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150 mm Linear Translation Stage, Stepper Motor
Three NRT150 Stages
Thorlabs' NRT150(/M) Linear Positioning Stage 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 20 kg (44 lbs) when mounted horizontally and 5 kg (11 lbs) when mounted vertically. Each stage features a typical on-axis accuracy of 2.0 µm (5.0 µm Max) when the included calibration files are used with Thorlabs' Kinesis® or APT™ software. The lead screw, directly driven by a two-phase stepper motor with 409,600 microsteps per revolution, provides smooth translation with a theoretical positional resolution of less than 100 nm. 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.
The main platform is supported by four recirculating ball carrier bearings mounted to precisely aligned linear guide rails. The stepper motor, specifically designed for microstepping applications, allows smaller and smoother low-speed motion with significantly reduced vibrational noise than DC servo motors. The choice of a trapezoidal lead screw provides a number of benefits over the more common Acme-style thread, including improved durability, lower friction due to improved surface quality, and very little backdrive, eliminating the need for the braking mechanism required with ball screws.
The use of calibration files is optional. Without installing a calibration file, the on-axis accuracy of a stage will fall from 2.0 µm (typical) to 19.29 µm (typical). Calibration files do not affect the repeatability and resolution of the stages.
PAA612 and PAA613 Stepper Motor Cables
DA15-Pin Male D-Type to DE15-Pin Female D-Type
Motor Pin Out
|1||Limit Switch Ground||9||Not Connected|
|2||Forward Limit Switch||10||Not Connected|
|3||Reverse Limit Switch||11||Not Connected|
|4||Motor Phase B -ve||12||Not Connected|
|5||Motor Phase B +ve||13||Limit Switch +5 V|
|6||Motor Phase A -ve||14||Not Connected|
|7||Motor Phase A +ve||15||Ground/Earth|
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.
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.
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.
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).
|Click Here for the Kinesis with C# Quick Start Guide
Click Here for C# Example Projects
Click Here for Quick Start Device Control Examples
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.
|Click Here to View the LabVIEW Guide
Click Here to View the Kinesis with LabVIEW Overview Page
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.
|Click here to view the LabView guide|
The NRT150P1(/M) is an anodized aluminum right-angle bracket that orients an NRT150(/M) or NRT100(/M) translation stage in the vertical axis. This allows for the construction of XZ and XYZ translation stage arrangements (XYZ option shown to the right). Alternatively, the NRT150P1 can be directly attached to an optical table for applications that require one axis of vertical translation (shown to the right).
The base of the NRT150P1(/M) contains six counterbored holes for 1/4"-20 (M6) cap screws, while its side has two 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes. The two side taps are designed to accept the vertically mounted stage.
These motor cables are sold as replacements in case of loss or damage to the PAA613 Motor Drive Cable that is included with our NRT Series Translation Stages. They are also compatible with our stepper motor actuators. The male end connects to the controller and the female end connects to the motor.