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XYZ Microscope Stages


  • Ideal for use in 3D Imaging Applications
  • X and Y Position Accuracy: <3.0 µm
  • Z-Axis Resolution: 25 nm
  • Compatible with Cerna®, Nikon, Olympus, and Zeiss Microscopes

Motorized XYZ Scanning

MZS500-E Z-Axis Stage and MLS203-1 XY
Stage Shown with the MZS500P2 Slide Holder

MZS500-E Z-Axis Stage Mounted
to an MLS203-1 XY Microscopy
Stage, Shown Attached to a Nikon
Eclipse Ti-U Microscope.

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XYZ Stage System
A typical XYZ stage setup is comprised of an MLS203 stage and controller with the MZS500-E Z-Axis Piezo Stage and Controller, MZF001 Z-Axis Joystick, and inverted Olympus microscope.

Features

  • XY DC Linear Servo Stage with Position Accuracy of <3.0 µm
    • Mounting Bracket Available for Thorlabs' Cerna®, Nikon, Olympus, or Zeiss Microscopes
  • Z-Axis Piezo Stage with 500 µm of Vertical Travel and 25 nm Resolution 
    • Mount to Compatible XY Scanning Stage for Complete XYZ Microscope Stage
  • XYZ Microscope Stage Specimen Holders and Accessories Available

The MLS203/MZS500-E motorized XYZ microscope stage system presents a 3D positioning solution for applications such as Z-axis slicing or 3D image collection, including laser scanning microscopy. It provides active feedback to compensate for thermal changes and other factors that might lead to stage drift. The closed-loop, active feedback ensures correct positioning with submicron repeatability and Z-axis resolution of 25 nm, making the XYZ stage system ideal for applications that require highly accurate focus control. To build a complete XYZ motorized microscopy stage package, purchase both the MLS203 XY Scanning Stage and the MZS500-E Z-Axis Stage along with their respective controllers and the mounting brackets for the MLS203 stage. Optional Z-axis stage accessories can also be purchased below. The table below outlines the items that should be purchased to form a complete XYZ stage package for various microscopes.

XY Scanning Stage
The MLS203 XY Scanning Stage is the first of the two components needed to construct the XYZ microscope stage. This stage has been designed as a drop-in replacement for the manual stage found on select Nikon, Olympus, and Zeiss microscopes or for use with Thorlabs' Cerna microscopes to provide motorized XY positioning of microscopy samples. Characterized by high-speed scanning capabilities and high positional accuracy of <3.0 µm, this stage is ideal for manually or automatically positioning a wide range of specimens and samples in many types of microscopy or imaging techniques and applications. To incorporate the XY stage into a microscope imaging system, you must use one of the mounting brackets provided below; the type of bracket will be dependent on the microscope being used. Alternatively, for use in typical photonics applications or if building a custom microscope setup, the XY scanning stage chosen can be bolted to an optical table or breadboard using the mounting brackets.

Z-Axis Piezo Stage
The MZS500-E Z-Axis Piezo Stage is the second of the two components needed to construct the XYZ microscope stage. This low-profile, piezo-driven stage provides 500 µm of travel in the vertical (Z-axis) direction. The stage is sold with a closed-loop, piezo controller; together, the stage and controller provide computer-controlled Z-axis positioning and active location feedback. To incorporate the stage into the microscope imaging system, it must first be mounted to an MLS302 XY scanning stage using the provided cap screws. Please refer to the table below to verify which XY stage can mount the MZS500-E Z-axis stage. Once a compatible XY stage is chosen, select the compatible XY stage mounting bracket to incorporate the XYZ stage into your microscope imaging system.

Specimen Holders and Accessories
We offer a range of adapters to allow the positioning of microscope slides, Petri dishes, and mounted metalurgical specimens. The Z-axis piezo stage accepts a well plate directly. The MJC001 XY-Axis and MZF001 Z-Axis Joysticks are also available for both the MLS203 and MZS500 stages, respectively. Please see the details below.

