Executive Summary If you find it difficult to distinguish which high-resolution, low-speed motor technology to employ in your motion control application, a new class of motor – the PCBMotor – founded upon existing, industry-approved technology and production standards may just be the solution you’re looking for. No two movement applications are the same. While we […]
We recently made the following test setup for one of our customers who required a ‘loaded’ motor to perform a specific rotational sequence. The motor used for the test is our 30mm PCBMotor w/100-Line Encoder – modified with a 400-line encoder. The test result was that the 30mm diameter motor with a load of 230g easily […]
Executive Summary Today’s challenge is to make electronic applications smaller, cheaper and more accurate. PCBMotor builds accurate and high resolution, motors directly onto the PCB itself. In addition to a world of new design opportunities, this new motor technology significantly reduces the size, building height and cost of applications while maintaining a high torque motor […]
From Prototype To New Product Introduction For the best and most effective way forward into volume production, PCBMotor can help make this transition easier, faster and less risky. Discover how we can help decrease assembly costs and improve production quality. Our promise Decreased assembly time – 2 seconds/motor Improved accuracy and quality of the final product […]
Rapid Prototyping Build your next application prototype with a PCBMotor solution integrated into your application. Our promise Free engineering “kick-start” consultancy Professional engineering expertise and project management To sharpen up your project/product requirements specification A “No cure, no pay” development incentive A shorter path to NPI and product launch date What If […]
Piezo Technology That Beats Electromagnetic Motors Start your research with relevant information designed to get you up to speed with our piezo motor PCB technology and then test it with your colleagues. Our Promise Free information & white papers Affordable, full-featured evaluation kits 6-Month money back guarantee on evaluation kit Easy transition into a totally […]
How to Solve High Resolution and Low Speed Motion Control Dilemmas at a Lower Cost We’re often asked, “How are our PCBMotors different from stepper motors?” It’s an excellent question and why we wrote this white paper – How to Solve High Resolution and Low Speed Motion Control Dilemmas. Sign up for this free white […]
PCBMotor performance vs. diameter The calculations in the table below are based on a 6-wave, double-sided, 30 mm diameter stator.
New 60mm Stator design Improved design version now delivers up 110Nmm stall for Ø60mm stator with 6N pretension and 5V supply, see newest motors characteristic here. A calibrated torque-cell with an electrical brake and a load cell to measure pre-tension. This allows us to measure the complete torque/speed curve down to stall at different […]
The tracking controller, PIC16F684, is a microcontroller-based extension to our standard driver. The controller adjusts the frequency for maximum current, which gives optimum performance in the motor regardless of temperature and voltage. When power is applied, the controller turns on the motor and makes an initial frequency sweep to find/store the resonance frequency. The motor […]
Driver two motors with same driver It is fine to drive two motors in parallel on the same output stage as long as they have the same resonance frequency. So if you use motors (same size) and from the same batch and you should be ok, since the frequencies are very close. Motor produced on […]
PCBMotor production video For standardized, low cost production of Ultrasonic Piezo electric motor from prototypes to high volume manufacturing.
