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PI USA (Physik Instrumente)

PI USA (Physik Instrumente)

PI is a privately held company that designs and manufactures world-class precision motion and automation systems including air bearings, hexapods and piezo drives at locations in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded 5 decades ago and today employs more than 1300 people worldwide. PI's customers are leaders in high-tech industries and research institutes in fields such as photonics, life-sciences, semiconductors and aerospace.

Mailing Address:
16 Albert Street
Auburn, MA 01501
United States of America

Tel: 508-832-3456



Company Category: Supply Chain

Company Sector: Manufacturing

Keywords: Nano-precision motion systems, air bearings, hexapods, piezo

Partner Status: Marketing Partner


PI USA - High Precision R-Theta Stages for Semicon, Laser Processing Apps

PI USA - High Precision R-Theta Stages for Semicon, Laser Processing Apps

2-axis R-Theta motion systems are better suited to spiral motion than Cartesian XY stages. R-Theta systems often find applications in precision laser / semiconductor applications due to higher throughput, precision, and smaller size. See examples and options.


High Precision Linear Motor Stages for Industrial Automation

Precision industrial motion systems are used in test, assembly or laser micro-machining of high precision and high value components and in electronics, optics, and photonics manufacturing, to name a few.

White Papers


Starting at wafer level, every silicon photonic chip needs to be tested. PI's Fast Multichannel Photonic Alignment (FMPA) controller algorithms were the breakthrough necessary for prober-industry leaders like FormFactor and MPI to deliver tools for fast and economical characterization and validation. For Silicon Photonics (SiPh) test and assembly applications such as wafer probing, alignment time is the primary cost driver. This is true for both engineering probers and even more so for production probers, where uptime and throughput are especially critical. With their advanced autonomous alignment functionality and fab-qualified mechanics, PI photonics alignment subsystems meet the demanding needs of the industry. Hence, they provide unmatched throughput and accuracy not restricted to silicon photonics probing, but including any type of precision optical alignment.

Press Releases

14 Angstroms: PI Contributes to Next Semiconductor Technology Node Development

PI's new nanopositioning technology advancement initiative supports EU-funded project.

Economical Fast Focus Scanning Systems for Microscopy and Metrology Applications

Packages with controller, software, and nano-focus scanner offer an excellent price-performance ratio - new from PI.

V-827 Wide-Body Linear Stage Family for Precision Automation

New direct-drive linear positioning stages provide 2m/sec velocity and 150kg load capacity, from PI.

See Live Demos of PI's Photonics / SiP / Fiber Alignment Technology at OFC in San Diego, Starting March 24

Experience high-speed alignment engines for the photonics and fiber optics industry, ideal for SiP wafer probing, device packaging and lens alignment, in PI's booth #4301.

Ultra-Low Profile XY-Theta Nanopositioning Stage Uses Air Bearings

Unique and compact 3-axis precision motion platform, new from PI

New Optical Delay Line Stage Series, Based on Air Bearings, Released by PI

Lower pitch/yaw angular errors and the near-perfect straightness and flatness performance of air bearings deliver precise measured results, surpassing mechanical linear stages.

Introduced at Photonics West: Breakthrough Technology Improves Photonic Coupling Acquisition Speed by One Order of Magnitude and More

New PI Photonics Alignment Solution a Game Changer for SiPh Production

Presenting the World's Fastest Photonics Alignment Systems for SiPh Chips at Photonics West

Experience high-speed alignment engines, a new way to improve laser micro-hole drilling, air bearing-based wafer stages, high-resolution focusing devices, and microscope stages at BIOS/Photonics West in San Francisco, Booths 8517 / 3517, January 27 - February 1, 2024.

Hexapod Production: PI Substantially Increases Production Capacities for High Precision Hexapod Stewart Platforms

Significantly reducing lead time and increasing potential output by more than 100% are results of PI's new initiative.

PI Establishes Innovation Hub to Strengthen Collaboration with Technical Research Institutes

This new R&D initiative will be expanded to office/laboratory clusters in the US and Asia.


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