High-Speed Motorized Scanning Stage
These XY scanning stages are drop-in replacements for the manual stages found on select microscopes, and provide motorized XY positioning of microscopy samples. The MLS203-1 is compatible with inverted and upright microscopes from Nikon and Olympus. Adapter brackets can be purchased separately that enable the stage to be fitted to a particular microscope. Tabletop mounting brackets (MLSA01) are also available that enable the stage to be bolted to an optical table or breadboard as part of a custom built microscope setup or for use in typical photonics applications - see below for more details.
The MLS203-2 is directly compatible with Zeiss Axio Observer and Axiovert 40 microscopes and mounting brackets are not required.
We offer a choice of brackets to facilitate mounting the MLS203-1 stage to a range of upright and inverted microscopes from Nikon and Olympus - please see the table below for specific compatibility.
The compatible BBD series of Brushless DC Motor Controllers is available separately in 1-, 2-, or 3-axis variants to suit your application needs. This series of controllers provides a user-configurable, S-curve acceleration/deceleration profile that enables fast, smooth positioning without vibration or shock. They are ideal for motion control applications demanding operation at high speeds (hundreds of mm/s) and high encoder resolution (<100 nm). These controllers offer up to three channels of high-precision motion control for a wide range of applications. With the latest digital and analog techniques and high-bandwidth, high-power servo control circuitry, the BBD series controller is designed to drive brushless DC servo motor products with continuous output currents of up to 5 A.
The BBD series controller features Thorlabs' standard apt™ control and programming interface, enabling easy integration into automated motion control applications. This unit is capable of being reprogrammed in-field and can be upgraded with future firmware releases. For greater flexibility, communication with a PC is supported using either a USB or RS232 serial interface. The controllers are supplied with a software development kit (SDK) in order to support automated PC control of the stage. This is useful to system integrators and other automation specialists who need to combine operation of the stage with other microscopy automation accessories. The fully documented SDK supports all major development languages running on Windows and comes in the form of ActiveX libraries or a conventional dynamic link library (DLL).
USB connectivity provides easy plug-and-play PC operation. Multiple units can be connected to a single PC via standard USB hub technology for multi-axis motion control applications. Combining this feature with the user-friendly apt™ software allows the user to program and carry out complex move sequences in a short space of time. Please see the full presentation for more details on these brushless DC controllers.
MLS203P1 Multiwell Plate Adapter
MLS203P2 Slide/Petri Dish Holder
MLS203P3 blank Adapter Plate
MLS203P4 and MLS203P5 Breadboard
Application Example 1
Application Example 2
These mounting brackets enable the MLS203-1 stage to be bolted to an optical table or breadboard for use in custom built microscopes or general photonics applications. The brackets can be used for either imperial or metric mounting surfaces.
Please note these brackets are not compatible for use with the MLS203-2 stage.
MJC001 Joystick incorporated into a typical setup, comprising the joystick, a BBD202 controller, MLS203 stage and Olympus IX71 microscope.
The MJC001 joystick console has been designed for microscope users, and provides intuitive, tactile, manual positioning of a stage. The console features a two axis joystick for XY control. In most applications, the default parameter settings saved within the controller allow the joystick to be used out-of-the-box, with no need for further setup, thereby negating the requirement to be connected to a host PC and allowing true remote operation.
The joystick is shipped complete with cables for use with the BBD20x series controllers. If you intend to use the joystick with a legacy BBD10x series unit, please contact tech support for a compatible cable.