In life sciences, precise specimen handling and manipulation is the most crucial part of the daily business at a microscopy workplace; therefore equipment being used has to be extremely precise and reliable.
Microscopy Stages and Manipulators
To address this requirements, SmarAct has developed microscopy stages that not only allow the specimen to be positioned in two dimensions, but also allow mounting of micromanipulation systems for in situ sample manipulation. The microscopy stage itself is based on compact linear stages and allows long travel ranges with nanometer precision and highest repeatability in closed-loop control mode.
In addition to the standard universal object slide holder, a unified well-plate holder and petri dish holders are available. For high throughput experiments, a magnetic holder is also available which allows an easy and fast exchange of slides and coverslips.
Micromanipulation systems are very versatile devices when it comes to handle pipettes, micro-knives, micro-grippers, microinjectors or other mechanical or electrical probes.
Our portfolio includes several different manipulators with three and four degree-of-freedom for the most common tasks.
Larger stages support not only one but two or more micromanipulators which gives you even more degrees offreedom to manipulate your specimens. Both manipulators can be moved totally independent of each other and of course can be equipped with different tools and axes configurations.
Compatibility and Adaptability
SmarAct microscopy stages are compatible with Leica DMI3000 and DM2700M and also with Olympus BX microscopes. The stages can be highly customized and adapted to other models and brands.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss customized adaptation of our stages to your specific microscope model or your self-developed setup, control system and software.
The XY stage and the micromanipulators are being controlled by our modular MCS2 Control System, allowing up to 18 positioning stages addressed from one controller. This make even highly versatile setups consisting of one XY stage and four micromanipulators with four degrees-of-freedom each possible. A special driving mode of the piezo stage called “quiet mode” reduces the piezo noise significantly by shifting the driving frequency out of the human hearing range.
The stage and manipulators can be commanded by different hand control devices with tactile buttons and joysticks or with SmarAct’s Precision Tool Commander software. Integration of the XY stage and the manipulators into your own control software can be realized with the help of the supplied Software Development Kits which include documentation, libraries and programming examples for C/C++ and LabVIEW®. Based on the control interface, the microscopy stage can easily be integrated into existing software frameworks. Even an integration into Micro-Manager, an open source software package for microscope image acquisition and device
control by Open Imaging, Inc., is available.