NI Piezo Tuning Wizard Enables Faster Nanopositioning Development

3/4/2003 - National Instruments extends the power of LabVIEW and motion control software with the new Piezo Tuning Wizard. Using this free LabVIEW application, motion control developers now can easily tune and control piezo-based motors for high-precision applications.

The Piezo Tuning Wizard gives developers the power to eliminate unwanted velocity spikes and reduce oscillations. This new tool also reduces 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 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 the NI-Motion 5.2 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 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 also can generate NI LabVIEW code to simplify integration of motion control with vision and data acquisition tools and help developers create seamless measurement applications.

About National Instruments
For more than 26 years, National Instruments ( has revolutionized the way engineers and scientists work by delivering virtual instrumentation solutions built on rapidly advancing commercial technologies, including industry-standard computers and the Internet. NI increases productivity for customers worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition and instrumentation. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2002, the company sold products to more than 25,000 different companies in more than 80 countries around the world. For the past four consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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