What are Piezoelectric Transducers?
Transducers are the “opposite” of actuators: they convert mechanical energy into electric energy, which can be read or transformed with an actuator. Their applications vary greatly. Microphones and guitar pickups convert sounds or vibrations into electrical energy; keyboards sometimes use piezoelectric transducers to detect keystrokes; the list goes on. The most canonical use was actually in World War I, where quartz was used to construct a sonar device for British use against submarines and ships.
Why would you use a Piezoelectric Transducer?
Piezoelectric transducers are extremely volatile and flexible in application. Whereas traditional transducers face issues with operational conditions and shapes (one likely can’t easily make a banana-shaped traditional transducer, for instance), piezoelectric transducers have close to no restrictions in these regards. Furthermore, they are extremely responsive to change, both in terms of speed and range.
Why is Piezo Direct the Best Choice?
As mentioned above, transducers have the ability to take on a large variety of shapes and sizes. On top of that, operational input and output ranges may also need to be changed in order for a design to work, and other solutions such as transformers and amplifiers can easily introduce error and design complications. Piezo Direct’s high degree of customizability allows for high degrees of freedom when working with such applications, and even offers extremely competitive pricing.