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The latest version of the P-736 Z-axis nanopositioning system from Physik Instrumente (PI) is designed for for high-resolution microscopy and is characterised by a large clear aperture of 160 x 110mm, high positional stability and rapid settling times.

The piezo scanner positions well plates and sample holders for object slides and Petri dishes on the optical axis with nanometer precision, with a travel range of 200µm.

The P-736’s small overall height of 20mm allows it to be integrated into any standard inverted microscope. The drive technology in the piezo scanner is based on Picma piezo actuators with all-ceramic insulation. PI claims that they are longer lasting and less vulnerable to moisture than actuators with conventional polymer insulation, making the overall system more reliable.

The new version of the P-736 is available with either piezo-resistive or capacitive sensors. The piezo scanner is delivered as a complete system with a digital controller. The digital technology allows the flexible adjustment of the servo-control parameters. The controller has USB, RS-232 and analogue interfaces and can therefore be integrated into various control systems. It is also compatible with µManager, Metamorph and Andor IQ.

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Key features and specifications

  • Large aperture of 160 x 110mm
  • Rapid setting times
  • Small height enabling integration with standard microscopes
  • Piezo-resistive or capacitive sensors
  • Compatibility with with µManager, Metamorph and Andor IQ

Physik Instrumente

PI is a global manufacturer of high precision positioning systems and products based on piezo technology. Used in markets as diverse as biotechnology, semiconductor, defence and astronomy, PI’s products work to improve the speed and precision of many cutting edge processes. Actuators, sensors and positioning systems with either sub-micron or nanometre level precision; many customised for the end user, are included in the product range.

With manufacturing and subsidiary offices around the world and a workforce of more than 500 PI provides direct local support where it is needed. Products range from component level piezo ceramic assemblies to six axis hexapod positioning robots. PI manufactures its own piezo ceramic material including multilayer devices that incorporate its patented ceramic insulation technology. Lead free ceramic technology is now also included in the company’s product range. With the flexibility and continuity of supply offered by having control of piezo ceramic production comes security and speed of delivery for customers who rely on or are looking to move into this area of technology. PI’s piezo ultrasonic and step drive motor technologies offer unique performance including self-locking capability, high force or high speed and non-magnetic and vacuum compatibility.

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