About PI UK

PI UK, based in the Technology Park alongside Cranfield University (Bedfordshire), is the UK subsidiary of PI (Physik Instrumente) GmbH and ACS Motion Control sales and support. Supporting customers in the UK and Ireland, our experienced team of technical specialists are available to provide application support, equipment demonstrations, price information and rapid feedback to technical issues.

PI in Brief

Nine production sites altogether, four in Germany and five overseas
More than 1000 employees worldwide
15 subsidiaries in key markets
Privately run company
More than 400 patents and patent applications
More than 50 years of experience in piezo technology

Service and Consulting as Flexible as Your Technical Solution

The PI Group can respond precisely to what customers want: Specific requirements can often only be satisfied by customized solutions - solutions that can only be found by unconventional and creative thinking.

That Means for the Customer:

  • Individual consultation from trained specialists
  • Sustainable spare parts service and the ability to supply
  • Qualification for every positioning system that is dispatched
  • On-site training and individual support
  • Aftersales service
  • International support

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Engineering Expertise

All key technologies are developed in-house. The technology range at PI allows employees to develop their passion for technology to the full. From precision mechanics and electronics to position sensor technology and piezo ceramic and actuators that are developed at PI Ceramic. The development of technology ranges from the basics to application-specific versions; the best possible solution results from the technical potential, which comes from the know-how accumulated over many years as well as the corresponding production capacity.

The new Technology Center, inaugurated in 2017, extended and focused the capacity and expertise in development and construction.

Vertical Production Range and Production Capacity

A modern production management and an integrated management system allow PI to guarantee the high quality of its products, processes, and services.

The continual improvement of organization and processes is an integral part of the corporate culture. KAIZEN workshops and an active innovation management are important elements for achieving this.

The production processes for the standard range are made flexible by the fractal production structure and it is therefore possible to manufacture even large series with full process control.

Active, system-based requirements management makes it possible to dispense with comprehensive storage facilities.


The product spectrum ranging from the two-ton hexapod to the 10-gram nanopositioner requires PI to have the equipment and technologies at its disposal that allow the systems to be manufactured, assembled, and qualified.

13.000 m² production area
Vacuum technology
In-house production of position sensors
Climate and vibration-isolated measurement conditions
Metrology using traceable, external calibrated measurement devices
Heavy-load hall with lifting and rotating device
5.000 m² clean room for production
Monitoring of piezo actuator technology from material composition to final inspection
Organization in fractal manufacturing

Awards & Certificates

PI - Project of the Year

Physik Instrumente (PI) has caught the attention of the judges of the Motion Control Industry Awards for the third year running, winning the Project of the Year category and reaching the final of  Manufacturer of the Year section. The awards, which took place at the National Conference Centre in Solihull on the 10th of April, acknowledge the achievements of motion control companies and individuals, and have become a leading event in the industry. 

PI’s continuing success in the Manufacturer of the Year category can be largely attributed to the company’s partnership approach, working closely with its customers to build long-term, trusted relationships, and helping them to realise the true potential of precision motion and control. 

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Excellent System from PI for Fast, Multi-Channel Alignment Tasks in Photonics

In conjunction with silicon photonics, the demand for precision in the nanometer range as well as high throughput during testing and production of chips is increasing. PI (Physik Instrumente) offers an innovative solution for those applications and was nominated in the category Analytical/Test as one of the 100 most innovative technological developments of 2016.

The fast, multi-channel fiber alignment system is based on a hybrid drive, that combines the classical servo motors with the high-dynamic and nanometer precision piezoelectric drives. This is controlled by a digital motion controller with integrated scanning and alignment routines designed for fast adjusting processes. The prize is awarded each year by the editors of the R&D magazine.

PI - Manufacturer of the Year

On April 12th 2016 at the National Motorcycle Museum, the prestigious Motion and Control Industry Awards took place. That evening, PI were awarded winner of "Manufacturer of the Year" and we are extremely proud to be recognised for all the hard work that has gone in to receiving this.

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