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What Makes Piezo Actuators Suitable for Industrial and Space Applications? Apr 17, 2015

Piezo actuators convert electrical energy directly into mechanical energy and allow for motions with a resolution in the sub-nanometer range.

They achieve travel up to approximately one millimeter and high dynamics with frequencies up to several thousand Hertz. There are no frictional parts to limit resolution, also no mechanical wear, as motion is based on crystalline solid state effects. Therefore, piezo actuators are the ideal drive solution for many precision applications in industry, life sciences, microscopy, medical engineering and research, and have meanwhile even proven themselves in space.

The service life and reliability of piezo actuators strongly depends on the environmental conditions at the site of application. Humidity, temperature and operating voltage are of considerable influence.

 

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