Try Miniature Translation Stage for Precision Positioning

Today, a number of applications that require highly measured and control motion over a few millimeters rely on micropositioning systems to achieve the desired results. Micropositioning systems essentially comprise of stages that are driven by a motor and are capable of covering travel ranges ranging from a couple of millimeters to several hundred millimeters. Such systems also possesses a resolution and repeatability that up to 1 micron. However, it needs to be noted here that these two factors are limited mainly because the guiding systems tend to produce a small amount of friction.

A miniature translation stage can be employed in order to achieve precision positioning. These devices are intelligently engineered and have several desirable features. Leading companies offer models that feature add-ons such as an optical linear encoder and an efficient ball screw. Let’s take a look at some of the other features that prove to be the USP of these micropositioners.

  • You can expect to achieve a travel range of 25mm, which is great for smaller devices that require highly precise distances. These devices are usually palm-top-sized.
  • The presence of a 0.1 micron optical linear encoder allows the user to benefit from a higher accuracy and repeatability. And with a minimum incremental motion of just about 0.2 microns, the positioning is precise.
  • You could use these devices for applications that require a velocity of up to 20 millimeters per second.
  • The presence of cross roller bearings helps bring down the occurrence of friction to the minimum possible level. The same features help in reducing backlash to a considerable extent. Experts opine that the efficiency of these devices is much better than lead screws.
  • Overall, such devices require comparatively low investments in maintenance and a markedly better duty-cycle operation, even at velocities that go up to 20 millimeters per second.
  • These precision positioning machines also feature re-circulating ball screw drives because of which the users can expect higher speeds and longer lifetimes.
  • Some of the most commonly known application areas of these devices is in photonics packaging, fiber positioning, metrology, testing equipment, micromachining and even quality assurance testing.

It is wise to invest in these precision positioning devices because they offer several operational advantages over and above the conventionally used stepper motor stages. In fact, they are also a better alternative to rotary encoder servo motor stages. In comparison with conventionally used devices, you can expect these new age micropositioners to incur a lower maintenance costs, thus translating into a lower ownership cost. All in all, if you are looking for higher performance at the most marginal costs, you could consider investing in the new age miniature translation stages for precision positioning.

Considering Disabled Travellers – Is your Property Disabled Friendly?

There could be numerous obstacles facing individual disabled holidaymakers or those who may be travelling with their family, partners or friends, especially if they are considering a property rental, self-catering or B & B style holiday.

Just ask yourself these questions:

Q: How can disabled people possibly undertake such a trip without ensuring that some or all of their specific needs will be met?

Answer: They probably can’t and won’t!

Q: How can I ensure that disabled people can enjoy a holiday at my property?

Answer: Carry on reading below.

Make your Rental Property suitable for Disabled Holidaymakers 1) All property owners wishing to advertise to potential holidaymakers, whether partially disabled, wheelchair users or a family with an infirmed relative, are recommended to study the following HRC guidelines listed below.

2) Create or provide a detailed list of any designs, improvements and /or adaptations that have been made to your property and explain this clearly in your ‘Facilities Details’ section. Each item needs to be safe, secure and ‘disabled friendly’ for your property to be considered by the end user.

3) Those property owners who can demonstrate with total accuracy that their property is specifically suitable for wheelchair users and other disabled or infirmed persons, will be exposed to a wider choice of potential renters and better placed to succeed with their holiday bookings, therefore maximising their rental income.

4) Carry out your own research on the web and check to see if your precise property details qualify for a particular ‘logo’. There are many websites offering contacts, help and information for all types of disabled holidaymakers and their families.

For an example, click on which will show a list of 16 symbols that represent some of the requirements that are needed or need to be met by a variety of providers in the UK. These include all sorts of premises, such as shops, businesses and more established accommodation, like hotels and restaurants etc. This can help you with determining if your property is suitable or if it is located near to amenities that are suitable.

Start by describing the access and facilities from the moment a holidaymaker arrives at or near to the property and include all relevant the information including:

· Location – Arriving & parking

· Entrance – Access to the front of the property – level, sloping or stepped

· Entrance – Access to side and /or rear entrance to the property from the arrival point.

· Entrance and internal door widths

· Patio pool and garden – Access from inside the property

· Bath /Shower Rooms – describe sanitary ware and if wheelchair access is available

· W C’s – describe sanitary ware and if wheelchair access is available

· Stairs – describe access to any additional floors via lifts or stair-lift

· Emergency Exits – describe these routes and or procedures in detail.

· General – Describe the layout and general ‘mobility’ of the property.


It would be a good idea to conclude by giving an ‘overview’ of your holiday rental property and describing the general layout and ‘mobility features’ as you see and know them. Be clear and precise about how disabled friendly your property is, and explain about any interesting places or tourist attractions nearby that are worth a visit. Any restaurants, theatres, art galleries, museums, sightseeing attractions and children’s amusements will all have advertising literature freely available for you to leave for your guests in the property.

Explain precisely about the parking and entrance arrangements, if wheelchair access and toilet facilities are suitable or if alternative facilities are better nearby.

Include and display in your property, any positive detailed information that is available from the relevant attraction owners or ti tourist information centres that are nearest to your property.

Finally, select the Disabled Access – Featured Listing from the Advertising Plan (a no cost option) which will list your property directly on the Home Page and will be available as a searchable facility.

You can set all the appropriate information in the text box provided for the holidaymaker to see. You should soon see the benefits with increased rentals.

Written by : S Johnston

Article can also be found at: disabled holiday advice

Precision Dog Crates and Their Commonly Used Types

Precision Dog crates come in handy while traveling to far off places. Although, many of us find it easy to walk our dogs, traveling with them in a vehicle is a different story altogether. However, these dog cages are the best solution to take our pets wherever we go.


Precision Dog crates are available in different sizes, designed to match the size of the dog precisely. This is done to save the amount of space in a vehicle or even at home and, hence, are called precision dog crates.

There are various types of precision dog crates available in the market today which include the light-weighted soft crates made of leather and the slightly heavier wired crates made of steel that are sometimes also manufactured in aluminum, to decrease the weight of the crate.

Soft Dog Crates

Soft precision dog crates are more commonly used in gardens rather than traveling purposes. Although people do tend to carry these crates during travel, the truth is that they can be quite hard to carry. In any case, these crates are designed like little tents for dog and look good in homes rather than being carried outside.

These soft precision crates are usually manufactured to provide some extra comfort to the dog. There is stuffed padding done on a cage-like crate along with some leather used for durability. The soft crates can also be used to keep the dog protected from harsh weather conditions, like rain or strong winds or even from dust.

Solid Wired Crates

Solid wired crates is the other type that is extremely popular among dog lovers. These crates are manufactured using wrought iron or aluminum. The basic design is similar to a bird or hamster’s cage, but a bit bigger in size. These cages are used in big transport vehicles, such as trains, ships and airplanes, as they are more secure than normal soft crates.

There are several other reasons for the precision crates to be manufactured in this manner. One of them is for dogs that are a bit wild and well-built, and could easily break loose from a soft crate. Another reason is that the make of these cages is ideal for use in dog shows, which allows people to see the dog properly, while it is in the cage.


Precision Dog Crates are manufactured to be both durable and fit-to-use for the dog and the owner at the same time. However, protecting the dogs from rough weather and environment, and protection of people from dogs could be due to other circumstantial and arguable reasons.