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150 mm Linear Translation Stage with Integrated Controller, Stepper Motor


  • Integrated Controller with Keypad and Remote USB Control
  • Stackable in XY, XZ, and XYZ Configurations
  • Minimum Calibrated On-Axis Accuracy of 5.0 µm
  • Horizontal Load Capacity of 15 kg (33.1 lbs)

LTSP2

Right-Angle Bracket

Application Idea

Two LTS150 Stages in
XZ Configuration, Using an
LTSP2 Right-Angle Bracket

LTS150

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Key Specificationsa
Travel Range 150 mm (5.9")
Horizontal Velocity (Max) 50 mm/s
Vertical Velocity (Max) 3 mm/s
Minimum Achievable
Incremental Movementb
0.1 µm
Minimum Repeatable
Incremental Movementc
4 µm
Absolute On-Axis Accuracy 20 µm
Calibrated Accuracyd < ±5.0 µm
Bidirectional Repeatabilitye < ±2 µm
Backlashf 2 µm
Load Capacity (Max) - 
Stage Mounted Horizontally
15 kg (33.1 lbs)
Load Capacity (Max) - 
Stage Mounted Vertically
4 kg (8.8 lbs)
Actuator Type Stepper Motor
Cable Length (USB) 2 m (6.5 ft)
  • Please see the Specs tab for a complete specifications list.
  • The measured minimum incremental motion that the stage can achieve, also referred to as the minimum step size.
  • The minimum incremental motion that the stage can repeatedly achieve within its standard error.
  • Using Included Calibration Files
  • The average of the repeatability when a set position is approached from both directions.
  • When a stage is moved to a position and then returned to its original position, some motion is lost due to the lead screw mechanism. This loss is known as backlash.

Features

  • 150 mm Travel Range
  • Integrated Stepper Motor Controller
  • Control via Manual Keypad or Remote PC
  • Load Capacity
    • Horizontally Mounted: 15 kg (33.1 lbs)
    • Vertically Mounted: 4 kg (8.8 lbs)
  • Maximum Velocity of 50 mm/s
  • Bidirectional Repeatability of 2 µm
  • XY, XZ, and XYZ Configurable
  • 1/4"-20 or M6 Tapped Holes for Mounting Standard Optomechanics
  • Power Supply Included

Thorlabs' LTS150(/M) Linear Translation Stage with Integrated Controller is optimized for applications requiring high load capacity and high resolution, such as measurement and inspection. It provides 150 mm of linear travel for loads as great as 15 kg (33.1 lbs) when mounted horizontally and 4 kg (8.8 lbs) when mounted vertically. Each stage features an on-axis accuracy of 5.0 µm (Min) when the unit-specific calibration files are used with the Thorlabs Kinesis or APT™ software. Due to the stepper motor design, the platform position remains fixed when no power is supplied to the stage, unlike with DC servo motor translation stages.


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Integrated Controller with Manual and Remote PC Control

The LTS150(/M) stage features an integrated electronic controller that can be controlled remotely using a PC or manually via the buttons and velocity potentiometer on the control keypad (see photo to the left). Parameter settings can be adjusted on the PC and stored in non-volatile memory within the unit itself. When the unit is powered up, these settings are applied automatically. This is particularly useful when the stage is being used manually in the absence of a PC and USB link.

The stage is lightweight, compact, and robust with high performance over the full travel range. The heavy-duty aluminum construction and 40 mm moving platform height makes this stage ideal for applications where space is limited. Integrated magnetic limit switches allow homing and overdrive protection in both directions. A precision-ground lead screw delivers smooth, virtually noise-free movement. The power supply provided with the stage operates with 90 - 264 VAC input voltages (47 - 63 Hz) and is shipped with a location-specific power cord.

Thorlabs also offers the LTS300(/M) Linear Translation Stage with Integrated Controller, which features 300 mm of travel.

Calibration Files
Each LTS150(/M) Linear Translation Stage is calibrated during manufacturing. Calibration enables the controller to correct for any mechanical errors present in the system. Mechanical components, such as the lead screw and linkages, can be machined only within a certain tolerance. These mechanical errors result in deviations of the actual position from the commanded position. However, the deviations are repeatable and can be compensated for using the APT software and included calibration files. These files are used by the APT software to convert the position entered by the user into the required mechanical motion. The calibration files can be downloaded by clicking on the red Docs icon () next to the item # below and entering your device's serial number under "Download Calibration Data."

The use of calibration files is optional. Without them, the repeatability and resolution of the stage are unaffected, but no compensations are made to enhance the accuracy. Each stage is calibrated at the factory, giving a typical on-axis accuracy of 20 µm without the use of the calibration files.

