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Microscope Stage, Optical Axis Scanners

Microscope Stages, Tools for Imaging / Bio-Nanotech


Piezo stages & positioners are essential tools for high-resolution microscopy, such as Super Resolution Microscopy or AFM. Their sub-atomic resolution and extremely fast response allow researchers to create higher-quality images faster. PI provides a large variety of fast Z-Stages and collar piezo objective positioners for 3D imaging (Z-stack acquisition), deconvolution, and fast focusing applications.

Learn about PI Positioning Solutions for Microscopy


PI's optical-axis Z-positioners are piezo-driven and typically achieve 10 times higher precision & focusing speed than conventional motorized Z-axis positioners. Controllers are equipped with high-bandwidth digital and analog interfaces for extremely fast response and compatibility with all major image acquisition packages such as Metamorph, µManager, etc.

For long travel positioning, highly stable ultrasonic-ceramic motor driven stages are available. These self-clamping positioners provide significantly better long-term stability compared to conventional motor drives.




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PIFOC® High-Speed Piezo Lens Positioners / Nano-Focusing Devices





2mm Travel Piezo-Z Objective Positioner, PiezoWalk Drive, w/Controller

 
Long Travel Microscope Objective Positioner
  • Package: N-725 PIFOC® Piezo Mechanics and E-861 Controller (ND72Z2LAQ)
  • 2000µm (2mm) Positioning Range: for Applications with Large Penetration Depth
  • High Force & High-Dynamics for Positioning and Scanning of Large Objectives up to 29mm Ř
  • Ideal for Two-Photon Microscopy
  • Very Fast Response: 20ms Step and Settle Time
  • Self-Locking at Rest, No Heat Generation, No Servojitter
  • Drive Resolution < 1nm, 20nm Encoder Resolution
  • Two Motion Modes: Continuous Nanostepping and High-Dynamics Analog Mode
  • Compact Design: Ř 48mm, 40.5mm Height
  • Frictionless, High-Precision Flexure Guiding System for Better Focus Stability
  • QuickLock Thread Adapter for Simple Installation



Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




P-725 PIFOC® 400µm Travel, High-Speed Piezo-Z Optical-Axis Objective Positioner / Fast Focus

 
Long Range Nanofocusing/Scanning Z-Drives with Direct Metrology
  • Scans / Positions Objectives with Sub-nm Resolution in Optical Microcope Axis
  • Direct-Measuring Capacitive Sensors for Highest Linearity & Stability
  • Travel to 460µm, Fast Response & Settling Time
  • Frictionless Precision Flexure Guiding System
  • Enhanced Guiding Precision for Better Focus Stability
  • Ask about DIC Prism Holder Option
  • Controller Compatible with Metamorph™ Imaging Software
  • Quick Lock Adapter for Easy Attachment


Value Package Z-Positioner & Controller



Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




P-725KHDS PIFOC® 400µm Objective Scanner for Heavy Objectives

 
P-725KHDS PIFOC® 400µm Objective Scanner for Heavy Objectives
  • Special High-Stiffness Version for Maximum Dynamics with Heavy Objectives
  • Closed-Loop with Capacitive Feedback for Highest Linearity
  • 400µm Travel Range
  • Step-and-Settle 20ms, with 400g Load
  • QuickLock Thread Adapters up to M32
Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet
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P-721 PIFOC® Optical-Axis Piezo-Z Positioner / Fast Focus for Super-Resolution Microscopy, 100µm Range

 
High Speed Nanofocusing
  • Scans and Positions Objectives with Sub-nm Resolution
  • High Linearity and Stability with Direct-Measuring Sensors
  • Travel to 100µm, Fast Settling Time
  • Very Straight Motion for Enhanced Focus Stability
  • Ask about DIC Prism Holder Option
  • Ideal for Super-Resolution Microscopy Applications
  • Compatible with Metamorph™ Imaging Software
  • Quick Lock Adapter for Easy Attachment


