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Miniature beam steering, mirror positioning developers’ kits now available for purchase at Digi-Key and Mouser

Dec. 20, 2016 - Rotary piezoelectric smart stages with embedded controllers make the system smaller, easier to use than galvo systems.


New Multi-Probe Micromanipulator (MPM) System Maximizes Productivity and Precision during Acute In-Vivo Recording

Nov. 29, 2016 - Developed with leading researchers, the MPM System is the first micromanipulator optimized for silicon probe insertion and independent, automated positioning of five or more probes simultaneously.


New Scale earns 16th and 17th patent for miniature piezoelectric motor system innovations 

July 14, 2016 - Latest patents cover a high-speed rotary micro motor and an optical beam steering system.


Cobra Fiber Positioner in Full-Scale Production at New Scale Technologies 

June 22, 2016 - Company to deliver 2,550 miniature SCARA robots for the Subaru Telescope Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS); extend expertise to additional astronomy and other programs.


New Scale upgrades lifetime spec for miniature all-in-one focus module and micro stage, targeting commercial and industrial OEM applications

June 9, 2016 - M3-FS Focus Module and M3-LS Linear Smart Stage now specified for >10 million random moves within total 1.2 km travel distance.


New Scale to develop world’s smallest commercial hexapod under Phase 1 SBIR grant

April 11, 2016 - Tiny micro-positioner has applications in retinal microsurgery, robotic end-of-arm tooling, MEMS and photonics micro-manufacturing, and fiber positioning and alignment.


FAQs on M3-RS-U beam steering demo

March 8, 2016 - The M3-RS-U two-axis beam steering system with built-in controller was the most popular demo in our booth at Photonics West and Bios 2016. Here are a few of the questions that we answered most often at the show.



M3-FS Focus Module excels in industrial robotics application

Nov. 23, 2015 - Miniature focus system with embedded controller is successfull in dynamic stability, vibration and lifetime testing.


Miniature two-axis beam steering system is ideal for precise, point-to point beam steering in small spaces 

Oct. 19, 2015 — Rotary piezoelectric micro stages and built-in controllers make the system smaller and easier to use than galvo scanner systems for dynamic scanning below 100Hz


Miniature single-axis mirror positioning system boasts smallest size, easiest operation

Sept. 10, 2015 — Miniature piezoelectric rotary smart stage with built-in controller enables simple, precise point-to-point beam steering. 


ECN Impact Award for mechatronic module

May 25, 2015 — M3-LS Linear Smart Stage wins 2015 ECN Impact Award for innovation in electromechanical / mechanical devices category. 



Developer’s kit now available: tiny all-in-one focus solution helps OEMs miniaturize analytical imaging systems

October 20, 2014 — New Scale Technologies today announced announced that the new developer’s kit for its M3-FS focus module is available at Digi-Key and Mouser. 


USB microstage developer's kit aids development of handheld, portable and mobile instruments

October 20, 2014 — New Scale Technologies today announced that developer's kits for its tiny M3-LS Linear Smart Stage are available on DigiKey and Mouser.


New Scale earns fifteenth patent in twelve years

Oct. 3, 2014 - New piezoelectric haptic actuator features small size, non-magnetic operation, and ability to run distinct programmable vibration patterns for high-resolution haptic displays and other systems


M3-FS “all-in-one” focus module has 3x better tilt and accuracy, superior dynamic stability for handheld, portable and mobile systems 

Aug. 13, 2014 - Smart module for precision lens motion minimizes pixel shift with changing camera orientations in high-performance industrial, medical and scientific instruments


New Scale patents innovative piezo motor drive technology

July 24, 2014 - In-situ calibration of motor drive frequency adjusts for variations in manufacturing, temperature and load to ensure optimized and consistent performance


New Scale patents miniature piezo vibe motor

April 28, 2014 - Smaller, non-magnetic vibration motor can replace DC vibration motor in mobile and hand-held devices


M3-LS Linear Smart stage now has absolute encoding  

April 7, 2014 - "All-In-One" USB micro-positioning stage provides sub-micrometer precision and nearly zero friction under all load conditions


Ultra-compact smart stage has 0.5 µm resolution and 6 mm stroke; operates directly from USB, SPI or I2C

January 28, 2014 - Fully-integrated linear micro positioning stage has no backlash; features low run-out, tilt and yaw for precise and repeatable positioning of optics, probes, sensors and more



New Scale promotion in sales & marketing

November 18, 2013 - Heidi Quinlivan named business development and sales administrator


New rotary micro drive eliminates jitter and magnetic fields

September 17, 2013 - New Scale rotary drive system based on piezoelectric motor technology is also smaller and more precise than servo drives


M3-F focus modules travel to Earth’s deepest ocean trench onboard DeepSea Challenger

September 4, 2013 - Tiny HD cameras with integrated M3-F focus modules enable 3D image capture in submersible piloted by filmmaker and National Geographic explorer James Cameron


New Scale awarded four patents for piezoelectric motor drive and control techniques

August 20, 2013 - Innovations reduce power consumption; optimize speed and force of miniature piezo motors


Focus module from New Scale used in eSight eyewear, a new wearable assistive technology for people with low vision

May 28, 2013 -  New Scale’s small, precise and smart M3-F focus module enables precision lens focus in eSight Corp’s light-weight wearable vision enhancement system


New Scale names vice president of operations and finance

May 1, 2013 -  Allison Leet brings more than 30 years of experience in finance, operations management and business planning for manufacturing companies.


