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Posted: Sep 02, 2008
PI Introduces the World's Smallest Commercial Hexapod Micropositioning System
(Nanowerk News) Nanopositioning specialist PI has introduced the world's smallest commercially available electro-mechanical, high-force Hexapod 6-axis micropositioning system.
After two decades of Hexapod design and manufacturing experience, PI electro-mechanical Hexapods and piezo Hexapods are among the most advanced multiaxis precision positioning systems in the world. The new M-810 ultra-compact miniature Hexapod is no exception.
Features and Advantages of the M-810 Miniature Hexapod
High-Force 6-Axis Hexapod with 5 kg Load Capacity
Very Compact: 10 cm Diameter, 11.8 cm Height
Long Travel Ranges to 40 mm (linear) and 60° (rotation)
Powerful Controller with Freely Definable Virtual Pivot Point
High Velocity of 10 mm/s
Operation in Any Orientation
Linear and Rotary Multi-Axis Scans
Parallel Kinematics Advantages
Parallel-kinematic motion systems have a number of advantages over standard serial kinematic (stacked) positioning systems:
Only one Moving Platform, No Accumulation of Guiding and Lever-Arm Errors
No Moving Cables for Improved Reliability and Precision
Smaller Motors and Encoders, Compatible with Existing Controllers
The limited space necessitated the usage of new technologies for encoders, motors and other integrated electronic components. Nevertheless, the M-810 is compatible with PI's tried and proven hexapod controllers that are supported by windows software and a library of drivers and programming examples for applications such as optical alignment etc.
PI offers Hexapods with load ranges from 2 kg to >1000 kg.
Datasheets and more information: http://www.physikinstrumente.com/en/news/fullnews.php?newsid=145
PI is a leading manufacturer of parallel kinematics precision positioning equipment, piezo stages and motors for photonics, astronomy, bio-nanotechnology and semiconductor applications. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard and 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 450+