Stage Combinations
If an XY configuration is desired, any combination of LTS150(/M) and LTS300(/M) Linear Positioning Stages (the latter features a 300 mm travel range) can be mounted atop one another using the LTSP1(/M) XY Adapter Plate (sold below). XZ and XYZ configurations are possible using our LTSP2(/M) Z-Axis Bracket, which orients an LTS150(/M) stage in the vertical plane. Please note that stages and adapters with imperial or metric taps are only compatible with other stages and adapters featuring the same thread standards.

Software
The ActiveX® APT system software is also compatible with other APT family controllers, including our multi-channel controllers, rack-based controller, and smaller, optical-table-mountable T-Cube™ controllers. This single unified software offering allows seamless mixing of the LTS150(/M) stages with any APT benchtop, tabletop, or rack-based controllers.

Stage Specifications
Translation
Travel Range 150 mm (5.9")
Bidirectional Repeatabilitya < ±2 µm
Backlashb 2 µm
Maximum Velocityc 50 mm/s Horizontal, 3 mm/s Vertical
Velocity Stability ±1 mm/s
Maximum Accelerationc 50 mm/s2 Horizontal, 5 mm/s2 Vertical
Accuracy
Min Achievable Incremental Movementd 100 nm
Min Repeatable Incremental Movemente 4 µm
Absolute On-Axis Accuracyf 20 µm
Calibrated On-Axis Accuracy < ±5.0 µm
Max Percentage Accuracyg 0.13%
Home Location Accuracy ±0.6 µm
Pitchh <0.016° (279 µrad)
Yawh <0.05° (873 µrad)
Load Capacity
Load Capacity (Max) -
Stage Mounted Horizontally
Max: 15 kg (33.1 lbs)
Recommended: <12 kg (26.5 lbs)
Load Capacity (Max) -
Stage Mounted Vertically
Max: 4 kg (8.8 lbs)
General
Weight 1.9 kg (4.8 lbs)
Dimensions (W x D x H) 100 mm x 360 mm x 39.5 mm
(3.94" x 14.17" x 1.56")
Electrical Specifications
Motor Specifications
Step Angle 1.8° (50 Poles and ±2 Phases for 360°,
Divided by 200)
Step Accuracy 5%
Rated Phase Current 0.85 A
Phase Resistance 5.4 Ω
Phase Inductance 5.6 mH
Holding Torque 20 N•cm
Detent Torque 2.0 N•cm
Operating Temperature -20 to 40 °C (Motor Specification Only)
Controller Specifications
Microsteps per Full Step 2048
Microsteps per Revolution of Motor 409,600 (for 200 Step Motor)
Motor Drive Voltage 24 V
Motor Drive Power 12.5 W (Avg)
Up to 25 W (Peak)
Motor Speeds Up to 3000 RPM (200 Full Step Motor)
Input Power Requirements
Voltage 24 VDC
Power 25 W (Peak)
Power Supply Requirements 90 - 264 VAC (47 - 63 Hz)

Notes

  • Bidirectional Repeatability
    The average of the repeatability when a set position is approached from both directions.
  • Backlash
    When a stage is moved to a position and then returned to its original position, some motion is lost due to the lead screw mechanism. This loss is known as backlash.
  • Max Velocity, Max Acceleration, and Max Load
    The max velocity and acceleration values quoted above are achievable with lighter loads. As the load is increased, the velocity and acceleration should be decreased accordingly. For the maximum 15 kg load, the velocity should be reduced to either 15 mm/s with 3 mm/s2 acceleration or 12 mm/sec with 5 mm/s2 acceleration, depending upon whether speed or acceleration is more important for the intended application.
  • Min Achievable Incremental Movement
    The measured minimum incremental motion that the stage can achieve, also referred to as the minimum step size.
  • Min Repeatable Incremental Movement
    The minimum incremental motion that the stage can repeatedly achieve within its standard error.
  • On-Axis Accuracy
    This is the absolute accuracy of the commanded position. It is defined as the maximum discrepancy between the commanded position and the absolute position over the full travel of the stage. For example, if a stage is specified with an on-axis accuracy of 20 µm, then a command to travel to 10 mm will result in an absolute position of within 20 µm of 10 mm. This value will tell you the maximum possible inaccuracy at any point in your travel.
    However, sometimes a more useful specification can be maximum percentage accuracy (see Note C for details) as the discrepancy between commanded position and absolute position generally increases linearly with the amount of travel. This gives rise to an on-axis accuracy near the end of the travel range of the stage which is generally lower than the accuracy at the beginning of the travel range. A percentage accuracy can give you a good idea of what to typically expect along the stage's travel. Accuracy should not be confused with repeatability, which refers to the ability of the stage to travel to the commanded position over many attempts.
  • On-Axis Maximum Percentage Accuracy
    This is the maximum discrepancy between the commanded position and the absolute position expressed as (|Pabsolute - Pcommanded| / Pcommanded) and gives a better idea of what to typically expect along a stage's travel. The advantage of expressing this as a percentage is that the higher accuracy at the lower travel range of a stage can now be represented. As the maximum percentage error will not necessarily be at full travel, this means the value given will be an excellent representation of the maximum possible error that can be expected.
  • Pitch and Yaw
    Pitch and Yaw define how much the moving world shifts as the stage translates. Pitch is measured by moving the stage over its full travel range and taking an angular robust laser interferometry (RLI) measurement in the pitch axis at 20 equidistant points along the travel. This is repeated 10 times and the maximum discrepancy between minimum and maximum value taken. Yaw is measured using the same procedure.

