Category: Application

How can the advantages of hexapods be easily used in automation?

Learn in the whitepaper "Controlling hexapods via EtherCAT®" how integration into the process environment works

Parallel-kinematic hexapod robots can move and position tools, workpieces, and complex components with weights ranging from a few grams to several hundred kilograms or even several tons in any spatial orientation with high precision. The PI hexapod controller with integrated EtherCAT interface now makes it very easy for users to integrate hexapods into automation systems without it being necessary...


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Flamingo Light Sheet Microscopes Rely on Drives from PI

Precise Sample Positioning is Crucial for Conclusive Images

Lightsheet microscopy (LSFM) is a powerful platform for in vivo imaging offering low phototoxicity and fast image acquisition. The Flamingo project from Professor Dr. Jan Huisken, Research Group Leader and Director of the Medical Engineering Department at Morgridge Institute for Research in Madison, WI, aims to make this technology easily available to researchers.


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PIOne Sensors – High Performance for Nano-Positioning Systems

An In-house Development for Precision over Large Travel Ranges

For conventional nanopositioning with piezo actuators and large travel ranges from 1 mm, incremental position sensors such as PIOne are used instead of capacitive sensors. Dr. Axel Grabowski, Head of Sensor Development at PI and developer of PIOne, explains the advantages of the the incremental position sensor with maximum resolution and moderate energy consumption.


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Enabling Large-Format Industrial Productivity

Award-Winning PI Fast Alignment Technology Comes to ACS Controls

PI’s fast optimization technology has proven to dramatically improve production economics in processes as diverse as photonics wafer probing, device packaging, and chip testing and even laser and optical equipment manufacturing. Now the flexible combination of PI´s industrial stages and new alignment-enabled controls from ACS address additional tough throughput and yield challenges for photonics...


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How is the Still or Video Image Quality of Cameras Reliably Measured and Evaluated?

DxOMark Image Labs uses a PI hexapod to simulate camera movements in image stabilization testing

Taking sharp pictures despite poor lighting conditions, taking snapshots without blurring, recognizing traffic signs in driver assistance systems, or identifying dangerous situations in surveillance systems - all of this is possible today with the help of modern cameras. But how good is the still and video image quality of a camera or smartphone?


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Hexapods Position ALMA Subreflectors and Compensate External Conditions

High-Precision ALMA Antennas are Decisive for the Success of the EHT

Sensation in astronomy: The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a worldwide network of eight radio telescopes, took the very first image of a black hole, which was published on April 10, 2019. Hexapods developed by PI play an important role in the ALMA telescopes on the Chilean plateau, which are part of the EHT.


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Precision Positioning of Samples and Objectives

The Key to Successful Microscoping

Whether classical stereo microscopy, fluorescent, widefield or laser scanning microscopy, whether SEM, FIB-SEM, TEM, AFM or correlative microscopy - positioning samples and objectives with subnanometer precision is decisive for the quality of your results with all of these techniques. This fully clickable, new “Nanopositioning for Microscopy” brochure provides a comprehensive overview of objective...


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Precision and Throughput for Electronics Manufacturing Applications

Find high-performance positioning solutions in the new brochure “Motion Systems for Electronics Manufacturing”

PI offers positioning systems for different production steps, for example to place, process or test parts and components.


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High-Precision Drive Technology from PI is Sharpening the View into Space!

First Light from the VLT using the Adaptive Optics Facility

The adaptive optics facility (AOF), key to correcting image distortion as the light travels through the atmosphere, uses a number of PI translation stages. The image distortion or blurring effect of the Earth’s atmosphere is what causes the stars to twinkle to the naked eye.


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Physik Instrumente UK celebrates 10 years of success

Invitation to visit PI UK

Physik Instrumente (PI) UK, a renowned provider of specialist motion control and precision alignment systems, marked its 10th anniversary by welcoming visitors to the official opening of its recently extended office and customer demonstration facility in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, on Wednesday the 18th of July 2018.


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