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A new, complete solution with the Proton Motion Stage

At Precision Fair 2021, Prodrive Technologies showcased a new innovation that is designed to support specialised metrology and inspection applications: its Proton Motion Stage.
So, what makes this new solution unique? And how could it help you?


What is the Proton Motion Stage?
Prodrive Technologies is well renowned for its electronic manufacturing and development capabilities. On top of that, developing and manufacturing complex mechatronic solutions, such as the high-precision Proton Motion Stage, is another area of proven expertise.

The new stage is called ‘Proton’ as it is the first in a new line of high-precision motion stages that will all be named after subatomic particles.

The Proton Motion Stage, is built from a unique combination of Prodrive Technologies’ diverse range of products and customised to particular requirements, providing a complete solution.

This simplifies the integration process for customers, with no compromise on quality or precision, and may help to reduce overall costs.


A unique approach to design – for atmospheric pressure or vacuum
Motion Stages are increasingly in demand. Interest is growing with Prodrive’s customers in metrology applications, such as those scanning electron microscopes or conducting wafer inspection.

A variety of motion stages suitable for atmospheric pressure operation have already been developed, but the Proton Motion Stage is designed for vacuum compatibility. That makes it an ideal option for high-vacuum environments where electron / e-beam microscopes are typically used. For instance, in life sciences applications like pathology scanning.

That said, it has the flexibility to be used for any metrology application where high positioning accuracy, as well as high repeatability, are required. The Proton Motion Stage is uniquely built with statically determined preload mechanism to ensure smooth motion and greater robustness for temperature variations and other disturbances.


Configurable for the application
Applications all have differences in system requirements and processes, from velocity and stroke, to throughput. That is why the Proton Motion Stage has been designed to be configurable depending on the customer requirements.

Using the innovative platform as the basis, it can be scaled using off-the-shelf Prodrive products as building blocks to meet specific needs, including those from the powerful Motion and Mechatronics range. For example:

  • The Gryphon Linear Actuator – vacuum compatible ironless linear motors with an improved design for heat dissipation in a vacuum environment
  • The Iris Actuator – providing vibration isolation for applications requiring a high positioning accuracy
  • Servo Drives – such as the Apogee and Kepler series, used in combination with actuators in a motion control system
  • The Poseidon CFL Motion Controller – well suited to demanding, industrial motion applications
  • The Prodrive Motion Platform (PMP) – Motion control software with real-time performance and tooling to take motion systems to the next level
  • Pinpoint – a high accuracy interferometer, with a laser-based position measurement solution for precise motion systems, ideal for vacuum stages.

 

Built with manufacturing excellence
Prodrive Technologies manufactures all of the main elements of the Proton Motion Stage in-house at its facilities, whether using tried and tested standardized manufacturing processes, or customized production solutions tailored for the specific end customer.

To meet the needs of highly specialised metrology and medical applications, this includes clean room assembly and production to international quality standards.

Learn more about the Proton Motion Stage
The Proton Motion Stage proved a huge success at Precision Fair 2021, with orders being placed at the show. Therefore, this solution will also be on display at the following events – register now to make sure you see it!

- New Tech Exhibition, May 2022, Tel Aviv
- Semicon Europe, November, Munchen, ( Home | SEMICON Europa)
- Precision Fair, November, Den Bosch, Netherlands
- And more… (Semicon Taiwan, Semicon West, SPS IPC Drives)

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