X-Axis Manual Linear Translation Stages

X-Axis Manual Linear Translation Stages

Selecting an X stage, it's a task to be done But with so many options, it can be hard to find the one

Bearing types, they come in many shapes and size But which one is the best, it's something to advise

Ball bearings, they offer high precision and low cost But in vibration, it's true that the balls can get lost

Crossed roller bearings, they offer accuracy exact But in a dusty environment are hard to retract

Dovetail bearings, offer high load capacity it's true But they may not be the best choice of high resolution for you

EXC™ bearings, the best of the bunch Now your decision's been made let's go get some lunch

So when selecting a linear  stage, it's important to choose The right bearing type of course with OptoSigma you can't lose

Each type has its own benefits and drawbacks, my friend So take time and do research, it will pay off in the end

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Selection Guide for Stage Bearings

 

Bearing Type

General Performance Category

Description

Advantages

Bearing Contact

Primary Stage Material

Standard Platform Sizes

Precision EXC™ Bearing

Best Performance

EXC™ bearing technology is used exclusively in our highest performing stages.   The bearing ways are processed directly into the body of the stage rather than being separate parts.

  • Travel straightness
  • Load capacity
  • Stiffness
  • Lowest profile

Extended-Arc Contact

Hardened Tool Steel or Stainless Steel (vacuum compatible)

□(25, 40, 60, 65, 80, 100, 120) mm

Crossed-Roller Bearing

High Performance

Crossed Roller bearing stages provided a good balance of straightness and load capacity

Line Contact

Aluminum

□(25, 40, 60, 65, 80, 100, 120, 200, 300) mm

 

Ball Bearing

Better Performance

Ball-bearing stages provide cost-effective solutions for standard lab and research applications

  • Affordable
  • Many size options

Point Contact

Aluminum

□(25, 40, 60, 65) mm

Dovetail Bearing

Good Performance

Dovetail Bearing stages Best for use in OEM Set-and-Lock applications

  • Load capacity
  • Shock loads

Planar Contact

Brass

□(15, 25, 40, 60, 65) mm

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