Value Package Z-Positioner & Controller


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF




P-726 Highest Dynamics for Heavy Objectives Piezo-Z Lens Positioner, 100µm

 
High-Power Nanofocusing/Scanning Z-Drives with Direct Metrology
  • For Heavy, High NA Objectives
  • Resonant Frequency: 430Hz (with 300g), 1100Hz without Objective
  • Closed-Loop Position Noise: <0.4nm
  • Position Stability Over 100s: 4nm
  • Maximum Operating Frequency (Amplitude <10µm): 150Hz*
  • Maximum Operating Frequency with Full Travel (100µm): 60Hz*
  • Settling Time (10µm steps): 6ms**
  • Settling Time (Full Travel): 15ms**


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




Piezo Steering Mirrors / Scanners




S-334 Miniature Piezo Tip/Tilt- Steering Mirror

 
Fast Beam Steering Mirrors
  • Miniature Design
  • Optical Beam Deflection to 120mrad (~ 6.8°)
  • Coplanar Axes & Fixed Pivot Point Eliminate Polarization Rotation
  • Factory Installed Mirror
  • Millisecond Response, Resolution to 0.5µrad
  • Closed-loop Position Servo-Control for High Accuracy
  • For Mirrors up to 12.5mm (0.5") Diameter
  • Frictionless, High-Precision Flexure Guiding System
  • Parallel Kinematics for Enhanced Dynamics and Better Multi-Axis Accuracy


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Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




Piezo Z-Positioning Stages




P-736 PInano®-Z, Low Profile, Low Cost, High-Speed Piezo-Z Slide Scanner

 


Low Cost Slide Scanner

  • System with Piezo Stage, Digital Controller, and Software
  • Extremely Fast Step & Settle, From 5msec
  • Low Profile for Easy Integration: 20mm (0.8")
  • 100 and 200µm Travel Ranges
  • Large Aperture Version for Well Plates
  • Longest Lifetime with Proprietary PICMA® Piezo Technology
  • Cost Effective due to Low-Cost Piezoresistive Sensors
  • Compatible w/ Leading Image Acquisition Software Packages
  • Closed-Loop Control for High Repeatability and Accuracy





- Slide Scanner Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet

- Well Plate Scanner Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote
Additional Single Axis PInano® Versions (X, Y), PInano® P546 X, Y





P-737 Piezo-Z Microscope Stage for Wellplate Scanning & High-Resolution Sample Positioning

 
Z-Axis Microscopy Piezo Stage
  • High-Speed Piezo Z-Motion with Travel Ranges to 500µm
  • Nanometer Resolution
  • Large Clear Aperture for Wellplate Scanning, Specimen Holders
  • Perfect Mechanical Fit to XY OEM Manual or Motorized Stages
  • Sub-Millisecond Response Times


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




P-541.ZCD ULtra-Low-Profile Piezo Z & Tip-Tilt Microscope Stages

 
Low Profile Piezo Microscope Stages
  • Lowest Profile Z-Tip-Tilt Stage: Only 16.5mm (0.6")
  • Z and Tip/Tilt Versions
  • Choice of Strain Gauge (Lower Cost) or Capacitive Sensors (Higher Performance)
  • 100µm Linear Travel Range, 1mrad Tilt
  • 80 x 80mm Clear Aperture
  • PICMA® High-Performance Piezo Actuators for Superior Lifetime
  • Ideal for Fast Z-Stack Acquisition and 3D Deconvolution Imaging


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




P-541 Low-Profile, XY Piezo Scanner for Microscopy, 200x200µm

 
Low Profile Microscopy Stages
  • Low Profile for Easy Integration: 16.5mm (0.6")
  • Parallel Kinematics and Optional Parallel Metrology for Fast Response and Superior Multi-Axis Precision
  • Choice of Strain Gauge (Lower Cost) or Capacitive Sensors (Higher Performance)
  • To 200 x 200µm Travel Range
  • Direct Drive Version for High-Speed Positioning & Scanning
  • 80 x 80mm Clear Aperture
  • PICMA® High-Performance Piezo Actuators for Superior Lifetime
Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




P-733 High-Dynamics Z Nanopositioer / Microscope Scanning Stage

 
High Dynamics Piezo Z

  • 100µm Z Positioning range
  • Direct Metrology with Capacitive Sensors
  • Sub-Nanometer Resolution
  • 50 x 50mm Clear Aperture for Transmitted-Light Applications
  • Vacuum Compatible for Applications to 10-9 hPa


