Measuring Technology in Detail for Standard Products
Qualification as well as final and approval tests take place in the respective production fractal. PI qualifies its products with measuring equipment that is calibrated and can be traced back to a normal.
- PI uses high-resolution interferometers from leading manufacturers for precision path and length measuring that are accurate to within a few nanometers.
- Depending on the angular range, angle measurements are made with autocollimators, inclinometers, incremental rotary encoders or interferometers.
- The lifetime and load tests are designed individually for a specific product line and performed in the appropriate environment.
- Precision measuring is done on honeycomb tables that are isolated from vibration. The measuring environment and setup are adapted to the requirements of the respective product line.
Nano measurement technology makes high demands on the stability and accuracy.
- Long-term measuring, where the position stability must be verified over several hours, and measuring less than a nanometer, are performed in special rooms with a stable climate.
- The seismic, electromagnetic, and thermal isolation of the test laboratories ensure a temperature stability of better than 0.25 °C over 24 hours. This makes accurate measuring possible down to the picometer range and sets the standard in measuring for nanopositioning products.
Measuring According to Customer Requirements
- Position accuracy is normally recorded on the motion platform. It can also be tested at any point defined by the application, e.g., for protruding loads. The test equipment is adapted for this purpose.
- Lifting and tilting equipment with a load capacity of 5 tons allows qualifying of positioning systems at any angle with application-specific alignment and load.
- Various different trigger options allow synchronous data recording, e.g., simultaneous use of several interferometers
- Various measuring locations are available for qualifying under special ambient conditions:
- Cryochambers for measuring to 77°K (liquid nitrogen)
- Drying chambers (glovebox ..)
- Vacuums to 10-11 hPa
Measurement Reports and Logs
For PI, each individual measurement and qualification is an instrument for quality assurance. This makes sure that only those positioning systems leave the premises that are within the guaranteed specifications. All measurements are made with external, verifiable measuring equipment such as high-resolution interferometers.
The qualification data is verifiable for each individual product. The measurement data is compiled in a database and used for process control. Retraceability at product level is particularly interesting for large production runs.
The measurement log is provided with many systems such as hexapods or piezo systems. It is therefore possible for the customer to verify the performance of the system with the data measured before it was dispatched and also see which system components belong together.
Manufacturing in Cleanrooms at PI (Physik Instrumente)
Capabilities and Capacity
This is how PI Does Measuring - Part I
Measuring Environment / Measuring Equipment Portfolio / Data Evaluation
This Is How PI Does Measuring - Part II
Positioning Accuracy, Repeatability, and similar Measurements: Measurement Procedure and Data Preparation at PI