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1- and 2-Axis Motorized Goniometer Stages


  • Pure Rational Motion About a Fixed Point Above the Stage
  • 1° Graduation Markings on Side
  • Comes with Z812 DC Motors for Easy Automation

GNL20-Z8

GNL18-Z8

GNL10-Z8

Actual Cable Length
is 1.6' (0.5 m)

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Item #GNL10-Z8(/M)GNL18-Z8(/M)GNL20-Z8(/M)
Distance to
Point of Rotation
1.00" (25.4 mm) 1.75" (44.5 mm) 1.00" (25.4 mm)
Rotation ±8o ±5o ±5o / ±8o
Accuracy 10 arcmin (0.167°) 10 arcmin (0.167°) 10 arcmin (0.167°)
Load Capacity 0.50 lbs (0.227 kg) 0.50 lbs (0.227 kg) 0.50 lbs (0.227 kg)
Goniometer
Dimensions (W x D x H)
1.50" x 1.50" x 0.75"
(38.1 mm x 38.1 mm x 19.1 mm)
1.50" x 1.50" x 1.50"
(38.1 mm x 38.1 mm x 38.1 mm)
Base Plate
Dimensions (W x D x H)
Imperial Goniometers: 1.50" x 2.50" x 0.20"
Metric Goniometers: 38.1 mm x 62.7 mm x 5.1 mm
Body Material Anodized Aluminum

Features

  • Pure Rotational Motion About a Virtual Point
  • 1° Graduation Marks on Side
  • Backlash-Free Spring-Loaded Design
  • Fully Lockable
  • Single Axis and XY Configurations
  • DC Motorized with Z812B Actuator
  • Manual Goniometer Stages Also Available

A goniometer or goniometric stage is a device used to rotate an object precisely, within a small angular range, about a fixed point in space. Goniometers are similar to linear stages, but, rather than providing linear movement, the stage partially rotates about a fixed point above the mounting surface of the stage. In our two product lines, the distance from the point of rotation to the mounting surface was designed so that two different goniometer models may be stacked in an XY configuration and both stages will rotate about the same point. Our motorized goniometers use our Z812B DC Servo Actuator for enhanced, automated, angular positioning of the top plate.

Point of Rotation Diagram

Our goniometers offer unobstructed, pure rotational motion about their point of rotation over the angle of rotation (see image to the right). The compact, stackable design allows one model to be fastened to the top plate of another aligning their points of rotation. In the GNL series, the GNL10(/M) mounts atop the GNL18(/M). These two axis stage setups can be purchased as a single package [Item # GNL20(/M)] at a cost savings.

The precision dovetail design, accompanied by a backlash-free lead screw and a vernier scale, provides accurate and repeatable positioning. A side mounted setscrew can be used to lock the platform in position.

The GNL series goniometers provide an array of twelve 4-40 (M2.5) and sixteen 6-32 (M4) taps for mounting. See below for mounting hole positions.

The KDC101 DC Servo Controller is the ideal driver for the Z8 series actuators. The unit is fully compatible with our new Kinesis® software package and our legacy APT™ Control Software, both of which can be downloaded here. Please see the Motion Control Software tab for more information.

The Z812B DC servo motors shipped with these stages are provided with 1.6' (0.5 m) of cable. An 8' (2.5 m) extension cable, PAA632, is also available.


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Goniometer Dimensions

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Mounting Options

Goniometer Specifications

Item #GNL10(/M)GNL18(/M)GNL20(/M)
Distance to Point
of Rotation
1.00" (25.4 mm) 1.75" (44.5 mm) 1.00" (25.4 mm)
Rotation ±8o ±5o ±5o / ±8o
Accuracy 10 arcmin (0.167°)
Load Capacity 0.50 lbs (0.227 kg)
Goniometer
Dimensions (W x D x H)
1.50" x 1.50" x 0.75"
(38.1 mm x 38.1 mm x 19.1 mm)
1.50" x 1.50" x 1.50"
(38.1 mm x 38.1 mm x 38.1 mm)
Base Plate
Dimensions (W x D x H)
Imperial Goniometers: 1.50" x 2.50" x 0.20"
Metric Goniometers: 38.1 mm x 62.7 mm x 5.1 mm
Body Material Anodized Aluminum

Z8 Actuator Specifications

Item #Z812B
Travel 12 mm (0.47")
Motor Type DC Servo
Motor Drive Voltage 12 V
Max Recommended Current 80 mA
Lead Screw Pitch 1.0 mm
Calculated Resolution 29 nma
Repeatability <8 µm
Backlash (with Preload) <8 µm
Feedback Hall Effect Encoder
Encoder Counts per Rev.
of the Lead Screw
34,304
Planetary Gearhead Ratio 67:1
Limit Switches Electromechanical
Speed Range 0.050 to 2.6 mm/s
Operating Temperature 41 - 104 °F (5 - 40 °C)
Cable Length 1.6' (0.5 m)
Compatible Controller KDC101
  • At 2.6 mm/sec, velocity ripple and distortion of the acceleration/deceleration profile may occur. For improved control, the max velocity should be limited to 2.3 mm/sec.

