Posted: August 5, 2010

Noliac Acquires Piezo Actuator Drive Technology From Siemens

(Nanowerk News) Noliac A/S acquires Siemens' Piezo Actuator Drive (PAD) technology.
A PAD motor transforms the linear motion of high performance multilayer actuators into powerful and precise controllable rotation. By this it overcomes the power and torque limitations of existing piezo motor and drive systems. In comparison with electromagnetic motors, the PAD motor has no gearbox, higher precision and dynamics, does not interfere with magnetic fields and can measure the loads applied to the motor directly.
The PAD motor is expected to replace electromagnetic motors in specific applications with high dynamics or strong magnetic fields in e.g. automotive, automation, optical, medical, space and aerospace industries.
Bjørn Andersen, CTO and founder of Noliac: "Noliac is well positioned in terms of advanced multilayer piezo technology, existing sales channels and customer base to market the PAD technology successfully."
The PAD technology is protected by more than 100 patents and patent applications which Noliac has acquired from Siemens along with fully equipped test laboratories. On this foundation, Noliac will commercialize this motor technology and market it for a variety of applications.
Dr. Reinhold Achatz, head of Siemens Corporate Research and Technologies, said: "With Noliac we found an ideal partner to commercialize our PAD-technology. Several Siemens businesses could benefit from the implementation of this technology in their applications."
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. The company is the world's largest provider of environmental technologies, generating €23 billion – nearly one-third of its total revenue – from green products and solutions. In fiscal 2009, which ended on September 30, 2009, revenue totaled €76.7 billion and net income €2.5 billion. At the end of September 2009, Siemens had around 405,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at:
Noliac A/S presents a unique proficiency in the field of piezoelectric technology. Noliac designs, develops and manufactures the total range of piezoelectric products - from powders to mono- and multilayer components and all the way to finished plug-and-play applications. Since its foundation, Noliac has grown from a one-man company to a world leader within the piezo field and counting approximately 100 employees. A number of acquisitions has secured production capability and experienced know-how.
Source: Noliac (press release)
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