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Posted: Nov 10, 2015

New Precision Linear Stepper Stage from PI

(Nanowerk News) Precision positioning systems solution specialist PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. presents the L-511 linear stage series featuring minimum incremental motion as small as 0.02m. With travel ranges to 155mm (6 inches), this 2-phase micro stepper motor platform is ideal for precision positioning demanded by science and industry, especially with high duty application cycles. Vacuum compatible versions are available.
L-511 linear stage
Flexibility, Recirculating Ball Screw and Bearings for Durability, Performance, and Precision
L-511 stages come in travel ranges of 52 mm (2), 102 mm (4), and 155 mm (6). They are designed with recirculating ball bearings for high-load capacity and durability at demanding repetitive cycle rates with velocities up to 45mm/sec and despite the compact design can easily manage loads to 100N (22lbs). The precision ball screw drive unit with 2mm pitch is nested in a stress-relieved aluminum base for the greatest stability.
Multi-directional automation tasks are sped up with the addition of noncontact, direction-sensing optical reference point switches located in the middle of the travel range. Noncontact limit switches are integrated as well, to protect the mechanical structure.
Wide Dynamic Range
The micro-stepped motors provide extremely smooth motion with a high dynamic range from microns/second to 45mm/second. To achieve the ultimate in control and positioning accuracy, the L-511 is available with a centrally located high-resolution linear encoder providing one nanometer resolution if operated with the MC Hydra controller. PI offers a large variety of controllers from cost efficient single-axis open-loop units to multi-axis closed-loop controllers for parallel-kinematic motion systems.
Specifications, Datasheet, More Information
Applications Examples
Applications include precision automation, micro assembly, optics alignment, scientific research, precision manufacturing.
Features & Advantages
  • Motorized Positioning Range: 52 mm (2), 102 mm (4), 155 mm (6)
  • Maximum Load: 10kg (22lbs)
  • Maximum Velocity: 45mm/second
  • Maximum Linear Encoder Resolution: 1 nanometer
  • Minimum Incremental Motion: 0.02 m
  • Vacuum Compatible Version Available
  • About PI
    PI is a leading manufacturer of precision motion control equipment, piezo motors, air bearing stages and hexapod parallel-kinematics for semiconductor applications, photonics, bio-nano-technology and medical engineering. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard & custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 4 decades. The company has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994 and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research. PI is present worldwide with eleven subsidiaries, R&D / engineering on 3 continents, and total staff of 800+.
    Source: PI (press release)
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