Tag: Multi-Axis Motion

Kinematic Carrying Platform for an X-Ray Spectrometer: Q & A with Dr. Markus Simon

Dr. Markus Simon, head of the PI miCos beamline instrumentation group explains a special double hexapod PKM system designed for synchrotron x-ray spectroscopy, for complex material testing and analysis. An application of such a system in research can be found in this article on the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Newsroom website: “Converting CO2 into Usable Energy“. […]

Different Methods of Full-Field X-Ray Diffraction Imaging with a Single Universal Instrument

Compact 6-Axis parallel precision manipulator with nanometer resolution helps the goal of designing a single universal instrument for the use in different full-field X-ray diffraction imaging methods. Modern methods of X-ray imaging allow micrometer accurate determination of crystal properties using diffraction contrast imaging methods. For example, the development of so-called diffraction laminography in recent years […]

X-Ray Microscopy & Quality Assurance of Optical Elements – The MiQA System

56-Axes, 20 Tons, Nanometer Precision MiQA is a 20-ton, 56-axis motion system of extraordinary precision, designed for beam lines around synchrotrons and will be used for x-ray microscopy and quality assurance of x-ray optics such as lenses. The system is equipped with 56 motors, 16 controllers, 7 air bearing granite sliders, and has an overall […]

Air Bearings are Critical in CMM and Metrology Applications

Air bearings have played a crucial role in the development and construction of coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and other metrology tools for decades. Since they are inherently frictionless and highly stable, air bearings play a key role in delivering the precision required in metrology equipment. Performance criteria, such as repeatability and minimized error motions, geometric […]

Patterned Motion Generation: Precision in the Time Domain

Complex patterned motion generation is becoming increasingly important for applications such as vehicular simulation and airborne platform simulation and test.  However, many other emerging fields of structural and active mechanical subsystem analysis, validation, and design can also benefit from flexible, six-degree-of-freedom motion simulator mechanisms capable of generating specific motion patterns in real time. Previously, mechanical […]

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PI (Physik Instrumente) 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 fifteen subsidiaries, R&D / engineering on 3 continents and total staff of more than 1,000.

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