XY Tables

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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.

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. With the world’s first subminiature heavy-duty ball slide with straight-line design & recirculating feature, custom designs are available. Website life/load calculators & CAD drawings.

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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. Our linear slide products (subminiature - heavy duty) offer high accuracy & long travel available. Same day shipment, life-load calculators, cad drawings.

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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. Our versatile and durable products have been specified in semiconductor and medical equipment as well as demanding military machinery. We continue to develop products with unique features to benefit the growing mechanical automation market.

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Modern Linear Incorporated $$$

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. Our UniSlide, XSlide & BiSlide Assemblies can do scanning, indexing and positioning. Use them to move sensors, antennas, cameras, measure distance & more. See our website for more information, or call today!

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Velmex, Inc. $$$

Hicksville, NY  |  516-595-7495

Isel USA manufactures and distributes a diverse set of quality linear motion and automation products. We offer linear slides in both belt and ball screw driven versions with a variety of options. Our linear slides are ideal for applications such as assembly, routing and drilling, inspection, dispensing and welding. For more information on how we can build your success, call today.

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Isel USA, Inc. $$$

Lansdale, PA  |  800-313-4753

SKF Motion Technologies is a leading global supplier of linear slides that offer precise motion. Our products range covers the guiding variants of linear ball bearings, miniature profile rails and precision rails. Call us today for all of your linear motion needs.

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Ewellix $$$
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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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