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Aerotech’s new VTS300 vertical-translation stages provide long travel precision positioning in a compact, upright design for individual Z-axis payloads up to 450kg, or may be arranged as multiple synchronised units that support heavy loads with kinematic three-point mounting and the added potential for angled tip/tilt load manipulation.

Available in a choice of four vertical travel ranges from 50 to 200mm and with a base mounting footprint smaller than 143 x 305mm,  the VTS300 series features a rigid, high-stiffness aluminium frame with sealed linear-motion guide bearings that allow heavy offset loads and provide good travel straightness and flatness, according to the company.

The high load capacity is also attributed to a precision-ground lead-screw supported in a preloaded angular contact-bearing arrangement that will not back-drive under load, thus guaranteeing stability in operation, Aerotech claims.

Key specifications

  • Optional 23-or 34-frame NEMA motor mounting
  • Integral high-capacity 90° precision gearbox
  • Open-loop stepper or servomotor drive technologies available
  • Nominal positioning resolution of 0.064 microns
  • 10:1 gearbox ratio
  • +/-10 micron bi-directional repeatability
  • +/-25 micron positional accuracy
  • Metric pattern tabletop with comprehensive matrix of 8mm-diameter threaded inserts
  • Choice of straight, right- or left-hand motor mounting to ensure installation compactness
  • Integrated 24V DC brake
  • Vertical stages can be supplied separately or as part of a complete motion-control sub-system
  • Includes single or multi-axis motion solutions for PC-based software or hardware-based rack- or desk-mount packages
  • Range of servo motors and stepper-motor drives available
  • Programming options include RS-274 G-code, Aerobasic, IEC61131-3, Microsoft .NET Framework and Labview

Aerotech

Aerotech — manufacturer of high-precision motion control components and systems

Aerotech — manufacturer of high-precision motion control components and systems

Aerotech manufactures the highest-performance motion control components and systems for our customers in industry, government, science and research institutions around the world. Our products include automated nanopositioners; planar and rotary air-bearing stages; high-speed gantries; mechanical-bearing linear, rotary and lift stages; brushless linear and rotary servomotors and drives; standalone and software-based motion controllers; goniometers; and gimbals/optical mounts. Custom, vacuum-prepped and cleanroom-ready positioning systems and components are available. Aerotech’s precision motion control products provide the critical performance for demanding applications in markets including medical devices and life sciences, semiconductors and flat panels, photonics, automotive, data storage, laser processing, military and aerospace, electronic manufacturing and test, assembly, research and development and others requiring high-precision, high-throughput motion solutions.

Motion controls, drives and motors

From our award-winning Automation 3200 32-axis machine controller to our Soloist series single-axis and Ensemble series multi-axis standalone motion controllers, Aerotech provides a controller solution to fit almost any need. Aerotech complements our controllers with our large selection of high-performance brushless linear and rotary servomotors and PWM and linear drives.

Linear and rotary stages, nanopositioners and gantries

Aerotech positioning stages range from economical ballscrew and gear-driven linear and rotary stages to the highest-performance direct-drive linear and rotary stages available, linear-motor-based Cartesian gantry systems, single- and multi-axis air-bearing systems and our complete range of ANT series long-travel nanopositioners.

Custom, vacuum and cleanroom-ready motion systems

If you don’t find a standard product suitable for your application, our expertise and ability to provide custom motion components and systems is unmatched. Our custom manufacturing capability is further augmented by our long history of providing systems for vacuum and cleanroom operation.

Since 1970, Aerotech has been committed to supporting our customers worldwide. We maintain a growing number of direct field sales and engineering offices throughout the US, as well as representatives across the globe. We also operate full sales and service facilities in the UK, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and China.

We’d be happy to assist you with your motion control application. Please use the contact information below to enquire about our services.

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