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Motorized microscope stage

Fully integrated, miniaturized ceramic linear drives works with the M-687 motorized microscope XY stage for inverted microscopes. The complete system includes a controller, joystick, and software.

The self-clamping ceramic/ceramic linear motors in the positioner are more compact than electromagnetic motors and provide higher positional stability — once in place, no energy is consumed to hold position (no heat dissipation). Integrated, 100-nm resolution linear encoders provide direct position feedback to the controller, allowing closed-loop operation with high accuracy.

The device features constant velocity at low speeds to 10 microns/ sec; travel range up to 135 × 85 mm; suitable for long exposure imaging, image stitching, etc.; speeds up to 120 mm/sec; and its design allows for free rotation of the turret for inverted microscopes.

Physik Instrumente (PI) L.P.
16 Albert St.
Auburn, MA 01501
(508) 832-3456

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