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PI USA (Physik Instrumente)

PI USA (Physik Instrumente)

PI is a privately held company that designs and manufactures world-class precision motion and automation systems including air bearings, hexapods and piezo drives at locations in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded 5 decades ago and today employs more than 1700 people worldwide. PI's customers are leaders in high-tech industries and research institutes in fields such as photonics, life-sciences, semiconductors and aerospace.


Mailing Address:
16 Albert Street
Auburn, MA 01501
United States of America

Tel: 508-832-3456

Email: info@pi-usa.us

Website: https://www.pi-usa.us/en/

Company Category: Factory Automation

Company Sector: Manufacturing

Keywords: Nano-precision motion systems, air bearings, hexapods, piezo

Partner Status: Marketing Partner


Products

PI USA - New Hexapod Applications

PI USA - New Hexapod Applications

Addressing all six degrees of freedom means that hexapods can provide linear motion in X, Y, Z as well as rotary motion in Theta-X, -Y, -Z (pitch, yaw, roll) a very useful feature for precision alignment and positioning in optics, photonics, aerospace engineering, automation, and life sciences applications.


Articles

Fiber Alignment and Photonic Chip Test & Assembly Just Got Easier

The new algorithm and technology have the potential to drastically reduce complex fiber alignment and photonics alignment procedure times by several orders of magnitude, surpassing any other existing technique used for automated fiber optic alignment in the market.

Nanopositioning and Motion Control Solutions for the Semiconductor Industry

Recently, the convergence of photonics and electronics, known as Silicon Photonics, has marked a significant advancement in both performance and the reduction of power consumption.

Elevating Precision Motion and Control with Magnetic Levitation to New Heights

What sets magnetic levitation apart is the ability to create a contactless, ultra-high-precision virtual bearing within our control system”. Dr. Christian Rudolf provides a glimpse into the exciting development journey of PI's magnetic levitation solutions.

Comparing XY-Theta Motion / Positioning Stage Options for Precision Automation Applications

These systems can be configured and supplied as individual components or as complete integrated motion systems with custom interfaces, cable management solutions, vacuum feedthroughs and application-optimized integrated granite and aluminum structures.

Improving Image Stabilization with Hexapod 6-Axis Motion Simulators for More Reliable Image Capturing

Taking sharp pictures despite fast changing lighting and ambient conditions, recognizing traffic signs or road markings in driver assistance systems, or identifying dangerous situations in surveillance systems – all of this is possible today with the help of modern cameras.

How Hexapod Robotic Platforms Can be used to Test Image Quality of Digital Imaging Cameras

Taking sharp pictures despite poor lighting conditions, taking snapshots without blurring, recognizing traffic signs and road markings or identifying dangerous situations with specific systems - all of this is possible today with the help of modern cameras.

Why Repeatability and Accuracy are Different in Motion and Positioning Related Applications

The terms accuracy and repeatability are often used interchangeably. However, accuracy is not possible without repeatability, but repeatability is achievable without accuracy. There are other errors, too, non-linearity errors, and linearity errors caused by thermal effects.

LIDAR: How Smart Active Alignment Mechanisms can Reduce Manufacturing Costs

Today, tantalizing futuristic transportation applications have motivated this mushrooming industry to develop an impressive array of clever new implementations, accompanied by a wave of investment from venture capitalists, software giants, and established players ...

Gantry Systems for High Performance 3D Printing Applications

3D Printing motion systems are built from standard 3D Print optimized gantry platforms and pre-configured for use with Nordson Ultimus V (or customized to extruder). The direct hardware integration has been considered.

What is the Difference between Hexapod 6-DOF Alignment Systems vs Conventional Stacks of Stages?

When faced with a multi-axis alignment and positioning application, motion engineers typically assemble a system from a stack of individual linear and rotary stages. This approach works well for applications when only a few degrees of freedom are involved (e.g. XYZ).

How to Improve the Precision of Positioning Stages with ACS Dynamic Error Compensation

Precision motion systems always exhibit some amount of positioning inaccuracy (or position error) due to various factors. These errors can be measured using external measurement devices, such as a laser interferometer...

Precision Robotics and Automation: Hexapods Advance Production Processes

Traditional robots can handle heavy loads at high speed, but lack positioning accuracy. Hexapod robots - six-legged parallel-kinematic machines - have a long history in precision optics alignment & micro / nano-manufacturing automation. They were considered overkill for traditional industrial automation applications, but the need for miniaturization and higher precision is rapidly changing the situation. New high-speed fieldbus interfaces facilitate integration with PLC or CNC controllers.

White Papers

WHITE PAPER: ADVANCED ALGORITHMS ENABLE THROUGHPUT

Starting at wafer level, every silicon photonic chip needs to be tested. PI's Fast Multichannel Photonic Alignment (FMPA) controller algorithms were the breakthrough necessary for prober-industry leaders like FormFactor and MPI to deliver tools for fast and economical characterization and validation. For Silicon Photonics (SiPh) test and assembly applications such as wafer probing, alignment time is the primary cost driver. This is true for both engineering probers and even more so for production probers, where uptime and throughput are especially critical. With their advanced autonomous alignment functionality and fab-qualified mechanics, PI photonics alignment subsystems meet the demanding needs of the industry. Hence, they provide unmatched throughput and accuracy not restricted to silicon photonics probing, but including any type of precision optical alignment.

Press Releases

Highly Dynamic 4DOF Piezo Wafer Stage for Inspection and Metrology, new from PI

Leveraging decades of piezo nanopositioning technology experience, introducing at 2024 Semicon West

New Wafer Stages and Ultra-Precision Motion Systems at Semicon West, July 9 - 11, in San Francisco, CA

Experience PI's new piezo wafer stages, granite-based multi-axis systems for thin film metrology, air bearing stages, laser beam steering systems, and sub-nanometer precision piezo stages, backed by decades of nanopositioning experience.

XYZ Nanopositioning Stage for Scanning and Positioning in Photonics and Microscopy Applications

A compact nanopositioning stage provides fast response and high scanning speed - ideal for fiber alignment and super resolution microscopy applications - new from PI.

Piezoceramic Components for Ultrasound Transducer Applications

Composite and lead-free materials - new from PI.

Wafer Stages for Thin Film Metrology and Glass Substrate Inspection

Configurable, granite-based wafer-stage sub-system, new from PI.

High Speed Piezo Actuators for Micro- and Nano-Dispensing

Highest repetition rates, reliable operation, and customizable design are strengths of PI's newest piezo ceramic actuators.

14 Angstroms: PI Contributes to Next Semiconductor Technology Node Development

PI's new nanopositioning technology advancement initiative supports EU-funded project.

Economical Fast Focus Scanning Systems for Microscopy and Metrology Applications

Packages with controller, software, and nano-focus scanner offer an excellent price-performance ratio - new from PI.

V-827 Wide-Body Linear Stage Family for Precision Automation

New direct-drive linear positioning stages provide 2m/sec velocity and 150kg load capacity, from PI.

See Live Demos of PI's Photonics / SiP / Fiber Alignment Technology at OFC in San Diego, Starting March 24

Experience high-speed alignment engines for the photonics and fiber optics industry, ideal for SiP wafer probing, device packaging and lens alignment, in PI's booth #4301.

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