Kinesis® 30 mm Linear Translation Stages, Integrated Controller, Brushed DC Servo Motors


  • 30 mm Linear Travel at Speeds up to 2.4 mm/s
  • Integrated DC Servo Motors and Control Electronics
  • Bidirectional Repeatability of ±1.0 µm

M30X

30 mm X Translation Stage

M30XY

30 mm XY Translation Stage

Application Idea

The KSV30 30 mm Vertical Servo Stage, M30XY XY Stage, and DDR100 Rotation Stage can be combined for an XYZ-yaw configuration.

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Key Specificationsa
Item # M30X(/M) M30XY(/M)
Travel 30 mm
(1.18")
30 mm x 30 mm
(1.18" x 1.18")
Load (Max) Horizontal: 5.0 kg (11.02 lbs)
Vertical: 2.0 kg (4.41 lbs)
Speed (Max) 2.4 mm/s
Bidirectional
Repeatability
±1.0 µm
Pitch Angular Deviation ±100 µrad
Yaw Angular Deviation ±50 µrad
Dimensions 115 mm x 115 mm x 25 mm
(4.53" x 4.53" x 0.98")
115 mm x 115 mm x 40 mm
(4.53" x 4.53" x 1.57")
  • Please see the Specs tab for a complete list of specifications.
Vertical Translation Stage
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M30XY XY Stage Shown with
MAX313D 3-Axis Stage Mounted on Top
Vertical Translation Stage
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M30XY XY Stage Shown with
DDR100 Rotation Stage Mounted on Top
M30X Connections
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These linear stages feature connections for PC control and external triggering.

Features

  • Single- and Dual-Axis Motorized Precision Translation Stages
  • Remote PC Control via USB
  • External Bidirectional Triggering via I/O Ports (5 V TTL)
  • Smooth, DC-Servo-Driven Linear Motion
  • Full Kinesis® Software Control Suite Included
  • Large Mounting Platform with 1/4"-20 (M6) Taps
  • Location-Specific Power Supply Included
  • Vertical Mounting for Z or XZ Travel Using M30A2(/M) Bracket (Sold Separately)

The M30X(/M) and M30XY(/M) Motorized Translation Stages are DC-servo-driven linear stages with integrated drive electronics. These stages provide precise, stable linear adjustment over the full translation range. Each stage has a motor capable of moving loads up to 5.0 kg on a large 115 mm x 115 mm mounting platform with minimal pitch and yaw deviation. Recirculating bearings and an optical linear encoder ensure accurate positioning with high repeatability. See the Specs tab for complete specifications.

The top plates have twenty-five 1/4"-20 (M6 x 1.0) taps on 1" (25.0 mm) centers for mounting optomechanical subassemblies; see the Applications tab for examples. The base of each unit has four through holes that accept 1/4"-20 or M6 screws for mounting to imperial or metric breadboards, respectively.

Each stage has a USB port on the side, allowing it to be connected to a PC and controlled using our Kinesis® software suite. This software package features new .NET controls that can be used by 3rd party developers working in the latest C#, Visual Basic, LabVIEW, or any .NET compatible languages to create custom applications. Parameter settings can be adjusted on the PC and stored in non-volatile memory within the unit itself. When the unit is next powered up, these settings are applied automatically. Please see the Kinesis Software and Kinesis Tutorials tabs for more details. External bidirectional triggering is possible using the two I/O ports on the unit.

The units are supplied with a region-specific power supply with an input of 100 to 240 VAC. The connectors on the side of the unit can be secured in place using the M30A1 clamp to avoid accidental disconnection, especially useful when mounted vertically or on top of another stage or assembly. Note that the power supply unit (PSU) should be connected to the stage before connecting the PSU to a power outlet. A USB cable for controlling the stage via PC is also included.

Accessories
The M30A2(/M) Right-Angle Bracket Adapter provides a convenient way to vertically mount the M30X and M30XY stages, allowing for motion in the Z-direction. These brackets can also be used to combine several stages for XZ or XYZ configurations. For additional cable support, the M30A1 Cable Retention Clamp is available. We strongly recommend using this clamp when mounting the stage vertically or on top of another stage or assembly.