Complete XYZ Microscope Stage Assemblies

Microscopea XY Stage XY Stage
Mounting Bracket
XY Stage Controller Z-Axis Stagec Optional Specimen Holders and Accessoriesb
Thorlabs Cerna® MLS203-1 CSA1000 BBD202 MZS500-E C4SH01: Multi Slide Holder
MZS500P2: Slide/Petri Dish Holder
MZS500P3: Blank Adapter Plate
MZS500P5: 1/4"-20 Tapped Breadboard Plate
MZS500P4: M6-Tapped Breadboard Plate
MZF001: Z-Axis Joystick Console
MJC001: XY Joystick Console
Nikon 50i, 80i, 90i, and Ci-L MLS203-1 MLSA06
Nikon TE2000 and Eclipse Ti MLS203-1 MLSA03
Nikon Eclipse FN1 MLS203-1 MLSA07
Olympus BX41, BX43, BX51, and BX61 MLS203-1 MLSA08
Olympus IX71, IX73, IX81, and IX83 MLS203-1 MLSA02
Olympus IX70 MLS203-1 MLSA09
Zeiss Axio Observer and Axiovert 40 MLS203-2 None Needed
Optical Breadboard / Custom Configuration MLS203-1 MLSA01
  • We support additional microscopes from Olympus, Nikon, Zeiss, and Leica with custom mounting brackets. Please contact Technical Support to inquire about bracket availability if your microscope model is not listed above.
  • Accessories for an XY stage configuration can be purchased here.
  • Controller included with stage.

MZS500-E Controller

Item #MZS500-E
Piezoelectric Output (SMC Male)
Voltage (Software Control) 0 to 150 VDC
Voltage (External Input) -10 to +10 VDC
Current 500 mA Max Continuous
Stability 100 ppm Over 24 hours
(After 30 min Warm-Up Time)
Noise <3 mV RMS
Typical Piezo Capacitance 1 to 20 µF
Bandwidth 1.0 kHz, Digital Closed Loop
Position Feedback (9-Pin D-Type Female)
Feedback Transducer Type Strain Gauge and Capacitive Compatible
Detection Method AC Bridge (18 kHz Excitation)
Typical Resolution 5 nm (for 20 µm Actuator e.g. PAZ005)
Auto-Configure ID Chip in Stage
User Input/Output (15-Pin D-type Female)
4 Digital Inputs TTL Levels
4 Digital Outputs Open Collector
Trigger Input/Output TTL
Trigger Input Functionality Triggered Voltage Ramps/Waveforms
Trigger Output Functionality Trigger Generation During Voltage Ramp Output
User 5 V (with Ground) 250 mA Max
Controller Specifications (Main Unit)
Front Panel Controls
Display 5-Digit, 7-Segment
Buttons Volts/Microns Select, Open/Closed Loop Select, Zero, Resolution
Display Brightness Adjustable
Resolution Switchable Coarse and Fine Adjustment
Output Infinite Turn Precision Digital Potentiometer (Encoder)
USB Port USB 2 Full speed (12Mbps) Compatible
Input Power Requirements
Voltage 85 - 264 VAC
Power 150 W
Fuse 3.15 A
General
Dimensions (W x D x H) 152 mm x 244 mm x 104 mm (6" x 9.6" x 4.1")
Weight 3.18 kg (7 lbs)

MZS500-E Z-Axis Stage

Item #MZS500-E
Drive Voltage 0 to 150 V
Travel 500 µm
Resolution 25 nm
Minimum Step Size 250 nm Typical
Feedback Transducer Type Capacitive
Position Linearity Error < 0.05% over Full Travel
Typical Settling Time for 1 to 100 µm Step 25 ms Typical
Max Travel Bandwidth 10 Hz
Drive Signal Shape Saw Tooth, Sinusoidal or Square Wave
Resonant Frequency (± 10%) 155 Hz at No Load
130 Hz at 100 g Load
110 Hz at 200 g Load
100 Hz at 250 g Load
Maximum Loada 250 g (0.5 lbs)
Tilt Angle X-Axis: ± 50 µrad
Y-Axis: ±30 µrad
Operating Temperature 25° C
Dimensions (X, Y, Z)b 8.9" x 5.9" x 0.98"
(226 mm x 150 mm x 25 mm)
Weight (with cables, no accessories fitted) 850 g (1.85 lb)
Surface Finish Black Anodized
  • This is the total load of the stage; the weight of any accessory plates must be included in your load calculation.
  • Z dimension is the distance above the MLS203 top surface.
XYZ Microscope Stage
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Mechanical Drawing Showing the MZS500-E Z-Axis Stage Mounted to the MLS203 XY Scanning Stage

