Miniature Linear and Rotary Stage Catalog released by PI
(Nanowerk News) PI (Physik Instrumente), a leader and solution provider in motion control and precision positioning components and systems, is releasing an inclusive catalog of over 200 models of miniature translation and rotation stages representing varying sizes and motion ranges with different drive concepts, including servo/stepper, piezo ultrasonic/inertia, linear, voice coil, air bearings, crossed rollers, and piezo flexures.
A Myriad of Stages, 6 Different Drive Concepts
Different applications call for different drive concepts depending upon parameters, such as cost, size, precision, speed, ease of control, etc. High speed linear motor stages, economical servo/stepper motor products, and ultra-compact piezo motor positioners are part of the PI portfolio of miniature stages. The smallest motorized stages fit on a finger-tip and are inertia motor-driven Q-Motion positioners. With travel ranges from 1/4 inch to 2 inches, fast start/stop, and self-clamping, PIís low profile micro stage products can be incorporated into existing applications, resulting in compact and affordable single and multi-axis positioning systems with resolution from microns to nanometers.
In addition to the many standard products presented in the new catalog, PI can quickly modify existing product designs or provide a fully customized OEM part to fit the exact requirements of the application.
Controllers and Software
Compact and highly responsive controllers and drivers are offered to run the precision mechanics. PIís digital motion controllers come with ample software support, and use one common command and driver set, making implementation a plug-and-play operation, while keeping costs and programming time low at the same time.
Applications of Miniature Precision Positioning Technology
Applications include semiconductor applications, photonics, bio-nano-technology, metrology, microscopy, micro-manipulation, including cleanroom applications.
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 800+.