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Motion Control Systems

Eliminate Your Motion Controller

See how we are disrupting motion control with our SmartStage XY and DOF-5 products that have an embedded controller and drive for simple, single cable connectivity for up to 3 axes of motion.

SmartStage XY can be connected directly to your PC

”Dover Motion is more than a lot of companies, pushing the boundaries of developing new ways of executing motion, and seem creative in that way.“

Genomics OEM

Disruptive Motion Control Technology

stage + controllers = all in one visualizationBenefits 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

Award Winning Products

Dover Motion’s latest motion control innovations including first of its kind linear motor stages with controllers built in, have been recognized as industry leading products.

IDEA Award LEAP Award PRISM Award


SmartStage XY & Z

DOF - Microsope Stage


The DOF series Dover Objective Focuser stage has been optimized for optical microscopy applications. Eliminates alignment headaches.
SmartStage XY

SmartStage™ XY

The SmartStage Linear Positioner offers high performance and includes an innovative built-in controller right inside the stage.
Dover Motion Control Module

Dover Motion Control Module

Control all Dover Motion products on the same Ecosystem.

Advanced Motion Control Features

  • Easily drive the DOF-5 from an autofocus sensor via noise-free digital signals, in Step-Direction or A-quad-B formats, for continuous tracking objective focusing.
  • SmartStage XY product’s built-in Trigger On Position (TOP) output facilitates precise synchronization of a camera, laser, or other peripheral device with stage position. This high speed triggering is ideal for TDI Scanning microscopy applications.
  • The DOF-5 and SmartStage XY support synchronized motion between axes.
  • Stage Accuracy Compensation (SAC) provides accurate positioning at the user’s point of interest, negating Abbe and other trajectory-based errors.
  • Dover Motion’s proprietary Repetitive Motion Enhancement (RME) algorithm improves step and settle performance for significant throughput gains.

Software development doesn’t have to take a large amount of development budget and time.

  • Standard Configurations for quick delivery
  • Intuitive user interface for power up and commissioning
  • C libraries for instrument software integration

Custom Motion Solutions

  • Quick modifications tailored to your specific needs
Our Motion Control Expertise

Dover Motion offers a broad range of standard positioning stages. Our real strength, however, lies in our ability to design custom, application-specific solutions to OEM requirements.

In our custom systems, we draw from a broad palette of positioning technologies, and produce creative, cost-effective solutions that are precisely tailored to the needs of your application. Contact Dover Motion today to design your unique motion system.

We offer our own stepper and servo drive and control module and also partner with leading motion control suppliers to configure optimum servo and stepper control solutions for your particular application. This includes complete servo tuning, initialization and homing routines, and creating sample motion programs where you can add the specific requirements of your application to our stage assembly. Dover Motion’s control system engineers have the experience to successfully integrate additional customer specified controllers based on the application needs.

We have control theory experts on staff and we use the mathematical models of the servo loop filters in our motion control systems to predict system behavior. During testing, we optimize step and settle, position stability, and constant velocity performance.

We provide complete single-axis servo and stepper drives and controls with very sophisticated cutting edge capabilities in the size of a postage stamp. This type of motion controller can be embedded in the moving axes of your system or provided in more traditional external control boxes.

We support a range of stepper solutions such as:

  • Very fine microstepping
  • Complete suppression of mid-range resonance
  • No motion jitter
  • Very high speed
  • Maximized speed torque curve performance
The Dover Motion Experience

We have extensive experience with high-end motion control algorithms including r-theta controlled gantries, adaptive feed forward, and trajectory shaping. We also use bode plots, low pass filters, and other loop filter techniques to suppress resonances and provide the highest possible bandwidth.

Our servo motion controller system hardware and software solutions can be combined with any of our standard or configured stage designs to create a complete motion control solution. We offer motor drives and motion controller options that complement our motorized linear actuators and rotary stages.

Our stepper and servo motion controller product lines include everything from pre-packaged controllers, drives, and amplifiers to board-level and standalone units for customer integration. Depending on your requirements, USB, Ethernet, RS232, RS-485, CAN, SPI, and other computer interfaces are available.

Our expertise from years of experience with multiple motion control platforms include:

  • Cable and joystick options
  • Motion control programming
  • Stepper motor setup
  • Servo motor tuning
  • Linear and rotary encoder implementation and interpolation
  • Graphic User Interface setup, including NI LabVIEW
  • Coordinated linear and circular moves
  • Multi-point and multi-axis compensation
  • Optimal move profile creation to reduce resonances
  • Digital and analog I/O setup
  • Power supply selection
  • ROHS compliant design and manufacturing
  • SEMI certification
  • CE certification
The Right Motion Control System for You

Collaborate with Dover Motion on your next motion control application. Contact us to learn more about our years of experience in precision automation and how we can create the right motion solution for you.

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