3-Axis Stages, XYZ Stages, Motorized XYZ-Gantries,
 XY-Stages, Precision Multi-Axis Stages





PI Positioning Stages and Multi-Axis Engineered Motion Systems

XYZ-Stages are a special form of 3-axis linear stages. They provide precision linear motion in 3 degrees of freedom. In addition to 3-axis linear stages, PI also provides rotary motion comoponents that can be combined to multi-axis motion systems. These are critical for research and industrial precision automation tasks from optics to medical engineering. PI Provides a large variety of linear motion stages, from single axis stepper motor stages, XY linear servo stages to complex 6-Axis hexapod parallel kinematic motion systems. In addition to conventional motorized stages, PI also specializes in piezo-driven systems, for ultra-high precision applications.

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Video: Miniature XYZ-Linear Air Bearing Stage for Scanning, Algnment, Precision Positioning









More information on precision motorized XYZ-Gantry Stages and multi-axis automation systems

Precision Motorized 3-Axis
Linear Stage / Direct Drive XYZ Gantry Stage

  • Direct Drive Linear Motors for High Velocity and Precision
  • Max. Velocity >1m /sec
  • Closed-Loop with Nanometer Resolution
  • High Load Capacity
  • Direct Drive Linear Motors
  • Air Bearings or Mechanical Bearings

PI provides custom engineered precision motion and automation systems from simple 3-axis motorized linear stage XYZ set-ups to complex XYZ Gantry Stages and nanopositioning systems with 56 axes.







Video: Precision Motorized 3-Axis Direct-Drive XYZ Gantry Stage for 3D Printing









Flexible 2-Axis and 3-Axis Motorized Stage Concept to Accelerate Automation Projects - See Applications

  • Preconfigured, Tested and Tuned 2-Axis /3-Axis Translation Stages
  • Synchronization of Laser and Motion Control
  • XY and XYZ Stage Variations
  • Up to 400mm XY Travel
  • Up to 100mm Z-Travel
  • XY Linear Motor Stage
  • Z-Stage with Precision Ball Screw
  • EtherCat-based High Performance Motion Controller



3-Axis Stages, Custom Tuned
Why Custom Tuned 3-Axis Stages are Better
Watch Video X-417 Automation XYZ Motorized Translation Stage with EtherCat Controller for Laser Applications






Video: 5-Axis Stage: Z, Theta-XY + XY Planar Stage for Semiconductor and Laser Processing: High Precision Air Bearings, Linear Motors, Absolute Encoders











L-412 Linear Stage Datasheet
V-731 XY Linear Motor Stage Datasheet

L-412 and V-731 XYZ Linear Stage Combination

  • Integrated Linear Motor Driven XY Linear Translation Stage
  • Ball-Screw Driven Vertical Linear Stage
  • Nanometer Resolution
  • High Load
  • For Industrial Automation

L-412 linear translation stages are designed for tough industrial automation tasks, with special side protection against particles. They can be assembled to form 3-axis XYZ stages or can also be combined with the V-731 high speed 2-axis integrated XY linear stage.






V-551 Linear Motor Translation Stage Datasheet

V-551 Linear Motor 3-Axis Positioning Stage Combination

  • Linear Motor Driven Stage
  • Nanometer Resolution
  • High Speed
  • Magnetic gravity force compensation for the Z-Axis

V-551 series linear motor translation stages are available with absolute and incremental encoders providing resolutions down to single digit nanometers. Ideal for industrial automation.




Multi-Axis Automation Test System Based on 3-Axis Linear Stage, 6-Axis Hexapod and Linear Voice Coil Motor Actuator

  • 10-Axis Motorized Stage for Electronics / Semiconductor Test Applications
  • Hexaopd 6-Axis Stage Provides Programmable Pivot Point
  • Voice Coil Actuator with Force and Position Control
  • XY Linear Motor Stage
  • Vertical Motion with Precision High-Load Z-Stage



Watch Video This example shows an automated multi-axis precision motion system for touch-panel testing.




Q-Motion Micro XYZ 3-Axis Linear Stage with Inertia Motor

  • Ultra Compact: from 22x22x10mm (linear), 14mm diameter (rotary)
  • Resolution Microns to Nanometers
  • 3-Axis Piezo Stage Configurations, XY Configurations w/o Adapter Plate
  • Travel to 32mm
  • Max. Velocity 10mm/sec
  • Self-Clamping Stick-Slip Motor, No Jitter/Drift, No Holding Current
  • UHV and Non-Magnetic Options

Stick-slip mini piezo linear motors are ideal for precision motion application with very limited space.

