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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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Air Bearings: Precision Motion Stages at 2016 Photonics West by PI

POSTED 06/07/2019

Air bearings are used for precision positioning stages because of their geometric accuracy and frictionless, wear-free performance. This demonstration includes a PIglide XY Stage (planar design) with air bearings run by an ACS motion controller, a small air bearing rotary stage and a large spherical air bearing such as used for satellite zero gravity simulation.