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




XY & XYZ Scanning Stages





P-545 PInano® Affordable XY & XYZ Piezo Stages for Microscope Slides

 
Piezo Scanning Microscopy Stages
  • Complete with high-performance USB-Controller (24 Bit) & Software
  • Two Versions: High Precision and High Precision and Stabiity
  • Low-Cost Piezoresistive Feedback Version Available
  • Extremely Fast Step & Settle, From 5msec
  • Low Profile for Easy Integration: 20mm (0.8")
  • 200µm Travel Ranges
  • Longest Lifetime with Proprietary PICMA® Piezo Technology
  • Cost Effective due to Low-Cost Piezoresistive Sensors
  • Compatible w/ Leading Image Acquisition Software Packages
  • Closed-Loop Control for High Repeatability and Accuracy





High Precision and High Stability Version with Capacitive Feedback
PInano® Cap High Precision and Stability

High Precision Version with Piezoresitive Feeback
PInano® High Precision

High Speed Version for Particle Tracking (Fastest Response):
PInano®Trak

PDF Datasheets (all 3 Models)
PInano® Specs, Data, Drawings

Single Axis Versions X, Y:
PInano® P-546 X, Y





M-545 Open-Frame Microscope Stage, Manual w/ Motor Upgrade, High Stability

 
M-545 Open Frame Microscope Stage
  • Long-Range Motion and High Stability for Sample Positioning
  • Compatible with P-545 PInano® Piezo Scanning Stages
  • Low Profile for Easy Integration: 30mm
  • 25 x 25mm Travel Range
  • Micrometer Screws, Motor Upgrade Available
  • For Nikon, Zeiss, Leica und Olympus Microscopes
  • Motorized Version Available


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




P-713 Miniature Low-Profile XY Piezo-Scanner for Imaging Applications

 
Low-Profile OEM XY Piezo-Scanners
  • Low Cost, High Performance
  • Ideal for Interlacing, CCD Resolution Enhancement
  • Compact Size of only 45 x 45 x 6mm
  • Clear Aperture
  • Highly Cost-Efficient Design
  • 15 x 15µm Travel Range
  • Parallel-Kinematics Design for Higher Dynamics

Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




P-733 Ultra-High-Speed & Precision XY/XYZ Scanning Microscope Stages

 
Ultra-High-Spee Microscopy Stages
  • Reference Class for STED Microscopy
  • Higher Speed Through Direct Drive
  • Up to 2.2kHz Resonant Frequency in X and Y
  • 30x30µm or 30x30x10µm Travel Range
  • 100 Picometers Resolution
  • 100µm Version with reduced Dynamics also Available
  • Capacitive Sensors for Highest Linearity
  • Parallel-Kinematics/Metrology for Enhanced Responsiveness / Multi-Axis Precision
  • Active Runout Compensation
  • 50 x 50mm Clear Aperture
  • Frictionless Precision Flexure Guiding System
  • PICMA® High-Performance Piezo Drives


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




PIMars™ XYZ Piezo Scanner / Positioner w/ Parallel Metrology, to 300µm

 
Piezo Scanning Stages
  • To 300 x 300 x 300µm Travel Range
  • Parallel-Kinematics/Metrology for Enhanced Responsiveness / Multi-Axis Precision
  • Direct Metrology with Capacitive Sensors for Highest Precision
  • 66 x 66mm Clear Aperture
  • Versions to 6-DOF
  • Ultra-Fast XY and XYZ Versions Available
  • Ultra-High-Vacuum Versions up to 10-9 hPa Available
  • Invar, Super-Invar and Titanium Versions Available
  • PICMA® High-Performance Piezo Drives

PiezoMike Actuators
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Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet | Accessories PDF Datasheet




M-687 Ultra-Stability Motorized XY Microscope Stage for Olympus & Nikon

 
XY Motorized Microscope Stage
  • Stable Image Technology Provides Higher Image Quality
  • For Olympus & Nikon Inverted Microscopes
  • Linear Piezo Motors Provide Wide Dynamic Range: from Microns/sec to 150mm/sec
  • Positioning Ranges to 135x85mm
  • Significantly Higher Stability than Leadscrew-Driven Stages: Self-Locking at Rest, No Servo Dither
  • Linear Encoders with 20nm Resolution
  • Low Profile, Compact
  • Compatible with PInano Piezo-Z and Piezo XYZ Nanopositioners
  • More on Stability Test Results

