Piezo Actuator (Motor) Product Line


Piezoelectric translators (transducers) are precision ceramic actuators which convert electrical energy directly into linear motion with high speed, force and virtually unlimited resolution. These actuators are used in every modern high tech field from semiconductor test & inspection to super-resolution microscopy, bio-nanotechnology and astronomy/aerospace technology.

Different Types of Piezo Acutators/Motors: PI provides many different types of piezo actuators and motors: from stack actuators to flexure guided, motion amplified assemblies; from stick-slip mini motor stages to high speed ultrasonic motors for linear and rotary motion. But also tubes, benders, shear actuators and flexible transducers, are available.

It is important to understand the principles to pick the best type for an application. For more information on the differences between piezo motors and actuators and their applications watch the video below, refer to the piezo motion tutorial or just contact a PI applications engineer for help.

High Curie / Operating Temperatures: PI's piezo ceramic formulation boasts a high Curie temperature for a wide operating temperature range. PI's discrete actuators and the PICMA cofired stacks are available for operating temperatures up to 200 deg C.

PI's award-winning and MARS-Rover-Proven PICMA® ceramic-encapsulated co-fired piezo stacks are polymer-free and combine superior performance with extremely long lifetime. PI's piezo ceramic design and manufacturing division - PI Ceramic - provides the capability and flexibility to offer highly engineered custom sub-assemblies at a very attractive price.

100 Billion Cycles of Life Testing, Space Qualified
PICMA® actuators are space qualified and were submittet 100 billion cycles of life testing at NASA's JPL. Additional piezo life testing results are available for download here

Custom & Value Added Assemblies / Manufacturing
Information on Value Added Piezo Assemblies from PI Ceramic


  
Co-fired Piezo Stacks Shear, Multi-Axis Encased, Closed-Loop High Force, No Casing Benders & Tubes










Flexure, Long Travel Mini Piezo Motors High Speed Motors Tip/Tilt Mirrors Piezo Drivers


Video: Introduction to Different Types of Piezo Actuators / Motors







PICMA® High Performance Piezo Stack Actuators





 

PICMA® High-Performance Cofired Piezo Stacks (Monolithic Multilayer Actuators)

 
 PICMA High-Performance Monolithic Multilayer Piezo Actuators


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Waterproof / High Dynamics Piezo Actuators for Harsh Environments

 
Waterproof / High Dynamics Piezo Actuators
  • Waterproof and Oil-proof
  • Cofired Monolithic Piezo Stacks
  • Hermetically Sealed Steel Container
  • Intert Gas Filling
  • Optional Heat Conducting Compound Filling
  • Superior lifetime
  • High stiffness
  • Microsecond response
  • Sub-nanometer resolution
  • UHV-compatible to 10-9 hPa


These industrial-class piezo actuators are waterproof and oil-proof for harsh environments, encapsulated in a hermetically sealed stainless steel container with inert-gas filling or optional heat conducting compound filling for extremely high dynamics operation.

Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote




PLxx and PDxx PICMA® Chip: Cofired Piezo-Chip Stacks

 
PICMA Piezo Actuators Chip Monolithic Multilayer
  • New: Available Aperture
  • Co-fired Monolithic Piezo Design
  • Award-Winning Ceramic-Encapsulation PZT Technology
  • Ceramic Encapsulation for Extended Lifetime
  • Ultra-Compact, from 2 x 2 x 2 mm
  • High Curie Temperature
  • Manufactured from PIC materials (PIC 252)
  • Ideal for Dynamic Operation
  • Sub-Millisecond Response / Sub-Nanometer Resolution
  • UHV Compatible to 10-9 hPa
  • Superior Lifetime


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet
 
 



New: Additional Mini Piezo Motors / Positioners




 
 

Introduction to Flexure-Guided and Motion-Amplified Piezo Actuators

 
Piezo Flexure Actuator Flexure-guided and motion-amplified piezo ceramic actuators provide longer displacement ranges compared to piezo stacks in a more compact package. They are designed with protective preloads and several types of integrated flexure-guiding mechanisms are feasible depending on the guiding precision required in the application.

PI provides a large variety of standard and custom designs.
  • Travel Ranges to 2 mm
  • Fast Response, Sub-Millisecond Feasible
  • Extreme Reliability: Tests at NASA's JPL have shown 100 Billion Cycles of Life
  • Sub-Nanometer-Resolution
  • Vacuum-Compatible Versions
  • Closed-Loop Versions

Piezo Motor Actuator
Watch Piezo Flexure Actuator Animation






P-604 PiezoMove™ Low-Cost, Flexure-Guided, Motion-Amplified Piezo Actuator

 
P-604 Low Cost Motion Amplified Piezo Actuator
  • Cost-Optimized Design for Large Quantities
  • Lightweight Construction, only 4 grams
  • Small Footprint of 13x20mm
  • 300µm Displacement
  • PICMA® multilayer actuators provide very long lifetime
  • Ideal for OEM Instrumentation Applications in Optics, Medical-design, Life-Sciences & Microfluidics
Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




