Bespoke high precision multi axis positioning stages from Micromech:

Micromech has been working in partnership with Netherlands based company PM bearings for over six years. Together we have been providing micro and nanometric positioning systems to UK companies covering a wide range of industries.

Working with PM Bearings we strive to provide the optimum solution for precision positioning applications.

Core competence lies in the development, manufacture and integration of linear bearings, guidance systems, and mechatronic nano-positioning (vacuum) modules.

We have developed and produce bespoke systems for customers in the semiconductor, aerospace, medical and research industries as well as for the analytical and optical markets. In addition to our standard range of precision bearings and stages, over 50% of our products are custom designed and manufactured in-house.

Micro and nanopositioning using piezo:

PM BearingsThe demand for complex, high-precision linear systems is continually increasing worldwide. Specialists such as PM-Bearings therefore continue to develop in this area and create customised solutions in the field of piezo technology.

The design of each high-precision linear system or positioning table begins with the selection of the mechanical and electrical components that make up the final system.

There are many factors to be taken into consideration that influnce a system design and lead to the highest possible accuracy and repeatability. Factors include bearing type, materials and surface treatment, stiffness and stability of the system, encoder type, style of assembly, etc.

PM BearingsFurthermore, in order to design and build the optimum system it is essential to understand the environment in which the system is to ultimately work. Quite often measurements made during clean room assembly and test are found to deviate when the system is placed in its final operating location. When it comes to high accurate positioning stages, factors that apply outside a clean room environment are often overlooked.

PM BearingsYears of experience in the field of high precision positioning have taught PM-Bearings engineers the importance of environmental factors that must be considered during the design phase. Temperature of the working environment and the preload on the rails must be taken into account. Temperature differences (even body temperature) can cause deviations in high-precision systems affecting its characteristics.

The piezoelectric motors (an electro-mechanical drive system that converts the limited movement of a piezoelectric element into an unlimited translational motion) employed in a PM piezo positioning stage enable a backlash free linear motion with nanometer accuracy. The PM-Bearings Piezo positioning stages (available as plug-and-play) are equipped with an optical encoder with resolutions down to 10 nanometers.

PM BearingsFor further information or to arrange a visit to discuss a PM Bearings solution for your application, please call our technical applications team on 01376 333333 Or Email

Versatile linear actuators to make life easy

The Isel ballscrew driven LF series linear actuators are available in three sizes, two of which have a twin bearing rails/carriages and using standard mounting brackets allow every conceivable XY or XYZ configuration in the varying sizes to be achieved.

They are available with integrated belt drives or direct drive motors, stepper or servo can be fitted and the LF5 or LF6 allow the belt drive variant to be mounted between the linear slides inside the aluminium profile thus making a compact, aesthetically good assembly.
The anodised aluminium profile is W 225 x H 75 mm, W 150 x H 75 mm or 75mm square and available in stroke lengths of up to 2930mm; the profile edges are sealed with an abrasive – resistant covering. Clamping surfaces and profile bases are all plane milled.

Aluminium die-cast end plates are prepared either for flange-mounted direct drive modules or lateral belt drive modules, the slide blocks are also aluminium 2 x 70 mm long or 200 mm long, clearance free adjustable and with central lubrication.

The ball screw pitches can be 2.5/4/5/10/20 mm and the carriages sit on four (two on LF4) precision steel shafts Ø 12 h6, material Cf53, hardness 60 ± 2 HRC, the driving collar is steel fitted with sealed angular contact ball bearings.

Black powder-coated aluminium profile is an option, also are electromagnetic brakes, limit switches to give repeatability of ± 0.02 mm and asteel slide block assembly kit for limit switches.

The flexibility and performance of the LF series actuators make them ideal for machine tool and high duty applications.

For more information on these products contact Alan Spinks on 01376 333333 or

‘Affordable Automation’

Ringslides RPM Xtrm for precision in rotary & angular motion

PM Bearings introduces a new family to their existing ringslide type RPM. As per the existing range they have added the RPM Xtrm with 2, 3 and 4 meters of diameter. This can be used for angular precision motion and all types can be combined together also for 360 degrees motion with the same high precision RPM Xtrm ringslide series. A new bearing family for precision rotary and angular motion enable the user to take higher trust and moment loadings while guaranteeing high precision, longer service lifetime and very low coefficient of friction. Special design with driving gears or Piezo technology, special attachment holes can be supplied to meet custom needs.

Ringslide RPM Xtrm Features

  • Field tuning
  • Very compact design
  • All metal design
  • Extreme smooth operation
  • Simple and quick installation

Technical Specifications

  • RPM Xtrm 6 precision ringslides
  • offers an repeatability by the same operation conditions ❤ micron
  • are available in sizes 2, 3 and 4 meters OD
  • are standard supplied in normal quality with max. 10 microns deviation in parallelism of the two raceways
  • can operate by temperatures -20o Celcius up to +80oCelcius
  • need to be lubricated with oil CLP DIN 51519 (viscosity between ISO-VG 15 and ISO-VG 100)
  • can be made to custom print or specifications
  • are made from stainless 1.4034 and through-hardened at 56 +/- 2 Hrc
  • need a minimum of lubrication
  • are supplied with light preload
  • are high precision components and need to be handled with extreme care
  • offer unexcelled running performance, long service life and are easy to assemble
  • are very compact

Washdown and washdown food grade servo motors and gearboxes from Micromech.

Here are just some of some of the exciting products we have available for the food, packaging and printing industries.

Parker MPW Series:
Compact Size, Longer Life, Stainless Steel Servo Motors.

