The article describes a linear magnetic flip-flop micro actuator, designed with FLUX software, assembled and characterised for a specific application requiring low losses at function states. The micro size allows reducing the energy required for actuation. Permanent magnets ensure bistability and suppress losses at functional states. Although the actuator is less than 1 g, the blocking force is about 0.1N and the stroke is 0.6mm. Firstly, the paper describes the main functionality of the actuator. Then are presented measured characteristics and results are compared with FLUX software computation. Finally perspectives of further miniaturisation are discussed.
A tool adaptor with built-in active vibration damping device to dynamically stabilize the turning process is presented in this paper. It can be used in standard CNC-lathes and allows the usage of off-the-shelf tool heads. The vibration compensation system is based on a multilayer piezoactuator that is in collocation with a piezoelectric force sensor. An analogue controller based on the integral force feedback method is used for active damping.
Several classes of Piezo Actuators based on low voltages piezo ceramics have been developed by CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES in order to cover needs for long stroke, precise and/or fast positioning in the fields of air & space applications. A specific class of Amplified Piezo Actuators, so called APA has been patented, developed and qualified. Their applications concern subjects as various as Scientific Instruments for Space payloads (Telescopes, Microscopes), Micro-Satellites Propulsion Valves or Active flaps of Helicopter Blades.