Minus K Technology, a leading manufacturer of vibration
isolation products has partnered with Kinetic Systems, Inc.
in designing a new, versatile, ultra-low natural frequency
optical table isolation system
The MK52 negative-stiffness optical table achieves
0.5 Hz or lower vertical and horizontal natural frequencies
without limiting its ability to support static loads.
When adjusted to a 0.5 Hz natural frequency, the MK52
achieves 93 percent isolation efficiency at 2 Hz,
99 percent at 5 Hz, and 99.7% percent at 10 Hz.
The MK52 Optical Vibration Isolation Table can be
configured for a wide variety of locations and applications
- wherever external vibrations can adversely affect
the operation of sensitive equipment. Ultra-low natural
frequencies, high internal structural frequencies,
and excellent vertical and horizontal isolation efficiencies
make the system well-suited to applications such as
analytical balances, cell injection, confocal microscopes,
patch clamping, optical microscopes, wafer probing,
sensor calibration and laser applications, in fields
such as semiconductor processing, telecommunications,
aerospace engineering and medical research.
The MK52 is also ideal for applications requiring high
resolution, such as Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy
(AFM), AFM-Raman integration, and micro-hardness testing.
The MK52 is available in table sizes up to 4' x 8' with
gross load capacities up to 2,000 pounds (909Kg) (larger
optical table sizes will be considered). Tables are constructed
with a 3/16" thick ferromagnetic stainless steel top
skin, 3/16" thick carbon steel bottom skin, and plated-steel
precision honeycomb core. Customization options include
guard rails, padded armrests, overhead equipment shelves,
monitor stands, non-isolated shelves for supporting equipment
off the tabletop, seismic restraints, auxiliary work surfaces,
retractable casters, Faraday Cages, and tabletop enclosures
to protect against harsh manufacturing environments.
About Minus K Technology, Inc.
Minus K Technology, Inc. was founded in 1993 to design,
manufacture and market state-of-the-art vibration isolation
products based on the company's patented negative-stiffness-mechanism
technology. Minus K products are used in a broad spectrum
of applications including nanotechnology, biological sciences,
semiconductors, materials research, zero-g simulation of
spacecraft, and high-end audio. The company is an OEM supplier
to leading manufacturers of scanning probe microscopes,
micro-hardness testers and other vibration-sensitive instruments
and equipment. Minus K customers include private companies
and more than 200 leading universities and government laboratories
in 35 countries.
Dr. David L. Platus is the inventor of negative-stiffness
mechanism vibration isolation systems, and President and
Founder of Minus K Technology, Inc.. He earned a B.S. and
a Ph.D. in Engineering from UCLA, and a diploma from the
Oak Ridge School of (Nuclear) Reactor Technology. Prior
to founding Minus K Technology he worked in the nuclear,
aerospace and defense industries conducting and directing
analysis and design projects in structural-mechanical systems.
He became an independent consultant in 1988. Dr. Platus
holds over 20 patents related to shock and vibration isolation.
For more information, visit www.minusk.com.