Ball bearing linear guide stages
The AQ140 series and the AQ150 series of linear stages are available off-the-shelf in travel lengths of: 50mm (1.969"), 100mm (3.937"), 150mm (5.905"), 200mm (7.874"), 300mm (11.811"), 400mm (15.748"), and 500mm (19.685"). These 2µm resolution stages (achieved with a 10 micro-steps per step stepper motor driver) are ideal for: medical, laser machining, testing, pick-and-place, inspection, sorting, wafer handling, semiconductor, assembly, metrology, and photonics in industrial, and laboratory applications.
The tables, depending on length of travel, measure 120mm x 120mm (4.73" x 4.73"), 150mm x 150mm (5.90" x 5.90") and 160mm x160mm (6.30" x 6.30"). The AQ150 Series has top and side rail covers. Featuring a 4mm per turn, precision 2µm backlash lead screw, typical performance specifications of the AQ140 and AQ150 linear stages include: repeatability of 5 µ, positional accuracy 8µm, straightness 6µm, driving parallelism 15µm, pitching 25 arc seconds, and deflection 25 arc seconds.
Constructed of aluminum and black anodized, these stages can handle loads to 30kg (66 lb) and 50 kg (110 lb). These low profile stages can easily be ordered in an X-Y or X-Y-Z configuration. There is a knob on the back of the motor for manual adjustments or it can be replaced with an encoder. An optional servo motor, encoder, and brake are also available. These compact linear stages are easily integrated into new and existing systems and are available as with complete plug-and-play systems or with a plug-in motor driver.
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