Key benefits

  • Flexible and easy to use – modular yet integrated
  • Most stable and solid design – our xy-stage is stiffer than a railway rail!
  • Smooth positioning – minimum vibrations, also during fast speed
  • Highest accuracy – real-time closed-loop control
  • Compact but versatile – slim where needed for practically unlimited scalability
  • High resolution and large range – 4 nm resolution over 85×120 mm (xy) and 40 mm (z-focus) range
  • Automation ready – integrated with short latency PC connection and open-source SDK
  • Wide selection of optics and imaging options – choose from any Nikon and other supported 3rd party options

 

Latest technology and unique design

uMs microscope products were developed in response to regular requests from our uMp micromanipulator customers for more stable and accurate upright microscope setups. Our design is based on stationary microscope with automated sample positioning.

  • uMs-FN1 is upright microscope, which includes Sensapex closed-loop controlled z-focus. Slim stand provides ample space around the sample and objective.
  • In addition to supporting standard Nikon imaging options, top surface of the stand includes scalable and stable optical breadboard for confocal and/or multiphoton applications (or custom solutions).
  • Bottom part of the microscope with transmitted light illumination can be removed for in vivo and other reflected light applications.
  • Optimized for highest stiffness and finest motion control: superior stability and accuracy in combination with smoothest movement!

 

Cost efficient and future proof

uMs products provide flexible and affordable platform to implement all classic electrophysiology and imaging experiments, while also supporting state-of-art imaging techniques and emerging automations. For example, uMs-FXY is ultra stable fixed stage that works as stand-alone product for stationary samples, but can be later combined with the uMs-MXY translator for motorized sample positioning. uMs products integrate seamlessly together and with other Sensapex devices. They can be controlled by stand-alone uMp controllers or by PC via short latency Ethernet interface and open-source Sensapex SDK.

uMs microscopes are supported in the ACQ4 open-source software platform, which is tailored for neurophysiology experiments and growing user base for the automated techniques. Join the community to implement latest technology to your experiments!

Versatile control options

  • uMp-TSC touch screen unit and uMp-RW3 rotary wheel controllers provide intuitive control interface
  • 1-click objective exchange with automated pre-change lift, off-set correction and post-change dipping
  • Camera image based sample and pipette tip control together with uMp micromanipulators: click your target from image to place it to desired location and/or to drive pipette tip to it accurately.

Configuration examples

Fully motorized uMs-microscope

    • uMs-FN1 upright microscope with motorized z-focus
    • uMs-OBJ motorized 2-position objective changer
    • uMs-MXY motorized xy-translator
    • uMs-FXY ultra-stable fixed stage
    • uMs-BRE microscope installation platform
    • uMs-MCU motor controller

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Add-on motorized xy-stage for upright microscope

    • uMs-MXY motorized xy-translator
    • uMs-FXY ultra-stable fixed stage
    • uMs-BRE microscope installation platform
    • uMs-MCU motor control unit

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uMs-FN1 microscope with 1-position objective holder and closed-loop controlled focus

    • uMs-FN1 microscope with motorized focus
    • uMs-OBJ-1 objective holder
    • uMs-MCU motor control unit

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Sensapex products are proprietary and patented (US 9,138,892, US 9,662,783, EP 2 776 215, US 10,427,292; EP 09851052.2, EP15906190.2, US 15/765,608, EP: 15906189.4). Automated patch clamp (US 9,498,293 and US 9,668,804) and pipette cleaning (US 15/232,770 and EP 16836035.2) products are manufactured under licenses from GTRC and MIT, U.S.A.

Technical specifications

 

uMs-MCU Motor controller

Channels4 pc
Dimensions150 x 74 x 49 mm

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uMs-OBJ Motorized objective changer

Position 1M25 objective
Position 2M25 / M32 objective

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uMs-FN1 upright microscope with motorized focus

StandCustomized Nikon FN1
Positioning range40 mm
Resolution / repeatibility:4 nm / 100 nm
Max. speed10 mm/s

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uMs-FXY Fixed stage

Height range183 - 213 mm
Footprint32 x 113 mm each leg
Stage top (WxDxH)500 x 419 x 183 mm

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uMs-MXY motorized translator

Positioning range120 x 85 mm2 (XY)
Resolution / repeatibility:4 nm / 100 nm
Max. speed10 mm/s
Dimensions445x380x50 mm

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uMs-MXY motorized translator with uMs-FXY Fixed stage and uMp-AXE-BRE Bridge

Positioning range120 x 85 mm2 (XY)
Resolution / repeatibility:4 nm / 100 nm
Max. speed10 mm/s
Dimensions445x380x50 mm

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Setup pictures and videos

Motorized objective changer uMs-OBJ