General Article

Nanopositioning, Piezoelectricity, and Their Many Uses

A nanopositioning device is a device that is capable of measuring down to the nanometer, though most modern technological needs require precision of 1/10th of a nanometer or smaller. These devices are often made to be frictionless in order to pull of this type of accuracy. Piezo drives with frictionless guidance systems are recommended for high accuracy and are industry standard.

In order to create this high precision, we need to find a high grade nanopositioning software for sale. This software enables your piezo motors to save time and eliminate clumsiness. Nanopositioners require such precision that it is almost inhuman. Software can achieve this for you.

Ever Smaller

There is a constant demand to make our technologies ever smaller. This is where nanopositioning comes in. In order to drive supply, we must continue to make things very tiny and lighter to keep up with buying trends.
In addition to computers, nanopositioning is used in other engineering feats such as hard drive testing, laser beam steering, and many others.

Nanopositioning Components

Piezo flexure stages provide the motion for the system. They are available in many different shapes and sizes depending on what you need. The next component is a closed-loop controller, or an open-loop driver. These provide power to the piezo stages. Lastly is the software and system interface. This makes sure everything runs smoothly with how many working parts are integrated within the nanopositioning system. Most of the time, these are integrated into bigger systems and have to have software to make sure everything works as a cohesive whole.

What Is Piezo?

Piezo is short for piezoelectricity and is used when electricity is formed from latent heat and pressure. Physicists Pierre and Jacques Curie discovered this form of electricity in 1880. I have a feeling that it was discovered beforehand, just not formally. It is instrumental in a few applications that were primitive by the industry standards today, like in the making of fire.

Applications of Piezoelectricity

Automotive, Technological, and Engineering applications abound, being a $14.8 billion industry in 2010. The most well-known application of this is the handheld lighter, where pushing the button causes the hammer to hit the piezoelectric crystal, creating the spark that lights the lighter fluid and creates a small flame. This discovery is also used in piezoelectric transformers, which multiply AC voltage. It uses acoustic coupling to accomplish this, unlike conventional transformers.

Piezoelectricity is in play in numerous other applications. These are loudspeakers, piezoelectric motors, laser mirror alignments, acousto-optic modulators, atomic and scanning tunnel microscopes, inkjet printers, high intensity focused ultrasound, and many others including nanopositioning.

In conclusion, nanoprocessing systems work closely with piezoelectric applications in order to get the type of inhuman precision that we need in modern electronics. This helps us to do things as mundane as starting fire, to as advanced as moving electrons around in the lab. It is truly remarkable what we’ve been able to accomplish.