ANT130LZ Series Single-Axis Z Direct-Drive Nanopositioning Stages


Design Features

  • Nanometer performance in a large travel format (35 and 60 mm)
  • High resolution (2 nm), repeatability (75 nm) and accuracy (300 nm)
  • In-position stability of <2 nm
  • Anti-creep crossed-roller bearings
  • High dynamic performance


Aerotech’s ANT series stages are the world’s first nanometer-level positioning systems with greater than 25 mm travel. The ANT130LZ crossed-roller stages are the best-in-class in combining speed, accuracy, resolution, repeatability, reliability and size, and are offered in two accuracy grades.

Noncontact Direct-Drive

Only noncontact direct-drive technology offers the robust, accurate and high-speed positioning necessary for mass production of precision devices. ANT130LZ stages utilize advanced direct-drive technology pioneered by Aerotech to achieve the highest level of positioning performance for high-precision positioning, disk-drive fabrication, fiber alignment, optical delay element actuation, sensor testing and scanning processes that demand smooth and precise motion.

The ANT130LZ stages use a nearly frictionless counterbalance mechanism to maintain performance levels while minimizing motor heating. The counterbalance is user adjustable from 0 to 10 kg.

Flexible System Design

The ANT130LZ family has universal mounting and tabletop patterns that allow for easy system integration. Two, three or more axes can be easily combined for flexible system designs and multi-axis configurations.

System Characteristics

Outstanding accuracy, position repeatability and in-position stability require high system resolution. The ANT130LZ stage’s industry-leading 2 nm minimum incremental step size provides this high level of performance. Excellent in-position stability is assisted by high-quality, anti-creep, crossed-roller bearings. The stage offers virtually maintenance-free operation over the life of the product. Aerotech’s direct-drive technology has no hysteresis or backlash, enabling accurate and repeatable nanometer-scale motion.


Mechanical Specifications

Travel 35 mm 60 mm
Accuracy(1) Basic ±3 µm ±3 µm
PLUS ±300 nm ±300 nm
Resolution (Minimum Incremental Motion) 2 nm 2 nm
Bidirectional Repeatability(1) Basic ±100 nm ±100 nm
PLUS ±75 nm ±75 nm
Unidirectional Repeatability ±50 nm ±50 nm
Straightness(1) ±2.0 µm ±2.0 µm
Flatness(1) ±2.0 µm ±2.0 µm
Pitch 10 arc sec 10 arc sec
Roll 10 arc sec 10 arc sec
Yaw 5 arc sec 5 arc sec
Maximum Speed 200 mm/s 200 mm/s
Maximum Acceleration 1 g (No Load) 1 g (No Load)
In-Position Stability(2) <2 nm <2 nm
Maximum Force (Continuous) 23 N 23 N
Load Capacity(3) Vertical 10 kg 10 kg
Moving Mass 1.2 kg 1.4 kg
Stage Mass 4.3 kg 5.2 kg
Material Aluminum Body/Black Hardcoat Finish
MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) 30,000 Hours
  1. Certified with each stage.
  2. In-Position Jitter listing is 3 sigma value.
  3. Axis orientation for on-axis loading is listed.
  4. Air supply must be clean, dry to 0°F dewpoint and filtered to 0.25 µm or better; recommend nitrogen at 99.9% purity. Supply pressure is determined by the amount of payload carried by the stage.

• Specifications are for single-axis systems measured 25 mm above the tabletop. Performance of combined multi-axis systems is payload and workpoint dependent. Consult factory for multi-axis or non-standard applications.
• -PLUS requires the use of an Aerotech controller.

Electrical Specifications

Drive System Brushless Linear Servomotor
Feedback Noncontact Linear Encoder
Maximum Bus Voltage -CN1: 80 VDC
-CN2: 160 VDC
Limit Switches 5 V, Normally Closed
Home Switch Near Center

Recommended Controller

Multi-Axis A3200 Npaq MXR
Ndrive ML-MXH
Ensemble Epaq MXH
Ensemble ML-MXH
Single Axis Soloist Soloist ML-MXH
  1. Linear amplifiers are required to achieve the listed specifications. Other options are available.

Note: To ensure the achievement and repeatability of specifications over an extended period of time, environmental temperature must be controlled to within 0.25ºC/24 hours. If this is not possible, alternate products are available. Please consult Aerotech for more information.

  • ANT130LZ-Plus Step Plot
  • ANT130LZ Performance Graphs


Ordering Information

ANT130LZ Single-Axis Z Direct-Drive Nanopositioning Stage

Travel (Required)

-035 35 mm travel
-060 60 mm travel

Connectors (Required)

-CN1 Single 25-pin D connector, 25DU
-CN2 Two connectors, 4-pin HPD and 25-pin D, 4DU-25DU
    Note: -CN1 option not valid for systems using bus voltages greater than 80 V

Performance Grade (Required)

-PL1 Base performance
-PL2 High-accuracy performance, PLUS

Integration (Required)

Aerotech offers both standard and custom integration services to help you get your system fully operational as quickly as possible. The following standard integration options are available for this system. Please consult Aerotech if you are unsure what level of integration is required, or if you desire custom integration support with your system.
-TAS Integration - Test as system
Testing, integration, and documentation of a group of components as a complete system that will be used together (ex: drive, controller, and stage). This includes parameter file generation, system tuning, and documentation of the system configuration.
-TAC Integration - Test as components
Testing and integration of individual items as discrete components. This is typically used for spare parts, replacement parts, or items that will not be used or shipped together (ex: stage only). These components may or may not be part of a larger system