Micropositioning Systems - Mad City Labs

Micropositioning Systems - Mad City Labs

Coarse and fine positioning stages for microscopists  

Mad City Labs Micropositioning Stages  

Series Summary

MCL-MANNZ Precision manual XY stage with Z-axis nanopositioning for use with all standard inverted optical microscopes
MCL-MOTNZ High precision XY stepper motor stage with Z-axis nanopositioning for use with all standard inverted optical microscopes
Manual MicroStage Series   High precision, low profile, XY stage with integrated position locking for use with all standard inverted optical microscopes
MicroStage Series Precision, stepper motor driven, micropositioning system for inverted optical microscopes
Nano-SPMZ A single-axis micropositioner and high-resolution nanopositioner in one compact unit
Nano-View Series Fully integrated long-rang nanopositioning system for use with inverted optical microscopes
Nano-View/M Series Manual micrometer 2-axis coarse positioning with a high-resolution 2/3-axis nanopositioner
MMP Series Precision stepper motor-driven stages for long linear motion in 1, 2, or 3 axes


PDF 2D line drawings for the following nanopositioners and the full 132-page Mad City labs catalogue can be downloaded from the Related Documents menu to the right.

MCL-MANNZ

Ideal for applications such as Confocal and Fluorescence Imaging, Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Nanomanipulation, and STORM or PALM imaging

The MCL-MANNZ is an integrated micro-nanopositioning system for use with inverted optical microscopes. Easy to operate and affordable, the MCL-MANNZ combines a manual micrometer driven, two axis, linear motion stage with a high resolution, z-axis nanopositioner. The z-axis nanopositioner has a range of motion of 200 microns.
 
A stable blocking force of 10 N built into each axis of the coarse positioning stage provides a secure base for precision nanopositioning. The overall design of the MCL-MANNZ ensures that the sample height remains within the proper focal range of the microscope. Internal position sensors utilising proprietary PicoQ® technology provide absolute, repeatable position measurement.
 
The MCL-MANNZ system includes the compact version of the Nano-Drive® controller and it is compatible with user written LabVIEW™ software. Standard MCL-MANNZ systems are offered for the following inverted microscopes: Olympus IX Series, Nikon TE/Ti Series, Leica DMI Series, and Zeiss Axiovert/Axio Observer Series. MCL-MANNZ systems designed to fit other setups, including direct mounting to optical tables, may also be requested.

Specifications
Range of XY Motion (mm)   25
Range of Z Motion (µm) 200
Z Resolution (µm) 0.4

Mad City Labs MANNZ Stage

  • Manual XY micropositioner with Z-axis nanopositioning
  • 1" (25 mm) 2-axis coarse positioning
  • Z-axis nanopositioning
  • Takes 75 mm slides and 35 mm petri dishes
  • Closed loop control
  • Compatible with these inverted optical microscopes:
    • Olympus IX Series
    • Nikon TE/Ti Series
    • Leica DMI Series
    • Zeiss Axiovert/Axio Observer Series
    • Others on request
  • Also suitable for optical tables

MCL-MOTNZ

Ideal for applications such as Confocal and Fluorescence Imaging, Single molecule spectroscopy, Nanomanipulation, and STORM or PALM imaging

The MCL-MOTNZ is an economy yet ultra-stable positioning system for use with inverted optical microscopes. It combines a stepper motor XY linear motion stage with a closed loop, high resolution, Z-axis nanopositioning system. The micropositioning stage provides 25 mm of travel per axis with a minimum step size of 95 nm. In the Z-axis, the nanopositioner has a travel range of 200 µm with absolute and repeatable position measurement with sub-nanometer resolution under closed loop control.
 
The MCL-MOTNZ system includes compact USB 2.0 enabled Nano-Drive®C and Micro-Drive™C controllers. These are fully compatible with user written LabVIEW™ software and are provided with a basic LabVIEW™ motion control routine for positioning in all axes. Optional wireless joystick control is also available.
 
