Mini-MAG precision linear positioning stages from Dover (Boxborough, MA) are available with a complete controls package. Users can combine a Mini-MAG linear motor stage with a board-level, single-axis servo drive for integration into a control cabinet, or a Kollmorgen AKD™ servo drive for single- or multi-axis applications with a graphical user interface for setup and programming, and realtime performance feedback. Both options provide Ethernet communication for data acquisition.

The stages are available in aluminum-based versions with an optional single-phase motor. Operation in a vertical orientation is possible without requiring a counterbalance. Steel-based versions are available for use in demanding environments. For XY sample positioning, sustained throughput of up to 2,000 moves per minute is possible. Four options, with 25 mm, 50 mm, 100 mm, or 150 mm travel, are available. An integral anti-creep linear guideway eliminates the need for homing moves typically required to reset standard crossed roller bearing retainer cages.

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