A low-cost prototyping environment Here’s a video of our High Resolution Twin Motor Kit in action. With 2.6 million equivalent steps/revolution, this kit includes a main motor board, placed upon a controller board, and free PCBMotor software for speedy integration and application prototyping. Feel free to comment and ‘like’ on our Youtube channel if you found it […]
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Low-cost, ultrasonic piezomotor technology Our PCBMotor introduction video gives you a clear and interesting insight into our innovative piezo technology. If you’re interested in high resolution, low-speed motor solutions for applications requiring a slimline, low-cost end-products then watch this vi… Feel free to comment and ‘like’ on our Youtube channel if you have any questions or […]
New technology for gauges & meters Do you have a meter, gauge, instrument board or cluster application? Are size, space, weight and thickness important issues to your final product? The video below shows how we use our PCBMotor platform to produce motors for a wide range of guage/meter applications within the automotive, marine and aviation industries. […]
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The USB chip has 4 CMOS inputs (CTS, DSR, RI CD) and one CMOS output (RTS) that can be controlled independently of the motor. These lines are available at the edge of the driver board as small test pads and with care it is possible to solder wires to these lines although it is not […]
Interested in a groundbreaking solution that enables already-deployed filters in wireless communication networks to be remotely reconfigured? That’s right, this solution improves network utilization and eliminates field trips to antennas in far-away, inaccessible places! If you are, then read the full press release here…
We’ve just uploaded a few more design examples for the lead screw motor as well as some great close-ups of our piezo ceramic components (on blue foil and on Tape & Reel). See them here on our Design Examples Gallery. Otherwise see them all in our online gallery…
Discover how our innovative technology can improve the design, weight & height of your end-product Many customers like to keep the development data of their application to themselves. We offer a simple design package (free of charge), enabling you to design PCBMotor by yourself. By signing up you’ll get a (one) standard layout for a […]
Sign up for the full white paper and get more! We’re often asked, “How are our PCBMotors different from stepper motors?”It’s an excellent question and why we wrote this white paper – How to Solve High Resolution and Low Speed Motion Control Dilemmas.Sign up for this free white paper and discover the Major differences between […]
Download now and learn more about our traveling wave and piezomotor technology. Previously known as and replacing “An Engineers Guide to Building Applications With PCBMotor”, this white paper includes a host of new and updated informationas well as motor performance results. Download it now and discover how to: Leverage patented technology for revolutionary surface-mounted […]
PCBMotors consist of two parts: The Stator, which holds the actuators and electrical connecting circuit; and The Rotor, which is pressed onto the surface of the stator and delivers the mechanical output. A traveling wave is generated over the stator surface, acting like a flexible ring to produce elliptical motion on the rotor interface. The […]
We’ve compiled a one-page overview of the 10 most important things you really should know about our on-board motors. Check it out and feel free to pass it on or test how much your colleagues know about piezo motor technology! Click the image on the right to open the 10 Top Facts in PDF-format (6 MB).
Micropulsing is a technique that makes it possible to rotate the motor in extremely small increments. Power is applied to the motor as very short pulses. Using an unloaded rotor, increments as small as 1/2,500,000 of a revolution are possible. Please note: By nature these increments are not well-defined step sizes like those based on […]
The rotors on the High Resolution Twin Motor Kit are made of PCB and the code wheel is implemented in the copper layer with 200 lines/revolution. By triggering on both leading and trailing edge of the light pulses, resolution can be increased to 400 and by using both channels in the position sensor’s edges resolution […]
The basic elements are a: 1. Code wheel on the rotor. The rotors on our demo PCBMotors are made from standard PCB material – the code wheel pattern is an etched Cu-layer. 2. Optical reflective switch that sends light towards the code wheel and senses reflected light pulses. The demo kits use the reflective optical switch […]
If you want to rotate the motor to a specified position the answer is yes, you do. A positioning system is needed to keep track of position and turn the power off when it’s in position. Such a system is implemented on our High Resolution Twin Motor Kit. If you’re not interested in the exact […]
By driving the integration of the motor (including electronics) into the PCB itself, we’re facilitating the design of smaller, cheaper and faster applications. PCBMotor uses less space and material. Electronics (driver) and mechanics (motor) are mounted directly on the PCB – so it’s totally flat and without gears and connections. PCB enables more design flexibility […]
Our technology is patented. We, obviously, want to spread the use of this new technology and will earn our investment by being the sole supplier of piezo components used in PCBMotors.
You can improve your market position by offering your customers state of the art technology/applications AND save them money at the same time. Offer your customers faster, smaller and cheaper motors. That’s because of the innovative design of the PCBMotor: Mounted directly on the PCB – the motor and all electronics (driver) are integrated into […]
The piezos generate the vibrations, a traveling wave, on the stator which makes the rotor turn. The stator needs to be able to vibrate freely for this traveling wave to exist.
No, the rotor is a part of the individual customer’s application and, therefore, not part of our delivery.