The MCL-MOTNZ is the complete nanometer positioning system for single molecule spectroscopy and high resolution microscopy applications. It is compatible with Olympus IX Series, Nikon TE/Ti Series, Leica DMI Series, and Zeiss Axiovert/Axio Observer Series. MCL-MOTNZ systems are also compatible with other configurations and direct mounting to optical tables.

Specifications
Range of XY Motion (mm)   25
Range of Z Motion (µm) 200
Z Resolution (µm) 0.4

Mad City Labs MOTNZ Stage
Shown with optional breadboard

  • Stepper motor XY micropositioning with Z-axis nanopositioning
  • Ultra-stable positioning
  • 1" (25 mm) XY micropositioning
  • Z-axis nanopositioning
  • Holders for 75 mm slides and 35 mm petri dishes
  • Closed loop control
  • Compatible with these inverted optical microscopes:
    • Olympus IX Series
    • Nikon TE/Ti Series
    • Leica DMI Series
    • Zeiss Axiovert/Axio Observer Series
    • Others on request
  • Also suitable for optical tables

Manual MicroStage Series

Ideal for applications requiring coarse positioning of high resolution nanopositioners or direct replacement of standard, non-locking microscopy stages

The Manual MicroStage is a high precision, low profile, XY stage with integrated position locking for use with all standard inverted optical microscopes or customised for other mounting requirements. Designed specifically as a coarse positioning base for use with high resolution nanopositioners, the Manual MicroStage provides 25 mm of travel on each axis combined with micrometers with 1 µm vernier graduations for precise adjustments.
 
An internal pre-load force of 10 N built into each axis ensures that the Manual MicroStage is continuously locked securely in position and is able to resist forces transmitted by high speed nanopositioners mounted to the top surface of the stage. Standard microscope stages, without position locking, often drift out of position as a result of acceleration forces produced by a nanopositioning stage as it moves through a scanning sequence. Elimination of drift is critical to proper sample imaging and raster scan alignment.
 
An optional breadboard assembly with threaded mounting holes (¼-20 on a 1" inch pattern or M6 on a 25 mm pattern) is available to provide a convenient mounting surface for probes or other experimental assemblies.
 
Standard Manual MicroStages are offered for the following inverted microscopes: Olympus IX/IX2 Series, Nikon TE2000/Ti Series, Leica DMI Series, and Zeiss Axiovert/Axio Observer Series. Manual MicroStages designed to fit other setups, including direct mounting to optical tables, may also be requested.

Specifications
Range of Motion (mm)   25
Resolution (µm) 1

Mad City Labs Manual MicroStage

  • 25 mm total motion on XY axes
  • Manual micrometer position adjustment
  • 1 µm vernier scales
  • Integrated, continuous position locking
  • Fits inverted microscopes:
    • Olympus IX/IX2 Series
    • Nikon TE2000/Ti Series
    • Leica DMI Series
    • Zeiss Axiovert/Axio Observer Series
    • Others on request
  • Highly stable

MicroStage Series

Ideal for applications requiring complex, programmed motion control or micropositioning with high-resolution position feedback

The MicroStage is a precision, stepper motor driven, micropositioning system for inverted optical microscopes or customised for special mounting requirements. Long range linear positioning in two axes (XY) with high resolution and excellent repeatability results from the integrated, interferometric linear encoders located on each axis.
 
The MicroStage also offers high stability with less than 5 nm drift after a 150 micron motion (minimal stepper motor heating).
 
 • MicroStage-20E model provides 25 mm of travel per axis with an encoder resolution of 20 nm and a minimum step size of 95 nm.
 
 • MicroStage-5E model has increased encoder resolution of 5 nm and a minimum step size of 25 nm over the same 25 mm travel range.
 
The included MicroDrive controller connects to a PC via a standard USB port. Motion commands from the PC are translated into the final stepper motor drive signals. Signals from the two linear encoders are conditioned and are available for USB transfer into the PC. The MicroDrive controller is LabVIEW™ compatible and the system is provided with a basic LabVIEW™ motion control routine for positioning in XY. Optional wireless joystick control is alos aviailable. Standard MicroStages are offered for the following inverted microscopes: Olympus IX/IX2 Series, Nikon TE2000/Ti Series, Leica DMI Series, and Zeiss Axiovert/Axio Observer Series. MicroStages designed to fit other setups, including direct mounting to optical tables, may also be requested.

