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Miniature Screw-Actuators provide 20 nm resolution.

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Press Release Summary:

July 15, 2014 - Providing travel ranges from ¼–1 in., N-470 PiezoMike Actuators are available for ambient applications, and in high vacuum (10-6 Torr) and ultra-high vacuum (10-9 Torr) configurations. Units can be computer-controlled to facilitate automated adjustment of optics, lasers, and micro-mechanical components. When at rest, drives are self-locking, require no electric power, and generate no heat. Holding force of >22 lb and self-clamping design make actuators vibration-proof and shock-resistant.

Physik Instrumente (PI)

16 Albert St., Auburn, MA, 01501, USA

Original Press Release

Motorized Miniature Screw-Actuator Provides 20 nm Resolution, Based on Piezo Effect

Press release date: July 8, 2014

Auburn, MA – Precision Motion specialist Physik Instrumente (PI) has introduced two new, vacuum compatible versions of its compact N-470 PiezoMike precision screw-type actuator family.

Application Fields
Optics & Lasers
Medical Engineering
Physical Sciences
Aerospace Engineering
Biotechnology
Photonics / Fiber Alignment
Opto-Mechanics

Providing a positional resolution of 20 nanometers and travel ranges between ¼ inch and 1 inch, the actuators are now available for ambient applications and also in high vacuum (HV, 10-6 Torr) and ultra-high vacuum (UHV, 10-9 Torr) configurations.

N-470 actuators replace manual micrometer screws and can be computer-controlled to simplifiy the automated adjustment of optics, lasers, and micro-mechanical components. Both metric and English mounts are available for easy integration into conventional mirror mounts, optics holders or positioning stages.

Self-Locking, No Heat Generation at Rest
When at rest, the drive is self-locking, requires no electric power and generates no heat. The high holding force of >100N (22 lbs) and its self-clamping design make it vibration-proof and shock-resistant.

Controllers
Several OEM and bench top controllers for up to 4 channels are available. Versions with USB interface include host software and LabVIEW drivers.

More information on the opto-mechanical precision piezo micrometer actuator is available here: http://www.physikinstrumente.com/en/news/fullnews.php?newsid=182.

About PI
PI is a leading manufacturer of precision motion control equipment, piezo systems, piezo motors and actuators for semiconductor applications, photonics, bio-nano-technology and medical engineering. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard & custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 4 decades. The company has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994 and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research. PI is present worldwide with ten subsidiaries, R&D / engineering on 3 continents and total staff of 750+.

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