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SmartStage ™ XY Linear Motor Stage with High Performance Controller Inside

  • ALL controls inside; ONE external cable
  • 5 nm resolution
  • 0.8 um bi-directional repeatability
  • Easy for prototyping
  • Cost-effective for production
SS XY Awards

The SmartStage™ XY series for single axis or stacked XY linear motion was developed in response to the increasing throughput, resolution, and stability requirements of automated microscopy. The SmartStage™ XY is the first ever high-performance stage where the motion controller, drive circuit and encoder are all built right inside the stage. Eliminating multiple cables and external electronics allows for seamless integration, smaller footprint, reduction in development time and lower overall system cost.

The SmartStage™ XY was awarded both the LEAP and IDEA! awards for innovation in motion control. The controller and the stage are incredibly compact, so this is highly differentiated, and patent protected.

Table 1: The SmartStage XY is smaller, lighter, and has fewer cables

Dover Motion SmartStage XYTraditional Linear Motor StageTraditional Leadscrew Stage
XY Travel (mm)100 x 100 mm100 x 100 mm100 x 100 mm
Volume Including Controls (cm3)1,4772x Larger4x Larger
Weight (kg)2.240% Heavier30% Heavier
Cable Count (# of cables for XY stack)144

Benefits of Dover Motion's all-in-one package with SmartStage Controller built in:

  • Reduced complexity, from 4 cables for XY to only 1
  • Just supply power and communications
  • High Precision Feedback with 5nm resolution encoder
  • Reduced XY footprint by up to 400%, eliminate external controllers and save space in your instrument

Traditional XY vs SmartStage XY

  • Next-generation sequencing (NGS)
  • Digital cell morphology
  • Automated digital pathology
  • Optical metrology instruments
  • Semiconductor and nanotechnology imaging
  • Digital microscopes
  • High content imaging
  • Automated cell counting

SmartStage™ XY Mechanical Stage Specifications

Travel (mm)50100150200
Position Feedback – Encoder Resolution*5 nm5 nm5 nm5 nm
Accuracy (2s, μm) *110121416
Bi-directional repeatability. (2s, μm)
Homing repeatability (μm)1111
Minimum Move (nm)100100100100
Holding Stability (± nm)30303030
Load Capacity (kg) *210101010
Maximum Acceleration (m/s2) *310101010
Maximum Velocity (m/s) *30.6111
Flatness & Straightness (μm TIR) *43366
Total Mass (individual axis) (kg)

* Other resolutions available, for options contact an applications engineer
*1 Accuracy has 2 point slope correction applied
*2 Please contact our Applications Engineers for loads exceeding 10kg.
*3 The maximum acceleration and velocity is resolution and load dependent.
*4 Linear stage must be mounted to a flat surface, see datasheet for details

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Software & Manuals

SmartStage XY, RS-232 Quick Start Guide41-1609 Rev A DownloadSmartStage Linear and SmartStage XY Quick Start guide using RS-232 Communications
SmartStage XY, RS-485 Quick Start Guide41-1610 Rev A DownloadSmartStage Linear and SmartStage XY Quick Start guide using RS-485 Communications
SmartStage XY, CAN Quick Start Guide41-1611 Rev B DownloadSmartStage Linear and SmartStage XY Quick Start guide using CAN Communications
SmartStage XY User Guide41-1336 Rev D Download
SmartStage XY Programming Guide41-1368 Rev A Download
SmartStage XY CAN Cable Kit Set Up41-1391 Apr 2022 DownloadDetailed hardware setup instructions for the CAN communications adapter kit
SmartStage XY RS Cable Kit Set Up41-1390 Nov 2020 DownloadDetailed hardware setup instructions for the RS-232 & RS-485 communications adapter kit

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