Newport Introduces Compact UMR-TRA XY Stages

Newport Corporation has launched a line of integrated XY stages built from industry-standard UMR linear stages and TRA actuators. The UMR-TRA XY stages are said to be compact, measuring 90mm in width and 38mm in height, including the base plate. The stages are designed for applications in confined spaces, making them suitable for a range of motion control tasks in research and industry.

Beda Espinoza, product manager for Newport's motion products, said: 'UMR-TRA stages are compact and inexpensive motorised XY stages assembled from two UMR5.16 linear stages and two TRA actuators. 'To minimise the footprint, the actuators are parallel and, by using a mechanical lever, the action of one actuator is converted to perpendicular motion. 'The small stage base plate also features accessible mounting holes that facilitate direct mounting on optical tables or integration into custom systems,' added Espinoza.

The UMR-TRA has 12.5mm travel and is available in English or metric versions, DC or stepper motor and a vacuum-compatible stepper-motor version that is compatible down to 10-6hPa. For research, the stage is suitable for use in vacuum applications and other space-restricted setups. For industrial applications, the stage is qualified for laser beam positioning and can withstand high machine accelerations. The UMR-TRA is compatible with all of Newport's motion controllers, from the handheld Newstep single-axis stepper-motor controller to the XPS universal controller.


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