MLS203 XY Scanning Stage

Item #MLS203-1/ML203-2
Travel Range 110 mm x 75 mm (4.3" x 2.95")
Speed (Max) 250 mm/s
Acceleration (Max) 2000 mm/s2
Bidirectional Repeatability 0.25 µm
Unidirectional Repeatability 0.25 µm
Backlasha N/A
Load Capacity (Max) 1 kg (2.2 lb)
Incremental Movement (Min) 0.1 µm
Absolute On-Axis Accuracy < 3 µm
Percentage Accuracy (Max) X-Axis: 0.0027%
Y-Axis: 0.004%
Flatness in X Axis ±3 µm over full travel, ±1 µm over 10 mm
Flatness in Y Axis ±2 µm over full travel, ±1 µm over 10 mm
Home Location Accuracy 0.25 µm
Settling Time within 1 µm (600 g Load) 0.1 s
Settling Time within 0.1 µm (600 g Load) 0.6 s
Weight (Including Cables) 3.2 kg (7.0 lbs)
Limit Switches X and Y as Standard
Bearing Type Precision Linear Bearing
Motor Type Brushless DC Linear Motor
Dimensions (Mid Travel) 250 mm x 229.3 mm x 31 mm
(9.84" x 9.03" x 1.22")
Recommended Controller BBD202
  • The stage does not suffer from backlash because there is no leadscrew.

MLS203 Controller

Item #BBD202
Drive Connector 8-Pin DIN, Round, Female
Feedback Connector 15-Pin D-Type
Continuous Drive Output 5 A
PWM Frequency 40 kHz
Operating Modes Position and Velocity
Control Algorithm 16-Bit Digital PID Servo Loop with Velocity and Acceleration Feedforward
Velocity Profile Trapezoidal/S-Curve
Position Count 32 Bit
Position Feedback Incremental Encoder
Encoder Bandwidth 2.5 MHz
10 M Counts/s
Encoder Supply 5 V
AUX Control Connector 15-Pin D-Type
Input Power Requirements 250 VA
Volt: 85 to 264 VAC
Freq: 46 to 63 Hz
Fuse: 3.15 A
Dimensions 240 mm x 337.9 mm x 124.8 mm
(9.5" x 13.3" x 4.9")
Weight 6.1 kg (13.42 lb)

MZS500-E Stage Pin Out Descriptions

Feedback

Male

Feedback

PinDescriptionPinDescription
1aSine +7Reserved for Future Use
2aSine -8+15 V Supply
3Ground9-15 V Supply
4Reserved for Future Use10Ground
5bPosition +11Ground
6bPosition -12Ground
  • Differential sine wave signal from controller (Piezo IN) to stage at fixed 20 kHz - 35 kHz frequency range.
  • Differential signal output from the sensor in the stage.

Drive

SMC Male

USER I/O
0 - 150 V
0 - 500 mA


MZS500-E Controller Pin Out Descriptions

Strain Gauge

Strain Gauge

PinDescriptionPinDescription
1Strain Gauge Excitation5AC Feedback IN
2-15 Vouta6Ground
3+15 Vouta7Actuator ID Signalb
4Ground8Reserved For Future Use
9Reserved For Future Use
  • Power supply for the piezo actuator feedback circuit. It must not be allowed to
    drive any other circuits or devices.
  • This signal is applicable only to Thorlabs actuators. It enables the system to
    identitfy the piezo extension associated with the actuator.

