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Dover Motion offers a wide range of linear motion stages. Whether your motion system requires high precision, high speed, or compact size, we have your linear stage needs covered. We specialize in working with our clients to optimize motion systems and control for their unique application, and all of our products can be configured to suit your project’s specific needs.

 

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SmartStage XY

SmartStage XY Linear Positioning Stage

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Focusing Stages

Objective Focusing Stage

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Direct Drive Stages

Direct Drive MMX Stage

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XY Stages

 XYR™ Linear Positioning Stage

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Screw Driven Stages

Screw Driven LMB Stage

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Microscope Stages

Microscope XY Stage

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View By: What is Moving?

Microscope Slides

Microscope XY Stage

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Objectives

Objective Focusing Stage

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Well Plates & Microfluidics

Microscope Stage with Well Plate

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View By: Travel

Linear Stages: < 25 mm

Objective Focusing Stage

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Linear Stages: 25-200 mm

MMX Direct Drive Linear Stage

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Linear Stages: 200+ mm

MMS Miniature Long Travel Linear Stage

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View By: Accuracy & Repeatability

<10 μm

Objective Focusing Stage

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>10 μm

FM Ball Screw Linear Stage

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View By: Speed

0-33 mm/s

KV™ Micro Linear Stage

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45-500 mm/s

FM Ball Screw Linear Stage

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500+ mm/s

MMS Miniature Long Travel Linear Stage

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 About Linear Stages

Need to know a little bit more before you can make your XYZ translation stages decision? Below is additional information about linear stages and how they work. Contact us to speak with our staff who can answer any of your technical questions.

What are linear stages?

Linear motion stages provide precise automated positioning and are typically available as either single axis, an XY stage, or XYZ translation stages. XY stages are also commonly referred to as XY Tables, Linear Actuators, motorized stages, or Linear Translation Stages. Each axis of a linear stage must constrain the six degrees of freedom (X, Y, Z, roll, pitch, and yaw) of the payload to only one, producing translation along a straight line. This is accomplished with a set of linear bearing guideways which are attached to a base structural member that provides a stiff support.  Our stages designed specifically for vertical motion can be viewed on our Z Stages page.

The linear bearing guideways can be implemented in a number of ways, including:

  • Ball and crossed roller bearings
  • Recirculating bearings
  • Cam followers or vee wheels
  • Air bearings

Types of Linear Stages

XY Stages

XY Tables

XYZ stages

Linear Actuators

Motorized stages

Translation Stages

How do linear stages work?

Once the payload has been constrained to a single degree of freedom, the system’s next mission is to actuate the payload and provide precise incremental linear motion along the guideway.

Linear actuator methods include:

  • Friction screws with anti-backlash nuts
  • Ball screws
  • Belt and pulley
  • Rack and pinion
  • Piezo actuators
  • Linear motors

Using a linear motor is generally considered to be optimal for high speed motion systems and is the most precise and repeatable linear motion actuation technology.

A linear translation stage with a linear motor requires a linear feedback device as well as a servo drive and control to close a position feedback loop. With a high-resolution linear encoder, linear actuators can provide position control down to the nanometer level. A typical application for high precision linear actuators is to control the focus of a microscope objective in a digital imaging system.

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