XYZ Automated Stage: PZ-2000FT

Source: Applied Scientific Instrumentation

XYZ Automated Stage: PZ-2000FT

This automated stage has been designed to control the X, Y, and Z position of the microscope stage while providing high resolution and high repeatability. Closed-loop DC servometers with high-resolution rotoary encoders for positioning feedback are used to precise control of the XY axes. This prevents the stage from becoming lost during operation, a common problem encountered when using open-loop micro-stepped stages after several moves and direction changes. The DC servometers also provide smooth and accurate motion.

The top plate of the PZ-2000FT XYZ Automated Stage accepts standard k-size slide inserts that are available for slides, petri dishes, multi-well plates, or any other sample. The slide insert is moved in the Z-axis via a piezo element with a range of 150 μm with nanometer accuracy (300 μm & 500 μm range is also available). The need for twisting wires or spaces is eliminated by moving the sample in the Z-plane.

PZ-2000FT XYZ Automated Stage Features:

  • Flat stage top allows easy placement of micromanipulators on either side
  • Closed-loop control of the X, Y, and Z-axes for precise positioning and highly repeatable focusing
  • Wide dynamic speed range with adjustable trapezoidal move profiles
  • Smooth adjustable dual-range joystick control
  • Backlit LCD display shows X, Y, and Z coordinates
  • “Zero” and “Home” button for simple stand-alone operations
  • Compact ergonomic tabletop control unit size is 6″D x 9″W x 3″H (9 x 23 x 16½ cm). Rack mount controller with stand-alone joystick is also available.
  • Proven operation with many popular software packages
  • Travel range will scan full well plate in most circumstances

An additional stage model (PZ-2000) is also available. It's essentially the same stage, but without a flat top. For more information on the series, download the datasheet.