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Lubrication should be limited to what's described in the procedures below; grease or oil should not be applied to any other surfaces, including the lead screw.

Care for Ground Steel Surfaces

The {{{Device}}} base and carriage are constructed from steel alloys specifically chosen for their dimensional stability, wear resistance and hardness. These parts are not made from stainless steel. As such, a small amount of care is necessary to maintain the ground mounting surfaces on the base and carriage.

The bare steel surfaces on {{{Device}}} stages are treated with Boeshield T9 corrosion protection before shipping. In our testing, this coating has proven very effective in preventing corrosion. We recommend re-applying as needed to maintain corrosion resistance. To prevent contamination of the linear bearings, spray the Boeshield onto a clean rag and wipe onto the carriage top and stage base. WD40 is an effective alternative if Boeshield is not available.

Lubrication of Linear Guide

The {{{Device}}} carriage is supported by an integrated recirculating ball bearing linear guide which requires lubrication in order to achieve the longest possible lifetime. At the rated load of the device, it is recommended to re-lubricate at a 500 km service interval. We recommend using 0.1 cm³ (1 mL) of a NLGI Grade 2, lithium soap based grease in each grease port. The grease ports are located on the motor end of the carriage (see pictures below). Simply remove the set screw plugs using a 1.5 mm hex key and inject about 0.1 cm³ of grease into each port. Cycle the stage through its travel several times and wipe off any excess grease from the rails. All guides come pre-lubricated and are ready to go out of the box.

This grease is only intended for lubricating ball bearing guide, and is not suitable for use on the lead screw or any other locations on the stage.

Noise Emissions

The A-weighted emission sound pressure level (SPL) of this device does not exceed 70 dB(A) during intended use.