Micropositioning stage with embedded controller is optimized for high-volume production.


New Scale’s latest piezo micro stage features 8 mm travel and high-speed point-to-point motion


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The M3-LS-U2 Linear Smart Stage is a direct-drive, high-precision micro stage built for fast, simple integration into miniature OEM systems. All drive and control functions are embedded into the compact stage assembly – no external electronics are needed!

The stage drive is a UTAF2 piezo motor combined with a 0.5 μm resolution sensor for precise, repeatable positioning of optics, probes, sensors and more. The piezo motor operates at 5 VDC. No high voltage boost is needed.

Absolute encoding removes the need to home the stage on power-up, eliminating errors and disruptions in processes and experiments.

At 35 mm/sec, this stage is 7 times faster than other M3 Smart Stages. It is ideal for high-speed point-to-point (non-scanning) applications.

The anodized aluminum stage uses linear ball bearing slides with uniform and very low friction. The bearings directly support the motor preload which creates a stable, precise and zero clearance guide system. The base is the maximum space required for installation in your product because the carriage moves within the total length of the base.

This smart stage is designed for long life and is ideal for embedding precision motion into high-volume products.

The M3-LS-U2-8 Smart Stage can be driven directly via standard I2C or SPI serial protocols. The smart stage microprocessor accepts ASIC high-level motion instructions.

New Scale Pathway™ software and USB adapter enable PC control. Access all stage capabilities including settings, motion commands, performance diagnostics, and parameters stored in non-volatile memory. Use the intuitive script generator to create command sequences for automated operation.

The handy developer’s kit lets you use this powerful development environment to speed your new products to market.