision positioning of heavy loads over long travel ranges. Nanopositioning systems...


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Five Building Blocks for Your Customized Positioning Solution

It is only possible to benefit from market advantages with unconventional solutions. That also applies to precision positioning. For decades, we at PI have been successfully solving the positioning and motion problems of our customers from research departments of large companies or fundamental research and make sure that they are able to make that decisive step forwards. Read more about the 5...


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New Hexapod Catalog

High-Precision Positioning in six Axes

Automating processes in production, inspection, and testing requires increasingly more accuracy in the micrometer or even nanometer range. Hexapods are predestined for precision positioning in several axes. Their parallel-kinematic design allows a greater bandwidth of loads, travel ranges, and velocities. The new catalog now presents the entire product range and includes the extensive range of...


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Reference Edge, Robust Industrial Connectors, Connector for Purge Air, Debris Protection

How to Meet the Requirements of Machine Builders for Precision Linear Stages?

Dr. Cliff Jolliffe explains the motivation for development and why the new series of linear stages meet the requirements of machine builders.


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It is only possible to benefit from market advantages with unconventional solutions. That also applies to precision positioning. For decades, we at PI have been successfully solving the positioning and motion problems of our customers from research departments of large companies or fundamental research and make sure that they are able to make that decisive step forwards. Read more about the 5 major building blocks.

1. Understanding the Task

Does that not sound self-evident? If necessary and particularly for high-tech applications, it is decisive to take a much closer look at the application in order to find out exactly what is "hurting" the customer. This can only be successful with technically experienced contacts in the sales force, in development, and even members of the service staff. They all have to know where the critical points are in an application so that they can provide the optimum solution. Ideally, assistance is provided by PI market specialists who are familiar with specific requirements of their market segments and speak the language of the user.

2. Constructive Collaboration

The specialists stay with the customer from the initial ideas to realization and consignment. Important for tricky tasks: During the development phase, both PI and the customer work together on an equal footing and any changes are always notified if they affect the concept. 

3. Using the Technological Diversity

Those who have to rely on innovative solutions, may not be restricted by the choice of technology. There may be several solutions for a number of applications. An example is the question of nanometer precision for travel ranges that are longer than those of classical piezo drives. In this case, PI can use linear motors with air bearings that work with particularly high precision. Or, piezo motors can be used if nonmagnetic drives are required. Hybrid drives take advantage of combinations, for example, electric motors and piezo or voice coil. As far as control is concerned, the question is whether an individual solution with quickly usable software packages for integration is suitable or whether industrial interfaces are required. It's good when everything comes from one single source!

4. Being Creative

Creativity at the push of a button seldom works. But when sophisticated tasks are on the agenda that come from the development departments of large companies or from fundamental research, an open and creative environment occurs all by itself. Proof of this comes from the large number of scientific publications that mostly would not have been possible without the corresponding positioning solutions from PI. 

5. Drawing on Experience

Realizing new requirements from research departments is the day-to-day business for development departments. However, it is never just routine! Each request and each customer is supplied with an individually optimized solution. It is important to draw on the rich wealth of experience from previously realized projects and developments in technology. In addition to a large number of projects that of course, are always dealt with confidentially if the customer so wishes, there are also a large number of customer-specific examples that can be viewed in gallery >> here





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Birgit Schulze

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