What Type of Piezo Mechanisms
The piezo controllers and drivers shown in this overview are designed to drive traditional piezo actuators or piezo flexure nanopositioning mechanisms in single axis or multi-axis configuration – providing typical motion ranges of a few microns to 1mm. (Piezo-motor controllers for longer travel ultrasonic motors, stick-slip motors, and PiezoWalk motors are shown here)
Open & Closed Loop Operation – How do they work
In these precision piezo flexure mechanisms, motion is proportional to the applied voltage at the piezo element (see piezo motion tutorial for details). Typically a position sensor (capacitive, piezoresistive, strain gauge or optical) integrated in the mechanism (or external) is used to provide position feedback to the servo controller to close the loop.
Open loop operation is also possible - in this case the position is roughly proportional to the driver voltage. This may be used in applications, where the exact position does not matter, because feedback is provided by another external signal such as an optical power meter, a quad cell, a force sensor, camera, etc.
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