Piezo specialist PI (Physik Instrumente) has released a new paper on piezo actuator lifetime and reliability.
The paper describes the development and lifetime tests of ceramic encapsulated actuators in comparision with conventional polymer coated piezo actuators. Dynamic operation with a new internal electrode design for stress reduction as well as special external electrodes for high-current applications are discussed.
Several graphs enable the quick calculation of lifetime under different operational and environmental conditions.
Paper Download at: http://www.pi-usa.us/pdf/Piezo_Actuator_Lifetime_Test_Reliability_Results.pdf
PI is a leading manufacturer of piezo actuators, piezo linear motors and precision motion-control equipment for photonics, bio-nanotechnology & semiconductor applications. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard & custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 35+ years. The company has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994 and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research. PI is present worldwide with eight subsidiaries and total staff of 500+