User I/O

USER I/O

PinDescriptionReturnPinDescriptionReturn
1Digital O/P 15,9,109Digital Ground-
2Digital O/P 210Digital Ground
3Digital O/P 311Reserved for Future Use (Trigger OUT)5,9,10
4Digital O/P 412Reserved for Future Use (Trigger IN)
5Digital Ground-13Digital I/P 4
6Digital I/P 15,9,10145 V Supply Output
7Digital I/P 2155 V Supply Output
8Digital I/P 3

MLS203 XY Scanning Stage Pin Out Descriptions

Motor Drive

Male

Motor Drive

PinDescriptionPinDescription
1Motor Phase V5Stage ID
2GND6GND
3Thermistor (Not Used)7Motor Phase W
4Motor Phase U8Enable

Encoder Feedback

D-Type Male

Encoder Feedback

PinDescriptionPinDescription
1Reserved for Future Use9GND
2GND10Limit Switch +
3Reserved for Future Use11Limit Switch -
4Encoder Index -12Encoder Index +
5aQB -13aQB +
6aQA -14aQA +
75 V15Reserved for Future Use
85 V
  • Differential Input Signals

MLS203 Controller (BBD202) Pin Out Descriptions

Motor Drive

Female

BBD MOTOR DRIVE

PinDescriptionPinDescription
1Motor Phase V5Stage ID
2GND6GND
3Temp Sensor (Not Used)7Motor Phase W
4Motor Phase U8Enable

Feedback

D-Type Female

BBD FEEDBACK

PinDescriptionPinDescription
1Reserved for Future Use9GND
2GND10Limit Switch +
3Reserved for Future Use11Limit Switch -
4Index -12Index +
5QB -13QB +
6QA -14QA +
7a5 V15Reserved for Future Use
8a5 V
  • Pins 7 and 8 are Short Circuit Internally

User I/O

D-Type Male

15 Oin DIN Male

PinDescriptionPinDescription
15 V9QA +
2Trigger IN10QA -
3Trigger OUT11QB+
4Ground12QB -
5Ground13Index/Ref +
6Reserved for Future Use14Index/Ref -
7Reserved for Future Use15Ground
8Reserved for Future Use

Aux I/O

D-Type Female

BBD FEEDBACK

PinDescriptionPinDescription
1Digital O/P 19Digital Ground
2Digital O/P 210Digital Ground
3Digital O/P 311Reserved for Future Use
4Digital O/P 412Reserved for Future Use
5Digital Ground13Digital I/P 4
6Digital I/P 1145 V Supply O/P
7Digital I/P 2155 V Supply O/P
8Digital I/P 3

Handset

Mini DIN Female

Handset Connector

PinDescriptionPinDescription
1RX (controller intput)/RS2324Supply Voltage for Handset 5V
2Ground5TX (controller output)/RS232
3Ground6Ground

Interconnect

D-Type Male

9Pin DIN Male

PinDescriptionPinDescription
1Reserved for Future Use6Reserved for Future Use
2RX (controller input)7Reserved for Future Use
3TX (controller output)8Reserved for Future Use
4Reserved for Future Use9Reserved for Future Use
5Ground

Thorlabs offers two platforms to drive our wide range of motion controllers: our Kinesis® software package or the legacy APT™ (Advanced Positioning Technology) software package. Either package can be used to control devices in the Kinesis family, which covers a wide range of motion controllers ranging from small, low-powered, single-channel drivers (such as the K-Cubes™ and T-Cubes™) to high-power, multi-channel, modular 19" rack nanopositioning systems (the APT Rack System).

The Kinesis Software features .NET controls which can be used by 3rd party developers working in the latest C#, Visual Basic, LabVIEW™, or any .NET compatible languages to create custom applications. Low-level DLL libraries are included for applications not expected to use the .NET framework. A Central Sequence Manager supports integration and synchronization of all Thorlabs motion control hardware.

Kinesis Software
Kinesis GUI Screen
APT Software
APT GUI Screen

Our legacy APT System Software platform offers ActiveX-based controls which can be used by 3rd party developers working on C#, Visual Basic, LabVIEW™, or any Active-X compatible languages to create custom applications and includes a simulator mode to assist in developing custom applications without requiring hardware.

By providing these common software platforms, Thorlabs has ensured that users can easily mix and match any of the Kinesis and APT controllers in a single application, while only having to learn a single set of software tools. In this way, it is perfectly feasible to combine any of the controllers from single-axis to multi-axis systems and control all from a single, PC-based unified software interface.