Yes. PCBMotor can provide you with training and help you to design and build your own PCBMotors. We can also provide schematic for the control driver (free of charge), which you then can build on your own. See our Steps to Success.
Yes. PCBMotor can design and manufacture an entire PCBMotor solution – comprising stator, driver and positioning system – all designed specifically for your application. See our Steps to Success and how we can accelerate your product’s time-to-market.
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It is the friction between piezo elements and rotor that translates the traveling wave on stator into a rotational force on rotor. To ensure sufficient friction a friction tape is mounted on rotor. We’ve had good experience and results using H-old: GL.96.glass fiber enforced adhesive tape with an alu layer. Apart from ensuring the required […]
No, you will be able to turn the rotor without damaging anything. If the positioning system power is still ‘On’, the positioning system will keep track of its position. This can be used in, for example, a sound mixing console allowing a PCBMotor-operated control to be set to a specific setting and adjusted manually to […]
No, the rotors are preloaded by springs pressing them against the piezo elements. This results in a holding torque whether the power is on or off. The holding torque is about 2-3x the stall torque. Being able to turn motor power off when not rotating can, in some applications, prove to be a very important […]
With no load on the rotor the start/stop time is less than 1 ms. With load on rotors the start and stop time will of course increase.
The rotors are preloaded by springs pressing them against the stator ensuring stable contact between piezos and rotor. The spring force is set for optimum motor performance. A load of 100-200 grams on the rotor or the axle will have little or no effect on performance. Heavier objects should be mounted directly onto the axle […]
A PCBMotor has no inherent, mechanically-defined step size. It will rotate with a constant speed of around 1 revolution per sec is requiredond as long as power is applied. To establish and use stepping functionality, a positioning system, see section “Positioning System”.
The most expensive components in the driver are the transformers. In large volumes >100ku the transformer price will be app. 0.80 EUR each – each driver needs two transformers. The price is not negotiated, so it might be possible to drive the cost down even further. The remaining components for the driver will be at […]
The lifetime is related to the wear of the friction tape. A lifetime test over 666 hours has shown no indication of performance degradation or wear of friction tape. A lot of friction tape remained intact at the end of the test, indicating an expected lifetime of 1000 hours or more.
Yes. The transformers we use in our control drivers can handle the power requirements for our full motor range. When dealing with the smaller versions of PCBMotors, there is room for optimization of the transformer size. This requires careful redesign, as the transformers – apart from stepping up the voltage – also act as inductors […]
No, the control driver is working at fairly low frequencies (40kHz and 160kHz) and furthermore the stator is operating at resonance and therefore the content of higher harmonics will be low. We’ve done some preliminary EMC-testing with the present layout of the driver. Customers have done the necessary optimization including additional decoupling and shielding to […]
Yes. The PCBMotor, the control driver and your application circuit can be mounted on the same PCB if you want to. See the images on Our product gallery
Yes, one central driver can drive several motor positions by multiplexing. These boards are examples of designs with several motors driven by same control driver. We have had customer design with more than 40 motors in one design. The motors can be on same board or on different boards. To save space multiple motors can […]
The control driver is supplied with nominally +5V used for the driver circuitry and for the motor supply. A voltage regulator can set the motor supply to anywhere between the +5V and 0V. Maximum rotating speed and torque is achieved at +5V. Lowering the motor supply will lower the rotating speed (and torque). How low […]
No. We’re happy to provide you with the full schematic, BOM and white papers enabling you to design and manufacture your own control driver. However, if you prefer we are also happy to do this for you.
The rotating force is achieved by exciting the piezo elements on the stator in a pattern that generates a traveling wave. This wave makes the rotor rotate. To get the maximum wave amplitude, and thereby maximum torque, the stator has to vibrate at its mechanical resonance frequency. This is around 45 kHz, but varies with […]
The driver is controlled via two input pins, one for turning power ON/OFF, and another for selecting direction CW/CCW. When turned ON, the control driver converts the motor supply voltage Vs of up to +5V into two square wave signals at around 45 kHz, shifted 90 degrees. Two transformers step up the voltages to around […]