High-precision, piezo-based positioning systems for millimeter travel ranges are required in many fields, as for example in microscopy, in the automation of manual tools, or in mobile devices, in systems for micromanipulation, in optomechanics, and for scientific instruments as well as increasingly for industrial applications. PI (Physik Instrumente), a solution supplier of high-precision positioning systems, has incorporated many positioning solutions originally developed for specific applications into its standard range of products.
"Precision and Dynamics with Piezo Motor Stages": New catalogue makes it easy to select piezo-based positioning systems (Image: PI)
The new, 160 pages strong, and clearly structured catalog now provides an overview of the broad range of piezo-based single- and multi-axis standard positioning solutions with resolutions of down to below one nanometer. Because all of the technical data, drawings, and integration options are listed, users are able to find the right solution for their positioning task. All piezo drives are self-locking, do not generate magnetic fields, are not disturbed by them, and can be easily integrated mechanically. Appropriate versions are also available for applications in vacuum.
The product portfolio presented under the title "Precision and Dynamics with Piezo Motor Stages" ranges from linear actuators and linear and XY stages, including special solutions for microscopy, through rotation stages, to parallel-kinematic systems and the corresponding motion controllers. The systems work either with Q-Motion® piezo inertia motors, PILine® ultrasonic motors, or PiezoWalk® walking or PiezoMike linear drives. The travel ranges are scalable up to about 25 mm, at maximum velocities of 1 to 100 mm/s. In addition to the standard products, exemplary special developments and solutions for special markets are also presented; OEM users will find examples of application-specific integration options here. The catalog is available for download at www.pi.ws or can be provided in printed form on request.
Well known for the high quality of its products, PI (Physik Instrumente) has been one of the leading players in the global market for precision positioning technology for many years. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard and OEM products with piezo or motor drives for 40 years. By acquiring the majority shares in ACS Motion Control, a worldwide leading developer and manufacturer of modular motion controllers for multi-axis and high-precision drive systems, PI has made a major step forward in providing complete systems for industrial applications with the highest demand on precision and dynamics. In addition to four locations in Germany, the PI Group is represented internationally by fifteen sales and service subsidiaries.