Picoactuator® – “Good Things Come in Small Packages”
In contrast to the classic piezo actuator made of lead zirconate-lead titanate (PZ), Picoactuators show a high degree of linear displacement. In real numbers that is: ten-times higher linearity with ten-times lower displacement is what makes Picoactuators a "neat little package". Picoactuators are configurable up to heights of 20 mm and maximum travel of +/-3 µm.
Application examples are probe scanners in atomic force microscopy with more than 100 Hz scanning frequency. High-resolution microscopy also provides another application, where conventional piezo scanners with a vertical axis are equipped with picoactuators to reduce deviations from the planar scan to below 1 nanometer in the Z axis.
Since 1992, PI Ceramic (PIC) has been developing and manufacturing piezo ceramic materials and components for standard and OEM solutions: piezo components, ultrasonic transducers, actuators and system solutions. The PICMA® multilayer actuator technology, which received an award for its reliability, is one of many inventions of PIC. PI Ceramic, a subsidiary of Physik Instrumente (PI), is located in the city of Lederhose, Thuringia, Germany.
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