Vibration Isolation System Applications
(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 the Microscopy Testimonials.
- Micro-Hardness Testing / Nano Indentation
Lower vibrations provide finer details and more repeatable results. Read the Micro-Hardness Testimonials
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 Ground Testing
Minus K Technology, Inc. works with many aerospace and education laboratories for custom vibration isolation systems. They have manufactured custom vibration isolators for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), German Center for Aerospace (DLR), European Space Research and Technology Centre/European Space Agency (ESTEC/ESA) in addition to the JWST custom isolators for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Minus K vibration isolation systems offer significant advantages for patch clamping, electrophysiology measurements, fluorescent dye imaging and other applications in biology and neuroscience. Read the Biology/Neuroscience Testimonials.
- Microelectronics/MEMS Fabrication
Lower vibrations mean more productivity and less part rejection (higher yield)
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
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.
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 the Audio Reproduction Testimonials.
- Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing
Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing (DFOS) is a technology that enables continuous, real-time measurements along the entire length of a fiber optic cable at very fine spatial intervals. Because a fiber optic cable can be installed in harsh environments for long periods of time, the technology holds promise for environmental monitoring of sensitive geologic operations. Many geofluid systems require dynamic acoustic, temperature, strain and pressure monitoring at great pressure, depth and temperature. Read More
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
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
Minus K vibration isolation systems can be designed for very heavy payloads. Read More
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
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.