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What's the difference between a lab table and a small optical table?

TMC’s CleanBench™ lab table is designed for the seated user. The working height is about 750 mm. The support frame is closed on three sides and open on the front side, which enables the seated user to work comfortably at the table. Ergonomics is optimized by minimizing the thickness of the table-top to 50 mm without compromising the damping performance. The laminated platform design has an adequate mass for effective vibration isolation. The user doesn’t have to sit in front of a thick table top, which would awkwardly separate his knees and elbows.

In order to achieve the necessary rigidity in the frame, TMC uses double rows of connecting tie-bars on three sides and applies additional corner brackets. Because lab tables are often used in applications that do not require M6 tapped holes (such as microscopes), they are also available with a smooth stainless-steel surface.

An optical table is generally better for optical setups and for standing work. The working height is usually 850 to 900 mm. The optical tops used are typically M6 threaded, thicker (200 to 600 mm) and include an additional broadband damping technology. The table-tops are either supported by a frame with legs and connecting tie-bars or they are placed on free-standing legs with baseplates.

Both lab tables and optical tables are available with either TMC vibration isolators or rigid support stands.

Lab table vs optical table


CleanBench™ lab table vs. optical table with CleanTop, photo credit: TMC/AMETEK

Tapped holes on an optical table skin

M6 tapped holes on the table-top, photo credit: TMC

Optical elements attached to optical table

Application requiring the tapped hole pattern, photo credit: Nagy Attila Károly/Index

This article was published on LinkedIn on 05/01/2019. Link to original.

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