Controller Features

The LTS150(/M) stage features an integrated APT™ compatible controller that can operated using either the manual keypad or remote computer control using APT software. The controller is fully configurable with key parameters exposed through the associated software graphical interface panels. Jog step sizes can be selected, phase currents can be limited to suitable peak powers as required, and limit switch configuration is accommodated through flexible logic settings.

In addition, relative and absolute moves can be initiated with move profiles set using velocity profile parameters (including acceleration/deceleration). Similarly, homing sequences have a full set of associated parameters that can be adjusted for a particular application. For ease of use, the APT software incorporates pre-configured settings for the LTS150(/M) stage.

BSC101 GUI

All key parameters may be adjusted using our intuitive software graphical panels. For example, a move to the next position can be initiated by clicking directly on the position display and entering a new value. These settings and parameters are also accessible through the ActiveX® programmable interfaces for automated alignment sequences. Refer to the Motion Control Software tab for further information on the APT software support for the BSC200 Series.

Full Software GUI Control Suite & ActiveX Controls Included

A full and sophisticated software support suite for use with the LTS150(/M) stage includes a number of user utilities that allow immediate operation of the unit without any detailed pre-configuration. All operating modes can be accessed manually, and all operating parameters may be changed and saved for future use. For more advanced motion control applications, a fully featured ActiveX programming environment is also available to facilitate custom application development in a wide range of programming environments. Note that all settings and parameters described above are also accessible through these ActiveX programmable interfaces. For further information on the APT software support for the LTS150(/M) stage, refer to the Motion Control Software tab. Demonstration videos illustrating how to program the APT software are also available on the APT Tutorials tab.

ActiveX
MMR600 Family of Rack Mounted Controllers

The ActiveX APT system software is also compatible with other APT family controllers, including our multi-channel benchtop units, rack-based systems, and smaller optical table mountable T-Cube controllers. This allows for allows seamless mixing of components. The common software architecture also makes it easy to create automated alignment/positioning systems which interact at the software level. All controllers in the APT range are equipped with USB connectivity. This allows multiple APT units to be connected to a single controller PC using USB hubs and cables. When planning a multi-channel application, simply add up the number and type of drive channels required and connect together the associated number of APT controllers.

Software Development Support

A development kit is included in the APT software for developers working on large, system integration projects that incorporate APT products. The kit contains an extensive selection of code samples as well as a library of video tutorials. Please see the Motion Control Software tab for details.

Computer Connection

USB Type B

USB Type B

2 m (6.5 ft) USB Type B to Type A Cable Included

Thorlabs offers two platforms to drive our wide range of motion controllers: our Kinesis® software package or the legacy APT™ (Advanced Positioning Technology) software package. Either package can be used to control devices in the Kinesis family, which covers a wide range of motion controllers ranging from small, low-powered, single-channel drivers (such as the K-Cubes™ and T-Cubes™) to high-power, multi-channel, modular 19" rack nanopositioning systems (the APT Rack System).

The Kinesis Software features .NET controls which can be used by 3rd party developers working in the latest C#, Visual Basic, LabVIEW™, or any .NET compatible languages to create custom applications. Low-level DLL libraries are included for applications not expected to use the .NET framework. A Central Sequence Manager supports integration and synchronization of all Thorlabs motion control hardware.

Kinesis Software
Kinesis GUI Screen
APT Software
APT GUI Screen

Our legacy APT System Software platform offers ActiveX-based controls which can be used by 3rd party developers working on C#, Visual Basic, LabVIEW™, or any Active-X compatible languages to create custom applications and includes a simulator mode to assist in developing custom applications without requiring hardware.

By providing these common software platforms, Thorlabs has ensured that users can easily mix and match any of the Kinesis and APT controllers in a single application, while only having to learn a single set of software tools. In this way, it is perfectly feasible to combine any of the controllers from single-axis to multi-axis systems and control all from a single, PC-based unified software interface.

The software packages allow two methods of usage: graphical user interface (GUI) utilities for direct interaction with and control of the controllers 'out of the box', and a set of programming interfaces that allow custom-integrated positioning and alignment solutions to be easily programmed in the development language of choice.

A range of video tutorials is available to help explain our APT system software. These tutorials provide an overview of the software and the APT Config utility. Additionally, a tutorial video is available to explain how to select simulator mode within the software, which allows the user to experiment with the software without a controller connected. Please select the APT Tutorials tab above to view these videos.

