Shown: TRIO MPC-165-2 with Sutter IPA headstage (not included)

TRIO™ MPC-165 System
3-axis / Narrow-Format Micromanipulator System

The MPC-165 System consists of the MPC-100 controller and an MP-865 narrow-format micromanipulator.

Our new MP-865 "narrow format" mechanical is designed specifically for patch-slice work that require multiple pipettes, as well as for other setups where space is limited. We designed the MP-865 to minimize the width, allowing as many manipulators to be grouped together as possible. Travel in the Y-axis is shortened (12.5 mm) because radially oriented manipulators do not require long travel in the traverse axis. Travel in the X-axis has been increased to 50 mm to facilitate fast and easy pipette exchange. Built with the same precision cross-roller bearings and lead-screw as the MP-845 design.

The optional narrow-format tower with linear slide, or rotating base, can be added for mounting the MP-865 mechanical. With the 150 mm throw of the linear slide, the manipulator can be quickly and smoothly retracted out to a location where there is easy access to the pipette for replacement. A rotating base can be used for mounting to large platform stages like the Sutter MT 78, or smaller Sutter MD Series platforms.

The compact design of the TRIO MPC-100 integrated Rotary Optical Encoder (ROE) controller requires minimal bench space; provides quiet, fan-free operation; and is easy to use. No rack mounted controller is required. Position coordinates, in relative or absolute values, are displayed directly on the ROE. The TRIO manipulators use a logarithmic acceleration algorithm that eliminates the need for speed selection. As the knobs on the ROE are turned faster, acceleration ramps up. This allows for smooth and intuitive motion control of electrode position without the need to stop and change speeds or lift your hand from the knobs. A Y-axis lockout function (accessible by DIP switch) is also available, allowing X/Z-only axial movement during HOME and WORK repositioning. Each MPC-100 can control up to two MP-865 manipulators

Five conveniently located buttons control all the functions you will need in normal operation. Press and hold the [WORK] button to quickly store a work position; pressing [WORK] after this will return the manipulator to the same location. [HOME] sends the manipulator to a second position, often set for a point furthest from the microscope, which is useful for rapid pipette exchange. Pressing [SPEED] allows the selection of one of 4 speed ranges. With practice, there is no need to ever change speeds, however, we have included three low speed ranges for those who work at very high magnification. Holding [SPEED] for three-seconds will lock the knobs out, to prevent accidental movement. Display coordinates can toggle between relative and absolute by pressing the [RELATIVE] button; holding the button down will zero the relative coordinates. Finally, [PULSE] activates a pulse movement mode that produces small, rapid bursts of motion that can be advantageous for cell penetration with sharp electrodes. Hold [PULSE] for three-seconds to set or modify the 4th axis angle between 0 and 90 degrees.

Designed with maximum flexibility in mind, a DIP switch on the controller changes the directional movement of the ROE knobs to accommodate the preference of the user. The TRIO comes standard with a universal mounting system suitable for the most popular headstages or pipette holders.

    FEATURES: TRIO MPC-100 Controller
  • Controls one or two manipulators
  • Sub-micron (less than 100 nm) resolution
  • User selectable angle from 0 - 90 degrees via ROE input
  • Fast movement with a top speed of 3 mm/sec (while homing)
  • Compact, fanless, user-friendly ROE controller preserves bench and rack space
  • Push button control of multiple functions - WORK, HOME, LOCK, PULSE and RELATIVE
  • DIP switches on ROE select direction of movement produced by turn of ROE knob
  • USB interface for computer control
    FEATURES: MP-865 Mechanical
  • Mechanically robust construction for high stability
  • Precision cross-roller bearings
  • Three independent axes - 50 mm travel in X, 12.5 mm in Y and 25 mm in Z
  • Carries up to a kilogram
  • Suited for in vitro and in vivo electrophysiological recording
  • Universal mounting system for headstage or pipette holder
  • Optional MT-73 narrow stand with linear slide and built in rotating base


Resolution and Full Travel
Minimal microstep size is 46.88 nanometers per microstep
Display has single micron resolution
Full travel is 50 mm in X, 25 mm in Z and 12.5 mm in Y

Maximum Speed
3 mm/second

Long Term Stability
< 1.0 micron in 4 hours

TRIO MPC-100 Control Box
6.25 in x 8 in x 5.9 in | 15.9 cm x 20.3 cm x 10.2 cm

Manipulator Weight
MP-865 (aluminum)
3.5 lbs | 1.6 kg

TRIO MPC-100 Controller
2.3 lbs | 1.04 kg

115/230 Volts
50/60 Hertz power line

US Prices > TRIO MPC-165 Systems
International prices vary by country. Please contact your local distributor or Sutter Instrument for a quotation. Prices subject to change without notice.

