Linear Bellows Drive
Bellows-sealed, precise lead-screw driven linear motion solutions for low load applications in ultra-high vacuum. Available in CF16 and CF35 flange sizes with stroke length options from 25mm to 150mm. Manual or stepper motor actuation options.
- 316L high-quality bellows
- 10,000 cycle guarantee
- Simple to motorise retrospectively
- High resolution performance: 10 micron manual, 1 micron motorised
- 25N (5.6 lbf) axial thrust
- Bakeable to 250°C with motor removed
The Linear Bellows Drives (LBDs) are a range of ultra-high vacuum compatible, bellows-sealed devices that provide smooth and reliable linear motion solutions for low load applications.
The CF16 flange versions of the LBD are typically available from stock, and are ideal for simple linear motion applications through to precise positioning such as beamline diagnostics.
CF35 flange versions are available at an additional cost.
The LBD is manufactured and assembled to high tolerances using quality materials throughout, including 316L bellows, which offer a guaranteed minimum lifetime of 10,000 cycles.
LBDs utilize a common drive body actuated by four interchangable mechanisms; micrometer style actuation and stepper motorization.
The driving mechanism, which incorporates a precision cut lead-screw that is supported internally via a ceramic linear bush for greater rigidity, can either be manually actuated via a micrometer scale or stepper motor driven, both of which offer a factor twice the resolution of conventional units. Actuation via a simple pull rod and is also available.
As actuation mechanisms are interchangeable a user-friendly retrospective motor upgrade is possible at any time (see below). This upgrade includes pre-wired home and limit switches for positional accuracy that can easily be removed for bake-out.
|Product data||Linear Bellows Drive|
|System mounting flange - Standard||CF16 (1.33" OD CF) with clear holes|
|System mounting flange - Option||CF38 (2.75" OD CF) with clear holes|
|Resolution - Manual||10 microns|
|Resolution - Motorized||1 micron|
|Maximum cantilevered load||0.5 Nm|
|Maximum axial load||25 N (5.6 lbf)|
|Lateral float of shaft in retracted position||0.3mm max|
The manual LBDs have been designed to allow a simple three step motorization upgrade.