Rotation and Linear Drives and Motions

Explore VACGEN's selection of vacuum drives and motion options, including UHV linear drives and UHV rotary drives available to buy online. Many vacuum processes require a sample or other components to be moved around the vacuum system. VACGEN offer a comprehensive range of rotation and linear drives including wobble sticks, magnetic probes, rotary platforms and feedthroughs to ensure reliable and precise motion control.

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Our vacuum drive and motion options include:

UHV Linear Drives

UHV Rotary Drives

Wobble Sticks

Linear drives can be used for a range of applications requiring small distance travel within a vacuum system, such as moving electron optics or apertures, source movement, or stage alignment. Our range of UHV linear drives utilise high quality edge welded bellows and have a linear motion range from 25mm to 150mm. Our drives can be manually operated or motorized. Rotary drives are used where a vacuum process requires a sample or components to be accurately rotated within the vacuum chamber. This can range from something as simple as spinning an attenuating chopper wheel, to accurately moving a sample to face from one analyser to another. Wobble sticks enable simple hand operated movements to be transmitted through the wall of the vacuum vessel. All our wobble sticks are mounted onto a 70mm OD flange and are capable of being baked without dismantling. They are ideally located at all interchange points in the vacuum system, where a sample must be transferred, for example, between a transport device and a sample holder. Wobble sticks can also be used as actuators to operate mechanisms inside the vacuum system, for example probe adjustment, variable orifices, or apertures.

Magnetic Transfer Probes

Non-Magnetic Transfer Probes

Rotary Platforms

Magnetically coupled probes contain samarium cobalt magnets for high-power, smooth transfer and, owing to their all-metal construction, are bakeable to +250°c. The transfer probes are used for transferring samples quickly between vacuum chambers The linear rack and pinion design of our non-magnetic transfer probes provide an extremely accurate method of linear travel within the chamber, with an optional secondary rotation shaft for azimuthal movement. These transfer devices are designed for applications precise transfer with a direct coupling for transferring higher loads.
Rotary platforms provide a means of rotational translation with a central clear bore. Differentially pumped rotary platforms are construction to enable a probe or similar device to be inserted into a UHV environment and rotated.

