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Motorized linear slides with linear motion capabilities, XY tables are used for material handling, automation equipment such as water-jet cutting machines, machinery building, measurement and more. Read More…

XY Tables XY tables or stages are often referred to as positioning stages as they are frequently used in robotic applications to position equipment or materials.
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Leading Manufacturers

Bethel, CT  |  203-778-2727

Del-Tron is a linear slide manufacturer/distributor of ball bearing slides, crossed roller tables, roller slides, multi-axis positioning stages, xy tables, motor-ready lead screw stages & crossed roller rail sets.

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Del-Tron Precision, Inc. $$$

Bethel, CT  |  800-447-2042

When describing Tusk Direct, a linear slide distributor, products such as linear motion components, roller tables, ball & crossed roller slides, dovetail slides, bushings, multi-axis positioners & motor ready lead screw actuators, come to mind.

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Tusk Direct, Inc. $$$

San Rafael, CA  |  415-924-7938

Modern Linear manufactures guide roller components and integrated slides for applications ranging from clean/vacuum environments to food processing/packaging, and heavy contamination.

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Modern Linear Incorporated $$$

Hatfield, PA  |  800-314-3332

Isotech is a distributor of precision linear motion components: air cylinders, linear actuators, linear slides, ball slide assemblies, crossed roller slide assemblies, re-circulating ball slide guides. We can supply standard or high precision products in either English or metric, all with the convenience of on-line ordering. Our parts are ready for installation right out of the box.

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Isotech, Inc. $$$

Bloomfield, NY  |  800-642-6446

Established in 1967, Velmex makes manual & motor driven dovetail slides, open frame tables, twin rail slides, rotary and XY stages. Choose hand, lead screw or belt drive.

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Velmex, Inc. $$$

Fort Mill, SC  |  800-284-9784

TPA Motion has been established to answer the ever-increasing demand for higher precision and lower costs. Our combined product offering provides designers with the widest variety of components for miniature automation tasks, and our ability to provide complete subassemblies answers the increasing demand for cost effective positioning solutions from a single source.

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TPA Motion $$$
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XY tables or stages, similar to roller tables, are flat surfaces or platforms mounted onto a linear slide system. The stationary base is attached to the surface through linear rails or guides and bearings.

Ball bearing slides or roller slides are the most common type of slide used for XY tables. The bases can be stacked on top of one another to provide multiple axis movement range and to further add to the variance of the XY table uses.

Intended load capacity, desired or necessary precision and tolerance and durability of the machine should be considered when determining the best type of XY table as one of these factors may be more important than another. The drive mechanism used to drive the linear slide can be chosen based upon the desired smoothness of the operation and the speed at which the process is required to happen.

As with all linear slides, wear and tear is a factor and the bearings may have to be replaced from time to time depending on the nature of the operation. Ball bearings tend to be the most susceptible to wear and so are replaced the most often.

Stainless steel and cast iron are the most commonly used fabrication materials for XY tables and the mechanical components are often formed from bronze or aluminum.

Corrosion is also a factor to be considered, and stainless steel components should be chosen if prolonged exposure to moisture and the potential for rust development exists. Furthermore, in many industrial or manufacturing operations, dust and debris is a factor and this can get into the linear guide system and cause problems within the bearings and rails.

From time to time, the mechanism may need to be disassembled and cleaned out. If a linear system is left with debris and dust in its bearing systems, it may increase the rate of deterioration of the machine as a whole and it is important to protect the bearings.

Apart from occasional linear slide cleaning and bearing replacements, XY tables tend to be a low maintenance machinery option and are a cost-effective operating system component.

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