Physik Instrumente (PI) has enjoyed another successful Motion Control Industry Awards event, reaching the finals of the Technical Innovation of the Year award for its newly developed PIRest active shims. The company, which was also a runner up in the Manufacturer of the Year category, impressed judges with a ground-breaking solution that offers design engineers a simpler, faster and more practical option for precision, long-term alignment of components.
PIRest actuators have been developed to solve the challenges of traditional methods of precision adjustments by combining convenient, nanometre-precision alignment with long-term stability. Once set, these active shims offer exceptional positioning stability without requiring a constant power supply. Crucially, PIRest actuators can be easily adjusted in situ using remote access, making them ideal for hard-to-access locations, such as astronomy applications in outer space or within complex instruments.
“We’re delighted to have caught the eye of the judges at the MCI Awards for the fourth year in succession,” said Managing Director Kevin Grimley. “We are really pleased and proud to have been finalists in both these categories. Technical innovation is at the heart of everything we do, and the revolutionary technology of our PIRest actuators provides a unique capability for anyone involved in precise mechanical alignment. I congratulate everyone who contributed to this project.”