M3 motion module manufacturing

Manufacturing piezo motion systems with embedded controllers.   New Scale Technologies develops and manufactures precision micro-motion modules, micro stages and piezoelectric motors at our advanced manufacturing center near Rochester, NY. Here is a look at the...
Multi-Probe Micromanipulator (MPM) System: Probe Mounting and Pre-Positioning Solution

Multi-Probe Micromanipulator (MPM) System: Probe Mounting and Pre-Positioning Solution

M3 micro-mechatronics modules are “all in-one” smart modules, with the controller and position sensor built in to the miniature module. This embedded closed-loop control gives you the smallest size, fastest and simplest integration into your system, and lowest total cost. When the application requires, M3 Smart Modules can also move using open-loop commands from the SPI, I2C or UART interface. This is particularly useful in applications that have an external sensor with better resolution than the internal sensor, or where very fast “step and settle” performance is required.

Cobra Fiber Positioner in Full-Scale Production

New Scale deploys its manufacturing equipment, process capability and micro-assembly experience to meet the volume, consistency and quality needs of its customers.   In May 2016 New Scale achieved full production capacity — 200 per month — of Cobra fiber...
Cobra – a Two-Degree of Freedom Fiber Optic Positioning Mechanism

Cobra – a Two-Degree of Freedom Fiber Optic Positioning Mechanism

New Scale worked with NASA JPL/Caltech to design and manufacture a fiber optic positioning system using rotary piezoelectric SQUIGGLE micro motors for the Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS). The PFS is a fiber fed multi-object spectrometer for the Subaru Telescope that will conduct a variety of targeted surveys for studies of dark energy, galaxy evolution, and galactic archaeology. The key to the instrument is a high density array of fiber positioners placed at the prime focus of the Subaru Telescope. The system, nicknamed the “Cobra” fiber positioner, will be capable of rapidly reconfiguring the array of 2,394 optical fibers to the image positions of astronomical targets in the focal plane with high accuracy.

FAQs on M3-RS-U beam steering demo

FAQs on M3-RS-U beam steering demo

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 Modules and Closed-Loop vs. Open-Loop Stepping

M3 micro-mechatronics modules are “all in-one” smart modules, with the controller and position sensor built in to the miniature module. This embedded closed-loop control gives you the smallest size, fastest and simplest integration into your system, and lowest total cost.

When the application requires, M3 Smart Modules can also move using open-loop commands from the SPI, I2C or UART interface. This is particularly useful in applications that have an external sensor with better resolution than the internal sensor, or where very fast “step and settle” performance is required.

RF Tuning Applications of M3 Modules

RF Tuning Applications of M3 Modules

Field-deployable and mobile tuning systems require smaller actuators that use very low power, yet offer high precision and accuracy as well as long travel. For RF transmission systems, the demand for smaller size comes from the need to pack more capability into smaller boxes – whether to satisfy consumer preference for compact in-home devices, or the need for higher densities in outdoor instruments.

New Scale provides compact, high-precision motion solutions for this market. Based on our patented piezoelectric motor and related technology, our miniature closed-loop motion modules provide unmatched position resolution and accuracy. Unlike traditional motors, the modules do not generate magnetic fields while moving. Their compact size and low power use make them ideal for inductive or capacitive tuning in field-deployable and portable systems.