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Kinesis® Precision, Motorized Vertical Translation Stage


  • Vertical Travel Stage with Large Mounting Platform
  • Integrated DC Servo Motor and Control Electronics
  • Smooth, Repeatable Motion

KVS30

Vertical Translation Stage

The unit features intuitive controls, as well as connection options for PC control and external triggering.

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Vertical Translation Stage
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KVS30 Stage Shown in Fully Extended Position
Key Specificationsa
Travel 30.0 mm (1.18")
Load (Max) 7.0 kg (15.4 lbs)
Velocity (Max) 8.0 mm/s (All Loads)
Pitch Deviation ±25.8 µrad
Roll Deviation ±21.2 µrad
Unidirectional Repeatability ±0.11 µm
Bidirectional Repeatability ±0.12 µm
Stability ±0.06 µm
Platform Dimensions 116.2 mm x 116.2 mm
(4.57" x 4.57")
Platform Height 124.2 mm to 154.2 mm
(4.89" to 6.07")
  • Please see the Specs tab for a complete list of specifications.

Features

  • Motorized Precision Vertical Translation Stage
  • ±0.12 µm Bidirectional Repeatability
  • 0.1 µm Minimum Incremental Movement
  • Control Locally with Up & Down Buttons or Remotely by PC via USB
  • External Bidirectional Triggering via I/O Ports (5 V TTL)
  • Smooth, DC Servo-Driven Linear Motion
  • Full Kinesis® Software Control Suite Included
  • Large Mounting Platform with 1/4"-20 and 8-32 (M6 and M4) Taps
  • Location-Specific Power Supply Included

The KVS30(/M) Motorized Vertical Translation Stage is a DC servo-driven linear stage with integrated drive electronics. This stage provides precise, stable height adjustment over the full translation range. The stage motor is capable of moving loads up to 7.0 kg on a large 116.2 mm x 116.2 mm mounting platform with minimal pitch and roll deviation. Crossed-roller bearings and a steel scale linear encoder ensure accurate positioning with high repeatability. See the Specs tab for complete specifications.

The top plate has twenty-five 1/4"-20 (M6) taps and sixteen 8-32 (M4) taps for mounting optomechanical subassemblies. The base of the unit has four through holes that accept 1/4"-20 or M6 screws for mounting to a breadboard or optical table; the holes are spaced such that both imperial and metric breadboards are compatible. The unit is supplied with a region-specific power supply with an input of 100 to 240 VAC. The power connector on the unit includes a locking mechanism to avoid accidental removal of the cord. Note that the power supply unit (PSU) should be connected to the stage before connecting the PSU to a power outlet. A USB cable for controlling the stage via PC is also included.

Local Control
Up and Down buttons on the side of the unit can be used to translate the stage when the motor output is enabled. Alternatively, a manual scroll wheel on the side of the unit can be used to adjust the stage height when closed-loop position control is disabled or the stage is powered off. If the stage is connected to a PC running the Kinesis software while using the manual adjustment wheel, any adjustments will be reflected in the position window of the Kinesis GUI. To enable or disable closed-loop position control, either hold the Up and Down buttons simultaneously until the Status LED flashes or change the setting in the Kinesis software when the unit is connected to a PC. 

External Control
A USB port on the side of the stage allows it to be connected to a PC and controlled using our Kinesis® software suite. This software package features new .NET controls that can be used by 3rd party developers working in the latest C#, Visual Basic, LabView, or any .NET compatible languages to create custom applications. Parameter settings can be adjusted on the PC and stored in non-volatile memory within the unit itself. When the unit is next powered up, these settings are applied automatically. Please see the Kinesis Software and Kinesis Tutorials tabs for more details. External bidirectional triggering is possible using the two I/O ports on the unit.

Specificationsa
Travel 30.0 mm (1.18")
Unidirectional Repeatability ±0.11 µm
Bidirectional Repeatability ±0.12 µm
Accuracy 0.9 µm
Homing Repeatability ±0.36 µm
Pitch Deviationb ±25.8 µrad
Compliance in Pitchb 39.0 µrad/N·m
Maximum Torque (Pitch)c 5.0 N·m
Roll Deviation ±21.2 µrad
Compliance in Rollb 19.0 µrad/N·m
Maximum Torque (Roll)c 9.0 N·m
Maximum Load 7.0 kg (15.4 lbs)
Maximum Velocity 8.0 mm/s (All Loads)
Maximum Acceleration 5.0 mm/s2 (All Loads)
Minimum Incremental Motiond 0.1 µm
Stability ±0.06 µm
Lead Screw Pitch 1.0 mm
Operating Temperature 5 to 40 °C
Dimensions (W x D x H)
at Homed Position
116.2 mm x 116.2 mm x 124.2 mm
(4.57" x 4.57" x 4.89")
Weight 3.4 kg (7.48 lbs)
Input Power Requirements
Current 1 A (Max)
Nominal Voltage 15 VDC
  • The values above were measured in a thermally stable environment with the power on. See Appendix B of the manual for a glossary of terms.
  • Pitch or Roll Compliance is the resultant distortion caused by an applied torque such as an off-center or uneven load.
  • Torque is the twisting force caused by an uneven or off-axis load, which in turn gives rise to compliance.
  • When Controlled via PC

Computer Connection

USB 3.0
*The USB 3.0 port is compatible with a USB 2.0 Micro B connector if the Micro B connector is plugged into the shaded region in the photo above. A USB 3.0 type A to type Micro B cable is included with each KVS30(/M) stage.

