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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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Hexapod Systems Overview: 6DOF Motion Platforms, 6-Axis Positioning, Multi-Axis Automation

POSTED 06/07/2019

A major differentiator from conventional multi-axis positioning systems is the Hexapod's randomized, software-programmable pivot point. Hexapod systems come in all sizes and shapes, for nano-meter precision motion of small loads to sub-micron precision handling units for equipment with several tons. Different drives are optimized for slow motion and self-locking position hold on power off or highyl dynamic motion (voice-coil direct drives)