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Siskiyou Mechanicals Overview

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Basic platform systems are modular, all standard components. Configuration may be changed to suit the user.

Fixed Platforms

This platform system can be custom tailored to suit the needs of the end user. The platform configuration that is pictured is just one of many that have been produced. They are available in manual or motorized versions.

Manual & Motorized IDs

A versatile platform for mounting a variety of hardware at any level on an isolation table or platform. A complete set of AS series spacers allows flexible vertical adjustment from 2.5- to 12.0-inches in 0.5-inch increments.

Tower 512

Platform support rods are a solid solution for supporting platforms or other mechanical hardware. Use these aluminum spacers for spacing of any device that needs to be adjusted in either the vertical or horizontal plane. Spacers can be used by themselves or with ABP series base plates.

Spacer C

Our crossed roller translators are available in motorized and manual versions. Motorized versions can be controlled with any e series and MC2000 controllers. Our controllers drive the stage through a closed loop interface between the controller and the motor encoder.

Manual Motorized Microscope Translator

Our economy microscope translators are designed to be stable XY translators for fixed stages experiments. MXMS-100 series translators have a full 25 mm of XY translation and use ball transfer pads in the back two bearing locations. These ball transfer pads have proven themselves as a solid alternative to full crossed roller translators.

Economy Manual Microscope Translator

The SD-10 is a miniature micromanipulator that is ideal for positioning applications that require micron-level resolution. They use a precision rolled 80TPI lead screw for smooth positioning along their entire travel. The miniature dovetail slide uses an adjustable spring loaded gib design to ensure stability, straightness of travel and also works as a locking mechanism. The fourth axis can be set thru 360° of motion.

SD-10 Miniature Micromanipulator The SD10 is a miniature micromanipulator that is ideal for positioning applications that require micron level resolution. DT100 series stages use a precision rolled 80TPI lead screw for smooth positioning along their entire travel. Our miniature dovetail slide uses an adjustable spring loaded gib design. This feature ensures stability, straightness of travel and also works as a locking mechanism. The device is equipped with a fourth axis which can be set at any angle thru 360° of motion. The compact size of the SD10 makes it ideal for stimulator applications. The mounting method makes removal and replacement very straight forward. The addition of a simple stop allows repeatable placement.

Perfect for mounting next to high microscope stages without using towers or platforms, the MX-110 post-mount manipulator comes pre-mounted to a 12.36 inch high rod and base. This drift-free manual manipulator includes a tilting axial approach on the 4th axis with 22 mm of travel, and can be rotated away for easy probe replacement.

Siskiyou MX-110

The SD-130 Manipulator is designed to maximize available space. The narrow profile design allows multiple manipulators to be placed in one quadrant. The SD-130 provides 38mm coarse and 5mm fine positioning travel in the X axis. Two and a half turns of the coarse adjustment knob will fully retract the device in the X axis. It is equipped with a probe clamp for easy change of implement.

SD-130 Narrow Space-saving Manipulator

Unlike manipulators with rack and pinion drive, the SD-160 uses a spring loaded lead screw design against a solid stop, which ensures drift-free operation. The SD-160 incorporates fast-pitch, screw drive positioning, and smooth ball bearing motion in the X, Y, Z, and Q axes for precision positioning. The top stage tilts 360° and includes 22mm of travel along the probe axis — ideal for axial cell probing.

SD-160

The MX7600 motorized crossed roller bearing micromanipulator is ideal for patch recording experiments. The MX7600 offers exceptionally smooth linear travel and uses a precision preloaded lead screw to ensure drift-free operation.

Motorized Manipulators

The MC1000e-R 4-axis dial controller acts as a remote micrometer control for actuators, manipulators, and stages. It uses encoder feedback from our closed loop devices to create an electronic link between the controller dial and the device being driven. This direct coupling to the encoder ensures smooth and coordinated motion between the controller and the drive.

Control Dial

The joystick controller is designed for coarse micron level positioning of actuators, manipulators, and stages. The joystick control is proportional from slow to high through the travel range of the joystick motion.

Controller Joystick

The MC1000e is a simple push-button controller with submicron positioning capability that is compatible with our 800 and 7000 series actuators, manipulators, and stages.

Controller Push Button

A simple push-button controller with submicron positioning capability and a user selected target feature. The TARGET/RETRACT feature allows the user to set a target location at a desired point.

Controller Push Button & Target

The ABDC switching box allows control of one to four 4-axis micromanipulators by one controller. The basis of the design is simple and requires only an extra controller junction box for each added micromanipulator or motor drive group (up to four per group).

Controller Junction Switch Box

Smooth motion and instant response to hand adjustments makes the MX6600 ideal for long term intracellular recordings. The water based hydraulic mechanism has a thermal expansion two to three times less than that of oil based systems, thus minimizing drift to less than 2 μm per hour at constant temperatures.

Hydraulic Manipulators

The piezo solution switcher uses a high-speed piezo flexure guided nanopositioner to move pipette tips in solution switching applications. It can move an electrode tip across a 5 µm thick theta glass septum. This system is ideal for measuring cellular response to drugs or other elements in solution.

Piezo Switcher

The MXC-45D’s unique design allows repeatable electrode replacement with a simple but accurate rotating clamp. The rotating portion is configured such that the probe /pipette rotates up and away from the experiment at a 45° angle through a full 180°. The repeatable stop returns to its location with micron level accuracy and the stop’s orientation can be changed simply by loosening a single 1⁄4-20 cap screw.

Headstage Holders

MXE & MXP series pipette holders utilize ceramic rods to eliminate drift introduced by plastic mounting rods. Features include: solid ceramic mounting rod, compatible with most amplifiers, and eliminated drift. Pipette holders come in a variety of lengths to accommodate a wide range of setups

Pipette Holders Series

Three axis Chamber Shuttle System. One inch working travel in XYZ. Magnetic coupling allows quick withdrawal of perfusion chamber from working area.

Chamber Shuttle

Perfusion chambers have embedded magnets that are conveniently located to retain perfusion plumbing and ground plugs. A standard 22 mm cover slip is used to create the chamber bottom that is attached with vacuum grease, silicon, or parafilm. There are two plastic retention screws for added security.

Stable-tip electrode holders eliminate the final instability link in the electrophysiology experimental setup. It features a thermally stable base material which is coated with aluminaoxide. This coating has two benefits: first, it is non-conductive so the holder does not act as an electrical antenna; second, it is very resistant to corrosion.

Electrode

The dual stage pipette puller uses several unique methods to make consistent electrodes pull after pull. The theory of operation is based on time management and millivolt control of the element for both first and second pulls. By controlling the time, or at least establishing a time basis, the user can create a pipette shape and length consistently and repeatedly.

Pipette

The tissue slicer consistently slices sectioned cortical or hippocampal tissue to either a 200-, 300-, or 400-μm thickness in a straightforward operation. Thicknesses are selected by simply replacing the lead screw on the frame winder. This style of tissue slicer ensures consecutive slices of the specifically sectioned area.

Tissue Slicer

The IS-OGP provides a simple, complete solution that adds a laser light source to your microscope for optogenetics research. It positions a small (10um typical with 20X objective) stimulation spot to any location within the field of view.

Siskiyou Opto Positioner