Meticulously-engineered pneumatic, hydraulic, manual and motorized linear stages for ultra-smooth movement and hyper-accurate positioning.
Gilman’s precision linear stages — also referred to as translation stages or machine slides — are known internationally for their durability and dependability. Trusted across a wide range of industries (for example, you can find Gilman slides in the medical, metrology, aerospace and automotive testing industries, just to name a few), these manual and motorized stages are designed to tackle both low- and high-speed applications, as well as cycle applications. They’re also relied upon for their accuracy, dampening and rigidity – especially when positioning is important. Gilman designs and manufacture three types of linear motion slides: dovetail, linear guide and hardened box way.
What separates a Gilman linear stage from the competition? Well, three things:
- State-of-the-art grinding machines,
- tried-and-true processes, and
- a seasoned workforce
Gilman manufactures arguably the most accurate and efficient grinding machines in the world (our Favretto Grinder grinds all surfaces of a machine slide in one setup, ensuring the slide is flat, parallel and perpendicular the first time). These machines are expertly harnessed by technicians with an average of 26 years of experience. What’s more, we keep our climate-controlled manufacturing plant spotless and our equipment well maintained, so we can hit exacting tolerances.
Custom Translation Stages
Although Gilman offers standard products (available in our catalog), over 70% of our precision linear stages are engineered to order. Thanks to our capable team of engineers and flexible workforce, we specialize in producing customized solutions. All linear translation stages can be produced in a variety of ways to meet your exact needs, including:
- Materials: cast iron (standard), aluminum, stainless steel and plastic.
- Coatings: can be individually specified to meet environmental requirements.
- Options: there are many types of drives and accessories.
Whether your end application is a special machine or an OEM product line, Gilman can assure you responsive engineering, precision manufacturing and prompt, efficient after-sale service for all of our linear motion systems.