PI offers XY stages for super-resolution microscopy, tiling or automated scanning microscopy that fit on common microscopes from known manufacturers such as Nikon, Zeiss, Leica and Olympus. Depending on model, PI uses piezomotors as the drive. This produces a continuously low-profile design without flange motors and lead screw ducts, thus considerably facilitating integration. Special drive concepts allow stable travel velocities from a few millimeters to several hundred millimeters per second.
Piezo-Z stages are used for the alignment of optics in laser metrology and also for focusing samples, objectives or revolving nosepieces in microscopy or in test systems. PI offers vertical positioning stages in different designs for a wide range of applications. Z stack microsections for 3D imaging applications or fluorescence microscopy require high precision and dynamics. Piezo-driven sample scanners usually are 10 to 20 times faster than conventional stepper motors. This allows for more efficient throughput times and higher data acquisition rates. Autofocus and drift compensation functions also work significantly faster.