P-601 PiezoMove™ Flexure-Guided, Motion Amplified Actuator with Closed-Loop Option

 
Piezo Precision Amplified Z-Actuator
  • Flexure Guidance for Frictionless, Ultra-Straight Motion
  • Travel Ranges to 400 Micron
  • Resolution to 0.2 Nanometer
  • High Dynamics and Stiffness
  • PICMA® High-Performance Piezo Actuators
  • Open and Closed-Loop Versions
  • Ideal for OEM Applications
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P-602 PiezoMove™ High-Force Motion-Amplified Piezo Actuator, to 1 mm Travel, Closed-Loop Option

 
High Force Piezo Actuator
  • Closed-Loop Option
  • Frictionless Flexure Guiding System for Straight Motion
  • Integrated Motion Amplifier for Travel Ranges to 1 mm
  • High Dynamics and Stiffness, Forces to 400 N, Backlash-Free Construction
  • Outstanding Lifetime Due to PICMA® Piezo Actuators
  • Custom Designs with Larger Travel or Faster Response and Non-Magnetic Versions Feasible
  • Ideal for OEM-Applications in Adaptronics, Biotechnology or Microfluidics
 
Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




P-603 PiezoMove™ Motion-Amplfied, Flexure-Guided Piezo Actuator, to 500µm, Closed-Loop Option

 
Piezo Move High Precision Lever Amplified with Flexure Guiding
  • Frictionless, High-Precision Flexure Guiding System
  • Choice of Travel Ranges: 100, 300 and 500 µm
  • Cost-Effective Design Outstanding Lifetime Due to PICMA® Piezo Actuators
  • Closed-Loop Option
  • Ideal OEM Actuators for Precision Motion Control in Optics, Medical, Biotech and Microfluidics Applications
  • Custom Designs with Larger Travel or Faster Response and Non-Magnetic Versions Feasible
Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




P-876 DuraAct™ Flexible Piezoelectric Patch Transducers

 
Piezo Patch Trnasducer, Bender
  • Actuator, Sensor or Energy Source
  • Highly Formable Ceramics
  • Can be Applied to Curved Surfaces
  • Customized Solutions on Request
  • Cost-Effective


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




PL112 - PL140 PICMA® Multilayer Piezo Benders: Circular and Rectangular

 
Cofired Piezo Bender Actuator
  • New: Available Aperture and Disk Shape
  • Cofired, Polymer-Free Multilayer Piezo Design with Ceramic Encapsulation
  • Deflection up to 2 mm
  • Fast Response (<10 Millisecond)
  • Nanometer-Range Resolution
  • Manufactured from PIC materials (PIC 252)
  • Low Operating Voltage
  • Vacuum-Compatible Versions
  • Available with Integrated Position Sensor
  • Special OEM and Bench-Top Amplifiers/Drivers Available


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




P-871 Closed-Loop, PICMA® Cofired Piezo Bender Actuators, High-Deflection

 
Closed-Loop, Piezo Bender
  • Closed - Loop Operation for Superior Accuracy
  • Cofired, Polymer-Free Multilayer Piezo Design
  • Nanometer-Range Resolution
  • Deflection up to 1.6 mm
  • Ceramic Insulation for Extended Lifetime
  • Ideal for Scanning Applications
  • Manufactured from PIC materials (PIC 252)
  • Vacuum-Compatible Versions
  • Low Operating Voltage
  • Mounting Hardware Included
  • Special Controllers / Drivers Available
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PT120 - PT140 Piezo Tubes, Scanners

 
Piezo ceramic Tube PZT tube actuators are used in scanning microscopy applications, in fiber-optics and in nano-dispensing. When a voltage is applied, the tube shrinks radially and axially proportional with the voltage. Due to the low mass they are very fast, but cannot support high loads. For high-load application refer to the P-080 tubular stacks below.

  • d-31 Effect Piezo Tubes
  • Standard & Custom Sizes
  • Wall Thickness as Small as 0.3 mm
  • XYZ-Positioning
  • Sub-Nanometer Resolution
  • Large Diameters to 80 mm
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P-080 Tubular Piezo Stack (Ring Actuator) Low Voltage, Multilayer

 
Piezo ceramic Tube These tubular multilayer stack actuators (ring actuators) run on lower voltage and provide higher forces than conventional piezo tubes. They extend axially when a voltage is applied. They are manufactured from cofired multilayer elements.