Specifications
Item # M30X(/M) M30XY(/M)
Travel 30 mm
(1.18")
30 mm x 30 mm
(1.18" x 1.18")
Max Speed 2.4 mm/s
Acceleration 5.0 mm/s2
Bidirectional Repeatability ±1.0 µm
Backlasha N/A
Min Incremental Movement 2.5 µm
Home Location Accuracy ±1.75 µm
Max Load Horizontal Mounting: 5.0 kg (11.02 lbs)
Vertical Mounting: 2.0 kg (4.41 lbs)
Accuracy 8 µm
Pitch Angular Deviation ±100 µrad
Yaw Angular Deviation ±50 µrad
Horizontal Straightness ±2.5 µm
Vertical Straightness ±2.5 µm
Limit Switches X X and Y
Bearing Type High Rigidity Recirculating Precision Linear Bearing
Motor Type Brushed DC Motor
Motor Output
Motor Drive Voltage ±15 V
Motor Drive Current (per Axis, Loaded)b <100 mA (Horizontal Movement)
<150 mA (Vertical Movement)
Control Algorithm Digital PID Filter (16 Bit)
Position Counter 32 Bit
Velocity Profie Trapezoidal
Input Power Requirements
Voltage 15 V Regulated DC
Current 500 mA (Peak)
General Data
Operating Temperature 5 to 40 °C
Dimensions (W x D x H)
at Mid Travel
115 mm x 115 mm x 25 mm
(4.53" x 4.53" x 0.98")
115 mm x 115 mm x 40 mm
(4.53" x 4.53" x 1.57")
Weight 0.8 kg (1.76 lbs) 1.2 kg (2.65 lbs)
  • The encoders used measure absolute position of the stages, which is a parameter independent of backlash.
  • Each unit draws a further 100 mA for driving the microprocessor, LED, etc., irrespective of whether the motors are in motion.

Computer Connection

USB 2.0
USB 2.0 Mini-AB Connector

I/O 1

MMCX Female

I/O 2

MMCX Female

SMC Male SMC Male
+5 V TTL +5 V TTL
These connectors can be independently configured for use with external trigger input or output signal (5 V TTL levels).
In input mode, a voltage level less than 1.5 V is recognized as logic Low, and a level greater than 3.5 V is registered as logic High. As the input contains a weak pull-up, the state of the input with nothing connected will default to a logic High. The weak pull-up feature allows a passive device, such as a mechanical switch, to be connected directly to the input.
In output mode, the port provides a push-pull drive of 5 V with a maximum current of 8 mA.

Power Supply

Power Jack

3.15 mm Jack Connector

Each M30X(/M) stage includes the following components:

  • 1-Axis Translation Stage
  • Two MMCX Male to BNC Male Cables, Each 1.8 m Long, 50 Ω
  • USB 2.0 A to Mini-B Cable, 1.5 m, Black
  • 15 VDC Power Supply with Region-Specific Plug

Each M30XY(/M) stage includes the following components:

  • 2-Axis Translation Stage
  • Two MMCX Male to BNC Male Cables, Each 1.8 m Long, 50 Ω
  • USB 2.0 A to Mini-B Cable, 1.5 m, Black
  • 15 VDC Power Supply with Region-Specific Plug

Applications

The M30X(/M) and M30XY(/M) linear translation stages feature top plates with 1/4"-20 (M6 x 1.0) taps on 1" (25.0 mm) centers and four through holes that except 1/4"-20 or M6 screws, which provide compatibility with several other Thorlabs translation stages. By constructing assemblies with additional axis translation, these linear translation stages can be used in a variety of applications including inspection, laser alignment, fiber launch alignment, and microscopy. Example assemblies are shown in the table below. 