I/O 1

MMCX Female

I/O 2

MMCX Female

SMC Male SMC Male
+5 V TTL +5 V TTL
These connectors can be independently configured for use with external trigger input or output signal (5 V TTL levels).
In input mode, logic levels are TTL compatible: <0.8 V is recognized as Low and >2.4 V is recognized as High. The default state when the port is unconnected is High.
In output mode, the port provides a push-pull drive of 5 V with a maximum current of 8 mA.

Power Supply

Power Jack
3.15 mm Jack Connector

Thorlabs' Kinesis® software can be used to control devices in the Kinesis or APT™ 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 new .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.

By providing these common software platforms, Thorlabs has ensured that users can easily mix and match any of the APT and Kinesis 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 the low-powered, single-axis to the high-powered, 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.

Software Download

Software

Kinesis Version 1.14.24

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

Also Available:

  • Communications Protocol
APTConfig
Kinesis GUI Screen

Thorlabs' Kinesis® software features new .NET controls which can be used by third-party developers working in the latest C#, Visual Basic, LabVIEW™, or any .NET compatible languages to create custom applications.

C#
This programming language is designed to allow multiple programming paradigms, or languages, to be used, thus allowing for complex problems to be solved in an easy or efficient manner. It encompasses typing, imperative, declarative, functional, generic, object-oriented, and component-oriented programming. By providing functionality with this common software platform, Thorlabs has ensured that users can easily mix and match any of the Kinesis 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 the low-powered, single-axis to the high-powered, multi-axis systems and control all from a single, PC-based unified software interface.

The Kinesis System Software allows two methods of usage: graphical user interface (GUI) utilities for direct interaction 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.

For a collection of example projects that can be compiled and run to demonstrate the different ways in which developers can build on the Kinesis motion control libraries, click on the links below. Please note that a separate integrated development environment (IDE) (e.g., Microsoft Visual Studio) will be required to execute the Quick Start examples. The C# example projects can be executed using the included .NET controls in the Kinesis software package (see the Kinesis Software tab for details).

C Sharp Icon Click Here for the Kinesis with C# Quick Start Guide
Click Here for C# Example Projects
Click Here for Quick Start Device Control Examples
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LabVIEW
LabVIEW can be used to communicate with any Kinesis- or APT-based controller via .NET controls. In LabVIEW, you build a user interface, known as a front panel, with a set of tools and objects and then add code using graphical representations of functions to control the front panel objects. The LabVIEW tutorial, provided below, provides some information on using the .NET controls to create control GUIs for Kinesis- and APT-driven devices within LabVIEW. It includes an overview with basic information about using controllers in LabVIEW and explains the setup procedure that needs to be completed before using a LabVIEW GUI to operate a device.

Labview Icon Click Here to View the LabVIEW Guide
Click Here to View the Kinesis with LabVIEW Overview Page
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Posted Comments:
user  (posted 2020-02-29 12:53:25.613)
Too bad these motorized instruments are not OS agnostic, which means I cannot put it into a system where OS is dictated by DUT. Make your products like the FW102C, built-in FTDI RS232 controller, so I can send text commands from any OS to operate the equipment.
cwright  (posted 2020-03-03 06:01:47.0)
Response from Charles at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. While this device does not have a dedicated port for such communication, you can control this device with text commands via the RS232 standard. There are FTDI drivers which allow for interfacing with a virtual COM port, which allows for OS agnostic operation through our communication protocal document. You can view this communications protocol here: https://www.thorlabs.com/software_pages/ViewSoftwarePage.cfm?Code=Motion_Control

Motorized Vertical Translation Stage

Vertical Translation Stage Schematic
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KVS30 Mechanical Drawing. Values for the metric version are given in parentheses.
  • 30.0 mm Vertical Translation
  • 124.2 mm Minimum Platform Height
  • ±0.12 µm Bidirectional Repeatability
  • 0.1 µm Minimum Incremental Movement
  • Control Locally with Up & Down Buttons or Remotely by PC via USB
  • External Bidirectional Triggering via I/O Ports (5 V TTL)

This vertical translation stage provides precise, stable height adjustment with smooth, repeatable motion. The large 116.2 mm x 116.2 mm platform is capable of moving loads up to 7.0 kg at speeds up to 8.0 mm/s. When the stage is fully lowered, the platform height is 124.2 mm.

The unit features Up and Down buttons for controlling the stage. When closed-loop control is disabled or when the stage is powered off, a manual scroll wheel can be used for adjustment. The USB connector allows PC control using our Kinesis® software control suite.

Two I/O ports enable external bidirectional triggering (5 V TTL). Mating cables for these ports are available separately below. A power supply with a region-specific adapter plug is included with the stage.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
KVS30 Support Documentation
KVS30Customer Inspired! Kinesis® 30 mm Vertical Translation Stage, 1/4"-20 and 8-32 Tapped Holes
$6,450.00
Lead Time
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
KVS30/M Support Documentation
KVS30/MCustomer Inspired! Kinesis® 30 mm Vertical Translation Stage, M6 and M4 Tapped Holes
$6,450.00
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Coaxial Cables with MMCX Connectors

  • Cables for Trigger Ports on KVS30(/M) Translation Stage
  • MMCX Male Connector to BNC or SMA Male Connector
  • DC - 6 GHz Frequency Range
  • 50 Ω Normal Impedance
  • 170 V Max Operating Voltage

Two cables are available to enable external triggering via the I/O ports on the KVS30(/M) stage. The CA3339 cable features a male BNC termination while the CA3439 has a male SMA termination. Both cables are 1 m (39") long.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
CA3339 Support Documentation
CA3339RG-174 Coaxial Cable, MMCX Male to BNC Male, 1 m (39")
$26.00
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CA3439 Support Documentation
CA3439RG-174 Coaxial Cable, MMCX Male to SMA Male, 1 m (39")
$28.00
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