Z812B DC Servo Motor Output

D-type Male

DB15 Male

PinDescriptionPinDescription
1Ground9Ident Resistor
2Forward Limit Switch105 V Encoder Supply
3Reverse Limit Switch11Encoder Channel A
4Not Connected12Not Connected
5Motor -13Encoder Channel B
6Not Connected14Not Connected
7Motor +15Not Connected
8Not Connected
GNL10-Z8 SmartPack Packaging
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GNL10-Z8 Packaging

Smart Pack

Item #% Weight
Reduction
CO2-Equivalent
Reductiona
GNL10-Z8 7.92% 0.05 kg
GNL10/M-Z8 7.92% 0.09 kg
GNL18-Z8 29.80% 0.17 kg
GNL18/M-Z8 7.92% 0.12 kg

Smart Pack

  • Reduce Weight of Packaging Materials
  • Increase Usage of Recyclable Packing Materials
  • Improve Packing Integrity
  • Decrease Shipping Costs

Thorlabs' Smart Pack Initiative is aimed at waste minimization while still maintaining adequate protection for our products. By eliminating any unnecessary packaging, implementing packaging design changes, and utilizing eco-friendly packaging materials for our customers when possible, this initiative seeks to improve the environmental impact of our product packaging. Products listed above are now shipped in re-engineered packaging that minimizes the weight and the use of non-recyclable materials.b As we move through our product line, we will indicate re-engineered packages with our Smart Pack logo.

  • Travel-based emissions reduction calculations are estimated based on the total weight reduction of packaging materials used for all of 2013’s product sales, traveling 1,000 miles on an airplane, to provide general understanding of the impact of packaging material reduction. Calculations were made using the EPA’s shipping emissions values for different modes of transport.
  • Some Smart Pack products may show a negative weight reduction percentage as the substitution of greener packaging materials, such as the Greenwrap, at times slightly increases the weight of the product packaging.

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 1.14.11

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 3.21.2

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 IconClick here to view the LabView guideLabview Icon

Posted Comments:
lingxu  (posted 2016-02-10 14:38:56.31)
The tilt value displayed in APT cannot be converted to rotation in radians, therefore I could not use this stage to set the tilt to a specific value.
besembeson  (posted 2016-03-03 10:03:40.0)
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs USA: The actuator is not calibrated with respect to the goniometer stage when we ship these systems. You will have to perform such a calibration to relate the goniometer tilt with the actuator position. I will follow-up with you to further discuss this.
scott.gagnon  (posted 2014-03-18 15:59:25.32)
You should list the operating temps with your spec sheets.
myanakas  (posted 2014-03-19 12:40:04.0)
Thank you for you feedback. Currently the operating temperature is in the specifications section of the linked manual and the "Specs" tab. The manual can be found by clicking on the red "Docs" icon next to the part numbers.

Large Platform, Motorized Goniometers

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GNL10-Z8 Support Documentation
GNL10-Z8Large Motorized Goniometer, 1" Distance to Point of Rotation, ±8º
$808.86
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GNL18-Z8 Support Documentation
GNL18-Z8Large Motorized Goniometer, 1.75" Distance to Point of Rotation, ±5º
$814.98
Today
GNL20-Z8 Support Documentation
GNL20-Z8Large Motorized Dual-Axis Goniometer, 1" Distance to Point of Rotation
$1,627.92
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available / Ships
GNL10/M-Z8 Support Documentation
GNL10/M-Z8Large Motorized Goniometer, 25.4 mm Distance to Point of Rotation, ±8º, Metric
$808.86
Today
GNL18/M-Z8 Support Documentation
GNL18/M-Z8Large Motorized Goniometer, 44.5 mm Distance to Point of Rotation, ±5º, Metric
$814.98
Today
GNL20/M-Z8 Support Documentation
GNL20/M-Z8Large Motorized Dual-Axis Goniometer, 25.4 mm Distance to Point of Rotation, Metric
$1,627.92
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K-Cube™ DC Servo Motor Controller

