EPIC Virtual Company Tour at epic

Join us on Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 16:00 CET for a virtual tour of epic Paignton – home of our manufacturing. EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium is organizing a virtual tour together with epic (Electronics & Photonics Innovation Centre) and the companies based there. You will be guided through the facility and get […]

Queensgate: Leading Performance Nanopositioning for Microscopy

Queensgate, a brand of Prior Scientific, has a prolific 40-year history in the design of nanopositioning instruments and sensors, having supplied technology used in the manufacture of the majority of the world’s hard disks and on the international space station. Since joining the Prior Scientific group, they have turned part of their attention to the […]

Nanopositioning Systems and Capacitive Sensors with Extreme Reliability for Beamline Applications

Queensgate offers nanopositioning solutions with high precision, accuracy, resolution, and speed that operate for decades in beamline applications.   Since its inception in 1978, Queensgate – a brand of Prior Scientific Instruments – pioneered high-precision, high-speed nanopositioning solutions. Our systems are used in many applications requiring high performance and reliability, including in robotic systems on […]

COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

7 April 2020 Update To: All Employees, Customers, Suppliers, Visitors and Contractors General In light of the global spread of the COVID-19, Prior Scientific/Queensgate is providing this updated notice to outline the policy implemented to prevent the spread of the virus. Prior Scientific/Queensgate continuously monitors government and health organization recommendations to ensure that we follow […]

Queensgate reaches the pinnacle of nanopositioning performance

Seagate’s Ron Anderson says that the data-storage company is using ‘the best nanopositioner on the market’ (Image courtesy: AdobeStock/Vadim) Queensgate – a brand of precision optical and mechanical instrumentation manufacturer Prior Scientific – has come a long way since it was formed in 1979 as a spin-out from Imperial College London. Initially formed to supply […]

Introducing the NanoScan OP400 objective positioner – for high speed, high accuracy, repeatable Z stacking

Prior Scientific/Queensgate is proud to announce the release of the NanoScan OP400, a piezo based objective scanner. Prior Scientific acquired Queensgate in 2018 and the NanoScan OP400 combines Prior’s expertise in delivering microscopy solutions with Queensgate’s market leading nanopositioning technology. The NanoScan OP400 provides the fastest step and settle time of any objective positioner available. Its market leading positioning accuracy and resolution originates from its unique mechanical design and integral capacitive feedback sensors. The OP400 […]

Queensgate: collaborating to push the boundaries of measurement science

The National Physical Laboratory and Queensgate share an unrelenting passion for better precision at the cutting edge of measurement science Queensgate XY stage in AFM at National Physical Laboratories Queensgate – a brand of Prior Scientific Instruments – offers their customers maximum precision and accuracy along with high-speed solutions for the nanopositioning challenges they face. […]

Prior Scientific Introduces the NanoScan NPC-D-6000 Series Multi Channel Controllers

Prior Scientific are pleased to announce the release of our Queensgate NanoScan NPC-D-6000 Series Multi-Channel Closed Loop Controllers. Both the single and multi-channel digital nanopositioning controllers are designed to operate in a closed loop feedback mode with stages or actuators incorporating capacitive position sensors. The controllers deliver: Low noise Low drift High power Best resolution […]

Queensgate Instruments has been acquired by Prior Scientific Instruments Ltd

Prior Scientific Instruments are global leaders in delivering high precision motorized stages, microscope automation products and specialty opto-mechanical automation systems. Queensgate instruments 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 […]

Smaller Worlds – John Andrew Clarke of Queensgate Instruments looks at the shrinking world of nanopositioning

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 […]