Stick-Slip Miniature Multi-Axis Precisoin Positioning Systems provide affordable high precision motion






M-122 Motorized Linear Translation Stage Datasheet

M-122 Miniature Motorized XYZ Linear Stage Combination

  • Compact Design with folded Drive Train
  • Linear Encoder for High Precision
  • Piezo Add-On for High Speed Scanning and Alignment such as used for Fiber Optics
  • Ball screw for low friction, high speed and lifetime

M-122 precision miniature linear translation stages can be combined to XY and XYZ assemblies for multi-axis precision positioning and alignment tasks. If high speed scanning in the sub-micrometer precision range is required, a piezo XYZ cube add-on is available as well.




Compact Motorized XYZ-Stage for Precision Alignment in Optics and Photonics - L-505

  • Modular Motorized, X, XY, XYZ Translation Stages
  • Comopact and high Resolution
  • Linear Encoder Direct Feedback
  • Servo and Stepper Motor Options
  • Up to 5nm Resolution
  • High-Speed Scanner Add-On Option
  • Ball Screw and Lead Screw Options
  • High Performance Motion Controllers



Watch Video Compact XYZ Motorized Linear Translation Stage and Nanopositioning Stages in Fast Single Mode Fiber Alignment




M-686 XY Microscope Stage with Piezo Linear-Motor

  • Integrated Closed-Loop Linear Piezomotors Provide
  • High Speed to 100mm/sec
  • Travel Ranges 25x25mm
  • Integrated Linear Encoders with 0.1 Ám Resolution
  • Compact Design: 32 mm Profile Height, 170 x 170 mm Footprint
  • Clear Aperture 78 x 78 mm, 66 x 66 mm in Extreme Position
  • Self-Locking at Rest
  • Compatible with PI Piezo Nanopositioning / Scanning Stages

M-686 XY microscope stages with linear piezo motors, are ideal for automated positioning applications in microscopy.

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Several customized versions of the M-686 XY piezo motor stage.






U-723, 2-Axis Integrated Linear Motor XY Translation Stage with Ultrasonic Drive

  • Smallest Translation Stage with Closed-Loop Linear Motor and Encoder
  • Travel Range 22 mm
  • Max. Velocity 200 mm/sec
  • Fast Acceleration
  • Direct Metrology Linear Encoder
  • 10 Nanometers Resolution
  • Vacuum-Compatible Versions Available

PILine« 2-axis micropositioning stage systems offer high velocities of up to 200 mm/sec in a compact package. The U-723 is one of the smallest integrated closed-loop XY linear translation stage with piezomotors currently on the market.






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M-5x1 Micropositioner: XYZ and XY Stage Combinations

  • Travel Ranges 102, 204 and 306 mm (4", 8", 12")
  • Max. Velocity 125 mm/s with ActiveDrive? Motors
  • Optional 0.1 Ám Linear Encoder for Highest Accuracy
  • Load Capacity of 100 kg
  • Stress-Relieved Aluminum Base for Highest Stability
  • Zero-Backlash Recirculating Ballscrews
  • Non-contact Limit and Reference Switches
  • MTBF >20,000 h

M-5x1-series linear translation stages can meet the most demanding positioning requirements. They boast an extremely low profile design to allow 2-axis and 3-axis stage combinations and feature a precision-machined base of high-density, stress-relieved aluminum for exceptional stability and minimum weight.




M-833,3-Axis Stage Concept: XZ-Rotation Tripod Stage

  • Precision Positioning in X, Z, θY
  • Goniometer Z Stage with Freely Selectable Pivot Point
  • Travel Ranges ▒25 mm / ▒25 mm / ▒30░
  • Load Capacity to 4 kg
  • Min. Incremental Motion to 0.1 Ám
  • ActiveDrive? Servo Motors
  • Compact Design with Parallel Kinematics






M-110 Miniature Series: XY & XYZ Linear Stage Combinations

  • Travel Ranges 5, 15 and 25 mm
  • Very Cost Effective
  • Min. Incremental Motion to 50 nm Max. Velocity 2 mm/s
  • Closed-Loop DC Motors and Stepper Motors
  • Non-Contact Limit and Reference Switches
  • Optional Recirculating Ball Screw Drives Provide High Speeds & Long Lifetimes
  • Vacuum-Compatible Versions Available to 10-6 hPa


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M-105 Ě M-106 Linear Manual Stages: XY
and XYZ Combinations

  • Travel Range to 18 mm
  • All-Stainless-Steel Construction
  • 2-Axis and 3-Axis Linear Combinations
  • Resolution up to 0.1 Ám
  • Optional PiezoMike with 10 nm Resolution
  • Optional Motor Drives

M-105 and M-106 are micrometer-driven linear translation stages with travel ranges of 18 mm and 5 mm, respectively. The carriage is spring preloaded against the micrometer tip for excellent repeatability and elimination of backlash. M-105 and M-106 stages are available in X, XY and XYZ-Stage configurations. Precision crossed roller bearings guarantee straightness of travel of better than 2 Ám. The M-106 is equipped with a differential micrometer drive providing resolution of 0.1 Ám.


