NEW Low Profile Rotary Air Bearing Stages Debut at LAM/LME on March 27-28 in Shaumburg, IL

PI's most recent rotary air bearing stages deliver a virtually unlimited lifetime of superior accuracy in a package only 60mm tall. The new A-635/A-637 PIglide low-profile stages have no rolling or sliding elements and deliver frictionless, non-contact motion, resulting in negligible reversal error, better wobble, eccentricity and velocity stability - ideal prerequisites for high-end industrial applications such as inspection, metrology, calibration, and scanning, including cleanroom environments.

  • Table Diameters 200mm & 300mm
  • 60mm Tall
  • 50kg Max Payload
  • Geometric Performance: 50nm Flatness, ±50nm Radial Runout, 1µrad Wobble
  • Vertical or Horizontal Mounting
  • Direct Drive Brushless Torque Motor
  • Optical Encoder

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What You (May Have) Missed in San Francisco, CA 

In case you weren't one of the 23,000 registered attendees that converged at SPIE Photonics West 2018 to view the new wave of optics and photonics advancements in industry and research, you missed seeing these active motion systems demos: 

Laser Machining


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Touch Panel Testing


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Photonics Automation / Array Alignment / Wafer Test

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What is the Difference between a Piezo Actuator and a Programmable Piezo Shim?

Piezo stack actuators provide high dynamics, but can also be used for quasi-static applications due to their high-stiffness and stability given the relatively simple operating principle of extension of the stack changes roughly proportional to the drive voltage, with typical strain on the order of 0.1% of the stack's length available. Charging and discharging of a piezo actuator is related to charging and discharging an electric capacitor. Programmable piezo shims is a new technology, also based on the piezo effect, which can be utilized in situations where high resolution and stability are crucial, but a continuous drive voltage is unwanted and accessibility for manual adjustment is not possible.


VIDEO ACS Motion Control - Complementing Worlds

Learn more about EtherCat®based motion control technologies, such as nano PWM switching motor drives and the advanced servo boost control algorithm that allow better stability and resilience against external disturbances, allowing sub-nanometer resolution combined with the highest speed and throughput currently available.


NEW 6-Axis Controller for Parallel Manipulators

Just released, the C-886.31 controller is for use with PI's miniature 6-axis piezo hexapods based on Q-Motion inertia drives. Position input is easy using Cartesian coordinates as the controller takes care of all the coordinate transformation for the parallel kinematics motion system. A user programmable virtual pivot point makes alignment processes more flexible. The C-886.31 is equipped with its own data recorder and macro programming allows for stand-alone operation.

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Fast Silicon Photonics Alignment Engine is a 2018 Photonics Integrated Circuits Awards Finalist - Polls Open Now

PI's automated high-speed alignment system is a finalist in the Advances in Manufacturing category. Winners will be announced at the PIC conference 10 - 11 April 2018, Brussels, Belgium. The FMPA Fast Multichannel Photonics Alignment Engine is an advanced alignment system based on a highly specialized digital motion controller with embedded advanced alignment and tracking functionality and a hybrid precision scanning and tracking mechanism combining the advantages of piezoelectric on servo-motorized drives. It addresses the market need for fast, parallel, nanoscale-accurate, multi-degree-of-freedom global optical alignment optimization required in key SiP production steps from planar test to packaging.

Vote for PI's SiP Alignment Solution (voting closes March 23) 


World Class Service & Support, Available Around the Globe

PI's committed to exceeding customer expectations for service. PI's On-Site Services range from a one day quick start site visit to comprehensive training programs to a day with a senior engineer at your location, at your disposal. An Extended Warranty of 3, 4 or 5 years and Contracted Support Services to meet system up-time demands are additional components of PI's Global Services.

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NEW Positioning with Piezo Systems Catalog

This catalog shows all available standard products that use piezo actuators as their drive principle, ranging from simple, housed piezo actuators, with or without preload, to lever-amplified piezo actuators, or 6-axes-scanners with subnanometer precision position sensors. OEM drives with PiezoWalk® technology and capacitive position sensors supplement the portfolio, as well as custom solutions for specific markets.

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Discover What Product You Need - Quickly & Easily!

Find the best-fitting product for your motion and positioning task as fast as possible with PI's new Product Finder. Get started by choosing product type and axes of motion required.

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Need Advice? Talk to Precision Motion Experts at these upcoming events:

OFCMar 13 - 15 San Diego, CA
AeroDef ManufacturingMar 27 - 28 Long Beach, CA
LMEMar 28 - 29Schaumburg, IL
Defense & Commercial SensingApril 15 - 19Kissimmee, FL
Rapid + TCTApril 26 - 28 Fort Worth, TX
APS/CNM User MeetingMay 7 - 10Lemont, IL
CLEOMay 15 - 17San Jose, CA
NSLS-II & CFN User MeetingMay 21 - 23Shirley, NY

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