Press Release Summary:
Allowing independent positioning of five or more probe arms, Multi-Probe Micromanipulator is optimized for insertion of silicon probes for electrophysiology and optogenetics. Using USB to connect up to five arms to PC, unit controls 15 axes of automated motions using motion control software. Compatible with tetrodes, device features motorized positioners with piezoelectric motors and embedded controllers for closed-loop position resolution of 0.5 µm.
Original Press Release:
New Multi-Probe Micromanipulator (MPM) System Maximizes Productivity and Precision During Acute In-Vivo Recording
Developed with leading researchers, the MPM System is the first micromanipulator optimized for silicon probe insertion and independent, automated positioning of five or more probes simultaneously
New Scale Technologies, Inc. (www.newscaletech.com) unveiled its new MPM Multi-Probe Micromanipulator System for acute in-vivo recording at Neuroscience 2016 this month in San Diego. Developed in cooperation with leading neuroscience researchers, the MPM System allows for independent positioning of five or more probe arms in the smallest space, with ample clear area for a virtual task environment.
It is the first micromanipulator optimized for insertion of silicon probes for electrophysiology and optogenetics. Probe arms are easily mounted on a ring in either upright or inverted configuration on a standard laboratory table. A single USB connects up to five arms to a PC.
Each probe arm has four degrees of freedom for initial pre-adjustment, and three axes of motorized motion for automated positioning. The motorized positioners allow precise control of x-y location and z insertion depth, automatically and independently moving each probe to the optimum location in the brain.
Up to five micropositioners – a total of 15 axes of automated motion – are controlled from a single PC screen using the motion control software included with the system. It includes coarse, fine and insertion step modes with display of absolute and relative positions. The insertion mode disables the x and y axis motion. Optional joystick control is available.
In addition to silicon probes with hundreds of channels, the MPM System is compatible with tetrodes and other probes. It can be used to simultaneously position optical waveguides or optical fibers for research combining electrophysiology with optogenetic stimulation.
MPM Multi-Probe Micromanipulator Features
• Probe arms with four axes of manual motion and three axes of motorized motion
• Up to five probes - 15 axes of motorized motion - automatically positioned from one PC application
• Fully-engineered apparatus space-optimized for upright or inverted experiments
• Optional probe mounting kits
• Optional joystick control
• Motorized positioners with SQUIGGLE® piezoelectric motors and embedded controllers for closed-loop position resolution of 0.5 µm.
For more information see http://www.newscaletech.com/m3-systems/multiprobe-manipulator.php.
Price and Availability
The MPM System is available now. Single-probe systems - including four axes of manual pre-alignment and three axes of precision motorized positioning with control software - start at $7,995. For system configuration and additional pricing information call New Scale at +1 (585) 924-4450 or email NSTsales@newscaletech.com .
About New Scale Technologies, Inc.
New Scale Technologies develops and manufactures the smallest and most precise closed-loop positioning solutions available. Our “all-in-one” M3 Smart Modules – piezoelectric motor systems with built-in controllers – are easy to integrate into smaller, smarter imaging systems, scientific instruments, medical devices, aerospace and defense systems and more.
For more information contact:
New Scale Technologies
Lisa R. Schaertl
Tech Savvy Marketing and Public Relations
Phone 585 289 6762
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