Minus K Technology


Vibration Isolation System Applications

  • Microscopy (SPM, SEM, AFM, etc.)
    Minus K isolators enable SPM’s to achieve their highest level of performance. They provide the performance of an ideal bungee system and the convenience of a bench top system without any of the problems associated with any of them, including air tables. Read More. Read the Microscopy Testimonials.

  • Micro-Hardness Testing
    Lower vibrations provide finer details and more repeatable results. Read the Micro-Hardness Testimonials

  • Laser/Optical Systems
    Laser and optical systems, whether used in an academic lab or in an industrial environment, are very susceptible to vibrations from the environment. These instruments almost always need vibration isolation. Traditionally, large air tables have been the systems preferred for optical systems. Read More

  • Spacecraft Testing
    Please see the Spacecraft Testing Case Studies.

  • Biology/Neuroscience
    Minus K vibration isolation systems offer significant advantages for patch clamping, electrophysiology measurements, fluorescent dye imaging and other applications in biology and neuroscience. Read More. Read the Biology/Neuroscience Testimonials.

  • Microelectronics/MEMS Fabrication
    Lower vibrations mean more productivity and less part rejection (higher yield)

  • Cryostats
    Cryostats often contain very sensitive instrumentation.  They come in many different shapes, sizes and weights.  Whether you are doing low temperature AFM, NMR or something else, we have several options available.Read More

  • Analytical Balances
    Minus K vibration isolation systems enable analytical balances to operate in vibration environments not previously possible, such as in manufacturing facilities with heavy equipment and on upper floors of buildings.

  • Audio Reproduction
    The highest-performance vibration isolation platforms that have been widely used in industry for the most sensitive applications like atomic force microscopes are now available at competitive prices to enhance your audio systems. Read More. Read the Audio Reproduction Testimonials. 

  • Vacuum Isolation
    Minus K vibration isolation systems can be made vacuum compatible so they can be used right inside vacuum chambers. In addition to their superior vibration isolation performance, this offers other advantages of much lower payload weights, more compact systems, and eliminates problems associated with vacuum chamber feed-throughs. Read More

  • Large-Displacement Systems
    Minus K has developed the technology to produce passive vibration isolation platforms capable of large displacements and low frequencies, vertical and horizontal, and suitable for some vehicle applications. Because of the passive, low-stiffness behaviour, they cannot handle quasi-steady manoeuvre loads but they can be used to stabilize platforms for taking measurements or pointing during constant steady motion. Read More

  • Heavy Systems
    Minus K vibration isolation systems can be designed for very heavy payloads. Read More

  • Custom Systems
    Minus K engineers can design a variety of custom vibration isolation systems. Frequently these are modifications of other designs such as changing the load capacity of an SM-1 isolator, or the capacity, size and isolator locations on a FP-1 Platform. Read More

 Vibration Isolation System Applications From Minus K Technology

The Minus K® products, were sold under the trade name Nano-K®, represent an important enabling technology. By reducing building and floor vibrations to unprecedented levels these systems enable vibration sensitive instruments and equipment to perform at unprecedented levels. They are used in a broad spectrum of applications including nanotechnology, biological sciences, semiconductors, materials research, zero-g simulation of spacecraft, and high-end audio. Minus K® is an OEM supplier to leading manufactures of scanning probe microscopes, micro-hardness testers and other vibration-sensitive instruments and equipment. Minus K® customers include private companies and more than 300 leading universities and government laboratories in 50 countries.