Specifications
Range of Motion (mm)   25
Resolution (µm) 1

Mad City Labs Manual MicroStage

  • Long range 2-axis motion: 25 mm
  • Precision encoders: 5 nm resolution
  • Less than 5 nm drift
  • Fits inverted microscopes:
    • Olympus IX/IX2 Series
    • Nikon TE2000/Ti Series
    • Leica DMI Series
    • Zeiss Axiovert/Axio Observer Series
    • Others on request
  • LabVIEW™ compatible
  • USB interface

Nano-SPMZ

Ideal for applications in Nano-indenting, Nanomanipulation and Nano-ergonometry

The Nano-SPMZ integrates a single-axis micropositioner with a high-resolution nanopositioner, forming a compact unit which is compatible with optical tables and standard mounting accessories.
 
A stepper motor controls the coarse positioning over a 25 mm range with a minimum step size of 95 nm. A high resolution linear encoder incorporated into this stage continuously monitors positions down to 20 nm. The ultimate positioning resolution of 60 picometres is achieved by the nanopositioner over a 30 micron range thanks to the stability of the proprietary PicoQ® position feedback sensors.
 
Samples and probes can be mounted on the end of the nanopositioner (see the round disk in photo) or on the top face. A special Nano-Drive®SPMZ closed loop controller accepts feedback from external sensors (such as force sensors) as well as standard feedback from the nanopositioner’s internal position sensors. Seamlessly switching between feedback signals gives an unusual versatility to this unique system.
 
The USB digital interface provides direct PC control of the micropositioner and nanopositioner as well as access to the linear encoder, position sensor and external sensor readings.

Specifications
Range of Motion Coarse: 25 mm
Fine: 30 µm
Resolution Coarse: 95 nm
Fine: 0.06 nm
Resonant Freq. (kHz)*   4.0
Load Capacity (kg) 1.0 Horz.
0.5 Vert.

Mad City Labs Nano-SPMZ

  • Single axis Micro and Nanopositioning
  • 25 mm coarse motion with hi-res encoder
  • 30 micron nanopositioning
  • Alternate external sensor feedback
  • Closed loop control

Nano-View Series

Ideal for applications in Optical Microscopy, Confocal STORM, PALM & Fluorescence Imaging, Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Nanomanipulation

The Nano-View® is a fully integrated positioning system for use with inverted optical microscopes, combining a long-range motor-driven two-axis linear motion stage with an ultra-low-profile, high-resolution nanopositioning system.
 
The micropositioning stage has integrated linear encoders and provides 25 mm of travel per axis with an encoder resolution of 20 nm (5 nm optional). The minimum step size is 95 nm with a step repeatability of 50 nm (25 nm steps with option 5NM). The nanopositioning systems built into the Nano-View® offer the lowest profile available and have ranges of motion extending up to 300 microns per axis (X,Y and Z).
 
A Nano-View® system includes the Nano- Drive® controller and the Micro-Drive controller which connects to a PC using a standard USB computer interface. The MicroDrive is fully compatible with user written LabVIEW™ software and the system is provided with a basic LabVIEW™ motion control routine for positioning in XY.
 
Internal position sensors utilising proprietary PicoQ® technology provide absolute, repeatable position measurement with picometre accuracy under closed loop control.
 
The Nano-View® is the complete picometre scale positioning system for single molecule spectroscopy and high resolution microscopy applications. Standard Nano-View® systems are offered for the following inverted microscopes: Olympus IX/IX2 Series, Nikon TE2000/Ti Series, Leica DMI Series, and Zeiss Axiovert/Axio Observer Series. Nano-View® systems designed to fit other setups, including direct mounting to optical tables, may also be requested.

Specifications
Range of Motion (µm)   See datasheet
Resolution (nm) See datasheet
Resonant Freq. (kHz)* See datasheet
Load Capacity (kg) 0.5 Horz.