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Item #QtyDescription
Product List
KCH6011USB Controller Hub and Power Supply for Six K-Cubes or T-Cubes
KDC1011K-Cube Brushed DC Servo Motor Controller (Power Supply Not Included)
KST1011K-Cube Stepper Motor Controller (Power Supply Not Included)
KPZ1011K-Cube Piezo Controller (Power Supply Sold Separately)
TSG0011 T-Cube Strain Gauge Reader (Power Supply Not Included)
TSC0011T-Cube Shutter Controller (Power Supply Not Included)
KAP1012Adapter Plate for KCH Series Hubs and 60 mm Wide T-Cubes
KCH601 USB Controller Hub (Sold Separately) with Installed K-Cube and T-Cube™ Modules (T-Cubes Require the KAP101 Adapter)
  • Front Panel Velocity Wheel and Digital Display for Controlling Motorized Stages or Actuators
  • Two Bidirectional Trigger Ports to Read or Control External Equipment
  • Interfaces with Computer Using Included USB Cable
  • Fully Compatible with Kinesis® or APT™ Software Packages
  • Compact Footprint: 60.0 mm x 60.0 mm x 49.2 mm (2.42" x 2.42" x 1.94")
  • Power Supply Not Included (See Below)

Thorlabs' KDC101 K-Cube Brushed DC Motor Controller provides local and computerized control of a single motor axis. It features a top-mounted control panel with a velocity wheel that supports four-speed bidirectional control with forward and reverse jogging as well as position presets. A backlit digital display is also included that can have the backlit dimmed or turned off using the the top-panel menu options. The front of the unit contains two bidirectional trigger ports that can be used to read a 5 V external logic signal or output a 5 V logic signal to control external equipment. Each port can be independently configured.

The unit is fully compatible with our new Kinesis software package and our legacy APT control software. Please see the Motion Control Software tab for more information.

Please note that this controller does not ship with a power supply. Compatible power supplies are listed below. Additional information can be found on the main KDC101 DC Servo Motor Controller page.

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KDC101 Support Documentation
KDC101K-Cube Brushed DC Servo Motor Controller (Power Supply Not Included)
$638.52
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Compatible Power Supplies

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A location-specific adapter is shipped with the power supply unit based on your location. The adapters for the KPS101 are shown here.
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The KPS101 Power Supply Unit
  • Power Supplies
    • KPS101: For One K-Cube™ or T-Cube™
  • USB Controller Hubs Provide Power and Communications
    • KCH301: For up to Three K-Cubes or T-Cubes
    • KCH601: For up to Six K-Cubes or T-Cubes
    • KAP101: Adapter Plate for Connecting 60 mm Wide T-Cubes to KCH Hubs
    • KAP102: Adapter Plate for Connecting 120 mm Wide T-Cubes to KCH Hubs

The KPS101 can supply up to 2.4 A and power a single K-Cube or T-Cube. It plugs into a standard wall outlet and provides +15 VDC.

The KCH301 and KCH601 USB Controller Hubs each consist of two parts: the hub, which can support up to three (KCH301) or six (KCH601) K-Cubes or T-Cubes, and a power supply that plugs into a standard wall outlet. The hub draws a maximum current of 10 A; please verify that the cubes being used do not require a total current of more than 10 A. In addition, the hub provides USB connectivity to any docked K-Cube or T-Cube through a single USB connection.

A KAP101 or KAP102 Adapter Plate (sold separately) is required for each T-Cube to operate on the KCH301 or KCH601 controller hub. The KAP101 is designed to adapt 60 mm wide T-Cubes to the hubs, while the KAP102 is designed to adapt 120 mm wide T-Cubes to the hubs.

For more information on the USB Controller Hubs, see the full web presentation.

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KPS101 Support Documentation
KPS10115 V, 2.4 A Power Supply Unit with 3.5 mm Jack Connector for One K- or T-Cube
$33.33
3-5 Days
KCH301 Support Documentation
KCH301USB Controller Hub and Power Supply for Three K-Cubes or T-Cubes
$494.70
Today
KCH601 Support Documentation
KCH601USB Controller Hub and Power Supply for Six K-Cubes or T-Cubes
$598.74
Lead Time
KAP101 Support Documentation
KAP101Adapter Plate for KCH Series Hubs and 60 mm Wide T-Cubes
$57.38
Today
KAP102 Support Documentation
KAP102Adapter Plate for KCH Series Hubs and 120 mm Wide T-Cubes
$62.48
Today
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