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(Nanowerk News) Nanopositioning specialist PI (Physik Instrumente), a leader and solution provider in motion control and positioning components and systems, releases its latest product line catalog on Air Bearing stages.
PIglide Air Bearing Technology Catalog
The new brochure on US-designed and manufactured precision positioning equipment was introduced at this year’s LASER World of PHOTONICS – one of the world’s leading international trade shows and conferences for the laser and photonics industry – in Munich, Germany.

Why Air Bearings

Air-bearings have no rolling or sliding elements and deliver completely frictionless, non-contact motion, resulting in negligible hysteresis or reversal error, better straightness, flatness and velocity stability, which are ideal prerequisites for high-end industrial inspection and manufacturing operations. Air bearing stages are ideally suited for many high precision applications, such as metrology, photonics alignment, semiconductor, flat panel display, precision scanning applications, and cleanroom applications.

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Nanometer precision and multi-axis motion stages designed with the highest straightness / flatness are the hallmarks of PI’s standard and custom designed air bearing solutions. The PI group develops and manufactures all air bearing products at their Hopkinton, MA and Milford, NH facilities.
Download PIglide Air Bearing Technology Catalog (pdf)
Standard and Custom
PI has in-house engineered solutions from over 4 decades of experience working with customers to provide a standard product or to modify existing product designs to fit the exact requirements of the application with a custom solution.
Applications of PIglide Air Bearing Technology
Applications include metrology, photonics alignment, semiconductor, flat panel display, precision scanning applications, cleanroom applications.
About PI
PI is a leading manufacturer of precision motion control equipment, piezo motors, air bearing stages and hexapod parallel-kinematics for semiconductor applications, photonics, bio-nano-technology and medical engineering. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard & custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 4 decades. The company has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994 and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research. PI is present worldwide with eleven subsidiaries, R&D / engineering on 3 continents and total staff of 800+.
Source: PI (press release)
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