The software packages allow two methods of usage: graphical user interface (GUI) utilities for direct interaction with and control of the controllers 'out of the box', and a set of programming interfaces that allow custom-integrated positioning and alignment solutions to be easily programmed in the development language of choice.

A range of video tutorials is available to help explain our APT system software. These tutorials provide an overview of the software and the APT Config utility. Additionally, a tutorial video is available to explain how to select simulator mode within the software, which allows the user to experiment with the software without a controller connected. Please select the APT Tutorials tab above to view these videos, which are also available on the software CD included with the controllers.

Software

Kinesis Version 1.14.19

The Kinesis Software Package, which includes a GUI for control of Thorlabs' Kinesis and APT™ system controllers.

Also Available:

  • Communications Protocol
Software Download

Software

APT Version 3.21.4

The APT Software Package, which includes a GUI for control of Thorlabs' APT™ and Kinesis system controllers.

Also Available:

  • Communications Protocol
Software Download

These videos illustrate some of the basics of using the APT System Software from both a non-programming and a programming point of view. There are videos that illustrate usage of the supplied APT utilities that allow immediate control of the APT controllers out of the box. There are also a number of videos that explain the basics of programming custom software applications using Visual Basic, LabView and Visual C++. Watch the videos now to see what we mean.

  Click here to view the video tutorial  

To further assist programmers, a guide to programming the APT software in LabView is also available.

Labview Icon Click here to view the LabView guide Labview Icon

Posted Comments:
laura.waller  (posted 2014-01-07 18:47:01.677)
We can only get this working with matlab Active X if we use a 32 bit PC. Who uses 32 bits these days?!? Isn't there a 64 bit automation option that will interface with Matlab?
msoulby  (posted 2014-01-08 04:36:40.0)
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: We are currently developing a 64bit software platform to replace our now old APT software which will be 64bit compatible. We are currently in an alpha test phase but hope to have an advanced beta version in the near future that we can send to customers to use. However you can use direct serial communication over a virtual comm port in order to talk directly to the controller on a 64bit machine. I have contacted you directly with details of the USB communication protocols we use and more details on its use.
kelvin.wc.poon  (posted 2013-07-15 15:15:41.773)
This is a follow to the question below. Does the max load for the stage (250g) include the weight of the accessory plates? We have weighed the latter and they are around 200g, leaving only 50g for our samples. Another concern is the single spring/tension being the only point of contact for the plates. Any rapid XY movement makes the plate shift slightly. Is there a way to improve the stability?
pbui  (posted 2013-07-18 11:39:00.0)
Response from Phong at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. The absolute weight limit of the stage is 250g, so your sample should be 50g or less. Regarding the stability, as we mention in a note in the manual on page 13, heavier loads may be unstable. We would recommend using a lower acceleration with a profiled stop to avoid this issue.
cbrideau  (posted 2013-06-24 21:08:06.623)
Does the 250g weight limit of the MZS500 stage include the weight of the inserts such as the MZS500P4?
bdada  (posted 2011-11-03 11:33:00.0)
Response from Buki at Thorlabs: We appreciate your interest in our microscopy stages and your positive feedback about our products. We can certainly arrange for you to test our products. We have contacted you to continue this conversation.
gcolarus  (posted 2011-11-02 22:39:11.0)
Hi, I am very interested in purchasing your automated microscope stage (both x,y and piezo z) products as well as your filter wheels/shutters. I notice that they are compatible with Micromanager from the Vale website. However, I can't seem to track down a group that is using your stages with MM. Can you comment on the compatibility with MM or put me in contact with groups that have these stage components running in their labs with MM? How about Volocity or Metamorph? If possible, we would greatly appreciate a loaner unit and we could prepare a complete report as we have lots of experience with imperfect automated stages (companies shall remain un-named for now). I am keen because I have been buying different components from Thor and have not been disappointed. Pina Colarusso Live Cell Imaging Facility UCalgary