M30X(/M) and M30XY(/M) Example Assemblies
Item #s M30X(/M)
M30XY(/M)
M30A1 (Qty. 2)
M30A2(/M)
M30XY(/M)
M30A1
KVS30(/M)
M30XY(/M)
MAX311D(/M)
M30X(/M)
M30A1
PY004Z8(/M)
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Linear Translation Stage Vertically Mounted Translation Stage Linear Translation Stage with Vertical Translation Stage Linear Translation Stage with NanoMax Linear Translation Stage with Pitch and Yaw
Axis Configuration XYZ XYZ XY and XYZ X and Pitch/Yaw
Integrated Controllers -a -b
Fully Automated
Motor Type DC Servo DC Servo DC Servo
Closed-Loop Piezo
DC Servo
Vertical Load 2 kg 5 kg 1 kg 4 kg
Travel 30 mm (X, Y, and Z) 30 mm (X, Y, and Z) Servo: 30 mm (X and Y) ±2.5° (Pitch)
±4.0° (Yaw)
30 mm (X)
Piezo: 20 µm (X, Y, and Z)
Coarse Differential: 4 mm (X, Y, and Z)
Fine Differential: 0.3 mm (X, Y, and Z)
Repeatability ±1 µm (X, Y, and Z) ±1 µm (X and Y)
± 0.12 µm (Z)
Servo: ±1 µm
Piezo: ±25 nm
-
Accuracy 8 µm (X, Y, and Z) 8 µm (X and Y)
0.9 µm (Z)
- -
Velocity 2.4 mm/s (X, Y, and Z) 2.4 mm/s (X and Y)
8 mm/s (Z)
- -
  • Compatible piezo controllers for the MAX311D 3-Axis NanoMax™ Stage can be found on the Specs tab of the main presentation.
  • We recommend using two KDC101 T-Cube Motor Controllers to control the PY004Z8 pitch and yaw stage.

Thorlabs' Kinesis® software can be used to control devices in the Kinesis or APT™ 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 new .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.

By providing these common software platforms, Thorlabs has ensured that users can easily mix and match any of the APT and Kinesis 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 the low-powered, single-axis to the high-powered, 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.

Software Download

Software

Kinesis Version 1.14.30

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

Also Available:

  • Communications Protocol
Kinesis
Kinesis GUI Screen

Thorlabs' Kinesis® software features new .NET controls which can be used by third-party developers working in the latest C#, Visual Basic, LabVIEW™, or any .NET compatible languages to create custom applications.

C#
This programming language is designed to allow multiple programming paradigms, or languages, to be used, thus allowing for complex problems to be solved in an easy or efficient manner. It encompasses typing, imperative, declarative, functional, generic, object-oriented, and component-oriented programming. By providing functionality with this common software platform, Thorlabs has ensured that users can easily mix and match any of the Kinesis 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 the low-powered, single-axis to the high-powered, multi-axis systems and control all from a single, PC-based unified software interface.

The Kinesis System Software allows two methods of usage: graphical user interface (GUI) utilities for direct interaction 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.

For a collection of example projects that can be compiled and run to demonstrate the different ways in which developers can build on the Kinesis motion control libraries, click on the links below. Please note that a separate integrated development environment (IDE) (e.g., Microsoft Visual Studio) will be required to execute the Quick Start examples. The C# example projects can be executed using the included .NET controls in the Kinesis software package (see the Kinesis Software tab for details).

C Sharp Icon Click Here for the Kinesis with C# Quick Start Guide
Click Here for C# Example Projects
Click Here for Quick Start Device Control Examples
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LabVIEW
LabVIEW can be used to communicate with any Kinesis- or APT-based controller via .NET controls. In LabVIEW, you build a user interface, known as a front panel, with a set of tools and objects and then add code using graphical representations of functions to control the front panel objects. The LabVIEW tutorial, provided below, provides some information on using the .NET controls to create control GUIs for Kinesis- and APT-driven devices within LabVIEW. It includes an overview with basic information about using controllers in LabVIEW and explains the setup procedure that needs to be completed before using a LabVIEW GUI to operate a device.

Labview Icon Click Here to View the LabVIEW Guide
Click Here to View the Kinesis with LabVIEW Overview Page
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Motorized Linear Translation Stages

Thorlabs' motorized linear translation stages are offered in a range of maximum travel distances, from a stage with 20 µm of piezo translation to our 600 mm direct drive stage. Many of these stages can be assembled in multi-axis configurations, providing XY or XYZ translation. For fiber coupling applications, please see our multi-axis stages, which offer finer adjustment than our standard motorized translation stages. In addition to motorized linear translation stages, we offer motorized rotation stages, pitch and yaw platforms, and goniometers. We also offer manual translation stages.

Piezo Stages

These stages incorporate piezoelectric elements in a variety of drive mechanisms. Our Nanoflex™ translation stages use standard piezo chips along with manual actuators. Our LPS710E z-axis stage features a mechanically amplified piezo design and includes a matched controller. The PD1 stage incorporates a piezo inertia drive that uses "stick-slip" friction properties to obtain an extended travel range. The Elliptec™ stages use resonant piezo motors to push and pull the moving platform through resonant elliptical motion.

