Posted: January 22, 2010

Piezo-Z Slide Scanner for Biotechnology, 3D Imaging / Super Resolution Microscopy

(Nanowerk News) PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. will introduce the new P-736 high-speed microscope slide Z-scanner piezo stage at this year’s BIOS / Photonics West show.
PI nano Z piezo Z slide scanner shown with slide holder and Petri dish holdert
PI nano Z piezo Z slide scanner shown with slide holder and Petri dish holder.
Fast, Cost Effective Piezo Z-Stage for all Major Microscopes The new PI nano™ piezo-Z stages are optimized for very fast step and settle and easy integration into high-resolution microscope applications. They feature a very low profile a large aperture, and travel ranges of up to 200 µm with sub-nanometer closed-loop resolution–ideal for leading-edge microscopy and imaging applications. The piezo stages are designed for inverted microscopes from the four major manufacturers: Leica, Nikon, Olympus and Zeiss. The low profile design of 20 mm (0.8”) facilitates the integration. The large aperture accommodates microscopy accessories such as slide holders, Petri dish holders, etc.
Features & Advantages
  • Extremely Fast Step & Settle, From 5 msec
  • Cost Effective due to Piezoresistive Sensors
  • Optional 25x25 mm long travel stage serves as a stable basis
  • Low Profile for Easy Integration: 20 mm (0.8")
  • 100 and 200 µm Travel Ranges
  • Longest Lifetime with Ceramic Encapsulated PICMA® Piezo Technology
  • Compatible w/ Leading Image Acquisition Software Packages
  • Closed-Loop Control for High Repeatability and Accuracy
  • Digital Piezo Controller & Software Included
  • Higher Performance at Lower Cost: Packaged with Digital Controller A compact digital piezo controller improves linearity and allows fast adaptation to changing load / settling / speed requirements and simple tuning from the controlling computer. It comes with three interfaces (USB, Analog and RS-232) for seamless compatibility with different control signals. The controller is also compatible with all major image acquisition packages and comes with a wide variety of software drivers and programming examples. The use of piezoresistive sensors allows for reduced cost despite the high performance.
    About PI
    PI is a leading manufacturer of piezo systems, stages, linear motors & precision motion-control equipment for microscopy, bio-nanotechnology, photonics & semiconductor applications. The company has 4 decades of motion control experience with OEM and research customers. PI was ISO 9001 certified in 1994 and is present worldwide with eight subsidiaries and a total staff of over 500.
    Source: PI (press release)
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