Miniature Focus Module, Smart Stage have extended lifetime rating.

Press Release Summary:

Rated for >10 million random moves within 1.2 km of total distance traveled, M3-FS Focus Module and M3-LS Linear Smart Stage are all-in-one, micro-mechatronic devices for handheld and portable devices in commercial, medical, and industrial applications. Products operate from 3.3 Vdc input and, along with piezoelectric motors, incorporate position sensors, bearings, drive electronics, and embedded firmware into miniature housings with precision bearings, slides, and other mechanisms.

Original Press Release:

New Scale Upgrades Lifetime Spec for Miniature All-in-One Focus Module and Smart Stage, Targeting Commercial and Industrial OEM Applications

M3-FS Focus Module and M3-LS Linear Smart Stage now specified for >10 million random moves within total 1.2 km travel distance

Victor, NY – New Scale Technologies, Inc. ( has significantly increased the lifetime specification for its M3-FS Focus Module and M3-LS Linear Smart Stage. The new specification of >10 million random moves within 1.2 km of total distance traveled further boosts the utility of these tiny, all-in-one systems for commercial and industrial OEM product applications.

“These precision micro-mechatronic devices have already proven their value in OEM products from handheld microscopes to industrial robotic vision systems,” said New Scale CEO David Henderson. “Now our ability to confirm this robust lifetime specification makes them an even easier choice for OEM engineers who need to embed small, smart, battery-powered motion mechanisms in their handheld and portable devices for commercial, medical and industrial applications.”

The lifetime specification is a 10x improvement for the M3-FS Focus Module and a new specification parameter for the M3-LS Linear Smart Stage. It is based on months of performance testing in which standard M3-FS modules achieved > 56 million movements of approximately 21 µm each for a total distance moved of 1.2 kilometers, with no performance reduction or sign of failure at teardown. Testing conditions included vertical motion and a 10g load. Actual lifetime will depend on the application and use case.

The M3-FS Focus Module was introduced in 2014 as a higher-performance alternative to the company’s original M3-F Focus Module. It incorporates improvements, such as harder-grade steel in the internal SQUIGGLE® motor, that contribute to the longer lifetime. The M3-LS Smart Stage, also introduced in 2014, has the same improved materials and design.

New Scale’s M3 Micro-Mechatronic Modules incorporate piezoelectric motors, position sensors, bearings, drive electronics and embedded firmware into miniature housings with precision bearings, slides and other mechanisms. With only 3.3 VDC input and new longer lifetime specification, the modules are ideal for integration into handheld and portable instruments.

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Developer’s kits are available now on Digi-Key and Mouser, keyword DK-M3.

M3 “micro-mechatronic module” platform delivers key benefits

New Scale’s M3 “micro-mechatronic modules” are the smallest, highest resolution, most repeatable closed-loop positioning solutions available. Each M3 smart module integrates New Scale’s patented and proprietary SQUIGGLE® or UTAF™ piezoelectric motors, drive electronics, position sensors, micro mechanical guides and control technologies. These “all in-one” smart modules plug-and-play directly with an embedded processor and provide the fastest time to market with the lowest total cost.

About New Scale Technologies, Inc.

New Scale Technologies develops and manufactures the smallest and most precise closed-loop positioning solutions available. Our “all-in-one” M3 Smart Modules – piezoelectric motor systems with built-in controllers – are easy to integrate into handheld and portable instruments. They enable smaller, smarter imaging systems, scientific instruments, medical devices, aerospace and defense systems and more. Our customers achieve the fastest time to market with the lowest total cost.

SQUIGGLE® is a registered trademark of New Scale Technologies, Inc.

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