About PI USA / Custom design & service / export controlled applications & ITAR Registered
PI USA Headquarters


Precision Motion Control Technologies for Industry,
OEM & Research


PI (Physik Instrumente) provides the broadest and deepest portfolio of precision motion technologies in the world. PI USA complies with the US laws for export controlled technologies.


The PI US head office in Auburn, MA features R&D, engineering, repair, sales, service facilities, application labs, a large warehouse, and nanometrology equipment for test & calibration. PI USA is ITAR registered, and equipped to handle your COTS or custom precision motion control / piezo / nanopositioning system requirements.

US Head Office
16 Albert Street
Auburn, MA 01501
Directions
 
Email: info@pi-usa.us
Tel: 508-832-3456
Fax: 508-832-0506

The PI West Coast Offices provide sales and applications support for California and the Western part of the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Los Angeles Area
5420 Trabuco Road, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92620-5743
Directions
 
Email info@pi-usa.us
Phone 949-679-9191
Fax 949-679-9292
San Francisco Area
1 Harbor Drive, Suite 108
Sausalito, CA 94965
Directions
 
Email info@pi-usa.us
Phone 408-533-0973
Fax 949-679-9292

PI USA Air Bearing Group: 200 Man Years of Industrial Automation Experience for 24/7 Operation


Over the last two years, PI USA has made significant investments for the design and manufacture of air bearing positioning products. To keep up with the growth, a new facility in Hopkinton, MA was added to the existing company structure to host PI’s engineering and manufacturing group at the end of 2014. Around the same time, PI USA finalized the purchase agreement with Nelson Air Corp of Milford, NH, a small but highly specialized manufacturer of air bearings and air bearing stages located about an hour north of Auburn.

The PI Milford group utilizes a number of modern Haas CNC machines and high precision Okamoto grinders and now works closely with the PI Hopkinton team. The PI Hopkinton team is headed by Phil Greene, former VP of engineering for Danaher / Dover Instruments. Phil and his team have designed and built hundreds of air bearing systems for industrial automation in applications ranging from semiconductor metrology to flat panel inspection and data storage. Together with the acquisition of Nelson Air, PI USA is building on three decades and over 200 man-years of in-house air bearing experience. In other words, while air bearing technology may be a relatively new addition to the PI global group, it is routine work for the PI Hopkinton and Milford teams.




PI Booth at 2015 Laser World of Photonics


The PI family of companies employs more than 800 people world wide with design, metrology and manufacturing facilities on 3 continents. PI is known throughout the high-tech world for its leadership in the design and manufacture of nanometer-precision motion control equipment, piezo ceramics and actuators, Hexapod 6-axis parallel positioners and micro-handling / alignment robotic systems.

PI miCos and PI Ceramic round out the PI Group, providing vacuum positioning equipment, motorized positioning stages and large, turn-key positioning systems for automation and beamline instrumentation, and high-quality piezoceramic materials as well as piezo components to be used as actuators or sensors for research and industry in high-tech markets. A custom version of a PI miCos translation stage is currently used in a laser focusing mechanism on the Mars Rover science lab, and PI Ceramic's ceramic-insulated multilayer PZT actuators passed a 100 billion cyle stress test by JPL/NASA and are used on the Mars Rover Curiosity. Learn more

PI has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994.

PI (Physik Instrumente) LP is the US operation of Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. KG. The company has provided world class motion solutions for industry, OEM and research for 4 decades.

Email or call our Application Engineers about your custom or standard solution:
508-832-3456 (EAST)
508-832-3456 (MID-WEST)
949-679-9191 (WEST/Los Angeles Area)
408-533-0973 (WEST/San Franscisco Area)






PI Headquarters, Karlsruhe Germany






PI employs the world's most experienced nanopositioning design teams.
Contact our International Offices

World-Class Nano-Metrology Labs
PI's Nanopositioning products are world-known for their precision. To continuously improve our products and to verify the performance, we have designed world-class nanometrology labs, with six-fold-isolation, on a separated foundation in the basement of the factory.

Sub-nanometer resolution measurements not only require highest precision measuring equipment (we use world-class laser interferometers and capacitive sensors), but also an environment with extremely high temperature stability and total absence of vibration. The acoustic sound waves of a conversation alone can excite vibration in the range of several 10 nanometers. Vault-like doors keep noise out of our nanometrology labs.

Learn more about Metrology at PI

Six-fold-isolated nanometrology
lab is key to repeatable
sub-nanometer-precision
measurements.




PI miCos, Eschbach Germany






PI miCos: Motorized Precision Positioners, Vacuum & Cryo Systems


PI miCos was founded in 1990 and became a member of the PI family in late 2011. After its recent expansion, PI miCos has 50,000 square ft to focus on novel product and systems development. PI miCos employs over 60 PhDs, engineers and physicists, as well as highly qualified technicians with specialties in motion control, robotics and optics. Equipped with state of the art machines, the in-house precision machine shop manufactures systems and components with high-precision and superior quality. After in-house assembly, every product is inspected by quality department before it is delivered to the customer.

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PI Ceramic, Lederhose Germany






PI Ceramic: Custom Piezo Ceramic Production Capabilities for Highest Performance Actuator and Sensor Sub-Assemblies


PI Ceramic, a member of the PI family of companies, currently employs more than 200 people dedicated to designing and manufacturing the highest quality piezo ceramic assemblies.

Production equipment includes tape casting, sputtering, automated metallization, grinding and cutting machines.

PI Ceramic's ceramic-insulated multilayer PZT actuators passed a 100 billion cyle stress test by JPL/NASA and are used on the Mars Rover Curiosity.




PI Motion and Positioning Application Solutions



Nanopositioning / Motion Control / Piezo Technology


PI's Nanopositioning products have won many international industry awards for innovative design. Examples are the Hexapod 6 Degree-of-Freedom Micropositioning and Alignment System, the ultra-high resolution Piezoelectric Scanning Stages and Active Optics (Beam Steering Systems). The PI line of piezoelectric actuators and nanopositioning stages are among the most sophisticated nanopositioning systems in the world, allowing extremely precise motion in the shortest possible time. Watch PI product and technology videos and animations






Email or call our Application Engineers about your custom or standard solution:
508-832-3456 (EAST)
508-832-3456 (MID-WEST)
949-679-9191 (WEST/Los Angeles Area)
408-351-4086 (WEST/San Franscisco Area)




US Head Office


PI USA complies with the US laws
for export controlled technologies.

PI (Physik Instrumente) LP
16 Albert St.
Auburn, MA 01501
Phone 508-832-3456
Fax 508-832-0506
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US West Coast Offices
San Francisco Area
1 Harbor Drive, Suite 108
Sausalito, CA 94965
Phone 408-533-0973
Fax 949-679-9292
E-Mail Info Request

Los Angeles Area
5420 Trabuco Road, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92620-5743
Phone 949-679-9191
Fax 949-679-9292
E-Mail Info Request

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