PI Ceramic Nominated for the Thuringian Innovation Award:New Piezo Stepping Actuators in the Top Three
The piezo ceramic stepping drives are a practical alternative to DC or stepper motors that are used in many applications. They offer resolutions better than 1 nm (0.001 µm) and that for unlimited travel ranges. To achieve these qualities longitudinal and shear piezos, i.e. piezo actuators with different motion qualities, were combined. When using specific controls, clamping as well as push motions are possible that remind of the movement of a quadruped. With that, the load can be moved at uniform speed along the entire travel range. In the same way, can the position be actively adjusted even after reaching the target position. And with that, oscillations can, for example, be compensated. Since the drives have no moving parts, such as gearhead or spindel, no mechanical play or wear out exist. Applications for this drive already exist in the semiconductor industry, in astronomy and for adjusting probes in microscopy.
PI Ceramic (PIC) is one of the world's leading companies in the field of piezo ceramics. The PICMA® multilayer actuator technology, which received an award for its reliability, is one of many inventions of PIC. Since 1992, PIC has been developing and manufacturing piezo ceramic material and assembly parts for standard and OEM solutions: piezo components, ultrasonic transducers, actuators and system solutions. PI Ceramic, a subsidiary of Physik Instrumente (PI), is located in the city of Lederhose, Thuringia, Germany.
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