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M-880 Motorized XY-Stage with in Plane Rotation:
3 Axis Precision Positioning System

  • Travel Ranges 20 x 20 mm / 8░
  • Static Load Capacity to 150 kg
  • ActiveDrive Servo Motors
  • Low Profile through Parallel Kinematics
  • Min. Incremental Motion to 0.75 Ám
  • Large Clear Aperture
  • Sophisticated Controller Included


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F-130 / F-131 XYZ Stage for Photonics Alignment

  • Piezo and Motorized Stage for Fast Response and High Resolution
  • Positioning Ranges: 5mm and 15mm
  • 1 nanometer Resolution
  • Closed-Loop Piezo Drives Available
  • Choice of Stepper- & DC-Motor Drives
  • Automated Alignment Software available, watch video

F-130 are compact computer-controllable 3-axis XYZ alignment and positioning systems combining the advantages of ultra-high-resolution piezo drives with the long travel range of motorized stages. The F-130/F-131 is available in 8 different versions, with stepper- and DC-motor coarse drives, and open- and closed-loop piezoelectric fine drives.


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Hexapod 6-Axis Motion Family Overview

M-810 Miniature Hexapod: XYZ + 3 Rotations = 6 Degrees of Freedom

  • Most-Compact Hexapod in the PI Portfolio
  • Travel Ranges 40 x 40 x 13 mm, Rotation to 60 Degrees
  • Load Capacity to 5 kg
  • Resolution of a Single Strut 40 nm
  • Min. Incremental Motion to 200 nm
  • Repeatability up to ▒0.5 Ám
  • Velocity to 10 mm/s

With a platform diameter of only 10 cm the M-810 Hexapod is the most compact parallel-kinematics micropositioning system to date. In addition to positioning all six axes with high speed and accuracy, it allows the user to define the center of rotation (pivot point) anywhere inside or outside the system envelope by one simple software command. This makes it ideal for all complex positioning tasks with restricted space




F-206 Alignment System: XYZ + 3 Rotations = 6 Degrees of Freedom with Controller

  • Parallel Kinematics with 6 Degrees of Freedom
  • 0.033 Ám Actuator Resolution
  • Repeatability 0.3 Ám in Space
  • No Moving Cables for Improved Reliability, Reduced Friction
  • Better Dynamics, More Compact than Serial Kinematics Systems
  • For Scanning and Alignment
  • Cartesian Coordinate Control with Virtualized Pivot Point
  • Powerful Digital Controller with Open Source LabView? Drivers, DLL Libraries...
  • Integrated Fiber Alignment Routines

The HexAlign 6-Axis Hexapod is a highly accurate micropositioning system for complex multi-axis alignment tasks. It is based on PI"s long experience with ultra-high-resolution, parallel kinematics stages. Unlike hexapods with

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variable-length struts ("legs") the F-206 features constant-length struts and friction-free flexure guides. This gives the F-206 even higher precision than other hexapod designs.

Piezo Flexure Stages (XYZ Scanners)



P-611.3 NanoCube« XYZ Scanner Piezo Stage

  • Compact XYZ Scanner
  • Up to 120 x 120 x 120 Ám Travel Range
  • Very Compact: 44 x 44 x 44 mm
  • Resolution to 0.2 nm, Rapid Response
  • Frictionless, High-Precision Flexure Guiding System
  • Outstanding Lifetime Due to PICMA« Piezo Actuators
  • Fast Multi-Axis Scanning
  • Version with Integrated Fiber Adapter Interface
  • Cost-Effective Mechanics/Electronics System Configurations

The P-611 NanoCube« is a versatile XYZ piezo-nanopositioning / XYZ scanner system. Equipped with a stiff, zero-stiction, zero-friction guiding system, this NanoCube« provides motion with ultra-high resolution and settling times of only a few milliseconds. The minimal moved masses and the stiff piezo drive make it ideal for high-throughput applications such as fiber alignment where it enables significantliy faster device characterization than achievable with conventional motorized drives.

