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Auburn, MA 01501
Founded in 1970 and ISO 9001 certifi ed since 1994, PI runs R&D, engineering, and production centers on 3 continents.
Multi-Axis Automation and Air Bearing Systems: Floating on a cushion of air, linear, rotary, and spherical air bearing stages deliver extremely precise, vibration-free motion, extreme geometric performance and repeatability, a highly constant velocity, and zero wear of mechanical components – ideal for high-end industrial inspection and manufacturing operations, such as optical metrology, flat panel display, precision scanning, and cleanroom applications.
Parallel, Serial Kinematics Positioners: In 1990, PI began designing the world’s largest selection of parallel positioners (hexapod Stewart platforms) for sub-micron precision optical alignment applications in large scale astronomical telescopes. Over the years, many applications – alignment of fibers, medical apparatus, aerospace components, laser diodes, automotive components – have benefited from the flexibility and versatility of micro-motion hexapod robots.
Piezo Technology: Piezoelectric solid-state drives provide many benefits over traditional stepper and servo motors for medical, automotive, semiconductors and aerospace applications including unlimited resolution, very high stiffness and force, extremely fast response, and no energy required to hold a position, even with heavy loads. NASA engineers confirmed the outstanding quality when testing PI actuators for the Mars Rover, observing zero failures after 100 billion cycles.
In-house engineered solutions for 5 decades
PI designs and manufactures precision motion and automation systems in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Leading the world as the
first and largest manufacturer of nanopositioning products based on piezo motor designs, PI is also leading the field of high precision hexapod 6-axis parallel-positioners, automatic photonics alignment systems and multi-axis precision automation systems based on linear motor technology and / or air bearings.
Other technologies include piezo transducers, fast steering mirrors, motion controllers for laser processing, and magnetic levitation systems.
Founded 5 decades ago at a Quantum Optics lab, PI has grown into a business of 1,300+ employees in 13 countries and $200
million in global sales.