NMW 2003: NI's software aids tuning, control of piezo-based motors

Chicago, IL—National Instruments (NI, Austin, TX) demonstrated at National Manufacturing Week 2003 that it has extended the power of its LabView and motion control software with its new Piezo Tuning Wizard software.


Chicago, IL— National Instruments s by eliminating unwanted velocity spikes and reducing oscillations.

NI reports that Piezo Tuning Wizard gives developers the power to eliminate unwanted velocity spikes and reduce oscillations. The software tool also cuts development time with an easy-to-use interface for characterizing and tuning piezo motors, and helps developers take advantage of the new static friction compensation feature in the company's NI-Motion 5.2 driver software. Without compensation, static friction develops between two stationary surfaces, slowing responsiveness and building potentially unstable systems. However, when developers combine NI-Motion 5.2's static friction compensation feature with the Piezo Tuning Wizard, they can create high-precision piezo motor applications with steady target positioning and quick reaction time.

With the addition of NI's Motion Assistant point-and-click configurable software, developers can quickly create motion profiles for a wide variety of high-precision applications, from semiconductor wafer alignment to biotechnology automated micro-array handling. NI Motion Assistant software can also generate NI LabView code to simplify integration of motion control with vision and data acquisition tools, and help developers create seamless measurement applications.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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