IRVINE, Calif., July 22, 2011 — Newport Corp. has launched the FMS series precision linear motion control stages. They are designed for use in surface profiling, tribology, and contact (stylus) and noncontact metrology (white-light interferometry). The stainless steel stages permit high straightness and flatness, good thermal stability, and good bidirectional and unidirectional repeatability. Reliable and robust, the anti-creep crossed roller bearings enable smooth motion with minimal noise. Suitable for use in surface metrology applications, the linear stages are available in 100-, 200- and 300-mm travel options and can be ordered with either a DC or a stepper motor. They are fully compatible with the company’s line of ESP integrated controller/driver products, including the single-axis SMC100, the three-axis ESP301 and the eight-axis XPS universal controller. The small footprint and all-steel construction (including the base, carriage, ballscrew and bearings) ensure an accurate and stable platform with good flatness and straightness at speeds of up to 100 mm/s, suitable for surface profiling and microstructure characterization. Other applications include scribing, micromachining and delay lines.