Motion Controller integrates multiple drive technologies.

Press Release Summary:

PIMotionMaster C-885 lets users integrate different drive technologies, from traditional servo and stepper motors to specialized piezo-ceramic motors, via one interface and software suite. Available in 2 sizes capable of housing 4–20 controller frames (8–40 channels), modular system employs digital processor and interface module operating as communication hub between C-885 and PC while occupying one module slot. Each added module is automatically detected.

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Motion Controller Integrates Multiple Drive Technologies: from Electromagnetic to Piezoelectric, up to 40 Channels

Auburn, MA – Motion control and nanopositioning solutions leader PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. released a new motion controller system – the C-885 PIMotionMaster – that allows users to integrate different drive technologies from traditional servo and stepper motors to highly specialized piezo-ceramic motors, all via one interface and software suite.

All-In-One, Automatic Detection

The C-885 is a modular system, available in 2 sizes, which can house 4 to 20 controller frames (8 to 40 channels). The digital processor and interface module operate as a communication hub between the C-885 and a PC, occupying one module slot. Each added module is automatically detected, saving set-up and programming time.

The CAN bus connection provides excellent synchronicity of all positioning systems connected to the controller.

Watch how easy start-up is

Plug & Play for Multiple Types of Motors

After the modules are installed in the rack, individual axis configuration and movement is easily set-up using the included PIMikroMove software, a comprehensive Windows GUI that does not require programming knowledge for commissioning or direct operation. Modules are currently available for PI translation/rotation stages equipped with DC motors or brushless DC motors, stepper motors, ultrasonic ceramic motor-driven stages and ultra-high precision PiezoWalk motor-equipped nanopositioners.

Specifications, Datasheet, More Information

Standard and Custom

PI provides in-house engineered solutions with over 4 decades of experience delivering products that exceed expectations and application demands of our customers.  PI can quickly modify existing product designs or provide a fully customized OEM part to fit the exact requirements of the application.

Features & Advantages

Integrates Different Drive Technologies: Servo, Stepper, Ultrasonic, PiezoWalk

Easy Configuration and Start-Up

Modular Design for Expandable Configuration

Scalable – Grows with the Application

Space and Cost-Saving

Applications of C-885 PIMotionMaster

Fields of applications include precision motion control in automation, nanopositioning, photonics, semiconductor testing, laser machining.

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About PI

PI is a leading manufacturer of precision motion control equipment, piezo motors, air bearing stages and hexapod parallel-kinematics for semiconductor applications, photonics, bio-nano-technology and medical engineering. 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 twelve subsidiaries, R&D / engineering on 3 continents and total staff of 850.

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