This inverted manual stage is the ideal solution for engineers that require automated Z-axis positioning for acquiring precise z-axis stacks, but do not need automated XY movement. The PZM-2000 manual stage includes ASI’s piezo top plate mounted with your existing OEM stage. If necessary, ASI can modify or exchange your current OEM stage with a PZM-2000 unit. If the top plate will be mounted to your existing stage, it will need to be machined. This is so the stage can still provide high resolution and highly repeatable focusing when controlling the Z position of the microscope stage.
The XY axes are manually controlled through the use of the original OEM stage controls. The piezo top plate of the stage accepts standard K-size slide inserts that are available for any sample, i.e., slides, Petri dishes, multi-well plates, etc. The slide insert is moved in the Z-axis via a piezo element with a range of 100 μm and with nanometer accuracy (200 μm and 500 μm ranges are also available). A PZM-2000 controller, calibrated manual ten-turn potentiometer, or remote control with a 0-10 vold D.C. analog input voltage can be used to control the piezo stage.