New Scale patents tiny, precise lens actuator module for micro cameras

March 13, 2013 - Piezoelectric micro motor is coupled with innovative micro-mechanical design to minimize lens tilt, enabling extremely high-precision imaging in micro-camera formats



New Scale rotary piezoelectric motors shine in NASA JPLs’ second-generation "Cobra" fiber positioner for astronomy

Dec. 17, 2012 - With small size and high resolution, custom SQUIGGLE motors enable JPL to create a large, densely packed optical fiber positioning array in the spectrograph for the Subaru telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii


Next-generation gigapixel cameras get focus from New Scale Technologies

Nov. 7, 2012 - Miniaturized piezoelectric motion modules move hundreds of lenses with micrometer precision, contributing to unprecedented image detail in the wide-field-of-view camera developed at Duke University.


New Scale awarded U.S. patent for reduced-voltage linear motor system

Aug. 22, 2012 - Piezoelectric micro motor and miniaturized drive circuit enable tiny motion systems that operate directly from 3V battery power.


New SmartCamera Developer’s Kit features smallest, highest-performance imaging module with precision autofocus

Jan. 17, 2012 - D3 Engineering teams with New Scale Technologies and Sunex for precision motion of high-quality optics in latest SmartCamera kit.



New Scale’s miniature linear motion systems head to orbit

Dec. 16, 2011 - Piezoelectric closed-loop motion modules are integral to the Dynamic Ionosphere CubeSat Experiment (DICE) satellite funded by NSF.


Benefits of New Scale’s miniature M3-F focus modules are proven in next-generation machine vision, biometric ID and medical systems

Oct. 11, 2011 - Precision piezoelectric lens motion modules are now in production in camera systems from leading OEMs in key markets; more than 50 additional OEMs have completed qualification of camera systems to begin production in 2011- 2012.


M3-F focus module now with >2M cycle lifetime, new repeatability specs

July 25, 2011 - Piezoelectric lens motion system delivers best-in-class performance for high-resolution miniature cameras in biometric, medical, machine vision and other applications.


New Scale engineer receives NASA Board Award

June 6, 2011 - Describes high-torque piezoelectric rotary motor for fiber positioning in spectrometer for ground-based telescope.


New Scale wins second “Golden Mousetrap” award for engineering innovation, creativity

April 5, 2011 - M3 Micro Mechatronics Module named a Best Product of 2011 byDesign News.


Miniature rotary actuator module has highest torque and power output for its size

March 9, 2011 - New Scale demonstrates fully integrated, non-inductive module with higher torque and speed than electromagnetic pancake micro motors or other piezoelectric motors.


Imaging Diagnostics integrates New Scale M3-F focus module into compact USB 2.0 smart camera

Feb. 24, 2011- Leading maker of custom smart cameras for machine vision quickly adds auto focus to existing camera system, without changing package size or USB-only power advantage.


Developer's kits now available for M3-L closed-loop linear motion module

January 31, 2011 - Kit includes high-resolution closed-loop miniature positioning module, along with USB adapter and New Scale Pathway software.


M3-L closed-loop linear motion module has 0.5 micron resolution; integrates control system and actuator in one tiny package

January 12, 2011 - Operating on 3.3V power and high-level digital motion commands, miniature motion control system targets precision applications such as RF, microwave and photonics tuning; optical controls.


New Scale wins Best Electronic Design award

Dec. 20, 2010 - Electronic Design magazine awards SQUIGGLE RV linear drive system top honors in the components category for motors and motion control.


New Scale awarded U.S. patent for UTAF piezo motor being commercialized in next-gen smart phone cameras

Nov. 18, 2010 - New ultrasonic motor enables "ultra-thin auto focus" cameras: smaller, faster devices that offer better image and video quality while using less power.


Tiny focus module makes big debut at Vision 2010

Oct. 27, 2010 - New Scale's precision motorized lens motion system embedded in several Vision 2010 exhibitor systems including Imaging Diagnostics Ltd., Matrix Vision GmbH, and Sunex.


Developer’s kits now available for tiny M3-F focus module for use in miniature OEM cameras

Aug. 25, 2010 - Easy-to-integrate modules enable precision motorized lens motion in miniature OEM cameras for biometric security, machine vision, medical diagnostics and more.


Miniature M3-F focus modules provide precise lens motion in a fully integrated package for the smallest OEM cameras

June 7, 2010 - Module assembles directly to board-mounted camera, accepts a standard threaded lens, operates on 3.3V and accepts high-level digital motion commands.


New Scale Technologies receives SBIR award to develop non-inductive rotary actuator for U.S. Navy

April 23, 2010 - Miniature actuator system will move flight control surfaces without affecting magnetometer-based navigation systems in precision guided munitions.


SQUIGGLE micro motors drive Intelligent Automation's auto-tracking steerable laser range finder project for the US Army

March 30, 2010 - New Scale collaborates with Intelligent Automation on research and development projects for a wide range of applications.


New Scale Technologies introduces “mechatronics on a fingertip” with high resolution, low power use

March 18, 2010 - M3 (Micro-Mechatronic Module) Design Platform enables rapid development of custom closed-loop actuators with on-board PID control, in tiny, OEM-specific housings.


New SQUIGGLE® RV micro motion system operates directly from a 3 VDC battery for industry’s lowest power consumption and smallest system size

Jan. 12, 2010 - “Reduced Voltage” SQL-RV-1.8-6-12 piezo micro motor and NSD-2101 drive chip deliver performance comparable to much larger motion control systems, at 40% lower power and less than one-fourth the size.



New Scale again named one of Best Companies to Work for in New York

Jan. 4, 2010 - For the second consecutive year, the Victor manufacturer is one of the top small- to mid-sized companies recognized by the NY State Society for Human Resource Management and Best Companies Group.