Five Building Blocks for Your Customized Positioning Solution



Smart Vaccine Patch Production with Piezo Elements

Fight Against COVID-19

In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, modern vaccination technologies are gaining importance as they promise to protect the world population from future pandemics. Vaccine patches are one of these next generation applications and piezo components or actuators can be used to precisely dispense tiniest droplets on the microneedles.


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Ultrasonic Metering in Intensive Care Devices

Fight Against COVID-19

Viruses and other infections particularly affect people with pre-existing conditions such as renal or cardiovascular diseases. In regard to the treatment and therapy of such illnesses, the demands on the medical devices used are ever increasing. Piezo technology offers various possibilities to improve them: Using piezo transducers, for example, makes intensive care devices such as infusion systems...


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Piezo Technology for Medical Ventilators and Nebulizers

Fight Against COVID-19

Chronic respiratory diseases like mucoviscidosis, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) but also bronchitis, influenza and lung diseases related to COVID-19 require extensive medical treatment. Medical ventilators and nebulizers have a significant part in improving patients’ clinical condition and treating their illnesses. Piezo-driven devices offer high precision and efficiency...


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How an Industrial Safety Concept Can Be Combined with a Hexapod

Finger, hand, or body protection in automated production processes

The integration of a barrier-free safety concept into the control circuit of the hexapod, e.g. of a PILZ safety light curtain, ensures finger, hand, and body protection depending on the required safety level.


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High Dynamic and Precision in All Three Directions in Space: Positioning Systems for Genome Sequencing

Fight Against COVID-19

The Sequencing-by-Synthesis method, also known as Solexa-Illumina-method, is the most widespread method among all Next-Generation-Sequencing methods (NGS). It was used to identify the RNA fingerprint of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in January 2020 in a research institute in Wuhan. Since then, this RNA fingerprint measurement has frequently been repeated in research institutes all over the world. And today...


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Piezo Ceramics Enable Precise Liquid Handling for in Vitro Diagnostics

Fight Against COVID-19

In vitro diagnostics (IVD) opens up numerous possibilities for early diagnosis and detection of diseases. The requirements for fluid handling in IVD devices are extremely demanding: very small quantities of fluids with different properties must be dosed or moved with high precision. Piezoelectric components and actuators perform these tasks.


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Choosing the Right Hexapod Model

Software Simulates Real Application Situation

Which hexapod is suitable for a specific application and how do external factors influence the limits of the workspace and load? With the hexapod simulation tool you can check even before making a decision on which model to buy if a hexapod is suitable for the positioning task at hand and if it is, which model exactly is suitable.


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New Decade, New Structures: Generational Change at PI

Dr. Karl Spanner, the chairman of PI, passes on the company leadership to Markus Spanner

PI started the new decade with a silent and long planned generational change of the company management. After 42 years as managing director, Dr. Karl Spanner has handed over the management of the company to his son, Markus Spanner.


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Israeli Start-Up Healium Medical Receives the Prestigious ICI 2019 Innovation Award for Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

Piezo Ultrasound Elements from PI Are Used for the Award-Winning Treatment Method

Healium Medical was named 1st Prize-Winner of the ICI 2019 Innovation Award Competition (Innovation in Cardiovascular Interventions). Ran Sela, CEO and founder of Healium Medical proudly received $ 100,000 in prize money for its new treatment method of atrial fibrillation.


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Supporting Cutting Edge Innovation

PI is proud to be part of an innovative new light based data storage technology developed by Microsoft and the University of Southampton under Project Silica.


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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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