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Piezo Materials for High Power Applications Made in the USA!

Piezoelectric ceramics manufactured from "hard" piezo materials are characterized by having higher mechanical quality factors (Qm) and lower dissipation factors (dielectric losses, tanD) relative to soft PZT's. Ceramic components produced from these "hard" compositions are less susceptible to depolarization from heating under high duty cycles and/or stress. Generally, a lower
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APC International Introduces NEW Sensing Material – Soft PZT APC-854

# The wait is OVER... 854 is HERE! In order to even better serve its customers with a more complete line of PZT materials, APC engineers are proud to announce the addition of APC-854 material to its already impressive line of PZT materials! APC-854 is a new unique material, the
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Piezoelectricity & Wearable Technology: The Future of Piezoelectric Components

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How Do Piezoelectric Components Play a Part in Wearable Technology?

With the vast amount of wearable technology available, the demand for compact devices with smaller batteries, or no batteries at all, and longer charge duration has presented a challenge. Consumers of wearable technology want the convenience of a portable device without
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After Manufacturing 5: A Brief Introduction to Air Transducers

# In our last several articles we have been delving into the anatomy of single and multiple element transducers as part of our "After Manufacturing" series of articles written to explore the multiple uses for piezoceramics once they are manufactured. Over the next several issues, we will explore some individual transducer
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After Manufacturing 4: Anatomy of Multiple Element Transducers

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Anatomy of Multiple Element (Stack) Transducers

Last month, we discussed briefly transduction in general and the anatomy of single element transducers and their applications. This month, we will be movin.on to multiple element transducers. Where single element transducers are cost effective, useful for low power applications, operate at the ceramic element's resonance,
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After Manufacturing Part 3: Anatomy of a Single Element Transducer

# Transduction, in general terms, means to convert energy from one form to another. In terms of piezoelectric transducers, it means the conversion of electrical to mechanical energy and/or vice-versa. This can take place in a variety of mediums (air, liquid, etc.) using a variety of transducer designs. To simplify our discussion,
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After Manufacturing 2: Powering Piezo Devices

# This month we will be discussing how to power piezo devices for transmitting or displacement applications using standard equipment available from APC. Custom power amplifiers and impedance circuits are also available upon request. First things first. When powering a piezo device, it is important to briefly review the frequencies and the
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After Manufacturing 1: Connecting to PZT Components

# In this months article we will be starting our "After Manufacturing" series of newsletters. These newsletters will focus primarily on "what to do?" with the piezo ceramics starting with this issue, connecting to piezo. Throughout the series we will be continuing with a logical progression or uses and design information
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