Dover MAB Linear Motor Stage

Heason Technology extends air bearing positioning stage range with Dover MABT-100 linear motor stage. Through its exclusive distribution partnership with the USA based motion specialists Dover Inc., Heason Technology offers a wide range of extremely precise air bearing positioning stages including the MAB-100 single axis linear motor driven stage. With a 100 mm travel range, nominal overall accuracy within one micron and a choice of resolution options from 5 microns to 5 nanometres, the compact MAB-100 essentially eliminates the unwanted motion characteristics that are associated with contacting bearing systems such as friction and hysteresis, and delivers exceptionally precise positioning with outstanding straight-line motion, high stage stiffness and rapid dynamic performance.

Aimed at nanometre level positioning applications in life sciences, data storage, semiconductor, and other market segments where uncompromised motion performance is essential, the MAB-100's non-contact brushless servomotor features a unique moving magnet design that together with the fixed linear encoder read head, eliminates the need for wear-prone moving motor cables. The non-contacting motor, encoder and bearing set allows clean room operation and ensures an extremely long working life with minimal maintenance contributing to an impressive cost of ownership proposition for advanced manufacturing or cutting edge research alike.

The MAB-100 is also available as the 'Smart Stage' HRC version that includes a high performance servo drive and motion controller. The fully integrated assembly adds less than 60 mm to the overall stage length and requires only a 24 VDC power supply and an RS232 serial connection for configuration as an intelligent slave to a host computer, or as a programmable stand alone controller capable of auto-running sophisticated motion sequences.

Both versions of the MAB-100 include over travel limits and end stops and the linear encoder includes provision for a home position to auto-datum the stage on power up.

The complete Dover range spans medium to very high precision grade linear and rotary positioning stages that include both air and mechanical bearings with linear and rotary servo drive technologies; from single axis ballscrew driven tables to multi axis gantry systems.

Heason works closely with Dover and small selection of global distribution partners to provide a comprehensive range of motion control components in combination its own in-house design and assembly capability. This value add service provides complete motion systems solutions that facilitate the advanced positioning performance its customers in industry and research demand to excel in their own areas of technological expertise.

Dover's recent decision to appoint Heason as its exclusive UK distribution partner follows a long and successful history with the product line culminating in the recent appointment of Jason Breslin to head up Heason's technical sales team. Jason joined after several successful years with Newport-Spectra Physics as part of Heason's continued strategy to build upon its market position as a premier European designer and manufacturer of mechanical and electronics based motion control systems for manufacturing and research.


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