New Scale News

Welcome to New Scale News, your monthly update on micro motion technology and applications.  This month we're pleased to announce our latest M3-LS Linear Smart Stage: featuring longer travel and higher load capacity, keeping the innovative "all-in- one" advantage of our unique embedded controller design. 
Newest M3-LS Linear Smart Stage has longer travel, higher load capacity 
M3-LS-3.4-15 Linear Smart Stage
"All-in-one" micro positioning solution for embedded microscopes, spectroscopy systems and more
The M3-LS-3.4-15 Linear Smart Stage is a direct-drive precision piezoelectric micro stage with embedded controller designed for integration into compact OEM instruments. The newest smart stage is a higher-force, longer-travel addition to the company's M3-LS line of all-in-one micro stages with built-in controllers.  It features: 
  • 100-gram capacity for vertical loads 
  • 200-gram capacity for horizontal loads
  • 15 mm travel range 
  • 500 nm position resolution for precise, repeatable positioning of optics, probes, sensors and more.
It features absolute encoding so that there is no need to home the stage on power-up, eliminating errors and disruptions in processes and experiments. 

The stage has high stiffness with no gears or backlash. 

With low acoustic noise and no high voltage, the M3-LS smart stage is superior to piezo inertia (stick-slip) stages, especially when embedded in near-patient instruments and wearable devices. 
PHOTO - M3-LS smart stage in three-axis _XYZ_ configuration with microscope objective
Three-axis (XYZ) configuration with microscope objective
M3-LS Smart Stages are ideal for adding embedded motion to hand-held, mobile, portable and battery-powered instruments including embedded microscopes and spectroscopy systems. 

These tiny stages can add smart positioning to automation tools, biomedical probes, sampling systems, unmanned air vehicles, micro optics, miniature camera systems and more. 
M3-LS-3.4-15 stages in two-axis XY configuration
All electronics are completely integrated in the 32 x 32 x 11 mm stage housing. N o external controller is needed , making the overall system size significantly smaller than traditional piezo stages. 

The embedded controller also simplifies integration of the smart stage into OEM instruments. The user provides simple high-level motion commands directly to the stage from the system controller via standard serial interface (I2C or SPI). An optional USB adapter allows direct connection to a PC. 
With 6 VDC input, the M3-LS-3.4-15 Linear Smart Stage can be powered by batteries or any low-cost DC supply. The internal SQUIGGLE® motor holds position with no power, and a sleep mode further reduces power consumption by the electronics. 
For more information
Pre-order a Developer's Kit

DK-M3-LS-3.4-15 Developer's Kits include one M3-LS-3.4-15 Linear Smart Stage, USB adapter and breakout board, power supply, New Scale Pathway™ software and accessories. Kits will be available in Q3 for $2,500 from New Scale. To pre-order a kit or inquire about volume pricing on Smart Stages call  (585) 924-4450 or contact sales. 
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New Scale Technologies develops small, precise and smart motion systems for critical adjustments of optics, and many other micro positioning applications. Our tiny "all-in-one" motion modules with embedded controllers are easy to integrate into next-generation instruments for medical, scientific and industrial applications. They speed development time and deliver best-in-class performance in handheld, portable and laboratory systems. Contact us.  

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