Global Stack Piezoelectric Actuator Market - Analysis by Deployment Location - Growth Trends and Forecasts (2017 - 2022)

Published - Jan 2017 | Category - Energy and Power | No. of Pages - 139 | Published By - Mordor Intelligence

Report Highlights

The market for global Stack Piezoelectric Actuator is expected to be USD XX billion at the end of the year 2015 and by the end of 2022 it is estimated to reach USDXX billion. The market is expected to grow at a rate of XX%. Piezo electric materials are known for their characteristics of producing mechanical force when applied with electricity and vice versa. Stack Piezoelectric Actuator is also known as Monolithic multilayer actuators. As its name suggests a stack actuator can have a stack of up to 500 ceramic material each about 0.1mm thick. Due to the presence of several thin layers of actuators, the voltage requirement is considerably reduced such that these can operate even with 200volts.   These actuators can generate a high force of several kilo newton (kn) in a matter of few μs. These stacks are formed in a square shape or even in a ring shape.

Piezo electric actuators are widely used in advanced research, precision motion control and positioning activities. These are used in super resolution microscopy, semiconductor test and inspection, aerospace and astronomy. Piezo electric actuators have been used in space applications, and also in bio-nano technology domain. In laser mirror alignment piezo electric actuators are used for alignment of mirror mass by a fraction of millimetres. This enables optimal beam alignment of lasers. Piezo electric actuators are widely used for smart phones, tablets, gaming consoles among others. These are also used in acousto-optic modulator, which is used for refining laser frequency. In electron microscopes for adjusting the specimen Stack Piezoelectric Actuator is used.   Apart from this piezo actuators are used for X-ray shutters and micro scanning in infrared cameras. Precise patient movement in CT and MRI machines is controlled through piezo actuators. For high intensity focused ultra sound machines creating a localized cavitation, peizo electric actuators are used.  

The demand for high end electronics items are expected to increase by multiple times around the world. As per estimate in 2015 alone about 1.4 billion smart phones are used. Due to evolving technologies and faster maturity of technology the market is witnessing sustained growth. As a consequence prices of devices are getting reduced at regular intervals, which is further fuelling demand. Several regions around the world are expected to see various degrees of growth in this regard. Furthermore the market for high end gaming consoles, high definition audio visual devices are also expected to increase due to rising demand.  Globally the economic condition of the population has seen a gradual and steady increase in developing countries. This has increased demand for better medical care and patients willingness to go for costly treatment. It is estimated that in India alone the medical devices market will reach USD 12 billion in 2015 it self and the growth will continue in future too. The market for Stack Piezoelectric Actuator is expected to see further growth due to its wide spread use in medical devices and consumer electronics devices. However the restraint for the market is that the poor performance by the hard disk market. In the year 2015 continuing the trend that has started since the year 2011, it is expected that the sale of the hard disk will continue to fall. Piezo electric stack actuators are a critical component in hard disks. So the reduction in hard disk market leads to fall in demand for actuators too. This acts as a hindrance for the stack actuators growth.

A Stack Piezoelectric Actuator consists of several components including stepper, piezo linear stack, controllers, linear tables, pusher and motor. Also these actuators can be divided into several types i.e. stack actuator and stripe actuator. Stack actuators offer low stroke but very high blocking force. Also these can either be of discrete or co-fired type. Stripe actuator is also known as bending actuator. When combined with a vibration plate this can cause significant mechanical movement.   Motion-amplified, flexure-guided piezo linear actuators offers larger capacity in compact dimensions. Also the life cycle of this actuator can be quite long and it can be used up to 100 billion times. High speed ultrasonic motors are known for high speed operation and cost less than other types of actuators.

The challenge for Stack Piezoelectric Actuator is managing humidity and short circuit. Due to moisture formation the there is risk of cross contact with multiple layers of actuators. Also high humidity and temperature can accelerate the degradation of the piezo ceramic actuators.   The second factor is the short circuit. If the layers are not properly restrained any short circuit will lead to faster contraction than the rest of the system. This mismatch in activities can lead to disintegration and damage of the actuator. The current opportunity for Stack Piezoelectric Actuator lies in the growing market for precision equipment. These equipment require minute and accurate controlled movement that only a Stack Piezoelectric Actuator can provide. Also these actuators can be used thousands of times without the need for lubrication even in vacuum environment. Since there is very little noise associated with the movement in piezo electric actuators, it is the item of choice for various audio visual equipment. For operations that require precision positioning, alignment i.e. the semiconductor, microelectronics, nano-technology, gene manipulations, image stabilization activities the role of Stack Piezoelectric Actuator is invaluable.

Key Deliverables in the Study

1.   Market analysis for the global stack piezoelectric Actuator market, with region specific assessments and competition analysis on global and regional scales

2. Market definition along with the identification of key drivers and restraints

3. Identification of factors instrumental in changing the market scenarios, rising prospective opportunities, and identification of key companies that can influence this market on a global and regional scale

4. Extensively researched competitive landscape section with profiles of major companies along with their market shares

5. Identification and analysis of the macro and micro factors that affect the global stack piezoelectric Actuator market on both global and regional scales

6. A comprehensive list of key market players along with the analysis of their current strategic interests and key financial information

7. A wide-ranging knowledge and insights about the major players in this industry and the key strategies adopted by them to sustain and grow in the studied market

8. Insights on the major countries/regions in which this industry is blooming and to also identify the regions that are still untapped

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