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NLS8 Linear Stage

Heavy-duty Precision Linear Slide NLS8 linear slides are designed for a variety of applications in research and other industrial areas requiring precision positioning such as in semiconductor processing, fiber optics manufacturing and biotech automation.

The design of the NLS8 series slides was optimized for maximum stability and performance with the use of FEA analysis and incorporates the best in materials and component selection. For more reliability and durability, the ways and leadscrews are protected with a strong machined cover and the encoder is mounted internally directly to the leadscrew rather than being exposed to shock and contamination when mounted in the rear of the motor.

All NLS8 series slides are machined from 6061 aluminum alloy to provide a light yet stiff and stable linear slide.

The drive system utilizes a stainless steel ACME leadscrew with internally lubricated plastic drive nut. The drive nut offers zero backlash operation that automatically adjusts for wear to insure zero backlash for the life of the stage. The use linear guide bearings provide a smooth motion with high load capacity and stiffness. Since the carriage is supported over the entire travel of the stage, a good cantilevered load capacity can be achieved. Separate connectors for motor power and limit/encoder signals are provided for ease of operation. Integrated limit switches and a high torque size 23 stepper motor are supplied as standard items.


NLS8 Part Number Configuration

Typical lead-time: 6-7 Weeks
Typical lead-time: MDrive Motor Option Available March 2023
Part Number: NLS8-

XY and Z Adapter Plates
  NLS8 / NB8 XY Mounting Plate


Part Number: 101437
NLS8 / NB8 Vertical Gusset Assembly

8 Week Lead-time

Part Number: N/A
Accessories for MDrive Motor Option
rs-422 to usb mdrive  RS-485/422 to USB adapter with ribbon cable for MDrive motor.
In Stock


Part Number: 250138
900055 - Power Supply, 24V, 2.5A  Universal AC/DC Power Supply
Input: 100-240 VAC 50/60 Hz
Output: 24V, 2.5A
Plug: 2.1 x 5.5 mm
In Stock


Part Number: 900055


Travel Range
200 mm, 300 mm, 400 mm, 500 mm
0.08 µm (Stepper Motor)
1 µm (Servo Motor)
Leadscrew: 0.0006 mm/mm of travel)
Linear Encoder: ±3 µm / 100 mm of travel
Uni-directional Repeatability
1 µm
Bi-directional Repeatability
15 µm
Option 1: Optical rotary encoder mounted to rear of motor, 4000 CPR with Index
Option 1: Optical linear encoder with Index, 0.1 µm resolution
Max. Speed
25 mm/sec (Stepper Motor)
50 mm/sec (Servo Motor)
Maximum Load
113 kg (250 lb.)
Limit Switch Type
Optical switch, normally closed
Stage Weight
NLS8-200: 10 kg (22 lb.)
NLS8-300: 10.9 kg (24 lb.)
NLS8-400: 12.2 kg (27 lb.)
NLS8-500: 15 kg (33 lb.)
Aluminum Alloy Construction
Black Anodize
Operating Temperature
0°C to 50°C


NLS8 Series with Stepper Motor
NLS8 Series with Stepper MotorClick to Enlarge

strong>NLS8 Series with MDrive Motor
NLS8 Series with MDrive MotorClick to Enlarge

NLS8 XY Assembly
NLS8 XY AssemblyClick to Enlarge

NLS8 XYZ Assembly
NLS8 XYZ AssemblyClick to Enlarge

NLS8 Series with Servo Motor
NLS8 Series with Servo MotorClick to Enlarge

Motor Options

Nema 23 Brushless Servo Motor

Size 23 Brushless DC Servo Motor

  • NEMA 23 brushless DC servo motor
  • 4000 Count/rev optical rotary encoder with index mark
  • Continuous Torque: 0.81 Nm (116 oz-in)
  • Compatible with the following motion controller:
    NSC-G Series | NSC-3311 Series


Size 23 Stepper Motor

  • NEMA 23 high torque stepper motor
  • 2.8 Amp/Phase
  • 0.9 Ohm/Phase
  • 2.5 mH/Phase
  • 1.8 degrees/step
  • Compatible with the following motion controllers:
    NSC-A1 Series | NSC-G Series


Size 23 MDrive Intelligent Stepper Motor

The MDrive motor is a NEMA size 23 high torque 1.8° stepper motor integrated with an advanced, high resolution microstepping driver and a full featured programmable motion controller. With the MDrive motor there is no need for an external motion controller.

  • Integrated microstepping driver, motion controller and high torque motor
  • Two +5 to +24 VDC I/O lines
  • One 10 bit analog input selectable: 0 to +10 VDC, 0 to +5 VDC
  • RS-422/485 Communications
  • Input Voltage: +24 VDC

Download MDrive Software and User Manual