Physik Instrumente L.P. (www.physikinstrumente.com) has unveiled its all-new C-867 – a two-axis digital controller used for actuators, microscope stages, micropositioning systems and ultrasonic high-stability piezo motor stages like those used on the newest generation microscopes.
The new C-867, which is optimized for piezo linear motors, features integrated drive electronics for ultrasonic motors; dynamic servo parameter switching for faster settling; 4+4 programmable transistor-transistor logic inputs/outputs; RS-232, USB and joystick interfaces; daisy-chain networking for up to 16 axes; a data recorder and macro programming language; and extensive software support, including dynamic link library and LabView.
A compact case comprises components for controlling/communication and drive electronics for the piezo ceramic motors. The PIMikroMove user software features the PITuningTool for optimizing system performance.
This motor controller is made for closed-loop micropositioning systems integrated with piezo linear motor drives. The controller can be operated from an RS-232 interface or a host PC via a USB port. Stand-along operation can be done by joystick or through preprogrammed macro commands.
Maximum output voltage per channel is 200V, while maximum output power per channel is 15W. Operating temperature ranges between 5°C and 40°C, while operating voltage is 24VDC from an included external power supply.
The self-locking and nonmagnetic ultrasonic ceramic motors provide better positional stability compared to conventional magnetic linear motors or motor/leadscrew drives, according to Physik.
The all-new C-867 can be used in applications such as microscopy, biotechnology, automation, fiber positioning, quality assurance testing, photonics/integrated optics and testing equipment.