Tag: Precision 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 […]

Hexapod Robots in Laser Microsurgery Research

Laser micro-surgery can benefit from tracking and image-based methods that improve precision and safety. Advanced software together with stereo camera feedback allow for motion estimation reduce tracking errors.  A highly precise parallel kinematics motion system (Model H-824 from Physik Instrumente) with 6 degrees of freedom was used to evaluate the performance. More information is available […]

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 […]

Performance of Direct-Drive Linear Motor Stages in Precision Positioning Applications

Brushless direct drive linear motors provide advantages over leadscrew and ballscrew driven positioning stages when it comes parameters such as acceleration, maximum speed, accuracy, constancy of velocity, and avoidance of vibration. This article explains types of motors, encoders and provides test data of PI’s new V-551 linear motor stage.   Iron Core and Ironless Motors […]

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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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