Prior Scientific Inc. has introduced the H117P2IX flattop stage for the Olympus IX series inverted microscopes. Suitable for all high-precision biomedical and materials sciences scanning operations, it was designed to assist researchers conducting prolonged live-cell studies. The stage maximizes access to the nosepiece for correction collar adjustment, and miniaturized drive boxes occupy a fraction of the space of previous models. With all of the drive components mounted below the top plate, it also provides easy access for micromanipulators, environmental chambers and robotic loaders. The device enables scanning using a broad range of sample holders, including microtiter plates, slide holders, petri dishes, well plates, flasks, hemocytometers and metallurgical sample holders. Stages can be driven by proprietary motor controllers or by compatible systems in existing OEM configurations.