SmartStage™ Single Axis Linear Stage

The SmartStage™ linear stage is our single axis linear stage with a built-in controller. It is available in a range of travel sizes and options to meet your precision motion needs.

Benefits of a SmartStage™ Linear Stage

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

Starting at $4,799

Lead Time: 1 week
Discounts may apply.

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Starting at $4,799

Lead Time: 1 week
Discounts may apply.


SmartStage™ Single Axis Linear Stage Specifications

*Recommended for TDI Scanning Applications

** 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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Check the features and benefits of SmartStage™ single axis linear stages below:

Hardware Agility:

  • Our compact, smaller-footprint linear stage with a miniaturized controller and a single power and communications cable allows for easy integration into any project.


  • With the SmartStage linear stage, we offer a compelling price-to-performance ratio, achieved using an innovative and patented system architecture (US Patent 10,374,530, US Patent 10,367,436). Our quiet brushless linear motor, non-contact encoder, and crossed-roller linear bearings offer durability and long-lasting performance.


  • Dover Motion is a reliable and experienced supplier with a trusted reputation in the motion control market. We have shipped more than 22,000 motion systems to Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Stay on schedule with our over 95% on-time delivery.

Integrated Solution:

  • By including the encoder, interpolator, drive, and motion controller electronics all within the stage, the SmartStage positioner is able to achieve high in-position stability and avoid noise errors introduced by external cabling, poor grounding, and other detrimental influences on the feedback signal.SmartStage Controls Reveal
  • Ecosystem of SmartStage™ single axis linear stage and DOF-5 objective focusing stage provides an integrated control solution for your applications. Additionally, you will get access to all-in-one motion control software API and user interface solution for Dover Motion products called Motion Synergy API.

Precision Linear Motor:

  • The novel magnetic topology of Dover Motion’s ironless linear motor technology is optimized for high servo bandwidth and uniform force over the entire stroke, and it has no backlash as commonly experienced with screw-based positioners. This allows the SmartStage XY axes to perform equally well for applications requiring high-throughput step and settle or constant velocity scanning.
Step Settle Test for SmartStage XY

Step-settle test results: 20 (10 in each direction) moves of 400um settling to +/-25 nm within 36ms
The test was performed 3 times starting at 0mm, 25mm, and 45mm on the upper axis of an SS-XY-50×50 w/ 1.25nm resolution encoder and a 200g payload.

Optional SmartStage XY Ultra Resolution Encoder:

  • SmartStage™ Ultra provides ultra low encoder sub-divisional error resulting in +/- 5nm position accuracy per 100 um of travel. We designed it to be used for applications that require high accuracy, such as Trigger On Position for accurate camera or laser triggers while scanning.

All while providing high performance

  • A potent combination of crossed roller bearing ways and Dover Motion’s linear motor drive system results in superior instrument performance.
  • Stiff, crossed roller bearings allow for a wide range of payloads. These bearings also offer exceptional trajectory performance and excel for applications such as constant velocity scanning that requires smooth motion.
  • The unique motor design combined with ultra-precision encoder provides consistent force over the entire travel of the stage resulting in extremely low velocity ripple while scanning and < 30nm stability at rest.
“SmartStage is superior in all technical aspects, from motion performance to form factor and weight.  That translates directly to improved system measurement performance.


The SmartStage single axis linear stage was developed in response to the automated microscopy industry’s increasing throughput, resolution, and stability requirements. Our linear stages are used in the following applications:

  • 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







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