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NANO Z® patented Z-lift air bearing stages overcome the legacy design issues associated with z-wedges and other vertical stages. They use a novel combination of air-bearings plus two voice coil motors in a compact footprint with up to 50mm travel.
Using air bearings means negligible friction which enables unparalleled accuracy and repeatability down to low double-digit nanometers. Variable counterbalancing easily handles heavy weights like wafer chucks, while still achieving nano-level precision over the full travel range.
The Nano Z® design places vertical force in line with the payload, and this makes it possible to place the stage directly below the payload instead of beside it, avoiding inevitable cantilever inaccuracies and nearly eliminating pitch, yaw and roll.
Dimensions and specification can be found in following data sheet:
ALIO’s GeoSymmetric™ Vertical Positioning Stages use voice coil or linear direct drives, high precision crossed roller bearings, and various counterbalance options within a unique and innovative design concept.
Unique geometric shapes provide mounting surfaces on multiple faces of the stage for flexible installation options. Being able to mount the payload directly to the face or top surface of the stage helps to eliminate weakness and resonant frequency issues associated with additional brackets.
The “Symmetric” part of the family’s name originates from the arrangement of the components used. The counterbalance, motor, bearings, and encoder are all placed on an approximate centerline of the stage, i.e. they are integrated in a way that their masses are symmetrically distributed over the stage.
This series of stages has been built for precision with application dependent counterbalances, and has been structurally designed to exceed application performance demands (with bidirectional repeatability down to +/-45nm, travels from 6 to 70mm, and load capacities of up to 30kg). Being 4x to 10x more precise than Z-wedge stages makes ALIO’s GeoSymmetric™ Vertical Positioning Stages great for any application within the semiconductor industry, microscopes for life and health science, or numerous metrology applications.
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ALIO’s family of linear motor driven, vertical Z-lift stages are characterized by their low profile and extremely long travel ranges. Using high precision crossed roller bearings and linear encoders, the stages are equipped with magnetic spring counterbalances or a frictionless air bearing pneumatic cylinder. Similar to the GeoSymmetric series of stages, these long travel Z stages have counterbalance, motor, bearings, and encoder all placed on an approximate centerline of the stage. Payloads may be mounted directly to the face of the stage.
The Z-MCB versions with magnetic spring counterbalances allow travel between 25 and 170mm, while the Z-ABCB — with its frictionless air bearing pneumatic cylinder counterbalance — can carry payloads of up to 25kg over 200mm or more.
A broad field of applications from industrial automation to large measurement or metrology tools demand enormous lift capabilities while still achieving nanometer precision. For such applications, ALIO offers vertical Z stages with precision ball screws driven by a frameless torque motor that is equipped with pneumatic release spring engage brakes that lift 20kg without additional counterbalance. For even higher loads, this series offers the so-called “pneumatic boost” option which uses a frictionless pneumatic counterbalance to boost the payload capability to 50kg.
Even with such high loads, these stages can achieve +/- 100 nm bi-directional repeatability over ranges of up to 50mm. This makes it the ideal stage for applications requiring high loads and long travel ranges without compromising precision.
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Linear X Stages are probably the most common stages used in the precision industry, which is why it is not surprising that you can find ALIO’s linear X stages in nearly all precision applications.
By using two different types of linear direct drives — the “LM”- and the “CM”-type — this family of stages offers a wide variety of options for travel needs from 30mm to 300mm.
While the “LM” versions offer more force, higher acceleration, speed, and payloads of up to 50kg, the “CM”-series’ low-profile design allows for implementation in tools and applications with space constraints — of course, without compromising precision.
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Used in any kind of high precision application, ALIO’s enclosed, monolithic XY Stages utilize direct linear drives and high precision crossed roller bearings built into a compact 3-plate system. With nanometer straightness and flatness — as well as an optimized orthogonality — you can be assured that your point precision is True Nano®.
While compact in size, standard travel ranges from 30mm up to 400mm are available. If required, stages can also be built for high vacuum or clean room applications.
The design achieves the highest precision with bi-directional repeatabilities of only +/- 30nm and is equally strong in scanning applications requiring a smooth, continuous movement or when the requirement is for a fast step and settle process — even when highest output matters the most.
The enclosed, monolithic XY stages are divided into the standard LM-series and the low-profile CM-series.
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ALIO’s open-centered, monolithic XY stages are characterized by large apertures enabling usage in any kind of application requiring accessibility of the carried product from all sides.
Using powerful direct linear drives and high precision crossed roller bearings carefully designed into a 3-plate system, we are capable of achieving outstanding precision in our open-centered XY stages. Besides a bi-directional repeatability of just +/- 50nm, the stages offer superior straightness and flatness, as well as an optimized orthogonality that gives you Nano Precision® at travel ranges of 30mm up to 400mm.
Scanning applications requiring a smooth, continuous movement and fast step and settle processes can be performed equally well to help customers to achieve an ideal motion and increased throughput.
If the application requires, the stages can also be built for high vacuum or clean room applications.
The open-centered, monolithic XY stages are divided into the standard LM-series as well as the more compact CM-Series.
Detailed specifications, sizes and more can be found in following datasheets:
If you require different travels in x and y, need a low-profile solution to avoid space constraints, and can’t compromise on performance and precision, there are hardly any off-the-shelf products on the market. Still unique in the market, one of ALIO’s asymmetrical, monolithic XY stages can help solve this complex combination of motion requirements.
With their linear direct drives, high precision crossed roller bearings, and our 3-plate system, not only is highly precise and powerful motion guaranteed, but so is perfect orthogonality of the x and y axes in respect to each other.
“Asymmetrical” in this design concept refers to the two different travel ranges of these two stages that usually can only be achieved by mounted to different linear x stages on top of each other.
