Affordable High Precision Compact Linear Positioning Stage, Newly Released by PI
(Nanowerk News) Motion and precision positioning systems industry expert PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. introduces a new compact linear stage – the L-509. Providing high precision linear motion with minimized runout, this positioner delivers performance and reliability at minimized cost. It has applications in research and industrial applications, including beamline systems, microscopy, semiconductor manufacturing, and photonics instrumentation.
Precision Linear Positioning Stage: L-509 Series.
High Travel Accuracy, Up to >20 lb Payload
Despite its compact dimensions, the stage can handle payloads of more than 20 lbs. Available with travel ranges of 26mm (1”), 52mm (2”), and 102mm (4”) and velocity to 20mm/sec, the L-509 delivers high accuracy and smooth motion with unidirectional repeatability down to 0.1 microns. Long service life and excellent guiding accuracy with minimum backlash are guaranteed by the precision crossed roller bearings with anti-creep cage assist. For the highest precision requirements, a linear encoder with 1 nanometer resolution is available.
What Drives It?
A compact DC servo motor with gearhead is offered for high torques and resolution, while a 2-phase direct-drive stepper motor delivers higher velocity. Encoder options include an integrated rotary sensor mounted on the motor shaft and the above mentioned integrated linear version that provides direct position measurement not influenced by mechanical play or hysteresis in the drive train.
Noncontact, optical limit switches and reference point switches with direction sensing in the middle of the travel range simplify use in automation tasks.
PI has in-house engineered solutions with over 4 decades of experience working with customers to provide products that meet application demands, and can quickly modify existing product designs or provide a fully customized OEM part to fit the exact requirements of the application.
Applications of the L-509
Fields of applications include beamline systems, automation, seminconductor applications, photonics, bio-nano-technology, metrology, microscopy, micro-manipulation, including cleanroom applications.
Features & Advantages
– Travel range from 26 to 102 mm (1” to 4”)
– Sensor resolution to 1 nanometer
– Position repeatability to 0.1 microns
– Velocity up to 20 mm/sec
– Load capacity to 10 kg (22lbs)
– Integrated optical limit switch
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+.