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Posted: April 21, 2010
XYZ Piezo Stage for Micromanufacturing, Nanomanipulation, Microscopy
(Nanowerk News) PI’s P-563.3CD PIMars stage is a piezo flexure-guided scanning / nanomanipulation system. The unit enables precision motion control with resolution in the sub-nanometer realm and 340x340x340 µm travel in XYZ, significantly more than other capacitive-feedback equipped systems currently provide. Integrated, direct-measuring capacitance sensors and digital closed-loop control boost linearity by up to three orders of magnitude over conventional piezo stages.
PIMars stages incorporate high-force solid state piezo actuator drives, frictionless flexure guiding systems and absolute measuring capacitive position sensors. The high force of the solid state piezo actuators allows for fast response in the millisec range and high scanning frequencies.
How do PIMars Stages Differ from other Nanopositioning Stages?
PIMars™ stages are based on a different design principle than conventional scanning stages. The XYZ system consists of only one moving part, a single module rather than three individual stacked modules, as common in other XYZ systems. This “parallel-kinematics” mechanical design is complemented by a parallel direct- motion metrology feedback system.
With parallel direct-metrology, all non-contact sensors monitor the moving platform in reference it to ground “from the outside”. They can “see” off-axis and runout errors. The controller then eliminates unwanted motion in real-time. Conventional serial-metrology sensors (integrated in each axis) cannot detect off-axis errors.
Parallel motion metrology allows for significantly higher overall XYZ precision.
Features and Advantages
340 x 340 x 340 µm Travel Range
66 x 66 mm Clear Aperture
Ultrahigh Vacuum Versions up to 10-9 hPa Available
Invar, Super-Invar and Titanium Versions Available
A variety of analog and digital controllers in bench-top, OEM-board, and rack-mount designs are available to drive the units.
PI is a leading manufacturer of piezo systems, piezo linear motors and precision motion-control equipment for photonics, bio-nanotechnology & semiconductor applications. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard & custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 35+ years. The company has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994 and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research. PI is present worldwide with eight subsidiaries and total staff of 500+