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Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




M-545K XY Microscope Stage with Ultrasonic Linear Drives

 
M-545K XY Microscope Stage with Ultrasonic Linear Drives
  • Closed-Loop Motor Provides Smooth Motion and High Speed to 50 mm/s
  • Travel Ranges 25 x 25mm
  • Integrated Linear Encoders with 0.5µm Resolution
  • 30mm Compact Height
  • Mounts Directly to Microscopes
  • Self-Locking at Rest, No Servo Dither
  • Compatible with PI Piezo Nanopositioning / Scanning Stages

  • Watch this video


Request Information, Quote | PDF Datasheet




M-686 Low-Profile XY Open-Frame Motorized Linear Slide with Closed-Loop Piezo Motors

 
XY Motorized Microscope Stage
  • Positioning Range: 25x25mm (1x1")
  • Integrated Closed-Loop Piezomotor Drives Provide High Speed to 100mm/s
  • Integrated Linear Encoders with 0.1µm Resolution
  • Compact Design; 27 mm Profile Height, 150 x 150mm Footprint
  • Large Clear Aperture 78 x 7 mm, 66 x 66mm in Extreme Position
  • Self-Locking at Rest
  • Compatible with PI Piezo Nanopositioning / Scanners


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




XYZ for SPM, AFM




P-363 PicoCube® High-Speed, XY(Z) Piezo Stages for Nanotechnology, SPM, AFM

 
High Speed Piezo Stages for Nanotechnology
  • Ultra-High-Performance Closed-Loop Scanner for AFM/SPM
  • Compact Manipulation Tool for Nanotechnology
  • Resonant Frequency 9.8kHz
  • Ultra-High-Precision Capacitive Feedback
  • Parallel-Motion Metrology for Highest Linearity and Stability
  • 50 Picometers Resolution
  • 5 x 5 x 5µm Travel Range
  • Very Small Package
  • Rugged Design


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




PT120 - PT140 Piezo Scanner Tubes

 
Piezoceramic Tubes
  • Standard & Custom Sizes
  • For OEM Applications
  • XYZ-Positioning
  • Sub-Nanometer Resolution
  • Large Diameters to 80mm
  • Wall Thickness as Small as 0.3mm
  • For Scanning Microscopy (STM, SFM, etc.)


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




N-381 NEXACT® Linear Actuator, Manipulator, Piezo Stepper

 
Linear Actuator
  • Travel Range 30 mm
  • Novel, Zero-Wear Piezo Stepping Drive, Ideal for Micro- and Nano-Manipulation
  • Integrated Linear Encoder Option for Highest Accuracy with 20nm Resolution
  • Very High Acceleration, e.g. for Cell Penetration
  • Two Operating Modes: Continuous Stepping Mode and Continuously Variable, High-Dynamics Analog Mode for 30pm Resolution**
  • Up to 10N Force Generation
  • Self-Locking at Rest, No Heat Generation
  • Smooth Motion, No Closed-Loop Jitter
  • Vacuum-Compatible and Non-Magnetic Versions


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




N-470 / N-472 PiezoMike Micrometer, with Piezo Ratchet Drive & Sensor Option


Piezo-Motor Actuator
  • Very Compact Inertial Piezo Motor-Drive
  • Closed-Loop Version with Position Encoder Available
  • Vacuum Versions
  • Self-Clamping: Holding force >100N
  • Pushing Force 4lbs
  • 30 Nanometer Step Size
  • Positioning Range to 13mm
  • Self-Clamping, No Heat Generation at Rest
  • Non-Magnetic and Vacuum-Compatible Operating Principle

PiezoMike Actuators
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Specifications: N-472 Closed-Loop Version | Specifications: N-470 Basic Version
Specifications: Vacuum Version | PDF Datasheet






Miniature Piezo Positioning Stages


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Hexapod 6-Axis Positioners




H-811 Minature Hexapod, Compact 6-Axis Positioning Stage

 
Miniature Hexapod
  • Most-Compact Hexapod in the PI Portfolio
  • Positioning Range: 34x32x13mm and up to 42 Degrees Rotation
  • Actuator Resolution 40Nanometers
  • Up to 10mm/sec Positioning Speed
  • Up to 5kg Load
  • Integrated Driver Electronics
  • Vacuum Versions