Key Features

  • IP69K anti-microbial seal with slinger prevents ingress of high temperature solutions used for washdown up to pressures of 1200 psi.
  • Main body and front flange are manufactured from on piece eliminating a join that could allow ingress of liquids.
  • The stator is potted directly into the stainless steel housing creating a very powerful compact solution.
  • The housing is manufactured from 300 Series Stainless Steel, which withstands the harshest washdown environments.
  • Micro polished round housing allows quick and easy cleaning.
  • Segmented laminations create a very high torque to inertia ratio providing rapid acceleration.
  • The rear motor plate is sealed with a double O-ring seal providing a far higher degree of protection vs. a single o-ring design.
  • A breather vent prevents a pressure differential causing a vacuum effect that can suck moisture into the motor housing during washdown. The vent allows the user to run a hose to a dry air location to prevent this common cause of failure.
  • Cables run directly from the housing via IP69K sealed fittings. Cables are terminated with connectors to allow easy connection with the most popular Parker drives. Connector options are also available for use with other manufacturers drives.

Kollmorgen geared motor solutions:

Kollmorgen Washdown Food and Hygienic AKM gearmotors are perfect for the majority of transport, rotary and downstream packaging applications in the food and beverage industry using standardised drive solutions. This is achieved by combining AKM servomotors with highly efficient gearheads.

Advantages of these ready-to-install drive units include:

  • Significantly reduced cleaning times due to smooth and water-repellent surfaces.
  • Low energy usage due to the highly efficient motor/gearhead combinations.
  • Compact space saving designs without additional stainless steel casings.
  • FDA-compliant materials and the specially rounded housing designs meet the highest hygiene standards and reduce the risk of product contamination.

WashdownAKM41E-BF06 – Key Features

  • Washdown coated.
  • Developed for regular cleaning with common cleaning products with pH2 of up to 12.
  • Compact motor/gearhead technology.
  • Increased service life in harsh environmental conditions.
  • Gear ratio 31.1:1.
  • Rated output torque 51Nm.
  • Max output speed 95 rpm.

AKM62LF-F2CS-A35-59 – Key Features

  • Washdown coated.
  • High peak performance and with less than 1 arcmin backlash.
  • Extremely compact design with highest torque efficiency.
  • Long service life.
  • Gear ratio 59:1.
  • Rated output torque 668Nm.
  • Max output speed 67 rpm.
  • Holding brake.

WashdownAKM62K-BK17 Key Features

  • Washdown food coated.
  • Lower energy usage thanks to high efficiency servomotor and gearhead combination.
  • Suitable for indirect contact with food products.
  • Easy to clean due to rounded housing design.
  • Gear ratio 19:36:1
  • Rated output torque 175Nm.
  • Max output speed 200 rpm.
  • FDA-compliant coating, lubrication and bearing grease.

WashdownAKM65M-AQT-160-004 Key Features

  • Hygienic stainless steel.
  • Easy to clean due to hygienic design and single cable solution.
  • Simple startup by means of electronic rating plate and single cable connection technology.
  • Reduced risk of food products having to be recalled due to hygienic design.
  • Gear ratio 4:1
  • Rated output torque 64Nm.
  • Max output speed 1000 rpm.
  • 13 arcmin backlash.

WashdownKollmorgen AKMH hygienic stainless steel motors:

AKMH stainless steel motors are supplied with AKD servo amplifiers matched to the application. The standard series AKD drives are supplied for mounting centrally in a control cabinet and the AKD-N series drives with the AKD-C power supply module is supplied when mounting the drive close to the motor. A decentralised servo system is particularly beneficial in machines with multiple spatially distributed axes.

AKMH servo motors are particularly efficient when combined a suitable washdown gearhead, the AquaTrue series from Thomson for example, see below.

There are 5 sizes with 4 respective rotor lengths and a range and windings a available (except for AKMH3).


Thomson Micron AquaTRUE™ True Planetary Gearheads:

The first gearhead on the market that is corrosion resistant and watertight for any application

Key Features
WashdownMicron’s new AquaTRUE gearhead combines the high performance and torque capacity of the TRUE Planetary gearheads with features specifically designed to meet the strict requirements of applications such as food and beverage handling, packaging and dispensing.

The AquaTRUE’s IP66/IP67 and IP69K protection is able to withstand caustic cleaning chemicals as well as high pressure washdown providing manufacturers with a solution previously unavailable.

The AquaTRUE is designed to be placed anywhere within a machine, regardless of environmental factors. The cost of additional components such as enclosures, shielding or mechanical transmissions is therefore eliminated. The gearhead housing is manufactured from rust and corrosion resistant 304 stainless steel making well suited to a wide range of washdown and food applications. The AquaTRUE’s has a smooth, round external housing that is designed without any external seams or corners and its product identification number is laser etched into its body so there is no where for dirt and bacteria to collect.

  • Frame Sizes: 60mm, 80mm, 120mm, 160mm
  • Precision: 13 arc-min max
  • Torque Capacity: up to 876 Nm
  • Ratio Availability: 3:1 to 10:1 (single stage)

Features and Benefits

  • Round smooth Housing
  • No External Seams
  • 300 Series Stainless Steel
  • IP66,IP67 and IP69K protection on both the input and output.
  • NSF/ANSI 169 Certification
  • No corners or areas for dirt and bacteria to collect
  • No areas for ingress.
  • High corrosion resistance.
  • Can withstand high pressure washdown.

For further information on any of these and more high quality washdown products, please contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or at