BROADBRIDGE HEATH, England, Jan. 10, 2011 — Heason Technology has added a new range of manual translation stages for linear and rotary multiaxis micropositioning applications. The comprehensive and modular Mini Stage range from GMT Global includes a diverse selection of bearing technologies, mounting/assembly configurations and build specifications that allow a flexible choice for individual micropositioning tasks and combine for a cost-effective overall solution. Complete photonic or biology laboratory setups can be quickly and efficiently assembled with a broad selection of accessories available. The high-quality products are built to ISO 9001-2000 manufacturing standards by GMT Global. Suitable for manual microadjustment and positioning applications across the manufacturing and research industries, the stages are offered individually to research facilities and OEMs, and the company will combine them with proprietary custom design and manufacturing services for fully automated multiaxis motion control systems. The linear stages are available with cross roller, linear ball and dovetail slide bearings with typical travel from 13 to >100 mm. Offering high positioning sensitivity, load bearing capacity and rigidity, the cross roller bearing versions are constructed from anodized aluminum and supplied in horizontal or vertical single-axis configurations, or as dual X-Y mounted assemblies. Precision micrometers are included within the unit price for all of the cross-roller and linear ball stages and used throughout with face drive or alternatively small-footprint/low-profile side drive configurations where space is at a premium. The linear ball bearing range is constructed from stainless steel in single or X-Y configuration. With precision micrometer drives, the range has similar sensitivity to the cross roller with slightly less rigidity and load capacity but will suit applications where more durable materials are necessary. The dovetail linear slide range has high rigidity for general purpose manual positioning and is supplied with threaded screw or rack and pinion drive options. Complementary vertical translation stages are available with cross roller and dovetail slides, and laboratory jacks are also offered. All linear stages have lock mechanisms that securely fix the stage position after adjustment. Rotary stages are available in precision grades up to 125 mm in diameter with fine adjustment screws and vernier scales reading to 5 arcsec. For basic rotary positioning, an “economy” rotary stage range is also offered with a rotatable and lockable top plate with a simple 0 to 360° scale. Goniometer stages in single- and dual-axis configuration are also available with lockable dovetail slideways in brass material. The complete range also includes low-profile magnetic bases, mounting plates, tilt stages and separate micrometers.