The GTS high-precision linear stages provide high sensitivity and outstanding trajectory accuracy in a compact, robust and cost effective package. They are an excellent, high-performance solution for applications such as surface scanning, test and calibration, optical component alignment and attachment, and high-precision optical delays lines.GTS stages are machined from stress-relieved 7075 aluminum for long-term strength and stability. All critical stage surfaces undergo multiple machining processes and precision grinding under stringent temperature control and undergo rigorous quality inspection. The GTSs advanced asymmetric body design with an engineered flexible preload provides consistent results over varying temperatures and is insensitive to non-ideal mounting surfaces. The extra thin and compliant carriage has been optimized for different load conditions including XY configurations and for high vertical load capacity.To ensure the most accurate trajectory control, GTS stages feature matched pairs of best-in-class anti-creep crossed roller bearings. The absence of recirculating elements in these bearings leads to outstanding ripple-free motion adequate for the most demanding scanning and inspection systems. Moreover, the geared retainers prevent bearing cage migration, which can occur with other linear bearing products. A high-torque DC motor with a precision ground and preloaded, low friction ball screw eliminates stick-slip effects and delivers ultra-smooth motion with 100 nm incremental motion capability. Because GTS stages have been designed to meet all stage performance specifications without a tachometer feedback loop, they are compatible with a wide array of motion controllers including the popular ESP301, SMC100CC and XPS controllers. Compared to alternative direct-drive technologies, GTS stages can be used in vertical applications with loads up to 25 N without complex counter-balance equipment. Manual adjustments can be made using a knob at the end of the motor.Precision position feedback is provided by an optical scale with 50 nm resolution that is mounted in the center of the stage to eliminate all drive-train induced motion errors. The space-saving, fixed read head design avoids any moving cables inside the stage and underscores the robustness and reliability of the GTS stages, exemplified by an MTBF of 20,000 hours. GTS stages are compatible with the GTS30V vertical stage, XM series ultra-precision linear stages, URS and RGV100BL rotation stages, VP-25X precision compact linear stages and VP-5ZA vertical lift stages. For applications requiring a vertical mounting bracket, please contact Newport's Applications Engineers.
For critical positioning applications, Newport offers micropositioning calibration services. We will create, implement and verify an electronic compensation routine to improve the absolute position accuracy of your Newport GTS stages when used with the XPS advanced motion control system. Compensation is performed at 20.0 °C, +/-0.2 °C, for linear and non-linear errors, ensuring accuracy of up to 1 µm/100 mm over the middle 80% of travel. A certificate of calibration per Newport Metrology Procedure A167 and measured error maps are provided. Click here for complete information.
GTS High Precision Linear Stages are compatible with the XPS Universal High-Performance Motion Controller/Driver using XPS-DRV01, as well as the ESP301 and SMC100CC.