MOTION CONTROL:Aerotech’s NanoTranslation (ANT95-XY, ANT95-XY-H) cross-roller-bearing, linear motor, dual-axis stages are three-piece designs that allow travel in two dimensions (X and Y). The sleek design provides an extremely low profile of only 60 mm and a compact footprint. The stage comes with proprietary direct-drive motor technology, non-contact linear encoders, limits, an integrated cable management system and two grades of accuracy. The ANT95-XY design allows critical elements such as orthogonality, straightness and flatness to be optimized, resulting in a stage with exceptional geometrical tolerances. Aerotech’s direct-drive technology has no hysteresis or backlash, enabling 5 nm resolution, 50 nm repeatability and 250 nm accuracy in both the X and Y dimensions. Both travel options (25 x 25 mm or 50 x 50 mm) come with the 60 mm profile height. The ANT95-XY uses anti-creep, cross-roller bearings for impressive load capacity, as well as higher precision and smaller incremental moves. The integrated cable management system is designed for long life and to minimize drag forces. The ANT95-XY can be combined with other Aerotech ANT series products (vertical lift stages, direct-drive rotary stages, goniometers) to create unique, high performance, multi-axis systems.
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