Motorized XY Scanning Stage for XYZ Stage Configuration

Key Stage Specifications
Travel Range 110 mm x 75 mm 
(4.3" x 2.95")
Velocity (Max) 250 mm/s
Acceleration (Max) 2000 mm/s2
Bidirectional Repeatability 0.25 µm
Unidirectional Repeatability 0.25 µm
Horizontal Load Capacity (Max) 1.0 kg (2.2 lb)
Min Achievable Incremental Movement 0.1 µm
Home Location Accuracy 0.25 µm
Absolute On-Axis Accuracy <3 µm
  • XY Scanning Component of the Motorized XYZ Microscope Stage System
  • Integrates with Cerna®, Nikon, Olympus, and Zeiss Upright and Inverted Microscopes
  • Recommended Controller: BBD202 Dual-Axis Brushless DC Servo Motor Controller (Sold Separately)
  • Integrated Brushless DC Linear Servo Motor Actuators
  • Linear Optical Encoders
  • High-Quality, Precision-Engineered Linear Bearings
  • High Repeatability (0.25 µm) and Position Accuracy (<3 µm)

These Motorized XY Scanning Stages are required when using the MZS500-E Z-Axis Piezo Stage (sold below). When combined with the Z-axis piezo stage, it forms a versatile 3D translation stage for scanning across a sample with high precision in the X, Y, and Z axes. The MLS203-1 Stage is compatible with inverted and upright microscopes from Nikon and Olympus, as well as with upright Thorlabs Cerna microscopes; mounting brackets are required (sold below). The MLS203-2 Stage is directly compatible with Zeiss Axio Observer and Axiovert 40 microscopes; mounting brackets are not required.

The recommended controller for the XY scanning stages is the BBD202 Two-Channel Controller, which features Thorlabs' standard APT™ control and programming interface, enabling easy integration into automated microscopy applications. This controller is ideal for applications demanding operation at high speeds (hundreds of mm/s) and high encoder resolution (<100 nm). For greater flexibility, communication with the PC is supported using either a USB or RS232 interface.

The controller is supplied with a software development kit (SDK) in order to also support automated PC control of the MLS203 stages. This is useful to system integrators and other automation specialists who need to combine operation of the stage with other microscopy automation accessories. The fully documented SDK supports all major development languages running on Windows, such as LabView, C++, and Matlab, and comes in the form of ActiveX libraries or a conventional dynamic link library (DLL). Multiple units can be connected to a single PC using a USB hub; for example, the BBD202 Controller for the MLS203 XY stages and the controller supplied with our MZS500-E Z-Axis Stage Kit can be controlled simultaneously with a single PC. Please click here to view the full presentation for these Brushless DC Motor Controllers.

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MLS203-1 Support Documentation
MLS203-1Fast XY Scanning Stage
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MLS203-2 Support Documentation
MLS203-2Fast XY Scanning Stage for Zeiss Microscopes
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BBD202 Support Documentation
BBD2022-Channel Benchtop 3-Phase Brushless DC Servo Controller
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Mounting Brackets for MLS203-1 XY Scanning Stage

We offer a choice of brackets to facilitate mounting the MLS203-1 stage to a range of upright and inverted microscopes from Thorlabs, Nikon, and Olympus. Please see the table below for specific compatibility. We also offer brackets that allow the MLS203-1 stage to be attached to imperial or metric breadboards for home-built microscopes or general photonics applications.

Each bracket comes with instructions describing how to attach the stage to the microscope. Please note that the MLS203-2 is directly compatible with Zeiss Axio Observer and Axiovert 40 microscopes. Mounting brackets are not required.