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In some cases, applications need to ensure that precision can be achieved in the presence of any kind of electrical noise. For such applications, ALIO offers stages driven by a torque motor moving a precision ball screw with an anti-backlash nut, and if necessary equipped with pneumatic or electric solenoid brakes.
Thanks to ALIO’s unique design and manufacturing principles, such stages still achieve a bi-directional repeatability of only +/- 100nm as well as straightness and flatness well below 5µm (and on request even 1µm can be maintained).
Off-the-shelf versions allow travels of 30mm, 100mm, 150mm, and 200mm, and can be realized for ambient, high vacuum and clean room conditions.
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ALIO has introduced its new Micron 2 (µII) motion systems family to compete in the micron-level motion control market, where the demand is for low-cost, mid-precision, reliable, long travel stages. As with all products, ALIO’s Micron 2 (µII) motion systems are designed using the company’s uncompromising standards of “quality first” thereby ensuring long-term reliable operation.
The Micron 2 (µII) recirculating ball rail bearing stages come as standard in sizes of 100mm up to 2 meters thus providing the end-user a solution for a large variety of applications. This family of motion systems is a robust, powerful line that is designed to be used either stand-alone, or as a top axis of an integrated solution.
For more details please visit the dedicated Micron 2 (µII) motion systems page
We believe that in the nano age, traditional hexapods will become rare and maybe even obsolete. The Hybrid Hexapod® is ALIO’s novel, patented approach to six degree of freedom (6-DOF) positioning, resulting in nano-level accuracy at any working point. A design that allows the Hybrid Hexapod® to be two orders of magnitude more precise than any competitive hexapod built today.
The modular concept uses a tripod with non-contact linear driven motors and linear encoders — for any rotary and Z motion — sitting on a monolithic XY basis. The tripod’s links are designed to create a stiffness unique to this class of hexapods, and which allow the avoidance of common problems associated with screw-driven stewart platforms. Pitch errors, backlash, calculation errors from conversion of a rotary encoder to a linear movement, friction, wear, and slow speed are no longer an issue. The monolithic base allows unrivalled horizontal movements.
The entire six-dimensional motion is simplified while the working cubic volume is drastically increased. Need to move in X or Y? Move one axis only instead of six legs. Need to tip or tilt? You only need to move the three legs of the tripod instead of all six legs. Need to rotate around the Z axis? Just add a 360 degrees rotary stage in the middle of the tripod.
All these and many more specific details make this a unique design ideal for literally any application requiring six degrees of freedom positioning with nanometer/arc-sec levels of incremental motion and repeatability. An extensive overview of what can be achieved with our standard configurations is given in the following datasheet:
Currently the smallest of our Hybrid Hexapod® line, the MINI is compact but still provides a 54,000 mm2 working volume (60x60x15mm). With the flexibility to scale tripod, rotary and monolithic XY, you can size your MINI to your required working volume. Brakes, gear reduction, ball screw drive, and linear motor drive are some of the options to match the performance to your application.
ALIO’s MINI Hybrid Hexapod® is ideal for automated lens alignment or bonding processes. It has been helpful in building camera array modules, translational OIS, and telescopic integrated lenses for miniature cameras used in every day products like cell phone cameras and drones. Any application requiring six degrees of freedom (6-DOF) positioning with nanometer/arc-sec levels of incremental motion and repeatability is a good fit for this product.
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The 60-degree tip/tilt travel of the AngularesTM Hybrid Hexapod® is by far the most angular travel range available from any 6-Degree-Of-Freedom (6-DOF) positioner on the market, and offers the same unmatched positioning performance found in any of ALIO’s full-line of Hybrid Hexapod systems.
The AngularesTM features precision crossed roller bearing guides, optical incremental or absolute encoder feedback on all axes, linear motor and/or servo ball screw drives, unlimited programmable tool center point locations and coordinate offsets, and zero backlash on all axes. The design makes the AngularesTM capable of unlimited XY travel, Z travel of 62 mm (which can be increased to 208 mm using other tripod models); tip/tilt travel of 60 degrees (+/- 30 degrees) with continuous 360 degree Theta-Z; XYZ bidirectional repeatability of less than +/- 100nm; velocity up to 100 mm/second XY and Z; and less than 10 nanometers linear and 0.1 arc-seconds angular minimum incremental motion.
This makes the AngularesTM perfectly suited for many applications including aspheric and freeform optical metrology, silicon photonics packaging and probing, laser micro processing (non-planar substrates and taper control), wafer metrology, camera module alignment and assembly, and optical element and fiber alignment.
Data sheets available for download:
ALIO’s modular and versatile Hybrid Hexapod® concept allows various adaptions and customization to align with your application requirements. These can range from applications with several dozens of kg load and high force requirements, to totally novel designs with large apertures. Some requirements have been so commonly requested that we decided to standardize them and make them available to all our customers. See specific details below:
Tripods allow the combination of z-movement with tip and tilt around a common center point of rotation. ALIO introduced its tripods as a flexible part of the Hybrid Hexapod® design, paying special attention to finding ways to overcome traditional design issues related to simple link designs. The rigid structure of the links counteracts horizontal forces, and offers enhanced stiffness. A direct readout with linear encoders instead of rotary encoders overcomes problems like pitch errors, backlash, and calculation errors when converting a rotary encoder to a linear movement. To secure the process and increase load capacities, counterbalance options are available to handle gravity, while the drive can be fully focused on the displacement.
Today our tripods — as part of a Hybrid Hexapod® or as stand alone system — move in z from 6mm to 106mm and allow angular movements of just +/- 3 degrees or as high as +/- 20 degrees.
All details can be found within following two documents: