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Posted: Sep 17, 2016

Cost-Effective Piezo Stage Package for High-Resolution Microscopy Released by PI

(Nanowerk News) Piezo scanners are fundamental tools for high resolution microscopy as the rapid response and sub-atomic resolution is instrumental in acquiring high-quality images quickly. As an industry leader in motion and precision positioning products for scientific applications, PI has released a 2nd generation of its successful PInano® product line of high resolution XY/XYZ multi-axis positioning systems. The package includes the piezo scanner, software, and a new, state-of-the art digital controller.
PICMA piezo drive
Digital Controller with Fast Focus and Freeze, Automated Scans
The digital servo piezo controller offers the advantage of higher linearity, simple operation, and easy access to advanced features in comparison to conventional analog piezo controllers. It provides responsive real-time tracking, and it supports PI's unique Fast Focus & Freeze capability, where the unit can be bumplessly switched from external (focus) sensor to internal (capacitive, SGS or piezoresistive) sensor, allowing precise, calibrated, stable motions with respect to the focal plane. An all-inclusive software package is included: drivers for LabVIEW, dynamic libraries for Windows and Linux, MATLAB. The system is also compatible with major image acquisition packages, such as MetaMorph, µManager, Andor iQ. Interfaces consist of USB, SPI, RS-232, and analog. Supported functions include Wave generator, data recorder, auto zero, and trigger I/O.
Watch Nanopositioning Applications for Microscopy, Neuroscience, and Metrology
200µm Travel, Millisecond Response Time, Cost-Effective
The easy-to-integrate low profile (20mm/0.8”), long travel of 200µm, and millisecond step time make the PInano II piezo positioning systems ideal for super-resolution microscopy and imaging applications. Microscope slides and Petri dishes are easily accommodated in the large clear aperture. Preloaded PICMA® high-performance piezo actuators feature cofired ceramic encapsulation and provide better performance and reliability than conventional piezo actuators. Actuators, guidance, and sensors are maintenance-free, not subject to wear, and offer extraordinary reliability and cost-effectiveness. In life tests carried out by NASA/JPL for the Mars Mission, the actuators survived 100 billion cycles without failures.
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Specifications, Datasheet, More Information
Applications of the PInano II
Fields of applications include microscopy, confocal microscopy, 3D imaging, screening, autofocus systems, surface analysis, and wafer inspection.
Features & Advantages
  • Low-Cost Piezoresistive and High End Capacitive Sensor Versions Available
  • High-Speed Version for Particle Tracking Millisecond Step & Settle
  • Low Profile for Easy Integration: 20mm (0.8")
  • 200µm Travel Ranges in XY and XYZ
  • Standard and Custom
    PI has in-house engineered solutions with over 4 decades of experience working with customers to provide products that meet application demands, and can quickly modify existing product designs or provide a fully customized OEM part to fit the exact requirements of the application.
    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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