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CSA1000 MLSA02 MLSA02 MLSA08 MLSA03 MLSA06 MLSA07 MLSA01
Bracket Item # CSA1000 MLSA02 MLSA09 MLSA08 MLSA03 MLSA06 MLSA07 MLSA01
Microscope Brand Thorlabs Olympus Nikon Optical Breadboard,
Custom Configuration
Microscope Model Cerna® IX71, IX73,
IX81, IX83
IX70 BX41, BX43, BX51,
BX53, BX61
TE2000,
Eclipse Ti
50i, 80i,
90i, Ci-L
Eclipse FN1 N/A
Microscope Type Upright Inverted Inverted Upright Inverted Upright Upright N/A
MLS203 Attached to a Breadboard
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MLS203-1 Stage Attached to a Breadboard with our MLSA01 Bracket Set
We support microscopes from Olympus, Nikon, Zeiss and Leica. Please contact Technical Support to inquire about bracket availability if your microscope model is not listed above.
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CSA1000 Support Documentation
CSA1000Fixed Arm Holder for MLS203-1 Fast XY Scanning Stage
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MLSA02 Support Documentation
MLSA02Olympus IX51, IX71, IX73, IX81, and IX83 Mounting Brackets, 2 Pieces
$116.86
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MLSA09 Support Documentation
MLSA09Olympus IX70 Mounting Brackets, 2 Pieces
$128.37
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MLSA08 Support Documentation
MLSA08Olympus BX41, BX43, BX51, BX53, and BX61 Adapter
$282.90
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MLSA03 Support Documentation
MLSA03Nikon TE2000 and Eclipse Ti Mounting Brackets, 2 Pieces
$142.84
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MLSA06 Support Documentation
MLSA06Nikon 50i, 80i, 90i, and Ci-L Adapter
$282.90
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MLSA07 Support Documentation
MLSA07Customer Inspired! Nikon Eclipse FN1 Mounting Adapter
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MLSA01 Support Documentation
MLSA01MLS203 31.5 mm Riser Plates for Breadboard Mounting, 2 Pieces
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Z-Axis Piezo Stage and Controller Bundle for XYZ Stage Configuration

Z-Axis Piezo Stage with XY Scanning Stage
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MZS500-E Z-Axis Piezo Stage Being Attached to the Motorized XY Scanning Stage
Z-Axis Stage with Multiwell Plate
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MZS500-E Z-Axis Piezo Stage with Multiwell Plate Fitted
Key Stage Specifications
Travel Range 500 µm
Resolution 25 nm
Minimum Step Size 250 nm (Typical)
Settling Time for 1 to 100 µm Step 25 ms (Typical)
  • Includes the Z-Axis Piezo Stage and Controller
  • Z-Axis Piezo Stage:
    • Z-Axis Component of the Motorized XYZ Microscope Stage System
    • Must First be Mounted to the MLS203 XY Stage (See Photo to Right)
    • Accessories, Such as Sample Plates and MZF001 Joystick Control, are Sold Below
  • Controller:
    • Quiet, High-Resolution Position Control
    • High Power: 150 V, 500 mA Continuous
    • Full Software Control Suite Supplied
    • Software Integrated with Other APT™ Family Controllers (Integrated Systems Development)
    • Closed-Loop PID Position via Capacitive Feedback Circuit
    • Voltage Ramp/Waveform Generating Capability
      (for Scanning Applications)
    • User-Controlled Digital I/O Port

The MZS500-E Z-axis stage and controller bundle includes a Z-axis stage and a closed-loop piezo controller. The piezo-driven stage provides 500 µm of vertical (Z-axis) travel, 25 nm of resolution, and a 0.5 lb (0.25 kg) max load capacity. The bundle includes everything needed for computer-controlled, Z-axis positioning and active location feedback. Please see the Specs tab for more information on the Z-axis piezo stage.

To incorporate the Z-Axis Stage into a system, it must first be mounted to an MLS203 series XY stage (shown to the upper far right). These two products combined present a versatile 3D solution for translating samples over a long range or across a sample with high precision. The stage can also be directly fitted with a multiwell plate (shown to the upper right); additional accessories can be found below.

The controller included with the stage is a single-channel, high-power (150 V, 500 mA), benchtop piezo controller for open- and closed-loop nanometer position control. Flexible software settings make this controller suitable for driving a wide range of third-party piezo products. In addition, USB connectivity provides easy plug-and-play PC operation; multiple units can be connected to a single PC via a standard USB hub for multi-axis motion control applications. Coupling this with the user-friendly APT™ software allows the user to quickly get up and running. Advanced custom motion control applications and sequences are also possible using the extensive ActiveX® programming environment. These ActiveX Controls can be incorporated into a wide range of software development environments including Labview, C++, and Matlab. Please see the Specs tab for more information on the Z-axis stage controller.

