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PI will introduce the P-736 high-speed slide Z-scanner piezo stage at this year’s Bios/Photonics West show.

The PI nano piezo-Z stages are optimised for very fast step and settle and easy integration into high-resolution microscope applications.

They feature a very low profile, a large aperture and travel ranges of up to 200um with sub-nanometer closed-loop resolution, making them suitable for microscopy and imaging applications.

The piezo stages are designed for inverted microscopes from Leica, Nikon, Olympus and Zeiss.

The low-profile design of 20mm (0.8in) facilitates the integration.

The large aperture accommodates microscopy accessories such as slide holders and Petri-dish holders.

A compact digital piezo controller improves linearity and allows fast adaptation to changing load, settling or speed requirements and simple tuning from the controlling computer.

It comes with three interfaces – USB, analogue and RS-232 – for compatibility with different control signals.

The controller is also compatible with all major image-acquisition packages and comes with a variety of software drivers and programming examples.

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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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