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XY Stages

Below is a selection of automation products from our portfolio, and each can be modified and configured to meet your specific needs. If you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, contact us. We can help you identify the right motion positioning stage solution for your application.

New SmartStage XY

SmartStage™ XY

The SmartStage Linear Positioner offers high precision and includes an innovative built-in controller right inside the stage.

Travel50 - 200 mm
Accuracy< 16 μm
Repeatability0.8 μm
Payload10 kg

Miniature Linear Motor Stage – MMX


The MMX™ series miniature linear stage has a low profile design with a high power linear motor. Optional counterbalance for XYZ stage use.

Travel25 - 150 mm
Accuracy< ± 3 μm
Repeatability< ± 0.4 μm
Payload10 kg

Miniature Linear Motor Stage – MMX & MMG


The MMS™ – Miniature Long Travel Linear Stage ideal for imaging applications where a long travel load/unload axis is required.

Travel200 - 400 mm
Accuracy< 15 μm
Repeatability2 μm
Payload12 kg



The XYR™ series XY positioning stage is our most popular XY linear stage and uses a lead screw for motion. The monolithic integrated XY center makes the stage stiff and compact.

Travel50 - 300 mm
Accuracy15 μm
Repeatability< ± 3 μm
Payload175 kg



The XYMR™ series XY microscope stage brings automated, highly accurate XY positioning to a wide range of microscope-based applications. 
Travel150 mm
Accuracy30 μm TIR
Repeatability< ± 1.5 μm
Payload10 kg


The XYRB™ series precision XY stage is similar to the XYR™, but incorporates a ball screw for more precise and repeatable positioning. The encoder option provides high precision.

Travel50 - 300 mm
Accuracy8 μm TIR
Repeatability< ± 1 μm
Payload175 kg

XY Motorized Linear Stage – XYA


The XYA™ series XY linear stage has the motors and controller embedded within the positioning stage structure for a cleaner appearance and less external cabling.

Travel100 - 200 mm
Accuracy50 μm TIR
Repeatability< ± 5 μm
Payload10 kg

High Capacity Linear Translation Stage – XYL


The XYL™ series has the largest table size, longer travels, and larger bearings for a stiffer automation platform that can handle larger payloads.

Travel300 - 685 mm
Accuracy35 μm TIR
Repeatability< ± 3 μm
Payload175 kg

About XY Translation Stages

While a number of positioning actuator applications can be addressed with single-axis translation stages, the majority of customer payloads require motion in two axes, for which we use an XY translation stage, also called an XY table. In its simplest configuration, an XY stage can be assembled by simply bolting two single-axis stages together. In that case, care must be taken to ensure that the axes are truly orthogonal. The preferred implementation is to make a true XY stage in which the orthogonality is precision-machined into its component parts. In this type of XY translation stage design, the top of the lower axis serves as the base for the upper axis, in a simple and compact three-piece design. All of our actuators can be mounted in an XYZ configuration for vertical applications.

XY linear stages can be designed with a wide range of guideways including:

  • Ball
  • Crossed roller
  • Recirculating profile rails
  • Air bearings

Similarly, they can be actuated in a variety of ways including:

  • Friction screws
  • Ball screws
  • Belts and pulleys
  • Linear motors

XY linear stages with air bearings and linear motors provide some of the highest levels of performance available. The only assembly more precise is called a planar gantry design.

Planar Gantry Systems

In a planar gantry system, the front to back axis consists of two individual axes, one on the left and one on the right, just as in the vertical lines of the letter “H.” A third axis runs left to right, as in the horizontal line of the letter “H,” and is driven at each end by the front to back axes. The payload carrier runs left to right along the third axis, but rests on a planar air bearing floating a few microns above a large area planar substrate (typically extremely flat granite). In a planar air bearing gantry stage, Z axis errors, as well as pitch and roll, are completely determined by the flatness of the granite substrate. Yaw can be controlled by fine flexural movements of the two ends of the third axis.

In many applications, an additional Z axis is required. This can either be added atop the XY stage, forming an XYZ stage, or the Z stage can be mounted separately, and control a payload relative to a separate customer part on the XY stage.

We have experience working with a variety of XY stage configurations and pride ourselves on being able to work within our clients’ parameters to help them reach their goals. Contact us today to learn how Dover Motion can configure the right motion solution for your application.

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