Z Axis Linear Transfer

Hollow linear drives are used when a probe or source requires positioning within the chamber with a high degree of accuracy. The Z axis only translators can all be fully motorised to give even higher degrees of accuracy.
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  1. Linear Drive 70mm OD 25mm Z M6 DN38CF Manual
    £1,182.21
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 25mm Z M6 DN38CF Manual
  2. Linear Drive 70mm OD 50mm Z M6 DN38CF Manual
    £1,237.98
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 50mm Z M6 DN38CF Manual
  3. Linear Drive 70mm OD 75mm Z M6 DN38CF Manual
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £1,247.40
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 75mm Z M6 DN38CF Manual
  4. Linear Drive 70mm OD 100mm Z M6 DN38CF Manual
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £1,537.56
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 100mm Z M6 DN38CF Manual
  5. Linear Drive 70mm OD 150mm Z M6 DN38CF Manual
    £3,428.76
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 150mm Z M6 DN38CF Manual
  6. Linear Drive 70mm OD 25mm Z M6 Tapped / Stepper Motor
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £5,103.15
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 25mm Z M6 Tapped / Stepper Motor
  7. Linear Drive 70mm OD 50mm Z M6 Tapped / Stepper Motor
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £4,829.83
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 50mm Z M6 Tapped / Stepper Motor
  8. Linear Drive 70mm OD 75mm Z M6 Tapped / Stepper Motor
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £4,816.05
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 75mm Z M6 Tapped / Stepper Motor
  9. Linear Drive 70mm OD 100mm Z M6 Tapped / Stepper Motor
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £4,979.40
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 100mm Z M6 Tapped / Stepper Motor
  10. Linear Drive 70mm OD 150mm Z M6 Tapped / Stepper Motor
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £0.00
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 150mm Z M6 Tapped / Stepper Motor
  11. Linear Drive 70mm OD 25mm Z M6 tapped / Stepper/Encoder
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £4,948.79
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 25mm Z M6 tapped / Stepper/Encoder
  12. Linear Drive 70mm OD 50mm Z M6 tapped / Stepper/Encoder
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £5,013.55
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 50mm Z M6 tapped / Stepper/Encoder
  13. Linear Drive 70mm OD 75mm Z M6 tapped / Stepper/Encoder
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £5,039.51
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 75mm Z M6 tapped / Stepper/Encoder
  14. Linear Drive 70mm OD 100mm Z M6 tapped / Stepper/Encoder
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £5,142.97
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 100mm Z M6 tapped / Stepper/Encoder
  15. Linear Drive 70mm OD 150mm Z M6 tapped / Stepper/Encoder
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £7,694.36
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 150mm Z M6 tapped / Stepper/Encoder
  16. Linear Drive 114mm OD 25mm Z Handwheel
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £4,425.80
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 25mm Z Handwheel
  17. Linear Drive 114mm OD 50mm Z Handwheel
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,612.29
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 50mm Z Handwheel
  18. Linear Drive 114mm OD 75mm Z Handwheel
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £2,911.58
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 75mm Z Handwheel
  19. Linear Drive 114mm OD 100mm Z Handwheel (19mm Hex)
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,336.16
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 100mm Z Handwheel (19mm Hex)
  20. Linear Drive 114mm OD 150mm Z Handwheel
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £4,062.76
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 150mm Z Handwheel
  21. Linear Drive 114mm OD 25mm Z Stepper Motor M/switches
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £5,198.49
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 25mm Z Stepper Motor M/switches
  22. Linear Drive 114mm OD 50mm Z Stepper Motor M/switches
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £4,384.99
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 50mm Z Stepper Motor M/switches
  23. Linear Drive 114mm OD 75mm Z Stepper Motor M/switches
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £4,427.61
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 75mm Z Stepper Motor M/switches
  24. Linear Drive 114mm OD 100mm Z Stepper Motor M/switches
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £5,201.19
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 100mm Z Stepper Motor M/switches
  25. Linear Drive 114mm OD 150mm Z Stepper Motor M/switches
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £5,269.50
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 150mm Z Stepper Motor M/switches
  26. Linear Drive 114mm OD 25mm Z Step/Motor Encoder M/switches
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 25mm Z Step/Motor Encoder M/switches
  27. Linear Drive 114mm OD 50mm Z Step/Motor Encoder M/switches
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 50mm Z Step/Motor Encoder M/switches
  28. Linear Drive 114mm OD 75mm Z Step/Motor Encoder M/switches
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 75mm Z Step/Motor Encoder M/switches
  29. Linear Drive 114mm OD 100mm Z Step/Motor Encoder M/switches
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 100mm Z Step/Motor Encoder M/switches
  30. Linear Drive 114mm OD 150mm Z Step/Motor Encoder M/switches
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 150mm Z Step/Motor Encoder M/switches
  31. 150mm Manual Z Movement Translator
    £3,850.00
    The TR is a long stroke Z-axis translator with 33mm clear bore, offering stable vertical or horizontal mounting. The support frame and guide bars ensure movement is accurate and rotation free. The design offers a wider selections of options including manual or motor driven options, three port feedthrough chamber and bellows support tube for mounting drives.
  32. 300mm Manual Z Movement Translator
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £4,675.00
