Category: Technology

System Overview: Positioning Stages for Inverse Microscopy

Guide for the Perfect Combination of Positioning Stages, Z Stages, and Sample Holders

Positioning samples under the microscope is a complex task for which PI offers numerous products. In order to fulfill the demands placed on the positioning accuracy, travel ranges and velocities, stages that offer long travel ranges are often combined with fine positioning stages. Which systems fit together how, is shown in the system overview for inverse microscopes.


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Stable and Precise Positioning of Mechanical and Optomechanical Components

Piezo-Based Linear Actuators Provide Reliable and Automated Alignment of the Beam Path of Optical Assemblies

How can the beam path of optical assemblies be adjusted with high resolution and stability? Piezo-based linear actuators provide reliable and automated alignment of mechanical and optomechanical components in experiments They offer a lifetime of more than a billion steps, a step size of 20 nm and a holding force of > 100 N.


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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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PILine® motors automate angle and distance measurement of this Leica total station (Image: Leica Geosystems)

Technological Advantage Without Any Risk

Why OEM Customers Profit From Using PI's Positioning Solutions

If you want to break new ground, you must be willing to employ unconventional solutions. But does this approach automatically mean a higher risk? Especially in the OEM business, it is important to establish a reliable, long-term partnership. Read more on the strategies PI employs in order to achieve the desired market advantages with a technically flawless, innovative solution.


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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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