1 - Tiger controller and FTP firmware
1 - XY stage
2 - Stilts (single-axis stages with mounting brackets; one master, one slave 1)
1 - Optical breadboard ≥ 600 mm wide
1 - Ruler or measuring tape
1 - 5 mm hex driver
4 - M6 washers
4 - M6 x 25 mm socket head screws (stilts to metric breadboard)
1 - 4 mm hex driver
2 - M6 x 16 mm flat head screws (stage to left stilt)
2 - M6 x 14 mm flat head screws (stage to right stilt)
1. Plug the XY stage into the Tiger controller.
2. Measure the distance between the X- and X+ mounting holes in the XY stage’s bottom plate, as in Figure 1. (Use the joystick or a serial command to move the X-axis to either side to reveal the mounting holes.)
3. Space the stilts on the breadboard so that the stage will mount
4. Loosely mount the stilts using the M6 washers and 25 mm socket head screws, 2 per side, to:
5. Plug the stilts into the ASI controller.
Measure the position of the slides of the stilts relative to their bodies and/or how level the XY stage is relative to the table. If there is a significant discrepancy do the following to level the stilts:
R F=-5000to move -0.5 mm. Alternatively you can assign an input device to the slave axis letter and move it that way.
H Z=0) to set both F and Z positions equal to zero.
NOTICE: Commanding the slave axis by itself after the XY stage has been mounted can result in permanent damage to equipment. Leveling the two stilts is the only reason to command the slave axis itself, otherwise command both axes together by using the master axis.
1. Mount the bottom plate of the stage to the stilts, as in Figure 4. Work in a criss-cross pattern, gently tightening the screw farthest from the one you just tightened. Do the sequence once gently, and then again to properly seat all the screws. This ensures the stress is applied evenly.
NOTICE: Firmly mount the XY stage to the stilts before tightening the stilts to the breadboard, else permanent damage to equipment may occur.
2. Tighten the screws fastening the stilts to the breadboard after the stage is firmly mounted.4) Again, work in a criss-cross pattern, gently at first, to ensure all screws are properly seated.
3. After the screws are tightened, it is important to:
NOTICE: To control the vertical movement of the stage, send commands to the master-axis ONLY, else the stilts lose alignment and permanent damage to equipment may occur.
For MIM: When using an FTP with an inverted microscope that has an objective below the stage, then the FTP card must be setup with the following commands to reverse it's direction of travel such that increasing values move away from the objective and decreasing values move towards the objective. 2 CCA Z=6 2 CCA Z=8 2 SS Z Note: “2” Represents the card address in these commands. If your Z/F FTP cards address is not the standard 2, then use the correct address, visible on the front panel of the card.
Send commands only to the master axis. The firmware feature for keeping the linear stages synchronized is documented here.
If the two linear stages become unsynchronized somehow (e.g. a cable comes off) then go back to the section Alignment of the Stilts.
H Zto set both positions equal to zero