About Queensgate

Queensgate Nano was founded in 1979 and span out from a ground-breaking research programme at Imperial College, London.

Queensgate quite literally “wrote the book” on Nanopositioning taking the idea from the lab to a cynical world who believed it couldn’t be done with the required level of accuracy. The book “The Nano Positioning Book” by Thomas Hicks defined the need for stringent use of words such as “precision” and “accuracy” and these definitions are still upheld today as the only way to describe the performance of Nanopositioning systems. Early products amazed the scientific and industrial world as Queensgate Instruments proved that not only was it capable of applying its thought leading research into real products, but that the products themselves could play a huge part in the development of industries including Bio Technology, Medicine, Astronomy, Aerospace, Semi-conductors, Mass Computer Storage Devices and Optics.

In 2018 the company was brought by Prior Scientific Instruments Ltd, a global leader in the development of precision motion, automation and optical systems, sub-systems and components.

Offering a wide range of nanopositioning products that includes; sensors, stages, control electronics and software. Queensgate also offers bespoke solutions to help our customers with the most challenging of problems they face. Our team of engineers based in Cambridge, UK and our manufacturing facility in Paignton, both ISO 9001:2015 certified, will help create the next generation of global nanopositioning products.

Our mission

By pushing the boundaries of automated precision systems through innovative design and manufacture, Prior enables our customers and partners to solve their problems with creative and focused solutions to generate the highest precision images, measurements, and movements possible.