  • d-33 Effect Tubular Stack (Axial Extension)
  • Aperture for optical applications or preload
  • High Force Generation to 800 N
  • Low Operating Voltage (100 V)
  • Fast Response, for Dynamic Operation
  • Up to 25 Microns Displacement
  • Subnanometer resolution
Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




PICA Thru Discrete Tubular Piezo Stacks, High Force, with Aperture

 
Piezo Stack with Aperture
  • Clear Aperture for Transmitted-Light Applications
  • Large Cross-Sections Available to 56 mm Diameter
  • Variety of Shapes and Options
  • Extreme Reliability >109Cycles
  • Proven and Flexible Design
  • Sub-Nanometer Resolution / Sub-Millisecond Settling-Time
  • Vacuum Compatible and Nonmagnetic Versions
  • Manufactured from PIC materials (PIC 151)


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




Piezo Shear Actuators, Multi-Axis Actuators


 

PICA-Shear Piezo Shear Actuators - Compact Multiaxis Positioners

 
PICA-Shear Piezo Actuators Compact Multiaxis Motion
  • Compact Multiaxis Actuators
  • X, XY, XZ and XYZ Versions
  • High Resonant Frequencies
  • Extreme Reliability >109 Cycles
  • Picometer-Resolution / Sub-Millisecond Settling Time
  • Optional Ultra-High-Vacuum-Compatible Versions to 10-9 hPa
  • Non-Magnetic and Clear Aperture Versions
  • Manufactured from PIC materials (PIC 255)
Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




Piezo Actuators with Casing, Closed-Loop Actuators




P-810 · P-830 High-Resolution Piezo Linear Actuators for Small Loads

 
Preloaded High-Load Piezo Actuator closed-loop
  • Travel Range to 60 Micron
  • Pushing Forces to 1000 N
  • Pulling Forces to 5 N
  • Sub-ms Response
  • Sub-Nanometer Resolution
Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




P-840, P-841 Preloaded Medium-Load Closed-Loop Piezo Stack Actuators

 
Preloaded Piezo Stack, Closed-Loop
  • Displacement to 90 Micron
  • Pushing Forces to 1000 N
  • Preloaded for Pulling Forces to 50 N
  • Sub-Millisecond Response
  • Sub-Nanometer Resolution
  • Options: Ball Tip, Vacuum Versions
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P-842, P-843,P-844, P-845 Preloaded High-Load, Closed-Loop Piezo Stack Actuators

 
Preloaded High-Stiffness PZT Actuator
  • Travel Range to 90 Micron
  • Pushing Forces to 3000 N
  • Preloaded for Pulling Forces to 700 N
  • Sub-ms Response
  • Sub-Nanometer Resolution
  • Options: Vacuum Versions, Water-Resistant Case
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P-212, P-216, P-225, P-235 Preloaded Ultra-High Load Closed-Loop Piezo Stacks

 
Preloaded High-Force Piezo Stack
  • Extremely High Stiffness
  • Pushing Forces to 30,000 N
  • Pulling Forces to 3500 N
  • Travel Range to 180 Micron
  • Options: Versions for Vacuum, High- and Low-Temperatures
    and with Water-Resistant Case
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Piezo Motorized Micrometer

 
Piezo Micrometer
  • Very Compact Motorized Micrometer with Piezo Inertia Motor-Drive
  • Standard and UHV Versions
  • Self-Clamping: Holding force 22 lbs
  • Pushing force 4 lbs
  • 30 nanometer resolution
  • Travel up to 1 inch
  • No heat generation at rest
  • Non-magnetic and vacuum-compatible operating principle
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PICA Stack - Discrete High Force Piezo Stacks, w/o Casing

 
Piezo Stack High Force Actuator
  • High Load Capacity to 100 kN
  • High Force Generation to 80 kN
  • Large Cross Sections to 56 mm Diameter
  • Variety of Shapes
  • Extreme Reliability >1 Billion Cycles
  • Proven and Flexible Design
  • Manufactured from PIC materials (PIC 151)
  • Sub-Nanometer-Resolution / Sub-Millisecond-Settling-Time
  • Vacuum-Compatible Versions
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PICA-Power - Discrete High-Force Piezo Stacks for High-Dynamics Applications

 
PICA-Power High-Dynamic Piezo Actuators
  • Operating Temperature to 150°C
  • Temperature Sensor PT1000 Applied
  • High Load Capacity to 80 kN
  • Large Cross-Sections to 56 mm Diameter
  • Extrem Reliability >109Cycles
  • Sub-Nanometer Resolution / Sub-Millisecond Settling Time
  • Ultra-High-Vacuum-Compatible Versions to 10-9 hPa
  • Non-Magnetic Versions
  • Manufactured from PIC materials (PIC 151)
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Ultrasonic Linear Actuators
PiezoWalk Linear Actuators
Servo & Stepper Actuators
Flexure-Guided Linear Actuators
Piezo Stack Linear Actuators
Ultrasonic Linear Actuators / Motors PiezoWalk Linear Actuators Servo & Stepper Actuators Flexure-Guided Linear Actuators Piezo Stack Linear Actuators






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