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Higher Velocity, Resolution: PI's New Compact High Performance Hexapod for Industrial Applications

(Nanowerk News) PI has added a higher performance model to its range of compact hexapods. The New H-811.i2 provides twice the velocity along with sensor resolution up to 8 times higher compared to the current H-811.D2 miniature hexapod. The compact size, a robust design with low friction ballscrews brushless motors, and a powerful controller with multi-axis alignment capabilities make the new hexapod an ideal tool for high duty cycle alignment applications in optics, automotive and photonics applications.
High Performance Hexapod
High Performance Hexapod. (Image: PI)

How do Hexapod Parallel Motion Systems work?

Hexapods are 6 DOF positioning / motion systems that derive 6-axis movement (XYZ, pitch, yaw, roll) from actuators placed in parallel between a top and bottom platform. Available in a variety of sizes with bases ranging from 50mm to 1m and different load capabilities up to 2 tons, PI hexapods are an easy solution to complex multi-axis precision motion applications.
PI hexapods come with state-of-the-art controllers and software tools based on 25 years of hexapod R&D, resulting in fast solution implementation to a plethora of applications from medical to photonics. All 6 axes can be commanded simply as Cartesian coordinates, and the center of rotation can be changed on the fly with a software command. Other advantages are the absence of friction and torque, caused by dragged cables.
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Features & Advantages

  • – 6-Axis System (XYZ, Theta X, Y, Z)
  • – Travel ranges to 34mm linear / 42° rotary
  • – Strut Resolution: 5 Nanometers
  • – Load capacity to 11 lbs
  • – Repeatability to ±0.06 µm
  • Specifications, Datasheets, More Information

    Standard and Custom

    PI has over 4 decades of experience providing in-house engineered precision motion control solutions, and can quickly modify existing product designs or provide a fully customized OEM part to fit the exact requirements of the customerís 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 fifteen subsidiaries, R&D / engineering on 3 continents, and over 1,000 employees.
    Source: PI (press release)
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