UHV Design new Sample Parking Stage

UHV Design have developed a new Sample Parking Stage for flag-style sample plates.

A single carousel stage can hold 4 sample plates and multiple carousel stages can be stacked one on top of each other to give a maximum capacity of 16 sample plates.

The Sample Parking Stage for flag style sample plates commonly used in surface analysis instrumentation, has been designed to accommodate Omicron, Specs and Aarhus Flag style sample plates.

It is intended to be used to store multiple samples in the UHV analysis chamber or the sample preparation chamber. It comprises a carousel plate or multiple carousels, each of which can accommodate 4 flag style sample plates.

Sample Parking Stage Key Features

  • Available with 4, 8, 12, and 16 flag style sample parking positions
  • Precise carousel rotation via magnetically coupled drive to present each sample for transfer
  • Linear shift option to set height or move carousel out of the way entirely
  • UHV Compatible

Each of the sample plates is held securely in place by a pair of springs holding them solidly in their docking station, such that there is minimal risk of any falling out irrespective of the mounting orientation of the Parking Stage.



The carousels are mounted from a magnetically coupled rotary drive (MagiDrive) such that each can be presented in turn to the transfer mechanism, whether that be a Wobble Stick, magnetically coupled transfer arm (PowerProbe) or linear rack and pinion transfer device.

The device is fully UHV compatible and bakeable to 250oC

As with all UHV Design motion mechanisms there are various automation / motorisation options available for each axis of motion.

More information is available from the UHV Design web-site.