Piezoelectric Stages
Product Family Nanoflex™ 20 µm Stage
with 5 mm Actuator
Nanoflex™ 25 µm Stage
with 1.5 mm Actuator
PD1 Open-Loop
20 mm Stage
PD1D Open-Loop
20 mm Monolithic XY Stage
PDX1 Closed-Loop
20 mm Stage
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Travel 20 µm + 5 mm Manual 25 µm + 1.5 mm Manual 20 mm
Maximum Velocity - 3 mm/s 20 mm/s
Drive Type Piezo with Manual Actuator Piezoelectric Inertia Drive
Possible Axis Configurations X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ
Additional Details
Piezoelectric Stages
Product Family Elliptec™ 28 mm Stage Elliptec™ 60 mm Stage LPS710E 1.1 mm Vertical Stage
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Travel 28 mm 60.0 mm 1.1 mm
Maximum Velocity 180 mm/s 90 mm/s -
Drive Type Resonant Piezoelectric Motor Amplified Piezo
Possible Axis Configurations X Z
Additional Details

Stepper Motor Stages

These translation stages feature removable or integrated stepper motors and long travel ranges up to 300 mm. The MLJ150 stage also offers high load capacity vertical translation. The other stages can be assembled into multi-axis configurations.

Stepper Motor Stages
Product Family LNR Series
25 mm Stage
LNR Series
50 mm Stage
NRT Series
100 mm Stage
NRT Series
150 mm Stage
LTS Series
150 mm Stage
LTS Series
300 mm Stage
MLJ150
50 mm Vertical Stage
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Travel 25 mm 50 mm 100 mm 150 mm 150 mm 300 mm 50 mm
Maximum Velocity 2.0 mm/s 50 mm/s 30 mm/s 50 mm/s 3.0 mm/s
Possible Axis
Configurations
X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ Z
Additional Details

DC Servo Motor Stages

Thorlabs offers linear translation stages with removable or integrated DC servo motors. These stages feature low profiles and can be assembled in multi-axis configurations.

DC Servo Motor Stages
Product Family MT Series
12 mm Stages
PT Series
25 mm Stages
MTS Series
25 mm Stage
MTS Series
50 mm Stage
M30 Series
30 mm Stage
M30 Series
30 mm Monolithic
XY Stage
KVS30
30 mm Vertical Stage
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Travel 12 mm 25 mm 25 mm 50 mm 30 mm 30 mm
Maximum Velocity 2.6 mm/s 2.4 mm/s 2.4 mm/s 8.0 mm/s
Possible Axis Configurations X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, Z XY, XZ Z
Additional Details

Direct Drive Stages

These low-profile stages feature integrated brushless DC servo motors for high speed translation with zero backlash. When no power is applied, the platforms of these stages have very little inertia and are virtually free running. Hence these stages may not be suitable for applications where the stage's platform needs to remain in a set position when the power is off. We do not recommend mounting these stages vertically.

Direct Drive Stages
Product Family DDS Series
50 mm Stage
DDS Series
100 mm Stage
DDS Series
220 mm Stage
DDS Series
300 mm Stage
DDS Series
600 mm Stage
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Travel 50 mm 100 mm 220 mm 300 mm 600 mm
Maximum Velocity 500 mm/s 300 mm/s 400 mm/s 400 mm/s
Possible Axis Configurations X, XY X, XY X X
Additional Details

30 mm Motorized Linear Translation Stage

Vertical Translation Stage Schematic
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M30X Mechanical Drawing.
Values for the M30X/M stage are given in parentheses.
  • 30 mm Linear Translation
  • ±1.0 µm Bidirectional Repeatability
  • 2.5 µm Minimum Incremental Movement
  • 25 mm Deck Height
  • Control Remotely by PC via USB
  • External Bidirectional Triggering via I/O Ports (5 V TTL)

This 1-axis motorized translation stage provides 30 mm of precise, stable linear adjustment with smooth, repeatable motion. The large 115 mm x 115 mm platform is capable of moving loads up to 5.0 kg at speeds up to 2.4 mm/s.