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




Auto Focus System




FocusTrac™ Laser Autofocus System

 
Laser Autofocus System
  • Integrates Seamlessly with PI Piezo-Z Stages or PIFOC® Objective Scanners
  • Extremely Fast Laser Based System
  • Works with Microscopes from Industry Leaders


Paper: Ultra-Fast Laser/Piezo Autofocus System offers Throughput with Flexibility




High Performance Controllers and Amplifiers




E-709 Affordable High Performance Digital Piezo Controller

 
Affordable High Performance Digital Piezo Controller
  • F^3 Capablility: Fast Focus & Freeze
  • Choice of Sensors: Piezoresistive (Lower Cost) or Capacitive (Higher Performance)
  • 5th Order Polynomial Digital Linearization Ensures Accuracy
  • Two Notch Filters Facilitate Crisp, High-Gain Actuation
  • High Speed Servo Update Rate Ensures Responsiveness
  • DAC-in-the-Loop Architecture Guarantees Positional Stability
  • Host of Fast Interfaces including USB, RS-232, Real Time Analog and TTL interfaces
  • Easy-to-use setup software requires no physical access to the unit. No trimpots!
  • Extensive, well-documented, interface-independent software support includes Windows .dll, Linux .so, and LabVIEW .llbs
  • Broad, Robust Waveform Generation, Data-Recording and Triggering Capabilities Come Standard
 
Standard Power Controller
Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet

High Power Controller
Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet

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E-625 Compact Piezo Servo-Controller with 24 Bit High-Speed USB Interface

 
Compact LVPZT Piezo Amplifier
  • Integrated 24-Bit High-Speed USB & RS-232 Interfaces
  • Network Capability with up to 4 Channels
  • For Capacitive, LVDT and Strain Gauge Position Sensors
  • Wave Table for User-Defined Curves
  • GCS (General Command Set) Compatible


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




E-665 Piezo Servo-Controller with 24 Bit High-Speed USB Interface

 
Piezo Amplifier
  • Integrated 24-Bit High-Speed USB & RS-232 Interfaces
  • Network Capability with up to 12 Channels
  • Piezo Driver with 36W Peak Power
  • SGS, LVDT and Capacitive Sensor Servo-Control
  • Table for User-Defined Curves
  • GCS (General Command Set) Compatible
  • UL and CSA certified


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




E-727 Cost-Effective Digital Piezo Motion Controller for 3-Axis Closed-Loop Positioning Systems

 
Multi-Channel Digital Piezo Motion Controllers with Dynamic Linearization The E-727 is a high-performance, cost-effective 3-channel digital-servo piezo controller. It features low-noise, 20-bit DAC & ADC converters and integrated power amplifiers for multilayer piezo drives with operating voltage of -30 to +130V. Closed-loop operation of piezo mechanisms with strain gauge and capacitive feedback sensors. In addition to proportional-integral filters, 2 additional user programmable notch filters are implemented for suppression of resonances. Linearization based on 4th order polynomials provides higher positioning accuracy. The Dynamic Digital Linearization (DDL) feature eliminates non-linearities at high operating frequencies.

The digital servo also provides a data recorder for high speed tracing, ID chip compatibility for quick start-up and exchange of system components without recalibration. Additional features include programmable drift compensation. The controller comes with extensive software support for LabVIEW and shared libraries for Windows and Linux. Multiple digital interfaces for ease of control: Ethernet, USB, RS-232, SPI. Four (4) digital I/O channels as well as four (4) high-resolution analog inputs and outputs each are also available for use with external sensors, target values or external amplifiers.

  • Digital Servo for Advanced Control Algorithms
  • 25kHz Control Bandwidth
  • For Capacitive and Piezo-restive Strain Gauge Feedback Sensors
  • Optional High Resolution Analog Control Inputs and Outputs
  • Interfaces: Ethernet, USB, and RS-232
  • Digital Inputs and Outputs
  • DSP 32/64-bit Floating Point, 375MHz
  • 20-bit DAC and ADC Resolution
  • ID Chip Compatible for Interchangeability of Controller and Mechanics
  • 4th Order Polynomial Linearization for Mechanics & Electronics


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet


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