Prior Scientific Instruments are global leaders in delivering high precision motorized stages, microscope automation products and specialty opto-mechanical automation systems. Queensgate designs and produces leading performance nano positioning and measurement systems used in a wide range of applications from atomic force microscopy, hard disc testing, lithography and metrology. Both companies have significant experience delivering customised solutions to our customers.
The current trend for nanopositioning with increased speed has led to the development by Queensgate of a dual sensor system for servo control of single axis displacement stages.
In most fields of engineering, working to micrometre accuracy is considered to be the standard, with typical high-quality bearings having tolerances within hundreds or even tens of microns. But pioneers working in nanopositioning are now operating at tens of picometres – a million times smaller. For comparison, an atom is around one to five-hundred picometres in diameter, and a human hair is 100,000,000 picometres across.
Queensgate Instruments specialize in creating nano positioning and sensing solutions for high-technology industries, with variants suitable for precision measurement in UHV, radiation environments and cryogenic temperatures.
Over the decades, Queensgate Instruments has undertaken various one-off space-borne projects as subcontractor and in collaboration with companies working for NASA and ESA.
Choosing the right nanopositioning system for your application requires an understanding of the resolution, accuracy and range required, in addition to cost and reliability. Increasingly, dynamic issues dominate applications, with requirements for real-time/high-dynamic applications.