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Title: Low profile, high load vertical rolling positioning stage

A stage or support platform assembly for use in a synchrotron accurately positions equipment to be used in the beam line of the synchrotron. The support platform assembly includes an outer housing in which is disposed a lifting mechanism having a lifting platform or stage at its upper extremity on which the equipment is mounted. A worm gear assembly is located in the housing and is adapted to raise and lower a lifting shaft that is fixed to the lifting platform by an anti-binding connection. The lifting platform is moved vertically as the lifting shaft is moved vertically. The anti-binding connection prevents the shaft from rotating with respect to the platform, but does permit slight canting of the shaft with respect to the lifting platform so as to eliminate binding and wear due to possible tolerance mismatches. In order to ensure that the lifting mechanism does not move in a horizontal direction as it is moved vertically, at least three linear roller bearing assemblies are arranged around the outer-periphery of the lifting mechanism. One of the linear roller bearing assemblies can be adjusted so that the roller bearings apply a loading force against the lifting mechanism. Alternatively, a cam mechanismmore » can be used to provide such a loading force.« less
 [1];  [2]
  1. (Darien, IL)
  2. (Aurora, IL)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) ANL
Patent Number(s):
US 5526903
Contract Number:
Research Org:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL
Country of Publication:
United States
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