    The TR is a long stroke Z-axis translator with 33mm clear bore, offering stable vertical or horizontal mounting. The support frame and guide bars ensure movement is accurate and rotation free. The design offers a wider selections of options including manual or motor driven options, three port feedthrough chamber and bellows support tube for mounting drives.
  33. 450mm Manual Z Movement Translator
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £5,692.50
    The TR is a long stroke Z-axis translator with 33mm clear bore, offering stable vertical or horizontal mounting. The support frame and guide bars ensure movement is accurate and rotation free. The design offers a wider selections of options including manual or motor driven options, three port feedthrough chamber and bellows support tube for mounting drives.
  34. 600mm Manual Z Movement Translator
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £6,820.00
    The TR is a long stroke Z-axis translator with 33mm clear bore, offering stable vertical or horizontal mounting. The support frame and guide bars ensure movement is accurate and rotation free. The design offers a wider selections of options including manual or motor driven options, three port feedthrough chamber and bellows support tube for mounting drives.
  35. 150mm Motorised Z Movement Translator
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £5,500.00
    The TR is a long stroke Z-axis translator with 33mm clear bore, offering stable vertical or horizontal mounting. The support frame and guide bars ensure movement is accurate and rotation free. The design offers a wider selections of options including manual or motor driven options, three port feedthrough chamber and bellows support tube for mounting drives.
  36. 300mm Motorised Z Movement Translator
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £6,325.00
    The TR is a long stroke Z-axis translator with 33mm clear bore, offering stable vertical or horizontal mounting. The support frame and guide bars ensure movement is accurate and rotation free. The design offers a wider selections of options including manual or motor driven options, three port feedthrough chamber and bellows support tube for mounting drives.
  37. 450mm Motorised Z Movement Translator
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £7,370.00
    The TR is a long stroke Z-axis translator with 33mm clear bore, offering stable vertical or horizontal mounting. The support frame and guide bars ensure movement is accurate and rotation free. The design offers a wider selections of options including manual or motor driven options, three port feedthrough chamber and bellows support tube for mounting drives.
  38. 600mm Motorised Z Movement Translator
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £8,580.00
    The TR is a long stroke Z-axis translator with 33mm clear bore, offering stable vertical or horizontal mounting. The support frame and guide bars ensure movement is accurate and rotation free. The design offers a wider selections of options including manual or motor driven options, three port feedthrough chamber and bellows support tube for mounting drives.
  39. 150mmMotorised/Encoder Z Movement Translator
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £5,665.00
    The TR is a long stroke Z-axis translator with 33mm clear bore, offering stable vertical or horizontal mounting. The support frame and guide bars ensure movement is accurate and rotation free. The design offers a wider selections of options including manual or motor driven options, three port feedthrough chamber and bellows support tube for mounting drives.
  40. 300mm Motorised/Encoder Z Movement Translator
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £4,378.82
    The TR is a long stroke Z-axis translator with 33mm clear bore, offering stable vertical or horizontal mounting. The support frame and guide bars ensure movement is accurate and rotation free. The design offers a wider selections of options including manual or motor driven options, three port feedthrough chamber and bellows support tube for mounting drives.
  41. 450mm Motorised/Encoder Z Movement Translator
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £6,107.62
    The TR is a long stroke Z-axis translator with 33mm clear bore, offering stable vertical or horizontal mounting. The support frame and guide bars ensure movement is accurate and rotation free. The design offers a wider selections of options including manual or motor driven options, three port feedthrough chamber and bellows support tube for mounting drives.
  42. 600mm Motorised/Encoder Z Movement Translator
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £7,202.66
    The TR is a long stroke Z-axis translator with 33mm clear bore, offering stable vertical or horizontal mounting. The support frame and guide bars ensure movement is accurate and rotation free. The design offers a wider selections of options including manual or motor driven options, three port feedthrough chamber and bellows support tube for mounting drives.
  43. Transax/TR Z Direct Drive Stepper Motor Kit
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £1,021.30
    The Transax Z axis linear shift mechanism is a single bellows stand alone module, with a hinged NW40CF (70mmOD) top flange, two guide shafts positioned each side of the drive screw, encased in a strengthening outer shell to prevent twisting. This structure coupled with cast and precision machined flange supports allows the device to offer stability.
  44. Transax/TR Z Direct Drive Stepper Motor Microswitch Encoder Kit
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £0.00
    The Transax Z axis linear shift mechanism is a single bellows stand alone module, with a hinged NW40CF (70mmOD) top flange, two guide shafts positioned each side of the drive screw, encased in a strengthening outer shell to prevent twisting. This structure coupled with cast and precision machined flange supports allows the device to offer stability.
  45. Transax/TR Z Direct Drive DC Motor Kit
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £1,443.16
    The Transax Z axis linear shift mechanism is a single bellows stand alone module, with a hinged NW40CF (70mmOD) top flange, two guide shafts positioned each side of the drive screw, encased in a strengthening outer shell to prevent twisting. This structure coupled with cast and precision machined flange supports allows the device to offer stability.
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