Manuals/XY XYZ Stages
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All XY and XYZ stages are shipped disassembled to prevent damage to moving parts during transportation. Please find your model below for specific assembly instructions. Please note that the figures shown below represent only one of a number of possible mounting configurations. They are meant only as an example to show the general mounting procedures.
XY & XYZ T-LS Stages
X and Y-axis T-LS stages are attached to each other using clearance holes in the base and threaded holes in the carriage top. In order to gain access to the holes in the base, the carriage will need to be moved. The two large access holes in the carriage should line up with the holes in the stage base (see figure 1).
Once the access holes are aligned, 2 bolts can be inserted through the top stage and screwed into the mounting holes of the lower stage's carriage (see figure 2).
If a Z-axis is to be added to the stage, it must first be attached to an AB90 bracket. This attachment is made in the same manner as for the X and Y axes. The access holes are aligned with the bolt holes in the base and the T-LS is bolted to the bracket as shown in figure 3. Be sure to position the stage high enough on the bracket to prevent the carriage from contacting one of the other stages.
Once the Z-axis stage has been bolted to the AB90 bracket, this assembly can then be attached to the X or XY stage by bolting it directly to the carriage. See figure 4.
T-LS load spring
T-LS linear stages contain a spring which applies a light load against the leadscrew. Typically these stages are used in a horizontal orientation, and the only force experienced by the leadscrew is the spring force, which serves to keep the load on the leadscrew always in the same direction, thus reducing backlash. If used in a vertical orientation, the spring is not needed to reduce backlash since the load (the weight of the stage and whatever may be mounted to it) is always in the same direction by default. In fact, if the load is greater than the minimum spring force and less than the maximum spring force, the existence of the spring will actually introduce backlash since there will be a point in the stage travel where the load on the leadscrew changes direction. Therefore, when using T-LS stages in a vertical orientation, we recommend removing the spring from the stage. This can be done relatively easily using a small hook fashioned from a paperclip to slip the spring off its mounting posts and slide it out of the stage. It may help to fully extend the stage prior to spring removal.
XY & XYZ T-LSM Stages
X and Y-axis T-LSM stages are attached to each other using clearance holes in the base and threaded holes in the carriage top. In order to gain access to the holes in the base, the carriage may need to be moved. Two large holes in the carriage allow access to the stage base in cases when the carriage motion is limited (see figure 1).
Once the access holes are aligned, bolts can be inserted through the top stage and screwed into the mounting holes of the lower stage's carriage. It is advisable to use 4 bolts for the X to Y stage connection to prevent slippage. See figure 2 for an sample XY-T-LSM configuration.
If a Z-axis is to be added to the stage, the 2 holes in the Z stage end plate are used to bolt it to the carriage of the lower stage. (see figure 3).
XY & XYZ T-LSR Stages
X and Y-axis T-LSR stages are attached to each other using M6 bolts that pass through the slotted holes in the base and thread into the carriage of the lower stage. It may be necessary to move the carriage in order to gain access to the holes in the base of the stage.
If a Z-axis is to be added to the stage, the two holes in the stage end plate are used to bolt the Z-axis stage to the carriage of the lower stage. See figures 2 and 3 for sample configurations.
XY & XYZ T-LST Stages
X and Y-axis T-LST stages are attached to each other using the M6 screws included. The screws pass through the clearance holes in the stage base and thread into the carriage of the lower stage. If using longer screws than the ones included, make sure that they do not go too far through the lower carriage and interfere with the stage mechanics. It may be necessary to move the carriage to gain access to the holes in the stage base.
If a Z-axis is to be added to the assembly an angle bracket (product number: AB104) is required. The slotted holes in the angle bracket should be lined up with the threaded holes in the y- axis carriage and attached with the included M6 screws. Be sure to position the angle bracket with enough room for the z-axis stage to attach without contacting one of the other stages. To attach the z-axis, sit the z-stage onto the y-stage carriage, then line up the clearance holes on the base of the stage with the threaded holes on the angle bracket and bolt them together. It may be necessary to move the carriage to gain access to the holes in the stage base.
This shows a typical XYZ orientation. The z- axis stage can also be rotated 90 deg to overhang the y-axis stage.
Note that the following procedures are intended only as a guide to help you align your multi-axis system. The specifics of aligning your stages will vary according to your setup. A machinist's square is required for these procedures.
First, loosely attach lower axis stage to breadboard using mounting bolts.
Then, use a machinist's square to align the lower axis stage with an edge of the breadboard and tighten the mounting screws.
Next, loosely attach the next axis and align the bases of these two stages using the machinist's square as shown. When the stages are aligned, tighten the mounting screws.
If a Z-axis is to be used, install it loosely as shown in figure 4.
Use the machinist's square as a straight edge to align the Z-axis stage with the carriage of the stage it is attached to. It may help to have a small amount of tension on the mounting screws, so the z-axis stage can be moved, but with a little resistance. When it is aligned, tighten the screws.
Refer to the specific stage instructions for operating the stages. All instructions can be found here.