Piezo actuators are vital elements in today's ultra-precision motion control systems. They provide the highest accuracy, speed and resolution.
To use the advantages of piezoelectric positioning technology to its full extent, it is important to carefully analyze the application in which a piezo actuator or nanopositioning stage is to be used as a whole. Close contact between user and manufacturer is the best recipe for success.
Examples given in this tutorial indicate a small selection of the many applications common today. The relentless push for more accuracy and speed-whether in bio-nanotechnology, semiconductor / metrology, photonics / fiber optics or data storage devices-drives both the application and the continuous development of piezo technology.