New L-505 Linear Stage Series Available with Integrated Linear Encoders Providing 0.05 Microns and 0.005 Microns Resolution

Press Release Summary:

  • Folded and inline designs come in two travel ranges of 1/2 inch (13mm) and 1 inch (26mm)
  • Direct drive versions can achieve velocities up to 15mm/sec, the gear-motor versions up to 1mm/sec
  • Allows for very compact multi-axis assemblies and designed for precision motion, alignment and positioning applications 

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Miniature Linear Translation Stages Come in X, XY, and XYZ Configurations

The new L-505 linear stage series from PI is designed for precision motion, alignment, and positioning applications where space is limited.

Auburn, MA – PI’s new L-505 linear translation stage family is available with integrated linear encoders providing 0.05 microns and 0.005 microns resolution, respectively. The new design allows for very compact multi-axis assemblies, at affordable prices. Many motor and drive variations are available, from fast DC-servo motors with linear encoders and low-friction ball-screws to simple open-loop stepper motors.

XY / XYZ Combinations – Folded and Inline Designs

Two basic layouts are offered: a shorter, lower profile version with a folded drive train (motor side-by-side with the platform) and a longer, narrow inline version. Both come in two travel ranges of ½ inch (13mm) and 1 inch (26mm). XY and XYZ combinations are also available. 

Direct Drive and Gear Motor Options

Four motor options are available: servo and stepper motors in direct drive or gearhead configurations.

Closed-Loop Operation with Linear Encoder Feedback

In addition to the entry level open-loop stepper motor variants, closed-loop models with integrated linear encoders are available. Linear encoders provide direct position measurement at the motion platform and provide better accuracy and repeatability compared to conventional motor shaft-mounted rotary encoders. Encoders with 50nm and 5nm resolution are offered.

Velocity – Up to 15mm/sec

The direct drive versions can achieve velocities up to 15mm/sec, the gear-motor versions up to 1mm/sec.

Combination with XYZ Piezo Scanner for Fast Optics and Photonics Alignment

For the most demanding applications, such as the fast and precise alignment of optics and photonics components, an XYZ piezo scanner option is also available. An optional high performance photonics alignment controller with integrated algorithms actively and automatically aligns fiber-optic components in less than one second.

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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.

About PI

PI is a leading manufacturer of air bearing stages, piezoelectric solutions, precision motion control equipment, 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. The PI group employs more than 1,300 people worldwide in 15 subsidiaries and R&D / engineering centers on 3 continents.

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