Software

Kinesis Version 1.14.19

The Kinesis Software Package, which includes a GUI for control of Thorlabs' Kinesis and APT™ system controllers.

Also Available:

  • Communications Protocol
Software Download

Software

APT Version 3.21.4

The APT Software Package, which includes a GUI for control of Thorlabs' APT™ and Kinesis system controllers.

Also Available:

  • Communications Protocol
Software Download

These videos illustrate some of the basics of using the APT System Software from both a non-programming and a programming point of view. There are videos that illustrate usage of the supplied APT utilities that allow immediate control of the APT controllers out of the box. There are also a number of videos that explain the basics of programming custom software applications using Visual Basic, LabView and Visual C++. Watch the videos now to see what we mean.

  Click here to view the video tutorial  

To further assist programmers, a guide to programming the APT software in LabView is also available.

Labview Icon Click here to view the LabView guide Labview Icon

Posted Comments:
Elli King  (posted 2019-09-26 21:20:42.307)
I've been using a LTS150/M stage for roughly one year, and I can hear the motor labouring as the stage moves. The weight limit isn't being exceeded. Is there some maintenance we need to perform in terms of cleaning or greasing the shaft?
cwright  (posted 2019-09-30 08:11:04.0)
Hello Elli. The lead screw and bearings are not easily accessible without partial disassembly of the stage. To ensure the correct procedure is followed and to preserve it's warranty we would recommend LTS stages be returned to us for assessment and maintenance. I will contact you directly about this.
Arvin Mossadegh Pour  (posted 2019-04-24 10:32:15.093)
Do you have ready to use LabVIEW VI for LTS150/M ?
AManickavasagam  (posted 2019-04-25 09:16:41.0)
Response from Arunthathi at Thorlabs: Unfortunately, we do not have a VI specific for LTS150 however, here is the link to all the example VIs we have https://www.thorlabs.com/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=12675&tabname=Example%20VIs
greg.bredthauer  (posted 2019-01-22 14:37:34.387)
Hello, I'm using the LTS150 in an image sensor test setup. The LEDs inside the LTS150 are a major source of extraneous light/signal. Is there a way to disable them? Thanks, -Greg
rmiron  (posted 2019-01-23 11:02:30.0)
Response from Radu at Thorlabs: Hello, Greg. The LEDs of some of our motion controllers can be disabled using the SetLEDSwitches method from Kinesis' .NET API. Unfortunately, LTS's firmware does not support this feature. Thanks to you bringing the issue to our attention, we will look into amending the firmware accordingly. For now, I recommend that you use black masking tape, such as T743-1.0.
mohammad.azizian  (posted 2018-07-19 17:39:36.67)
Hi, We have this product combined with LTS300/M, and I am controlling them with APT software. I have two questions: 1) how can I translate the APT positions into cm/mm 2) where can I download the labview VIs for these? Thanks in advance
AManickavasagam  (posted 2018-07-23 10:35:14.0)
Response form Arunthathi at Thorlabs: Thanks for your query. Unfortunately with APT you are unable to swtich from mm to cm. However, if you control the stages with Kinesis it does allow you to convert between cm/mm. Regarding the LabView APIs I have contacted you directly to provide guidelines and link to download such sample VIs.
roberto.ocana  (posted 2018-05-28 11:11:03.363)
Dear Thorlabs, I just wanted to know if sycronization of two travel stages is possible, for example. to perform a circular trajectory with a X-Y configuration. I am looking forward to your feedback. Best regards.
bhallewell  (posted 2018-06-05 05:34:26.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your question. Our Motorised Hardware & Motion Control software does not currently support synchronised, interpolated motion required for circular motion profiles. I have logged your feedback in our Internal Products Forum as a future product idea.
chaos89  (posted 2018-03-28 02:52:34.8)
Dear Thorlabs. I am developing the application software for LTS150 with Visual stuido c++ language. I cannot understand how i do program the interface with LTS150 from the manual document of APT Commnuication protocol. Can I get the example source for interface with LTS 150 ? I'm looking forward to your kind response Thanks.
bhallewell  (posted 2018-04-05 06:39:18.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. You can find our Kinesis support documentation & examples in the following link. https://www.thorlabs.com/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=10285 I will contact you to discuss this.
wenzel.jakob  (posted 2017-12-09 15:27:42.28)
I'm curious how the provided calibration files could be used if the stage is driven via APT commands from a Linux machine. Are these files in an easily readable format (e.g. position -> deviation in ASCII), or can Thorlabs provide a specifications of their contents?
bhallewell  (posted 2017-12-28 10:00:38.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: I will contact you directly to discuss this & provide an example calibration file.
rodriguez257  (posted 2017-06-26 09:50:01.337)
I have been using your LTS-150 and am very satisfied with it. For my application, it would be very beneficial to know what load the motion stage is seeing along its axis of movement. I was wondering, is there any force feedback data maybe for preventing overloading the motor that I can access? Thanks, Nick
