Quad, the newest Sutter Instrument motorized micromanipulator, is
easy-to use and features four independent axes. Each axis has a 25 mm
range of motion, a digital display of position and an ROE control. The
compact, intuitive controller takes up minimal bench space, is fan
free and is easy to use.
Three axes provide the X, Y, Z-orthogonal
motion typical of most motorized micromanipulators. In the Quad,
Sutter introduces a true fourth axis to move the electrode coaxially
at exactly the desired angle of approach. The fourth axis also
significantly extends the range of travel for the system.
The Quad is very easy to operate. ROE inputs for each axis allow
facile manual control of electrode position. Five conveniently located
buttons control all of the basic functions that you will need in
normal operation. Press and hold the Work button to quickly store a
work position; press Work again and the manipulator will return to the
same location. Home sends the manipulator to an initial location that
is useful for changing electrodes. When you are ready to begin
collecting data the motor drive electronics can be suppressed by
pressing Quiet. Display coordinates can be zeroed at any location by
pressing Relative; go back to absolute coordinates by pressing
Relative again. Finally, Pulse actives a pulse movement mode that
produces small, rapid bursts of motion that can be advantageous for
sharp electrode cell penetration.
All of the electronics, except for a small power supply, are inside
the Quad controller. Sutter has achieved this space savings by using
high frequency current switching to regulate motor output. Switching
technology allows us to put a four-axis stepper motor controller in a
small box with no fan. In some experiments we expect users may detect
a bit of high frequency electronic noise (compared to our standard
linear controllers). However, once the pipette is in place and the
Quiet mode activated this noise is eliminated. The Quiet mode also
locks out the ROE input to avoid any accidental motion due to touching
the ROE. In Quiet mode, the LED display turns red to indicate that the
ROE knobs are inactive.
In keeping with the compact, easy to use controller, the Quad has
no computer connections. Users who need a controller with computer
connectivity or a controller that can be used to generically control a
range of stepper motor devices are encouraged to use the industry
standard Sutter MP-285 or the MPC-200 controllers.
Four independent axes - 30mm travel in diagonal for coaxial
pipette movement, 25mm travel in X, Y and Z
Sub-micron 100nm resolution
Digital display indicates coordinates in relative or absolute
User-friendly, fanless compact controller with ROE preserves bench
Push button control of multiple functions - WORK, HOME, QUIET,
PULSE and RELATIVE
Robotic HOME and WORK position moves for easy automated pipette
30 mm on diagonal 4th axis
25 mm on X, Y and Z axes
50/60 Hertz power line
Please Contact Pacer SCI for a quotation.
Prices subject to
change without notice.