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Posted: Apr 21, 2016

Control Multiple Drive Technologies With 1 Controller: from Electromagnetic to Piezoelectric

(Nanowerk News) Motion control and nanopositioning solutions leader PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. released a new motion controller system the C-885 PIMotionMaster that allows users to integrate different drive technologies from traditional servo and stepper motors to highly specialized piezo-ceramic motors, all via one interface and software suite.
C-885 PIMotionMaster
All-In-One, Automatic Detection
The C-885 is a modular system, available in 2 sizes, which can house 4 to 20 controller frames (8 to 40 channels). The digital processor and interface module operate as a communication hub between the C-885 and a PC, occupying one module slot. Each added module is automatically detected, saving set-up and programming time.
The CAN bus connection provides excellent synchronicity of all positioning systems connected to the controller.
Watch how easy start-up is
Plug & Play for Multiple Types of Motors
After the modules are installed in the rack, individual axis configuration and movement is easily set-up using the included PIMikroMove software, a comprehensive Windows GUI that does not require programming knowledge for commissioning or direct operation. Modules are currently available for PI translation/rotation stages equipped with DC motors or brushless DC motors, stepper motors, ultrasonic ceramic motor-driven stages and ultra-high precision PiezoWalk motor-equipped nanopositioners.
Specifications, Datasheet, More Information
Standard and Custom
PI provides in-house engineered solutions with over 4 decades of experience delivering products that exceed expectations and application demands of our customers. PI can quickly modify existing product designs or provide a fully customized OEM part to fit the exact requirements of the application.
Applications of C-885 PIMotionMaster
Fields of applications include precision motion control in automation, nanopositioning, photonics, semiconductor testing, laser machining.
Features & Advantages
  • Integrates Different Drive Technologies: Servo, Stepper, Ultrasonic, PiezoWalk
  • Easy Configuration and Start-Up
  • Modular Design for Expandable Configuration
  • Scalable Grows with the Application
  • Space and Cost-Saving
  • 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 850.
    Source: PI (press release)
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