bwood  (posted 2017-07-03 10:37:19.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. It is difficult to give an absolute force spec for the stage, as it is dependant on the nature of the force (e.g. is it axial or off-axis). However, the vertical load capacity gives a good estimate of the force it can act against. This gives a force of ~40N.
tom.dunn  (posted 2017-05-25 17:04:34.233)
We are regular users of your LTS-150M product and have purchased many over the last 6 years. I just received a brand new one today. I completely removed the old ThorLabs software from my computer, rebooted and loaded the latest download from your website. I used APT Config to download the latest firmware into my new unit. When I run APT User it recognizes the stage as a HS unit, but the max speed is limited to 20mm/S. How do I get it to recognize the stage is capable of the max speed of 50mm/S?
bwood  (posted 2017-05-31 05:57:31.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. While the default maximum velocity is 20mm/s, you can change this in the settings of both Kinesis and APT. I will contact you directly to help troubleshoot this in case there are any further issues.
thomas.hingant  (posted 2017-03-21 08:31:17.34)
Dear customer support. I have bought two LTS150/M to run them with windows XP but I have just come to realized there are no driver available online under windows 7. Do you have a solution for this? I would like to run the motors with VBA so I would just need the drivers for interfacing the stages. Thank you!
bwood  (posted 2017-03-21 06:44:30.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. We can offer a legacy version of APT, which should include the files and drivers necessary to run the stages on a Windows XP machine. Please note, as it is a legacy version of the software, we cannot guarantee support of new stages. I will be in contact with you directly, to send you this version of APT.
coen.timmermans  (posted 2017-03-06 02:52:04.84)
Dear customer support, I want to use the LTS150/M to make a movement of 130mm. In the specs the absolute on-axis accuracy is described as 20um and the calibrated on-axis accuracy is even 5um. a better indication is of course the max percentage accuracy which is 0,13%. I made the following calculation: 130mm/100*0.13% = 0,169mm. Can you tell me which number for accuracy I can use because the maximum 20um and the calculated 169um has a lot of difference? Thank you! Coen Timmermans
bwood  (posted 2017-03-07 08:15:23.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your question. The maximum percentage accuracy is designed to represent the change of the accuracy with longer moves. With this, and the notes on the "Specs" tab, in mind, we would suggest taking the figure you calculated as the lowest accuracy, and so the highest error, which can be expected with a 130mm move.
sfm0122  (posted 2016-10-07 02:34:23.67)
Hi there, I have a problem when using Labview and APT software to control the LTS150m. There is a red light blinking inside the travel stage. The situation is, at the beginning, when the computer is not turned on, the travel stage can move manually. However, after I turn on the software and try to control the stage with APT or Labview, the stage move extremely slow ( lower than 1mm/s). I have checked the program and the same program works for the LTS300. I was wondering if the problem lies in the control chip. Could you give me some advice?
bhallewell  (posted 2016-10-07 06:40:28.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for reaching out to us for assistance. I believe that this may linked to how the stage is configured within the software package you are using. I'm going to contact you directly to help get your stage up & running.
hishihara  (posted 2016-06-03 17:04:44.393)
Dear customer support, I have several questions. I want make motorized x-y moving stage using two LTS150. We purchased one LTS150 stage few years ago. When I control x-y axis from PC, do I need to purchase stepper motor controller? Whats parts do I need to Purchase? Also Do you have academic discount? Could you send me a list and quotation? Thank you. Hidetaka Ishihara.
msoulby  (posted 2016-06-06 07:02:59.0)
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: The LTS150 stage has an integrated stepper motor controller so it does not require a separate controller to operate. You simply plug in the power supply and USB cable into the stage and you will be able to operate the stage. Your local Thorlabs office will contact you shortly with a quotation in your local currency, please see the following page for more details on our current discount policy http://www.thorlabs.de/discountPolicy.cfm
hungch  (posted 2016-03-07 15:01:16.01)
Hello, I would like to ask the definition of the horizontal load and vertical load. I am planing to build up a XYZ motion stages. As a result, the loading capacity is my concern. Thank you
msoulby  (posted 2016-03-09 04:26:30.0)
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: The load capacity is the maximum load that can realistically be actuated by the stage over its lifetime and also the load at which the specifications can be maintained. This is typically less than the limit to what the stage can actually move: if the stage is used above this limit it can significantly reduce the lifetime of the stage. Load capacity can be defined in a number of directions; horizontally, vertically and at a set distance from the main load bearing axis. Unless otherwise stated Thorlabs specifies its load capacities at the top plate and any moment arm calculations must be taken into account if the load is at a distance from the top plate.
pratik.choudhary  (posted 2016-02-09 14:12:04.15)
