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Posted: May 04, 2016

Linear Motion - Precision and Affordability: PI's New L-406 Positioning Stage

(Nanowerk News) The L-406 compact linear stage is the newest addition to the suite of motion control solutions available from precision positioning systems industry expert PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. Providing high precision linear motion with minimized runout, this compact positioner delivers performance and reliability at minimized cost. It has applications in research and industrial applications, including bio-nanotechnology, microscopy, micromanipulation, inspection and metrology, beamline systems, and photonics instrumentation.
L-406 compact linear stage
High Travel Accuracy, Up to >22lb Payload
Despite its compact size, this stage can handle payloads up to 22 lbs. Available with travel ranges of 1 (26mm), 2 (52mm) and 4 (102mm) and velocity to 0.8/second (20mm/sec), the L-406 delivers high accuracy and smooth motion with minimum incremental motion and repeatability down to 0.2 microns. Long service life and excellent guiding accuracy with minimum backlash are guaranteed by recirculating ball bearings.
Which Motor Meets Your Needs?
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. Position feedback is provided by an integrated rotary encoder sensor mounted on the motor shaft.
Noncontact, optical limit switches and reference point switches with direction sensing in the middle of the travel range simplify use in automation tasks.
Specifications, Datasheet, More Information
Standard and Custom
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-406
Fields of applications include bio-nanotechnology, microscopy, micromanipulation, inspection and metrology, beamline systems, and photonics instrumentation.
Features & Advantages
  • Travel Range from 26 to 102 mm (1 to 4)
  • Position Repeatability to 0.2 microns
  • Velocity up to 20mm/sec
  • Load Capacity to 10kg (22lbs)
  • Integrated Optical Limit Switch
  • 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 850.
    Source: PI (press release)
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