Miniature focus system with embedded controller is successful in dynamic stability, vibration and lifetime testing
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.
Miniature piezoelectric smart stage — a rotary micro stage with built-in controller — enables simple, precise point-to-point beam steering
New Scale’s miniature M3 beam steering modules are designed for precise point-to-point positioning and dynamic movements up to 1K Hz. The direct-drive piezoelectric motors inside the modules hold position with zero power and no servo jitter. The effects of external vibrations on the mirror position are highly damped. M3 smart modules have fully-integrated closed loop controllers and communicate directly with your system processor over a standard serial interface. They have low drive voltage and low power use, making them ideal for portable instruments. This tech bulletin describes three types of beam steering solutions: a two-mirror system with galvo-type motion, a single-mirror solution with a tilting around a central pivot, and a dual-wedge Risley device.
SEE ALSO: our standard M3-RS rotary stages for beam steering using a familiar galvano-scanner style form factor.
Article in Laser Focus World magazine: Fully integrated and miniaturized “point-to-point” beam steering system bypasses the issues with MEMS-based approaches and addresses the needs of many emerging markets in medicine and industry.
The ACE Awards, presented by EE Times and EDN, showcase the best of the best in today’s electronics industry.
New Scale Technologies won the 2015 ECN Impact Award for Electromechanical / Mechanical Devices with the M3-LS Linear Smart Stage, one of the company’s innovative all-in-one micromechatronic modules.
Article in Photonics Spectra magazine: Smart motion technologies can reduce system size and simplify integration, enabling smaller photonic instruments with full performance.
Manipulator Design and Operation of a Six-Degree-of-Freedom Handheld Tremor-Canceling Microsurgical Instrument
Technical paper published in IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics by Sungwook Yang, R.A. MacLachlan and C.N. Riviere; Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Developer’s kit now available: tiny all-in-one focus solution helps OEMs miniaturize analytical imaging systems
M3-FS smart module delivers high-precision focus in tiny footprint; helps OEMs miniaturize cameras for medical, industrial and commercial applications. Buy developer’s kits at Digi-Key and Mouser.
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. The new patent covers a linear VIBE actuator, which generates vibrations by linear movement of the motor mass itself.
New Scale M3-F S and M3-F focus modules mount directly to a printed circuit board over a CCD or CMOS image sensor. These tiny modules add precision focus to OEM cameras while preserving their compact size advantage. They accept high-level motion commands directly from your ISP – no additional control board is needed.
The module accepts standard threaded lens assemblies and is only slightly larger than the lens assembly. It provides millimeters of lens motion with 0.5 μm resolution. The new M3-FS has the added benefits of high dynamic stability, minimizing pixel shift when the camera is moving and changing orientation.
The M3-F is a single-lens system with embedded closed-loop drive for high repeatability with low external processing requirements.