hallo, I am Pratik Choudhary working Institute for Microstructures in KIT. I want to buy motorized stage controller and I have following queries so please help me about the technical details that the product offers. I want the stage to accommodate a wafer of 4 inches and I want to analyse my wafer automatically in X,Y & Z direction with a travel range at least 4 inches in X & Y direction. And please also let me know all the features like minimum step size in X&Y axes and also controller options so that I can control according to my needs. And whether the controller work with any particular software or we can program it using programming language. So please respond to my following queries. Regards Pratik Choudhary Student Research Assistant KIT.
cevered  (posted 2016-02-12 04:53:52.0)
Thanks for posting your questions using our web feedback tool. The LTS150(/M) stages have a travel range of 5.9 inches (150mm). The minimum achievable incremental movement (also known as the minimum step size) is 100nm. You can convert three individual LTS150(/M) stages into an XYZ stage using the LTSP1(/M) and LTSP2(/M) adapter plate and bracket. These stages utilise an integrated controller with remote USB control, so a separate control unit would not be necessary. As outlined on the above 'Motion Control Software' tab, custom applications can be developed using any ActiveX compatible language such as C#, Visual Basic and LabVIEW. You can choose between our legacy APT motion control software or the Kinesis Software to control movement of the axes. Kinesis also features new .NET controls which can be used by 3rd party developers working in any .NET compatible language. Both pieces of software are free to download from the Motion control tab and here: https://www.thorlabs.de/software_pages/ViewSoftwarePage.cfm?Code=Motion_Control.
adam.wyatt  (posted 2016-01-14 23:24:57.917)
The stage settings in the APT software no longer seem to be correct, so that the stage is not moving the correct amount - could you please provide the exact specifications for the stage (e.g. thread pitch, gear ratio etc.)
msoulby  (posted 2016-01-15 03:16:31.0)
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: You will need to ensure that the APT configuration has not been changed for that particular serial number. We would recommend checking the APT configuration utility to ensure that the correct stage is set, this should be set to “HS LTS150 150mm Stage”. The individual settings you mentioned are as follows, Pitch = 1.0, Gearbox Ratio = 1, Steps per Rev = 200
xgsun  (posted 2015-10-27 06:48:34.447)
I am using a LTS150with Labview. I need move the position and change the speed during the movement.. I use the command "SetVelparams" to cahnge and "GetVelParams" to confirm. though the number came back is changed, but the actual speed doesn't change.
besembeson  (posted 2015-10-30 11:34:41.0)
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs USA: Unfortunately this option will not be available due to hardware restrictions on the devices themselves. It is not possible to change the velocity whilst moving. This is due to the size of the message buffers and the communication protocols we use. Discrete stepping at different velocities is currently the best we can offer.
btywoniuk  (posted 2015-06-17 00:32:14.34)
Hi, Do you provide Python libraries support for LTS150?
rcapehorn  (posted 2015-06-18 10:53:42.0)
Response from Rob at Thorlabs: At this time we do not have any specific documentation for using our APT software in Python. However the APT server uses an ActiveX Server/client model, if you are able to import ActiveX control objects into you Python application then you should be able to use APT in python (which I believe you can). The ActiveX control object for motors is called MGMotor.ocx and is located in the Thorlabs installation directly in the APT server folder. To start the control you will need to pass the serial number of the controller using the HWSerialNum ActiveX property followed by the ActiveX method StartCtrl. This is the very basic outline of what needs to happen to run the APT software in a third party program. However a full list of the APT server methods can be found in the start menu folder for Thorlabs APT in here there is a help file called APT server help which contains a list of all the ActiveX methods, events and properties for your information. Alternatively you can set the USB port up as a COM port and use direct serial communication with the device. For more information on serial communication with APT, please download the Communication Protocol document found here - http://www.thorlabs.de/software_pages/ViewSoftwarePage.cfm?Code=APT.
chaymae.lourhzal  (posted 2015-06-12 04:14:05.823)
hello. My LTS150 stage have a problem in translation: it translates till 50 mm and makes noise and can't move along (the axis can't turn and is blocked). I don't know if it's due to a homing problem but probably it's mechanical. Is it necessary to return it back to the factory ? Do you have a manual of such mechanical problems in order to have an idea ?
bwood  (posted 2015-06-15 09:08:14.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: I'm sorry to hear about the issues you are having with your LTS150. I will be contacting you directly for more information on the issue and your setup, and with this information I will be able to diagnose and resolve your problem.
po_sun  (posted 2014-11-15 14:35:16.54)
My application does not care about the accuracy along axis direction (x direction), but requires a good accuracy along z direction (up&down direction). The load weight will be less than 500g. The z-direction accuracy should less than 2um. Can this model fit my application? If not, any recommendation? Thanks
