MOTION CONTROL: PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. will introduce the new P-736 high-speed microscope slide Z-scanner piezo stage at this year’s BIOS / Photonics West show.
The new PI nanoTM piezo-Z stages are optimized 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 200 µm with sub-nanometer closed-loop resolution-ideal for leading-edge microscopy and imaging applications. The piezo stages are designed for inverted microscopes from the four major manufacturers: Leica, Nikon, Olympus and Zeiss. The low profile design of 20 mm (0.8 inch) facilitates the integration. The large aperture accommodates microscopy accessories such as slide holders, Petri dish holders, etc.
Features and Advantages include: Extremely Fast Step & Settle, from 5 msec; cost effective due to Piezoresistive Sensors; optional 25 x 25 mm long travel stage serves as a stable basis; low profile for easy integration: 20 mm (0.8 inch); 100 and 200 µm travel ranges; longest lifetime with Ceramic Encapsulated PICMA® Piezo Technology; compatible with leading image acquisition software packages; closed-loop control for high repeatability and accuracy. Digital Piezo controller and software are included.
A compact digital piezo controller improves linearity and allows fast adaptation to changing load/settling/speed requirements and simple tuning from the controlling computer. It comes with three interfaces (USB, Analog and RS-232) for seamless compatibility with different control signals. The controller is also compatible with all major image acquisition packages and comes with a wide variety of software drivers and programming examples. The use of piezoresistive sensors allows for reduced cost despite the high performance.
- Edited by Liz Taurasi