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PI's new M-687 motorized microscope XY stage system for inverted microscopes is more compact and stable than traditional computer controllable microscope stages, due to its fully integrated, miniaturized ceramic linear drives. The M-687 is delivered as a complete system including a controller, joystick and software.

Motorized Microscope Stage is Driven by High-Accuracy Ceramic Linear Motors

Auburn, MA | Posted on May 16th, 2012

Self-Locking Piezo Linear Motors and High Resolution Linear Encoders, Up to 10X Higher Stability

The self-clamping ceramic / ceramic linear motors in the M-687 XY positioner are not only more compact than electromagnetic motors, but also provide significantly higher positional stability for the following reasons: once in place, no energy is consumed to hold position (no heat dissipation); no leadscrews that heat up due to friction during motion and cause drift cooling down once the motion stops; no creep caused by lubricant flow in the drive mechanism. The exceptional stability is a great advantage in long term imaging applications.

In addition to the high-precision motors, integrated, 100 nanometer resolution linear encoders provide direct position feedback to the controller allowing closed-loop operation with high accuracy.

Options: Holders, Piezo-Z stages.

A variety of accessories such as slides holders, petri dish holders, multi-well plate holders is available, as well as high-speed Piezo-Z nanopositioning stages for 3D microscopy, image stack acquisition, or fast auto-focus. PI also provides XYZ piezo nanopositioning flexure stages for Super-Resolution (SR) microscopy.

Features & Advantages

* Low-profile motorized microscope XY stage with large aperture

* Versions for Olympus IX2 and Nikon Eclipse Ti inverted microscopes

* Self-clamping ceramic drive for higher stability

* Highly constant velocity even at low speeds to 10 microns/sec

* Long travel range up to 135x85 mm

* Ideal for long exposure imaging, image stitching, etc.

* High speed up to 120 mm/second

* High precision, 100 nanometer resolution linear encoders

* For inverted microscopes design allows for free rotation of the turret

* Available Piezo-Z Scanner for 3D microscopy / fast auto-focus.

* Accessories: Slides holders, petri dish holder, multi-well plate holders

More information on the motorized microscope stage at


About PI (Physik Instrumente)
PI is a leading manufacturer of precision motion control equipment, piezo systems, piezo motors and actuators for medical engineering, photonics, bio-nano-technology, & semiconductor applications. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard & custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 4 decades. The company has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994 and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research. PI is present worldwide with eight subsidiaries, R&D / engineering on 3 continents and total staff of 700+

PI USA designs and manufactures piezo products at the company’s US headquarters in Auburn, MA.

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