msoulby  (posted 2014-11-18 09:26:08.0)
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: The absolute on-axis accuracy of the LTS stages is 20µm and the maximum percentage accuracy is 0.13%. We do not currently offer a stage with <2um accuracy but we would recommend our DDS300/M stage which has an absolute on-axis accuracy of ±7.5µm. The DDS300/M stage does have an optical encoder with a resolution of 100nm which provides positional feedback to the controller and it is possible to achieve a bidirectional repeatability of 0.25um.
micah.hodgins  (posted 2014-09-29 16:05:40.58)
Hello, I see that the max load when horizontally placed is 15kg but I would like to know what is the max torque (N*m) allowed for the carriage?? I'm interested in mounting a sensor on a cantilever arm and need to know the max moment the carriage can withstand. Thanks, Micah
msoulby  (posted 2014-10-01 03:36:07.0)
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: At this time we only have on-axis load capacity measurements. If your load is only a 3-4kg and the moment arm is not very long then this will be fine: a larger load can be counter balanced to reduce the overall torque. I have contacted you directly to find out more about the load you wish to mount onto the stage.
andres.varon  (posted 2014-04-28 10:40:55.343)
What is the maximal load that the stage can handle when installed along the vertical direction? To hold a Position is the Motor all time ON? How good is a possition Held when the stage is Hold at a given point? Can I expect some "microvibrations"? Of what Amplitude? Thank you for your feedback
msoulby  (posted 2014-04-29 03:27:59.0)
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: The maximum vertical load the LTS stage can handle is 4kg. As the stage uses a stepper motor then even at rest there will still need to be a holding current supplied to the stage to maintain its position. The motor has a holding torque of 20Ncm so providing this is not exceeded by overloading then the stage should maintain a steady position.
adam.wyatt  (posted 2014-03-05 17:22:47.24)
The APT control software is not compatible with Matlab x64.
Peiyu.Chen  (posted 2014-03-04 13:06:19.043)
I am using Matlab 2011a (64bit win 7) to control LTS300. I registered MG17Motor.ocx by using !regsrv32 several times but the Matlab activeX control list never show its ProgID. Is it because of the 64bit-version Matlab? Could you please provide me some technical suggestions?
msoulby  (posted 2014-03-06 09:57:25.0)
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: We are looking to have a beta version of the 64bit DLL for APT working in the next couple of weeks. After which point we will release it to customers on request. We will contact you again when this is ready.
tcohen  (posted 2012-10-04 13:02:00.0)
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: The list of methods can be found in the APT Server Help that is installed with APT in the following directory: Thorlabs>APT>Help>APT Server Help.
garguell  (posted 2012-10-04 12:15:18.0)
Hello, I am trying to program the stage in Labview and was wondering if there was a reference list of the Methods we can use. It would be nice to have a description of what each Method does and how to use each one. If there isn't, I think it would be helpful if there was. Thank you!
bdada  (posted 2012-01-27 14:04:00.0)
Response from Buki at Thorlabs: Thank you for using our online feedback tool. For the LTS300/M, we specify the pitch to be 0.022° and the yaw to be 0.06°, which defines how much the moving world shifts as the stage translates. Please see below for a brief explanation on the pitch and yaw. Please contact TechSupport@thorlabs.com if you have additional questions. Pitch The stage was moved over its full travel and an angular RLI measurement was taken in the pitch axis at 20 or 10 equidistant points along the travel, dependent on the stages travel. This was repeated 10 times and the maximum discrepancy between minimum and maximum value taken. Yaw The stage was moved over its full travel and an angular RLI measurement was taken in the yaw axis at 20 or 10 equidistant points along the travel, dependent on the stages travel. This was repeated 10 times and the maximum value taken.
khmadsen  (posted 2012-01-23 14:15:52.0)
I need to place a pinhole on the LTS300/M and a light beam is to go through the pinhole for all positions of the stage. How much will the center of the pinhole move in the plane perpendicular to the travelling direction? Regards, Kristian
khoe  (posted 2012-01-13 05:08:22.0)
What is the accuracy in the plane perpendicular to the travelling direction? Regards, Kristian
Thorlabs  (posted 2010-11-04 09:47:24.0)
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to bbel10: the limiting factor for increasing the speed of the LTS stage is the current that the controller can source. We are currently working on the design of a new stage with a travel range of 280 mm and a maximum speed of 200 mm/s. I will contact you directly with more details.
bbell10  (posted 2010-11-03 11:29:46.0)
Can the leadscrew be changed in these stages so that a faster translation rate can be acheived? If I recall it is currently 15mm/sec. I need a minimum of ~25mm/sec travel or higher.
Thorlabs  (posted 2010-10-14 15:52:35.0)
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to John Garnier: the controller of the LTS stages is built in the assembly, so there is no need to purchase an external driver. You can also connect it directly to your PC. The NR360S/M does require an external controller. We recommend using the BSC101 (http://www.thorlabs.com/NewGroupPage9.cfm?ObjectGroup_ID=1064&pn=NR360S).