The USB connector allows PC control using our Kinesis® software control suite. Two I/O ports enable external bidirectional triggering (5 V TTL). Two CA3272 cables for these ports are included with each stage. Replacement cables are also available below. A power supply with a region-specific adapter plug is included with the stage.

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M30X Support Documentation
M30XNEW!Kinesis® 30 mm Motorized Linear Translation Stage, 1/4"-20 Tapped Holes
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M30X/M Support Documentation
M30X/MNEW!Kinesis® 30 mm Motorized Linear Translation Stage, M6 x 1.0 Tapped Holes
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30 mm Motorized XY Translation Stage

Vertical Translation Stage Schematic
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M30XY Mechanical Drawing.
Values for the M30XY/M stage are given in parentheses.
  • 30 mm Translation in X and Y
  • ±1.0 µm Bidirectional Repeatability
  • 2.5 µm Minimum Incremental Movement
  • 40 mm Deck Height
  • Control Remotely by PC via USB
  • External Bidirectional Triggering via I/O Ports (5 V TTL)

This 2-axis motorized translation stage provides 30 mm of precise, stable adjustment per axis with smooth, repeatable motion. The large 115 mm x 115 mm platform is capable of moving loads up to 5.0 kg at speeds up to 2.4 mm/s. Note that the M30XY(/M) stage is monolithic and cannot be disassembled into two single-axis stages.

The USB connector allows PC control using our Kinesis® software control suite. Two I/O ports enable external bidirectional triggering (5 V TTL). Two CA3272 cables for these ports are included with each stage. Replacement cables are also available below. A power supply with a region-specific adapter plug is included with the stage.

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M30XY Support Documentation
M30XYCustomer Inspired! Kinesis® 30 mm Motorized XY Translation Stage, 1/4"-20 Tapped Holes
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M30XY/M Support Documentation
M30XY/MCustomer Inspired! Kinesis® 30 mm Motorized XY Translation Stage, M6 x 1.0 Tapped Holes
$4,407.50
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Vertical Mounting Adapter and Cable Clamp

Cable Retention Clamp
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M30XY Stage Shown with M30A1 Cable Retention Clamp (Each Sold Separately)
  • M30A2(/M) Vertical Mounting Bracket for Z or XZ Applications
  • M30A1 Cable Retention Clamp

The M30A2(/M) Right-Angle Bracket is designed to vertically mount M30X(/M) and M30XY(/M) stages. The base of each stage can be secured to the mounting bracket using four 1/4"-20 (M6 x 1.0) cap screws in the mounting holes near the corners. Four Ø3 mm dowel pin holes are located on each face for precise alignment. For vertical operation, the stages must be mounted on the right-angle bracket with a specific orientation; see the stage manual for details. We recommend using the M30A1 cable clamp when mounting vertically to support the connected cables. Note that when the M30X(/M) and M30XY(/M) stages are mounted for vertical translation, the load capacity is reduced to 2.0 kg (4.41 lbs).

The M30A1 cable clamp offers additional support for and retention of cables connected to the M30X(/M) and M30XY(/M) stages. We strongly recommend the use of the clamp when mounting the stage vertically or on top of another stage or assembly.

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M30A2 Support Documentation
M30A2Right-Angle Bracket Adapter for M30XY Stage
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M30A1Cable Retention Clamp for M30XY(/M) Stage
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M30A2/MRight-Angle Bracket Adapter for M30XY/M Stage
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Coaxial Cables with MMCX Connectors

  • Cables for Trigger Ports on M30X(/M) and M30XY(/M) Translation Stages
  • MMCX Male Connector to BNC or SMA Male Connector
  • DC - 6 GHz Frequency Range
  • 50 Ω Normal Impedance
  • 170 V Max Operating Voltage

These cables enable external triggering via the I/O ports on the M30X(/M) and M30XY(/M) stages. The CA3339 (1 m long) and CA3272 (1.8 m long) cables each feature a male BNC termination while the CA3439 has a male SMA termination.

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CA3272 Support Documentation
CA3272RG-174 Coaxial Cable, MMCX Male to BNC Male, 1.8 m (72")
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CA3339RG-174 Coaxial Cable, MMCX Male to BNC Male, 1 m (39")
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CA3439RG-174 Coaxial Cable, MMCX Male to SMA Male, 1 m (39")
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