Catalog Number Description Price
MPC-165 System includes one TRIO™ MPC-100 controller, one MP-865/M manipulator mechanical, mounting adapter plate, rod holder, 4" dovetail extension, cables, power cord and manual.* $ 9,876
MPC-165-2 MPC-165 with two MP-865/M mechanicals. (please specify right or left handed) $ 16,284


Catalog Number Description Price
MP-865/M The MP-865 manipulator mechanical alone. Includes mounting adapter plate, rod holder, 4 inch dovetail extension, and cable to connect manipulator to controller. $ 6,829


MT-1004 Systems (Click for image of system)
Includes the MT-500 manual X-Y translator, MT-150 chamber column, two MT-74 micromanipulator columns (without linear slide)

Catalog Number Description Price
MT-1004/Y511 MT-1004 for the Olympus BX51WI $ 6,908
MT-1004/Y531 MT-1004 for the Olympus BX53/63 $ 6,908
MT-1004/Y711 MT-1004 for the Olympus IX71 $ 6,908
MT-1004/Z251 MT-1004 for the Zeiss Axioskop 2 FS $ 6,908
MT-1004/Z451 MT-1004 for the Zeiss Axio Examiner $ 6,908
MT-1004/N651 MT-1004 for the Nikon FN1 $ 6,908
MT-1004/L301 MT-1004 for the Leica DMLFS $ 6,908
MT-1004/L351 MT-1004 for the Leica DM6000 FS $ 6,908

MT-2004 Systems
Includes the MT-800 motorized X-Y translator, MP-285 controller and ROE, MT-150 chamber column, two MT-74 micromanipulator columns (without linear slide), cables, and manual

Catalog Number Description Price
MT-2004/Y511 MT-2004 for the Olympus BX51WI $ 12,288
MT-2004/Y51/FD1,2 MT-2004 with focus drive for the Olympus BX51WI $ 14,049
MT-2004/Y531 MT-2004 for the Olympus BX53/63 $ 12,288
MT-2004/Z251 MT-2004 for the Zeiss Axioskop 2 FS $ 12,288
MT-2004/Z451 MT-2004 for the Zeiss Axio Examiner $ 12,288
MT-2004/N651 MT-2004 for the Nikon FN1 $ 12,288
MT-2004/L301 MT-2004 for the Leica DMLFS $ 12,288
MT-2004/L351 MT-2004 for the Leica DM6000 FS $ 12,288

1 Please specify chamber type when ordering
2 Please contact Sutter for availability of focus drive on other microscope makes & models


Catalog Number Description Price
MT-150/W20 Chamber column for Warner Series 20 chamber (octagon) $ 942
MT-150/W20R Chamber column for Warner Series 20 chamber (round) $ 942
MT-150/ALA35 Chamber column for ALA 35mm chamber $ 942
MT-150/ALA-MS Chamber column for ALA MS $ 942
MT-150/CUST Chamber column for non-standard recording chamber $ 1,066
MT-150/PT Chamber column for petri dish or lid $ 942
MT-150/AUTO Chamber column for AutoMate round stage adapter $ 942


Catalog Number Description Price
MT-731 Narrow-format stand with linear slide $ 1,633
MT-741 Narrow-format stand (no linear slide) $ 885
MAG-MT74 Magnetic feet for MT-74 (set of two) $ 46
265RBI2 Rotating base $ 810
M100106 Flat side panel for MPC-200 controller (each) $ 43
MP-RISER-0.53 1/2 inch riser $ 143
MP-RISER-1.03 1 inch riser $ 196
MP-CLIP4 Rod holder (for rod OD 6.25 mm or larger) $ 108
MP-ROD Rod holder (for rod OD 6.25 mm or larger) $ 108
EHOLDER Micropipette holder - 1.0-1.5 mm glass $ 126

1 Suitable for upright microscopes.
2 Useful with Sutter MD stand and large platform stages such as the MT-78-FS, MP-78 and MPC-78.
3 Risers can be combined to achieve desired height.
4 Suitable for multielectrode probes.

For detailed information on mounting our micromanipulators, refer to the Mounting Systems section or phone for assistance.

MT-1078 / MT-2078
MT-1000 / MT-2000
MD Series

MP-865: Mechanical Drawing

MPC-165/365 Sales Flyer