john.garnier  (posted 2010-10-14 12:25:47.0)
LTS300/M and NR360S/M Do these stages have build in power supply motion controller dfro direct interface to PC ? or do I need to add in intermediate motion controller (e.g. 1,2 or 3 unit aptTM Stepper Motor Controller) to complete the system set-up? Its clear that the unit aptTM Stepper Motor Controller is needed with other motorized translation stages such as the NRT100/M Please advise: John office: 208 526 9388 It may be faster to send your e-mail with your phone contact john.garnier@inl.gov
user  (posted 2010-09-29 07:46:08.0)
A reply from Oli at Thorlabs to William: Unfortunately this would need to come back to Thorlabs for repair of the limit switch, I will contact you directly to go through some troubleshooting to ensure the limit switch is at fault and set up a return.
william.doherty  (posted 2010-09-28 08:40:35.0)
HI, Just came across a problem with the limit switches. On homing, the drive stage hits the end of the track but keeps trying to drive, suggesting the limit switches are not working. Can these be reset or is it a factory job? Regards, William
user  (posted 2010-08-30 21:35:30.0)
A reply from Jens at Thorlabs: after installing the APT software click on Windows Start - All Programsand select APT - Help - APT Server Help. This will give you e.g. a detailed description for each method. Besides that you can look at the online tutorials at http://www.thorlabs.com/tutorials/Intro.cfm and http://www.thorlabs.com/images/TabImages/GuideToLabVIEWandAPT.pdf
p.modard  (posted 2010-08-30 16:22:41.0)
Hello. Can you please tell me where I can find a document which explains the LabView commands to control the LTS? Thanks. Philippe
Thorlabs  (posted 2010-08-26 09:58:12.0)
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to rbjaculbia: Thank you for your feedback. We will release a variable optical delay line stage which may be more suitable for your application than one of the LTS stages within the next few weeks. It features a travel range of 200 mm, 500 mm/s maximum speed, and it can achieve a max. optical delay of 667 ps. We can arrange for you to receive a prototype unit so that you can test it in your experiment. I will contact you directly with more details.
rbjaculbia  (posted 2010-08-25 21:33:45.0)
Hello. We are looking to use the LTS300 for a delay line. However my adviser is asking if there are other research laboratories who use this stage for their experiments. Would it be possible if you could give us a list of customers who use your product so that we can be assured that it would work with our system? Thank you
klee  (posted 2009-09-21 18:08:31.0)
A response from Ken at Thorlabs to martini: We are currently contacting customers to check if they would be willing to share their experience. We will send you details via email. And per our phone conversation last week, we can offer a loan unit at any time so you can directly compare the two systems.
martini  (posted 2009-09-14 13:56:24.0)
Hi. We are setting up an ultrafast laser system and need a translation stage. We found that your product is very economical, compared to the most commonly used Newport translation stage found in most labs. Do you have a list of user that are currently using your product? Id like to get some feedback from first hand users, and I would also appreciate any comment you might have about this. Ignacio
jens  (posted 2009-06-29 11:09:51.0)
A reply from Jens at Thorlabs: I have just send the manual to you via email, the file will be update on the web page within the next hours. Thanks for notifying us.
thomasce2  (posted 2009-06-29 10:38:44.0)
Hi. Manuals refuse to download for the LTS150 and LTS300 stages (English and Metric). Interestingly the icon shows a Word document but the download is for a PDF file. Anyhow, "page not found" error appears for all the LTS manuals (Windows XP and IE8). regards, tommy thomas (I was trying to get the LTS300 manual and then tried all the others)

150 mm Linear Translation Stage with Integrated Controller, Stepper Motor

Thorlabs' LTS150(/M) stage provides 150 mm (5.9") of travel with an integrated stepper motor and controller. The controller features manual keypad and remote computer control. Optomechanics can be directly mounted to the moving platform using sixteen 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes, which are spaced 1.0" (25.0 mm) apart.

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LTS150 and LTS300 Stages Mounted in XY Configuration Using LTSP1 Spacer Plate
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  • Stages can be Mounted in Left- or Right-Handed Setups
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The LTSP1(/M) is a spacer plate, allowing any two LTS translation stages to be mounted in an XY configuration. When assembled as shown to the right, the working height of the upper stage is 3.15" (80 mm). The spatial dimensions of the stage configuration will depend on the orientation (left-handed or right-handed) of the X and Y stages. Please contact Tech Support for the exact dimensions of a particular setup.
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Two LTS150 Stages Mounted in XZ Configuration Using LTSP2 Bracket
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The LTSP2(/M) right angle bracket allows an LTS150(/M) stage to be mounted in a vertical (Z-axis) orientation as shown to the right. XYZ configurations can be made using an LTSP1(/M) adapter plate (sold above) and LTSP2(/M) angle bracket.

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