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Accessory Plates for Z-Axis Stage

MZS500P5 and MZS500P4 Breadboards
Breadboard Plate
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  • MZS500P5: 15 x 1/4"-20, 1" Pitch
  • MZS500P4: 15 x M6, 25 mm Pitch

C4SH01 Multi Slide Holder
Slide Holder Tray
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  • Plastic Holder Compatible with 25 mm x 75 mm, 1.1 ± 0.2 mm Thick Microscope Slides
  • Does Not Hold 26 mm x 76 mm Slides Sold by Thorlabs
  • Mount up to Four Slides for Automated Tissue and Tissue Microarray Analysis
  • Same Footprint as Multiwell Plates (127.6 mm × 85.5 mm)

MZS500P2 Slide/Petri Dish Holder
Slide/Petri Dish Holder
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  • Compatible with Microscope Slides Measuring 25 mm to 26.5 mm (0.98" to 1.04") in Width
  • Compatible with Petri Dishes Measuring 30 mm to 60 mm (1.18" to 2.36") in Diameter
  • Can be Used with Imperial or Metric Accessories

MZS500P3 Blank Adapter Plate
Blank Adapter Plate
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  • Ideal for Custom Applications
  • Easily Drilled and Tapped

Breadboard Plate Application
Breadboard Plate
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MZS500P5 Mounted in the MZS500-E Z-Axis Stage

Multi Slide Holder Application
Slide Holder Tray
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C4SH01 Slide Holder Tray Mounted in the MZS500-E Z-Axis Stage

Slide/Petri Dish Application
Rotation Stage Threaded Adapter
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MZS500P2 Slide/Petri Dish Holder Mounted in the MZS500-E Z-Axis Stage with the Stage Micrometer

Blank Adapter Plate Application
Rotation Stage Grooved Adapter
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MZS500P3 Mounted in the MZS500-E Z-Axis Stage

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MZS500P5 Support Documentation
MZS500P5MZS500-Compatible Breadboard Plate, 1/4"-20 Taps
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C4SH01 Support Documentation
C4SH01Four-Position Microscope Slide Holder
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MZS500P2 Support Documentation
MZS500P2MZS500-CompatibleSlide/Petri Dish Holder
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MZS500P3 Support Documentation
MZS500P3MZS500-Compatible Blank Adapter Plate
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MZS500P4 Support Documentation
MZS500P4MZS500-Compatible Breadboard Plate, M6 Taps
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Z-Axis Joystick Console for Z-Axis Stage

  • High Reliability Hall Effect Finger Joystick
  • Speed Adjustment for Fast or High-Precision Moves
  • Speed Dial for Sensitivity Adjustment
  • Allows Remote Manual Control
  • Can be Reprogrammed using a Benchtop Controller and a PC
  • Ergonomic Design
  • High-Quality Machined Anodized Aluminum Casing

The MZF001 joystick console has been designed for microscope users to provide intuitive, tactile, manual positioning of the MZS500 stage. It is used in conjunction with the MZS500-E controller above. Furthermore, if the parameter settings are saved (persisted) to the controller using a PC, the controller can be disconnected from the computer allowing for remote operation.

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MZF001Single-Axis Joystick Console
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2-Axis Joystick Console for XY Scanning Stage

  • Ideal for use with MLS203 Stages
  • Speed Adjustment for Fast or High Precision Moves
  • Speed Dial for Sensitivity Adjustment
  • Ergonomic Design
  • High-Quality Machined Anodized Aluminum Casing
  • High-Reliability Hall Effect Joystick

The MJC001 Joystick Console has been designed for microscope users and provides intuitive, tactile, manual positioning of the MLS203 Stages and other XY translation stages. The console features a two-axis joystick for XY control. In most applications, the default parameter settings saved within the controller allow the joystick to be used out-of-the-box, with no need for further setup, thereby negating the requirement to be connected to a host PC and allowing true remote operation.

The MJC001 is compatible with our Benchtop Brushless Controllers, Rack-Mounted Brushless Controller, and Stepper Motor ControllersThe joystick is shipped complete with cables for use with these controllers. If you intend to use the joystick with a legacy BBD10x series unit, please contact Tech Support for a compatible cable. 

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MJC0012-Axis Microscopy Joystick Console
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