New Spherical Ultrasonic Piezo Transducers Designed for 360 Degree Applications

(Nanowerk News) As a leader in piezo transducers, piezo mechanisms, and precision motion control solutions, PI (Physik Instrumente) offers a line of standard and custom electro-ceramic hemispheres and hollow spheres for applications from echolocation (sonar) to flow measurement. As a global leader in piezo actuators and sensors, these new components join the existing extensive catalog of disk, rods, cylinders, plates, blocks, rings, and tubes employed by high-tech research and industry fields, including medical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace, and semi-conductor applications.
Spherical and hemispherical piezo ultra-sound transducers
Spherical and hemispherical piezo ultra-sound transducers.
Inverse Piezo Effect Applications
Piezo ceramics convert electrical power into mechanical power and vice versa; the inverse piezo effect is harnessed for its fast, precise motion and oscillation generation. For ultrasonic applications that require high bandwidth, hemispheres and hollow spheres are currently available with an outside diameter range from 10 – 60mm and 1mm wall thickness. Uses for electro-ceramic transducers range from the necessary and mundane to out-of-this-world scientific advancement: removing dental plaque, ultrasonic imaging, monitoring flow measurement or fill levels, preparing soil samples on Mars for spectroscopy.
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Made from ferroelectric soft or hard piezo materials, components can be custom-designed to match the requirements of the individual application with respect to the coupling factor and acoustic impedance.
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Standard and Custom
PI has in-house engineered solutions with over 4 decades of experience working with customers to provide products that meet application demands, and can quickly modify existing product designs or provide a fully customized OEM part to fit the exact requirements of the application.
About PI
PI is a leading manufacturer of precision motion control equipment, piezo motors, air bearing stages and hexapod parallel-kinematics for semiconductor applications, photonics, bio-nano-technology and medical engineering. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard & custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 4 decades. The company has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994 and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research. PI is present worldwide with eleven subsidiaries, R&D / engineering on 3 continents and total staff of 850.
Source: PI (press release)
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