Physik Instrumente (PI), the leading manufacturer of micropositioning systems and products based on piezo technology, will be attending this year’s Drives and Controls Exhibition and Conference 2012 at the NEC, Birmingham, from the 17th to 19th of April, enabling visitors to the show to discover the Company’s range of precision positioning products, from bespoke multi-axis systems to low cost linear actuators.

PI will be demonstrating its expertise in the application of piezo technology and showcasing the latest piezo innovations including, for the first time, the M-272 low cost, piezo motor­driven linear actuator, a cost-effective alternative to pneumatic-, hydraulic- and inductive-based technologies. The M-272 has a travel of 50 mm, a velocity of up to 150 mm/s and a force handling of 8 N. To minimise power consumption and heating effects, particularly in low duty cycle applications, the drive is self-locking at rest.

Kevin Grimley, Managing Director at PI (Physik Instrumente) Ltd, commented: “We are very much looking forward to attending this year’s Drives and Controls Exhibition, joining other key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment to showcase the latest products and services. This unique event covers a range of critical areas, providing the ideal opportunity for engineering professionals to discover new strategies and evolving technologies.”

Join PI on stand D1126 to see how the Company’s innovative technology could benefit your applications.

PI in brief

Over the last 40 years, Karlsruhe-based Physik Instrumente (PI) has become the leading manufacturer of nanopositioning systems and products based on piezo technology. PI is a private company with more than 500 employees worldwide and a flexible, vertically integrated organization, enabling it to fulfil almost any request in the precision positioning technology field. All PI’s key technologies are developed in-house – including precision mechanics and electronics, position sensors and piezo ceramics or actuators – meaning that every phase,  from design to shipment, can be guaranteed. Piezo ceramics and actuators are produced by PI Ceramic, a subsidiary of PI, and the Company has its own sales and service offices in all major markets. PI also maintains testing devices for nanometrology on three continents, and both PI Shanghai and PI USA have additional development and manufacturing resources, allowing rapid local response to specific customer needs.