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. 150mm Manual Z Movement Translator
    £3,500.00
    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.
  2. Wobble Stick Manual 151mm Linear Travel Pincer Grip
    £3,200.00
    Pincer Grip Wobble are used where linear and angular movement is required to move a 14mm disk samples inside vacuum via an inline pincer grip. The pincer grip allows for four pre-set rotation position at 90 intervals. Edge welded bellows, gives the user a true 'feeling' of position inside the vacuum chamber to give a controlled positioning.
  3. Mechanical Hand Manual 151mm Linear & Rotatory Movement (No Jaws)
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,620.56
    Mechanical hands are used for transferring a sample where linear, angular and rotary movement is required. The pistol grip which actuates the movement and the use of edge welded bellows, gives the user a true 'feeling' of position inside the vacuum chamber to give a controlled transfer. These can be supplied with or without the pincer grip. If supplied with a pincer, these can be inline or perpendicular, with plain jaws or jaws to accept the flag style sample plate.
  4. Mechanical Hand Manual 80mm Symmetrical Plain Jaw Linear & Rotatory Movement
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,700.00
    Mechanical hands are used for transferring a sample where linear, angular and rotary movement is required. The pistol grip which actuates the movement and the use of edge welded bellows, gives the user a true 'feeling' of position inside the vacuum chamber to give a controlled transfer. These can be supplied with or without the pincer grip. If supplied with a pincer, these can be inline or perpendicular, with plain jaws or jaws to accept the flag style sample plate.
  5. Mechanical Hand Manual 80mm Perpendicular Plain Jaw Linear & Rotatory Movement
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,700.00
    Mechanical hands are used for transferring a sample where linear, angular and rotary movement is required. The pistol grip which actuates the movement and the use of edge welded bellows, gives the user a true 'feeling' of position inside the vacuum chamber to give a controlled transfer. These can be supplied with or without the pincer grip. If supplied with a pincer, these can be inline or perpendicular, with plain jaws or jaws to accept the flag style sample plate.
  6. Mag Drive linear & Independent Rotation 305mm Travel 70mm OD Flange
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,976.34
    High power magnetically coupled precision linear travel with optional rotation. The MLD series offers linear only, where rotation is not required, or the MLRD series offers an independent 360° rotation shaft, where rotation is required. These only use UHV accepted metals within its construction. These probes have a front bearing housing supporting the linear shaft, which offers higher accuracy over the MLRV series for repeatability tasks. On the MLRD series, the independent rotation shaft also…
  7. Mag Drive Linear 610mm Travel 70mm OD Flange
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,944.74
    High power magnetically coupled precision linear travel with optional rotation. The MLD series offers linear only, where rotation is not required, or the MLRD series offers an independent 360° rotation shaft, where rotation is required. These only use UHV accepted metals within its construction. These probes have a front bearing housing supporting the linear shaft, which offers higher accuracy over the MLRV series for repeatability tasks. On the MLRD series, the independent rotation shaft also…
  8. Mag Drive Linear 460mm Travel 70mm OD Flange
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,850.00
    High power magnetically coupled precision linear travel with optional rotation. The MLD series offers linear only, where rotation is not required, or the MLRD series offers an independent 360° rotation shaft, where rotation is required. These only use UHV accepted metals within its construction. These probes have a front bearing housing supporting the linear shaft, which offers higher accuracy over the MLRV series for repeatability tasks. On the MLRD series, the independent rotation shaft also…
  9. Mag Drive Linear 305mm Travel 70mm OD Flange
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,350.00
    High power magnetically coupled precision linear travel with optional rotation. The MLD series offers linear only, where rotation is not required, or the MLRD series offers an independent 360° rotation shaft, where rotation is required. These only use UHV accepted metals within its construction. These probes have a front bearing housing supporting the linear shaft, which offers higher accuracy over the MLRV series for repeatability tasks. On the MLRD series, the independent rotation shaft also…
  10. Mag Drive Linear & Rotation 1.45m Travel 114mm OD Flange
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,300.00
    High power all metal magnetically coupled coarse linear and rotary transfer device for UHV applications, using only UHV accepted metals within its construction. Providing smooth sample transfer movement within the vacuum chamber, where high accuracy is not required.
