Six-axis micropositioner fits on palmtop

NOVEMBER 18, 2008--The M-810 electromechanical micropositioning system is a high-force six-axis hexapod with 5-kg load capacity, 10-cm diameter, 11.8-cm height, and sub-micron resolution.

Nov 18th, 2008

NOVEMBER 18, 2008--The M-810 electromechanical micropositioning system is a high-force six-axis hexapod with 5-kg load capacity, 10-cm diameter, 11.8-cm height, and sub-micron resolution. Its travel ranges reach 40 mm (linear) and 60° (rotation) at a high velocity of 10 mm/s. Controller's virtual pivot point is freely definable. The parallel-kinematic motion system has one moving platform, no moving cables, increased stiffness, and reduced inertia. Limited space requires the usage of new technologies for encoders, motors, and other integrated electronic components that are compatible with other PI hexapod controllers.
PI
Auburn, MA, USA
www.physikinstrumente.com

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PRESS RELEASE

Smallest Electro-Mechanical 6-Axis Hexapod Micropositioning System fits on Palm-Top

Auburn, MA, nanopositioning specialist PI has introduced the world's smallest commercially available electro-mechanical, high-force Hexapod 6-axis micropositioning system.

After two decades of Hexapod design and manufacturing experience, PI electro-mechanical Hexapods and piezo Hexapods are among the most advanced multiaxis precision positioning systems in the world. The new M-810 ultra-compact miniature Hexapod is no exception.

Features and Advantages of the M-810 Miniature Hexapod
* High-Force 6-Axis Hexapod with 5 kg Load Capacity
* Very Compact: 10 cm Diameter, 11.8 cm Height
* Sub-Micron Resolution
* Long Travel Ranges to 40 mm (linear) and 60° (rotation)
* Powerful Controller with Freely Definable Virtual Pivot Point
* High Velocity of 10 mm/s
* Operation in Any Orientation
* Linear and Rotary Multi-Axis Scans

Parallel Kinematics Advantages
Parallel-kinematic motion systems have a number of advantages over standard serial kinematic (stacked) positioning systems:
* Only one Moving Platform, No Accumulation of Guiding and Lever-Arm Errors
* No Moving Cables for Improved Reliability and Precision
* Smaller Package Size
* Increased Stiffness, Reduced Inertia, Better Dynamics
* Virtual Pivot Point

Smaller Motors and Encoders, Compatible with Existing Controllers
The limited space necessitated the usage of new technologies for encoders, motors and other integrated electronic components. Nevertheless, the M-810 is compatible with PI's tried and proven hexapod controllers that are supported by windows software and a library of drivers and programming examples for applications such as optical alignment etc.

PI offers Hexapods with load ranges from 2 kg to >1000 kg.

Datasheets & More Information:
http://www.physikinstrumente.com/en/news/fullnews.php?newsid=145

About PI

PI is a leading manufacturer of parallel kinematics precision positioning equipment, piezo stages & motors for photonics, astronomy, bio-nanotechnology & semiconductor applications. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard & custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 35+ years. The company has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994 and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research. PI is present worldwide with eight subsidiaries and total staff of 450+.

Contact:
USA / Canada: http://www.pi-usa.us

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