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P-363 PicoCube XYZ Piezo Stage / Scanner

  • XYZ Scanner for AFM/SPM Microscopy
  • Ultra-High-Performance Closed-Loop
  • Compact Manipulation Tool for Bio/Nanotechnology
  • Resonant Frequency 9.8 kHz
  • Capacitive Sensors for Highest Accuracy
  • Parallel-Motion Metrology for Automated Compensation of Guiding Errors
  • 50 Picometer Resolution
  • 5 x 5 x 5 Ám Travel Range
  • Vacuum-Compatible Versions

The P-363 PicoCube XY / XYZ scanner stage is an ultra-high-performance closed-loop piezo scanning system. Designed for AFM, SPM and nanomanipulation applications, it combines an ultra-low inertia, high-speed XY/XYZ piezo scanner with non-contact, direct-measuring, parallel-metrology capacitive feedback capable of 50 picometers resolution.





PIMars XY and XYZ microscope stages are fast and highly accurate multi-axis scanning and nanopositioning systems

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PIMars XYZ Microscope Nano-Scanner Piezo Flexure Stage

  • Parallel-Kinematics / Metrology for Enhanced Responsiveness / Multi-Axis Precision
  • Travel Ranges to 340 x 340 x 340 Ám
  • Capacitive Sensors for Highest Linearity
  • Frictionless, High-Precision Flexure Guiding System
  • Excellent Scanning Flatness
  • High-Dynamics XYZ Stage Version Available; Custom Versions up to 6-Axis
  • Clear Aperture 66 x 66 mm
  • Outstanding Lifetime Due to PICMA« Piezo Actuators
  • UHV Versions to 10-9hPa

with flatness and straightness in the nanometer range. The 66 x 66 mm clear aperture is ideal for transmitted-light applications such as near-field scanning or confocal microscopy and mask positioning.




PIHera XY Piezo Stage & XYZ Piezo Stages with Flexure Guide

  • Travel Ranges 50 to 1800Ám
  • High-Precision, Cost-Efficient
  • Resolution to 0.1 nm
  • Frictionless, High-Precision Flexure Guiding System
  • 0,02% Positioning Accuracy
  • Outstanding Lifetime Due to PICMA« Piezo Actuators
  • X-, XY-, Z- and XYZ-Versions
  • Vacuum-Compatible Versions Available


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P-733 XY stage and XYZ piezo microscope driven stages are fast and highly accurate nanopositioning and scanning systems. They provide a positioning and scanning range of 100x100x10Ám together with sub-nanometer resolution and are equipped with parallel-metrology capacitive position.

P-733 XY & XYZ Microscope Stages with Piezo Flexure Drives: High-Precision XY / XYZ Piezo Scanner Family with Aperture

  • Travel Ranges to 100 x 100 Ám in XY & to 10 Ám in Z
  • Resolution to 0.1 nm with Capacitive Sensors
  • High-Speed Versions with Direct Drive
  • Vacuum and Non-Magnetic Versions
  • Parallel Kinematics for Better Multi-Axis Accuracy and Dynamics
  • Parallel Metrology for Active Trajectory Control
  • Frictionless, High-Precision Flexure Guiding System
  • Clear Aperture 50 x 50 mm for Transmitted-Light Applications

feedback for superior multi-axis linearity and repeatability. The guiding accuracy minimizes runout to under 10nm over the whole travel range. In addition, the high-speed Z-axis stage of the P-733.3CD can actively compensate any out-of-plane Z-axis deviation during XY motion.

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PInano XY Stage & XYZ Stage: Low-Cost Nanpositioning Systems for Super-Resolution Microscopy

  • Low Profile for Easy Integration: 20 mm (0.8")
  • Up to 200 x 200 x 200 Ám XYZ Microscope Scanning & Positioning Stage
  • Large Clear Aperture for 3 x 1" Slides
  • Recessed Sample Holders for Maximized Utility Available
  • Outstanding Lifetime Due to PICMA«Piezo Actuators
  • Cost-Effective Design due to Piezoresistive Sensors
  • Compatible w/ Leading Image Acquisition Software Package
  • Closed-Loop Control for High Repeatability and Accuracy
  • Millisecond Step Time, Ideal for Super-Resolution Microscopy
  • 24-Bit Controller w/ USB, Ethernet, RS-232 Interface and Analog Control
  • Available Manual Long-Travel Stage with Motor Upgrade Option


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