ROCKLAND, Mass., Feb. 25, 2013 — Prior Scientific Inc. has introduced the H117IX3 flattop stage for the Olympus IX3 microscope range. It is suitable for high-precision biomedical and materials science scanning applications, including prolonged live-cell studies. With all of the drive components mounted below the top plate, the H117IX3 provides easy access for micromanipulators, environmental chambers and robotic loaders. The stage allows for scanning using a broad range of sample holders, including microtiter plates, slide holders, petri dishes, well plates, flasks, hemocytometers and metallurgical sample holders. Travel range is 114 × 75 mm, and high precision is ensured by the patented Intelligent Scanning Technology. The stage can be driven by the company’s motor controllers or by compatible systems in existing OEM configurations. The controller can be accessed via USB, RS-232 serial port or with an optional joystick or keyboard.