  11. Mag Drive Linear & Rotation 1.25m Travel 114mm OD Flange
    £3,500.00
    High power all metal magnetically coupled coarse linear and rotary transfer device for UHV applications, using only UHV accepted metals within its construction. Providing smooth sample transfer movement within the vacuum chamber, where high accuracy is not required.
  12. Rotary Feedthrough Single Stage Coarse DN38CF
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,461.13
    Differentially Pumped Rotary Feedthroughs provides the means of translating rotation through a vessel wall without losing vacuum integrity, enabling probes to be inserted without effect on the chamber pressure. To maintain the rotary seal, one vacuum port is mounted to the base flange of the assembly allowing connection to an appropriate independent pump. These have a 25mm clear bore with coarse and fine control available in addition to motorised options.
  13. Rotary Drive Magnetic Encoded Stepper Motor DN19CF
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,700.00
    The MRD91 is a manual or motorised magnetic rotary drive which uses high strength Sm2Co17 magnetic coupling to transfer rotational forces into the vacuum envelope. This is achieved without any dynamic seals or bellows making these devices exceptionally robust and no risk of a vacuum leak for the life of the drive. The MRD91 is fitted with Index scale and position lock.
  14. Rotary Drive 256mm Shaft Manual R1 & R2 Extended - 24mm
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,900.00
    The RD2 has primary rotation with secondary linear movement for the Azimuthal rotation of the sample plate on the 12mm and 24mm versions of SH2 sample holders. The RD2 is a manual or motorised high precision rotary drive, with a 256mm shaft length. The RD2 is fitted with Index scale, rotation stops and position lock. We also offer a custom shaft extension with bearing housing to suit custom requirements. The RD2 is low backlash, with smooth continuous primary rotation via a 9.5 mm diameter…
  15. Rotary Drive 100mm Shaft Inline Stepper Motor/Gearbox Wired
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,889.12
    The RD6 is a manual or motorised precision rotary drive with a 100mm shaft length. The RD6 has low backlash, with a smooth continuous primary rotation via a 9.5 mm diameter shaft.
  16. Rotary Drive 100mm Shaft Inline Stepper Motor Wired
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,022.91
    The RD6 is a manual or motorised precision rotary drive with a 100mm shaft length. The RD6 has low backlash, with a smooth continuous primary rotation via a 9.5 mm diameter shaft.
  17. Rotary Drive Magnetic DN19CF
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,000.00
    The MRD91 is a manual or motorised magnetic rotary drive which uses high strength Sm2Co17 magnetic coupling to transfer rotational forces into the vacuum envelope. This is achieved without any dynamic seals or bellows making these devices exceptionally robust and no risk of a vacuum leak for the life of the drive. The MRD91 is fitted with Index scale and position lock.
  18. Rotary Drive 256mm Shaft Manual R1 & R2 - Standard 12mm
    £3,300.00
    The RD2 has primary rotation with secondary linear movement for the Azimuthal rotation of the sample plate on the 12mm and 24mm versions of SH2 sample holders. The RD2 is a manual or motorised high precision rotary drive, with a 256mm shaft length. The RD2 is fitted with Index scale, rotation stops and position lock. We also offer a custom shaft extension with bearing housing to suit custom requirements. The RD2 is low backlash, with smooth continuous primary rotation via a 9.5 mm diameter…
  19. Linear Drive 70mm OD 150mm Z M6 DN38CF Manual
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,117.05
    Linear Drive 70mm OD 150mm Z M6 DN38CF Manual
  20. Linear Drive 114mm OD 50mm Z Handwheel
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,283.90
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 50mm Z Handwheel
  21. Linear Drive 114mm OD 100mm Z Handwheel (19mm Hex)
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,032.88
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 100mm Z Handwheel (19mm Hex)
  22. Linear Drive 114mm OD 150mm Z Handwheel
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,693.42
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 150mm Z Handwheel
  23. Linear Drive 114mm OD 50mm Z Stepper Motor M/switches
    4 to 6 weeks delivery
    £3,986.35
    Linear Drive 114mm OD 50mm Z Stepper Motor M/switches
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