PI Webinars - Moving Forward, Together

PI engineers collaborate with customers, sharing experience, learnings, victories and failures. Our engineers also share their knowledge through webinars. Here are some that may be of interest to you.

You can also book your tailored PI Inspirations virtual workshop >>> Find out more about PI Inspirations.

Optimize Your Multi-Axis Motion Process

How to choose the right multi-axis architecture for your optimization and alignment application - Parallel Kinematics (Hexapods) vs Serially Stacked Stages? Learn how to best solve your application-specific needs multi-axis precision positioning and motion applications in fields such as precision assembly, photonics, optics, metrology. The webinar introduces the possible motion systems and highlights its mechatronic modules that determine application results.


Advanced Motion and Positioning Techniques for Laser Materials Processing and Photonics Components Test & Production

This two-part webinar presents state-of-the-art motion control and positioning solutions for ultra-fast laser material processing of transparent materials and for test and production of photonics components and SiP circuits. New motion control and alignment algorithms, advanced software, system architecture, serial and parallel kinematics, and precision mechanics are covered. The webinar is useful for engineers and system architects and integrators working in the laser processing, optics, and photonics industries. Our focus is on minimizing total cost of ownership and rapid implementation.


Improving Production Economics in Photonics Test/Assembly and Ultrafast Laser Materials Processing of Transparent Materials

This webinar presents the latest advancements in precision motion control techniques, system architecture, software, algorithms, hardware, and mechanisms for system designers in the laser processing, optics, and photonics industries. The focus is on rapid implementation and minimizing total cost of ownership.



In June we started into our digital event series, the "It's Possible Sessions". These sessions offer interesting talks from experts about the newest market developments, applications, and technologies.

You can watch our recording of the live streaming of our first event titled: "LASER WORLD OF PI – Let’s Shape the Future of Laser Material Processing".  We also provide you with the answers to the most often asked questions of the Q&A sessions.


Nanopositioning and vibration mitigation technologies for advanced microscopy applications

This webinar is a joint presentation between Ametek TMC and PI (Physik Instrumente). Piezoelectric actuators (transducers) are precision ceramic actuators which convert electrical energy directly into linear motion with high speed, force and virtually unlimited resolution. In this webinar, we will discuss their application to advanced microscopy in which piezos are used for nanopositioning of samples, focusing of microscopes, and mitigation of floor vibration. All these elements are required to achieve optimal resolution.


ACS Motion Control Technology Innovation Seminar

Registration open

Join ACS Motion Control for a virtual seminar, which will explore recent advancements and developments in motion control performance and tools. Our Global Motion Control Technology Innovation Seminar will take place on Wednesday, March 24 (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Tuesday, April 6 (USA).

 Learn about our real-time control algorithms and servo performance optimization tools. Together, these new technologies and capabilities can unlock new levels of machine accuracy and throughput.


Adaptive Machines for Precision Automation

  • Aspects of modular system design
  • Encoder technology and how it used in interfacing to fast trigger devices (lasers, line scan cameras, etc.)
  • Applications specific software and programming (onboard algorithms, open source and commercial software)
  • Performance enhancement on coordinated motion using ServoBoost Technology
  • Advanced Gantry Control


Faster Analysis and Higher Throughput for IVD

Download our webinar on "Faster Analysis and Higher Throughput for IVD" to

  • find out how piezo actuators move tiny liquid volumes ultrafast and precisely
  • discover how piezo transducers can be used for dynamic mixing of analytic reagents
  • learn about use cases of piezo elements in droplet generation, dosing or sorting tasks.


Intelligent Motion Systems Based on Fast Optimization Algorithms and Hexapod 6-Axis Mechanisms

Hexapods solve complex multi-axis precision positioning applications. Join us for a discussion on the basic principles of hexapod controls and software and compare the parallel setup with a serial kinematics setup, illustrating its advantages and limitations and looking into features such as stroke, workspace, precision, size, stiffness, dynamics, and its randomized pivot point functionality. Intelligent algorithms and motion systems used for optimization of throughput in applications — such as active alignment of photonics circuits, optics, detectors, and emitters — will also be discussed in relation to the principles of PI’s fast alignment algorithms and the achievable performance with the latest positioning hardware.


Custom Direct Drive Motors for Motion Control and Precision Positioning Applications

Recent advancements in electormagnetic motors, especially when it comes to performance and miniaturization, allow instrumentation equipment and precision automation solution engineers to design better, faster systems in fields such as medical engineering, semiconductor test/manufacture, photonics, and micro-mechanical assembly. Learn about different motor and drive concepts, advancements, limitations, and boundaries of each type, and most importantly, what type to choose when and how they compare to the latest piezoelectric motor designs.


Piezo Mechanisms - Motors, Actuators, Transducers

Differences, Advantages, Applications - When to use What?

The demand for miniaturization, higher precision, and speed keeps pushing manufacturers to look for better drive technologies. Piezoelectric actuators and motors have provided the answer to these challenges in fields from biotechnology to aerospace – however there is no “One-size-fits-all” solution.  Join PI’s piezo experts as they discuss how these compact mechatronic systems can be employed to solve critical motion and precision positioning problems and how to avoid pitfalls.


Advances in Precision Motion Control for Electro-Optical Manufacturing and Laser Materials Processing

Focusing on high-throughput/high-yield positioning and micro-robotic solutions for leading-edge manufacturing, this webinar presents the latest advances in software, control algorithms and motion systems hardware available to design engineers and scientists in the laser processing, optics and photonics industry


Adaptive Machines

Precision automation platforms supporting next-gen, flexible, multi-purpose tools for applications such as additive manufacturing, laser machining, and scanning.

The ability to address multiple processes in a single, flexible, and scalable automation platform is key to adaptive machines. The advantages of adaptive machines are multifold, offering more efficient and lower cost/better optimized system builds while also simplifying downstream service and support. In research and application labs, these tools can support both near term and longer term aspirational research goals with flexibility to accommodate collaborative work along derivative lines of inquiry.


Photonic Integrated Circuits - Assembly & Packaging

A Modular Concept Towards a Fully Automated Process

A collaboration between Physik Instrumente (PI) and the TEGEMA B.V. has provided a decisive breakthrough in assembly and packaging technology. The modular Photonic Packaging Platform from TEGEMA, with PI's proven super-fast coupling system, achieves complete assembly cycle times of less than 30 seconds, an important step towards readiness for series production. With a small footprint!

  • Part one: Modular Machine Plat Form Enables Breakthrough In Photonics Assembly Speed
  • Part two: Inside the Solution: Intelligent Micro-Robotics for High Throughput Photonics Manufacturing Automation


Intelligent Positioning in High Throughput Photonics Manufacturing Automation

The key in Silicon Photonics and other precision optical fieldsis leveraging optical physics to separate dependence on position commandability. A universal implementation is now commercially available and fab-proven. Process cost reductions of 99% are seen. This technology and its applications is discussed, and a live demonstration of parallel array I/O alignment is offered.


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PI Inspirations: A place where technical visions become reality.

Discover how precision motion technology can solve your positioning or alignment challenge.  

From using simple single axis actuators to multi axis parallel kinematic robots such as the PI Hexapod our applications workshops are designed to inspire you with the ideas you need to help you maximise the speed, accuracy or throughput of your process. Precision Motion Workshops can be tailored to your individual needs.

Find out more and book your PI Inspirations Workshop.