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Ground-breaking Modular Research Microscope, Showcasing in PI Booth at Neuroscience 2019

PI (Physik Instrumente) LP

Scientists from around the world are gathering in Chicago to share their research, new ideas, and experience the best their field has to offer. PI engineers are on-hand to answer questions and propose precision motion solutions relating to life-science projects in industry and research.

See The Flamingo Microscope Project at PI’s Booth #404Micro- and Nanopositioning Stages for Linear and Rotary Motion
PI is well-known for its piezo-based nanopositioning and scanning stages designed for super-resolution microscopy applications. Very compact precision positioning stages with long travel ranges are also offered – for example, the L-505 motorized miniature precision linear stage and the U-628 miniature rotary table with ultrasonic-direct drive motor. These highly precise components are employed in a ground-breaking light-sheet microscope project pioneered by the Huisken Lab at the Morgridge Institute for Research in Madison, WI. Key factors are the compact design, reliability, high precision, and speed of the motion modules. Prior to this project, 2 complete systems had to be used to achieve Light Sheet Florescence Microscopy (LSFM). This new modular microscope illuminates and detects samples by employing two separate optical systems and will be easy to transport, eliminating the shipping of sensitive samples.

Microscopy Imaging and Bio-Nanotechnology Solution Packages
Researchers make use of the sub-atomic resolution and extreme responsiveness of piezo stages and nanopositioners to create higher-quality images faster. PI provides a large variety of fast XYZ stages and microscope lens positioners for 3D imaging (Z-stack acquisition), deconvolution, and fast auto-focusing applications. A line of ultra-stable long-travel microscope stages with self-locking piezo motors is also available. Hexapod 6-DOF stages provide precision motion in 6 axes, allowing computer-controlled sample manipulation in XYZ, pitch, roll, and yaw with sub-micrometer precision.

Standard and Custom

PI has in-house engineered solutions with over 4 decades of experience working with customers to provide products that meet application demands and can quickly modify existing product designs or provide a fully customized OEM part to fit the exact requirements of the application.

About PI

PI is a leading manufacturer of air bearing stages, piezoelectric solutions, precision motion control equipment, and hexapod parallel-kinematics for semiconductor applications, photonics, bio-nano-technology, and medical engineering. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard & custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 4 decades. The company has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994 and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research. The PI group employs more than 1,300 people worldwide in 15 subsidiaries and R&D / engineering centers on 3 continents.

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