Mad City Labs Nano-View

  • Integrated micropositioning and nanopositioning
  • 25 mm (1") 2-axis micropositioning with encoders
  • 2 or 3-axis nanopositioning of up to 300 µm
  • Large aperture - accepts 76 mm (3") slides
  • Retrofit to inverted microscopes
    • Olympus IX/IX2 Series
    • Nikon TE2000/Ti Series
    • Leica DMI Series
    • Zeiss Axiovert/Axio Observer Series
    • Others on request
  • Closed loop control

Nano-View/M Series

Ideal for applications in Optical Microscopy, Confocal STORM, PALM & Fluorescence Imaging, Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Nanomanipulation

The Nano-View®/M is a fully integrated positioning system for use with inverted optical microscopes. Easy to operate and affordable, the Nano-View/M® combines a manual micrometer driven, two axis, linear motion stage with high-resolution, long-range nanopositioners - either ultra-low-profile or ultra-high speed. A stable blocking force of 10 N built into each axis of the coarse positioning stage provides a secure base for precision nanopositioning.
 
The nanopositioning systems built into the Nano-View®/M have the lowest profiles available and provide sub-nanometre resolution under closed loop control. The overall height of the Nano-View®/M with the low profile nanopositioners is only slightly more than standard manual XY stages. An optional breadboard assembly with threaded mounting holes (¼-20 on a 1" pattern or M6 on a 25 mm pattern) is a convenient mounting surface for probes.
 
Nanopositioner ranges of motion extend up to 200 microns per axis (X,Y and Z) and internal position sensors utilising proprietary PicoQ® technology provide absolute, repeatable position measurement.
 
The Nano-View®/M system includes the Nano-Drive® controller and is compatible with user written LabVIEW™ software. Standard Nano-View®/M systems are offered for the following inverted microscopes: Olympus IX/IX2 Series, Nikon TE2000/Ti Series, Leica DMI Series, and Zeiss Axiovert/Axio Observer Series. Nano-View®/M systems designed to fit other setups, including direct mounting to optical tables, may also be requested.

Specifications
Range of Motion (µm)   See datasheet
Resolution (nm) See datasheet
Resonant Freq. (kHz)* See datasheet
Load Capacity (kg) 0.5 Horz.

Mad City Labs Nano-View/M

  • Integrated micropositioning and nanopositioning
  • 25 mm (1") 2-axis micropositioning with encoders
  • 2 or 3-axis nanopositioning of up to 300 µm
  • Large aperture - accepts 76 mm (3") slides
  • Retrofit to inverted microscopes
    • Olympus IX/IX2 Series
    • Nikon TE2000/Ti Series
    • Leica DMI Series
    • Zeiss Axiovert/Axio Observer Series
    • Others on request
  • Closed loop control

Stepper Motor Stage Series

Ideal for optical microscopy or automation applications requiring complex, programmed motion control

The MMP is a precision, stepper motor driven, micropositioning stage for high precision positioning in a variety of applications. Long range linear positioning is provided in one, two or three axis configurations with high resolution and excellent repeatability.
 
The Mad City Labs intelligent control system results in exceptional stability with a high native precision, thus making the MMP Series the ideal choice for demanding motion control applications. Optional high resolution (50 nm) linear encoders can provide real-time feedback of the actual stage position.
 
The included Micro-Drive™ controller connects to a PC via a standard USB port and can be controlled via the supplied LabVIEW™ based software. Complex motion profiles can be programmed and sophisticated control parameters, such as automatic acceleration and deceleration, are contribute to the stage's high performance characteristics.
 
An optional wireless controller is also available. The MMP Series is compatible with a wide range of Mad City Labs nanopositioning systems and can also be customised to particular requirements.

Specifications
Range of Motion (mm) 25
Encoder resolution (nm) 50
Step size (nm) 95
Native accuracy (µm) <4
Native repeatability (nm)   <100
Max. Load (kg) 10.0 Horz.
2.0 Vert.

Mad City Labs MMP Series

  • 25 mm motion
  • X, XY, or XYZ configurations
  • Nanopositioner compatible
  • < 4 µm accuracy
  • Up to 10 kg loads

* All resonant frequency measurements have a ± 20% margin of error

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