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PI is a leading manufacturer of precision motion control and automation systems, hexapod 6-axis parallel robotic stages, air bearing motion systems, Gantry Systems, 3D printing, laser machining, and piezoelectric nano-positioning solutions. Applications include photonics, semiconductor technology, medical engineering, assembly, inspection, materials handling, and bio-nanotechnology. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard & custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 4 decades and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research including industrial motion controllers (ACS). The PI group employs more than 1,300 people worldwide in 15 subsidiaries and R&D / engineering centers on 3 continents. ISO 9001 certified since 1994.

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Cost-Efficient Integrated XY Stage for Instrumentation OEM’s

POSTED 08/07/2019

The new low profile XY stage series is equipped with precision crossed roller guides, hall effect limit & reference point switches and stepper motors with manual knobs.

The new M-971 Stage Series has been developed for industrial instrumentation applications including imaging and microscopy as well as lithography, and alignment applications that require repeatability to the sub-micron.

Cost Efficient 
Driven by robust micro-stepped motors, the M-971 achieves velocities to 10mm/s and minimum incremental motion to 0.2µm.  The stepper motors are equipped with adjustment knobs allowing use as a manual stage.  A low-cost, compact motion controller (model C-663.12) is also available from PI.  The XY stage features limit and reference switches to ensure fast and precise referencing and safe operation.

Proven Components – Ideal for OEM integration
The M-971 drivetrain is based on a widely used linear stage from PI. Its reliability and long lifetime have been proven in use for years and stress-tested for long-term performance maintaining.

Feasible Modifications
Two modifications are feasible for OEM’s:  A closed-loop upgrade with linear encoders for higher positioning accuracy as well as a large aperture for applications that require light transmission through a mounted sample such as transmitted light microscopy, transient absorption microscopy, hyperspectral imaging, etc.